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https://plus.google.com/106889748996069031593 Hope c : name: scar gender:female sexuality:bi about me: i hate people who belittle me and treat me like dirt...
name: scar
gender:female
sexuality:bi
about me: i hate people who belittle me and treat me like dirt i love chocolate and black butler together
Image: Profiles | Page 1 | Finery and Faustian Contracts ~a Black Butler ...
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https://plus.google.com/113985917028666522880 Ken Cunningham : Check out @OnMessageForHer's Tweet: https://twitter.com/OnMessageForHer/status/765742256900964353?s=...
Check out @OnMessageForHer's Tweet: https://twitter.com/OnMessageForHer/status/765742256900964353?s=09
Hillary PR Team on Twitter: "And, no, NEITHER Clinton is ill. That's just how elderly folks look if they're approaching a Faustian reckoning with Satan in the hereafter."
And, no, NEITHER Clinton is ill. That's just how elderly folks look if they're approaching a Faustian reckoning with Satan in the hereafter. 7:49 PM - 16 Aug 2016. 1610 Retweets3014 Likes. Reply to @OnMessageForHer. Replies. noway jose. Aug 16. noway jose @OldAPG.
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https://plus.google.com/111023891012097611842 DIVINVS INFERNVS :

Demoncy-"Faustian dawn" (Full demo) - YouTube
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https://plus.google.com/116391916084478183870 Alois Trancy : //Hello, this roleplay is as if Alois Trancy had gotten a different butler, in this case, your character...
//Hello, this roleplay is as if Alois Trancy had gotten a different butler, in this case, your character.

"Jim Macken, do you except your fait?"

Jim was taken in by the head of the Trancy estate for the purpose of pedophilia along with a group of other boys. While in captivity, Jim had heard rumours about a fairy that granted wishes; after following the instructions given to him, he summoned a demon. Upon realizing that he had no wish to fulfill, the demon told Jim to call for him again when he finds a wish.

Although Earl Trancy originally despised him because of his "filthy" eyes, Jim set about seducing him and quickly became his favourite bed-mate and subsequent heir. Jim, parading from then on as Alois Trancy, received favourable treatment such as fashionable clothes and more freedom in the mansion.

Not knowing that it was actually his maid, Alois discovered that the person responsible for the strange deaths in the village was the watchdog's butler. During his Faustian contract before the one with the watch dog, Ciel Phantomhive. Alois formed a contract with a demon, vowing revenge on Ciel's butler. When Earl Trancy died, Alois became the new earl and released all the captive boys.

"Its not Jim Macken, its Alois Trancy."

Its been two years since then. You took great care of Alois and felt him more as a friend then your master. He loved you, treated you as if he was in a relationship with you. He acted as if he was in absolute love with you, but he hated everyone else.

It was a late night when the manor was attacked. Alois was asleep in his bed, or at least you thought he was. You sat in your room reading a book when you heard someone break threw Alois's window. You ran into the room, Alois wasn't in bed, but there was a tall man looking around for him. You had to fight him before he finally left.

"Alright Alois, come out of hiding."

You spoke softly as he peaked out from the closet. He slowly stepped out of the closet wearing a beautiful red kimono.

//Yaoi roleplay. A seme (top) is needed. Yaoi means male x male. If you read it all, answer this, why was Alois (Jim) token in by the original head of Trancy estate?
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https://plus.google.com/116391916084478183870 Alois Trancy : //Hello, this roleplay is as if Alois Trancy had gotten a different butler, in this case, your character...
//Hello, this roleplay is as if Alois Trancy had gotten a different butler, in this case, your character.

"Jim Macken, do you except your fait?"

Jim was taken in by the head of the Trancy estate for the purpose of pedophilia along with a group of other boys. While in captivity, Jim had heard rumours about a fairy that granted wishes; after following the instructions given to him, he summoned a demon. Upon realizing that he had no wish to fulfill, the demon told Jim to call for him again when he finds a wish.

Although Earl Trancy originally despised him because of his "filthy" eyes, Jim set about seducing him and quickly became his favourite bed-mate and subsequent heir. Jim, parading from then on as Alois Trancy, received favourable treatment such as fashionable clothes and more freedom in the mansion.

Not knowing that it was actually his maid, Alois discovered that the person responsible for the strange deaths in the village was the watchdog's butler. During his Faustian contract before the one with the watch dog, Ciel Phantomhive. Alois formed a contract with a demon, vowing revenge on Ciel's butler. When Earl Trancy died, Alois became the new earl and released all the captive boys.

"Its not Jim Macken, its Alois Trancy."

Its been two years since then. You took great care of Alois and felt him more as a friend then your master. He loved you, treated you as if he was in a relationship with you. He acted as if he was in absolute love with you, but he hated everyone else.

It was a late night when the manor was attacked. Alois was asleep in his bed, or at least you thought he was. You sat in your room reading a book when you heard someone break threw Alois's window. You ran into the room, Alois wasn't in bed, but there was a tall man looking around for him. You had to fight him before he finally left.

"Alright Alois, come out of hiding."

You spoke softly as he peaked out from the closet. He slowly stepped out of the closet wearing a beautiful red kimono.

//Yaoi roleplay. A seme (top) is needed. Yaoi means male x male. If you read it all, answer this, why was Alois (Jim) token in by the original head of Trancy estate?
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https://plus.google.com/104050750685513242814 Allan L. Campbell : Thank you Republican David Irvine for rejecting the bigotry, fear, racism and hate promoted by Donald...
Thank you Republican David Irvine for rejecting the bigotry, fear, racism and hate promoted by Donald Trump and his enablers.

"I've been an active Republican for all of my adult life. That this venerable political party, once home to visionary thinkers and leaders, could hand its presidential nomination to Trump, who seems not to know how much he doesn't know and could not care less, is unfathomable to me. It is unfortunate that so many of those who claim to be leaders of the congressional and presidential wings of the Republican Party have long since made their Faustian bargains and are actively endorsing a totally self-centered know-nothing who behaves like the caricature of a banana-republic dictator. "

Vote Straight Democratic and Volunteer Today
Op-ed: This lifelong Republican will be voting for Hillary Clinton

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https://plus.google.com/102921569261722673343 Ciel 'Ice Prince' Phantomhive : Name: シエル・ファントムハイヴ 《Ciel Phantomhive》 Alias Queen's Watchdog Queen's Guard Dog Aristocrat of Evil Villainous...

Name: シエル・ファントムハイヴ
《Ciel Phantomhive》

Alias
Queen's Watchdog
Queen's Guard Dog
Aristocrat of Evil
Villainous Noble
Evil Nobleman
Smile


Species
Human

Gender
Male

Age
13

Height
152 cm (5'0")

Birthday
December 14, 1875

Appearance

Ciel is a short, thirteen-year-old boy with bluish-black hair and rich, deep blue eyes. As described by Nina Hopkins, his tailor, Ciel has a "wonderfully proportioned body." His arms and legs are thin, his shoulders slim, and his waist narrow. Ciel typically dresses in a way that suits his noble standing, and he has a very extensive wardrobe.

Ciel nearly always wears a black eye-patch made of gauze with a single cord over his right eye to hide the location of his Faustian Contract with Sebastian Michaelis. However, while in disguise, he wears a white patch that resembles a transdermal patch, which fastens over his ear with two cords. Ciel also has a brand on the left side of his body from his time as a slave in a cult.
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https://plus.google.com/102084726723320258288 Fox Mulder : FYI: 'artists' have always leaned fascist. Their patrons are of and from the regime. Hey, after all...
FYI: 'artists' have always leaned fascist.

