Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Chris Rock Show: How Not To Get Your Ass Kicked By The Police




A clip from Chris Rock's Emmy-winning comedy show.

China Set To Overtake US As World's Largest Economy While India Pulls Ahead Of Japan To Become Third-Largest Economy: World Bank

From IBT: (...) "The report released the findings of the 2011 International Comparison Program, or ICP, which assesses economies based on purchasing power parity, or PPP, and noted that China’s Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, was nearly 87 percent of U.S. GDP in 2011 while India had moved up from being at tenth position in 2005. The world produced goods and services worth more than $90 trillion in 2011 and half of that output came from low- and middle-income countries, according to the report.

"“The United States remained the world's largest economy, but it was closely followed by China when measured using PPPs. India was now the world's third largest economy, moving ahead of Japan,” the ICP report said, according to CNBC, adding: “The results indicate that only a small number of economies have the greatest shares of world GDP. However, the shares of large economies such as China and India have more than doubled relative to that of the United States.” Read the article: China Set To Overtake US As World's Largest Economy While India Pulls Ahead Of Japan To Become Third-Largest Economy: World Bank By Sneha Shankar, International Business Times April 30 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Autism and schizophrenia may be caused by the same mutations




Autism and schizophrenia may be caused by the same mutations - That’s the finding of a research group at Trinity College. The Journal

Related articles:

De novo mutations in schizophrenia implicate chromatin remodeling and support a genetic overlap with autism and intellectual disability - Nature.com Molecular Psychiatry advance online publication 29 April 2014; doi: 10.1038/mp.2014.29

What is schizophrenia? - The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

"Good news for people who’ve worried that smoking too much marijuana (cannabis) — especially as a teenager — might lead to some dramatic problems in the future, even schizophrenia." Harvard: Marijuana Doesn’t Cause Schizophrenia By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on December 10, 2013

More related articles at PINK MANHATTAN - April 29, 2014

Harvard: Marijuana Doesn't Cause Schizophrenia

"Good news for people who’ve worried that smoking too much marijuana (cannabis) — especially as a teenager — might lead to some dramatic problems in the future, even schizophrenia.

"New research from Harvard Medical School, in a comparison between families with a history of schizophrenia and those without, finds little support for marijuana use as a cause of schizophrenia.

"The results of the current study suggest that having an increased familial morbid risk for schizophrenia may be the underlying basis for schizophrenia in cannabis." Read the article: Harvard: Marijuana Doesn’t Cause Schizophrenia By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on December 10, 2013

Related articles:

What is schizophrenia? - The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

De novo mutations in schizophrenia implicate chromatin remodeling and support a genetic overlap with autism and intellectual disability - Nature.com Molecular Psychiatry advance online publication 29 April 2014; doi: 10.1038/mp.2014.29

Marijuana Users Have Abnormal Brain Structure and Poor Memory - Drug abuse appears to foster brain changes that resemble schizophrenia. December 16, 2013 | by Marla Paul, Northwestern.edu

Harvard draws link between autism and air pollution

Harvard draws link between autism and air pollution by Caleb Warnock, March 16, 2014 Daily Herald

Uses and Misuses of Logic

As far as the propositions of mathematics refer to reality they are not certain, and so far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. —Albert Einstein (1879-1955) U. S. physicist, born in Germany.

"Science proceeds from facts to laws to theories by a difficult-to-define process called induction. Induction includes pattern-recognition, brainstorming, tinkering, creative guessing and that elusive "insight". It is not a process of deductive logic.

"Theories and laws are required to be of such form that one can deductively proceed from theories to laws to data. The results of deduction must meet a stringent standard: they must agree with experiment and with observations of nature.

"Mathematics is a process of deductive logic. Therefore it is ideally suited to be the language and the deductive link between theories and experimental facts. Because of this, some non-scientists think that mathematics and logic are used to "prove" scientific propositions, to deduce new laws and theories, and to establish laws and theories with mathematical certainty. This is false, as we shall see." Read the article: Uses and Misuses of Logic by Donald E. Simanek, 1997, 1999, 2002.

