Sunday, August 31, 2014
The most common eye color in Ireland is now blue, with more than half of Irish people blue-eyed, according to new research
The change is occurring across Europe, says The Blue Eyes Project, a research initiative, which claims that the mutation from the once-dominant brown to blue is Darwinism in action and linked to the fact that a majority of people find blue eyes more attractive. In Ireland, blue eyes are most common in Connacht, where 53% people have them. The figures are only slightly lower elsewhere, with 52% in Leinster and 50% each in Ulster and Munster.
The St. Louis Rams have announced that Michael Sam, who made history as the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, has been waived and did not make the team's final 53-man roster
Sam, an All-American defensive end who played for the University of Missouri, made history when he was picked by the Rams in the seventh and final round. He was the 249th of 256 players selected. One of eight children, the black athlete was raised primarily by his mother. At one point, he lived out of his mother's car and briefly stayed with another family. Three of Sam's siblings have died, including an older brother he saw die from a gunshot wound. Two of his brothers are serving prison sentences.
France: Two teenage Muslim girls have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to blow up a synagogue in Lyon
The two Muslim girls, aged 15 and 17, were arrested in the Tarbes and Venissieux neighborhoods recently, after authorities uncovered a plan to carry out a suicide bombing inside the Great Synagogue of Lyon. They were indicted on August 22nd, 2014 for conspiracy to commit terrorism.
Friday, August 29, 2014
According to scientists at the University of Leeds, a woman’s figure could play a crucial role in her decision to have sex
Specifically, women with wider hips are more likely to have more sexual partners. Less-hippy women, on the other hand, tend to take a more prudent approach to sex. “Women’s hip width has a direct impact on their risk of potentially fatal childbirth-related injury,” said Colin Hendrie, an associate professor of human and animal ethology at the University of Leeds who led the study. “Women’s sexual activity is therefore at least in part influenced by hip width.” Hendrie and his colleagues recruited 148 women between 18 and 26 years old from around the University of Leeds who’d had sex at least once in their lives. Women with hips wider than 14.2 inches had more sexual partners and one-night stands than those with hips narrower than 12.2 inches. Some anthropologists theorize that as humans learned to stand upright, they developed smaller hips to make walking easier, while female hips became just wide enough for childbirth. Narrow-hipped mothers-to-be run a higher risk of gynecological injury and death. Earlier research has shown that a woman’s waist-to-hip ratio correlates with her attractiveness — playing a major role in influencing the number and quality of men available to her for sex. But hip width may factor more into her decision to actually sleep with them.
According to a 2011 Obama Administration report, blacks were homicide offenders at a rate more than 7 times as much as the rest of the population from 1980-2008
Data in the report says that young black males are homicide offenders at a rate 27 times higher than the average for the rest of the population.
In a massive, detailed 2000 study of the effect of court-ordered affirmative action plans on police departments, economist John Lott found that the more minorities on a police force, the higher the rates of murder, manslaughter, violent crime, robbery and aggravated assault will be
Violent crime increased by a minimum of 3.3% every year after affirmative action policies went into effect—and the spike in crime was highest in black neighborhoods. The problem was not with black cops, Lott’s study showed, but rather with the lowering of standards across the board, resulting in less-qualified officers of every race. As Lott’s study showed, once standards are lowered to ensure “diversity,” standards are lowered for all recruits, resulting in a rainbow coalition of incompetence.
