by Jason Kuznicki. Inspired by this. My friends, For some time now the presidential race has focused on the place of the market in our society. The nomination of Paul Ryan for Vice President only sharpens that focus. An Open Letter to My Friends on the Right
What's Wrong With The Hunger Games Is What No One Noticed When a media universally misses the point, it's on purpose. Rue is a little girl in The Hunger Games, and in the movie she's played by a black girl. According to Jezebel, Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Disappointed. Well, six people are, anyway.
Almost every marginalized group that cites evidence of violence, especially police violence and abuse, is actually citing statistics against African-American members of that group. Almost every marginalized group that cites evidence of violence, especially police violence and abuse, is actually citing statistics against African-American members of that group. 1. Police assault a gay man. It is reported and framed as an “anti-gay” attack.
America's Real Criminal Element: Lead New research finds Pb is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than doing nothing. Illustration: Gérard DuBois When Rudy Giuliani ran for mayor of New York City in 1993, he campaigned on a platform of bringing down crime and making the city safe again.
Steven Johnson says that too often, we don't open our eyes to the progress the world has seen. Steven Johnson: By almost any measure, life in U.S. is much better than in past generationsDropout rates, college enrollment, crime, infant mortality have shown improvement Despite progress, most people, and the media, focus on negative trends, he saysJohnson: Doomsayers get our attention more readily than those pointing to steady progress Editor's note: Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of eight books, including "Where Good Ideas Come From" and "The Ghost Map." His latest book, "Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age," was published this fall by Riverhead. We're living the dream; we just don't realize it
Peter Suderman On Walmart
Apropos of yesterday's post about using Google to convert joules to electron volts, a friend of mine emailed this morning to say that Wolfram Alpha would be an even better choice. It's one of his favorite time wasters, he said. Well. I remember using Alpha back when it first came out, and then giving up because it didn't seem to live up to its hype. But I haven't used it in quite a while, so I headed over to try it out. The Internet is a Major Driver of the Growth of Cognitive Inequality
Politics While not an economist in the traditional sense, I am very interested in the study of economics. While not everyone shares this level of interest, I believe people should have an understanding of economics as the field is so important to understanding the world that we live in. Though this list contains ideas that are controversial, it is not intended to promote anger or controversy. Rather, these entries were chosen to shed some light on lesser known, yet important economic issues facing our world, and give readers something to ponder. Please give your opinions on these issues in the comments. 10 Lesser Known Economic Issues
The International Jew The International Jew is a four volume set of booklets or pamphlets originally published and distributed in the early 1920s by Henry Ford, an American industrialist and automobile manufacturer. In Spring 1920, Henry Ford made his personal newspaper The Dearborn Independent chronicle what he considered the "Jewish Menace". Every week for 91 issues, the paper exposed in a headline, some sort of Jewish-inspired evil major story. The most popular and aggressive stories were then chosen to be reprinted by Ford into four volumes called the "International Jew". At the Nuremberg Trials, Baldur von Schirach mentioned that The International Jew made a deep impression on him and his friends in their youth and influenced them in becoming antisemitic. He said: "... we saw in Henry Ford the representative of success, also the exponent of a progressive social policy.
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Abortion is a hotly debated and poorly studied medical procedure. There are a few studies of dubious validity that connect abortion to mental illness and drug use. Politicians have used these studies to justify greater limitations on women seeking abortion in the United States. What happens to women denied abortions? This is the first scientific study to find out.
‘Dream Team’ of Behavioral Scientists Advised Obama Campaign “He said, ‘Bring the whole group; let’s hear what you have to say,’ ” recalled Dr. Fox, a behavioral economist at the University of California, Los Angeles. So began an effort by a team of social scientists to help their favored candidate in the 2012 presidential election. Some members of the team had consulted with the Obama campaign in the 2008 cycle, but the meeting in January signaled a different direction.
Alex Ross: Love on the March The week after Barack Obama was first elected President, I attended a music festival at Arizona State University, in Tempe. Because Veterans Day was the following Tuesday, it was a party weekend at the school, and thousands of students swarmed the main strip. The central event of the festival ran long, and around midnight I went with another participant, the writer and filmmaker Paul Festa, in search of somewhere to eat. The only place we could find was a Jack in the Box.
The Corruption of Democracy
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Why Millennials aren’t buying cars or houses, and what that means for the economy In 2009, Ford brought its new supermini, the Fiesta, over from Europe in a brave attempt to attract the attention of young Americans. It passed out 100 of the cars to influential bloggers for a free six-month test-drive, with just one condition: document your experience online, whether you love the Fiesta or hate it. Young bloggers loved the car. Young drivers? The Cheapest Generation
When Drones Decide to Kill on Their Own - Flashpoints It’s almost impossible nowadays to attend a law-enforcement or defense show that does not feature unmanned vehicles, from aerial surveillance drones to bomb disposal robots, as the main attraction. This is part of a trend that has developed over the years where tasks that were traditionally handled in situ are now operated remotely, thus minimizing the risks of casualties while extending the length of operations. While military forces, police/intelligence agencies and interior ministries have set their sights on drones for missions spanning the full spectrum from terrain mapping to targeted killings, today’s unmanned vehicles remain reliant on human controllers who are often based hundreds, and sometimes thousands of kilometers away from the theater of operations.
Anders Breivik And Columbine: When Modern Narcissism Triggers Mass Murder The Anders Breivik trial began today in Oslo, Norway. The more people follow the proceedings, the happier the media-savvy mass murderer will be. And yet, the trial is worthy of our close attention. On July 22, 2011, Breivik killed 77 people in Oslo and on Utoya Island. Seeing the killer back in the spotlight – and seeing how he basks in all the media attention – is of course unpleasant.
"I am a Sex Offender -- For Life" Folks, it’s Lenore from Free-Range Kids, back here because I just got this email and it points very clearly to the path we must take: CHANGE THE SEX OFFENDER LAWS which are, as this “offender” himself notes, harsher than those we mete out for murder — even when what we’re talking about is CONSENSUAL SEX between two teens. – L. I am a registered sex offender. My convictions were CSC 4th degree (statutory rape) and CSC 3rd degree. Both occurred in the State of Michigan, my first when I was 17. I was involved with my FIRST girlfriend, who was just about to turn 16 at the time of the offense (we started seeing each other when I was 16 and she was just about to turn 14 and headed into her freshman year of HS.)
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Catching Hell for Hiring a Muslim
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Leigh Stubbs, Mississippi Woman, Serving 44-Year Sentence Despite Discredited Testimony
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Members of Congress trade in companies while making laws that affect those same firms
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Women Who Disagree With Catholic Church Now Accused of Radical Feminism Instead of Witchcraft
The Huge Difference Between Food in the 1950's and Today
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Yashar Ali: A Message to Women From a Man: You Are Not "Crazy"
New report reveals how corporations undermine science with fake bloggers and bribes
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House Speaker John Boehner on Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban proposal: ‘Are you kidding me?’
Vibrators and Clitoridectomies: How Victorian Doctors Took Control of Women’s Orgasms
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