Monday, November 30, 2015


Some progress towards realizing that the West had backed the wrong side in the Solunni vs Shitite Islamic civil war in Arabia was made as Turkey brought down a Russian bomber that had passed through its airspace for seventeen seconds. The outrage, which resulted in the death of the Russian pilot, showed plainly that Solunni Turkey gave priority to overthrowing Syria’s Basher Assad rather than to the professed Western aim of attacking ISICK.

Evidently Russian bombing of Turkey’s ‘Turkmen’ allies in Syria had come too close to the bone and threatened Turkey’s dream of sharing in ISICK’s Solunni caliphate. Press speculation grew that Turkey’s objective was shared by Saudi and Qatar and that all three countries fuelled money and arms to ISICK; and even that Obarmy’s America itself might have helped Turkey by supplying information about Russian flights.

As the West’s confusions and mistakes were exposed (well-meaning as they were, intended to hang on to Gulf oil and bribe Solunnis not to indulge their devout wish to annihilate the Jews) Russia made it plain it would continue to back in force the Whiter and religiously more moderate Shitites – demonstrating this never more clearly than in Vladimir Putin’s icy expression when France’s President Hollande (his capital a gruesome victim of ISICK which had gunned down 130) flew to Moscow to seek help but persisted with the fond Western moralism of wanting Assad overthrown.

Fortunately China probably ended the West’s confusion when it declared that, like Russia, it would sign up to a ‘coalition of the willing’ so long as the first objective was to smash Sunni ISICK, not Shitite/Alawite/secular Assad.

    Joy at such progress was not unconfined at Westminster, where Conservatives knew full well that they had themselves only two years previously wanted to bomb Basher – and had only been stopped from doing so by Labour and a few defectors in their own ranks.

But the new sight of the Corbynized Labour party, in its peecee-pacifist anti-racism, not welcoming coalition with Hitler-crushing Russia, communist China, republican America and socialist France against barbaric Islamofascist beheaders, enslavers, racists, teetotallers, homophobes and misogynists gave satisfaction – not least in bringing out longstanding top-drawer leftist columnist Andrew Rawnsley to denounce Corbyn/McDonnell/Abbot-led Labour as hopeless (Observer, 29 xi).


After thirty years of mounting political correctness, 28 Harvard professors, headed by Jeannie Suk,

 Seoul-born Suk, a graduate of Harvard, Yale and Oxford

wrote to the US Department of Education to complain about the latest manifestation of the tyranny and the Department’s encouragement of it (Daily Telegraph, 28 xi, pp. 22-23, ‘Political correctness rules in America’s student ‘safe spaces’’).

Having already silenced all but the most reverential talk in universities about race, sex, class and age, angst-ridden students had moved on to demand academic staff give due warning of any ‘micro-aggression’ their lectures might involve – especially for already ‘traumatized’ students – by using words like ‘rape,’ ‘divorce,’ and ‘violate.’

Students had also found Department support for their demands for ‘safe spaces’ where they could play with cuddly toys without risk of upset from realists, truth-tellers or comedians; and for literary works to be flagged up if they contained trauma-triggering material (The Great Gatsby was a special target since it featured suicide, domestic abuse and graphic violence).

Analysts attributed the students’ insecurities to their having grown up through such stressful times as 9/11 and the financial crash of 2008.


Treasured feminoid dogma took a slap as a pretty, stylish and young teacherette at a top London all-girls school gave her view that modern education had gone seriously astray – merely filling girls heads with facts and preparing them for debased exams – and that many girls would have been happier in days when they were only expected to marry (Sunday Mail, 29 xi). Writing for The Oldie, religious education instructor Blanche Girouard, who taught at the prestigious St Paul’s School for Girls (where fees were £23,000p.a.), painted a rosy picture of an era when 'everything seemed to be geared towards marriage' and 'parents really didn't seem to care' about educating girls.


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Monday, November 23, 2015



More than half the US  nation’s governors say they oppose letting Syrian refugees into their states, although the final say on this contentious immigration issue will fall to the federal government.

