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Letter from Islamophobistan

Postby Montag » Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:35 pm

Letter from Islamophobistan
by Pepe Escobar

October 22, 2010
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/LJ22Aa01.html

excerpt:
Last Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stunned the world by declaring, in front of young members of her party, the Christian Democratic
Union (CDU), that multiculturalism - or multikulti, as it is known in Germany - was dead.

The day before, I was in the Lufthansa lounge at Frankfurt airport having a parallel discussion with a group of German businessmen; they had practically handed me down a news alert on what Merkel would soon make public. Not accidentally, the best seller at all airport kiosks was the Islamophobia pamphlet published by a former Bundesbank higher-up, Thilo Sarrazin, who paints Muslim immigrants at best as lazy, welfare cheats and fornicating sub-intelligent beings. Sarrazin sees Muslims as an existential threat to Germany on a par to hardcore Zionists seeing Iran as an existential threat to Israel.

By that time, after three weeks roving from northern Italy to southern Sweden via Copenhagen, I had no doubts; I was deep inside Islamophobistan - that Europe-wide arc where Islamophobia is being gleefully practiced as an electoral business of fear.

Arbeit macht frei
Among other things, Merkel also said that immigration was prejudicial to the German economy - an assertion which in itself is ridiculous; to fight its severe labor shortages over the past decades the country has successively resorted to gastarbeiter (guestworkers) from Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey and the former Yugoslavia. But most of all it's those ominous, resurrection shades of a dominatrix German culture which may have sent a chill through many a European spine. What's more ominous, in fact, is that Merkel's words mirror an European-wide response to immigration.

Multikulti was the concept found in the 1980s to accommodate a wave of migrants Germany never wanted to really gobble up - not with all the trouble of assimilating their culture, their languages and their religion. The heart of the multikulti bargain was that an immigrant was allowed to be attached to his native culture, but he had to pledge loyalty to the German state.

The problem is that the ploy basically led to permanent alienation of large swathes of immigrants. And a further problem is that the European definition of a nation is through nationality.

So why is this ballistic "return of the repressed", the ever-so-touchy question of national identity in Germany, exploding now? First of all, because of those masses of Muslim workers, mostly Turkish. In Germany it seems to have coalesced an explosive amalgam of Turkey and Islam - which includes everything from jihadi terror to Turkey's application to join the European Union (EU).

All major polls agree that a majority of Germans is not exactly fond of 4 million resident Muslims (5% of the overall population). 35% believe the nation is "swamped by foreigners" and 10% want the return of a Fuhrer with an "iron hand". In Germany there are scores of neo-Nazi groups with minimal public impact; on the other hand the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NDP) has already reached 5% of the votes in Thuringia.

Then there's the deep crisis of the EU itself. If the German government attacks multikulti, it is at the same time affirming the primacy of German national identity. And that identity is certainly not subordinated to the notion of an overarching European identity. Mein Gott; in a nutshell the EU dream is in deep, deep trouble.

If Germany cannot import qualified workers - Merkel said the country needs at least 400,000 high-tech specialists - it may certainly export everything from its production lines to information technology support. But what if these much-needed new high-tech workers came from Russia? And Russia started to receive even more German investment? Now that is a completely different approach to the EU. And as the whole of Europe is now immersed in a severe cultural clash - real or imagined - within the EU borders, no wonder the proclaimed death of multikulti, beyond Merkel's electoral aims, is bound to have immense geopolitical and geoeconomic repercussions.
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Re: Letter from Islamophobistan

Postby lupercal » Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:08 am

Last Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stunned the world by declaring, in front of young members of her party, the Christian Democratic
Union (CDU), that multiculturalism - or multikulti, as it is known in Germany - was dead.


Talk about cynical and depraved. No mistranslation here either, apparently. No wonder Georgie wanted to put his arms around her in that famous photo. She's basically giving license to Nazism, updated and slightly modified to align with the current US-UK agenda. I donn't know much about Merkel but this pretty much defines her as a stooge at best.

