linkfest – 02/18/13

A Genetic Code for Genius? – more on the bgi project.

Genetic components of political preference“[I]ndividuals tend to have a broad, evolution-based orientation toward being more conservative or liberal about various elements, such as protecting their in-group. That in-group orientation can translate into preferences on political issues such as reproductive rights, immigration, and war, as well as political behaviors such as voting behavior and political participation.”

Baby-making among non-whites by political orientation over time – from the awesome epigone.

Higher Levels of Neanderthal Ancestry in East Asians Than in Europeans (Wall et al. 2013) – @dienekes’.

Gildea (1992): A lost IQ study of transracially adopted Koreans – from jason malloy.

Unchanging Essence“Shea says that no anthropologist in his right mind would think that existing cultural variation among humans had anything to do with genetic differences between existing populations. It will be interesting to discover the alleles that made him say that.” – heh. – from greg cochran.

Obama Seeking to Boost Study of Human Brain“The Obama administration is planning a decade-long scientific effort to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity, seeking to do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics.” – via steve sailer.

Peter Turchin on the Big Picture – (on “cycles of inequality”) – from steve sailer.

Memory of chimps ‘far better than human’

Why Almost Everyone in Russia Has a Dash Cam“The sheer size of the country, combined with lax — and often corrupt — law enforcement, and a legal system that rarely favors first-hand accounts of traffic collisions has made dash cams all but a requirement for motorists. ‘You can get into your car without your pants on, but never get into a car without a dash cam,’ Aleksei Dozorov, a motorists’ rights activist in Russia told Radio Free Europe last year.”

Why Children Must Inherit Their Last Names from Their Father, Not Their Mother – from kanazawa.

Bacteria boost fixes symptoms of autism in mice“[I]nfecting pregnant mice with molecules from a flu virus caused autism-like symptoms in their offspring. The pups were less social, squeaked less and displayed repetitive behaviours. They also had a ‘leaky’ gastrointestinal tract that allowed bacteria to move in and out of the lining. In addition, the bacteria present in their gut were significantly different from that found in mice without autism-like behaviour. Studies in humans have also identified links between gut bacteria and autism. For example, a 2011 study identified a significant lack of Bacteroides in children with autism.”

How Napoleon Chagnon Became Our Most Controversial Anthropologist“He spent much of the past decade working on a memoir instead’ ‘Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes — the Yanomamö and the Anthropologists,’ which comes out this month.” – heh.

The Weird Irony at the Heart of the Napoleon Chagnon Affair – definitely all very weird.

bonus: The Pilgrims as Illegal Aliens“Letting in immigrants means letting in your future rulers.”

bonus bonus: Illegal Immigrations and Black Unemployment“It’s peculiar … that those who can usually be counted on to highlight any disparity between blacks and whites — whatever the reason and no matter how slight the disparity – have said not a word about the effect of illegal immigration on blacks.”

bonus bonus bonus: Sea slug loses penis after sex but grows another the next day“Invertebrate may discard organ like a dirty needle to avoid carrying competitors’ sperm.” – ouch!

bonus bonus bonus bonus: Bronze Age beads that are worth their weight in gold: 4,000-year-old burial chest unearthed on Dartmoor ‘one of most significant historical finds in a century’

bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: Could the sea be conscious? Research reveals how tiny plankton behave like a marine ‘megamind’

bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: Debate Continues: Did Your Seafood Feel Pain?“Scientists disagree on whether your seafood suffered.”

bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: Norway jails Rwandan for 21 years over role in 1994 genocide“Similar cases against Rwandans have been brought in neighbouring Sweden, Finland and Denmark.” — nordic countries’ jurisdictions extend globally (perhaps even throughout the entire solar system?) — just thought you should know.

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linkfest – 11/27/11

Gene Variants May Factor into Impulsivity, Substance Abusenrxn3.

Vitamin D and Northern Natives“[B]ecause northern natives have long inhabited high latitudes, natural selection should have progressively reduced their vitamin-D requirements. There is in fact evidence that the Inuit have compensated for decreased production of vitamin D through increased conversion to its most active form and through receptors that bind more effectively.” – from peter frost. cool!

Nudge thyself“Economists have more to learn from the natural sciences if they are to claim a realistic model of human behaviour.”

Climate change actually boosts human evolution as it forces us to move to new areas and work together

Neuroscience Challenges Old Ideas about Free Will“‘New questions also seem silly many times until a new perspective is accepted. I think we will get over the idea of free will and and accept we are a special kind of machine, one with a moral agency which comes from living in social groups. This perspective will make us ask new kinds of questions.'”

Brain cell genomes show their individuality

IQ Affirmation and Denial in the Times – from dennis the menace mangan.

Deliberate Practice – Necessary But Not Sufficient“We found strong evidence that abundant DP is necessary (but not sufficient) and estimated that the minimum requirement to achieve master level is 3,000 hours of DP. We also review evidence showing that other factors play a role in chess skill: general cognitive abilities, sensitive period, handedness, and season of birth.”