Monday, April 28, 2014

FDA warns of false or misleading claims to treat or cure autism

Companies may face legal action for false claims about products to cure autism - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it approved medications that can help some with autism manage symptoms, but parents should be warned there is no cure for autism despite the claims of some companies. By Alex Cukan | April 25, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Pon Pon Pon




きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ - PONPONPON by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
"Pan" has a double meaning in Japanese: bread (loanword from Portuguese) & the sound of hand clapping.

Autism Genome Project Delivers Genetic Discovery



Autism Genome Project Delivers Genetic Discovery By News Staff, Science 2.0 | April 24th 2014

In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults

In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults By Sharon Begley | Reuters Apr 17, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Skulls, Bones and Jews at Yale

Skulls, Bones and Jews at Yale by Amanda Walgrove, April 4, 2011 In the Moment

Related article: Yale's Quotas Against Jews: For Jews at Yale, a struggle to be accepted By Elyssa Folk, Yale Daily News, 4/4/01 - AsianAm.org

Is discrimination over for white women? WSDOT thinks so

"A group of white women is threatening to sue if the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) removes them from a program that helps women and minority-owned businesses get work on highway projects." Is discrimination over for white women? WSDOT thinks so by Susannah Frame / KING 5 News, January 10, 2014

Related article:
"The Washington State Department of Transportation may be deciding that white women are no longer victims deserving of affirmative action preferences in awarding contracts." Read the story: White women cut out of affirmative action preferences by Thomas Lifson, American Thinker, Jan. 16, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Raced-Based Preferences Forever - Sonia Sotomayor picks a new euphemism for the endless fixation on race

I wonder if anyone besides Instapundit will mention white women, the greatest beneficiaries of Affirmative Action, being an overrepresented minority. I don't hear feminists raise the issue of gender preference, any more than Asian Americans are mentioned by the Supreme Court. Raced-Based Preferences Forever - Sonia Sotomayor picks a new euphemism for the endless fixation on race. By John Fund, National Review Online, April 23, 2014

Opinion: Supreme Court ruling upholds America's mixed view

Opinion: Supreme Court ruling upholds America's mixed view By Martha S. Jones, CNN April 24, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Asian-Americans, affirmative action, and the “political restructuring” doctrine: Does the doctrine work when there are minority groups on both sides of the issue?

From the Washington Post: "Today’s Supreme Court decision upholding Michigan’s state constitutional amendment banning racial preferences in state university admissions turned on the “political restructuring” doctrine, which holds that shifting a decision on a public policy issue from one level or branch of government to another is sometimes unconstitutional if it disadvantages minorities. As Justice Sonia Sotomayor put it in her dissenting opinion, the doctrine applies in cases where the state “reconfigur[es] the existing political process… in a manner that burdened racial minorities.” In the 1982 Seattle case, the Court explained that the doctrine forbids “a political structure that treats all individuals as equals, yet more subtly distorts governmental processes in such a way as to place special burdens on the ability of minority groups to achieve beneficial legislation.” Sotomayor argues that the amendment should have been invalidated because, by adopting a state-wide ban on racial preferences by referendum, the voters shifted the decision on affirmative action policies from university administrators and thereby disadvantaged minorities in the political process.

"But, in reality, banning racial preferences in admissions affects different minorities in different ways. It may well burden African-Americans, Hispanics, and other groups favored by affirmative policies currently practiced in universities (though the literature on educational mismatch suggests that the benefits are not unambiguous). But current affirmative action policies also often harm those minority groups that score well on conventional academic admissions standards, most notably Asian-Americans. Thus, it cannot be said that the Michigan amendment is a straightforward case of burdening racial minorities while benefiting the majority. In reality, the policy affects different minority groups in different ways." Read the article: Asian-Americans, affirmative action, and the “political restructuring” doctrine: Does the doctrine work when there are minority groups on both sides of the issue? By Ilya Somin, Washington Post, April 22

Related links:

"A legislative bid to partially reinstate preferential treatment for racial minorities in the college admissions process was defeated in California earlier this month, thanks to a grassroots campaign spearheaded by Asian Americans who had no desire to watch deserving applicants cast aside by racist, progressive social policy.

