linkfest – 01/27/13

A Fat Problem With Heart Health Wisdom – awesome post from jayman. look at the chart. just look at it!

Stress’s impact can affect future generations’ genes“For the first time, genes chemically silenced by stress during life have been shown to remain silenced in eggs and sperm, allowing the effect to be passed down to the next generation…. They found that a tiny number of methylated gene regions survived unerased: an average of just 233 out of approximately 25,000 in the germ cells examined…. Do the markings survive simply because the erasure process may not always work properly, or are they deliberately spared so that the information they carry is passed to the next generation? The finding ‘doesn’t solve this question’, says Hackett. ‘But it’s a proof of principle for one possible mechanism by which traits might be inherited epigenetically.'”

four part series from frank salter — deals mainly with australia, but still an important read for everyone: The War Against Human Nature in the Social Sciences and The War against Human Nature II: Gender Studies (Part 1) and The War against Human Nature II: Gender Studies (Part 2) and The War Against Human Nature III: Race and the Nation in the Media

HVGIQ: Haiti“A weighted average of the Cotten study and the de Ronceray study gives us an IQ of 68 for Haiti. More or less identical to the estimate currently used by Lynn.” – from jason malloy @human varieties. see also A Note on the Hypothesized Haitian Average IQ from nelson.

Sex differences on g and non-g intellectual performance reveal potential sources of STEM discrepancies“Sex differences in cognition are masked by the general factor of intelligence (g). The difference in favoring boys increases across adolescence up to 4 IQ points. Boys show an advantage in mechanical reasoning irrespective of latent g. This advantage might help to understand sex discrepancies in STEM disciplines.” – via mangan.

News in Brief: Ancient human DNA suggests minimal interbreeding“Genetic analysis indicates Stone Age people mated infrequently with Neandertals and other close relatives” – see also dienekes. also peter frost: When was the split?

Messing with the privates“[W]omen in the generality are physically different from men.” – thank you for noticing, john! (~_^) – the derb on, amongst other things, the physical differences between men & women and what that means wrt women in the military and on the front lines (bad idea!). eg.: “‘Using the standard Army Physical Fitness Test … the upper quintile of women at West Point achieved scores on the test equivalent to the bottom quintile of men.'”

The case for earlier Out-of-Africa – @dienekes’.

The Liberals’ War on Science“41 percent of Democrats are young Earth creationists….”

Emotional Smarts Tied to General IQ“The same brain regions that perform cognitive tasks may also provide social intelligence, according to a new study.”

Social evolution: The ritual animal“A major aim of the investigation is to test Whitehouse’s theory that rituals come in two broad types, which have different effects on group bonding. Routine actions such as prayers at church, mosque or synagogue, or the daily pledge of allegiance recited in many US elementary schools, are rituals operating in what Whitehouse calls the ‘doctrinal mode’…. Rare, traumatic activities such as beating, scarring or self-mutilation, by contrast, are rituals operating in what Whitehouse calls the ‘imagistic mode’. ‘Traumatic rituals create strong bonds among those who experience them together,’ he says, which makes them especially suited to creating small, intensely committed groups such as cults, military platoons or terrorist cells…. [L]ow-frequency but high-arousal imagistic varieties that were more common in societies with a smaller average community size, and high-frequency, low-arousal doctrinal rituals that were more established in societies in which communities are larger.”

‘Man Flu’ might not be a myth after all“‘Man Flu’ might not be a myth after all as they have different brains, a female academic has claimed. Dr Amanda Ellison claims that men really do suffer more with coughs and colds as they have more temperature receptors in the brain which causes them to experience the symptoms more acutely than the fairer sex.”

Polynesians reached South America, picked up sweet potatoes, went home“Tubers were spread from New Zealand to Hawaii before European contact.”

Diet, Parental Behavior, and Preschool Can Boost Children’s IQ – wonder if the effects are permanent? the diet one (3.5 points w/omega-3) certainly might be.

bonus: echidna penises have four heads – what more is there to say?

bonus bonus: Ethnic origins of US attendees of 2013 World Economic Forum in Davos – @race/history/evolution.

bonus bonus bonus: Chinese man kept alive by self-built dialysis machine – extra iq points can come in d*mn handy!

bonus bonus bonus bonus: HIV-like viruses in non-human primates have existed much longer than previously thought“Viruses similar to those that cause AIDS in humans were present in non-human primates in Africa at least 5 million years ago and perhaps up to 12 million years ago….”

