The killer on the (Saudi) king’s highway

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Posted on 23rd August 2014 by Reverse Engineer in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Originally published in Asia Times on August 21, 2014
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There’s danger on the edge of town
Ride the king’s highway, baby
Weird scenes inside the gold mine
Ride the highway west, baby
The DoorsThe End

The killer awoke before dawn. He put his American desert boots on. He took a knife from the ancient gallery. And he walked on down the hall – bathed in desert sunlight. 

The killer spoke with a British accent (London’s East End?) Father (Saud), I want to kill you. Mother (Langley?) I want to… 

yeeeaaahh, c’mon!

Then the sartorially composed Man in Black beheaded American photojournalist James Foley. 

This is not the end, beautiful friend. It’s just a new beginning in the never-ending Global War on Terror. Now starring Papa Saud’s brand new bag – The Caliph and his goons. This is the way Shock and Awe morphs into “Assad must go” morphs into Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, morphs into The Caliph’s Black Britannia goon responding to “humanitarian” bombing. I’m my own baby now. Watch me work. Bring it on.

Choice scenery. Good sound and vision production values. Careful editing. No unnecessary gore. No blood splattering. No Allahu Akbar shrieks. “A Message to America”, indeed – but most of all a message to the Ummah. As in we’re the Men in Black badasses. We run The Caliphate. We’re no mere death cult; we’re winners. And we take no prisoners. 

And why did Islamic State, formerly ISIS, become winners? Because the “West” regimented, schooled, trained, logistically helped and weaponized most of IS’s Takfiri goons with a mission at hand: to destroy Syria. The “West” lauded them as “Syrian rebels”. Freedom fighters. 

Washington even promoted Jabhat al-Nusra (the official al-Qaeda franchise in Syria, and a “terrorist organization”, according to the State Department) as “good” jihadis, as well as the preferred Saudi combo, the Islamic Front. 

No wonder after photojournalist James Foley was kidnapped in November 2012 the Washington-sanctioned version was that he was being kept by “Assad must go” forces in a prison near Damascus. 

Slouching towards Mecca 
The House of Saud, directly and indirectly, and the proverbial wealthy Gulf Cooperation Council donors are the Mom and Dad of ISIS. All duly vetted/approved by the industrial-military-Orwellian-Panopticon complex. 

And yet “Assad must go” had other ideas for Syria. He didn’t go. He and his army resisted and counter-attacked. So the original mission in Syria morphed across the (non-existent) desert border towards Iraq. ISIS kept expanding – via extortion, kidnapping, captured oil fields, tribal smuggling networks.

The killer spoke with a British accent. Yet he may not be just a well-paid mercenary (500 from Britain, 700 from France, 500 from Belgium ). He’s most certainly a true believer in the wider IS medievalist ideology as well as its no-holds-barred sectarian methods. 

How convenient that IS strategy is totally divide and rule. Totally balkanization of Iraq. Totally mum on Israel’s slow-motion ethnic cleansing of Gaza. Totally useful in wagging the (beheading) dog to make the world forget about Gaza. 

Moroever, IS/ISIS strategy, stripped to the bone, is Pentagon manual; clear, hold and build – then expand (to an area larger than Great Britain). It’s even Pentagon manual redux – as in building “coalitions of the willing” (see the alliance with “remnants” – Rummy talk – of the Saddam regime propelling their northern Iraq summer offensive.) 

How convenient that the mighty Orwellian/Panopticon complex satellite maze could not identify a long convoy of gleaming white Toyotas crossing the desert towards their summer conquests. And how convenient that a Briton beheading an American – what a “special relationship” plot twist! – fully sanctions the Return of Iraq Bombing (“for months”, in Obama’s words); more strikes; more drones; perhaps more boots on the ground; perhaps, in the near future, a Syria extension. 

IS also took over Tikrit, the birthplace of Saddam, in their summer adventure. Now Baghdad’s military are trying to take it back. IS welcomed them with minefields, booby-trapped buildings, an array of snipers and hardcore mortar fire. How convenient that Obama’s “humanitarian” bombs are not involved in R2P (“responsibility to protect”) Saddam’s birthplace. What really matters is the US consulate in Erbil, scores of CIA operatives and vast Big Oil interests in Iraqi Kurdistan. 

And then there’s this ultimate plot twist; a pearl by a dissident Saudi researcher (in Arabic). He argues, in detail, that IS is essentially a revival of “pure” Wahhabism; not only that IS comes from outside the House of Saud’s dominions – in Iraq and the Levant – but tries hard to shatter the monarchy’s legitimacy. 