"The proposal would have put an amendment on the November general election ballot to exempt colleges and universities from a portion of Proposition 209 – passed in 1996 – that prohibits discrimination or preferential treatment based on race, ethnicity and national origin.

"But a robust effort led by Asian Americans already weary of having to score “140 points more than whites, 270 points higher than Hispanics and 450 more points than blacks” on the SAT college entrance exam defeated the partisan effort." Asian Americans Defeat Progressive California Effort To Institute Affirmative Action In College Admissions by Ben Bullard, March 24, 2014 Personal Liberty Digest

Are white women the biggest beneficiaries of affirmative action? Affirmative Action Debate - By Caroline Kinder, Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, Jan. 12, 1996

Affirmative Action Has Helped White Women More Than Anyone - Their successes make the case not for abandoning affirmative action but for continuing it. By Sally Kohn, TIME June 17, 2013

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter! My April Fragrance Top Favorites List




Happy Easter! This is going to be another short and sweet Top Favorite Fragrances List, but my taste hasn't changed all that much since the last time I did this, anyway. I'm still in love with L'Instant de Guerlain, which I wear practically every day. However, I'm finally back to wearing Frederic Malle Une Fleur de Cassie which is my first Malle purchase (aside from the mini sprays of the others I often mention wearing: Musc Ravageur, Iris Poudre, etc.). I wonder if this is the kind of "spicy floral" that's supposed to make you smell thin - LOL! Actually, I've been pretty good in that department, getting closer to the weight I was at during my TV days. Well, I still have ways to go, but any progress is reason to celebrate.

Enjoy your holiday, and eat all the Lindt bunnies and Creme Eggs in the world for me! I've already had too many!

April Top 7

1. Guerlain L'Instant
2. Frederic Malle Une Fleur de Cassie
3. Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto
4. Crazylibellule and the Poppies Shanghaijava Blue Orchidee
5. Creed Fleurissimo
6. Serge Lutens Un Lys
7. Chanel Chance



Saturday, April 19, 2014

Catholicism, George W. Bush, and the cluelessness of the religious right

From The Week: "Once upon a time, the religious right's leading intellectuals told themselves an inspiring story. It went something like this: From the time of the Puritans all the way down to the early 1970s, American public life was decisively shaped by the moral and spiritual witness of the Protestant Mainline's leading churches: The Congregationalists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, Baptists, and Episcopalians.

"But then the Great Collapse began, as these venerable churches sold their souls to the counterculture, abandoned the moral and religious tenets of historical Christianity, embraced a series of increasingly left-wing and anti-American causes, and saw their numbers (and then their cultural influence) plummet. Today these churches are an intellectual and demographic shell of their former selves.

"This was a potentially disastrous development, depriving America of the theologically grounded public philosophy that it needs in order to thrive. But as luck — or providence — would have it, the decline of the Mainline churches set in at the precise moment when two other monumental cultural and religious developments unfolded: The rise of a politicized form of Protestant evangelicalism and a revival of intellectual and spiritual energy in the Catholic Church under Pope John Paul II. The time was ripe for evangelicals and Catholics to come together to form a successor to the Mainline churches." Read the article: Catholicism, George W. Bush, and the cluelessness of the religious right - Bush's theological-political vision lies in tatters. But many on the right are unable to understand why. By Damon Linker | April 11, 2014 The Week

Monday, April 14, 2014

Affirmative Action Has Helped White Women More Than Anyone

From TIME: (...) "The original lawsuit was filed on behalf of Abigail Fisher, a woman who claims that she was denied admission to the University of Texas because she is white. But study after study shows that affirmative action helps white women as much or even more than it helps men and women of color. Ironically, Fisher is exactly the kind of person affirmative action helps the most in America today.

