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Friday, January 27. 2012
Image on right via House of Eratosthenes
A Patti Smith update
A site that is new to me: C J Chiver's The Gun
A Q&A on benefits and risks of taking aspirin
Can Ontario Really Deliver North America's Best Smart Growth Plan?
Good news: Fried foods no health risk
Reaffirming: Los Angeles Students Roundly Reject ‘Healthier’ School Lunch Menu
Why the cafeteria crusade is a crock
Elites hate the poor. It's PJ O'Rourke, of course:
After Obama's Empty Words, Daniels Said It All
Alarming Thoughts On The SOTU from Clark Judge
Why, Precisely, is America so Great?
Ace is funny:
That's me for sure - always confused
MSM attempts pre-emptive strike on Rubio
Four ways Republicans can win Hispanics back
It’s time for journalists, human rights activists and church leaders in the U.S. to confront the prospect of Christianity’s destruction in the region of its birth.
President Obama leaves event promoting clean energy in a motorcade of 22 fossil-fueled vehicles.
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Ace: Did they test to see how leftwing dummies might cling to simplistic pablum?
What the study did was find a correlation, that is, determined that "lower general intelligence in childhood predicts greater racism in adulthood, and this effect was largely mediated via conservative ideology."
Hodson & Busseri, Bright Minds and Dark Attitudes: Lower Cognitive Ability Predicts Greater Prejudice Through Right-Wing Ideology and Low Intergroup Contact, Psychological Science 2012.
Jeb Bush: Four ways Republicans can win Hispanics back
There are a lot of conservative Hispanics (and blacks for that matter), however, Republican positions on immigration are anathema to most Hispanics, and the heated rhetoric ("real guns and real bullets” against people illegally crossing the border) just further drives a wedge.
Every time I read about the throw-away school lunches in LA, I can't help but wonder where they got the menu. Tamales, quinoa salad, veggie curries and Pad Thai noodles sound great if you are an upper middle class lily-white busybody. I can't help but wonder about the thoughts of an ethnically diverse student body when the institutional versions are plopped on their plate. How about the Hispanic student confronted with a school tamale when he gets his grandmother's homemade tamales on a regular basis?
Patti Smith update
Sometimes we don't recognize genius until way behind their time on Earth, but Patti Smith has found her fame. A lot of her work is just absolutely brilliant and while some claim that her imagery is emulative of Mapplethorpe's works, one would be hard pressed to determine how each influenced the other - they had a sort of symbiotic relationship for a long time. While photography is not her "thing" in terms of vocation, she certainly had enough talent to make it so.
grasping the complexity of the world
The problem is that the left side of the aisle doesn't grasp the complexity either - they hide behind the "nuance" and "subtlety" of issues where everything is gray including ethics and morality so they can avoid having to make a black and white decision on any issue.
I know what is right and what is wrong. If that is too simple for my leftist "betters", tough.
My question is why are they feeding these kids curries? Curries suck. I'm an adult and I hate curries.
Have to agree with you on the tamale thing - that is absolutely dead on.
Hey, thanks for the link!
Got the image from my blogger friend Kini. Wanna make a tee shirt out of it...
--the low probability/high consequence effect on the survival instinct should logically displace short-term (often 'low IQ') thinking to the left --which it does, except that since the left is calling its baboon butt 'the right', confusion reins in and rains down and reigns over the normal ability to distinguish among horses, weather, and authority
I'm not sure what is most appalling thing about Ace's "Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice" link.
Is it the un-ironic echo of the "scientific racism" of Wilson's era? One would think that journalists concerned about prejudice would be a bit more careful not to be seen as so blatantly mimicking the discredited prejudices of the past.
Is it the article title, which clearly is meant to leave a false impression on readers who don't actually read the article? The caveats in the writing make clear that the headline isn't supported.
Is it the article itself, which exhibits a failing I find all too often in science reporting: Where is the link to the published research? In fact, even with the name of the lead researcher and his institution I can't find anything that is obviously the research upon which they are reporting. They have managed to obscure things really well, if that was their intention.
