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  • There’s a Difference Between Misogyny and Severe Mental Illness

    05/28/2014 5:45:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jesse Singal
    As soon as the murders in Isla Vista were reported on Saturday, everyone flocked online to find out what they could about Elliot Rodger, the perpetrator. He had left quite a trail — a series of online postings, videos, and a 137-page manifesto, all of which spoke to roiling sexual frustration and a hatred of women. Commentators quickly put this incident into what they saw as its proper context. His rampage, they argued, could be tied to the proliferation of a very modern, virulent form of internet-fueled misogyny — the men’s rights movement, the pickup artist community (and the community...
  • 7 Dead in "Mass Murder" Drive-By Shootings Near UC Santa Barbara

    05/24/2014 9:29:58 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 108 replies
    NBCLOSANGELES.COM ^ | Saturday, May 24, 2014 Updated 8:50 PDT | Christina Cocca and Samia Khan
    A gunman in a black BMW opened fire on crowds of people Friday night in a Southern California seaside town near UC Santa Barbara, killing six people and injuring seven others in what investigators described as a "mass murder" rampage. The gunman was later involved in at least one shootout with sheriff's deputies and died of a gunshot wound to the head, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said at a Saturday morning news conference. He could not confirm whether the gunshot was self-inflicted. Seven victims were hospitalized and at least one of them had undergone surgery for life-threatening injuries,...
  • Stop Saying “That’s So Gay!”: 6 Types of Microaggressions That Harm LGBTQ People

    02/23/2014 9:11:47 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 109 replies
    Psychology Benefits Society ^ | February 7, 2014 | http://psychologybenefits.org/2014/02/07/anti-lgbt-microaggressions/
    (big time BARF ALERT!)When I was a little kid, I used to hear my brothers, cousins, and friends say things like “That’s so gay!” on a pretty regular basis. I would usually laugh along, hoping with all my might that they didn’t know my secret. My parents and other adults in my life would tell me things like “Boys don’t cry” or “Be a man!” which essentially was their way of telling me that being emotional was forbidden or a sign of weakness. When I was a teenager, there were a few boys at my high school who ridiculed me,...
  • Online internet trolls are psychopaths and sadists, psychologists claim

    02/17/2014 10:47:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 17 February 2014 | Kashmira Gander
    Canadian researchers have confirmed what most people suspected all along: that internet trolls are archetypal Machiavellian sadists. In a survey conducted by the group of psychologists, people who partake in so-called trolling online showed signs of sadism, psychopathy, and were Machiavellian in their manipulation of others and their disregard for morality. The researchers defined online trolling as “the practice of behaving in a deceptive, destructive, or disruptive manner in a social setting on the Internet” for no purpose other than their pleasure. …
  • Science Says Drinking Guinness Makes You Bitter Health

    02/15/2014 6:21:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    Foodbeast ^ | February 10, 2014 | Nora Landis-Shack
    Next time you and your friends are our for a pint, maybe hold off on the dark stout. As tempting as it might be in this wintry weather, scientists have recently released a study suggesting that stout beer, Guinness in particular, might make you bitter. The study links tart and bitter tastes with, you guessed it, a tart and bitter mind. When consumed in “delicate situations,” bitter drinks might lead people to “voicing thoughts they’ll later regret.” The study asked people to rate certain scenarios on how morally questionable they were. Those with bitter drinks were much harsher on the...
  • Indian Publisher Withdraws Book, Stoking Fears of Nationalist Pressure [Hindu Book Ban]

    02/14/2014 9:49:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    NYTimes ^ | February 14, 2014 | ELLEN BARRY
    Indian Publisher Withdraws Book, Stoking Fears of Nationalist Pressure By ELLEN BARRY FEB. 13, 2014 NEW DELHI — In a fight with a major company, a frail 84-year-old retired headmaster would seem to be the David to India’s publishing Goliath, Penguin Books. But this week the headmaster, Dinanath Batra, achieved the crowning victory of his career as a right-wing campaigner, forcing Penguin to withdraw and destroy remaining copies of a scholarly work on Hinduism by an American professor that Mr. Batra has called “malicious,” “dirty” and “perverse.” Mr. Batra’s assiduous legal filings in defense of his religion had sometimes paid...
  • Are two Snohomish Co. libraries giving kids a head start on cynicism, or is it just me?

