“The plain truth is, if anything happens to upset the current management and allocation system of the the global oil markets, the industrial economies of the world will collapse, and America’s will collapse hardest and worst because of the way we have arranged things for ourselves. The global oil markets currently revolve around Middle East oil production. If the region is overcome by instability, than it’s simply GAME OVER.” Jim Kunstler, author of “The Long Emergency” 27/03/06
From the BBC
As darkness fell at the Place de La Republique, the acrid smell of tear gas drifted through the early evening air.
It mingled with a distinct smell of cannabis as the shouts and jeers of the crowd echoed around this historic square in what has become a Paris springtime of discontent.
These, though, were not the peaceful marchers of earlier in the day but youths who had come intent on violence, seeking running battles with police.
Earlier in the afternoon, hundreds of thousands of protesters had gathered at Place d’Italie in the south of the city.
But the festival atmosphere quickly darkened as a small group of troublemakers began to target trade union stewards trying to keep order on the march.
Those youths smashed the windows of a cafe and soon took on the trade unions’ security men in random brawls, as the peaceful protesters – young and old – continued on their route across the River Seine and on to Place de la Republique.
But once they reached their destination in the eastern city centre, most student demonstrators – and the workers who came out in support of them – quickly left as more youths descended on the square, with the sole aim of picking a fight with the riot police.
These youngsters – aged between 15 and 25 – were wearing hooded tops that obscured their features. Many wore masks, so they could not be identified.
…According to the riot police, many of these youths had come in from the suburbs outside Paris looking for trouble: this violence seen by some as a continuation in Paris city centre of what began in November’s riots in the suburbs.
And the riot police were ready and waiting for it all.
This, after all, has become the ritual ending to almost every demonstration here in Paris, when the protesters go home and the troublemakers, known as “casseurs”, or wreckers, move in for the fight.
France, like many European countries, now has a permanent underclass of immigrant descended young and violent thugs (code phrase: “hooded youths”).
Thanks to the Smart Mobs phenomenon (internet/sms/mobile phones) they can organise themselves quickly and efficiently.
They show up at legitimate demonstrations and gatherings to fight the police or stewards or randomly attack and rob innocent people.
Unless they are dealt with very firmly, we can expect to see riots and mass robberies (like the recent train steaming) by roving bands of “hooded youths” become routine.
I wonder how France’s left wing press is reacting now that left wing protests are being hijacked by the same thugs who were rioting in the Banlieux during the winter? Poor misunderstood alienated youths let down by the government or rampant thugs who need to be brought to heel?
Anti-Mass Immigration activists have been warning about this for years.
Latinos have formed a bridgehead in the United States and are now actively attacking anti-immigration efforts.
Spanish language media apparently orchestrated the recent nationwide “spontaneous” protests against Congressional plans to introduce more anti-immigration legislation.
Of course, students took the protests as an opportunity to bunk off, but with a sinister message for Gringo America.
The marching orders were clear: Carry American flags and pack the kids, pick up your trash and wear white for peace and for effect.
Many of the 500,000 people who crammed downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to protest legislation that would make criminals out of illegal immigrants learned where, when and even how to demonstrate from the Spanish-language media.
For English-speaking America, the mass protests in Los Angeles and other U.S. cities over the past few days have been surprising for their size and seeming spontaneity.
But they were organized, promoted or publicized for weeks by Spanish-language radio hosts and TV anchors as a demonstration of Hispanic pride and power.
…The protests continued Tuesday in at least four states, with thousands of students leaving school again in California, Arizona, Texas and Nevada.
In Los Angeles, the numbers were far smaller than the tens of thousands who marched Monday. Authorities thwarted efforts to block freeway traffic, rounding up some youngsters and issuing truancy citations.
In Phoenix, students marched to the state Capitol for the second day in a row. In Las Vegas, they rallied near the Strip after being directed away from casinos.
And in Dallas, students crowded in front of City Hall, waving Mexican and Salvadoran flags and shouting “We can do it” in Spanish.
Meanwhile CNN Anchor Lou Dobbs’ anti-immigration stand is proving very popular.
Anchor-Advocate on Immigration Wins Viewers – New York Times
From CounterPunch comes an excellent article about the Milosevic show trial:
Even though the former Yugoslav head of state has always pleaded his innocence, producing scores of witnesses to prove it, the trial is still not due to end until 2010. With the budget of The Hague tribunal running at nearly $300 million a year, this is doubtless a comfortable sinecure for the lawyers involved, most of whom had pretty unsuccessful careers at home. But such a long trial is by definition a travesty of justice: the Nuremberg trials lasted just over ten months, from 20 November 1945 to 30 September 1946.
…The trial has heard more than 100 prosecution witnesses, and not a single one has testified that Milosevic ordered war crimes. On the contrary: only last Tuesday, a Muslim captain in the Yugoslav army testified that no one in his unit had ever committed systematic harassment of Albanian civilians in Kosovo, and that he had never heard of any other unit doing so either. On 9 November the former head of security in the Yugoslav army, General Geza Farkas, an ethnic Hungarian, testified that all Yugoslav soldiers in Kosovo were handed a document explaining international humanitarian law, and that they were ordered to disobey any orders which violated it. What a contrast with US army practice!
Instead, what has emerged from the trial to the general indifference of the world’s media is that the Serbs were subject to horrendous provocations. …
EAST ASIAN and European cultures have long been very different, Richard E. Nisbett argued in his recent book “The Geography of Thought.” East Asians tend to be more interdependent than the individualists of the West, which he attributed to the social constraints and central control handed down as part of the rice-farming techniques Asians have practiced for thousands of years.
