linkfest – 06/24/12

Welsh people could be most ancient in UK, DNA suggests

Genomics and African queens“[The researchers] found that the genomes of some Ethiopian populations bear striking similarities to those of populations in Israel and Syria, a potential genetic legacy of the Queen of Sheba and her companions.”

Opiate of the Male Masses“How big of a problem, really, does pornography cause for men?” – from dennis mangan.

Study suggests poor mothers favor daughters“Poor mothers will invest more resources in daughters, who stand a greater chance of increasing their status through marriage than do sons…. On the contrary, mothers who were better off financially favored sons over daughters.” – an example of the trivers-willard hypothesis. research article. h/t linton! (^_^)

Liberalism rankings by country – from the audacious epigone.

Study Finds People Who Believe In Heaven Commit More Crimes“A study published in the scientific journal PLoS One by University of Oregon’s Azim Shariff and University of Kansas’s Mijke Rhemtulla finds that people who believe in hell are less likely to commit a crime while people who believe in heaven more likely are to get in trouble with the law.” – i thought the concepts of heaven and hell usually went together?

Declining testosterone levels in men not part of normal aging, study finds“‘Men who had declines in testosterone were more likely to be those who became obese, had stopped smoking or were depressed at either clinic visit.'”

bonus: Never-before-seen microbes found in Chile’s desert

bonus bonus: All 786 Known Planets To Scale – from xkcd. (^_^)

bonus bonus bonus: EU should ‘undermine national homogeneity’ says UN migration chief“Peter Sutherland told peers the future prosperity of many EU states depended on them becoming multicultural.”

bonus bonus bonus bonus: Jogging in forest twice as good as trip to gym for mental health

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  2. “i thought the concepts of heaven and hell usually went together?”
    Maybe they believe in hell, but don’t think they, personally, will go there. A branch of my extended family is made up heavily of folks who are either fundamentalist ministers or convicted felons. But they share a common belief that they are among the saved, while atheistic degenerates like me are destined for hell.

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  3. “Peter Sutherland told peers the future prosperity of many EU states depended on them becoming multicultural.”
    It seems to me that most of the European states that have been successful have also been embarrassingly (for the diversicrats) monoethnic, while many of the disappointments (and horrors) have been from diverse, vibrant places like the Balkans. I would also like to be enlightened on how bringing in Somalis who have 6 or 7 children per woman, mostly on welfare, helps to solve budget problems. That claim might hold a little water if the immigrants were mostly highly-educated East Asians (although problems of social cohesion and national identity would be compelling arguments against mass immigration even by these groups), but it makes no sense when the immigrants are even more likely than natives to be unemployed and welfare-dependent.

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  4. re Liberalism rankings by country:

    “The formula is simple. The WVS asks a series of questions on the justifiability of several different actions and behaviors. Taking the mean responses to the queries on homosexuality, prostitution, abortion, divorce, euthanasia, suicide, and wife beating (inverted)–all on a 10-point scale–and then averaging those, we get a liberalism index score for each country.”

    Trying to give liberalism a bad name, eh? How about if we identify conservatives with intolerant, narrow minded, wife-beating, sexist, selfish, authoritarian, fundamentalist, and scientifically ignorant?

    Any healthy society will have liberals and conservatives in it. One party is interested in reforming what is bad, the other side in preserving what is good. They tend to specialize based on inborn temperament. But when one side tries to pathologize the other, that is not a healthy thing in my opinion.

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  5. One party is interested in reforming what is bad, the other side in preserving what is good.

    What do you call somebody who thinks everything is bad?

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  6. “What do you call somebody who thinks everything is bad?”

    A cynic, who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.

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  7. “What do you call somebody who thinks everything is bad?”

    On further reflection, a leftist.

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