This is not news to anyone familiar with the literature on intelligence.
The news here is that major news organizations, including The New York Times and The Economist have picked up on the story, thanks to a soon to be published research paper which shows that genetic diseases that occur in the Ashkenazi population (such as Tay-Sachs) are related to higher intelligence. The article in The Economist is especially well written.
It has long been taboo to write or speak about different ethnic or racial groups having different average levels of intelligence (intelligence being a genetic trait much like height). The quote in the NY Times article, that “it would be hard to overstate how politically incorrect this paper is,” is probably an understatement.
The publication of these articles could be the historic beginning of a new understanding of society. Now that the yokes of taboo are lifted people can finally seek true answers to troubling social issues which before seemed unanswerable. One might start by reading the excellent book The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life by Herrnstein and Murray, published in 1994 but just as relevant eleven years later.
Other blogs talking about these articles include: Just One Minute, Steve Sailer, SkaroffBlog, Swerdloff.com, Liberty Dad, Reagan Babies Sinocizied, Gene Expression, Aging Disgracefully, Organic Matter, and Thrasymachus Online.