Or is it the research itself. It is clear to me that they are using a pre-existing long-term longitudinal study of a group of people in the UK from childhood through to adulthood. And then they are using a some rubric to convert the answers to survey questions into quantification of political ideology and attitudes to race. Is that rubric appropriate for UK people, or is it something developed in a different culture?
If we follow back thru Ace to Yahoo News to LiveScience, we get some of the original survey questions.
Thinking that full-time work for Mum will negatively affect family life is a sign of conservatism.
Thinking that schools should teach children to be respectful is a sign of conservatism.
I would really like to see more of the questions, because the responses would fairly obviously be multidimentional on other factors. After Murray, when I think of my low-IQ, low-skill neighbors in the council estate where I lived in the UK, the decision between work or dole is not one where I would have pegged "dole" as the conservative response. And with the constant news about the ever rising numbers of even young children being given "anti-social behaviour orders" by the police, (a Labour government innovation) perhaps the thought of teaching respect for authority in primary schools is equally prevalent across the political spectrum. And when the UK decided that citizens of the former soviet EU states could enter and work freely, my neighbors who worked in the building trades were very upset at the policy because they were being underbid, and no longer had any work or income. Is that a racist attitude? Or a protectionist one? How would it appear on this survey?
@TF: I'm an adult and I hate curries.
Then you've never had a delicious Nyonya curry. "Nobody does not like Nyonya cooking. Once you've had a Nyona curry dish, you've had the very best." Umm umm good, cuisine that's just out of this world.
Dunno, Tom, it was years ago I was in public school in PA Dutch country. We had ham, green beans and potatoes it seemed like once a week, as well as a lot of other country home cooking type of meals. None of it was anywhere near as good as home made, but lots of kids came from homes that didn't do much more than open cans or heat TV dinners. I think kids realize school food is mass produced glop and don't worry about it too much.
These days my old school district offers a lot of ethnic foods we never saw, despite having a very non-diverse population of kids. But kids these days have fast food options that were exotic cuisines back years ago.
Regarding the "scientific" finding that dummies tend to be wingnuts, I present the following information from
2008 exit polls: voters who didn't complete high school went for Obama 63%- 35%. ∅bama: the dropouts' candidate.
Ah Ha! So what the Journal article title calls Right Wing Ideology and the article and press headlines call Conservative ideology was really a measure of authoritarianism. And another variable was the ability to think with "integrative complexity".
So the more you are able to see things from another's viewpoint, the less likely you are to be want to make rules for other people and the less likely you are to be prejudiced.
"Right wing" has nothing to do with it except that it has become a term of art amongst academic psychologists who cite Bob Altemeyer. It refers to psychological preferences and personality (preference for established authorities rather than insurgent ones), not to politics.
So as usual, once you remove the technical language and the bias from the reporting, an academic paper just tells us what we already know anyway.
Maybe it's just the simple-minded, low-functioning conservative in me talking, but I just don't understand where all the adulation of Patti Smith comes from. To me, she's just another self-important poser, like so many other punk rockers of her generation were, whose success is based more on a carefully-crafted persona than her actual work product.
You could say that about any performer - Bruce Springsteen comes to mind immediately, Jimmy Buffet, half a dozen country singers.
I was speaking specifically to her skill as a photographer, but as the creator of punk rock, yeah - I pretty much have to agree with you.
I now take a low-dose (81 mg) per day - on advice of my doctors, not my idea, to augment a prescribed blood thinner (Warfarin/Coumedin). The "take one every day" thing was/is largely promulgated by - doctors. And in the article, pain is mentioned - but not specifically headache. In my experience Paracetemol amd Ibuprofen do nothing for headache. But then, I used to take aspirin perhaps once in six weeks for headache only. Which I think was the norm (at least for non-arthritic patients) before "health advisors" touted the daily dose for heart/vascular problem "prevention."
i got a soltuion, fuck the bank and deal with an individual owner that owns the property and buy it from them. thats what we did and we havent got fucked!!!