The House of Saud’s counterpunch to the Arab Spring was (and remains) all about destroying or at least isolating the Muslim Brotherhood as an alternative Islamic rule/role model. Yet now comes IS – brimming with religious justification (however warped); military know-how; and an army of true – and well paid – believers.

Ride the king’s highway, baby. No staged/not staged beheading could possibly top the ultimate blowback: the “West” nurturing the Beast who would slouch towards Mecca to finally behead the House of Saud. And those killers shall also speak with a British accent.

Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007), Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge (Nimble Books, 2007), and Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

WAL-MART FREAKS OF THE WEEK

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Posted on 23rd August 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Subtle yet to the point. That’s what I like about you pal.

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Look at you looking like you’re on a tropical Jamaican vacation sunbathing topless just enjoying yourself…Oh wait, that’s my bad. Turns out those are back boobs…and you are in Walmart. My bad.

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Ohhhh how many times have you been in Walmart and wished some jackass would actually do this to themselves because you’d get arrested if you acted on that urge?

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I’m a little worried that I can’t tell where this ballerina’s ass ends and her legs begin.

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Just catching some of those last minute Walmart parking lot rays, which everyone knows are the best rays to catch, before summer officially ends.

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Remember that one time you spent the weekend at your great Aunt’s house and she looked totally different first thing in the morning? Well you do now because all of those weird, repressed memories are gonna start coming back!

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It’s never a good sign when you have two different people sending us pictures of you. Of course if walking around in your bra isn’t a big enough red flag that something is wrong then I suppose two different pictures aren’t going to sound any internal alarms for you either.

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Just a pair of lower leg tattoos that are working their darnedest to distract us from the rest of the mess that is going on. If you didn’t have the option to advert your eyes completely, which set of printed sticks would you pick?

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Couple of busty ladies brave enough to pop a titty out and take the #WalmartChallenge. It may not be as important as the Ice Bucket Challenge, but I’ll tell you this much: I’d rather see this all over my Facebook feed.

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Each skull represents someone that looked too long and died.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

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Posted on 23rd August 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”

Mark Twain

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12 WAYS TO LIVE TO A RIPE OLD AGE AS A BLACK PERSON IN AMERICA

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Posted on 22nd August 2014 by Stephanie Shepard in Economy

By: Fred McCoy

Originally published on Thought Catalog

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There’s a lot of black people dying in America. What makes this sad is that the majority of these deaths were easily avoidable. I can no longer sit back and watch my fellow black brothers die prematurely. I’ve decided to share tips and tricks on how to survive in America as a black person. These tips have served me well (I am clearly still alive). If all black people were to follow the steps below, I believe we would see a 26% mortality rate decrease across the board.

1. Don’t associate with other black people

  • One black person is a nuisance.
  • Two black people is possible ‘gang-related activity’.
  • Three or more is a race-riot (or WorldStar video)  waiting to happen.

In any of the above situations, you’ll find that the police are well within their right mind to assume that you are currently (or about to) partake in criminal activity. When you come across these would-be-criminals, there are certain counter-measures you can take to avoid being in situations 2 and 3 described above. For instance, try crossing the road in advance when you see another black person. If there are white women and children nearby, be sure to casually point out these future-criminals so they can take the opportunity to rush into a nearby department store or take their phones out and prepare to dial 911.

This association rule extends online. Do not friend anyone on social networks where white people (and future employers) may see. If for some reason you absolutely must remain in contact with them, set your profile to private or maintain a respectable facade account.

2. Know the difference between Good Brown People and Bad Brown People

Not all brown people (or stereotypes) were created equal and I want to make sure you drill this into your skull. Here in America we are proud of our multi-racial nationality and are also equally proud that we have figured out how to seperate brown people and judge them differently from one another (because generalizing them would be racist). Here is a cheat sheet for the Good and Bad types of brown people.

Good Brown:

  • South-East Asians
  • Indians
  • Israelis
  • South Americans (Brazilians, Argentineans, Ecuadorians, etc)

Bad Brown People:

  • Black People (obvious)
  • Africans
  • Anyone from a country where Islam is the popular religion.
  • Central Americans (Mexicans, Costa-Ricans, etc.)
    *Please remember that this list is subject to change.

Fret not if you are in the bad brown people category; the skin-whitening market is booming (projected to reach 19.8 Billion USD by 2018). If you can’t erase your brown, you can at least look as vaguely ethnic as that one guy no one remembers from the Black Eyed Peas.

3. Don’t Date Black People. Ever.

Dating black people is a No-No. It is unfortunate enough that they exist to begin with, but to further the brown-washing of the superior race is simply unforgivable. Conscientious black people can do their part for the future by washing backwards. If you must engage in romantic or sexual activities, be sure you date only whites (or super hot asian women). Dilute your dark chocolate with milk, for a creamy, mellow, barely-tolerable tomorrow.