Their patrons are of and from the regime. Hey, after all, they can't NOT kiss the feet of those who make their livelihood possible, in a rigged system.

Not just #CelebriWHORES, but even fine artists have always used the most toxic wasteful medium, depspite most of their public PR is de rigueur 'save the earth' yammery.

Even if they once came from poverty, once in the 'club,' most make Faustian deals to remain in it, at all costs.

Also, when's the last time you've seen celebs "mull around" 'wait in line' trying to get into a place: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/08/23/22/37866E2000000578-3755303-image-a-55_1471986295025.jpg

Kinda speaks volumes...

xD

At least you now have a comprehensive list of cunts whose works you can choose to boycott.

PS. Interesting trivia: the other money laundering, private jet flying 'environmentalist' hypocrite, and #LimousineSocialist extraordinaire Leonardo Di Caprio, was the one originally slated to hold the $35,000/plate-ish fundraiser luncheon, but had to pull out due to his own 'charitable' foundation's money laundering scandals, particularly Malaysia. So he personally asked TimberFLAKE to take over: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3754030/amp/Leo-DiCaprio-dropped-presenting-Hillary-Clinton-fundraiser-favor-Justin-Timberlake-Jessica-Biel-links-charity-foundation-3b-stolen-Malaysia-world-s-biggest-embezzlement-scam.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3751093/amp/Leonardo-DiCaprio-asks-Justin-Timberlake-place-host-33k-ticket-Hillary-Clinton-fundraiser.html

Though, Hollyweird's industry rag, is not going with that reality: http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/justin-timberlake-jessica-biel-host-hillary-clinton-fundraiser-leonardo-dicaprio-1201841585/
Justin Timberlake gets the A-list to open wallets for Hillary
Hillary Clinton's $33,400 per ticket lunchtime fundraiser in Los Angeles attracted an A-list crowd with power couple Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel opening their doors for the Democrat today.
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https://plus.google.com/107672524765679097840 Pamela Tsigdinos : My Avalanche #bookreview on Huffington Post: #fertility #reprotech in a new light...
My Avalanche #bookreview on Huffington Post: #fertility #reprotech in a new light...
Have Fertility Treatments Become Faustian Bargain?
The sun set as I finished reading Avalanche: A Love Story, by Australian novelist and filmmaker Julia Leigh. With darkness falling my mind tried to ...
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https://plus.google.com/114637653387886931795 Hαηηαн “Qυєєη Sαναgє” Aηηαƒєllσωѕ : Here is what's bothering me so far about an OC. Don't get me wrong, I know that you are entitled to ...
Here is what's bothering me so far about an OC. Don't get me wrong, I know that you are entitled to create your own character, I respect that but here these are the type of people in fandoms such as black butler and Attack on Titan. There is 1 thing I find Annoying about an OC.

1) No profile OC

This is the one I hate the most, as a roleplayed, I'm used to an OC being created in a profile explaining their bio and abilities or other stuffs, but these type of people makes me mad. If you know, I roleplay as Sebastian Michaelis and used to be Levi Ackerman and I cannot tell you how many times a person just name themselves as a either a family member or a close Friend or worst, some bullshit OC just to be stronger than the character they like, I've had request of people asking me to be their master and even fucking worst, just assume I knew them because "My OC is your master because I said so hurr DURR." Just fucking stop, unless o agree to it, either go find another Sebastian Michaelis to bother or kindly fuck off, I am not your butler just because you simply copy pasted the Faustian contract on your OC. This was recent, I hate it when people accuse the characters for what they didn't do to gain sympathy for their OC, I stumbled upon a post in a black butler community and the poster said "Sebastian raped me :( why do you like him? He is bad..." Ok just fucking stop right there, does Sebastian look like a person that rapes you for no reason? The bullshit things is, you said that "Oh Sebastian is my Best Friend!!!" In the same bullshit post you accused Sebastian of. If you want to roleplay with me with your OC, in find with that, no problem, however if you are a fucking bitch and make yourself into one of Sebastian's family members, I would kindly just stop roleplaying with you and kindly delete the post. Also if I roleplay with you, and you do this shit Turns into Neko and rubs your legs "Meow~". I will fucking block you, just because Sebastian like cats, don't use that as an excuse to help get his love, he'll if you do that I will just pet another cat, not your try Harding ass.
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https://plus.google.com/108679755950492656249 MsMilkytheclown : Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy fields audience questions after his talk at the anti-nuclear conference...
Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy fields audience questions after his talk at the anti-nuclear conference.
The questions are quite varied. Beginning with a question about DU (depleted uranium) munitions and "low levels of radiation". At about 3 minutes into the video, John Bolenbaugh,a whistle blower for Enbridge oil spill in Kalamazoo Michigan has a chance to ask Gundersen some questions about how to help whistle blowers, noting that someone from a nuclear plant somewhere in Michigan is ready to blow the whistle. I'm not sure why Arnie said he KNEW the first day it was a Meltdown, when in fact he did not ever say that in public, that I am aware of. There were various questions. Talk about Yucca Mountain and how to store the spent fuel. Alice Stewart - the book The Woman Who Knew Too Much (first person o study low levels of radiation) Talk about the Kiwane plant in Wisconsin shutting down due to costs. Also, possibly Oyster Creek, Vermont Yankee, and another one in Quebec to be shut down. Note at approx 25 minutes, Gundersen Dodges the question about US Water and Air testing (!) I didn't hear him answer it, did you? Gundersen goes on to say that in Seattle, tests have shown that about 10 hot particles PER DAY were breathed in in March, April, and May (2011). He is VERY worried about Pacific Fish - the top of the food chain... but insists that ground contamination in the United States is no longer a worry to him. (words to that effect). Then, at the end of the video (about 28 minutes into it) - Gundersen says that about a million cancers will probably result of Fukushima, noting that 40 percent of the children from Fukushima already have thyroid noduels - that probably lead to cancer. Gundersen bases his findings on Steve Wing's studies.
Some of the audio is kinda lousy. I tried to fix the low volume as much as I could.

December Conference in Chicago Dec. 1st and 2nd, 2012 : A Mountain of Waste 70 Years High: Ending the Nuclear Age

A Conference observing the 70th Anniversary of the 1st sustained chain reaction, and the birth of the Nuclear Age

On December 2, 1942, an experiment at the University of Chicago led by Enrico Fermi produced the world's first human-made sustained chain reaction, and launched the Nuclear Age. The Nuclear Age has not been kind to everyone -- beginning with the people of Japan. The Faustian bargain continues to this day -- with the Japanese again becoming nuclear victims after Fukushima, and the world threatened by the continued presence of both nuclear weapons and nuclear power radiation releases and wastes.

Building on the observation of previous conferences first 40, then 30 years ago, this Conference notes that to this day, not a single ounce of radioactive waste has been permanently disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. And it bears witness to those fellow humans to whom the Nuclear Age has been less than kind.