    02/14/2014 2:44:46 PM PST · by crazycatlady · 27 replies
    The Herald ^ | 2-14-14 | Julie Muhlstein
    On this day for Sweethearts, not everybody has one. Not everybody even wants one. Taking note of that, two local libraries will host Anti-Valentines' Day parties for teens today.
  • Many American White Men Worship Guns Because of Sexual Insecurity, Entitlement, and Profit

    04/02/2013 11:47:40 AM PDT · by white trash redneck · 125 replies
    Buzzflash ^ | 1 Apr 03 | MARK KARLIN
    You won't find anyone willing to dare say it much in the media, but a good percentage of the white men who oppose gun control of any sort – and who back measures that would even allow alleged terrorists and straw purchases for drug dealers to buy guns – are just afraid that without their guns, their phallic power will be reduced to size. You can feel at least temporarily reassured when a long-barreled assault weapon compensates for just another average manhood; it's an irresistable testosterone high to the beleaguered white male. Call this Freudian psychobabble analysis, but when you...
  • Psychiatry Goes Insane: Every human emotion now classified as a mental disorder...

    12/13/2012 1:56:36 PM PST · by Windflier · 57 replies
    NaturalNews.com ^ | December 13, 2012 | Mike Adams
    [Full title: "Psychiatry goes insane: Every human emotion now classified as a mental disorder in new psychiatric manual DSM-5 "] (NaturalNews) The industry of modern psychiatry has officially gone insane. Virtually every emotion experienced by a human being -- sadness, grief, anxiety, frustration, impatience, excitement -- is now being classified as a "mental disorder" demanding chemical treatment (with prescription medications, of course). The new, upcoming DSM-5 "psychiatry bible," expected to be released in a few months, has transformed itself from a medical reference manual to a testament to the insanity of the industry itself. "Mental disorders" named in the DSM-5...
  • The Mommy Files: This parenting style makes kids grow up into right-wingers

    10/26/2012 1:04:00 AM PDT · by thecodont · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Oct 25 2012 at 9:34 pm | Posted By: Amy Graff
    What leads a child to grow up and vote for a Republican candidate like Mitt Romney or a Democrat such as Barack Obama? Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that parenting style and childhood temperament plays a key role in determining a child’s future political mindset—as in, the bumper sticker your kid decides to slap on her car when she turns 18 might depend on how you reacted when she sneaked out of the house to meet her boyfriend. The study found that children of strict parents were more likely to turn conservative while those of lenient...
  • Study Reveals Anti-Conservative Discrimination Among Psychologists

    08/08/2012 8:28:42 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 75 replies
    ChristianPost.com ^ | August 8, 2012 | Napp Nazworth
    A significant number of social and personality psychologists have told researchers they would discriminate against conservatives in decisions about publishing, grant applications and hiring, according to a study published in the September issue of the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. Authors Dr. Yoel Inbar and Dr. Joel Lammers assert in the study the more liberal the psychologist claimed to be, the more likely they were to admit to anti-conservative discrimination.... "By excluding those who disagree with (most of) us politically," Inbar and Yammers concluded, "we treat them unfairly, do ourselves a disservice, and ultimately damage the scientific credibility of our...
  • Gray Matter: How Depressives Surf the Web

    06/17/2012 9:42:41 AM PDT · by thecodont · 83 replies
    The New York Times / NYTimes.com ^ | Published: June 15, 2012 | By SRIRAM CHELLAPPAN and RAGHAVENDRA KOTIKALAPUDI
    IN what way do you spend your time online? Do you check your e-mail compulsively? Watch lots of videos? Switch frequently among multiple Internet applications — from games to file downloads to chat rooms? Enlarge This Image Brian Cronin We believe that your pattern of Internet use says something about you. Specifically, our research suggests it can offer clues to your mental well-being. In a study to be published in a forthcoming issue of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, we and our colleagues found that students who showed signs of depression tended to use the Internet differently from those who...
  • Transgender Five-Year-Old?