States protesting the admission of refugees range from Alabama and Georgia, to Texas and Arizona, to Michigan and Illinois, to Maine and New Hampshire. Among these 30 states, all but one have Republican governors.

The announcements came after authorities revealed that at least one of the suspects believed to be involved in the Paris terrorist attacks entered Europe among the current wave of Syrian refugees. {snip}

Some leaders say they either oppose taking in any Syrian refugees being relocated as part of a national program or asked that they be particularly scrutinized as potential security threats.


Jim Lynch, a spokesman for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, issued this statement:

“The governor doesn’t believe the U.S. should accept additional Syrian refugees because security and safety issues cannot be adequately addressed. The governor is writing to the President to ask him to stop, and to ask him to stop resettling them in Ohio. We are also looking at what additional steps Ohio can take to stop resettlement of these refugees.”


Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant wrote on Facebook that he was working with the state’s homeland security department to “determine the current status of any Syrian refugees that may be brought to our state in the near future.

“I will do everything humanly possible to stop any plans from the Obama administration to put Syrian refugees in Mississippi. The policy of bringing these individuals into the country is not only misguided, it is extremely dangerous. I’ll be notifying President Obama of my decision today to resist this potential action.”


A senior White House security official attempted to allay concerns about the vetting of Syrian refugees.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said, “We have very extensive screening procedures for all Syrian refugees who have come to the United States.

New York Rep. Peter King, speaking on Fox News, cast doubt on Rhodes’ comments.

“What he said about the vetting of the refugees is untrue. There is virtually no vetting cause there are no databases in Syria, there are no government records. We don’t know who these people are.”


A review of: Race and Sport – Evolution and Racial Differences in Sporting Ability by DUTTON, E. & LYNN, R. (2015)

This work, by psychology’s leading psychometrician race realist, Richard Lynn, and the versatile young philosopher-theologian-anthropologist, Edward Dutton, aims to trace racial differences in sporting success, via likely underlying psychological and physiological factors, to causation from genes, environment and evolution. The main novel feature of the book is its scores of tables presenting details of contestants such as Olympic medallists in recent times and classifying them by nationality and, where possible, as of African, Asian or European racial origin. The ideas of such writers on sport and race as Jon Entine and the more social-environmentalist Malcolm Gladwell and Kenan Malik are considered; and the book provides a substantial introduction to the basic measures and methods of differential psychology and psychogenetics.

    As the authors acknowledge and discuss, organized sports involve quite a number of definitional characteristics. They are rule-governed, time-limited, physical and/or mental competitions between well-matched opponents that are intended to entertain, educate or improve participants and/or observers. Unlike games, they are not primarily for the amusement or diversion of competitors; and they cannot be wide open to cheating – so bridge is excluded (as contingually from the Olympics). But they still range widely: the book considers some fifty sports, in twelve chapters (broadly: team, track, field, combat, agility, boating, aim, weight-lifting, racquet, vehicle, equestrian, winter and chess). Understandably, Dutton & Lynn do not try to identify any general factor of sporting ability in their data on international super-winners but rather look at race in connection with individual sports.

    The main story that emerges is of the readily noticeable racial differences between West Africans, East Africans and East Asians. Central to these differences are the familiar average differences in somatotype: the three groups tend respectively to be relatively mesomorphic (muscular), ectomorphic (lean) and endomorphic (fat). Evolutionarily, mesomorphy seems adapted to dwelling in regions of rich vegetation (especially trees) where explosive muscle power will make for sprinting, jumping for bananas, heavyweight boxing and other fast-paced physical competition with other humans to exploit what the environment readily supplies. Ectomorphy, by contrast, is more suitable to mountainous areas where conservation of energy (especially, efficient use of the thinner supplies of oxygen) allows sustained effort such as hunting across difficult and sparse terrain. And endomorphy – serving to retain heat and to shield sensitive parts of the anatomy – would have been a natural adaptation to the conditions of extreme cold as out-of-Africa adventurers went north and even crossed the Himalayas and Gobi Desert during the ice Age. Thus it is intelligible that Blacks of West African heritage are over-represented among the stars of the quick and vigorous sports so beloved of spectators – especially the various versions of football.