Now here's what's really strange:

Not accidentally, the best seller at all airport kiosks was the Islamophobia pamphlet published by a former Bundesbank higher-up, Thilo Sarrazin, who paints Muslim immigrants at best as lazy, welfare cheats and fornicating sub-intelligent beings. Sarrazin sees Muslims as an existential threat to Germany on a par to hardcore Zionists seeing Iran as an existential threat to Israel.


More on Sarrazin's book from the UK Telegraph:

"I do not have to acknowledge anyone who lives on social benefit, doesn't care for the education of his children and constantly produces new little headscarf-girls," he wrote, predicting that within a few generations Muslim population growth "may well overwhelm the Germans." It is controversial stuff to say the least, especially from a left-leaning Social Democrat like Sarrazin. But while large parts of the media erupted in fury and accused the author of xenophobia, the tome has sold over 650 000 copies since. Sarrazin clearly struck a nerve.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... tried.html


Sarrazin = "Saracen" = an Arab = "a Muslim, esp. in the period of the Crusades" (as in Orlando Furioso, Song of Roland, etc).

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Saracen

So is Sarrazin a self-hating crypto Muslim or what? :shock:
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Re: Letter from Islamophobistan

Postby AlicetheKurious » Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:39 am

    Top Exec At Bundesbank Defends Racism By Referring To His Math Skills
    Courtney Comstock | Aug. 30, 2010, 1:29 PM | 3,105


    Bundesbank's Thilo Sarrazin is one of the most unabashedly racist people we've encountered.

    And yet, despite the many accounts of his irrational prejudice (like in October, when he said that Turks were "conquering Germany in exactly the same way the Kosovars conquered Kosovo: with a higher birth rate." And that "A large number of Arabs and Turks in this city (Berlin) ... have no productive function other than selling fruit and vegetables."), Bundesbank, the German central bank, has allowed Sarrazin to remain on the board.

    His remarks have outraged the public before but are now making international news because he just published an book, Deutschland schafft sich ab, or “Germany Is Self-Destructing," about immigrants - particularly Muslim immigrants - causing Germany's decline.

    One of the problems - more below - with Bundesbank allowing him to remain on their board is that he's using his perceived role as an intelligent "math" man on the board of the German Central Bank to give his arguments clout.

    He believes things like this:

    * Intelligence is up to 80% genetically determined
    * “All major cultural and economic problems have concentrated themselves in the group of 5—6 million migrants from Muslim countries."
    * There is a "German national identity" with an "inborn intelligence."
    * He has definitive proof of the threat to the "national identity" and "the level intelligence."


    The proof he "has" is in the statistical tools that he used to prove that immigrants are multiplying at a faster rate than native Germans. He calls himself "a numbers man," according to the Hindu:

    I am not racist, but rather "a numbers man" who isn't afraid to reveal the truth.

    He also thinks he's proved the existence of a Jewish gene, according to the Hindu:

    Angela Merkel called his comments about a “Jewish gene utterly unacceptable."

    He retorted: “I doubt if the chancellor has read my book." He referred to studies published in science journals Nature and the American Journal of Human Genetics which, he said, “reveal the common genetic roots of today’s European Jewry."

    Now that he's compiled his rants into an entire book, it *might* be the last straw for the bank, which is apparently considering thinking about removing him from the board, according to the AP.

    In response to two statements from Angela Merkel or her right-hand that the bank should remove him, the bank made a vague statement that didn't address his removal:

    The bank said it "decisively distanced itself" from Sarrazin's views, adding: "The board declares that Dr. Sarrazin's remarks are damaging to the reputation of the Bundesbank."

    "The Bundesbank is an institution at which discrimination has no place ... the board will hold talks with Dr. Sarrazin immediately, listen to him and quickly decide what steps to take next."

    But here's what Sarrazin thinks this PR-speak means about his future at the bank:

    Sarrazin said he had not spoken to [the bank's president] for more than a week and was "relaxed" about his continued service at the Bundesbank.

    And why he doesn't think the bank should fire him.

