Sunday, June 11, 2006


There's hope yet. I posted a comment on the site of the academic journal (Pediatrics) in which the "Parenting Styles and Overweight Status in First Grade" article (by Rhee, Julie C. Lumeng, Danielle P. Appugliese, Niko Kaciroti, and Robert H. Bradley) appeared. The comment has been passed and now appears there. Being a cautious soul, however, I am reposting the comment below -- in case it gets deleted.

"As I have had a great deal published on psychological rigidity and authoritarianism, I found this article interesting but lacking in background in those fields. My take on what the research shows is that a general trait of psychological rigidity exists only insofar as it is a byproduct of low IQ -- and psychological rigidity is clearly at work in what the authors studied.

Further: Low IQ people are more likely to get fat and low IQ people tend to be more rigid and have more simplistic approaches to things.

It's IQ that we see at work in the above study. You need to look at WHY some parents treat their children less flexibly.

So: Fat parents tend to have fat children -- mainly for genetic reasons, though not entirely so. So low IQ, fat, rigid parents will tend to have fat children -- which can arise solely from the genetics for fatness that are passed on, not anything at all that the parents do."


Brookes News Update

The US economy: when will there be another recession?: When looking for signs of an impending recession keep a close eye on manufacturing conditions. No matter what most economists and media pundits say, business spending is several times greater than consumer spending. It's all a question of arithmetic
The Australian economy is looking sick: Statistics reveal that Australian manufacturing is contracting and shedding jobs. The downturn is concentrated in the higher stages of production. This suggests that Australia has left the final phase of the boom and entered the first phase of a recession
The Brotherhood of St Laurence crashes on labour market reform: The striking thing about organisations like the Brotherhood of St Laurence is their complete ignorance of economics and the lessons of economic history. This fact reveals itself in their opposition to labour market reform
Australian economy: Protectionists are on the march - again, part I: Victoria saddled Australia with tariffs, the consequences of which were compounded by Justice Higgins' wage-fixing stupidity which helped keep unemployment high, even during the Great War, and above 7 per cent during the 1920s
Why my marriage with Israel is nearly over: Israel needs to remember that she once had guts and did not consider herself impotent or act like a banana republic. This would be the time to conduct mass protests against the Chamberlain appeasement now in progress
Loving Mexico and Che Guevara: Once again the mainstream media lied to the American public. This time it was about demonstrations by illegal immigrants, revanchists and their leftwing cheerleaders and enablers
The mainstream media is lying about the US economy: Nowhere in the civilized world can an institution or a government so blind their population to the truth like the mainstream media in America
Dean Smith: Politics is just not his game: Dean Smith is a great basketball icon who is very liberal in his politics. He has a winning record on the basketball court but his political support is definitely the political kiss of death



The above pic is from the NY Post. Are they risking a fatwa?

There is a great story here of the 1980 destruction of Saddam Hussein's nuclear reactor by Israel.

Bolton assails supercilious British Leftist: "America's bitter dispute with the United Nations escalated last night when John Bolton, the US envoy to the UN, threatened to withhold funding to the organisation unless it apologised for the remarks of a senior British official. Speaking at the Centre for Policy Studies in London, Mr Bolton assailed Mark Malloch Brown, the British Deputy UN Secretary-General, for the disparaging remarks he made about the American public this week. "Mark Malloch Brown has a sentence in his speech where he says the role of the UN is a mystery in Middle America," he said. "Maybe it is fashionable in some circles to look down on Middle America, to say they don't get the complexities of the world and they don't have the benefit of continental education and they are deficient in so many ways," Mr Bolton added. "It is illegitimate for an international civil servant to criticise what he thinks are the inadequacies of citizens of a member government."

House OKs Bill To Speed Permits For New Refineries: "The House passed legislation Wednesday aimed at streamlining permits for new refineries, a step Republican leaders stung by public anger over high gas prices said could expand energy supplies and eventually cut prices. The Republicans, fighting to keep control of the House in November's elections, used the debate to attack minority Democrats who they say have been obstructionists, opposing any step that would increase gas supplies."

Race based State stopped in US Senate: "The Senate on Thursday dashed efforts to give indigenous Hawaiians some of the same powers of self-governance granted to American Indians, with critics warning that could lead to race-based privileges in a state known for its diversity.A procedural vote fell four short of the 60 votes needed to keep the bill on the Senate floor."



"All the worth which the human being possesses, all spiritual reality, he possesses only through the State." -- 19th century German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Hegel is the most influential philosopher of the Left -- inspiring Karl Marx, the American "Progressives" of the early 20th century and university socialists to this day.

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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