By contrast, long-distance running shows an advantage for East Africans; and sports requiring balance, such as swimming, diving and gymnastics give East Asian folk an edge. That the Himalayas gave intelligence a particular boost is perhaps indicated by China topping the charts in table tennis – with its demands for speed of information intake and reaction.

    What of Europeans? Well, people of European origin are, on average, intermediate between the three types of body-build; so no striking biological prediction looks possible. Anyway, White success in many sports will have been assisted in the past by Europeans having enjoyed greater wealth, leisure and technological sophistication. Perhaps the most obvious story is that, as for East Asians, reliance on agriculture imposed special demands for intelligence, discipline, organization and (especially for rice growers) co-operation; but such developments would help achieve top levels of success in virtually all sports, especially given the vast amounts of practice and planning that are increasingly necessary as sport has become a major worldwide industry. Naturally there are some tantalizing special superiorities, as of Indian subcontinentals at spin bowling, of north-east Europeans at weight-lifting and wrestling, of Russian women at 20km walking and of the UK at sailing; but these will require more evidence and thought to confirm and elucidate them.

    The drastic limitation on ability variance when studying only top sportsmen and –women rules out the provision of numerical correlations, which would necessarily be slight. By the same token, calculation of heritabilities and of such effects as genetic-environmental interaction and covariance cannot be attempted. But to have brought together the biological factors that most likely, according to current evidence, underpin sporting success is valuable; to have shown how posited sociological factors like ‘lifestyles’ and ‘stereotypes’ often have little to offer will provide students with useful models of explanatory argumentation; and to have detailed the links of biology and sports to race will give the idealistic and ignoracist prophets of postmodern hermeneuticist ‘cultural’ Marxism plenty to ponder.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Though a consensus on ‘female equality’ reigned in politics and the media – culminating in omnipresent demands for equal pay and representation – the somewhat higher earnings for men turned out to be justified not only by male strength and risk-taking but by masculinity itself.

Using the ‘systematizer vs empathizer’ distinction made in the course of work on autism by Simon Baron-Cohen (U. Cambridge), researcher Nick Drydakis (Anglia Ruskin University) found that the advantage in masculinity enjoyed by males over females also predicted higher pay rates both among men and among women (Daily Mail, 30 x).

In a survey of 16K Brits, systematizers (who claimed to like technical matters, making lists, reading non-fiction and map-reading, as opposed to having stronger socio-emotional and artistic interests) had a 10% pay lead among men and a 6% lead among women.

So, though it was perhaps not a bundle of fun to be a systematizer, the higher pay of males could be traced to self-reported psychological reality rather than to social stereotyping.

{A major sex difference in personality, this dimension – perhaps best called tough-mindedness, as by Hans Eysenck, Raymond Cattell, William James and Shakespeare – was outlined in TgF, Chap.1, pp.43-5.}


Daily Telegraph, 12 xi:

Polish nationalists in front of the National Stadium during the 'March of Independence' Photo: EPA

Tens of thousands of protesters poured into Warsaw's streets on Wednesday for a demonstration organised by the far right, marching under the slogan "Poland for the Polish" and burning an EU flag.

Demonstrators watch a European Union flag burning during the annual march commemorating Poland's National Independence Day   Photo: AFP

Police said 25,000 people joined the march, which marked the anniversary of Poland's return to independence after the First World War, while organisers put the numbers at 50,000.

"God, Honour, Homeland," chanted the protesters as they marched under a sea of red-and-white Polish flags.

Demonstrators trampled and burned a European Union flag at one point, while a banner added to the anti-EU theme with the slogan "EU macht frei" ("Work makes you free" in German), a reference to the slogan over the gates at Auschwitz.

"Yesterday it was Moscow, today it's Brussels which takes away our freedom," chanted one group of protesters.

Other banners read "Great Catholic Poland" and "Stop Islamisation".

