Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Study gives more proof that intelligence is largely inherited

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They say a picture tells a thousand stories, but can it also tell how smart you are? Actually, say UCLA researchers, it can.

In a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience Feb. 18, UCLA neurology professor Paul Thompson and colleagues used a new type of brain-imaging scanner to show that intelligence is strongly influenced by the quality of the brain's axons, or wiring that sends signals throughout the brain. The faster the signaling, the faster the brain processes information. And since the integrity of the brain's wiring is influenced by genes, the genes we inherit play a far greater role in intelligence than was previously thought.

Genes appear to influence intelligence by determining how well nerve axons are encased in myelin , the fatty sheath of "insulation" that coats our axons and allows for fast signaling bursts in our brains. The thicker the myelin, the faster the nerve impulses.

[ Many people find the idea that intelligence is inherited demolishes their weltanschauung, worldview, they fight to refuse to accept this fact or its implications. ]

One in twenty 15-year-old German males is a member of a neo-Nazi group

Roughly one in twenty 15-year-old German males is a member of a neo-Nazi group, a higher proportion than are involved in mainstream politics, according to a study released on Tuesday. Anti-semitic crimes are reportedly also on the rise, leaving many politicians worrysome about a potential resurgence of right-wing extremism.

Many politicians fear a resurgence of right-wing extremism as unemployment creeps higher in Germany, which is facing its deepest recession since World War Two. Government figures have shown anti-Semitic crimes rose at the end of last year.

"It is shocking that right-wing groups have more success recruiting male youths than the established political parties," said Christian Pfeiffer, author of the report issued by Lower Saxony's criminal research instute.

[ If this is accurate, then clearly it is far from "extreme" for a young German to support the far right, but rather the relative norm. It is especially undemocratic of the German government to criminalize political views that are more popular than their own policies. ]

Australian racially loyal politician Pauline Hanson "was right all along and we were wrong" says newspaper editor

Australia's largest newspaper group has apologised to politician Pauline Hanson for printing photos it wrongly claimed showed her in raunchy poses.

Editors from News Limited admitted that they had been conned and that the images were not of Ms Hanson.

Damon Johnston, the editor of Melbourne's Sunday Herald Sun, said: "We acknowledge that Ms Hanson was right all along - and we were wrong."

[ Let's hope the Australian electorate show how right Ms Hanson is by electing her. ]

Unapologetic Israeli foreign minister causes diplomatic problems with Egypt

Egypt may refuse to work with Avigdor Lieberman, the ultranationalist politician expected to be named as Israel's next foreign minister.

The country's leaders are demanding he apologise for comments last year in which he told president Hosni Mubarak to "go to hell".

Fearing a diplomatic breakdown, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Israeli President Shimon Peres immediately apologised to the Egyptians.

Mr Lieberman scoffed at their overtures at the time, accusing the two Israeli leaders of acting like "a battered wife" before the Egyptians.

[ Most Egyptians wish Mubrarak would go to hell too, although they hate Lieberman as well. Lieberman is much more of a straight talker than Israel is used to having in a powerful political position. He's a man who isn't afraid to be called a "racist". He wouldn't give a damn. I don't know where this right wing government is going exactly, but it looks like there is going to be less of the two-faced indecisiveness of Israel's previous governments. ]

UK police make files on the children of environmental campaigners

A few months later, in December last year, I took my eight-year-old daughter to deliver a "green" Christmas stocking and wish-list to Gordon Brown on behalf of WeCAN. As we left the tube and walked towards Downing Street, seemingly out of nowhere several policemen armed with cameras suddenly appeared. They followed us, taking photographs of the two of us walking hand-in-hand. Not only did I not know why the photos were being taken, but the police then requested our names and addresses - I could only assume they'd be used to create some sort of file on us. Only after giving all her details was my daughter allowed to approach 10 Downing Street and give the letter she had written to Brown's doorman. As I watched her I felt sick at heart that something I'd been so proud to involve her in could actually end up causing her harm. By attempting to engage her in the democratic process, had I ended up getting her a police record? And if I had, how could that be justified when no crime had been commited or even contemplated?

This was not a one-off experience. The following month, this time with my six and 10-year-old, we set off to attend a peaceful protest at Heathrow airport. We arrived to discover dozens of long-lens cameras pointed in our direction. The police were ostensibly there as a safety precaution, but they were also documenting the demonstrators with cameras, many of whom, like us, were mothers and children. Despite the fact they were still reading Biff and Chip, I had to face the unpalatable possibility that my daughters could have steadily growing police files. Add to that the experience of my friend's 15-year-old son, who had decided to film the event and was forced to erase footage containing shots of the police. What did they have to hide?