Many African-Americans may not be getting effective doses of the HIV drug maraviroc, a new study from Johns Hopkins suggests
The initial dosing studies, completed before the drug was licensed in 2007, included mostly European-Americans, who generally lack a protein that is key to removing maraviroc from the body. The current study shows that people with maximum levels of the protein - including nearly half of African-Americans - end up with less maraviroc in their bodies compared to those who lack the protein even when given the same dose. "Because African-Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV infection, it is doubly important that we get the dosing right," says Namandje Bumpus, Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. CYP3A5 is a protein found in abundance in liver and intestinal cells. It adds an oxygen molecule to various drugs to make them more water-soluble so they can ultimately enter the urine and leave the body. Between 80% and 90% of European-Americans have no CYP3A5, because they have inherited two dysfunctional copies of the CYP3A5 gene. The study highlights the importance of designing clinical trials in which the participants are as ethnically diverse as the population to be treated.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Crime in New York in 2014: Shootings are up 27.5% in the four weeks ending August 3rd, and up 12% this year overall, while stops are down close to 100% in some precincts
When are New Yorkers going to remember that crime control means sending the message to criminals that they are being watched and will be stopped and questioned for suspicious behavior?
Almost two thirds of black Americans don't have any non-black friends.
Children exposed to gestational diabetes in the wombs of their mothers are themselves around six times more likely to develop diabetes or prediabetes than children not exposed, research shows
The ever growing number of women with gestational diabetes suggests that the future will be filled with children with early diabetes at a rate that far exceeds the current prevalence.
Among the 100 largest U.S. metros, private school enrollment tends to be highest in places that are richer, more educated, and more Catholic, though less Hispanic, than the national average. Among the top 10 metros for private school enrollment, income is particularly high in Honolulu, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Wilmington. New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Cleveland also have a high share of Catholics. Finally, in all of these metros except San Francisco, the Hispanic population share is low. The hierarchy of the Catholic Church is almost as pro-Hispanic immigration as the Jews are, but they ought to keep in mind that Latinos generally don't send their kids to Catholic schools. This is probably because Hispanics just aren't all that into investing in their children’s education.
Britain: The sexual abuse of about 1,400 children at the hands of Asian men went unreported for 16 years because staff feared that they would be seen as racist, a report has said
Children as young as 11 were trafficked, beaten, and raped by large numbers of men between 1997 and 2013 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, the council commissioned review into child protection revealed. And shockingly, more than a third of the cases were already know to agencies. But according to the report's author, several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist. Many of the abusers were of Pakistani origin.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Since Barack Obama was elected president, only 10% of Americans believe that race relations have gotten better, according to a New York Times/CBS Poll
The poll found that only 17% of blacks and 8% of whites believe that race relations have improved under Obama. Thirty five percent of Americans believe that race relations have gotten worse in the Obama era - including 40% of whites and 21% of blacks.
There are now more than twice as many "British" Muslims fighting for Islamic State than there are serving in the British armed forces
Khalid Mahmood, the Member of Parliament for Perry Barr in Birmingham, estimates that at least 1,500 young "British" Muslims have been recruited by extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria in the last three years. The role of "British" jihadists fighting in the Middle East has been brought into sharp focus after Islamic State released a video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley by a masked jihadist who spoke with a British accent.
In the past, Perry has tended to talk more about the problem of illegal immigration than actually do anything to stop it.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Three-quarters of Israeli Jews and nearly two-thirds of Israeli Arabs would not marry someone from a different religion, according to a poll
The poll found that opposition to interfaith relationships was highest among ultra-Orthodox Jews, at 95%. But 88% of traditional and religious Jews, as well as 64% of secular Jews, also opposed such relationships. Seventy-one percent of Muslim Israeli Arabs opposed interfaith relationships; half of Christian Israeli Arabs were opposed. Across religious denominations, Israeli Jews would be much more opposed to their relatives marrying Arabs than they would be to relatives marrying non-Arab non-Jews. Only a third of secular Jewish Israelis would be opposed to a relative marrying an American or European Christian, but a majority would oppose a relative marrying an Arab. Seventy-two percent of Israeli Jews overall would be opposed to a relative marrying an Arab. Opposition to intermarriage was lowest among immigrants from the former Soviet Union. More than half would avoid having a relationship with a non-Jew, but if they were to fall in love with a non-Jew, only 35% would insist their spouse convert. Two-thirds of Israeli Jews see intermarriage as a serious threat to Jews worldwide, and one-third see it as a serious threat to Jews in Israel.