    05/22/2012 4:32:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 34 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 22, 2012 | Mona Charen
    A five-year-old child with large dark eyes, full lips, and a button nose stares out from the front page of the Washington Post Sunday edition. “Transgender at Five” declares the provocative headline. The child’s hair is being cut in a close, boy’s cut by her father.We learn from the article that “Tyler,” who was born “Kathryn,” began insisting that she was a boy at the age of two. “‘I am a boy’ became a constant theme in struggles over clothing, bathing, swimming, eating, playing, breathing.” The child’s parents, at first uneasy and later accepting their girl’s desire to be...
  • ‘Scientific’ Study Says People of Faith Are Stupid

    04/28/2012 8:52:00 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 52 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 28, 2012 | JP
    In a study published yesterday in the journal Science, researchers from Canada’s University of British Columbia posit that people who believe in God are not analytical thinkers. That’s a disingenuous way of saying people of faith are stupid. “Religious belief is intuitive,” explained Ara Norenzayan, co-author of the study, “and analytical thinking can undermine intuitive thinking. So when people are encouraged to think analytically, it can block intuitive thinking.” In other words, when religious people analyze their beliefs, they become less devout. They go from stupid to smart, like Norenzayan and fellow co-author Will Gervais. So how did the researchers...
  • Homophobia may reveal denial of own same-sex attraction, study suggests

    04/22/2012 5:41:43 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 139 replies
    CBS News ^ | .April 10, 2012 | Monica DyBuncio
    Do homophobic people actually fear their own unconscious feelings? A new study suggests that people who repress their own sexual attraction to the same sex are more likely to express hostility towards gays. "In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves and they are turning this internal conflict outward," study co-author Dr. Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, said in a university written statement. In four separate experiments conducted in the U.S. and in Germany, each involving an average of 160 college students, researchers attempted to measure any differences between what people...
  • Is Some Homophobia Self-phobia?

    04/08/2012 3:20:59 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 114 replies
    University of Rochester ^ | April 5, 2012 | Susan Hagen
    Homophobia is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex and who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires, a series of psychology studies demonstrates.
  • Right-wingers are less intelligent than left wingers, says study

    02/13/2012 11:35:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 70 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Last updated at 9:54 AM on 8th February 2012 | Rob Waugh
    Right-wingers tend to be less intelligent than left-wingers, and people with low childhood intelligence tend to grow up to have racist and anti-gay views, says a controversial new study. Conservative politics work almost as a 'gateway' into prejudice against others, say the Canadian academics. The paper analyzed large UK studies which compared childhood intelligence with political views in adulthood across more than 15,000 people. The authors claim that people with low intelligence gravitate towards right-wing views because they make them feel safe. Crucially, people's educational level is not what determines whether they are racist or not—it's innate intelligence, according to...
  • Binmen sent on 'happiness' course ["...airy fairy, out-of-date and discredited management speak..."]

    01/20/2011 12:47:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | Jan 20, 2011 | Caroline Gammell
    The employees – including binmen and street cleaners – are being asked to move pebbles around a table to indicate who they do and don’t get on with at work. They are also asked to rate their colleagues at West Oxfordshire District Council by writing words on large placards, such as “professional” and “supportive”. Last November, the prime minister defended plans to measure the nation’s happiness as part of an Office for National Statistics’ survey later this year. The council course is compulsory for all 316 staff and they must attend the one hour sessions each month and keep a...
  • Scientists find first evidence that many universes exist