    "I, like any other employee of the Bundesbank ... have the right to express my opinion." Link


lupercal wrote:So is Sarrazin a self-hating crypto Muslim or what? :shock:


According to his interview (see below) with the right-wing zionist organ The Weekly Standard, no; he tellingly describes himself as a mixed French, English, Italian and Polish "mongrel". (As opposed, presumably, to those who are of pure French, English, Italian or Polish race.) Note how casually both the interviewer and Sarrazin refer to adherents of the Muslim and Jewish faiths in racial terms, as though they were not followers of different religions but genetically distinct species. And pay special attention to where he implies that the real problem with the Nazis' racialism is that it promulgated the "myth of the superiority of the German race" and suppressed the reality of the superiority of the Jewish race, which he himself promulgates. Apparently the Weekly Standard has no problem with ignorant and fucked-up racist claims about Jews, as long as these proclaim Jews' genetic superiority to other "races", for example the, uh, Muslim race.


    The Saracen and the Jews
    A Bundesbank official stirs controversy again.
    1:07 PM, Sep 1, 2010 • By JOHN ROSENTHAL


    Firstly, the interview coincided with the publication of a new book by Sarrazin titled Deutschland schafft sich ab, which can be roughly translated as “Germany is Consigning Itself to Extinction.” The six words appear to have been exploited by Sarrazin’s opponents as the perfect “gotcha!” moment, in order to trouble the book launch. Never mind that Sarrazin’s prior record of comments about Jews is far more obviously philosemitic than anti-semitic. Thus in last autumn’s interview, for example, he described the Nazi expulsion and extermination of Germany’s Jewish population as “an enormous intellectual bloodletting” from which the country (and, in particular, the city of Berlin) has never recovered.

    Secondly, the hysteria can be presumed to be driven by bad conscience. In fact, the German constitution, or Grundgesetz, continues to employ an ethnic definition of “Germanness” (or “deutsche Volkszugehörigkeit”) that is explicitly distinguished from “mere” possession of German citizenship. The distinction, which appears in Article 116 of the Grundgesetz, has massive consequences for the functioning of German society. Critics like the historian Wolfgang Wippermann of Berlin’s Free University have long criticized it as an obstacle to the successful integration of “non-Germanic” immigrants and have called for the suppression of Article 116.

    The operational definition of ethnic “Germanness” in German law is contained in Article 6 of the so-called Federal Law on Expellees from 1953. It reads as follows: “A member of the German nation [Volk] in the sense of this law is whoever has in his or her homeland avowed adherence to the German nation, to the degree that this avowal is confirmed by definite characteristics such as ancestry, language, education and culture.” As the German sociologist Nora Räthzel has pointed out, this definition reproduces nearly word-for-word the definition contained in a Nazi-era German Interior Ministry directive, which was issued on March 29, 1939. The Nazi-era version, however, continues: “Persons of alien blood [artfremden Blutes], in particular Jews, are never such members of the [German] nation, even if they have hitherto described themselves as such.”

    In his interview with Die Welt, Sarrazin insisted, as he has in the past, that intelligence is largely (“from 50% to 80%”) genetically determined. This in-and-of-itself seemingly banal assertion prompted the following exchange:

    Die Welt: Pardon me, but one could see a certain closeness to Nazi ways of thinking.

    Sarrazin: Utter nonsense. Intelligence tests were prohibited under the Nazis, because their results disproved the myth of the superiority of the German race. I am myself a European mongrel. On my father’s side, the family is descended from [French] Huguenots from Lyon. I have an English grandmother, somewhere or another an Italian great-great-grandmother, and you can see from my Slavic cheekbones that my mother comes from West Prussia [i.e. what is nowadays part of Poland].

    Die Welt: Is there also some Muslim element in there somewhere?

    Sarrazin: My name is common in the South of France. It is derived from the Arab pirates that were called “Saracens” in the Middle Ages. As a young man with a black mustache and thick black hair, in a parka and jeans I looked more Turkish than many Turks.

    And then referring to Berlin’s most famous Turkish neighborhood, the former chief of the city’s finances added, “I would not have stood out in Kreuzberg at all.” Link


The most insightful summary of the Sarrazin phenomenon, in my opinion, was articulated in this excerpt from an essay entitled "The Joy of Despising Other People" by the Austrian journalist Robert Misik:

...it is not Sarrazin's ideas that are the most scandalous. Much worse is the reaction to them. Why does this botch-job end up being distributed via a preview in Spiegel magazine and popularised in talk shows, why does such an addled brain deserve the honour of a two-page interview in the weekly Zeit – instead of being ignored?