Evidence suggests that the IQs of people in Britain, Denmark and Australia have declined in the last decade
Could this apparent decline in intelligence have anything to do with Third World immigration?
Researchers have found that blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately affected by diabetes, with a lifetime risk of more than 50% compared to the general population's 40%
The main reason for the high rate of diabetes amongst blacks and Latinos seems to be obesity.
More than 6.4 million South Africans are living with HIV with almost 400,000 new infections recorded in 2013, according to new statistics
Dr Harry Lake, chief executive of health NGO Care Works, said that a third of South African women, aged between 30 and 39, are HIV positive.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
A black African woman was rushed to hospital and hundreds of people have been quarantined after she showed symptoms of Ebola virus infection in a job center in Germany
As many as 600 visitors and staff at the employment office building in Berlin were also stopped from leaving for several hours as emergency services sealed off part of the street. The black African woman was from Nigeria and had recently been in contact with people infected with Ebola. The Nigerian woman had turned up at the employment bureau with a high fever. A spokesman for the city's health authority said that emergency services were called after the black African woman collapsed. West Africa's Ebola epidemic, which has hit four nations since it broke out in Guinea early in 2014, is by far the deadliest since the virus was discovered four decades ago in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. The World Health Organization said that the Ebola virus had killed 84 people in just three days, bringing the global death toll to 1,229, while confirmed, probable and suspect infections rose to 2,240. The outbreak is not yet under control, the UN health agency said.
On the benchmarks, Asian-American test-takers did best, with 57% meeting three or more. Forty-nine percent of white test-takers met three or more standards – compared to 23% of Latino test-takers and 11% of African-American test-takers. African Americans scored lowest on the test. Just 10% of African-American students who were tested met the science benchmark. The average composite score for African Americans was 17.0, an increase of just 0.1 points from 2010. Latinos earned an average composite score of 18.8. White students notched an average of 22.3 points, and Asians recorded an average of 23.5.
Monday, August 18, 2014
The black populations in the cities have lower intelligence and are quicker to violence, which explains why they are poor and why they riot. Billions in social welfare spending, affirmative action, and even a black president have not changed this situation.
Violent crime in the United States of America — assault, murder, robbery, rape — emanates disproportionately from the black community, and especially the young male members of that community
Patrick J. Buchanan writes about the black anarchy that is threatening our nation's future.
Within the nation’s 100 largest metro areas, the number of suburban neighborhoods where more than 20% of residents live below the federal poverty line more than doubled between 2000 and 2008-2012
Almost every major metro area saw suburban poverty not only grow during the 2000s but also become more concentrated in high-poverty neighborhoods. By 2008-2012, 38% of poor residents in the suburbs lived in neighborhoods with poverty rates of 20% or higher. For poor black residents in those communities, the figure was 53%.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Convicted criminal offenders had more children than individuals never convicted of a criminal offense. Criminal offenders also had more reproductive partners, were less often married, more likely to get remarried if ever married, and had more often contracted a sexually transmitted disease than non-offenders. Importantly, the increased reproductive success of criminals was explained by a fertility increase from having children with several different partners.
Nazi resister returns medal to Israel over Gaza bombs: Dutch resident saved Jewish boy from Nazis, but lost kin in Gaza airstrikes
In World War II, a Dutch man risked his life and saved a Jewish boy from the Nazis — a feat that earned Henk Zanoli Israel's prestigious Righteous Among the Nations medal after the war. Now, the 91-year-old gave it back. The reason? An Israeli airstrike killed relatives of his in the Gaza Strip. After learning the news, Zanoli went to the Israeli embassy in The Hague and returned the medal, issuing a statement detailing the sacrifices his family made resisting the Nazis during the occupation of Holland. “Against this background, it is particularly shocking and tragic that today, four generations on, our family is faced with the murder of our kin in Gaza," he wrote. "Murder carried out by the State of Israel.” In an interview with the New York Times, Zanoli made clear that his problem is with the government of Israel, not the Israeli people. “I gave back my medal because I didn’t agree with what the state of Israel is doing to my family and to the Palestinians on the whole,” he said. Zanoli's grand-niece is a Dutch diplomat who is married to a Palestinian economist, and an Israeli bomb killed three of the economist's brothers, along with other relatives. Zanoli said he felt that keeping the medal would be an insult to his family.