    12/18/2010 4:14:00 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 119 replies · 4+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | 12/17/10 | Lisa Zyga
    The signatures of a bubble collision: A collision (top left) induces a temperature modulation in the CMB temperature map (top right). The “blob” associated with the collision is identified by a large needlet response (bottom left), and the presence of an edge is determined by a large response from the edge detection algorithm (bottom right). Image credit: Feeney, et al.(PhysOrg.com) -- By looking far out into space and observing what’s going on there, scientists have been led to theorize that it all started with a Big Bang, immediately followed by a brief period of super-accelerated expansion called inflation. Perhaps this...
  • Chile: solidarity wins out over psychobabble

    10/14/2010 9:41:45 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 29 replies
    Spiked-Online.com ^ | 13 October 2010 | Brendan O’Neill
    Millions of people around the world will crack a smile today as they watch the 33 Chilean miners finally being hoisted back to life. But Those Who Know Better, the overlords of the therapy industry, see something different: not a happy ending to a two-month nightmare, but the start of an even longer nightmare of ill-health, craziness and PTSD for these unfortunate creatures from the dark. According to the experts, what we’re really witnessing in Chile today is a volcanic eruption of human instability, as 33 ticking timebombs of emotional frailty are raised to the surface. One psycho-expert, echoing an...
  • Who’s to Blame When a Black Man Rapes a Woman?

    04/30/2010 5:34:12 AM PDT · by walford · 90 replies · 2,271+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Apr 29 2010 | Melissa Clouthier
    ...A criminal wouldn’t be a criminal if he were loved more and society supported him, therefore it’s society’s fault that he is committing the fill-in-the-blank crime.So who is to blame, then, when a black man rapes a woman? Would it be the rapist? No.What follows is the harrowing and cognitively dissonant account of a woman’s rape at the hands of a black man she considered a friend. Her name is Amanda Kijera and here is her story: Two weeks ago, on a Monday morning, I started to write what I thought was a very clever editorial about violence against women...
  • The Evolution of Language in Diversity Management

    02/21/2010 5:47:16 AM PST · by flowerplough · 6 replies · 249+ views
    DiversityInc ^ | 19 Feb | Raymondo Arroyo
    ...Diversity is about understanding and leveraging the diverse triggers that motivate different groups to create increased value for employees and their companies. It is about understanding the intrinsic value that a diverse set of individuals bring to our organizations so everyone is included. This inclusive approach is best demonstrated by the richness and depth of employee-resource groups (ERGs) being leveraged across corporate America. If language is to catch up with today’s broader focus of diversity, we should use terms that are clear and precise. The term “traditionally underrepresented minority” (TUM) can be used when referring to African Americans, Latinos, Asian...
  • Scientists Find 'Spirituality' Center of Brain

    02/12/2010 10:03:52 PM PST · by TBP · 12 replies · 434+ views
    Live Science, via Fox News ^ | February 12, 2010 | LiveScience
    Scientists have identified areas of the brain that, when damaged, lead to greater spirituality. The findings hint at the roots of spiritual and religious attitudes, the researchers say. The study, published in the Feb. 11 issue of the journal Neuron, involves a personality trait called self-transcendence, which is a somewhat vague measure of spiritual feeling, thinking, and behaviors. Self-transcendence "reflects a decreased sense of self and an ability to identify one's self as an integral part of the universe as a whole," the researchers explain. Before and after surgery, the scientists surveyed patients who had brain tumors removed. The surveys...
  • Links to Spirituality Found in the Brain

    02/12/2010 11:54:57 AM PST · by serf_and_cotus · 16 replies · 493+ views
    LiveScience.com ^ | Thu Feb 11, 10:10 pm ET | LiveScience Staff
    Scientists have identified areas of the brain that, when damaged, lead to greater spirituality. The findings hint at the roots of spiritual and religious attitudes, the researchers say. The study, published in the Feb. 11 issue of the journal Neuron, involves a personality trait called self-transcendence, which is a somewhat vague measure of spiritual feeling, thinking, and behaviors. Self-transcendence "reflects a decreased sense of self and an ability to identify one's self as an integral part of the universe as a whole," the researchers explain. Before and after surgery, the scientists surveyed patients who had brain tumors removed. The surveys...
  • How Gay Uncles Pass Down Genes

