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Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole. [Editor's note: Every Wednesday New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party.

Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole

Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com] Hi Andrew,. I'm writing because I just can't deal with my father anymore. He's a 65-year-old super right-wing conservative who has basically turned into a total asshole intent on ruining our relationship and our planet with his politics. Thanks for your help, Son of A Right-Winger See also: Ask Andrew W.K.: My Boyfriend Treats Me Badly.

The Failure of Misanthropy: Why Calling People Stupid Is a Stupid Way to Do Politics. What is the Most Screwed Up Thing About Your State? Check This Chart. For all the U-S-A, U-S-A rah rah that goes around, the United States can be a shameful place.

What is the Most Screwed Up Thing About Your State? Check This Chart

The below map lays out some of the statistically worst things about each state. It covers everything from health to crime to travel to drug use. Some states don't have it so bad (Ohio, the "nerdiest") but others really kind of suck (Mississippi has the highest rate of obesity at 35.3% of total population ... and ranks poorly in the most number of categories. These include highest rate of child poverty at 31.9%, highest rate of infant mortality at 1.01%, lowest median household income at $35,078, lowest teacher salary in 2013, highest teen birth rate at 71.9 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19 and highest overall rate of STDs.

Phew.). It's not 100% science proof ... some of the metrics are taken from purely qualitative rankings (i.e. It's supposed to be a bit tongue-in-cheek, but some of the stats will really shock you. 2013 Political Quiz. I side 67% with Libertarians. The Failure of Misanthropy: Why Calling People Stupid Is a Stupid Way to Do Politics. WTF is wrong with Americans? Conservatives and Liberals Have Different Brains, Studies Show. Sep 3, 2012 6:00am Conservatives and liberals may have one less thing in common: neurology.

Conservatives and Liberals Have Different Brains, Studies Show

ProCon.org has gathered 13 peer-reviewed studies of behavioral and neurological studies and come to the conclusion that differences between Republicans and Democrats are more than skin-deep. “Basically, the different sides have been yelling at each other for millennia, and we’re trying to figure out what could be the root cause of this,” said Steven Markoff, ProCon.org’s founder. The studies looked at things like differences between groups’ perception of eye movement, and aversion to threatening noises.

Researchers also noted that Democrats had larger anterior cingulate cortexes, which are associated with tolerance to uncertainty, while Republicans had larger right amygdalas, which are associated with sensitivity to fear. “Everybody seems to basically agree, and these are people that have scientific backgrounds,” Markoff said of the repetition in the studies. Social networking sites and politics. Social networking sites and politics Social networking sites have become places where political conversation, debate, and proselytizing occur, especially during campaign seasons.

Social networking sites and politics

These new arenas of political discussion have drawn attention among political activists and have been a major focus of activity particularly since the campaign of Barack Obama aggressively embraced them in the 2008 presidential campaign. At the same time, some analysts have expressed concerns about the impact of social networking sites on the broad political culture. They have worried that on SNS users might customize their friendship networks by hanging out only with people who share and reinforce their political views. A new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project posed a series of questions about people’s general use of SNS for politics and about the ways in which they interact with friends on the sites over political material.

Who gets dropped? Negative reactions to users’ posts. Ron Paul Delegates Barred From GOP Convention Spark Chaos. The Democratic Convention and The Illusion of Democracy. 1, September 6, 2012 by jonathanturley While Democracy and the Democratic Party may sound similar, the party leaders again showed yesterday that one has little to do with the other.

The Democratic Convention and The Illusion of Democracy

President Obama and party leaders wanted the party’s platform changed to include a reference to both Jerusalem being the capital of Israel and God. The omissions however were not accidental and a high number of delegates opposed the change, which had to be agreed to by two-thirds of the delegates. As shown in the video below, in calling for a voice vote, the leadership was shocked when it appeared that more people voted no than yes — certainly well short of two-thirds in support of the changes. That did not matter. Many wanted to be neutral on the divisive issue of Jerusalem but Obama was worried about the political backlash among Jewish voters.

The problem is that the platform actually reflects the views of the party members and they did not agree. Party leaders dispatched former Ohio Gov. Source: CNN.