(...)"As for Fisher, there is ample evidence that she just wasn’t qualified to get into the University of Texas. After all, her grades weren’t that great, and the year she applied for the university, admissions there were actually more competitive than Harvard’s. In its court filings, the university has pointed out that even if Fisher received a point for race, she still wouldn’t have met the threshold for admissions. Yes, it is true that in the same year, the University of Texas made exceptions and admitted some students with lower grades and test scores than Fisher. Five of those students were black or Latino. Forty-two were white." Read the article: Affirmative Action Has Helped White Women More Than Anyone - Their successes make the case not for abandoning affirmative action but for continuing it. By Sally Kohn, TIME June 17, 2013

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The law isn't there to protect us from Dieudonné's odious views

From Guardian: "The greatest test for those who claim to champion liberty lies in their attitude to its opposite. How far will they tolerate the intolerable? Do they line up with Gandhi's followers and invite the soldiers literally to hit them over the head? Do they see the Pussy Riot performers as prisoners of conscience or as hooligans causing deep offence to Russia's state religion? The answer in such cases is never simple, but one principle is clear: the more confident a society is in its values, the greater can it tolerate intolerance. A robust community can handle the stresses of pluralism. It can take on board, challenge and defeat odious opinions without having to take refuge in law or state authority." Read the article: The law isn't there to protect us from Dieudonné's odious views - Our banning of Dieudonné shows that the UK has grown feeble. A robust society should be able to handle the stresses of pluralism. By Simon Jenkins 4 February 2014 Guardian.uk

Sustainable land grabs? Large-scale land transfers are not a development option

Sustainable land grabs? Large-scale land transfers are not a development option - At root, hunger is an issue of distributive justice. By Roman Herre, Rural21 06.12.2012

Common Core and UN Agenda 21: Mass Producing Green Global Serfs

"UNESCO calls it “Education for Sustainable Development.”" Common Core and UN Agenda 21: Mass Producing Green Global Serfs by Alex Newman, The New American, March 27, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Jeb Bush: Common Core critics care too much about kids’ self-esteem

"You tell me which society is going to be the winner in this 21st Century: The one that worries about how they feel, or the one that worries about making sure the next generation has the capacity to eat everybody’s lunch?” Jeb Bush: Common Core critics care too much about kids’ self-esteem By Valerie Strauss, March 24 Washington Post

Jeb Bush: Many illegal immigrants come out of an 'act of love'

From AP: "An early GOP establishment favorite, Bush has long urged his fellow Republicans to show more compassion for those who enter the country illegally. But when he described illegal immigration in an interview as an "act of love" by people hoping to provide for their families, the backlash from his own party was swift and stinging.

(...) "In a speech Thursday night to an annual gathering of Connecticut Republicans, Bush noted the negative response to his remarks but said he sees no conflict between enforcing the law and "having some sensitivity to the immigrant experience."

(...) "For Bush, the debate is personal. His wife, Columba, was born and grew up in Mexico. The two met while Bush was an exchange student there; she is now an American citizen.

(...)"On Sunday, in an interview with Fox News before an audience at the George Bush Presidential Library in Texas, Bush said immigrants who enter the country illegally should, in fact, pay a penalty. But he added that he viewed such a violation as "a different kind of crime."

"Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony," he said. "It's an act of love."