Of course it's because the papers know there is an echo chamber in our society for the cold, hard misanthropy that Sarrazin expresses. Because there are milieus in which this racism has long been flourishing. Because the self-appointed and ever-present spokespeople for these milieus are of the bizarre conviction that they are victims of "political correctness" and therefore proudly wear the badge of voicing "suppressed" opinions, claiming it takes courage to speak the "plain truth", and that they have this courage.

Daring heroes who "call a spade a spade". As if there were any idiotic opinion that goes unprinted in our society, or is not broadcast into every last living room via trashy TV.

No, it does not take courage to insult other people. The ostentatious joy of despising others gets you onto the bestseller lists nowadays. Stupidity, if not hereditary, is certainly profitable. Link


After his comments about the Jewish "race", Sarrazin was fired from his banking job but not his job in the so-called Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) where he has called for drastic cuts in social spending on the poor and unemployed and, in 2009, as Finance Minister, "recommended that the government prepare older citizens for a 'long term decline to the level of subsistence.' It seems that whoever is most vulnerable becomes a target of the "brave" Thilo Sarrazin.

I'll go out on a limb here and predict that Mr. Sarrazin has a bright financial and political future ahead of him, notwithstanding his unpopularity with losers guided by such outdated principles as rationality, fairness and basic human decency. His book is a runaway bestseller and his views are apparently shared by many powerful individuals both in and out of Germany. The guy has made a name for himself attacking the unemployed, the elderly, immigrants and Muslims -- in today's world, that's a recipe for success! Besides, even his belief in a "Jewish gene" finds support in some (not very surprising) quarters:


    Published 13:40 29.08.10
    Latest update 13:40 29.08.10


    'Jewish gene' theories make waves in Germany, go unnoticed in Israel
    German politician Thilo Sarrazin and the Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai both believe in 'Jewish genes,' but only Sarrazin is castigated for his belief.
    By Akiva Eldar


    Yesterday's Hebrew edition of Haaretz reported a remark by a German politician that sparked a political and public furor. The foreign and defense ministers, among others, sharply criticized the remark made by Thilo Sarrazin, a member of the German Social Democratic party and a board member of the German central bank.

    What is the nature of the comment that is causing a stir in Germany? Here is a quote from Sarrazin's interview with the paper, Welt am Sonntag: "All Jews share a particular gene that makes them different from other peoples."

    A Jewish gene? It is unbelievable that race theory continues to hold sway in Germany.

    Now read the following pearl: "A convert, if he converts through the Orthodox, he has the Jewish gene. If he doesn't convert through the Orthodox, he doesn't have the Jewish gene. As simple as that." This quote is taken from an interview the interior minister of the Jewish State and the Shas party leader, Eli Yishai, gave to the editor of The Jerusalem Post, David Horovitz (August 8, 2010 ).

    Basically, anyone who monitored Yishai's comments on foreign workers and their children need not fall off his chair. This is the place to note that Yishai, a member of the secret group of seven, refused on Sunday to say a thing about Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's comments about the Palestinian people.

    A week earlier, the "Jewish gene" was proudly cited by singer and actor Yehoram Gaon. On his weekly radio program on Reshet Bet, he told listeners about a scientific study that shows that the Palestinians have "a Jewish gene" and some of them were even graced with the "Cohen gene."

    Biologist and Machsom Watch activist Michaela Bahat wrote to the station's manager, Arieh Shaked, that "Judaism is not a genetic trait and no one has ever heard of a genetic trait of cohanim (priests ) - although there is a school (that is controversial ) which maintains that among Jews there are shared DNA sequences, but the use of 'genetics' for the purpose of establishing social or political positions is dangerous, just as any doctrine that tries to link blood and race to human rights is."

    A synopsis of Gaon's response: "Take things in proportion. It's just a radio show, not a cabinet session, or even a biology class."