But remember: Every black-blooded child born is another mouth that will most likely end up on welfare. Let’s not be a drain on our benevolent government and countrymen any more than we already are.

4. Join the military/police as soon as possible

Buy war stamps and savings bonds! Defend your country by throwing your body on the chocolatey grenade of evil and in doing so, you may earn the right to use the same sidewalk as those beautiful Aryan majesties. If that isn’t enough incentive, wearing a uniform could reduce your chance of being randomly shot from 99% to 92%. That’s a 7% reduction in randomly having your dirty blood spilt on the sidewalk of our great nation! And should an unfortunate accident occur while you’re browsing in your local supermarket, you’ll have earned your right to be buried in your own private grave.

Another benefit of joining a uniformed branch of government is this: if you can’t beat the man, join the man – and then take out years of suppressed rage on people who look just like you! Don’t worry, it’s perfectly natural. By beating the ever-loving shit out of other black people you will earn favour in the eyes of whites, further decreasing the likelihood of an untimely death. Distance yourself from your black skin by tearing it off other people at the end of a police baton.

5. Major in a STEM field

If we’re ever going to find the cure for our terrifying blackness, our only hope is to invest our young in the more reputable professions. Instead of spending your welfare check on a 40, buy (not steal!) one of your many, many children a science kit while they’re young. Instill into them the importance of STEM subjects. If you’re unable to do so, watch The Big Bang Theory and quote from it as often as possible. This will reassure the white folk that even though you’re a simple-minded person, you’re at least making the effort.

6. As soon as possible, move to the whitest neighborhood in your area

Now you may be asking yourself, “Why should I move into the pristine, white suburbs and drive down property values? That sounds un-American.” Firstly, by surrounding yourself with white people you are considerably less likely to die from black-on-black violence; secondly, if you conduct yourself in a non-threatening manner you will likely be viewed as a community novelty. You’ll increase the cultural value of the community, and your presence will allow the white people around you to feel better about themselves. “Look at how diverse our town is!” they will shout whenever someone questions the racial makeup of your town. Of course, the police will still shake you down left and right but instead of being accused of illegal drugs/weapons possession you will probably just end up with fictional traffic tickets and a lot of  ‘broken headlights’.

7. Wear what white people wear

A recurring theme in black fashion is the incorporation anti-establishment motifs which either subtly or overtly challenge the status-quo. Don’t do that, it’s a sign of aggression against the state. At any given point you should look like a cover model on GQ magazine. Not only does this increase your attractiveness to the white people, it decreases the likelihood that black women will find you attractive. Now you both look and act like you are too good for people of your own skin color. As previously mentioned, this is good.

Pro Tip: Don’t ever wear Urban Outfitters. They do this weird cultural appropriation thing (white people love it) and if you wear something that is appropriating ‘black culture’…it is no longer appropriation. Irony and sarcasm are second languages to white people – leave that shit to them.

8. Don’t touch, handle, own, or think about guns

A long time ago, before the continents split apart and the world was as it is now, an African man took a gun and fired it – not in self-defense, but in ANGER. When he did so, the gun exploded and covered him in soot, staining his skin dark as his twisted soul. To this day he roams the world, firing the first shot every single time a white man is wrongly accused. We are his descendants, known by our terrifying black flesh…

Or so the story goes! Guns are what white people use to protect themselves against us. No white person has ever fired a gun first unless he rightfully felt threatened.  When white people use guns, they are keeping the peace and protecting themselves. When you, black person, put your hand on a gun you are automatically committing a crime (the specific crime can and will be made up upon police confrontation). Think Open Carry laws apply to you? You only think that because white lawmakers assumed you would be smart enough to know that the law only applies to whites. Clearly they over-estimated your intelligence. Again, stay away from guns. Also melee weapons. Also fists if it’s possible to remove them. (Our STEM graduates, aided by White Scientists Who Actually Know What They’re Doing, should be looking into this.)

9. Avoid “natural” or “threatening” hair styles

The indigenous people of Ghettoinnercitia often refuse to change their natural hairstyles in an effort to alienate and upset the gentle masses. A refusal to straighten, dye and style their hair in accordance with the majority opinion of the bureau on Other People’s Hair is nothing short of an aggressive declaration. If you’re absolutely adamant on being black, the least you can do is dress, behave and style yourself exactly as a white person would. We must all make compromises (if we’re black.) It’s the least you can do.