    02/11/2010 12:53:22 PM PST · by Cementjungle · 82 replies · 1,497+ views
    LiveScience.com ^ | 2/11/2010 | Clara Moskowitz
    A new study found that homosexual men may be predisposed to nurture their nieces and nephews as a way of helping to ensure their own genes get passed down to the next generation. Vasey said he suspects that the conditions just aren't right in modern Western societies for this genetic predisposition to express itself.
  • Avatar Gives Film Fans the Blues (Moviegoers Depressed, Suicidal)

    01/31/2010 3:44:36 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 73 replies · 1,457+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | Jan 30, 2010 | Stephen Jones
    Avatar Gives Film Fans the Blues By Stephen Jones Epoch Times Staff A luminescent, idyllic world populated by peace-loving aliens may have captivated cinema audiences across the world, but for some the 'immersive' experience of watching the film Avatar has threatened to overshadow their own lives. Hundreds of fans of James Cameron's blockbuster 3-D epic have complained that they feel despair after leaving the cinema that they can never live in a world like the mythical Pandora, in the film. An online discussion board, titled “Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible,” has received...
  • The Ft. Hood Killer - Guilty But Not Evil

    11/08/2009 6:11:23 PM PST · by Protect the Bill of Rights · 179 replies · 3,394+ views
    Psychology Today ^ | November 7, 2009 | Mark Goulston
    The measure of a civilization is how it treats those who have hurt it. Major Nidal Malik Hasan was not a bad person. He was even possibly a good person. But he was a very sick person who did a terrible thing. If you are someone who disagrees with that, then I would suggest you stop reading now. If however you do agree with me, in addition to being as upset as I was by the Ft. Hood killings -- which were evil acts -- you’d be as curious as I was and am to understand how and why and...
  • CNN asks psychiatrist : Why do people listen to Rush Limbaugh ?

    10/19/2009 7:25:00 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 58 replies · 2,775+ views
    Hot Air ^ | October 19, 2009 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via Breitbart. I won’t spoil the surprise by telling you her answer, but suffice it to say, it’s not much of a surprise. I’m not sure why they stopped with a psychiatrist, though. Wouldn’t Jane Goodall have had some potentially valuable insights here? Or an FBI criminal profiler? Remember, this is the “objective” cable news network.
  • 'Hopeless' dads kill their families out of love, experts say..

    05/19/2009 1:36:02 PM PDT · by TaraP · 30 replies · 1,052+ views
    CNN ^ | May 19th, 2009
    Questions remain after fathers annihilate their entire families Perpetrator might kill family because he wants to save them from perceived doom CNN) -- ln April, a Maryland man wrote six suicide notes expressing his love and sorrow for his family, and then shot his wife and three children, before killing himself with a shotgun.. This month, a man killed his wife and two sons in their home near Tampa, Florida. Troy Bellar chased after his teenage son with a high-powered rifle, but the 13-year-old escaped. Bellar later shot himself.
  • Is there too much music? - It's everywhere... Are we in danger of being overwhelmed?

    04/08/2009 12:43:27 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 62 replies · 1,114+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 4:35PM BST 08 Apr 2009 | Neil McCormick
    Have you ever wondered if there might be too much music? A couple of weeks ago I attended South By South West music festival in Austin, Texas, where more than 2,000 up-and-coming bands, singer-songwriters and other musical performers played in just four days. Standing on the street at an intersection of venues where at least a dozen bands were playing at the same time, I was immersed in a kind of sonic cloud of formless music, an ambient hum of rock and roll... ...For most of the history of mankind, to hear music you had to either participate in the...
  • Easily Startled People May Be More Politically Conservative

    09/19/2008 10:34:48 AM PDT · by james500 · 35 replies · 440+ views
    LiveScience ^ | Thursday, September 18, 2008 | Jeanna Bryner
    Fierce individualists, Americans figure that we choose our own political beliefs — but actually it could come down to biology. Individuals who are more easily startled by threats are more likely than others to support protective policies, such as military spending, the Iraq War and the death penalty, finds a new study. ... The researchers measured levels of skin moisture as indicators of stress and anxiety for each participant as he or she looked at threatening images, including a large spider on the face of a frightened person, a dazed individual with a bloody face and an open wound with...
  • Ann Coulter and the Problem of Pluralism: From Values to Politics (Academia's study of our Annie)