    Jewish genetics is apparently a hot topic now because it turns out that John Hagee, the Evangelist preacher whose name recently made headlines as the one who funded Im Tirtzu and decided to withdraw his support for the organization, is an expert on Jewish genetics. In his book, "Who is a Jew?" Hagee claims that Hitler was a half-Jew and a descendant of Esau. In May 2008, at the height of the U.S. election campaign, a tape was distributed in which Hagee claimed that Hitler fulfilled the will of the Lord to bring the Jews back to the Land of Israel, in accordance with the Biblical prophecy. The Republican presidential candidate, John McCain, decided to disassociate himself from Hagee's public support.

    A few weeks earlier Hagee was the guest of honor of the city of Ariel. The pro-settler news outlet Arutz Sheva described the "tribute ceremony" by Hagee's supporters in the sports hall named in his honor. "Hundreds of Ariel residents, led by city officials and Mayor Ron Nachman, were moved by the outpouring of love from the Christian friends of Israel and responded in kind with warm applause and embraces, which reached a peak with the singing of the Israeli and U.S. anthems." ... Link
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Re: Letter from Islamophobistan

Postby AlicetheKurious » Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:52 am

Thilo Sarrazin is an ignorant, malicious dumbkopf, and so are those who admire his "courage":


    Studies Show Nurture at Least as Important as Nature

    By Joerg Blech (Translated from the German by Jan Liebelt)
    09/06/2010[/b]

    (original source: Der Spiegel)

    Researchers have long overestimated the role our genes play in determining intelligence. As it turns out, cognitive skills do not depend on ethnicity, and are far more malleable than once thought. Targeted encouragement can help children from socially challenged families make better use of their potential.

    Eric Turkheimer jokes about people who believe environmental influences alone determine a person's character: "They soon change their tune when they have a second child," he says. A father himself, he is speaking from experience. His eldest daughter likes being the center of attention, while her sister is shy and more reticent at school.

    Even so, Turkheimer doubts that genetics alone can provide the complete answer. As a clinical psychologist working at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, he repeatedly came across people whose childhoods hadn't been as carefree as those of his daughters. Many of his patients are from impoverished backgrounds.

    "I could see how poverty had literally suppressed these people's intelligence," 56-year-old Turkheimer says.

    Scientists typically use twins to gauge the influence of our genes on the one hand and the environment on the other. However Turkheimer noticed that such studies rarely involve twins from broken homes. Stress, neglect and abuse can have a dramatic effect on intellectual ability. And it's precisely this factor that many nature-vs.-nurture studies have completely failed to address.

    Plugging a Gap

    Turkheimer and his colleagues are the first scientists to have plugged this gap. Their three studies conducted in the United States on this issue have now compared the intelligence of hundreds of twins from more privileged backgrounds with those from more difficult environments. They found that the higher a child's socioeconomic status, the greater the genetic influence on the difference in intelligence. The situation is very different for children from socially disadvantaged families, where differences in intelligence were hardly inherited at all.

    "The IQ of the poorest twins appeared to be almost exclusively determined by their socioeconomic status," Turkheimer says. A person's intelligence can only truly blossom if the environment gives the brain what it desires.

    Ulman Lindenberger, a 49-year-old psychologist at the Max Planck Institute for Education Research in Berlin, has come to the same conclusion. He says, "The proportion of genetic factors in intelligence differences depends on whether a person's environment enables him to fulfill his genetic potential." In other words: Seeds that are scattered on infertile soil won't ever grow into large plants.

    This is precisely what intelligence researchers have denied up to now. Dazzled by their studies of carefree middle-class and upper middle-class twins, they decided that cognitive skills are largely under genetic control, that academic talent is biologically hard-wired and can unfurl in almost any environment.

    'Intelligence Is Highly Modifiable by the Environment'

    In the meantime psychologists, neuroscientists, and geneticists have developed a very different perspective. They now believe that the skill we term "intelligence" is not in the least fixed, but is actually remarkably variable. "It is now clear that intelligence is highly modifiable by the environment," says Richard Nisbett, a psychologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

    As a result, researchers have in recent years scaled back their estimates of the influence genetics plays in intelligence differences. The previous figure of 80 percent is outdated. Nisbett says that if you take social differences into account, you would find "50 percent to be the maximum contribution of genetics." That leaves an unexpectedly large proportion of a child's intelligence for parents, teachers and educators to shape.