POGO = Programs on Government Oversight. (that's good to know)

memorable quotes: "I'm not not expert, I leverage my ignorance"
and "When you find yourself in a hole, the best thing is to stop digging" :)
those were my two LOL's for today :)
Watch the video: Arnie Gundersen Q & A at Chicago Anti-Nuclear Conference 2012
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Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy fields audience questions after his talk at the anti-nuclear conference. The questions are quite varied. Beginning with a question about DU (depleted uranium) munitions and "low levels of radiation". At about 3 minutes into the video, John Bolenbaugh,a whistle blower for Enbridge oil spill in Kalamazoo Michigan has a chance to ask Gundersen some questions about how to help whistle blowers, noting that someone from a nuclear plant somewhere in Michigan is ready to blow the whistle. I'm not sure why Arnie said he KNEW the first day it was a Meltdown, when in fact he did not ever say that in public, that I am aware of. There were various questions. Talk about Yucca Mountain and how to store the spent fuel. Alice Stewart - the book The Woman Who Knew Too Much (first person o study low levels of radiation) Talk about the Kiwane plant in Wisconsin shutting down due to costs. Also, possibly Oyster Creek, Vermont Yankee, and another one in Quebec to be s...
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https://plus.google.com/115228987112564803798 Tioga Pa. Democrat : #‎onesopinion‬ ‪#‎trumpbusters‬ ‪#‎wevoteblue‬ I've been an active Republican for all of my adult life...
#‎onesopinion‬ ‪#‎trumpbusters‬ ‪#‎wevoteblue‬
I've been an active Republican for all of my adult life. That this venerable political party, once home to visionary thinkers and leaders, could hand its presidential nomination to Trump, who seems not to know how much he doesn't know and could not care less, is unfathomable to me. It is unfortunate that so many of those who claim to be leaders of the congressional and presidential wings of the Republican Party have long since made their Faustian bargains and are actively endorsing a totally self-centered know-nothing who behaves like the caricature of a banana-republic dictator.
That only shows that there are no Republican leaders of Lincolnian stature. It is especially dissonant when they have to distance themselves more than once per week from the outrageous statements of a man who even disparages the sacrifice of a heroic Army officer's Muslim family. There's a point where this failure to withdraw an endorsement becomes a self-indicting embrace of a demagogue's values.
==================Read more :
http://www.sltrib.com/…/op-ed-this-lifelong-republican-will…
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https://plus.google.com/107410781292380524894 Sharon Powell King : IN MEMORIAM: Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer-songwriter...
IN MEMORIAM:

Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians. Johnson's shadowy and poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise to much legend, including the Faustian myth that he sold his soul to the devil at a crossroads to achieve success. As an itinerant performer who played mostly on street corners, in juke joints, and at Saturday night dances, Johnson had little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime.

It was only after the reissue of his recordings in 1961, on the LP King of the Delta Blues Singers, that his work reached a wider audience. Johnson is now recognized as a master of the blues, particularly of the Mississippi Delta blues style. He is credited by many rock musicians as an important influence; Eric Clapton has called Johnson "the most important blues singer that ever lived." Johnson was inducted into theRock and Roll Hall of Fame as an early influence in its first induction ceremony, in 1986. In 2010, David Fricke ranked Johnson fifth in Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All time!

Robert Johnson: Complete Recordings ["Centennial …: http://youtu.be/tAqzeInakec
Watch the video: Robert Johnson: Complete Recordings ["Centennial Collection" Rearranged in Chronological Order!]
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https://plus.google.com/105094809971807799796 Joleen Alexander DeVore : On the one hand we wax rhapsodic about the need for more principled leaders, a return to the Constitution...
On the one hand we wax rhapsodic about the need for more principled leaders, a return to the Constitution, and a political party that actually stands for something. On the other hand, when those would-be leaders/candidates actually emerge to answer the call of Gideon’s fleece, they’re told they’re not electable, too conservative, or not touchy-feely enough. Never mind having a movement that actually helps equip such principled people to get elected, be better/broader messengers, etc.

But rest assured we’ll make yet another Faustian bargain for a seat at the table in the very system betraying everything we claim to believe instead.

- See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/08/why-conservatives-lost-part-3-we-seek-vindication-not-victory#sthash.KdMv3vjE.dpuf
Why conservatives lost: Part 3 – We seek vindication, not victory
To overthrow today’s corrupt system, conservatives need to stop seeking a seat at its table.
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https://plus.google.com/117559843404812580793 Drossel Keinz : Name: Alois Trancy Age: 14 Gender: Male School/Job: Earl of Trancy Height: 165 cm (5'5") Birthdate...
Name: Alois Trancy

Age: 14

Gender: Male

School/Job: Earl of Trancy

Height: 165 cm (5'5")

Birthdate: November 5, 1876

Weapon: Claude Faustus

Bio: The unofficial story is that shortly after he was born, Alois was kidnapped. His mother, in her deep grief, committed suicide and left his father to search for him alone.

Alois claimed that he was kept as a slave in an unknown village during his time abducted. An event, which occurred within the village, left all the villagers dead and Alois as the only survivor. Alois returned with Claude Faustus and became the head of the Trancy household after his father died under mysterious circumstances.

Later, however, Alois experienced a flashback about his actual past as Jim Macken. As orphans from a village, he and his little brother Luka had been treated unkindly by the villagers ever since their parents died, which forced them to survive as thieves and pickpockets. Jim expressed a bitter hatred of the villagers, and declared that everyone who was cruel to them ought to die.

When a mysterious calamity swept the village and killed nearly everyone, including Luka, Jim was taken in by the head of the Trancy estate for the purpose of pedophilia along with a group of other boys. While in captivity, Jim had heard rumours about a fairy that granted wishes; after following the instructions given to him, he summoned the spider demon Claude. Upon realizing that he had no wish to fulfill, Claude told Jim to call for him again when he finds a wish.

Although Earl Trancy originally despised him because of his "filthy" eyes, Jim set about seducing him and quickly became his favourite bed-mate and subsequent heir. Jim, parading from then on as Alois Trancy, received favourable treatment such as fashionable clothes and more freedom in the mansion.

Not knowing that it was actually Hannah, Alois discovered that the person responsible for the strange deaths in the village was Sebastian Michaelis during his Faustian contract before Ciel Phantomhive. Alois formed a contract with Claude, vowing revenge on Sebastian. When Earl Trancy died, Alois became the new earl and released all the captive boys.

~~~~~~~~~~A P P E A R A N C E~~~~~~~~~
Hair: Blonde

Body Appearance: Alois is a fragile teenager with icy blue eyes and platinum blond hair; a singular, noticeable cowlick curls up to the left.

Clothing Choices: He wears a long, plum purple frock coat; a forest green vest with black stripes and a black back; a white button-up shirt; black shorts or black trousers; long black stockings; brown high heel boots with purple laces; and a charcoal ribbon tied around his neck.
Uniform: N/A
Formal: ….
Casual: // I as an admin design my outfits for him sometimes for both formal and casual depending on what I roleplay about.


~~~~~~~~~~~P E R S O N A L~~~~~~~~~~~
Personality: Alois is a generally cheerful but sadistic individual. His emotions can alternate unpredictably from enthusiasm to anger. He also loses interest in things fairly quickly. Alois often uses harsh and impolite language such as "bloody" or other expletives, regardless of whom he is speaking to

One of Alois's few consistent traits is his attachment to his butler Claude Faustus, whose attention he constantly tries to attract. He showcases an extreme need for affection and acknowledgement.