    07/27/2008 12:57:09 PM PDT · by pissant · 87 replies · 189+ views
    Borderlands ^ | 7/2008 | Samuel A. Chambers & Alan Finlayson
    This piece operates at two levels: it engages with the debate in political theory over pluralism, but it does so through an analysis of the phenomenon we call ‘Coulterism’. Briefly, we regard Ann Coulter as indicative of a more general trend in the political styles and activities that dominate contemporary US politics. Moreover, we also suggest that this trend tends to be too easily dismissed by liberals – liberals who, we suggest, tend to systematically misunderstand it. Furthermore, we contend, no doubt controversially, that Coulter and her ilk in fact succeed in a political critique of mainstream political liberalism in...
  • Bill Clinton Warns Nation of Danger of Electing a Former POW President

    07/16/2008 8:29:10 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 53 replies · 221+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 13 July 2008 | John Semmens
    Former President Bill Clinton (D) warned voters against electing former prisoner-of-war Senator McCain president. “POWs are not like us,” Clinton observed. “They’ve been held captive in barbaric conditions, tortured and humiliated by this country’s enemies. How can they ever be objective enough to deal with our country’s enemies as president?” Clinton argued that his evasion of military service saved him “from building up the prejudices against and hatreds for different cultures and political systems that could have compromised my ability to govern effectively. My judgment was untainted by any suffering and privation that could have biased my views. The same...
  • McCain Brushes off Bill Clinton Claim that Former POWs Can Snap at Any Time

    07/08/2008 8:00:53 AM PDT · by johnny7 · 57 replies · 170+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | July 8, 2008 | --
    John McCain on Tuesday questioned Bill Clinton’s credentials to discuss the mental health of prisoners of war after the former president told an audience in Aspen that it’s just a matter of time before a former POW snaps and relives the nightmare of his imprisonment.
  • BUBBA WARNS OF POW 'ANGER'

    07/08/2008 8:01:28 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 84 replies · 123+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 8, 2008 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Former President Bill Clinton told an audience that POWs often suffer "anger" long after the incident - which some took as a swipe at Vietnam vet and presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain.
  • New Study: Conservatives are Happier Because They Hate Everyone

    05/08/2008 3:36:33 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 56 replies · 84+ views
    RedState.com ^ | 5/8/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    There is a news report starting to make the rounds amongst the MSM on a study that claims to have discovered why conservatives tend to be happier than liberals and it is just the sort of bilge that the MSM loves to promulgate. We may see more of it over the next several days because, while it is titled "Conservatives Happier Than Liberals," it is basically saying that the reason conservatives are happier is because they just don't care about other people. This purported research claims to pinpoint the reason conservatives are happier and it is because they have theirs...
  • Is Obama a Mac and Clinton a PC?

    04/26/2008 12:35:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies · 132+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 4, 2008 | Noam Cohen
    STYLES make fights — or so goes the boxing cliché. In 2008, they make presidential campaigns, too. This is especially true for the two remaining Democrats, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Reporters covering the candidates have already resorted to traditional analysis of style — fashion choices, manner of speaking, even the way they laugh. Yet, according to design experts, the candidates have left a clear blueprint of their personal style — perhaps even a window into their souls — through the Web sites they have created to raise money, recruit volunteers and generally meet-and-greet online. On one thing, the experts...
  • Obama defends comments about bitterness in small towns

    04/11/2008 7:54:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 174 replies · 452+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | April 11, 2008 | John McCormick
    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Sen. Barack Obama was criticized Friday by his two fellow presidential candidates for statements he made recently at a San Francisco fundraiser that could be viewed as derogatory toward rural America. "You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them," Obama said Sunday, according to the Huffington Post web site. "And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate...
  • Global Warming Stress Syndrome Increasing, Psychologist Says