    The findings will undoubtedly please those parents who already send their children to good schools, drive them to violin lessons in the afternoon, and then drag them around museums at the weekend. "So you haven't wasted your time, money and patience on your children after all," Nisbett says.

    Time and again researchers have found that a child's genes have far less of an effect on its brain than its surroundings -- and the social environment is only one of the factors in this. Scientists in Boston, for instance, have found that children who live near roads and intersections and are thus exposed to higher levels of exhaust fumes have three IQ points fewer on average than children of the same age living in areas with cleaner air. That's simply because microscopic dust and pollutants can reach the brain and then adversely effect the nerve cells' ability to function properly.

    In a similar way to those exposed to pollutants, children also suffer as a result of mental pressure, misery, worry and neglect. Chronic stress alters the way neurotransmitters work, inhibits the formation of new nerve cells and causes the hippocampus to shrivel.

    That can lead to identifiable differences, as researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, have shown. They found that stressed children from poor families performed up to 10 percent worse at memory tests than well looked-after children from middle-class homes.

    IQ Increases with Each Year Spent in School

    By contrast, IQ increases with every year a child spends at school. During World War II, some children in Holland started school late because of the Nazi occupation -- with momentous consequences. "The average IQ for these children was seven points lower than for children who came of school age after the siege," Nisbett says.

    Unequal educational opportunities were and still remain particularly prevalent in the United States. American society denied black slaves an education, and refused them access to books. But the races remained divided even after the abolition of slavery in 1865. For a long time, dark-skinned children attended special schools that had terrible facilities. So it's hardly surprising that they were behind when they were finally granted access to the public schools that were previously the sole preserve of white children.

    White academics in the US repeatedly tried to claim that the resulting differences in performance were genetically determined. In the 1960s, psychologist Arthur Jensen from the University of California at Berkeley wondered why so many underachieving pupils were dark-skinned. How could anyone deny that their low intelligence was a feature of their ethnicity, Jensen argued. He therefore concluded that there was no point in trying to encourage children from socially disadvantaged groups at an early age.

    The controversial book "The Bell Curve" was published in 1994. Its authors, Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray, warned against giving ethnic minorities easier access to universities.

    An Unplanned Experiment in Germany

    This is the line of reasoning that German central banker Thilo Sarrazin recently adopted when he provocatively suggested that the children of Turkish immigrants were genetically less well disposed than German children.

    In spite of Sarrazin's claims, an unplanned experiment that took place in Germany proved long ago that skin color had no influence on intelligence. After World War II, many American servicemen fathered children with German women. These bi-national offspring were dubbed " occupation babies". Some of them had light-skinned American dads, others dark-skinned ones. In contrast to the US, this had no influence over their performance at school.

    In 1961 Klaus Eyferth at the Hamburg University Institute of Psychology saw this as a unique opportunity to uncover the "developmental characteristics of (biracial) children" by comparing them with "white occupation babies." Eyferth gave intelligence tests to 264 children and adolescents, 181 of them with dark skin, 83 with light skin. The children with a white father had an average IQ of 97, those with a black father 96.5, values statistically so close to one another to disprove the notion of "developmental characteristics."

    Hundreds of Thousands of Genes Play Role in Cognitive Skills

    Modern genetic research has also now shown that there is no such thing as a biological source of cleverness consisting of one or a few "intelligence genes." Apparently there are hundreds -- if not thousands -- of genes that play a role in determining our cognitive skills.

    A person's ability to make use of his or her genetic potential can indeed be influenced, especially if the person is assisted and permits others to help. Education researcher Anders Ericsson has also shown that master musicians, for example, aren't born that way. Studying violinists in Berlin he found that none who had practiced for fewer than 10,000 hours ever became virtuosi. By contrast, nearly all those who had practiced for more than 10,000 hours by the age of 20 went on to become principal violinists.

    The analogy doesn't only hold for musicians. The notions of "chess genius" or "math genius" are likewise mere metaphors that don't have any biological basis whatsoever.

    True, time and again it has been observed that children in several Asian countries are far better at calculating than their peers in the West. But that has nothing to do with genetics -- and everything to do with attitudes. In one study, students from Japan and Canada were given mathematical tasks. No matter how well they actually did, the researchers told one group of subjects they had done excellently. The others were informed they had flunked completely. The scientists then gave the subjects another set of tasks, and said they could take as long as they wanted.