Alois enjoys wielding authority, and typically utilizes his power in a deliberately vicious, barbarous, and contemptuous manner. He frequently abuses others and makes them feel inferior for his own gratification. Alois directs his hostility particularly toward Hannah Anafeloz, by lashing out physically and belittling her with vile remarks, especially when he believes that she is trying to take someone else's attention away from him.

Likes: Claude Faustus, sunshine, tea, bluebells, roses, strawberries, strawberry cake
Dislikes: Darkness, being ignored, rejected, abandoned, extremely rude people
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https://plus.google.com/108530086350493398636 Sebastian “ɬɧɛ ɖɛɱơŋ ცųɬƖɛཞ” Michaelis : 》Summary《 Sebastian is a demon butler to the phantomhives and acts as Ciel's body guard. He is completely...
》Summary《

Sebastian is a demon butler to the phantomhives and acts as Ciel's body guard. He is completely devoted to his role as a butler and following Ciel's order with great loyalty and swiftness. Sebastian has a habit of challenging, making fun and teasing Ciel just to see his reactions. There have been times where Sebastian was concerned about his young masters well being such as when Ciel was having an asthma Attack and a panic Attack. Sebastian has a fondness for felines in general, stating he cannot foresee or control his own reactions and feelings when in presence of one. As a demon, he has also shown to be extremely ruthless, sadistic, and manipulative to his opponents and is intrigued with humans' behaviors and attitudes, as he finds them interesting because of their insatiable greed.

[] Name []

Sebastian Michaelis

[] Gender[]

Male

[] Occupation []

Butler

[] Relationship []

Master: +Ayākashi Satsuijin-sha Ryūketsu

[] Previous occupation []

Member of the Noah's Ark circus, Dormitory warden of sapphire owlet Weston college

[] Affiliation []

Faustian contract

[] Age []

A few thousand years old

[] Classification []

Demon

[] Height []

185 cm

[] Personality []

Sebastian is a dedicated butler to Ciel Phantomhive and upholds a strong sense of duty to his master and household. He faithfully follows and carries out every one of Ciel's orders, while ensuring that the Phantomhive household runs smoothly. He does not sleep—for demons deem it as a form of luxury—and thus, he frequently performs tasks for Ciel at night. One of his quirks is that he will always respond to Ciel's demands with the saying "Yes, my lord."

Sebastian predominantly appears as a courteous and impeccable servant. However, he is, in actuality, callous, heartless, and sadistic; he is ruthless when attacking others on Ciel's orders, and had, at one point, deliberately delayed saving Ciel for his own amusement. Sebastian usually expresses his diabolic nature through his dark, sarcastic humor and inability to see good in anyone. He thinks of his own master as a brat who treats his workers rudely, but he has admitted that he does not dislike the butler lifestyle despite all the troubles he goes through on a daily basis.

Sebastian views money as "rubbish" and "materialistic." He is fluent in French and Latin, enough to teach the latter. He is also proficient in Deutsch (German) and East Franconian, a dialect in Southern Germany. Sebastian has a great and mutual distaste for Grim Reapers. Moreover, he profoundly adores cats and had kept at least thirteen hidden in his wardrobe to prevent Ciel from finding out.

Sebastian often contemplates the behaviors and attitudes of human beings. He regards humans in general to be "difficult creatures," but he is fascinated with their struggles and lofty goals. He is intrigued by how seemingly insatiable they are, for they are willing to "drag others down to get what they want, even in death." Furthermore, he is often puzzled by human behavior as demonstrated by humans’ excessive love for sweet things such as cake—personally, he doesn’t find it delicious. Finally, Sebastian has seen humans (such as Agni) bring out enormous strength from within. However, he states this is something a demon can never obtain—strength and power bred from love and faith.


[] Appearance []

Sebastian takes on the appearance of a tall, handsome adult with black hair, red eyes, and pale skin. He typically dresses in a butler's outfit, which consists of black trousers, a six-button double-breasted tailcoat, and a gray vest. He has the Phantomhive crest on his shirt cuffs and tie. Sebastian also sports white gloves, a pocket watch, and a chained silver lapel pin bearing the Phantomhive crest, traditionally worn by the house's head butler.

Sebastian, notably, has black fingernails. The back of his left hand contains the mark of his Faustian contract with Ciel Phantomhive.

Details of Sebastian's demonic form include high-heeled stiletto boots, sharp claws, glowing fuchsia irises, slit pupils, and longer, sharper teeth, with dark wings.


[] Powers and Abilities []

Enhanced strength: Sebastian was shown to have immense strength, it was shown that he was able to destroy a dam in one punch, stopped a moving train with one hand and rip a train roof effortlessly and tossing it aside.

Enhanced speed: Sebastian has demonstrated the ability to outrun a car that was attempting to speed away from him. He is also able to block or dodge objects, such as his sword fight with Agni. He is also able to run to places in one hour that would take a day to get to by coach or railroad and outrun a moving train

Enhanced endurance: When Sebastian was fighting grell, he was shown to only sustain a few minor cuts in his body and kept fighting as though it was nothing. It was also shown that Sebastian could survive attacks that would normally kill humans such as getting shot multiple times by Azzurro Vanel's Men, get stabbed, slashed and even loosing and arm but Sebastian kept fighting as though nothing happened.

Gas immunity and expulsion: Sebastian was shown to have an immunity to gases such as in the manga, he was exposed to mustard gas which can be very deadly to a human, the effects worked on Sebastian leaving his face deformed but survived, his face soon healed and returned back to its normal state, he then inhaled the gas an d stored it in his body and killed a witch by simply exhaling the gas without hurting him.

Shadow manipulation: Even though it could be just an illusion, It was proved that Sebastian could possibly control shadows when his master was in a traumatised state, Sebastian attempted to 'devour' him as black shadows engulfed Ciel as he attempted to take his soul but it was just an attempt to get his master back to his usual state and quickly repelled after his master ordered him to 'let me go'

Enhanced senses: Sebastian is able to find humans based on smell, - including ones he has never personally met - is able to deduce if they are dead, alive, or injured and be able to discern if someone is a human or a member of another race, as shown when he quickly identified Agni as a human rather than a Grim Reaper, or even another demon. Sebastian states that he is able to pick up any kind of scent. He was easily able to hear the rifleman who attempted to kill him, his abilities extending to the point where he could see each and every person who escaped from Violet Dorm after it caught on fire. Demons also seem to be able to sense living souls.

Soul sensing: Demons can pick up signs of human life by sensing the humans' souls at long-range.

Transformation: Sebastian has demonstrated that he can switch between his human form to his true demon form and back quickly. In this form, he effortlessly killed a Fallen Angel within ten seconds and caused an explosion when Ciel's soul was missing, devastating an island. It is questionable as to whether this is an ability all demons have. Claude also seems to be able to transform into the form of a spider. During Episode 4, Claude is seen having a long, inhuman tongue briefly. And at other points of time, Claude has spun and shot webs while still in human form. Also, in the manga it is implied several times that Sebastian can change his appearance at will (though this is more along the lines of lengthening and shortening hair within the manga, but it's said that he can change his appearance to fit whatever's needed of him). He was also able to take away his skin conditions from the Werewolf's miasma by swiping his hand across a mirror.

Fire manipulation: Sebastian was shown to have burned down a mansion by manipulating the flames of three small candles

Body manipulation: Sebastian is shown to be able to twist someone's arm just by twirling his finger.