Polish nationalists light flares in front of the National Stadium during the 'March of Independence' under the slogan 'Poland for the Poles, the Poles for Poland', which is part of Polish Independence Day celebrations in Warsaw  Photo: EPA

Several thousand riot police officers were deployed for the protest, which was punctuated by numerous firecrackers and smoke bombs but otherwise went off peacefully.

Demonstrators wave Polish flags during the annual march commemorating Poland's National Independence Day in Warsaw   Photo: AFP

Poland was returning to conservative rule after eight years of centrist government, following the Law and Justice (PiS) party's landslide election victory in October on a platform playing strongly on fears over the European migrant crisis.

Poland’s Foreign Minister, interviewed on BBC World Service Radio (13 xi, 10:05 GMT), said that to use the term ‘parasites’ in connection with the Merkel-unleashed flood of A/A ‘migrants’ was not offensive but just a realistic warning. And, indicating a lack of faith in the official peecee line that A/A pumigrants were a pretty much unmixed blessing, Eurodiners agreed at an emergency summit in Malta to fork out some £5B to bribe A/A countries (especially Turkey) to somehow divert the “avalanche” of migration to Europe that had been triggered by “careless skier” Merkel (said the German Finance Minister) (Guardian, 13 xi).


The French were given an opportunity to dissociate from Germany’s ‘white guilt’ liberalism and to begin expelling the millions of Mueslis they had insanely invited and the thousands of leftist intellectual traitors they had casually nurtured. Some 130 Parisiens were gunned down or grenaded by some 20 jihadist goons, and a further 350 were injured by the sucidal ISICK fanatics who started shooting in several culturally-symbolic places, including a football stadium, a nightclub and a Paris concert house (BBC R4, 13 xi, 22:00).

These Friday-night horrors occurred after years of Mueslis burning thousands of French cars and murdering the journalists of the Parus-loved satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. At last the Frogs, if they had any bottle or gumption at all, had occasion to understand that – as in WWI and WWII – their analysis had been wrong, and that of Britain and Russia had been right.

At last France had the chance to redeem itself by supporting an Allied initiative against the Muesli wedge that Western Europe – thinking (with idealistic American insistence) it must pay for the oil which it had itself discovered and developed -- had allowed to be driven into its heart.

France would find it easy to improve since, in deference to peecee multiculturalism, it had scrapped its borders, allowed its Mueslis to fight for ISICK in Syria and return to France at their leisure, and – while it had zealously prosecuted every smidgeon of ‘hate speech’ – remained fetishistically tolerant of Mueslis advocating jihad.


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Monday, November 02, 2015


A big new study of Swedish twins found that genetics accounted for 41 per cent of the likelihood an individual would be ‘civically engaged’ – i.e. help in the community (Daily Mail, 26 x). The researchers studied 1197 pairs of identical twins – who have exactly the same genes – and 684 pairs of non-identical twins – whose genes differ. By looking at the differences, they assessed what part genes have to play in their behaviour, given that they were brought up in identical environments. The researchers, led by Christopher Dawes of Dept Politics, New York University, and writing in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, said this was the latest characteristic found to have an underlying genetic component. Others included altruism, financial risk taking, impulsivity, leadership, smoking addiction, socio-economic status and trust.


Oz-born Guardianista professorette German Greer found herself disinvited from addressing Cardiff Uni students – she was to have talked about ‘Women & Power’ (Daily Mail, 26 x) but 2K students petitioned against her. GG’s offence was to have upset the ever-irritable zealots of lithe LGBT ‘community’ by reflecting on an American athlete who had re-arranged his sexuality to become ‘Caitlyn Jenner’ and thus to appear as a glamour girl on the covers of Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Surgery, creams, and late-in-life hormones did not a woman make, thought the author of "The Female Eunuch" {presumably because the Kardashian-marrying Jenner’s brain was still male} {or perhaps because the modified Jenner lacked the clitoris and “smelly vagina” which GG deemed central to female sexuality}. And, for good measure, GG had gone on to say Jenner had probably had the supposed sex change so as to compete for publicity with his generously proportioned female relatives; and she thought ‘M2F’ operations were sometimes misogynistic attempts to assert that altered men were actually more gorgeous than glamour girls.