[ Everyone gets a file on them so there's no point in becoming inactive just to avoid it. It's purely intimidation, but things will get a lot worse for everyone if we stop trying to improve the world - so never be put off by this sort of thing. Really the outrage you feel should compel you to fight the system even more. ]

A hardening of street protests in France worries the government

WELL over 1m protesters took to the streets across France on Thursday March 19th as part of a day of action in defence of jobs and salaries. All eight of France's big unions joined the protests, which drew more support than a similar day of action in January. Train drivers, postmen, teachers, university lecturers, town-hall employees, carmakers, oil workers, supermarket cashiers took part. Among the unions' demands were an end to public-sector job cuts, a boost to the minimum wage and a reversal of tax cuts for the rich.

The government of Nicolas Sarkozy is worried not just by crowd numbers. With Mr Sarkozy's popularity low, public opinion seems to be shifting. For a time voters were turning against strikers, but now they may be swinging behind them. Fully 74% said they supported this week's protests, according to BVA, a pollster, up from 69% in January.

The militant tinge to the protests is new. As the Socialists fail to convince, the hard left is reviving, and with it class warfare. It has a new champion in Olivier Besancenot, a postman - himself on strike - and leader of the New Anti-Capitalist Party. One poll now suggests that he is the most credible alternative to Mr Sarkozy, ahead of any Socialist. Mr Besancenot does not miss a chance to side with strikers. He talks of workers' "exploitation", denounces Mr Sarkozy for pandering to the rich, urges "revolt" and calls on the French to copy the rolling strikes in Guadeloupe.

[ There is no validity in being "anti-capitalist" without opposing the importation of cheap labour and thus being anti-immigrant. No doubt Bescanot refuses to see this and has some confused notions of global equality and brotherhood of man. Still it is good that he is so effectively opposing Sarkozy - and would have to be an improvement on him. The rise of radical politics shows that people are uncomfortable enough to look for new solutions and that is likely to lead them to those who in fact have those solutions. ]

Presidential News Conference - live

Anti-war British politician is banned from entering Canada

George Galloway, a British Member of Parliament, has been banned from Canada on security grounds, the country's immigration service has confirmed.

Mr. Galloway, a Respect Party MP, said the ban was "idiotic" and he would look at legal action to try to overturn it.

British media reported the decision was due to his views on Afghanistan and the presence of Canadian troops there.

[It is indeed a disgrace that Galloway was banned from speaking in Canada. The fact is that having Canadian troops fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan damages Canada's security, because it enrages the Muslims in the country and inspires terrorist attacks, while costing the lives of Canadians - for no benefit whatsoever. ]

Monday, March 23, 2009

Taxpayers buy up toxic assets

The Treasury Department announced plans to buy up troubled assets that are clogging the financial markets. The Treasury Department will partner with private investors to purchase the bad assets, in the latest plan to spend taxpayers' dollars to stimulate the markets and repair the economy. The taxpayers will be, once again, doing the heavy lifting.

This cant be blamed on the previous administration as it happened on obama's watch.

Court orders FDA to allow underage girls access to emergency contraception

A Federal Judge has ruled that the Food and Drug Administration must allow 17 year old girls to use Plan B contraception. Judge Edward Korman said that the FDA "played politics" during past years over emergency contraception when it denied access for underage girls before their own scientists had completed reviewing the matter.

Obama the Not-So-Intellectual

Obama the Not-So-Intellectual

Mark Levin was kind enough to air this montage of Obama stuttering, stammering, and generally misspeaking. Ahhh, the joys of being led by a true intellectual, instead of that dimwit W, huh?

ECR Exposes Islamic Bias in American Textbooks

ECR Exposes Islamic Bias in American Textbooks

EC interviews Dennis Ybarra, author of The Trouble with Textbooks, a book that's created some controversy by exposing the pro-Islam and anti-Christian and -Jewish bias in the United States' public school textbooks.

To watch this video turn down the volume on the blue player to your right. Hint - if you lower the volume and don't hit pause, it will remember the lower setting when you refresh/return. If it doesn't start, hit REPLAY. Thanks

Ex-Commerce Nominee: "Obama Budget Will Bankrupt USA"

Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, formerly Obama's nominee for Secretary of Commerce, explains how Obama's BEST-CASE scenario will bankrupt our country, and that "no system of government" could support these deficits.

Obama's Playing 3-Card Monte with our Economy and AIG

Comrade Obama and his media minions are using AIG as a smoke screen to divert attention from a bigger scam and channel our anger against corporate America.... folks, it's the G-O-V - not A-I-G, that's causing our problems.

someone should steal the governments check book, the amount of corporate criminals in this country could supply a workforce to run everything to efficiency a hundred times over, if not supply us with Soylent Green.


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