linkfest – 02/12/12

Research shows genes influence criminal behavior“‘The overarching conclusions were that genetic influences in life-course persistent offending were larger than environmental influences….'”

The Upside of Dyslexia“[M]any people with dyslexia possess distinctive perceptual abilities.”

The Voice of the People II: Arab Democracy“[W]ill any democracy taken up by Arab Muslims inevitably become authoritarian?” – @those who can see.

Hidden Games – from greg cochran.

Were they right after all? – from peter frost.

Which population in the 1000 Genomes Project samples has the most Neandertal similarity? – from john hawks.

42,000 year old art from Andalusia – neanderthal cave paintings? @dienekes’ blog.

Did Easter Islanders Mix It Up With South Americans?

Homosexuality: What’s Choice Got to Do With it?“But as an inveterate mocker of leftist contradictions, I will note that the SAME people who are INSISTING homosexuality is entirely genetic are precisely those who for generations now have denied and dismissed the idea that ‘race’ or ‘gender’ are anything more than ‘social constructs.’ When it comes to race and gender, they will only accept environmental explanations; but when it comes to what you do with your naughty bits, they will only permit biological alibis. For race and gender, it’s 100% ‘nurture’; for sexuality, it’s 100% nature. Like always, they make no sense. But I enjoy watching how they struggle to fit straight pegs into gay holes.” – from jim goad. (who else? (~_^) )

bonus: John Derbyshire’s CPAC Speech: Will Our Multicultural Elites Ever Become Race Realists?

bonus bonus: Some blacks insist: ‘I’m not African-American’

bonus bonus bonus: How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy – more cool stuff on t. gondii, but check this out – “Colorado State University’s Janice Moore … and Chris Reiber, a biomedical anthropologist at Binghamton University, in New York, strongly suspected that the flu virus might boost our desire to socialize. Why? Because it spreads through close physical contact, often before symptoms emerge—meaning that it must find a new host quickly. To explore this hunch, Moore and Reiber tracked 36 subjects who received a flu vaccine, reasoning that it contains many of the same chemical components as the live virus and would thus cause the subjects’ immune systems to react as if they’d encountered the real pathogen. The difference in the subjects’ behavior before and after vaccination was pronounced: the flu shot had the effect of nearly doubling the number of people with whom the participants came in close contact during the brief window when the live virus was maximally contagious.” – heh!

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inclusive fitness works both ways

from the telegraph:

“The game will soon be up for the euro”

“Why, as I write, is the euro worth 84p, or $1.32? I know the British and the American economies aren’t superb, but the euro is a basket case. Also, we have taken measures here to move in the right direction. That has yet to happen properly in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Belgium or any other eurozone country where the vultures are circling. The markets seem to think that Germany especially has a bottomless pit of money to bail out all these banana republics. It doesn’t. Nor does its government have the uncritical support of its electors in seeking to do so. The euro will fail because nations still have an identity, and don’t see themselves working to make sacrifices for profligate neighbours….

especially when they aren’t related (enough) to those neighbors. these blood-is-thicker-than-water sentiments were nicely expressed in a suit against the german gov’t by “five venerable legal and financial experts, including the hugely influential former CEO of Thyssen, Dieter Spethmann”:

“[T]he erosion of German state finances ‘strikes a blow at the constitutional foundations of our state and our society.’ It is contrary to the true spirit of Europe, with its diverse roots and cultures, and ‘trifles with the future of our children and grandchildren.'”

indeed.

running on the same theme:

“Attacks on Immigrants on the Rise in Greece”

“ATHENS — A wave of violent attacks against immigrants by suspected right-wing extremists has put Muslims and the police on alert in rundown parts of Athens with burgeoning migrant populations.

“Immigrants have been beaten and stabbed near central squares, and several makeshift mosques have been burned and vandalized. In the most grievous attack, at the end of October, the assailants locked the door of a basement prayer site and hurled firebombs through the windows, seriously wounding four worshipers.”

sh*t like this is (sadly) gonna get a lot, LOT more frequent as the economy worsens. but that is human nature, like it or not. and the blame should be laid at the feet of the people responsible for the recent balkanization of the west — our so-called leaders, more accurately termed our hostile elite.

previously: clueless.

update 12/03: see also parapundit – “Genetic Closeness Reduces South Korean Anger At North?”

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them’s fightin’ words, boy!

goodness. a little miffed about the election results, are we?:

“We just have to be patient.

“And wait for you [white folks, he means] to pass into that good night, first politically, and then, well…

“Do you hear it?

“The sound of your empire dying? Your nation, as you knew it, ending, permanently?

“Because I do, and the sound of its demise is beautiful.

“So know this.

“If you thought this election was payback for 2008, remember…

“Payback, thy name is…

Temporary.”

update – 11/05: apparently i missed the original version of timmy’s insane rant. the version i quoted from above is the “cleansed” version. here’s the closing to the original (cached by google here):

“We just have to be patient.

“And wait for your [white folks’] hearts to stop beating.

“And stop they will.

“And for some of you, real damned soon truth be told.

“Do you hear it?

“The sound of your empire dying? Your nation, as you knew it, ending, permanently?

“Because I do, and the sound of your demise is beautiful.

“So know this.

“If you thought this election was payback for 2008, remember…

“Payback, thy name is…

“Temporary”.

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word ii

“Except in God-given and constitutional rights, we are not equal. We are all unequal. The utopian promise of equality is but the banner of every power-hungry politician in modern history. And the rise of the egalitarian society means the death of the free society.”

(…except for the god-given part, but who am i to quibble?)

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hbd rules

over @ altright, man-of-the-people and champion of the working class, scott locklin, has been reviewing (in a terrific series of posts, btw) america’s social classes and the current war between them.

he’s right. there’s a ginNORmous class war in america right now with the upper crusties allied with the lower classes (especially minorities) vs. the hard-working middle and upper-working (especially white) classes.

but he’s wrong when he characterizes hbd studies as all about “race and genetics” (“Many people on the Alternative Right seem to think that race and genetics are the ultimate forbidden topic in America today.”)

hbd is not just “race and genetics”, although one could be forgiven for thinking so since most of the hbd (and related) blogs out there tend to focus mainly on race, iq and the sexes.

but that’s not what hbd is all about – or it shouldn’t be anyway. no – studies of human biodiversity are simply studies of biology with a focus on the various human phenotypes and behaviors.

yes, i’m talking consilience.

sure, there’s a class war in america right now (and prolly in most other countries), but i don’t think it will be understood unless we take a look at the underlying biology generating these behaviors. marxist – or any other social – theory just ain’t gonna cut it.

why are american upper crusties battling the middles classes? what’s in it for their genes?

maybe it’s ’cause the two groups are not very related (genetically speaking) anymore (think of the likes of obama, too). maybe it’s ’cause the upper crusties are mostly psychopaths. maybe they’re just misguided and their behaviors (and, therefore, their genotypes) will be weeded out by natural selection (we can always hope!).

but i guaratee you – their behavior, like everyone else’s on the planet, is rooted in their biology; and without understanding that we will never understand their actions.

THAT is what hbd is all about.

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