Monday, August 11, 2014
In Nigeria, 77% of women use skin lightening products, according to a recent World Health Organization report. In Africa, lighter skinned girls get more attention and are more appreciated than darker skinned women.
As many as seven out of 10 people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to flush or chemical toilets or latrines, according to the World Bank
No matter what happens in the rest of the world, Africa always remains a hellhole.
Miriam A. Mosing of Stockholm's Karolinska Institute and colleagues looked at the association between music practice and specific musical abilities like rhythm, melody and pitch discrimination in over 10,000 identical Swedish twins. They reported that the propensity to practice was between 40% and 70% heritable and that there was no difference in musical ability between twins with varying amounts of cumulative practice. "Music practice,” they conclude, “may not causally influence musical ability and … genetic variation among individuals affects both ability and inclination to practice." Though the study focused on musicality, the findings can in theory be extrapolated to other skilled and creative activities. Not to get overly reductionist, but it could be assumed that nearly all of our talents and cognitive characteristics are least partly influenced by our respective strings of nucleotides. Complex pursuits, whether creative or technical, involve numerous communicating regions from all over the brain (in contrast to the overly simplistic and now debunked "left brain/right brain" assignments for analytical vs creative types). These structures and the brain’s general blueprint are shaped by our genetic code throughout development; also genes encode for the proteins that run our bodies and brains while plenty of data link specific genetic profiles with varying cognitive abilities.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Sociologist says that it is racist to talk about native and non-native plant species and the purity of different soil types
Apparently, to leftists, everything is racist.
The 9-year-old white boy fatally stabbed in a Michigan playground spent his dying breaths telling his brother that he loved him and re-assuring him that the shocking attack wasn’t his fault, a family member has revealed. Michael ‘Connor’ Verkerke was playing with two of his brothers and a black boy Jamarion Lawhorn, 12, who pulled out a knife and repeatedly stabbed Connor. Police say that Jamarion's attack on Conner was unprovoked and inexplicable. He didn't know Conner before the attack and had joined the 9-year-old and two friends on the playground. Suddenly, he pulled a knife out of the sand and stabbed Conner multiple times in the back, authorities say. Police aren't saying where Jamarion got the weapon. Connor ran to his home house nearby and collapsed on the porch. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and died hours later.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
The black arrest rate for most offenses — including robbery, aggravated assault and property crimes — is still typically two to three times their representation in the population. Blacks as a group are also overrepresented among persons arrested for so-called white-collar crimes such as counterfeiting, fraud and embezzlement. “Even allowing for the existence of discrimination in the criminal justice system, the higher rates of crime among black Americans cannot be denied,” wrote James Q. Wilson and Richard Herrnstein in their classic 1985 study, Crime and Human Nature. “Every study of crime using official data shows blacks to be overrepresented among persons arrested, convicted, and imprisoned for street crimes. The overrepresentation of blacks among arrested persons persists throughout the criminal justice system,” wrote Wilson and Herrnstein. “Though prosecutors and judges may well make discriminatory judgments, such decisions do not account for more than a small fraction of the overrepresentation of blacks in prison.” Others have also noticed the the excessive amount of black criminality. “High rates of black violence in the late twentieth century are a matter of historical fact, not bigoted imagination,” wrote William Stuntz, a Harvard law professor, in his 2011 book, The Collapse of American Criminal Justice. "The trends reached their peak not in the land of Jim Crow but in the more civilized North, and not in the age of segregation but in the decades that saw the rise of civil rights for African Americans — and of African American control of city governments.” Black crime and incarceration rates spiked in the 1970s and ’80s in cities such as Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Washington under black mayors and black police chiefs. Some of the most violent cities in the United States today are run by blacks.