Immortality: Sebastian has stated that a demon can live forever, and they will heal/regenerate from any injuries even if their entire bodies are destroyed, but a demon could get killed by a demonic sword known as Lævateinn (though this is exclusive to the anime), or a Grim Reaper's scythe .

Manifestation: Sebastian was able to recreate the Phantomhive manor, including the building itself and all of the furniture and decorating, in a matter of three hours. He was also able to create a feast in an instant. Likewise Claude completely redecorates the Trancy manor in the time it takes a party of guests to arrive, and later changes the color of the interior walls overnight. Demons also seem to posses a great capacity for learning and retaining information, as shown with Sebastian quickly learning and excelling in cooking, art, language, music, etc.

Demonic conversion: In the anime, demons are shown to be able to convert humans into demons. Alois Trancy (while possessing Ciel's body via his soul being placed in him) ordered Hannah to not allow Claude or Sebastian to obtain Ciel's soul. Ciel was then reborn as a demon, waking with the signature pink-slitted eyes and withstanding a direct attack from Sebastian. It is not clear if this ability is available to all demons.

Levitation: It is shown that, when the first time Sebastian encountered Ciel, his feet weren't touching the ground.

[] History []

Sebastian's real home is in an alternate world that is quite different from the human world. In particular, he mentioned that the creatures kept as pets there are in no way comparable to cats. Sebastian had briefly remarked that he met an ancient Egyptian mummy when it was alive, identified as Smenkhkarewho reigned about three thousand years ago. He was also a guest at the Schönbrunn Palace from time to time. He also claims to be responsible for the spread of the Black Death that occurred five hundred years prior. In short, he muses that Ciel Phantomhive's life in comparison would feel like an instant.

Sebastian stated that in the past, he engaged in "messily sampling every dish available," and he has since resorted to only consuming "high-quality" souls. As a result, he has been apparently starving, but he declared that the "dinner" will be much better the hungrier he is.

Three years ago, he was summoned to Ciel Phantomhive when the latter was about to be sacrificed in an occult ritual. After forming the contract with Ciel and placing the seal on his right eye, Ciel ordered him to slay his abductors. Sebastian decided to adopt a "role that is best fit to serve an Earl." Therefore, he assumed the form of a butler until Ciel completes his personal mission of revenge—that is the substance of their contract. In return, Sebastian will receive Ciel's soul. He was then given the name "Sebastian" by Ciel (which used to be his dog's name) for the duration of his duties as Ciel's butler.

Once he finished annihilating the cultists, they went to the Royal London Hospital to meet with Ciel's aunt, Angelina Dalles. There, Tanaka gave him a watch that had been passed down from one Phantomhive butler to the next. After that, Angelina arranged for a carriage to bring them to the ruins of the Phantomhive Manor. While Ciel was mourning the deaths of his parents, Sebastian reconstructed the manor.

Ciel and Sebastian then began daily life. He taught Ciel the fundamentals of being an earl; Ciel in turn taught him how a butler fit for the Phantomhive household should act. Sebastian also learned how to properly cope with Ciel's spoiled behavior; from time to time, he had to discipline Ciel. He later attended Ciel's coronation as the Earl of Phantomhive, but he did not observe at a close distance because he saw himself as a mere butler, not family. While they were walking, Sebastian asked Ciel if he was happy with how things were. Seeing Ciel's hesitation, he attempted to devour him. He stopped, however, when Ciel suddenly turned around and stated that he was determined to attain his revenge. He commanded Sebastian to be his sword and shield and bring him victory. Sebastian complied, as he was sure that Ciel's soul would be extremely delicious.

Sometime during the same year, Sebastian was summoned to Ciel's room. Ciel complained of a wobbly tooth that was preventing him from eating his food properly. After examining it, Sebastian decided to forcibly take it out, much to Ciel's chagrin. Ciel attempted to protest against the idea, but Sebastian proceeded regardless, under the impression that he was doing his young master a favor. After the tooth removal, Ciel threw an angry fit at Sebastian. Ever since, he has been unwilling to allow Sebastian to check for cavities in his teeth when they start to wobble.
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WHY ARE SOME PEOPLE SO SMART? THE ANSWER COULD SPAWN A GENERATION OF SUPERBABIES


Zhao Bowen is late for a Satanic heavy metal concert. After haggling the doorman down to half price, he pushes into a Beijing bar with a ceiling low enough to punch. He follows the shriek of guitars down a corridor and into a mosh pit lit by strobe lights. It’s hot as hell and looks like it too: Men onstage made up as demons are slashing through a song about damnation—the lyrics are in English—while headbangers worship at their feet. Zhao dives in.

The strobes capture midair collisions of bodies, sprays of sweat. Someone’s glasses fly off and are crushed underfoot. Over the faces of the onlookers spreads that distinctive look of thrill and fear that tends to presage a riot. But just then the song climaxes in a weird screamgasm and the band takes a break. The crowd responds with the ultimate compliment, chanting “Niu bi! ” and pumping their fists. The phrase can be roughly translated as “fuck yeah!” but it literally means “cow’s vagina.”

Zhao blends right in with all the Chinese teenagers in this sweltering rock dungeon. He has big wide-set eyes framed by dark eyebrows and a pair of silvery geek glasses. It makes him look like a friendly cartoon character, and the effect is enhanced by full cheeks that make his head look spherical. He is neither strikingly handsome nor unattractive. Zhao is of average height, average weight.

But he is far from average. After being identified early as a science prodigy, Zhao raced through China’s special programs for gifted students and won a spot in Renmin, one of the country’s most elite high schools. Then, to the shock of his friends and family, he decided to drop out when he was 17. Now, at 21, he oversees his own research project at BGI Shenzhen—the country’s top biotech institute and home to the world’s most powerful cluster of DNA-sequencing machines—where he commands a multimillion-dollar research budget.

Zhao’s goal is to use those machines to examine the genetic underpinnings of genius like his own. He wants nothing less than to crack the code for intelligence by studying the genomes of thousands of prodigies, not just from China but around the world. He and his collaborators, a transnational group of intelligence researchers, fully expect they will succeed in identifying a genetic basis for IQ. They also expect that within a decade their research will be used to screen embryos during in vitro fertilization, boosting the IQ of unborn children by up to 20 points. In theory, that’s the difference between a kid who struggles through high school and one who sails into college.

Zhao doesn’t talk about work tonight. He dives in and out of the crowd. He makes small talk with a girl, bums a cigarette off her. Tonight Zhao is a normal young adult. Tomorrow he will return to his multimillion-dollar experiment—one whose success could complicate the whole idea of what it means to be normal.

Some people are smarter than others. It seems like a straightforward truth, and one that should lend itself to scientific investigation. But those who try to study intelligence, at least in the West, find themselves lost in a political minefield. To be sure, not all intelligence research is controversial: If you study cognitive development in toddlers, or the mental decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease, “that’s treated as just normal science,” says Douglas Detterman, founding editor of Intelligence, a leading journal in the field. The trouble starts whenever the heritability of intelligence is discussed, or when intelligence is compared between genders, socioeconomic classes, or—most explosively—racial groupings.

Since the 1990s, when a book called The Bell Curve (coauthored by a psychologist and a political scientist) waded into this last morass, attempts to quantify or even study intelligence have become deeply unfashionable. Dozens of popular books by nonexperts have filled the void, many claiming that IQ—which after more than a century remains the dominant metric for intelligence—predicts nothing important or that intelligence is simply too complex and subtle to be measured.


