An Italian court has cut the sentence given to a convicted murderer by a year because he has genes linked to violent behaviour — the first time that behavioural genetics has affected a sentence passed by a European court. But researchers contacted by Nature have questioned whether the decision was based on sound science. . . .
For the new report, Pietro Pietrini, a molecular neuroscientist at Italy’s University of Pisa, and Giuseppe Sartori, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Padova, conducted a series of tests and found abnormalities in brain-imaging scans and in five genes that have been linked to violent behaviour — including the gene encoding the neurotransmitter-metabolizing enzyme monoamine oxidase A (MAOA). A 2002 study led by Terrie Moffitt, a geneticist at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, had found low levels of MAOA expression to be associated with aggressiveness and criminal conduct of young boys raised in abusive environments.
In the report, Pietrini and Sartori concluded that Bayout’s genes would make him more prone to behaving violently if provoked. “There’s increasing evidence that some genes together with a particular environmental insult may predispose people to certain behaviour,” says Pietrini.
On the basis of the genetic tests, Judge Reinotti docked a further year off the defendant’s sentence, arguing that the defendant’s genes “would make him particularly aggressive in stressful situations”. Giving his verdict, Reinotti said he had found the MAOA evidence particularly compelling.
#Metoo has been a trending topic for a while now and alarmingly, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.
The media has been using this as a breeding ground to further their own personal agendas, claiming that #metoo victims are a very diverse group of people, which doesn’t seem to be the case. Though the founder of the #metoo movement is a woman of color, white women are more likely than any other ethnicity to find themselves a victim of sexual assault. Studies have shown that 98% of #metoo women are white, this includes people like Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift was actually one of the first to speak out in the major domino effect. Taking David Mueller to court and suing him for only a dollar, she made good use of her time by exposing him entirely, leaving nothing out.
“I had already been in court all week and had to watch this man’s attorney bully, badger and harass my team including my mother over inane details and ridiculous minutiae, accusing them, and me, of lying. I was angry. In that moment, I decided to forego any courtroom formalities and just answer the questions the way it happened. This man hadn’t considered any formalities when he assaulted me, and his lawyer didn’t hold back on my mom — why should I be polite? I’m told it was the most amount of times the word ‘ass’ has ever been said in Colorado Federal Court.”
But Bryan Singer is not white, he is Jewish.
It seems that the anger may be misplaced, most of the perpetrators are Jewish men, and most of the victims are non-Semitic white women. When races other than the white race come into play, the media are quick to feed us incorrect facts. James Levine is another example of this. Not only is this story sort of being swept under the rug, we are all being led to believe that Levine is a white male using his white male privilege to once again gain the upper hand and return to life as normal. So are they telling us that it’s okay to hate white people, but it’s not okay to hate anyone else? What happened not being discriminated of because of race?
The National Post recently covered the CBC’s cancellation of a BBC documentary about transgender children (Why CBC cancelled a BBC documentary that activists claimed was ‘transphobic’). In that coverage, the Post shared claims made by some activists criticizing some scientific studies, but did not apparently fact-check those claims, so I thought I would outline the studies here. For reference, in a previous post, I listed the results of every study that ever followed up transgender kids to see how they felt in adulthood (Do trans- kids stay trans- when they grow up?). There are 12 such studies in all, and they all came to the very same conclusion: The majority of kids cease to feel transgender when they get older.
The Post conveyed criticisms alleged about two of those: “One study of Dutch children, in particular, assumed that subjects had ‘desisted’ purely because they stopped showing up to a gender identity clinic.” Although unnamed, the claim appears to be referring to Steensma et al. (2013), which followed up on 127 transgender kids. Of them: 47 said they were still transgender; 56 said they were no longer transgender (46 said so directly, 6 said so via their parents, and 4 more said so despite not participating in other aspects of the study); and 24 did not respond to the invitation to participate in the study or could not be located. Because all the medical services for transition are free in the Netherlands and because there is only one clinic providing those services, the researchers were able to check that none of the 24 had actually transitioned despite having the opportunity to do so. Steensma therefore reported that (80/127 =) 63% of the cases desisted.
Responding to accusations of racism, senior Interior Ministry official asks lawmakers, ‘Do you want half of Africa coming here?’
Opposition lawmakers on Wednesday accused the Interior Ministry of outright racism and discrimination against black Jews, citing the recent case of an African convert who was deported hours after landing in Israel, even though he had a valid visa.
🎀 Retweeted Tommy Robinson
So @thetimes can have a headline saying ‘Muslim Migrants Behind Rise In Antisemitism’ but if we suggest they are behind the rise in any other crime, it’s hate speech and illegal to say in places like France?