Our brains are able to judge the trustworthiness of a face even when we cannot consciously see it, a team of scientists has found
Their findings shed new light on how we form snap judgments of others. "Our findings suggest that the brain automatically responds to a face's trustworthiness before it is even consciously perceived," explains Jonathan Freeman, an assistant professor in New York University's Department of Psychology and the study's senior author. "The results are consistent with an extensive body of research suggesting that we form spontaneous judgments of other people that can be largely outside awareness," adds Freeman, who conducted the study as a faculty member at Dartmouth College. The study's other authors included Ryan Stolier, an NYU doctoral candidate, Zachary Ingbretsen, a research scientist who previously worked with Freeman and is now at Harvard University, and Eric Hehman, a post-doctoral researcher at NYU. The researchers focused on the workings of the brain's amygdala, a structure that is important for humans' social and emotional behavior. Previous studies have shown this structure to be active in judging the trustworthiness of faces. However, it had not been known if the amygdala is capable of responding to a complex social signal like a face's trustworthiness without that signal reaching perceptual awareness. To gauge this part of the brain's role in making such assessments, the study's authors conducted a pair of experiments in which they monitored the activity of subjects' amygdala while the subjects were exposed to a series of facial images. These images included both standardized photographs of actual strangers' faces as well as artificially generated faces whose trustworthiness cues could be manipulated while all other facial cues were controlled. The artificially generated faces were computer synthesized based on previous research showing that cues such as higher inner eyebrows and pronounced cheekbones are seen as trustworthy and lower inner eyebrows and shallower cheekbones are seen as untrustworthy. Prior to the start of these experiments, a separate group of subjects examined all the real and computer-generated faces and rated how trustworthy or untrustworthy they appeared. As previous studies have shown, subjects strongly agreed on the level of trustworthiness conveyed by each given face. In the experiments, a new set of subjects viewed these same faces inside a brain scanner, but were exposed to the faces very briefly - for only a matter of milliseconds. This rapid exposure, together with another feature known as "backward masking," prevented subjects from consciously seeing the faces. Backward masking works by presenting subjects with an irrelevant "mask" image that immediately follows an extremely brief exposure to a face, which is thought to terminate the brain's ability to further process the face and prevent it from reaching awareness. In the first experiment, the researchers examined amygdala activity in response to three levels of a face's trustworthiness: low, medium, and high. In the second experiment, they assessed amygdala activity in response to a fully continuous spectrum of trustworthiness. Across the two experiments, the researchers found that specific regions inside the amygdala exhibited activity tracking how untrustworthy a face appeared, and other regions inside the amygdala exhibited activity tracking the overall strength of the trustworthiness signal (whether untrustworthy or trustworthy) - even though subjects could not consciously see any of the faces. "These findings provide evidence that the amygdala's processing of social cues in the absence of awareness may be more extensive than previously understood," observes Freeman. "The amygdala is able to assess how trustworthy another person's face appears without it being consciously perceived."
