Saturday, February 26, 2005


Nine years after The g Factor proposed reintroducing school streaming (e.g. via parental "track choice" ), Emeritus Professor Ted Wragg of Exeter University, a long-standing liberal-left exponent of egalitarianism and "modern education", wrote in the Guardian (G2, 1 ii, p.5) that he had never personally felt happy conducting mixed ability classes and that it was time to get the politicians out of the matter and leave the choice of streaming to schools and their heads.

{In Ontario, a sociology professor drew applause from leftists by proposing separate schools for Black children -- who tended to get thrown out of ordinary schools for unacceptable behaviour ... }


Racial groupings match genetic profiles, Stanford study finds

STANFORD, Calif. - Checking a box next to a racial/ethnic category gives several pieces of information about people-the continent where their ancestors were born, the possible color of their skin and perhaps something about their risk of different diseases. But a new study by medical school researchers finds that the checked box also says something about a person's genetic background.

This work comes on the heels of several contradictory studies about the genetic basis of race. Some found that race is a social construct with no genetic basis while others suggested that clear genetic differences exist between people of different races.

What makes the current study, published in the February issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics, more conclusive is its size. The study is by far the largest, consisting of 3,636 people who all identified themselves as either white, African-American, East Asian or Hispanic. Of these, only five individuals had DNA that matched an ethnic group different than the box they checked at the beginning of the study. That's an error rate of 0.14 percent.

Neil Risch, PhD, a UC-San Francisco professor who led the study while he was professor of genetics at Stanford, said that the findings are particularly surprising given that people in both African-American and Hispanic ethnic groups often have a mixed background. "We might expect these individuals to cross several different genetic clusters," he noted. That's not what the study found. Instead, each self-identified racial/ethnic group clumped into the same genetic cluster.

The people in this research were from 15 locations within the United States and in Taiwan. This broad distribution means that the results are representative of racial/ethnic groups throughout the United States rather than a small region that might not reflect the population nationwide.

For each person in the study, the researchers examined 326 DNA regions that tend to vary between people. These regions are not necessarily within genes but are genetic signposts on chromosomes that come in a variety of forms at the same location.
Without knowing how the participants had identified themselves, Risch's team ran the results through a computer program that grouped individuals according to patterns of the 326 signposts. This analysis could have resulted in any number of different clusters, but only four clear groups turned up. And in each case the individuals within those clusters all fell within the same self-identified racial group. "This shows that people's self-identified race/ethnicity is a nearly perfect indicator of their genetic background," Risch said.

This work could influence how medical research is carried out. Often researchers ask study participants to identify their race and ethnicity at the beginning of a clinical trial. The researchers can then follow people of different racial/ethnic groups to see which group is more likely to get a particular disease or respond well to a new treatment. This information can help future doctors know which patients may need additional disease screening or should receive one treatment over another.

But recently some researchers have moved to examining genetic differences between participants rather than relying on race and ethnicity. Their reasoning is that genetic differences may be a more precise tool for tracking groups of patients. Risch points out that this genetic analysis is costly. If people fall into the same groups using self-identified race as using genetics, then that could bring down the expanding cost of medical research.

More: Science Daily, 31 i.


The Dutch Government laid proposals before parliament to test all non-European would-be immigrants for knowledge of Holland"s history, culture and language. In reparation, hopefuls would be sent videos to their home countries showing topless Dutch bathing beauties, Dutch homosexuals marrying and Dutch protest marches against coloured immigration. {Meanwhile Dutch lawmaker Gert Wilders, having demanded the expulsion of Muslims convicted of crimes, continued to need the protection of six bodyguards as he dealt in hiding with death threats pouring in by email and internet from irate Islamofascists (American Renaissance, ii).}


In a test of unconscious bias supplied on the internet ( from Harvard University and taken by millions, multicultural propaganda was shown to have had little influence: 88% of Whites found it easier to link White faces to "good" words, compared to only 48% of Blacks. Evidence that very young children require no instruction to recognize racial differences was summarized by Steve Sailer (drawing on the 1998 work of liberal anthropology professor Lawrence Hirschfeld).