A separate explanation for such long-lasting character traits may be emerging from the human genome. Humans have continued to evolve throughout prehistory and perhaps to the present day, according to a new analysis of the genome reported last week by Jonathan Pritchard, a population geneticist at the University of Chicago. So human nature may have evolved as well.
From Skepdic’s Newsletter
If you’re getting tired of the same old music on your morning walk or commute, try listening to a podcast from Point of Inquiry, New Scientist, Scientific American, Nature, or Skepticality. If you’ve only time to try just one, try Point of Inquiry. DJ Grothe’s interviews are incisive and educational. (In the past month, he’s interviewed Dan Dennett, Wally Sampson, Joe Nickell, and Richard Dawkins.) Ben Radford’s commentaries are very thoughtful and informative. Tom Flynn’s Did You Know? segment is excellent. And Joe Nickell’s accounts of his investigations are always interesting.
In one of the possibly the most important papers of the early century, 60 years of sociological orthodoxy has been destroyed.
From the New Scientist come ” Many human genes evolved recently”.
Human genes involved in metabolism, skin pigmentation, brain function and reproduction have evolved in response to recent environmental changes, according to a new study of natural selection in the human genome.
Researchers at the University of Chicago, US, developed a statistical test to find genomic regions that evolution has favoured over the last 15,000 years or so ‚Äì when modern humans dealt with the end of the last ice age, the beginning of agriculture, and increased population densities.
Many of the 700 genes the researchers identified ‚Äì especially those involved in smelling, fertility, and reproduction ‚Äì are also suspected of having undergone natural selection during the divergence of humans and chimpanzees millions of years ago.
The New York Times wrote recently
Providing the strongest evidence yet that humans are still evolving, researchers have detected some 700 regions of the human genome where genes appear to have been reshaped by natural selection, a principal force of evolution, within the last 5,000 to 15,000 years.
The genes that show this evolutionary change include some responsible for the senses of taste and smell, digestion, bone structure, skin color and brain function.
Many of these instances of selection may reflect the pressures that came to bear as people abandoned their hunting and gathering way of life for settlement and agriculture, a transition well under way in Europe and East Asia some 5,000 years ago.
Under natural selection, beneficial genes become more common in a population as their owners have more progeny.
Three populations were studied, Africans, East Asians and Europeans. In each, a mostly different set of genes had been favored by natural selection. The selected genes, which affect skin color, hair texture and bone structure, may underlie the present-day differences in racial appearance.
It may underlie the apparent differences in various human groups full stop!
Humans left Africa 50,000 years ago and started living separately all over the world.
In all that time selection pressures have been at work on those populations.
Sociological orthodoxy wants you to believe we are all the same. The growing evidence is pointing at a starkly different conclusion.
Different human populations encountered and were shaped by different selection pressures (including culture). It explains the persistent group differences in intelligence and may even account for some cultural phenomena.
Steve Sailer has a good overview.
The paper causing all the interest is “Global landscape of recent inferred Darwinian selection for Homo sapiens“.
It may also explain Gregory Cochran, Jason Hardy, and Henry Harpending’s theory of why Ashkenazi Jews are so intelligent ( see “The Natural History of Ashkenazi Intelligence“) .
The role of feminism is possibly more crucial now than ever before, with an Islamist threat launching an open frontal assault of women’s liberation not just in the Islamic world, but the Feminist heartlands of Europe and America. What is the response? Denial. From The Failure of Feminism:
Today the cause of justice for women around the world is as urgent as it has ever been. The plight of both women and men in the Islamic world (and increasingly in Europe) requires a sober analysis of reality and a heroic response. World events have made feminism more important ‚Äî yet at the same time, feminism has lost much of its power.
To my horror, most Western academic and mainstream feminists have not focused on what I call gender apartheid in the Islamic world, or on its steady penetration of Europe. Such feminists have also failed to adequately wrestle with the complex realities of freedom, tyranny, patriotism, and self-defense, and with the concept of a Just War.
Islamic terrorists have declared jihad against the “infidel West” and against all of us who yearn for freedom. Women in the Islamic world are treated as subhumans. Although some feminists have sounded the alarm about this, a much larger number have remained silent. Why is it that many have misguidedly romanticized terrorists as freedom fighters and condemned both America and Israel as the real terrorists or as the root cause of terrorism? In the name of multicultural correctness (all cultures are equal, formerly colonized cultures are more equal), the feminist academy and media appear to have all but abandoned vulnerable people – Muslims, as well as Christians, Jews, and Hindus – to the forces of reactionary Islamism.
Because feminist academics and journalists are now so heavily influenced by left ways of thinking, many now believe that speaking out against head scarves, face veils, the chador, arranged marriages, polygamy, forced pregnancies, or female genital mutilation is either “imperialist” or “crusade-ist.” Postmodernist ways of thinking have also led feminists to believe that confronting narratives on the academic page is as important and world-shattering as confronting jihadists in the flesh and rescuing living beings from captivity.
Itis as a feminist ‚Äî not as an anti-feminist ‚Äî that I have felt the need to write a book to show that something has gone terribly wrong among our thinking classes. The multicultural feminist canon has not led to independent, tolerant, diverse, or objective ways of thinking. On the contrary. It has led to conformity, totalitarian thinking, and political passivity. Although feminists indulge in considerable nostalgia for the activist 60s and 70s, in some ways they are no different from the rest of the left-leaning academy, which also suffers from the disease of politically correct passivity.
From Monkeymagic: One by One:
“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”
Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness Of Crowds — Chapter 1