    The reactions by the students showed remarkable cultural differences. The Canadians were apparently motivated by success. Those who had been told they had done well in the first test spent significantly longer doing the second task than fellow Canadians who were given to believe they had done terribly the first time round. The Japanese subjects behaved quite differently. Those who had been given a bad grade in the first test worked longer and more diligently than those who had been praised. It therefore seems that a sense of failure was motivating for them.

    Cognitive Skills a Reflection of Environment

    Numbers aren't the only thing you can teach through repeated practice. The same is true for words. A person's vocabulary is an expression of how much their parents and significant others spoke to them as a child. According to studies conducted in the US, the average child has heard about 30 million words by the age of three. The figure for disadvantaged children is only 20 million. This then affects their active vocabulary. The average middle-class three-year-old can use 1,100 words, whereas children from poorer families only have about 525 at their disposal.

    The new findings by the intelligence researchers all point in the same direction: Our cognitive skills are a reflection of our environment. "The low IQs expected for children born to lower-class parents can be greatly increased if their environment is sufficiently rich cognitively," says psychologist Nisbett.

    The practical possibilities have been explored by psychologists Sharon Landesman Ramey and Craig Ramey from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. The Rameys used as their subjects the children of extremely poor and poorly educated parents. In one project children spent their days at a special day-care center in which there was one teacher for each child and where the young charges were given special encouragement from the age of six weeks.

    After three years, these children were compared to a control group. Lo and behold, the average IQ of the boys and girls was a staggering 13 points higher than that of similar children who had not been given special attention.

    Translated from the German by Jan Liebelt

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Re: Letter from Islamophobistan

Postby 82_28 » Sun Oct 24, 2010 6:05 am

Multikulti was the concept found in the 1980s to accommodate a wave of migrants Germany never wanted to really gobble up - not with all the trouble of assimilating their culture, their languages and their religion. The heart of the multikulti bargain was that an immigrant was allowed to be attached to his native culture, but he had to pledge loyalty to the German state.


It could very well have been done for future purposes. As a betting man who will no longer be betting, I almost guarantee this is what it was.

There was never any kind of an organic push to "assimilate" cultures anywhere in the "western world" -- like society all of a sudden got over all the shit we were bred to believe about "outsiders". They were cleaning up from slavery and the "world wars". We've all always been slaves. Until humanity digs the fact that there are about 50 dudes who need to change their mind too and those dudes say "whoa totally", nothing will ever change.

This is why they're tossing in the aliens now days. It creates a future hobgoblin -- it gives space within their own bicameral but fully mammalian existences. Always throw chaff into the air when it comes to psy-ops. I've said it before, but anytime you feel yourself confused by ANYTHING, look around. Look at my quickly demoted "president wears a costume" thread I began. Look at what your cats and dogs are looking at. Watch what the birds are doing.

THAT'S THE DEAL!

It's the tangible and intangible. They are trying to separate you from your heart. Because they too have consciences we aren't being obliterated on a noticeable basis. They're investing in technocracy.
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Re: Letter from Islamophobistan

Postby lupercal » Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:11 am

the Austrian journalist Robert Misik wrote:Why does this botch-job end up being distributed via a preview in Spiegel magazine and popularised in talk shows, why does such an addled brain deserve the honour of a two-page interview in the weekly Zeit – instead of being ignored?


Thanks Alice, very disturbing.. maybe the answer is that it's being orchestrated? He seems to be pushing a kind of designer nazism genetically modified to resist antibiotics doesn't he?
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Re: Letter from Islamophobistan

Postby Simulist » Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:41 pm

the Austrian journalist Robert Misik wrote:Why does this botch-job end up being distributed via a preview in Spiegel magazine and popularised in talk shows, why does such an addled brain deserve the honour of a two-page interview in the weekly Zeit – instead of being ignored?

Because it's easier to get your citizens to cooperate with international grand theft and murder if you can get the people being murdered and stolen from to be disliked, first.

What is happening in the Mideast is a planned process of conquest by Western interests.
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