(...) "Some see a new opportunity for the GOP to appeal to Latinos, many of whom have soured on President Barack Obama because of his administration's record-setting number of deportations." Read the article: Jeb Bush Remarks Expose GOP'S Immigration Problem By Michael J. Mishak — Apr. 10, 2014 AP

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Visit PINK MANHATTAN Music Blog




Happy Spring! Visit PINK MANHATTAN Music blog to hear music by today's featured artist. Image: Darmon Meader (New York Voices), DarmonMeader.com

Monday, April 07, 2014

Affirmative Action Debate

Are white women the biggest beneficiaries of affirmative action? The following excerpt is from Affirmative Action Debate by the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, a curriculum designed for students in grades 4-8. (96.01.12):

Let�s Look Affirmative Action Over

"Has affirmative action actually changed things to the point that minority group members and women enjoy an advantage over white males? Examination of income figures does not support this. Among young adults, white males continue to enjoy higher incomes than black and Hispanic males and women of any race. Black and Hispanic unemployment rates remain well above those of whites. Moreover, whites continue to graduate from college and enter medical, law, and graduate schools at double or more the rate of blacks and Hispanics.

"Women also remain under represented in law and medical schools, although their presence there has increased significantly. All these things suggest strongly that the effects of past and institutional discrimination outweigh any advantage affirmative action may bring to minorities or women. Even when we consider only those who complete college, minorities and women still do not appear to enjoy any overall advantage due to affirmative action. In 1980, young black male college graduates had greatly narrowed the income gap with white males, but they still learn 4% less. Among young college-educated women, blacks had a narrow lead over whites, but neither had anywhere near the income of white males.

"Even so, it does appear that affirmative action has helped certain segments of the minority and female populations a good deal. A definite narrowing of the income gap between blacks and whites has occurred among people who do have jobs, particularly those with relatively high education levels. Law and medical schools are enrolling significantly more blacks, Hispanics, and women than they did before affirmative action even though most of their students are still white males. Firms with government contracts, which are covered by federal affirmative action requirements, have nearly twice the percentage of minority employees as firms without government contracts.

"Still, it is only the more educated segments of the minority and female populations that have truly benefitted from affirmative action. So far, affirmative action has done little for the chronically impoverished underclass, many of whom are lucky to get a high-school diploma. Affirmative action has probably contributed to a trend that was already under way in the black and Hispanic populations: The middle class is rising in status, while the situation of the poor is worsening. This has produced increased social-class differences within the black and Hispanic populations. To achieve racial equality we must implement policies to improve the situation of the chronically poor, which affirmative action does not do.

"However, today all states and most cities have affirmative action plans. Numerical goals are a common component of these EEO/AA (Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action) plans. Virtually all plans designate blacks, Hispanics, and women as beneficiaries; many add handicapped persons, homosexuals, older workers, ex-offenders, and rehabilitated alcoholics and drug abusers.

"The U.S. Justice Department, under Attorney General Edwin Meese, has been largely unsuccessful in its efforts to eliminate racial and sexual preferences in affirmative action. After the Stotts decision in 1984, the Justice Department urged federal courts to give a sweeping interpretation to that decision and declare any employment decision based on race or sex to be illegal. But federal courts have so far rejected this broad approach and have continued to uphold affirmative action plans with numerical goals and racial and sexual preferences.

"November 1994, angry white men staged a protest at the polls, voting in a Congress that has attacked affirmative action, school lunches, Medicare and other government initiatives.

"Affirmative action studies indicate that white women are, at best, ambivalent. While women have made great strides in the labor force in the 30 years since the mandate has existed, a large number of white women arguably is the greatest beneficiaries of affirmative action. They believe such programs have outlived their usefulness.

"A large segment of the population is under the impression that minorities, especially African-Americans, are the chief beneficiaries of affirmative action. Attacks on such programs by politicians and disgruntled job-seekers, scholarship applicants and small business owners are often described as justified rage at minorities. To a large extent, observers say, women have been silent on the issue.