The cafeteria at Renmin, the elite high school Zhao Bowen dropped out of to pursue his work at BGI. David Hogsholt
For the most part, an IQ test—the most common of which today is called the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale—is a series of brainteasers. You fit abstract shapes together, translate codes using a key, sort numbers or letters into ascending order in your mind. It’s a weirdly playful exercise, the sort of test you would expect to have no bearing on anything else. But studies make it clear that IQ is strongly correlated with the ability to solve all sorts of abstract problems, whether they involve language, math, or visual patterns. The frightening upshot is that IQ remains by far the most powerful predictor of the life outcomes that people care most about in the modern world. Tell me your IQ and I can make a decently accurate prediction of your occupational attainment, how many kids you’ll have, your chances of being arrested for a crime, even how long you’ll live.

Critics claim that these correlations are misleading, that those life outcomes have more to do with culture and environmental circumstances than with innate intellectual ability. And even IQ researchers are far from in agreement about whether scores can be validly compared between groups of people—men and women, blacks and whites—who experience very different environments even within the same country. Variations within groups are often greater than the variations between them, making it impossible to draw conclusions about someone based on their group.

But on an individual level, the evidence points toward a strong genetic component in IQ. Based on studies of twins, siblings, and adoption, contemporary estimates put the heritability of IQ at 50 to 80 percent, and recent studies that measure the genetic similarity of unrelated people seem to have pushed the estimate to the high end of that range.

This is an idea that makes us incredibly uncomfortable. “People don’t like to talk about IQ, because it undermines their notion of equality,” Detterman says. “We think every person is equal to every other, and we like to take credit for our own accomplishments. You are where you are because you worked hard.” The very idea of the American dream is undermined by the notion that some people might be born more likely to succeed. Even if we accept that intelligence is heritable, any effort to improve or even understand the inheritance process strikes us as distasteful, even ghoulish, suggesting the rise of designer superbabies. And given the fallout that sometimes results when academics talk about intelligence as a quantifiable concept—such as the case of Harvard president Lawrence Summers, who in 2006 resigned after suggesting that science is male-dominated due not to discrimination but to a shortage of high-IQ women—it’s no surprise that IQ research is not a popular subject these days at Western universities.

But in his lab at BGI, 21-year-old Zhao has no such squeamishness. He waves it away as “irrational,” making a comparison with height: “Some people are tall and some are short,” he says. Three years into the project, a team of four geneticists is crunching an initial batch of 2,000 DNA samples from high-IQ subjects, searching for where their genomes differ from the norm. Soon Zhao plans to get thousands more through Renmin—his former high school—as well as from other sources around the world. He believes that intelligence has a genetic recipe and that given enough samples—and enough time—his team will find it.

Zhao’s improbable rise at BGI began in the summer of 2009, when one of the firm’s founders, a geneticist named Wang Jian, noticed a skinny stranger lurking in the hall. “Hey, what are you doing here?” Wang asked the high school student with a spiky mess of hair. Zhao was 17, and he was there taking part in BGI’s science summer camp. “Why aren’t you in class?” Wang pressed.

“It’s boring,” Zhao said.


Zhao and Renmin principal Liu Pengzhi greet a group of students bound for the US on an exchange program. David Hogsholt
Wang took an immediate liking to him. On a hunch, he pushed Zhao into the hands of Li Yingrui, a recent college dropout who was already one of BGI’s leading scientists. “Do you know any Perl?” Li asked him. Perl is a programming language often used to analyze genomic data. Zhao admitted he did not; in fact, he had no programming skills at all. Li handed him a massive textbook, Programming Perl. There were only two weeks left in the camp, so this would get rid of the kid for good.

A few days later, Zhao returned. “I finished it,” he said. “The problems are kind of boring. Do you have anything harder?”

Perl is a famously complicated language that takes university students a full year to learn. So Li gave him a large DNA data set and a complicated statistical problem. That should do it. But Zhao returned later that day. “Finished.” Not only was it finished—and correct—but Zhao had even built a slick interface on top of the data.

The next morning Li marched into Wang’s office. “This guy is a genius,” he said. “You have to keep him.” So Zhao dropped out of high school, said good-bye to his mother and father—he is an only child, like most Chinese of his generation—and moved to Shenzhen to begin a new life.

Despite Wang’s open-door policy for young dropouts, BGI doesn’t provide much of a safety net for its incoming prodigies. Zhao had a rough arrival. His starting salary was minimal. He had no friends. “It was hard,” he admits. It was also crazy. Zhao didn’t drop out of just any high school. He dropped out of Renmin, one of the best prep schools in China. He had won his place there by acing a series of academic tests when he was in sixth grade. Zhao seemed to be forfeiting his future. He asked his parents for their blessing and they agreed, but with one condition: He had to get permission from Renmin.

The Renmin principal, Liu Pengzhi, had watched Zhao’s growth with pride; she had identified him early as one of the school’s—and hence the country’s—most gifted science students. She flew down to Shenzhen to tour BGI and meet Wang in person. Only then did she give Zhao her official approval, as well as a parachute: “If you change your mind, you can come back to Renmin and finish your studies anytime,” she told him.

Ask Zhao what draws him to IQ as a research subject and invariably he talks about the mysteries of the brain. He’s driven by a fascination with kids who are born smart; he wants to know what makes them—and by extension, himself—the way they are. But there’s also a basic pragmatism at work. By way of explanation, he points to the International Mathematical Olympiad, a tough competition that has helped define China’s approach to math. Two-thirds of students train for it, he says, and its judgment of the talent is so respected that for years high scorers were allowed to skip gaokao, the traditional college entrance exam. But only a tiny fraction of people have the mathematical gifts to be competitive, Zhao says, and this basically comes down to IQ. “You cannot ask a kid with low IQ to just work hard and then become a really talented mathematician,” he says. “It’s impossible.” And yet, Zhao says, that’s what is currently expected in China. He wants to stop the vast majority of Chinese students from wasting their time.

Three years after arriving at BGI, Zhao’s messy mop of hair is gone, replaced by a dark shadow across his shaved scalp. His project, meanwhile, has grown up along with him. Just a week before my visit, thousands of DNA samples arrived at the institute, each containing the genome of a person with extraordinarily high IQ. They were collected from volunteers around the world by Robert Plomin, a behavioral geneticist at King’s College London who is now one of the project’s main collaborators. Once these samples are processed, BGI’s battery of DNA sequencers will decode them.

The customized Baby

Whether we like it or not, parents with the motivation—and cash—will one day be able to select traits for their darling offspring. We can already detect scores of genetic diseases early by screening embryos created in vitro. And the more we learn about the genome, the more traits we’ll be able to select for or against. Here’s a menu of superbaby options, from the possible to the farcical. —Katie M. Palmer

Already Possible

Avoiding Tay-Sachs

Like many diseases that are screened for during IVF, Tay-Sachs is caused by a single mutation: in this case, in the HEXA gene, which when altered renders the body unable to create an enzyme that breaks down fat in the brain.

Avoiding albinism

Destructive but not fatal, the most common form of albinism is caused by a mutation in a gene for the skin pigment melanin. Like Tay-Sachs, it’s a classic one-gene trait.

Reducing breast-cancer risk

US women have roughly a 12 percent chance of getting breast cancer, but a mutation of the BRCA1 tumor-suppressing gene vaults risk to 60 percent.

Maybe Someday?

