Monthly Archives: November 2007

Race, Genes, and IQ

William Saletan has an interesting set of essays in Slate about the reality of the IQ gap between racial groups. The idea has always interested me. I guess because I’m morally repulsed by it while I can’t deny that it makes sense that the genetic factors behind IQ would vary between populations the same as other inherited characteristics. It’s something that can feel crappy to think about. But Saletan’s conclusions are actually quite inspiring. Instead of being something too shitty to be true, racial differences can provide us a better way of achieving true equality.

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Men Who Look Like Old Lesbians

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Linda Stein Was Killed by Her Assistant

This is nuts.

The personal assistant of former Ramones manager Linda Stein has confessed to murdering her boss. Apparently, 26-year-old Natavia Lowery snapped after Stein blew marijuana smoke in her face; Lowery then grabbed a “yoga stick,” described by New York police commissioner Ray Kelly as two pieces of wood tied together with cord, and hit Stein six or seven times in the head. She is going to be arraigned on second-degree murder charges later today.

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Jimmy Carter Just Wants to “Sting” Your Cat

5/13/90

To Sybil,

Lamentably, I killed your cat while trying just to sting it. It was crouched, as usual, under one of our bird feeders & I fired from some distance with bird shot. It may ease your grief somewhat to know that the cat was buried properly with a prayer & that I’ll be glad to get you another of your choice.

I called & came by your house several times. We will be in the Dominican Republic until Thursday. I’ll see you then.

Love, Jimmy [Carter]

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Man I Hate the Fucking Eagles

It’s mildly depressing that the Eagles topped the Billboard charts this week, out-selling Britney 2-to-1, and their album is only being sold at Wal-Mart.

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