When Humans First Plied the Deep Blue Sea – 40,000 year old tuna catch in east timor.

Genome-wide Association of Copy-Number Variation Reveals an Association between Short Stature and the Presence of Low-Frequency Genomic Deletions“Our results suggest that in individuals undergoing copy-number analysis for clinical indications, short stature increases the odds that a low-frequency deletion will be found. Additionally, copy-number variation might contribute to genetic variation in stature in the general population.”

The First North American Migration—Not a Strait Route? – clovis = soul-train solutrean?

The ABCC9 of Sleep: A Genetic Factor Regulates How Long We Sleep“ABCC9, a known genetic factor in heart disease and diabetes, also influences the duration of sleep in humans.”

bonus: Alabama Law Pays Off: Unemployment Down Sharply After Crackdown on Illegal Aliens via amren.

bonus bonus: Life began with a planetary mega-organism“[I]n order to cope, the early cells must have shared their genes and proteins with each other. New and useful molecules would have been passed from cell to cell without competition, and eventually gone global. Any cells that dropped out of the swap shop were doomed. ‘It was more important to keep the living system in place than to compete with other systems,’ says Caetano-Anollés. He says the free exchange and lack of competition mean this living primordial ocean essentially functioned as a single mega-organism.”

bonus bonus bonus: Diversity of Life Snowballed When Ancient Earth Was Frozen Solid

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the farming problem

i had a short post the other week about “crops rotting in the fields” because georgia decided it would no longer tolerate illegal immigrants.

anonymous commented today (a reference would’ve been nice, btw):

“Let me spell it out for you–or rather let a California farmer facing the same problem s-p-e-l-l it out for you: ‘Some economists and advocates for farm workers say the labor shortages would ease if farmers would pay more. Lake County growers said that pickers’ pay was not low — up to $150 a day — and that they had been ready to pay even more to save their crops. “I would have raised my wages,” said Steve Winant, a pear grower whose 14-acre orchard is still laden with overripe fruit. “But there weren’t any people to pay.”‘”

well, first of all, farmer winant has it a bit backwards — if he, and other farmers, start offering higher wages — like on a regular basis — then there will be people to pay. build it and they will come!

secondly, i live in a farming community, so i know it’s not easy and that farmers are not rolling in it. farmers earn next to nothing on the dollar for the meat and agricultural products that they produce. what you pay for an item in the grocery store? — a farmer only gets maybe a quarter of that or less — sometimes much less. and the costs right now? fertilizer has gone through the roof, for one.

so, i understand the desire for cheap labor — especially when all your neighboring farmers are hiring cheap labor and driving you out of business.

but hiring hordes of illegal mexican (or other) immigrants is NOT the answer. it may be a good short-term solution, but it’s not going to solve the problem of keeping farming a viable business in america. and all this mass immigration from mexico (and elsewhere) is extremely detrimental to american society — on all levels (read vdare sometime). plus, i don’t want to live in mexico. if i had, i would’ve moved there a long time ago. i also don’t want my descendants to live in mexico. i think a lot of americans (not to mention mexicans!) are with me on this one.

we all need to start thinking about and planning for the future. i know farmers today have got bills to pay and kids to raise, but this is why we have got to help them out.

it’s in a nation’s strategic interests to be able to feed its own people. what happens in a war situation? do you think we’ll be able to important bananas from any of those banana republics then? prolly not. or consider the rising imports of beef from argentina or brazil. or maybe grain from the ukraine someday. do we want to go down that road where we’ll be dependent on food products from abroad? no, we don’t. bad idea. so, we need to support farming in this country and we need to start doing it now.

americans spend ca. 7% of their household budget on food. that’s nothing. our grandparents (well, omg, for some of you, your great-grandparents) used to spend something like 60% of their household budget on food. i’m not saying we should go back to those good old days, but i do think that americans could re-prioritize to spend a bit more on food every year. maybe, i dunno, keep your i-pods for two years instead of upgrading every year? quit making steve jobs richer and start helping out farmers who put food on your table!

so i think farmers should pay their workers more in order to attract legal workers, even if that means raising their prices. and i think americans should be happy to pay a little extra at the till when they go to the market.

laws like georgia’s are a great idea, only they need to be nation-wide (i know — good luck with that). illegal immigrants need to be eliminated from the job market ’cause they just depress wages. other laws should be changed like unemployment regulations.

look, the farmer quoted above is from california and he says he can’t find any workers — but california’s unemployment rate is 11.7%!:

something does not compute. there ARE workers available in california. 1) raise the wages and they will come. 2) stop unemployment payments to anyone who will not take the first job available to them. the state should not be there to keep you in whatever lifestyle it is that you have achieved while you search for your next hotel-motel management job. no. unemployment should just be a stop-gap solution to keep you from starving until you find a new job. if an unemployed person says no to a harvest job, well then — no more unemployment benefits.

/rant (~_^)

previously: crops rotting in the fields!

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