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hbd chick heartless and uncaring (or, what to do about haiti?)

on a recent post where i said i couldn’t understand why someone (a white woman, in fact) would want to live on a violent and dangerous caribbean island, one commenter suggested that i, basically, have no heart:

“hbd It is called wanting to make the world a better place for your children and for your children’s peers. I appreciate that you don’t understand that mindset.”

i’m not heartless — of course i want to make the world a better place — for everybody — i just have different ideas about how to solve the world’s problems than swpl people.

the same commenter asked how i suggest we help haiti. well, i’ve thought about that a bit.

first of all, i don’t understand why we have to help haiti. (ok, so maybe i am heartless and uncaring.) seriously — i believe that charity does begin at home and we have plenty of homeless and hungry people right here in this country that need help. we don’t have to go to all sorts of far-flung corners of the world just to prove how good we are. and, lest someone out there thinks i mean we should only be helping po’ white trash — no, i mean we should be helping all american citizens who need it. immigrants? well, they can head home if they need assistance.

haiti’s been an independent nation since — what? — 1804 or something like that. why don’t they sort out their own problems for themselves? okay, okay — so we occupied the place for a couple of decades starting in 1915 — but we’ve been outta there since 1934. i think that’s plenty of time for the haitians to have sorted out most of their problems.

but, if we must help the haitians, i do have a couple of suggestions:

1) NO financial aid. zero, zip, zilch. at least none given to any papa docs or baby docs or ANY leader of the country. we have plenty of experience in handing out financial aid to african peoples and it’s always been a disaster. african economists agree with me on this one. if anything, one of those micro-financing systems ought to be set up in the country where individuals get small loans to improve their farms or small businesses or whatever. NO CASH TO LEADERS.

2) no assistance whatsoever would be given until the haitians get their birth rates under control. the country is waaaay over-populated — i don’t think they can feed themselves (isn’t it haiti where people eat dirt cakes? i can’t remember.). they need to do like the chinese and have a one-child — or, at least, a two-child — policy for a generation or two. i repeat, NO ASSISTANCE WHATSOEVER until birth rates are under control (or they agree to work on that with our help). you can’t continue feeding people and letting them have tons of babies which we will then have to feed in turn. that is just exacerbating their problems. frankly, it’s cruel.

3) they (and all sorts of other poor people around the world for that matter) need to get their priorities straight. you don’t get aid if you spend whatever money you do have on luxury items before food and clothing and healthcare and education for your kids. that is a no brainer, afaiac.

4) they obviously need help with healthcare and education. i say send in the missionaries to sort those problems out. and i don’t mean some “tolerant” presbyterians (or peace corps volunteers) who think all peoples are just the same. i mean send in some hellfire-and-brimstone catholic nuns (if there’s any of that sort left in the world) or some hard-core evangelical preachers. someone who, while building and running hospitals and schools, will also put the fear of god into the haitians. ’cause they need it. maybe that will help to sort out the crime rates, too. (of course, being lifted out of poverty ought to alleviate some of those problems.)

those are my few modest proposals. fixing haiti is a tall order and these four points won’t do it, i’m sure. i don’t have all the answers, but swpl people DEFINITELY don’t since they base their ideas about humans on wishful thinking not reality. that’ll getcha nowhere reeeeeal fast.

edit: 5) maybe we should also encourage some haitians to take senegal president, abdoulaye wade, up on his offer to let haitians settle back in his country — if that offer still stands, that is. that could alleviate some of the population problems on haiti itself.

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the japanese ARE raping and pillaging!

we all KNEW they would turn out to be just like the haitians or the nawlanders!

well, suzanne goldenberg and her paper, the guardian, did anyway:

“‘It’s only natural that people get frustrated,’ said Yoshinori Sato, a spokesman for the [Ishinomaki] city council. ‘It’s because of the stress. People are hungry and frustrated. I’ve heard about people screaming and fighting over food.’

“There have been instances of looting at supermarkets and liquor stores. Sato had also heard reports about a stabbing and a rape in the town. ‘In some cases there were houses that were half-destroyed, and people would go in and look for anything they could find to use or to eat,’ he said….

“Several evacuees, as well as people still living in the rubble of their homes, reported that a burglar had been stabbed during a robbery. There were also reports of a sexual assault. Their accounts could not be confirmed as the local police post has been destroyed. But the sense of fear is real.

“Suzuki was burgled while he was in the house. The barber had gone back to pick up some belongings and check on the family shrine. In the short time he was there, a thief climbed up the ladder through which Suzuki entered his home and made off with his bank card and cheque book.

“‘I totally lost trust in everyone,’ Suzuki said. ‘My sense of trust is as badly destroyed as this landscape.’

“He is convinced, though, that the thieves had to be from outside the neighbourhood. ‘I was born and raised here and grew up here,’ he said. ‘I know everyone here.’

“Those bonds are what have sustained people since the tsunami: sharing food and water, and whatever warm clothes they can salvage from their homes….”

yup! see! events in japan unfolding juuuuust like they did in haiti and nawlins and pakistan.

there was (maybe) one rape!! and (maybe) one burglar stabbed!!

see!! it’s just like when hordes of criminals rampaged through the streets of port-au-prince with machetes, looting and raping all the women in sight! or just like when nawlanders looted necessary, survival items like tvs from best buy! it’s just the same! really!

thank GOD the guardian is there in japan to report on this for us!

/sarcasm

previously: on the non-violent japanese of today

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