For your benefit, here is a breakdown as to how different hairstyles for black people will be viewed by white people. Note that they are ranked from least to most threatening:

  • Bald: You’re probably gay, old, a cancer survivor, or Denzel Washington. Any of those render you relatively harmless.
  • Dreadlocks: You enjoy smoking pot, are generally harmless, and will probably die from a drug overdose or gunshot.
  • Afro: Much like a guy with dreadlocks, you probably enjoy smoking pot. You are viewed as slightly more threatening because you could be a Black Panther Activist in disguise, and will probably die from a drug overdose or gunshot.
  • Close Shave: You obviously go to a barber-shop which means you are breaking rule number 1 (congregating with other black people). Barbershops are a hot bed of criminal activity where the young and old come together to verbally assault the white man behind his back, and they will all probably die from a drug overdose, or gunshots.
  • Corn Rows: Unless you are an actor on The Wire, you are obviously part of a gang. There is no wiggle room here, and you will probably die from a drug overdose, or a gunshot.
  • Fro-hawk: You are either a Mr. T impersonator or someone who plays for an African World Cup team, either way you will probably still die from a drug overdose, or gunshot.
  • *Please note that just being black is threatening so the above list is relative.

10. Don’t go out at night without white friends

Let the masses know that you’re a Good Brown People by assuring them that you’re not a threat. A buffer of delicate white people will let them know that you’re safe to be around, and that your company can be tolerated. Ensure that you remain exactly two feet from your chosen chaperone at all times, so as not to be mistaken for a stalker or an attacker. Remember, you want to be seen as a novel accessory – something white people can show off in public as a way to air their cultural superiority and prove they’re not racist to those without black ‘friends’.

11. Only listen to approved music.

It needn’t be said that rap music is definitely a cause for alarm, as it was created by angry black men as an opportunity to voice their unfounded frustrations (it also serves as a biological warning to white people of an impending violent outburst). Moreover, don’t be fooled into thinking the opposite end of the spectrum (or anything in between) is safe either. Listening to classical music may make you appear psychotic or overly-intelligent, and everyone knows that the most dangerous type of black person is an educated one. Musical talents such as Simon and Garfunkel, Journey and Cliff Richard (pending child molestation charges) are always a safe bet.

12. When a tragedy in the black community occurs, never respond with empathy.

They’ll think you’re one of them. Instead, publicly express your annoyance that the blacks are being uppity. Be sure to start your conversations around these tragedies like so: “I’m frustrated with the events…”

Ah yes, the ultimate way to ensure longevity as a black person – live in the White House and ignore the plight of anyone who looks remotely like you.

Some quick, final tips:

  • Don’t vote – you’d just vote for the guy because he’s black anyway
  • Don’t look police in the eye – Much like staring most animals in the eye, you signal that you are equal to them and are then perceived as a threat.
  • Go to church – Replace phrases such as “Fuck The Police” with “Praise the Lord!” Don’t sing though, white people might think you’re starting a slave rebellion.
  • Avoid empathy for black people – Black people are animals. Do you feel sorry when you eat meat? No? Exactly. Only vegans do, and they’re sub-human anyway.

FRIDAY FAIL

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Posted on 22nd August 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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DAWN OF THE DUMB

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Posted on 22nd August 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Aldous Huxley predicted this in Brave New World Revisited in 1958. Advancements in healthcare, technology, and the ability to prevent disease have allowed the weakest members of the gene pool to survive, rather than die off. As they reproduce, the average intelligence of the world declines.

Look around you. Do you really think the average person is more intelligent today than they were 30 years ago?

And then remember what the patron saint of TBP had to say:

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”

George Carlin

We are surrounded by stupid people and they are getting stupider by the minute.

 

Are we becoming more STUPID? IQ scores are decreasing – and some experts argue it’s because humans have reached their intellectual peak

 

  • IQs have largely increased since the 1930s thanks to better living conditions and education – a trend known as the Flynn effect
  • But IQ test results suggest people in the UK, Denmark and Australia have become less intelligent in the past decade
  • Opinion is divided as to whether the downwards trend is long-term
  • Some studies have shown the average IQ of Westerners has plunged 10 points or more since Victorian times and others claim it will keep decreasing
  • But other experts argue that even if we are becoming more stupid, better healthcare and technology means the ‘problem’ will regulate itself

 

By Sarah Griffiths for MailOnline

 

Technology may be getting smarter, but humans are getting dumber, scientists have warned.

Evidence suggests that the IQs of people in the UK, Denmark and Australia have declined in the last decade.

Opinion is divided as to whether the trend is long-term, but some researchers believe that humans have already reached intellectual peak.

