Sunday, April 13, 2014
The first major study of color blindness in a multi-ethnic group of preschoolers has revealed that white male children have the highest prevalence among four major ethnicities, with 1 in 20 testing color blind
Researchers also found that color blindness, or color vision deficiency, in boys is lowest in African-Americans, and confirmed that girls have a much lower prevalence of color blindness than boys.
A group of countries — all of them in either the Americas or Africa — accounting for just 11% of the global population are the location of 46% of the world’s homicides
Honduras has the world’s highest homicide rate at 90.4 murders per 100,000 people, and it’s not even close. Venezuela is next with 53.7. Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Jamaica all have rates around 40. The world’s safest country, in terms of homicide, is tiny Liechtenstein, which didn’t have any murders in 2012, but there are a number of countries, especially in Europe and East Asia, with rates lower than 1 per 100,000.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Here is the Jewish billionaire's views on immigration:
Adelson is an especially telling example of the self-interest of businessmen on immigration. His newspaper, Israel Today, the largest newspaper in Israel, is wildly patriotic on immigration (and everything else).
Israel Today has trumpeted the success of the 15-foot razor-wire fence along Israel’s 140-mile border with Egypt, triumphantly noting last August that, for the first time, “no infiltrations were recorded from the Egyptian border, compared to 193 from the same month last year.”
Adelson himself had suggested just such a policy to the Los Angeles Times last year, saying he wanted to “Put a big fence around our country.”
By “our country,” he, of course, meant Israel. In America, he wants illegal immigrants pouring across the border to provide him with an endless supply of cheap labor.I hope this is a sign that many conservatives are waking up to the reality that Jewish billionaires like Adelson are bad for America's future.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Fugitive Israeli Rabbi Eliezar Berland, head of the Shuvu Banim Hassidic sect, has been arrested in Zimbabwe
The rabbi was later released but faces deportation from the African country due to an expired visa. Berland fled Israel some 18 months ago after being accused of committing indecent acts against several female followers, some of whom were minors at the time of the abuse. He spent time in the United States, Italy, Switzerland and Morocco before arriving in Zimbabwe two months ago. Shortly after he fled Israel, his son, grandson and several other followers were arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering involving the sect's finances.
Human rights activists say that Israel should be ashamed of its treatment of asylum seekers at Holot, a holding facility for infiltrators deep in the Negev desert
The men behind the forbidding barbed-wire topped fence had no doubts about their status. "This is a jail. We are prisoners here," said Tumizgie Okebamrime, standing with a group of fellow African refugees, all with arms raised and interlocked in symbolic handcuff gestures. He was speaking from inside the grounds of Holot, a detention center for illegal immigrants in Israel's Negev desert which the country's authorities describe as "open". But Okerbamrime, an asylum-seeker from Eritrea, described the isolated encampment in different terms. "Inside we have police, security guards and immigration," he said. "I came to Israel because I thought it was a democratic country. I would never have come here if I had known it was like this." Holot - a wilderness of prefabricated huts and fenced-in compounds close to the Egyptian frontier - has become the focal point of Israel's treatment of roughly 50,000 African refugees, whom the government considers to be illegal economic migrants. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, sees the refugees - whom he calls "infiltrators" - as a threat to Israel's character as a Jewish democratic state. Ignoring criticism from the UN High Commission for Refugees, his government has refused to consider all but a handful of asylum requests - even though most have escaped war-torn regions and authoritarian dictatorships. The refugees, mainly from Eritrea and Sudan and including Christians as well as Muslims, began migrating into Israel from Egypt in 2006 before the Israeli authorities completed a long border fence nearly two years ago to stem the tide. Now they say that Israel is using the threat of Holot, together with cash inducements of £2,100, to pressure them into "voluntarily" returning home - where most fear their lives would be in danger - or leaving for a third country. The center was opened in December 2013 - supposedly as a compromise - after the Israeli high court struck down a law allowing illegal immigrants to be jailed without trial for three years. Instead, the government added an amendment that reduced jail terms to one year but enabled migrants to be housed indefinitely in an "open" facility. Those in Holot - whose numbers have climbed in recent weeks to 1,500 men, housed 10 to a room - say that conditions are far from open and in many ways worse than prison. While they are supposedly free to leave, stringent rules requiring them to register three times a day, together with the center's remote location, render that impractical. Failing to register twice is considered a criminal offence, likely to result in a jail term. "It's called open but it doesn't feel open," said Angusam Hadish, 28, a former political prisoner in Eritrea who spent nearly two years in the nearby Saharonim prison after being arrested on entering Israel from Egypt. "In Saharonim you knew it was closed and had no hope of getting out. Here they say it's open but when you go from place to place, there's one guard after another telling you to go back. There are no basic facilities like food and clothing. The worst thing is the lack of health care. If someone becomes sick, they just give them a yellow medicine. There is absolutely nothing to do." Worse still, perhaps, is the isolation. Located in open scrub land next to a foul-smelling chicken breeding plant, Holot feels far from civilisation. The stillness of the surroundings is broken only by the frequent over-flights of Hercules planes and Apache helicopters from nearby military bases. Beersheba, the nearest town, is 60 miles away. Banned from working and with just £82 "pocket money" a month to live on, few can spare the bus fare to go. Those who can fear not being back before the centre's 10:30 pm closing time. Most spend the day sleeping, talking or taking occasional walks outside. Meanwhile, buses arrive daily from Tel Aviv and elsewhere carrying refugees who have been summonsed to report to Holot after their visas expired.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Irony alert: A black man and his black girlfriend were arrested following a fight that resulted in him hitting her with an anger management book and her cutting his arm with a box cutter
Sheila Thompson and her boyfriend, Tyler Ford were watching a movie when a scuffle broke out. Thompson claims that Ford threatened to kill her, put her phone in the oven to prevent her from calling 911, and struck their infant daughter twice on the legs because she was crying. During the fight, Ford struck Thompson in the head with his anger management book. Thompson retaliated by cutting his arm with a box cutter. Ford claims that the fight started when he asked Thompson about their relationship and why she tried to get him angry all the time. Thompson's shrugging responses prompted Ford to hit her on the foot and the cheek with his book. Thompson fled outside, only to be commanded by Ford to come back in. Thompson began to hit Ford, which prompted him to shut and lock the door. When Ford opened the door again, they exchanged blows before Thompson stabbed him. Both were arrested and charged with criminal domestic violence. Ford had been charged with domestic violence in the past.
Politically, 50% of Millennials classify themselves as Independents rather than Democrats or Republicans, compared to about 36% of their elders. Millennials largely voted for Barack Obama — 66% in 2008 and 60% in 2012. But only 49% approve of his performance now.