    There has been a disturbing increase in Global Warming Stress Syndrome (GWSS, pronounced gwiss) according to Dr. Ron N. Hyde, a clinical psychologist at the prestigious McKitrick Center for the Especially Disturbed. “Since April, there is been a 32.817% increase in public cases of GWSS,” he explained. “The rate now is almost double what it was this time last year.” He added the trend was very worrying to his colleagues. According to literature provided by the McKitrick Center, GWSS was at first a disease confined to academics, where it was thought to be controllable...
  • Rep.Dennis Kucinich Acknowledges UFO Sighting (!!!)

    10/31/2007 9:21:18 AM PDT · by fabrizio · 38 replies · 54+ views
    "I saw something." Kucinich, whose UFO run-in came to light last week in a passage from Shirley MacLaine's new book, went on to joke that he planned to move his campaign office to Roswell, N.M. Roswell is the place where legend holds a spacecraft crash-landed in 1947 and was recovered and moved for investigation to nearby Area 51, a secretive U.S. government airbase in Nevada. Kucinich went on to defend himself, saying many Americans have shared his experience. "You have to keep in mind that more — that Jimmy Carter saw a UFO and also that more people in this...
  • Why Few People Are Devoid Of Racial Bias

    09/25/2007 6:59:50 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies · 43+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 9-26-2007 | Association for Psychological Science
    Source: Association for Psychological Science Date: September 26, 2007 Why Few People Are Devoid Of Racial Bias Science Daily — Why are some individuals not prejudiced? That is the question posed by a provocative new study appearing in the September issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The authors investigate how some individuals are able to avoid prejudicial biases despite the pervasive human tendency to favor one's own group. Robert Livingston of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Brian Drwecki of the University of Wisconsin conducted studies that examined white college students...
  • Why Authoritarians Now Control the Republican Party

    09/21/2007 10:47:02 AM PDT · by imd102 · 53 replies · 81+ views
    Findlaw.com ^ | 9/21/07 | John Dean
    Excerpt: In addition to being especially submissive to established authority, Altemeyer's research revealed that those he calls right-wing authoritarians also show "general aggressiveness" towards others, when such behavior is "perceived to be sanctioned" by established authorities. Finally, these people are always highly compliant with the social conventions endorsed by society and established authorities. These basic traits, submissiveness to authority and conventionality, are the essence of those Altemeyer describes as right-wing authoritarians. If these traits are not present in some significant (albeit varying) degree, he does not consider the subject to be a right-wing authoritarian. However, these people can, and often...
  • Civil U.S. presidential race not so good for voters

    09/16/2007 8:25:09 AM PDT · by DakotaRed · 10 replies · 261+ views
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | September 16, 2007 | David Alexander
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama may joke about preparing for debates by riding bumper cars, but the 2008 campaign has been fairly civil so far -- and that's not necessarily good for U.S. voters. Conventional wisdom, and some research, has held that negative campaigning turns off voters and prompts them to stay away from the voting booth, but recent scholarship is reversing that notion, researchers say. "Democracy itself requires negativity," said John Geer, a Vanderbilt University professor who studies negative political campaigning. "We want the right to be critical of those in power." With the country highly...
  • Rigging a study to make conservatives look stupid.

    09/14/2007 1:29:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 68 replies · 1,619+ views
    Slate ^ | Sept. 14, 2007 | William Saletan
    Are liberals smarter than conservatives? It looks that way, according to a study published this week in Nature Neuroscience. In a rapid response test—you press a button if you're given one signal, but not if you're given a different signal—the authors found that conservatives were "more likely to make errors of commission," whereas "stronger liberalism was correlated with greater accuracy." They concluded that "a more conservative orientation is related to greater persistence in a habitual response pattern, despite signals that this response pattern should change." Does this mean liberal brains are fitter? Apparently. "Liberals are more responsive to informational complexity,...
  • Study of Bush's Psyche Touches a Nerve (August 13, 2003)

