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The deep Crisis of the West
Detrimental to health
30.06.2013. Diversity may be killing older African-Americans and Hispanics, according to a new peer-reviewed study published in the America Journal of Public Health, which shows that people suffer less cancer and heart disease when they live among their racial or ethnic peers. “Living in an ethnically dense neighborhood is beneficial when it comes to heart disease and cancer,” said Kimberly Alvarez, a co-author of the new study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health. Alvarez’s phrase, “ethnically dense,” describes a community in which at least 50 percent of people are from the same ethnic group. Continue reading in The Daily Caller.
See also Living in an Ethnically Homogenous Neighborhood Boosts Health of U.S. Minority Seniors, at Columbia University
Mailman School of Public Health.
Oxford sex grooming gang jailed for life
28.06.2013. Members of an Oxford gang who groomed vulnerable young girls for sex, repeatedly raping them and threatening to kill them if they told anyone, have been jailed for life, according to The Telegraph.
How to spot a murderer's brain
13.06.2013. Do your genes, rather than upbringing, determine whether you will become a criminal? Adrian Raine believed so – and breaking that taboo put him on collision course with the world of science. Continue reading in The Guardian.
UN body reprimands germany over Sarrazin comments
13.06.2013. When former Berlin politician Thilo Sarrazin made critical remarks about Muslim immigrants four years ago, many found them offensive, though prosecutors rejected complaints, citing free speech laws. A UN committee disagrees, however, and has accused Germany of violating an anti-racism convention, writes Spiegel International.
The War against Human Nature II
09.06.2013. In my last Quadrant article (June 2012) I described the isolation of Australian social sciences from behavioural biology and suggested that this weakness had given free rein to utopian ideologies. Human nature is slow to change. It is a conservative force. As such it is an obstacle for ideologues who desire transformational social change. The last thing a utopian wants to discuss is how society reflects human instincts. Better to avoid the subject altogether to create a parallel universe where imagination, passion and interests might collude. In this article I extend this thesis to gender studies, with emphasis on women and work. Thus, Frank Salter introduces his article The War against Human Nature II: Gender Studies (available online as Part 1 and Part 2).
More democracy and more openness?
03.06.2013. A few days ago it became publicly known that Anders Ulstein lost his job because he wrote a critical op-ed about the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on July 22, 2011 in the hours following the attack in Oslo, and before it was established who was behind it. A couple of articles translated into English, as well as some general background, is now provided by Gates of Vienna.
No longer what it used to be
01.06.2013. Teacher Ellie Rubenstein resigignation from her position as teacher through a YouTube video is spreading quickly on the net. Have a look, and you will understand why.
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