Friday, December 02, 2005


"Scientists have discovered why some shorter children do worse at school than taller youngsters. A team from the University of Bristol found that children with lower levels of a height controlling hormone also had lower IQs. The study is the first to make a link between the insulin-like growth hormone and intelligence. Professor David Gunnell and his colleagues measured levels of Insulin Growth Factor IGF-I in the blood of 547 children, who also took an intelligence test at the age of eight. When the researchers compared IGF-I levels in the youngsters in the study, they found a significant link between the growth hormone and intelligence. For every 100 nanograms per millilitre increase in IGF-I levels, the IQ increased by three points.

At the moment scientists do not know what happens in the body to link poor growth and impaired development in the brain. But one explanation could be that growth hormones also affect brain development. They said this effect seemed to be restricted to the verbal component of IQ, as the link was not seen in other tests.... The study, part of the long-running Children of the 90s project, is published in Pediatrics"

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That "cowboy" economy again: "The US economy powered higher in the third quarter at a 4.3 per cent annualised growth pace, the US Government said overnight, revising upward its previous estimate of 3.8 per cent growth. The Commerce Department estimate was stronger than the 4.0 percent pace expected by economists and showed the world's biggest economy was able to shrug off the impact of two powerful hurricanes and a surge in energy costs.

Chirac written off: "It was the kind of birthday present politicians have nightmares about. As he turned 73 yesterday, and after 10 years as President, Jacques Chirac awoke to perhaps the most devastating headline of his career. "Jacques Chirac - the difficult end of his reign" announced Le Monde, France's most influential daily, in an extraordinary media intervention that read more like an obituary than a birthday notice. As the front-page report noted, 72per cent of voters believe the head of state has hardly any influence over public affairs, either in France or the rest of the world. "It is the winter of his reign .."

Sarko gets it right: "The French Government is to tighten immigration controls to make it more difficult for foreign students and foreign-born family members of French residents to enter the country, in response to the worst civil unrest in four decades..... The moves come at a time of heightened anxiety over perceived threats at home and abroad. The Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, told parliament on Tuesday that France does not want "those people that nobody else in the world wants. We want selective immigration".

Islamists abduct peaceniks and the USA gets blamed! "A peace group blamed the US and Britain yesterday for the abduction of four Western activists shown in an insurgent video, saying the kidnapping was the direct result of the occupation of Iraq... The abduction tape aired by al-Jazeera television shows four aid workers - two Canadians, a Briton and an American - three days after they were snatched. Their abductors, calling themselves the Swords of Truth Brigade, accused their captives of being "spies working for the occupying forces". The attack is believed to be part of a new wave of kidnappings that police fear is aimed at disrupting this month's national elections. A statement released by the Christian Peacemaker Team said: "We are angry because what has happened to our teammates is the result of the actions of the US and UK governments due to the illegal attack on Iraq and the continuing occupation and oppression of its people.""

Leftist double standards: "Many in my profession - journalism - were understandably outraged to discover that in a get-together with his partner in crime Tony Blair in April 2004, President Bush allegedly made a bad-taste gag about bombing the Qatar headquarters of the Arab TV channel al-Jazeera.... But I have a question. Why, right now, do some journalists seem more outraged by the alleged threats and slurs made by President Bush against a TV station than they were about an earlier president's actual bombing of a TV station? Why are they red-faced with rage and indignation over the Bush and al-Jazeera incident, yet they turned a blind eye - or even tried to justify - President Bill Clinton's outrageous bombing of Serbian TV during the Kosovo War in 1999, which left journalists dead and maimed?"

The poison of Islam: "Mireille, who was born in Belgium to a white, middle-class Christian family, blew herself to pieces last month in a suicide attack against American troops near Baghdad. In one of the most extraordinary tales of Islamic radicalisation, she is thought to be the first white Western woman to carry out a suicide bombing. Belgian investigators, who arrested 14 people associated with her, are keeping the 38-year-old woman's true identity secret, but details have started to emerge. She was from the southern Belgian town of Charleroi, married to a Moroccan and converted to an extreme form of Islam".

U.K.: More Leftist hatred of their own country: "A Labour Party official caused outrage last night after suggesting sports fans who wave the England flag are racist. The outburst came from Terry White, of Labour's Communications Unit, in an email to a member of the public. It followed a row last week when ex-minister Gisela Stuart claimed the rise of Englishness is a threat to democracy.... Mr White, who is 65 and near retirement, wrote back: "England, as opposed to Britain, has an unfortunate history around the world and within the British Isles and please do not say that it is all past."

Good if he means it: "President Bush said Monday he wants to crack down on those who enter the country illegally but also give out more visas to foreigners with jobs, a dual plan he hopes will appease the social conservatives and business leaders who are his core supporters. 'The American people should not have to choose between a welcoming society and a lawful society,' Bush said from the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base about an hour from the Mexican border."

Michelle Malkin gives a good blast to Leftist "projection" -- where Leftists accuse conservatives of being hate-filled while being apparently unaware of how they are actually bubbling over with hatred and anger themselves. Michelle has of course also written a whole book which collects the unhinged utterances of the Left.

For more postings, see EDUCATION WATCH, GREENIE WATCH, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WATCH, GUN WATCH, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. Mirror sites here, here, here, here and here. On Social Security see Dick McDonald and for purely Australian news see Australian Politics (mirrored here).


Practically all policies advocated by the Left create poverty. Leftists get the government to waste vast slabs of the country's labour-force on bureaucracy and paperwork and so load the burden of providing most useful goods and services onto fewer and fewer people. So fewer useful goods and services are produced to go around. That is no accident. The Left love the poor. The Left need the poor so that they can feel good by patronizing and "helping" them. So they do their best to create as many poor people as possible.

The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin's Communism. The very word "Nazi" is a German abbreviation for "National Socialist" (Nationalsozialistisch)

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