Thus GG, the high priestess of feminism, was herself called misogynist by her Cardiff critics. In response to LGBT wrath, the feminist icon threatened to cancel her trip from Cambridge, saying she couldn’t be bothered to have things thrown at her at age 70 – though she was finally given assurance as to her security.

    A case suggesting GG might be on to something re M2F transgendering was that of Tara Hudson of Bath. A 26-year-old hairdresser, ‘she’ had been born a male, ‘Aaron,’ but, beginning age 20, had six operations and hormone treatment to reassign herself as a fetching female.

However, heavily tattooed and suffering psychotic symptoms since 2009, ‘she’ came to public attention following a not-very-womanly but very drunken pub argument and headbutt which (along with what the Bristol Recorder called her “worrying” history of eight previous convictions for battery) led to her being jailed for three months – and sent to an all-male prison (from which 140K critical signatures eventually got her transferred) (Daily Mail, 29 x; BBC, 30 x)).

    Not that transgendering never worked. One Jenna Talackova, 27, who had begun surgery at age 14, managed to get into the twelve finalists in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada competition, to win an award for ‘Miss Congeniality,’ to have a boyfriend, and to hope to bear children (National Post [Canada], 15 v 2012). And another Canadian (of Bangladeshi origin), the beautifully convincing Amelia Maltepe, 24, still hoped for motherdom and to win Miss World (Huffington Post, 23 i 2014; Daily Mail, 8 i 2014).

The secret of such successes was probably to have a strong sense of female identity from early childhood and, in so far as being boyish, to be homosexual in orientation and/or notably good-looking. Or – in rare cases -- one could be genuinely androgynous, like the (academically brilliant) Bosnian-born Australian Andreja Pejic who worked as both a male and a female model

Which was what GG herself had said – expressing sympathy and support for genuine intersexes as she did.


Although the UK Parliament was best known in late October for its total confusion as to whether its unelected (and decreasingly elite) House of Lords could stop the new Conservative Government from making £4B cuts in welfare benefits (via ‘tax credits’), at least it had made Britain the first country in the world to allow ‘3-parent-IVF’ and thus let would-be mothers  escape their own genetic problems and pass on their own DNA via a healthy mother (and father).

The legalization of this new possibility was hailed in the Telegraph in a helpful article by Madhumita Murgia (26 x) who reckoned:

"There are around 2000 human clinical trials in many countries around the world which are trialling gene therapy – inserting genes into your body – to treat a variety of illnesses including certain cancers like leukaemias and myelomas, Parkinson’s disease and cystic fibrosis. Trials are also trying to breed resistance to HIV."

She kindly titled her article: "Eugenics need not be a dirty word - instead, it could be lifesaving technology"


Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban accused billionaire American-Jewish Hungarian-born investor George Soros of being a prominent member of a circle of “activists” trying to undermine European nations by supporting refugees heading to the continent from the Middle East and beyond (Bloomberg, 30 x). “His name is perhaps the strongest example of those who support anything that weakens nation states, they support everything that changes the traditional European lifestyle,” Orban said in an interview on public radio Kossuth.

    Orban, who had called Milkmaid Merkel “an idiot,” had prepared the Hungarian people in advance for the Biblical tide of refugees who began pouring through Hungary on their way to Germany or Sweden. The fences he ordered built at the border with Serbia and then with Croatia; his use of the army to turn back refugees; his scathing rhetoric; his passage of emergency laws that criminalized the very act of seeking asylum -- all had been denounced across Europe, but they’d done wonders for his standing at home.

In recent years, support had been steadily draining from his centre-right Fidesz party to the ultranationalist Jobbik party, but by September of this year the trend had begun to reverse. ....Like much of Eastern Europe, Hungary is a monoethnic society. Only 1.5 percent of Hungary’s population has foreign citizenship, and one-third of these people are ethnic Hungarians. Outside of tourist districts, you don’t see Black, Asian or Arab people on the streets of Budapest -- not to mention in the rest of the country.


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