Aid organizer Sir Bob Geldof elicited accusations of "racism" when he said he was "profoundly bored" with the problems of Africa, where "the pace of change is far too slow and Africans excuse their own complicity in exactly the same way as our politicians"(American Renaissance, ii).


On the heels of the abysmal climb-down by Harvard President Larry Summers (above), London School researchers studying hundreds of students in Canada found neural conduction velocity (NCV) was 4% faster in the brains of males -- which they inclined to attribute to the male"s greater percentage of white (vs grey) matter required to support superior male spatial abilities (Sunday Times, 6 ii; icWales, 7 ii).

The result {by zoologistEd Reed and psychologists Philip Vernon and Andrew Johnson, and due to appear in the prominent journal Intelligence} was promptly condemned by Marxist Prof. Steven Rose and ex-Stalinist feminist and lesbian writern Bea Campbell. The diplomatic (and race-shy (e.g. Diary, ii 2003) Harvard professor Steven Pinker applied his talents to suggesting that his boss, Summers, may just have been a teeny-weeny bit wimpish in his multiple apologies to feminists for suggesting that human psychological sex differences might just a tiny bit possibly be genetic.


The House of Commons education select committee was told by researchers that children in Clackmannanshire taught to analyse words into the 42 basic sounds of the English language were a full 11 months ahead in reading by age 11. {A phonic teaching scheme, "Speak"n"Spell Alphabet", was offered to McDougall NewsLetter readers in 1999.}


The feminastie torturers of President Lawrence Summers (see January Diary) got new ammunition in a transcript of a talk by Summers early in January to a private meeting of economists. The document showed Summers had noted (as had the London School by 1985) that human females show a narrower range of scoring on many variables -- e.g. height, weight, propensity for criminality, overall IQ, mathematical ability, and scientific ability. He had also shocked some of his "academics" by observing that there aren"t many Jews in farming, Whites in basketball or Catholics in investment banking (ABC News, 19 ii; Daily Telegraph, 19 ii). Summers also suggested that married academic women may be rather workshy by Harvard standards and wondered whether Harvard"s preferential hiring of minorities was an unfailing success. Summers' flirtation with genetic explanations followed on the heels of top Finnish economist Tatu Vanhanen backing low IQ as the explanation for Black Africa's problems. Summers was sent messages of condemnation from the presidents of Princeton, Stanford and MIT, but not from the president of Yale. He was defended by leading articles in the Washington Post, 19 ii, the Daily Telegraph, 19 ii, the Financial Times, 19 ii, and Business Investors" Daily, 19 ii, and by columnists Kathleen Parker in the Orlando Sentinel and Steve Sailer in VDare (20 ii); Newsweek called Summers" speech "ill-advised" but noted that undergraduates at and investors in Harvard had proved supportive; but Britain"s dear old Grauniad backed the feminasties, if only in its "Education" section (21 ii) and the Washington Post felt obliged to air irate feminazies claiming that "Summers's comments were without scientific merit" (21 ii).

{For sex differences and their biological bases, see my Quotes XII.}


Markedly braver before the modern Inquisition than President Summers (above) was London"s elected mayor, Ken Livingstone. After he had (apparently in his cups) criticized a pestering Jewish journalist working for the right-of-centre Evening Standard as behaving "like a concentration camp guard", retractions were called for by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, by P.M. Tony Blair and by the gay rights group Outrage! and Livingstone was to be "looked into" by the Commission for Racial Equality. Unfazed, however, Livingstone refused to issue any apology (in this very different from the effusively placatory Summers) saying he didn"t see why he should "say words I do not believe" (thus providing quite a model to the cowards of British and American academia who have long declined to speak the truth about race differences, sex differences and paedophilia).


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