Enhancing athletic ability

A kid’s chances of becoming an elite athlete depend on a number of traits—strength, power, endurance. Each of these has been proven to be at least partly heritable, but the clearest connection is between the gene ACTN3 and explosive strength.

Avoiding autism

Heritability of spectrum disorders is currently estimated at around 38 percent. Roughly 50 related genes and 30 gene locations have been discovered—all of which may ultimately be used for selection.

Reducing obesity

Some 40 to 75 percent of obesity cases can be accounted for by genes. About 5 percent can be tied to specific mutations that are relatively easy to select against. For the rest, there are dozens of identified variants, each with a small individual effect.

Avoiding psychopathy

Traits of psychopathy are estimated to be about 50 percent heritable, and dimensions of this disorder—grandiosity, callousness, and impulsivity—have similar genetic components.

Enhancing height

Stature is between 60 and 80 percent heritable, with hundreds of the genetic variants identified so far. Eventually, as with IQ, whole-genome sequencing of embryos could allow parents to pick the tallest offspring of the batch.

Choosing sexual orientation

The fact that sexual orientation is influenced by genetics has been well established: Studies of siblings, twins, and adoptees suggest that genes account for at least half of the variation.

Choosing a political leaning

A 2011 study looked at differences between conservative and liberal leanings—and found, surprisingly, three areas that might be linked to political predisposition. But it will be a good long time before we can genetically nudge our kids to share our politics.

The project has already weathered at least one serious false start. Zhao’s original plan made sense on paper: Get IQ scores and DNA samples from a large number of smart people, compare their genomes to normal people, and after some statistical magic, voilà! The genetic markers for IQ would pop right out. So Zhao returned, naturally, to Renmin, the high school he had just abandoned. He worked with Yang Rui, a brilliant Renmin graduate who had worked on the human genome project at BGI as a teenager. Zhao knew nothing about psychometrics, the branch of psychology behind the IQ test. Yang’s psychometric research at Yale and Brown universities made her the perfect collaborator.

But they ran up against an unexpected problem: There was no Chinese IQ test, and Renmin students’ English skills weren’t consistent enough to conduct the test in English. Moreover, the IQ test is supposed to be given as a one-on-one interview, so when Zhao and Yang tried to administer it to whole classes of students at once, the result was chaos and useless data. Worst of all, getting blood samples from students proved nearly impossible, as wary parents began to raise alarms. Principal Liu had to call a meeting with parents to calm their nerves. The collaboration with Renmin was quietly put on hold.

The fortunes of the research effort changed in October 2010, when Zhao met Steve Hsu, a professor who was spending a year in Taiwan while on sabbatical from the University of Oregon. (He is now vice president for research and graduate studies at Michigan State University.) A theoretical physicist who likes to apply his mathematical muscles to a wide range of complex problems, Hsu was intrigued by a news article about BGI that briefly mentioned Zhao’s project. A few emails later, he flew over to give a talk at BGI and soon became a permanent collaborator and adviser to the team.

Since most of the variation in IQ is heritable, scientists have long searched for genetic differences that might account for it. The reason we haven’t found them, Hsu theorizes, is because there aren’t any single genes or even a handful of genes with a big effect on IQ. Instead, the thinking goes, there are as many as 10,000 different locations in the genome where a mutation can affect IQ. According to Hsu’s rough model, all humans carry a few hundred of those 10,000 possible mutations, and each mutation has a tiny negative cost to IQ, on the order of half an IQ point.

If this is right, then the difference between a brilliant 150-IQ person and an average 100-IQ person comes down to DNA typos at perhaps 100 of those 10,000 places. Other traits—like height, for example—seem to work the same way, and an ongoing study into the genetics of height has begun to find relevant mutations. Most geneticists who have studied intelligence agree with this theory in broad strokes. At the very least, says Kevin Mitchell, a geneticist at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland who studies brain development, Hsu’s basic theory of many deleterious mutations “is far more plausible than the alternative”—that is, more plausible than the idea that the mutations are building up IQ, not knocking it down.


Zhao in the elevator of BGI’s Beijing offices. David Hogsholt
The only way to unravel the genetics of a trait scattered among 10,000 possible DNA variants is to use something called GWAS (genome-wide association study). Rather than identifying the variants that cause a trait, as can be done with so-called Mendelian traits like finger length or earwax type, you find the variants associated with the trait.

But—and this is crucial—the implications of this math are that it will take far more than a few thousand genomes to solve the puzzle of intelligence. Given the small sample size they have so far, Hsu hopes they’ll start by finding one or two genes associated with intelligence. A recent Dutch study required more than 125,000 genomes to isolate three variants associated with educational attainment; to create a genomic predictor of IQ, Hsu says, it could take 1 million or more.

The good news for Zhao is that cheap DNA sequencing, together with more creative ways of obtaining DNA, means that a million genomes could be in reach within five years. The genomes don’t all need to be geniuses, because the IQ-affecting genetic markers they’re looking for—DNA typos that drag down intelligence—are more often carried by the 100-IQ people. That is, it’s a relative dearth of these mutations that gives people higher IQ, according to the theory.

Assuming Zhao and his team succeed, there are implications that will trouble many people. Hsu is confident that through embryo screening during IVF, any genetic markers for intelligence that their team discovered would inevitably be used to select for more intelligent babies. Children tend to fall within a spread of 13 IQ points above and below the average IQ of their parents. But sometimes the apple can fall twice as far from the tree—that is, two parents with 100 IQs producing a child with an IQ of 126. Hsu puts the chance of such a positive outlier at around 2 or 3 percent, and it depends mostly on which sperm meets which egg.

If parents use IVF to conceive, then a genetic test—an extension of the screening tests for genetic diseases that are already routinely done on embryos—could let them pick the smartest genome from a batch of, say, 20 embryos. “It’s almost like there are 20 parallel universes,” Hsu says. “These are all really your kids.” You’re just choosing the ones with the greatest genetic potential for intelligence. But effectively, you could be giving an unborn child a boost in IQ above their parents. As Hsu sees it, this is no Faustian bargain. “Aren’t we doing them a great service?” Over the long term, he proclaims, this would “improve the average IQ of the species by quite a bit.” He hopes governments will even provide it for free; Singapore, he predicts, would be the first to sign up.

Even if Zhao and his team do get enough DNA, the genetics of IQ could prove to be a thornier problem than Hsu and Zhao expect. For example, there’s the question of epistasis, or the interaction of genes with one another. Hsu is convinced (based on his reading of the existing data) that IQ mutations are essentially additive, such that the negative pull of each person’s DNA typos can simply be tallied up. But it’s likely that the effect of some genes will depend on the presence or absence of others, making it much trickier to predict IQ from birth. “The reality,” says Mitchell, the Trinity College geneticist, is “probably somewhere in the middle” between simple additivity and complex epistasis; and just where that balance lies will determine whether a genetic IQ prediction machine is ever possible. Even if Mitchell’s skepticism is borne out, and the answer is somewhere in between, it still means that an embryonic test could allow parents a significant degree of influence over their offspring’s intelligence.

In Shenzhen, when I meet two members of Zhao’s team—Chris Chang, a 35-year-old Chinese American statistician, and Laurent Tellier, a 30-year-old Danish bioinformaticist—I ask them the unavoidable question: Would they, as parents, take advantage of this service? Their responses are radically different. “Yes, absolutely,” Tellier says, adding that he had decided this years ago after seeing the film Gattaca. (It probably wasn’t the takeaway that the filmmakers of that dystopian tale had intended.) Chang, meanwhile, gives a definite no. He declines to give a reason; he just shakes his head.

