Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The 31-year-old black man who shot and killed a white woman in Hollywood over an apparent financial dispute has been charged with capital murder
Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha entered a not guilty plea at the downtown L.A. criminal courthouse. He was ordered held without bail. Obioha was arrested and booked on suspicion of murder in the death of 30-year-old Carrie Jean Melvin. In addition to capital murder, he faces special circumstances allegations of lying in wait and murder for financial gain, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Strangely, white people are not rioting in Los Angeles and shouting "White Lives Matter" over this murder. It is almost as if white people are more civilized than blacks. Apparently, Obioha is a Nigerian immigrant.
Using the data from Facebook, a computer model could predict a person’s race with 95% accuracy and gender with 93%
The model also accurately predicted sexual, religious and political orientation; intelligence; the likelihood of substance abuse; and personality.
Monday, July 27, 2015
The brains of more intelligent people are capable of solving tasks more efficiently, which is why these people have superior cognitive faculties, or as Elsbeth Stern, Professor for Research on Learning and Instruction at ETH Zurich, puts it: "when a more and a less intelligent person are given the same task, the more intelligent person requires less cortical activation to solve the task"
Scientists refer to this as the neural efficiency hypothesis, although it ceased being a hypothesis quite some time ago and is now accepted by experts as an undisputed fact, with ample evidence to support it. While working on her doctoral thesis in Stern's work group, Daniela Nussbaumer also found evidence of this effect for the first time in a group of people possessing above-average intelligence for tasks involving what is referred to as working memory. "We measured the electrical activity in the brains of university students, enabling us to identify differences in brain activity between people with slightly above-average and considerably above-average IQs," explained Nussbaumer.
The tendency of more intelligent people to live longer has been shown, for the first time, to be mainly down to their genes by new research
By analysing data from twins, researchers found that 95% of the link between intelligence and lifespan is genetic. They found that, within twin pairs, the brighter twin tends to live longer than the less bright twin and this was much more pronounced in fraternal (non identical) twins than in identical twins. Studies that compare genetically identical twins with fraternal twins - who only share half of their twin's DNA - help distinguish the effects of genes from the effects of shared environmental factors such as housing, schooling and childhood nutrition. Rosalind Arden, a research associate at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), said: "We know that children who score higher in IQ-type tests are prone to living longer. Also, people at the top of an employment hierarchy, such as senior civil servants, tend to be long-lived. But, in both cases, we have not understood why. Our research shows that the link between intelligence and longer life is mostly genetic. So, to the extent that being smarter plays a role in doing a top job, the association between top jobs and longer lifespans is more a result of genes than having a big desk. However, it's important to emphasize that the association between intelligence and lifespan is small. So you can't, for example, deduce your child's likely lifespan from how he or she does in their exams this summer." The researchers looked at three different twin studies from Sweden, the United States and Denmark where both intelligence and age of death was recorded, and where at least one twin in each pair had died. Only twins of the same sex were included in the analysis. On the reasons for the findings, Rosalind Arden said: "It could be that people whose genes make them brighter also have genes for a healthy body. Or intelligence and lifespan may both be sensitive to overall mutations, with people with fewer genetic mutations being more intelligent and living longer. We need to continue to test these ideas to understand what processes are in play." This is the first study to test for a genetic association between intelligence and lifespan.
The search for 43 missing college students in the southern state of Guerrero has turned up at least 60 clandestine graves and 129 bodies over the last 10 months, Mexico's attorney general's office says
None of the remains has been connected to the youths who disappeared after a clash with police in the Mexican city of Iguala on September 26, 2014 and authorities do not believe any will be. Prosecutors say that the students were turned over to a drug gang that killed them and incinerated their bodies in a case that has put attention on the huge number of people who have gone missing in Guerrero and other Mexican states where drug violence is widespread. The number of bodies and graves found from October 2014 to May 2015 could possibly be higher than in its report, the attorney general's office said, because its response to a freedom of information request covers only those instances in which its mass grave specialists got involved. Federal authorities began turning up unmarked graves after beginning an investigation into the disappearance of the 43 young men following the confrontation between students and police that resulted in six confirmed deaths in Iguala, a municipality of 120,000 people 200 kilometers (160 miles) south of Mexico City. More than 20,000 people are listed as missing across Mexico, and there are many "disappeared" in Guerrero, a state that is a major opium producer and the battleground among several cartels warring over territory and drug smuggling routes. The government has said that there is no evidence the 43 students were involved in the drug trade, but says that they were mistaken for a rival gang. Many people are questioning the government's version of what happened to the students, including parents and the National Human Rights Commission, which has issued a report outlining at least 30 omissions in the investigation that would help determine the youths' fate. Some were very basic investigation procedures that were never performed. Of the 129 remains found in the graves, 92 were men, 20 women and the rest are undetermined, according to the information released by the attorney general's office. Authorities listed only 16 of the remains as identified as of July 13, 2015.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Blue collar white voters believe that the Republican Party is better equipped to make the economic system more fair by an overwhelming margin, according to a new Washington Post poll
In the survey of non-college educated whites, 50% had more faith in GOP policies, while 29% favored the Democratic strategy. These are among the workers hit hardest by the economic shifts of the past quarter century, and in particular by the failed polices of the Obama administration. They’ve seen good paying jobs in Appalachian coal mines become casualties of Obama’s war on coal. They’ve lost solid, middle class work on the oil rigs of the Gulf because Obama is more obsessed with tomorrow’s temperatures than today’s families. And they’ve bid goodbye to Midwestern factory jobs while Obama saddles employers with oppressive taxes and regulations. Mitt Romney, the failed GOP standard bearer in 2012, bemoaned the prospects for selling a message of smaller government when 47% of the population is receiving some form of government assistance. But many of these blue collar whites are among the 47%. They may be getting Obamacare subsidies, or unemployment benefits, or even food stamps. And that’s not what they want. They’re looking for the opportunity to take care of themselves and their families. They want jobs, not another Big Government giveaway designed to replace the paychecks Democratic policies have killed. They’ve lost faith — if they ever had any — in the government’s ability to solve their problems. And who can blame them? Handouts never create opportunity, only dependency. Blue collar workers aren’t hardwired to want handouts; it demeans their humanity and self-sufficiency. And it should be added that blue collar workers comprise 61% of the U.S. working population. It should also be added that Democrats’ incessant demeaning of blue collar workers because of their race (predominantly white), religion, gender (predominantly male), or values isn’t helping a whole lot, either. If you keep suggesting that white, male, Christians who believe in earning a dollar are racist, ignorant, xenophobic, homophobic or otherwise evil, they probably won’t vote for you.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Crime and black children: The youngest convicted murderer in the United States will soon walk free from prison for the first time since he was 12 years old
Curtis Fairchild Jones and his sister Catherine admitted to killing their father's girlfriend, Sonya Nicole Speights, in 1999, when they were just 12 and 13 years old respectively. Though it was initially believed that they killed her over jealousy of their father's love, it was later revealed that the siblings planned to kill their father and a male relative living with them in their Port St John, Florida, home, whom they claimed was sexually abusing them. When they realized that their cries for help were not being answered, they organized the plan to kill all three.