"A recent poll in California found that while a large majority of women of color are opposed to the anti affirmative proposal called the California Civil Rights Initiative, however, a sizable majority of white women, 66%, favor it. Many younger women, expressed no connection to battles for equality that were waged in earlier years, while another large number of women had philosophical doubts about giving preferential treatment to anyone, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Women's groups and civil rights advocates say there is a lot of confusion about affirmative action, and that, in part, is the reason why opposition seems so high in the poll results." Read the article: Affirmative Action Debate by Carolyn Kinder, Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

Sunday, April 06, 2014

On Bill de Blasio and NYC Specialized High School Admissions

I agree with the author of this blog post, and will add that what De Blasio is doing isn't so much making it easier for other minorities to get in, but kicking Asians out to make room for less qualifying whites as well. It's not obscene enough that Affirmative Action allows colleges to demand Asian students to score higher than whites on the SAT to qualify for admission. Why punish New York City's best and brightest before they even have a chance? Asians as the Wrong Type of Minority - 2014/04/02 by Logan Lo

Saturday, April 05, 2014

White Liberals: We'll Say Who the Racists Are

In light of the ongoing debate over the controversial nature of the sports team name, "Redskins", here is a poignant (and funny) article about the liberal/progressive alliance and the clashing views on exercising freedom of speech at anyone's expense. White Liberals: We'll Say Who the Racists Are - April 4, 2014 Ace of Spades HQ

Friday, April 04, 2014

Asian Americans Defeat Progressive California Effort To Institute Affirmative Action In College Admissions

The emphases in boldface are mine.

Asian Americans Defeat Progressive California Effort To Institute Affirmative Action In College Admissions

March 24, 2014 by Ben Bullard

"A legislative bid to partially reinstate preferential treatment for racial minorities in the college admissions process was defeated in California earlier this month, thanks to a grassroots campaign spearheaded by Asian Americans who had no desire to watch deserving applicants cast aside by racist, progressive social policy.

The proposal would have put an amendment on the November general election ballot to exempt colleges and universities from a portion of Proposition 209 – passed in 1996 – that prohibits discrimination or preferential treatment based on race, ethnicity and national origin.

"But a robust effort led by Asian Americans already weary of having to score “140 points more than whites, 270 points higher than Hispanics and 450 more points than blacks” on the SAT college entrance exam defeated the partisan effort. Asian Americans Defeat Progressive California Effort To Institute Affirmative Action In College Admissions by Ben Bullard, March 24, 2014 Personal Liberty Digest

Related article (again, the emphases are mine):
From Asian Nation: "...after careful investigation, the real issue is not that Asian students are "competing" with other racial/ethnic minority groups. Rather, the real cause of this controversy is the widespread use of admissions factors that always seem to favor Whites.

"For example, many private universities use "legacy clauses" in which the children of their alumni have a big advantage in admissions, even though many of whom would not have been admitted otherwise. The problem is that legacy clauses almost always favor Whites because a generation ago, there were very few racial/ethnic minorities attending these elite schools. As research showed, the widespread use of these legacy admissions is what's responsible for the artificially low admission rates for Asian Americans. Also, in contrast to perceptions that minority students receive a disproportionate amount of financial awards from affirmative action programs, recent data show that in fact, the vast majority of merit-based and private scholarships still go to White students.

Other factors that lowered the admissions rates for Asian students included persistent stereotypes that Asian students were not "well-rounded" candidates and rarely participate in extracurricular activities. Again, national research showed that in terms of participating in sports, performing arts, academic and social clubs, and community activities, the rates for Asian students were almost identical to that of White students. The point is that in this case, Asian Americans were still the targets of discrimination and that in many cases, the real beneficiaries of this were not other racial/ethnic minorities, but the children of alumni at elite universities." Affirmative Action - Asian Nation

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Stephen Colbert, Racist

Because all comedy is not alike (or Dieudonne would be just satire, too), and hipster racism is still racism. I hope Michelle Malkin wasn't giving Limbaugh a pass for his lousy "ching chong" material which was minimized in this article to an 18 second joke. Stephen Colbert, Racist - The unfunny “comedian” mocks Asians and calls it satire. By Michelle Malkin, April 2, 2014 The National Review

Frankie Knuckles, 59, Pioneer House D.J., Dies

RIP. Frankie Knuckles, 59, Pioneer House D.J., Dies - by Daniel E. Slotnik, April 2, 2014 The New York Times