    09/09/2007 1:22:49 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies · 1,077+ views
    Guardian ^ | August 13, 2003 | Julian Borger
    A study funded by the US government has concluded that conservatism can be explained psychologically as a set of neuroses rooted in "fear and aggression, dogmatism and the intolerance of ambiguity". As if that was not enough to get Republican blood boiling, the report's four authors linked Hitler, Mussolini, Ronald Reagan and the rightwing talkshow host, Rush Limbaugh, arguing they all suffered from the same affliction. All of them "preached a return to an idealised past and condoned inequality". Republicans are demanding to know why the psychologists behind the report, Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition, received $1.2m in public...
  • Psychologists Weigh Interrogation Ban

    08/19/2007 2:21:19 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies · 700+ views
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/19/2007 | SUDHIN THANAWALA
    SAN FRANCISCO - Stung by reports implicating mental health specialists in prisoner abuse scandals at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, the nation's largest group of psychologists is considering banning its members from interrogations of terror suspects. The American Psychological Association, which is holding its annual meeting in San Francisco, is scheduled to vote Sunday on two competing measures concerning its 148,000 members' participation in military interrogations at Guantanamo Bay and other U.S. military detention centers. One measure would bar members from any involvement in interrogations at U.S. detention facilities where foreigners are held. The moratorium would not be backed by...
  • Most suicide bombers are Muslim

    07/09/2007 11:55:10 AM PDT · by citizenmike · 61 replies · 2,222+ views
    www.psychologytoday.com ^ | 06/22/2007 | Alan S. Miller Ph.D., Satoshi Kanazawa Ph.D.
    (From an article titled:Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature)Most suicide bombers are Muslim Suicide missions are not always religiously motivated, but according to Oxford University sociologist Diego Gambetta, editor of Making Sense of Suicide Missions, when religion is involved, the attackers are always Muslim. Why? The surprising answer is that Muslim suicide bombing has nothing to do with Islam or the Quran (except for two lines). It has a lot to do with sex, or, in this case, the absence of sex.
  • Newsweek Writer Plays Psychologist--On GOP Only

    06/24/2007 8:19:43 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies · 826+ views
    http://newsbusters.org/ ^ | June 23, 2007 | Lynn Davidson
    Newsweek Writer Plays Psychologist--On GOP Only Posted by Lynn Davidson on June 23, 2007 - 18:45. Newsweek's June 19 edition had an interesting web-exclusive “Mind Matters” column by Wray Herbert called “Toothless is Beautiful,” which was about social psychologists Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson's new book, “Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me).” The book and the column concerned the “psychological process known as cognitive dissonance.” Sound like an unlikely candidate for bias? Keep reading.Cognitive dissonance is “the extreme emotional discomfort we feel when two important beliefs, attitudes or perceptions collide. Humans cannot tolerate dissonance for long, so they ease...
  • Dyslexia 'is just a middle-class way to hide stupidity'

    05/29/2007 3:55:31 AM PDT · by mek1959 · 168 replies · 3,955+ views
    Drudge ^ | 5/29/07 | REBECCA CAMBER
    Dyslexia is a social fig leaf used by middle-class parents who fear their children will be labelled as low achievers, a professor has claimed. Julian Elliott, a leading educational psychologist at Durham University, says he has found no evidence to identify dyslexia as a medical condition after more than 30 years of research.
  • (John "Pink Sapphire")Edwards: No Terror "War"

    04/27/2007 8:04:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 555+ views
    The Politico ^ | April 27, 2007 | Ben Smith
    This is a quite big deal that most of us totally missed last night: John Edwards doesn't believe there's a "global war on terror," at least not in the simple-show-of-hands sense. This is something a lot of Democrats say privately -- and something mainstream pols everywhere else in the world say publicly -- but it contests a Bush administration premise in a way very few American politicians have been comfortable in the last five and a half years. His stance -- though it doesn't seem to have been all that deliberate -- matches the recent comments of a prominent British...