Sunday, August 31, 2014

The most common eye color in Ireland is now blue, with more than half of Irish people blue-eyed, according to new research

The change is occurring across Europe, says The Blue Eyes Project, a research initiative, which claims that the mutation from the once-dominant brown to blue is Darwinism in action and linked to the fact that a majority of people find blue eyes more attractive. In Ireland, blue eyes are most common in Connacht, where 53% people have them. The figures are only slightly lower elsewhere, with 52% in Leinster and 50% each in Ulster and Munster.

The St. Louis Rams have announced that Michael Sam, who made history as the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, has been waived and did not make the team's final 53-man roster

Sam, an All-American defensive end who played for the University of Missouri, made history when he was picked by the Rams in the seventh and final round. He was the 249th of 256 players selected. One of eight children, the black athlete was raised primarily by his mother. At one point, he lived out of his mother's car and briefly stayed with another family. Three of Sam's siblings have died, including an older brother he saw die from a gunshot wound. Two of his brothers are serving prison sentences.

France: Two teenage Muslim girls have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to blow up a synagogue in Lyon

The two Muslim girls, aged 15 and 17, were arrested in the Tarbes and Venissieux neighborhoods recently, after authorities uncovered a plan to carry out a suicide bombing inside the Great Synagogue of Lyon. They were indicted on August 22nd, 2014 for conspiracy to commit terrorism.

Friday, August 29, 2014

According to scientists at the University of Leeds, a woman’s figure could play a crucial role in her decision to have sex

Specifically, women with wider hips are more likely to have more sexual partners. Less-hippy women, on the other hand, tend to take a more prudent approach to sex. “Women’s hip width has a direct impact on their risk of potentially fatal childbirth-related injury,” said Colin Hendrie, an associate professor of human and animal ethology at the University of Leeds who led the study. “Women’s sexual activity is therefore at least in part influenced by hip width.” Hendrie and his colleagues recruited 148 women between 18 and 26 years old from around the University of Leeds who’d had sex at least once in their lives. Women with hips wider than 14.2 inches had more sexual partners and one-night stands than those with hips narrower than 12.2 inches. Some anthropologists theorize that as humans learned to stand upright, they developed smaller hips to make walking easier, while female hips became just wide enough for childbirth. Narrow-hipped mothers-to-be run a higher risk of gynecological injury and death. Earlier research has shown that a woman’s waist-to-hip ratio correlates with her attractiveness — playing a major role in influencing the number and quality of men available to her for sex. But hip width may factor more into her decision to actually sleep with them.

Genocide or climate change?

Why did the Dorset people disappear from the Arctic?

According to a 2011 Obama Administration report, blacks were homicide offenders at a rate more than 7 times as much as the rest of the population from 1980-2008

Data in the report says that young black males are homicide offenders at a rate 27 times higher than the average for the rest of the population.

In a massive, detailed 2000 study of the effect of court-ordered affirmative action plans on police departments, economist John Lott found that the more minorities on a police force, the higher the rates of murder, manslaughter, violent crime, robbery and aggravated assault will be

Violent crime increased by a minimum of 3.3% every year after affirmative action policies went into effect—and the spike in crime was highest in black neighborhoods. The problem was not with black cops, Lott’s study showed, but rather with the lowering of standards across the board, resulting in less-qualified officers of every race. As Lott’s study showed, once standards are lowered to ensure “diversity,” standards are lowered for all recruits, resulting in a rainbow coalition of incompetence.

Many African-Americans may not be getting effective doses of the HIV drug maraviroc, a new study from Johns Hopkins suggests

The initial dosing studies, completed before the drug was licensed in 2007, included mostly European-Americans, who generally lack a protein that is key to removing maraviroc from the body. The current study shows that people with maximum levels of the protein - including nearly half of African-Americans - end up with less maraviroc in their bodies compared to those who lack the protein even when given the same dose. "Because African-Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV infection, it is doubly important that we get the dosing right," says Namandje Bumpus, Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. CYP3A5 is a protein found in abundance in liver and intestinal cells. It adds an oxygen molecule to various drugs to make them more water-soluble so they can ultimately enter the urine and leave the body. Between 80% and 90% of European-Americans have no CYP3A5, because they have inherited two dysfunctional copies of the CYP3A5 gene. The study highlights the importance of designing clinical trials in which the participants are as ethnically diverse as the population to be treated.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Crime in New York in 2014: Shootings are up 27.5% in the four weeks ending August 3rd, and up 12% this year overall, while stops are down close to 100% in some precincts

When are New Yorkers going to remember that crime control means sending the message to criminals that they are being watched and will be stopped and questioned for suspicious behavior?

Three quarters of whites don’t have any non-white friends

Almost two thirds of black Americans don't have any non-black friends.

Children exposed to gestational diabetes in the wombs of their mothers are themselves around six times more likely to develop diabetes or prediabetes than children not exposed, research shows

The ever growing number of women with gestational diabetes suggests that the future will be filled with children with early diabetes at a rate that far exceeds the current prevalence.

Private schools are popular among non-Hispanic Catholics, but not among Hispanic Catholics

Among the 100 largest U.S. metros, private school enrollment tends to be highest in places that are richer, more educated, and more Catholic, though less Hispanic, than the national average. Among the top 10 metros for private school enrollment, income is particularly high in Honolulu, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Wilmington. New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Cleveland also have a high share of Catholics. Finally, in all of these metros except San Francisco, the Hispanic population share is low. The hierarchy of the Catholic Church is almost as pro-Hispanic immigration as the Jews are, but they ought to keep in mind that Latinos generally don't send their kids to Catholic schools. This is probably because Hispanics just aren't all that into investing in their children’s education.

Britain: The sexual abuse of about 1,400 children at the hands of Asian men went unreported for 16 years because staff feared that they would be seen as racist, a report has said

Children as young as 11 were trafficked, beaten, and raped by large numbers of men between 1997 and 2013 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, the council commissioned review into child protection revealed. And shockingly, more than a third of the cases were already know to agencies. But according to the report's author, several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist. Many of the abusers were of Pakistani origin.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Since Barack Obama was elected president, only 10% of Americans believe that race relations have gotten better, according to a New York Times/CBS Poll

The poll found that only 17% of blacks and 8% of whites believe that race relations have improved under Obama. Thirty five percent of Americans believe that race relations have gotten worse in the Obama era - including 40% of whites and 21% of blacks.

There are now more than twice as many "British" Muslims fighting for Islamic State than there are serving in the British armed forces

Khalid Mahmood, the Member of Parliament for Perry Barr in Birmingham, estimates that at least 1,500 young "British" Muslims have been recruited by extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria in the last three years. The role of "British" jihadists fighting in the Middle East has been brought into sharp focus after Islamic State released a video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley by a masked jihadist who spoke with a British accent.

Why won't Texas Governor Rick Perry seal the border with Mexico?

In the past, Perry has tended to talk more about the problem of illegal immigration than actually do anything to stop it.