The pointlessness of expecting Muesli `moderates' to control the 20% of `British' Mueslis who are now extremists was ingeniously pointed out by top columnist Carol Sarler (see above, 4 viii): just as a Baptist would rather listen to a scientist or policeman than to a Catholic, so Mueslis differing over interpretations of their scriptures were doomed to fight out their irresoluble linguistic battles ad infinitum (Speccie, 25 viii, `The jihadists will never listen').
Ten years after I was sacked for condemning paedohysteria (along with `anti-racism' and egalitarianism), the Wall Street Journal (23 viii) got around to mentioning the fear, or rather hatred of men which had infested the West and led "child advocates" (who would never dream of warning the public against Blecks or Mueslis) to advise parents "never hire a male babysitter." Said the Journal's Jeff Zaslow (if with unnecessary moderation):
Some men are opting not to get involved with children at all, which partly explains why many youth groups can't find male leaders, and why just 9% of elementary-school teachers are male, down from 18% in 1981. People assume that all men "have the potential for violence and sexual aggressiveness," says Peter Stearns, a George Mason University professor who studies fear and anxiety. Kids end up viewing every male stranger "as a potential evildoer," he says, and as a byproduct, "there's an overconfidence in female virtues."
WEST MIGHT REGAIN CHRISTIAN FAITH
As the already-beatified Mother Teresa (d. 1997) was defended by the Vatican (Daily Telegraph, 25 viii) and kept en route for canonization despite a 38-year "crisis of faith" (1959-1997),* it appeared that the Christian Church (branches of which had mellowed towards divorc‚es, fiery feminists, fey gays etc.) might actually be able to accept the genuine loyalty and good faith of the racists, elitists and chauvinists whom it would need if it was to become a useful basis for the fight against socialism, PeeCee and Islam.
* In letters collected to document her life, Mother Teresa -- who was always outwardly cheerful -- struggled fiercely with her faith. Daily Telegraph, 24 viii: She compared her problems to hell and admitted that she had begun to doubt the existence of heaven and God. "The smile," she wrote [to a friend on one occasion], "is a mask or a cloak that covers everything. I spoke as if my very heart was in love with God, a tender personal love. If you were there you would have said, `What hypocrisy!'"
AFRICA SHOULD STOP WHINGEING - SARKOZY
As part of his first 100 days as French President (which won him an approval rating of 64% from the French public -- the highest rating for a President since Charles de Gaulle came to power in 1958), Nicolas Sarkozy, in a few-holds-barred speech in Dakar, Senegal, told African politicians to stop blaming colonialism for Africa's ills and to set to work themselves to rid the Dark Continent of its notorious genocides, other ethnic conflict, tyranny, corruption, poverty, Marxism and AIDS (Afriquenligne, 27 vii; Sunday Telegraph, 26 viii). The surprisingly blunt speech was "widely condemned in Africa as racist," reported the Guardian (27 viii), "including by the head of the African Union commission, Alpha Oumar Konare." South African leader Thabo Mbeki wrote privately to Sarkozy to welcome him as "a citizen of Africa" (who would presumably cough up a nice entry fee in Euros); but this letter was promptly leaked, leading to further accusations from fellow-Africans that Mbeki was a hypocrite.
LYNN & VANHANEN REPLICATED
As `anti-racist' Wiley DePublisher prepared to admit in its European Journal of Personality (21, Heiner Rindermann et al.) that the rank order for national IQs (inferred from OECD testing of mathematical abilities in 15-year-olds of 2000) was much as in IQ and theWealth of Nations (based on IQ data from around 1975) and that there had been no Black catch-up (as fondly envisaged by desperate acolytes of the Flynn Effect), it turned out that no-one needed buy the dull-as-ditchwater journal, for the main IQ results had already been supplied on Volkmar Weiss's website - which also included Volkmar's use of the two data sets to show dysgenic trends in MittelEuropa (about the only way in which Rindermann and his pussyfooting discussants added anything to the causal speculations already considered in IQ & WoN and IQ & Global Inequality and replies to them [reviews by me at Amazon and in this Diary/Blog, xii 2006]).