The last time I see Zhao, I put the same question to him. It’s a freezing day in November when he swings through Boston, near where I live, and I meet him at a bar. He’s not old enough to legally drink in the United States, but no one cards him. He had spent the afternoon with a Harvard scientist who studies prosopagnosia, a condition that makes it difficult for a person to recognize faces. There’s evidence that the disease is strongly heritable, so Zhao and the scientist discussed sequencing the genomes of afflicted families to find the genes. Over our drink, I pose my earlier question to Zhao: Would he use his research to have more intelligent offspring of his own? His response is nuanced. “I understand both positions,” he says. “But I will have to respect my wife. It’s not only my child. It will be hers too.” He worries that some neurological complications, such as Asperger’s syndrome, might be genetically tied to IQ.

Not all the ramifications of Zhao’s success would be frightening. If studies like this end up shedding light on the genetic architecture of the brain, it could transform mental health, revealing genes that go awry in diseases like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Diagnoses could happen earlier; treatments could become more effective. In any case, Zhao prefers to think of his work as basic research, drawing an analogy to physics from a century ago. “You could make something bad, like atomic bombs, or you could make something really good,” he says. “But the science itself is neutral, and it has to move on.”

Human intelligence is encoded in our genes, he believes, and “someone’s going to find it.” Why not a boy genius?

John Bohannon (gonzo@aaas.org) wrote about a reality-TV show for Arab inventors in issue 20.02.
Why Are Some People So Smart? The Answer Could Spawn a Generation of Superbabies
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https://plus.google.com/108003903471999181642 Арнольд Локшин : If Voting Made Any Difference, They Wouldn't Let Us Do It The Rutherford Institute, Aug. 1, 2016 No...
If Voting Made Any Difference, They Wouldn't Let Us Do It

The Rutherford Institute, Aug. 1, 2016

No, America, you don’t have to vote.

In fact, vote or don’t vote, the police state will continue to trample us underfoot.

Devil or deliverer, the candidate who wins the White House has already made a Faustian bargain to keep the police state in power. It’s no longer a question of which party will usher in totalitarianism but when the final hammer will fall.

Sure we’re being given choices, but the differences between the candidates are purely cosmetic ones, lacking any real nutritional value for the nation. We’re being served a poisoned feast whose aftereffects will leave us in turmoil for years to come.

We’ve been here before. Remember Barack Obama, the young candidate who campaigned on a message of hope, change and transparency, and promised an end to war and surveillance?

Look how well that turned out. Under Obama, government whistleblowers are routinely prosecuted, U.S. arms sales have skyrocketed, police militarization has accelerated, and surveillance has become widespread. The U.S. government is literally arming the world, while bombing the heck out of the planet. And while they’re at it, the government is bringing the wars abroad home, transforming American communities into shell-shocked battlefields where the Constitution provides little in the way of protection.

Yes, we’re worse off now than we were eight years ago.

We’re being subjected to more government surveillance, more police abuse, more SWAT team raids, more roadside strip searches, more censorship, more prison time, more egregious laws, more endless wars, more invasive technology, more militarization, more injustice, more corruption, more cronyism, more graft, more lies, and more of everything that has turned the American dream into the American nightmare.

What we’re not getting more of: elected officials who actually represent us.

The American people are being guilted, bullied, pressured, cajoled, intimidated, terrorized and browbeaten into voting. We’re constantly told to vote because it’s your so-called civic duty, because you have no right to complain about the government unless you vote, because every vote counts, because we must present a unified front, because the future of the nation depends on it, because God compels us to do so, because by not voting you are in fact voting, because the “other” candidate must be defeated at all costs, or because the future of the Supreme Court rests in the balance.

You are under no moral obligation to vote for the lesser of two evils. Indeed, voting for a lesser evil is still voting for evil.

Whether or not you cast your vote in this year’s presidential election, you have every right to kvetch, complain and criticize the government when it falls short of your expectations. After all, you are overtaxed so the government can continue to operate corruptly.

If you want to boo, boycott, picket, protest and altogether reject a corrupt political system that has failed you abysmally, more power to you. I’ll take an irate, engaged, informed, outraged American any day over an apathetic, constitutionally illiterate citizenry that is content to be diverted, distracted and directed.

Whether you vote or don’t vote doesn’t really matter. What matters is what else you’re doing to push back against government incompetence, abuse, corruption, graft, fraud and cronyism.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that the only road to reform is through the ballot box.

After all, there is more to citizenship than the act of casting a ballot for someone who, once elected, will march in lockstep with the dictates of the powers-that-be. Yet as long as Americans are content to let politicians, war hawks and Corporate America run the country, the police state will prevail, no matter which candidate wins on Election Day.

In other words, it doesn’t matter who sits in the White House, who controls the two houses of Congress, or who gets appointed to the Supreme Court: only those who are prepared to cozy up to the powers-that-be will have any real impact.

The predatory financial institutions on Wall Street will trash the economy and loot the U.S. Treasury on the way to another economic collapse whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president. Poor, unarmed people of color will be gunned down in the streets of our cities whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president. The system of neoslavery in our prisons, where we keep poor men and poor women of color in cages because we have taken from them the possibility of employment, education and dignity, will be maintained whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president. Millions of undocumented people will be deported whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president. Austerity programs will cut or abolish public services, further decay the infrastructure and curtail social programs whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president. Money will replace the vote whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is president. And half the country, which now lives in poverty, will remain in misery whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton becomes president. This is not speculation. We know this because there has been total continuity on every issue, from trade agreements to war to mass deportations, between the Bush administration and the administration of Barack Obama.

In other words, voting is not the answer. The nation is firmly under the control of a monied oligarchy guarded by a standing army (a.k.a., militarized police. It is an invisible dictatorship, of sorts, one that is unaffected by the vagaries of party politics and which cannot be overthrown by way of the ballot box.

“Total continuity” is the manner in which the government’s agenda remains unchanged no matter who occupies the Executive Branch. “Continuity of government” (COG) is the phrase policy wonks use to refer to the unelected individuals who have been appointed to run the government in the event of a “catastrophe.” You can also refer to it as a shadow government, or the Deep State, which is comprised of unelected government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors, paper-pushers, and button-pushers who actually call the shots behind the scenes.

Whatever term you use, the upshot remains the same: on the national level, we’re up against an immoveable, intractable, entrenched force that is greater than any one politician or party, whose tentacles reach deep into every sector imaginable, from Wall Street, the military and the courts to the technology giants, entertainment, healthcare and the media.

So how do we prevail against the tyrant who says all the right things and does none of them? How do we overcome the despot whose promises fade with the spotlights? How do we conquer the dictator whose benevolence is all for show?

We get organized. We get educated. We get active.

There is still a lot Americans can do to topple the police state tyrants, but any revolution that has any hope of succeeding needs to be prepared to reform the system from the bottom up. And that will mean re-learning step by painful step what it actually means to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
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Правительство США жестко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» - "Silent Terror: One family's history of political persecution in the United States» - http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com

Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 12 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.

ФСБ - Федеральная служба «безопасности» России - вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) - американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» - запретить меня выступать в СМИ и не пропускать отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё...

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