Friday, May 07, 2004


Revel: Anti-Globalism = Anti-Americanism: "How to understand this war against globalization, which has grown in scope and virulence over the past five years? First, we must realize that it is a war in the real, not the figurative, sense of the word. It is a physical struggle being fought in the streets, not just theoretically. The demonstrators who are its shock troops are organized by activist organizations, many of them subsidized by governments, and they sack cities and lay siege to international meetings during their battles. What motivates this extraordinary resistance? Globalization simply means freedom of movement for goods and people, and it is hard to be violently hostile to that"

For those who want the detailed figures, Donald Luskin shows that the last U.S. economic recession took place under Clinton and that it was under the Bush administration that the recovery took place. His chart of GDP growth is pretty persuasive.

Hooray! "The World Trade Organization ruled that the government's multibillion-dollar subsidies to the U.S. cotton industry violate global trade rules. The landmark case could compel Washington to cut farm subsidies and force the United States, Europe and other wealthy economies to make greater concessions to poor countries at global trade talks. It was the first successful challenge of a wealthy nation's domestic agricultural subsidies."

Interesting comment from a reader: "In the Bible (Genesis 27: 29), there is a remark that those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed. Countries who are friendly towards Israel and/or who treat Jews equally do seem to have most prosperity and freedom, whereas antagonism towards Jews seems to be associated with poverty and oppression. Whether it is the work of God or a remarkably prescient comment on the human condition, it does seem to hold true."

CafeHayek says the statistics show SUVs are NOT safer than other vehicles (which their buyers often claim) but NOR are they more dangerous (which their opponents routinely claim).

David's Medienkritik points out that there is abuse of prisoners in German prisons too and asks why the German government is not apologizing: A very sarcastic post.

The Left are fervent in their belief that criminality is NOT genetically inherited but is due to "poverty", "discrimination" etc. So Chris Brand's latest post is a VERY interesting one: "Identical twins were found to share anti-social behaviour patterns "much more strongly" than did fraternal twins in a study of 670 twins pairs conducted from the University of Wales College of Medicine (Arch. Gen. Psychiat.; Times, 4 v). Apparently `basic' antisocial personality was "wholly genetic", though the environment added finishing touches." This is the academic article Chris is referring to (Summary only).

There is now a PDF version online here of Chris's book The g factor which is a bit more convenient than the previous zipped version. Chris has also advised that he is prepared to email to those who request it a copy of his chapter in the 2003 book The scientific study of general intelligence (edited by Danish psychologist Helmuth Nyborg and published by Pergamon). The chapter -- jointly authored by Brand, Constales and Kane -- is called 'Why ignore the g factor?' and contains new vindications of the strength of g, of the measurability of g and of g's 'differentiation' at higher-g levels. There is more about the book here. Email: or

Hmmm... I dabbled a bit with Technorati last night -- who track over 2 million blogs worldwide. From what I can make out, it seems that I am -- rather to my surprise -- the No. 3 Australian blogger. I seem to be behind only the two Tims in the number of other blogs that link to me: The Conservative Tim (Blair) has over 800 linkers and the Leftist Tim (Dunlop) has nearly 400 linkers whereas I have just over 300 linkers -- adding together those who link to me via my old site and those who link to me via my current site. I also seem to pick up quite a few unique links via "PC Watch". Australian blogging is only a small world, however, so being No. 3 is no great distinction.

For more postings, see GREENIE WATCH and POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WATCH. Mirror sites here and here. GREENIE WATCH responds to the latest Greenie scare about kangaroos.


The Left have always wanted more spent on welfare and made "Fascism" a swear-word. President Bush deposed a brutal Fascist dictator and sponsored a big expansion of welfare. But instead of being admired by the Left, he is hated with a passion. What does that tell you about the Left? It tells you that they have no principles at all: That everything they have ever claimed to stand for is fake.

All politicians seek power but conservatives bring with them a genuine concern for the welfare of their country. Leftists bring only their hate-filled Stalinist hearts and their pretend compassion

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