RACE REALISM DEFINED
Australia's `Sydney Bluegum' website (updated 2007):
The term 'race realism' was originally coined in Edinburgh in 1996 by Chris Brand M.A. The term has since gained acceptance in psychology and biology departments in universities across North and South America, Australasia, Asia and Europe. Race realism concerns recognition of the genetic differences between the human races, particularly with regard to their effect on average IQ and behaviour. The term derives from and is generally associated with the research of the Rushton-Jensen-Lynn group of psychologists, which in turn traces back directly to the London School of psychology founded by Sir Francis Galton and somewhat more distantly, Galton's cousin Charles Darwin.
Cf. a 2004 statement at Samizdata.net: Chris Brand, who I think invented the term 'race realism', is well worth reading, if intemperate at times.
Wikepaedia turned out to have an entry `racial realism' to which I replied:
Chris Brand (Edinburgh) here:
I coined the term 'race realism' in 1996. The term 'scientific racism' had long been used by the hysterico-intellectual left* to smear the position of psychologists (from Galton and Spearman to Jensen, Eysenck, Rushton and Lynn) who reckoned there were substantial and important genetic differences in psychological characteristics between races.
In 1996, after the publication of my book about intelligence, 'The g Factor,' I had agreed to U.K. journalists that I (like any other known supporter of the London School) could be called a 'scientific racist.' By saying this, I meant to do only what the 18th-century Country Party had done when accepting the derogatorily intended nickname 'Tory' (offshore Irish Catholic bog-dweller -- from Tory Island); or what the 18th-century Court Party had done when accepting the similarly ill-intended nickname 'Whig' (Scottish cattle rustler in the Borders, presumably Protestant); or what one British regiment had done in the First World War when proudly accepting the Kaiser's nickname for it, the 'Old Contemptibles'; or what American Negroes had done in the 1960s when agreeing to accept the then-rude term `Blacks.'
Alas for my wee joke, the term 'racist' had (unknown to me - I had no TV in those academic days) been so thoroughly demonized in the late-twentieth-century years of multicultural propaganda and growing peecee tyranny that my effort to stand jocularly proud for 'scientific racism' did not amuse. Even the brave Phil Rushton preferred at that time to be called just a 'race scientist' or `raciologist.'
So on went the thinking cap and (helped by a pal - thanks, Stuart!) I came up with 'race realism,' which has proved more acceptable -- even though I believe it may have enjoyed some degree of usage among Italian Fascists of the 1930s.
I have never come across 'racial realism.'
* See http://www.crispian.demon.co.uk/WileyELUvsCRBhistory.htm
MAJOR BLOW TO SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTALISM AS HEAD START OPTIMISM WASTES AT LEAST 3 BILLION POUNDS
No educational effects at all could be detected by researchers at the University of Durham in 35,000 schoolchildren given pre-school exercises of the Head Start type (ThisIsLondon, 27 viii; Times, 28 viii; ITV News, 28 viii). Non-reading of The g Factor and a blindly ideological pursuit of environmentalist ideas about intelligence and achievement, costing taxpayers 3B, had been enthusiastically endorsed over the six years of the project by NuLabourites Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. The researchers, led by bright-eyed educationist Mrs Christine Merrell, 35, had possibly hoped to draw a veil over their results by presenting them at an obscure academic conference in Hungary.
Several press estimates were that this and related projects had actually squandered 21Billion since Labour came to power in 1997. Jill Kirby, of the centre-Right think-tank the Centre for Policy Studies, said: "This Government has poured money into pre-school education and childcare. We can now see the money has been largely wasted. We have been told this is important to ensure children are more ready to enter school. This research shows that has not happened, and that daycare for children has no educational value."
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