Dumb and dumber? Evidence suggests that the IQs of people in the UK, Denmark and Australia have declined in the last decade. Opinion is divided as to whether human intelligence will decrease over time. A study by the University of Hartford claims that the larger the global population becomes, the less intelligent we will be, dropping by around eight IQ points by the year 2110 - and other estimates are even more pesimistic

An IQ test used to determine whether Danish men are fit to serve in the military has revealed scores have fallen by 1.5 points since 1998.

And standard tests issued in the UK and Australia echo the results, according to journalist Bob Holmes, writing in New Scientist.

The most pessimistic explanation as to why humans seem to be becoming less intelligent is that we have effectively reached our intellectual peak.

Between the 1930s and 1980s, the average IQ score in the US rose by three points and in post-war Japan and Denmark, test scores also increased significantly – a trend known as the ‘Flynn effect’.

This increase in intelligence was due to improved nutrition and living conditions – as well as better education – says James Flynn of the University of Otago, after whom the effect is named. 

An image of the future? Some experts believe we are starting to see the end of the Flynn effect in developed countries ¿ and that IQ scores are leveling out and even declining. Pessimistic scientists think  that our descendants may struggle to understand subjects we can grasp (illustrated with a stock image)

Westerns have lost 14 IQ points on average since the Victorian age, according to a study published by the University of Amsterdam last year.

Jan te Nijenhuis thinks this could be because intelligent women tend to have less children than women who are not as clever, The Huffington Post reported.

The perceived link between IQ and fertility is a very contentious one.

Dr Nijenhuis studied the results of 14 intelligence studies conducted between 1884 and 2004 to come to his conclusion.

Each study measured peoples’ reaction times – how long they took to press a button after being prompted.

It is claimed that reaction time mirrors mental processing speed – so it reflects intelligence.

They found that visual reaction times averaged 194 milliseconds in the late 19th Century, but in 2004, they had increased to 275 milliseconds.

This would suggest that people have become less intelligent, they said.

Now some experts believe we are starting to see the end of the Flynn effect in developed countries – and that IQ scores are not just leveling out, but declining. 

Scientists including Dr Flynn think better education can reverse the trend and point out  the perceived decline could just be a blip. However, other scientists are not so optimistic.

Some believe the Flynn effect has masked a decline in the genetic basis for intelligence, so that while more people have been reaching their full potential, that potential itself has been declining.

Some have even contentiously said this could be because educated people are deciding to have fewer children, so that subsequent generations are largely made up of less intelligent people.

Richard Lynn, a psychologist at the University of Ulster, calculated the decline in humans’ genetic potential.

He used data on average IQs around the world in 1950 and 2000 to discover that our collective intelligence has dropped by one IQ point.

Dr Lynn predicts that if this trend continues, we could lose another 1.3 IQ points by 2050.

Michael Woodley, of the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, claims people’s reactions are slower than in Victorian times, and has linked it to a decline in our genetic potential.

Must try harder: Psychologist Richard Lynn calculated the decline in humans¿ genetic potential. He used data on average IQ test scores (illustrated) from around the world in 1950 and 2000 to discover that our collective intelligence has dropped by one IQ point.

It has previously been claimed that quick-witted people have fast reactions and Dr Woodley’s study showed people’s reaction times have slowed over the century – the equivalent to one IQ point per decade.

Jan te Nijenhuis, a psychology professor at the University of Amsterdam, says Westerners have lost an average of 14 IQ points since the Victoria Era.

He believes this is due to more intelligent women have fewer children than those who are less clever,The Huffington Post reported.

Dr Woodley and others think humans will gradually become less and less intelligent.

But Dr Flynn says if the decline in IQ scores is the end of the Flynn effect, scores should stabilise.

He thinks that even if humans do become more stupid, better healthcare and technology will mean that all people will have fewer children and the ‘problem’ will regulate itself.

ARE BRITISH TEENAGERS BECOMING LESS INTELLIGENT?

Tests carried out in 1980 and in 2008 showed that the average 14-year-old was two IQ points cleverer in 1980, according to a study published in 2009.

Scientists found that performance dropped the most dramatically in teenagers in the upper half of the intelligence scale, The Telegraph reported.

Brighter teens who took part in the study in 2008 were on average six IQ points less intelligent than their counterparts tested 28 years earlier.

Professor Fynn said the results could be the result of less intelligent youth culture.

He used data gathered in IQ tests on UK children and found that children aged between five and 10 saw their IQs increase by half a point per year over three decades.

‘Other studies have shown how pervasive teenage youth culture is, and what we see is parents’ influence on IQ slowly diminishing with age,’ he said.

‘…What we know is that youth culture is now more visually orientated around computer games than they are in terms of reading and holding conversations.’