An Indian couple has been arrested in New York City and charged with subjecting their 12-year-old daughter to unspeakable physical abuse for months by starving her and beating her with a metal handle and baseball bat, leaving her severely bruised and hospitalized for surgery
Rajesh Ranot, 46, and his wife Sheetal Ranot, 31, of Queens were arraigned in Queens Criminal Court and together charged in a criminal complaint with first, second and third degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child, District Attorney Richard Brown said. Sheetal, who is the child's stepmother, is presently being held in jail on $60,000 bail and faces a total of 33 years in prison if convicted. Rajesh is the child's biological father and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. He too remains in jail on $25,000 bail. Sheetal repeatedly hit her stepdaughter Maya Ranot on her body and face, causing bruising and pain and locked her inside her bedroom, refusing to feed her for extended periods of time between December 2012 and May 2014, according to the charges. In one instance in May 2013, Sheetal hit Maya with a broken metal broom handle on her body, causing a deep laceration and bleeding on her left wrist and right knee. Medical personnel found Maya lying in a pool of blood in the kitchen with her wrist cut down to the bone. Maya underwent emergency surgery for her wrist and received stitches to her knee. The doctors treating Maya observed several bruises, marks and scars in various stages of healing throughout her body including bruises on her right ear and legs. In another instance, Sheetal hit Maya in the face with a wooden rolling pin in April 2014 causing a laceration, swelling and pain to her cheek. Doctors found her to be underweight and thin, weighing 58 pounds, and wearing dirty clothes. "The criminal charges allege that this young victim was subjected to years of unspeakable physical abuse at the hands of her father and stepmother," Brown said. The complaint additionally charges that Rajesh repeatedly beat Maya with his hands, feet, belt and baseball bat between December 2012 and May 2014, causing bruising, swelling and pain in her ears, head and legs. The New York City Administration for Children’s Services filed an abuse petition against the father and step-mother in family court following the investigation. Commissioner Gladys Carrion said that the investigation saved the life of the young girl and ensured that she and her siblings are now safe from further abuse.
Monday, August 4, 2014
India accounts for about 60% of the world’s residents without toilets, according to a report by the World Health Organization and Unicef
Many Indians prefer to defecate out in the open because they believe it is more sanitary.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
A new study finds that human skulls changed in ways that indicate a lowering of testosterone levels at around the same time that culture was blossoming
"The modern human behaviors of technological innovation, making art and rapid cultural exchange probably came at the same time that we developed a more cooperative temperament," said lead author Robert Cieri, a biology graduate student at the University of Utah who began this work as a senior at Duke University. The study, which is based on measurements of more than 1,400 ancient and modern skulls, makes the argument that human society advanced when people started being nicer to each other, which entails having a little less testosterone in action. Heavy brows were out, rounder heads were in, and those changes can be traced directly to testosterone levels acting on the skeleton, according to Duke anthropologist Steven Churchill. What they can't tell from the bones is whether these humans had less testosterone in circulation, or fewer receptors for the hormone. The research team also included Duke animal cognition researchers Brian Hare and Jingzhi Tan, who say that this argument is in line with what has been established in non-human species. In a classic study of Siberian foxes, animals that were less wary and less aggressive toward humans took on a different, more juvenile appearance and behavior after several generations of selective breeding. "If we're seeing a process that leads to these changes in other animals, it might help explain who we are and how we got to be this way," said Hare, who also studies differences between our closest ape relatives - aggressive chimpanzees and mellow, free-loving bonobos. Those two apes develop differently, Hare said, and they respond to social stress differently. Chimpanzee males experience a strong rise in testosterone during puberty, but bonobos do not. When stressed, the bonobos don't produce more testosterone, as chimps do, but they do produce more cortisol, the stress hormone. Their social interactions are profoundly different and, relevant to this finding, their faces are different, too. "It's very hard to find a brow-ridge in a bonobo," Hare said. Cieri compared the brow ridge, facial shape and interior volume of 13 modern human skulls older than 80,000 years, 41 skulls from 10,000 to 38,000 years ago, and a global sample of 1,367 20th century skulls from 30 different ethnic populations. The trend that emerged was toward a reduction in the brow ridge and a shortening of the upper face, traits which generally reflect a reduction in the action of testosterone. There are a lot of theories about why, after 150,000 years of existence, humans suddenly leapt forward in technology. Around 50,000 years ago, there is widespread evidence of producing bone and antler tools, heat-treated and flaked flint, projectile weapons, grindstones, fishing and birding equipment and a command of fire. Was this driven by a brain mutation, cooked foods, the advent of language or just population density? The Duke study argues that living together and cooperating put a premium on agreeableness and lowered aggression and that, in turn, led to changed faces and more cultural exchange. "If prehistoric people began living closer together and passing down new technologies, they'd have to be tolerant of each other," Cieri said. "The key to our success is the ability to cooperate and get along and learn from one another."