Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Not sure I'll be able to go back to Canada, now.
Just like I can't go back to Australia.
The original provocation, a while back now....
1. Isn't Grandma toasty?
2. Florida man goes all French on us, protests high prices...of crack!
3. It it's a hard test, I hope he doesn't advertise handguns....
4. This can't be equilibrium, right?
5. Upset with his fiance´'s meatball sandwich (the placement of the cheese, in particular, was all wrong), Lyndel Toppin allegedly attacked her with a kitchen knife. A law enforcement official tells Philly.com, "Wait until he gets a load of the prison food."
Um...Lyndel, wait until you see where your new prison roomy, "Boomer," wants to place the cheese.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
As I now reflected on crazy in Latin American politics, my mind flashed to Abdala Buraram who had a cup of coffee as president of Ecuador before being shown the door due to mental deficiency (I am not making this up).
Then people, I struck gold: photos of Bucaram and Fujimori (a Lebanese guy and an Japanese guy eating cuy together while wearing traditional Andean indigenous outfits. Feast your eyes:
and by cuy, I mean your children's pet hamsters!
Hey, maybe we could all chip in and buy a similar plate for Tim Geithner! I hear he has a birthday coming up.
Rights in South Africa and the United States
Judith Stacey & Tey Meadow, Politics & Society, forthcoming
This article investigates the often cited and dismissed, but rarely examined, relationship between legalizing same-sex marriage and polygamy. Employing a comparative historical analysis of U.S. and South African jurisprudence, ideology, and cultural politics, we examine efforts to expand, restrict, and regulate the gender and number of legally recognized conjugal bonds. South African family jurisprudence grants legal recognition to both same-sex marriage and polygyny, while the United States prohibits and resists both. However, social and material conditions make it easier to practice family diversity in the U.S. than in South Africa. Our analysis of the very different histories of polygamy and same-sex marriage in the two societies suggests the centrality of racial politics to marriage regimes, yielding paradoxical narratives about the implications of legal same-sex marriage for the future of polygamy and sexual democracy. If there is a slippery marital slope, we argue, it does not tilt in a singular or expected direction.
Anthropometry of Love: Height and Gender Asymmetries in Interethnic
Michèle Belot & Jan Fidrmuc, Oxford Working Paper, January 2009
Both in the UK and in the US, we observe puzzling gender asymmetries in the propensity to outmarry: Black men are substantially more likely to have white spouses than Black women, but the opposite is true for Chinese: Chinese men are half less likely to be married to a White person than Chinese women. We argue that differences in height distributions, combined with a simple preference for a taller husband, can explain a large proportion of these ethnic-specific gender asymmetries. Blacks are taller than Asians, and we argue that this significantly affects their marriage prospects with whites. We provide empirical support for this hypothesis using data from the Health Survey for England and the Millenium Cohort Study, which contains valuable and unique information on heights of married couples.
New Evidence of Genetic Factors Influencing Sexual Orientation in Men:
Female Fecundity Increase in the Maternal Line
Francesca Iemmola & Andrea Camperio Ciani, Archives of Sexual Behavior, June 2009, Pages 393-399
There is a long-standing debate on the role of genetic factors influencing homosexuality because the presence of these factors contradicts the Darwinian prediction according to which natural selection should progressively eliminate the factors that reduce individual fecundity and fitness. Recently, however, Camperio Ciani, Corna, and Capiluppi (Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 271, 2217–2221, 2004), comparing the family trees of homosexuals with heterosexuals, reported a significant increase in fecundity in the females related to the homosexual probands from the maternal line but not in those related from the paternal one. This suggested that genetic factors that are partly linked to the X-chromosome and that influence homosexual orientation in males are not selected against because they increase fecundity in female carriers, thus offering a solution to the Darwinian paradox and an explanation of why natural selection does not progressively eliminate homosexuals. Since then, new data have emerged suggesting not only an increase in maternal fecundity but also larger paternal family sizes for homosexuals. These results are partly conflicting and indicate the need for a replication on a wider sample with a larger geographic distribution. This study examined the family trees of 250 male probands, of which 152 were homosexuals. The results confirmed the study of Camperio Ciani et al. (2004). We observed a significant fecundity increase even in primiparous mothers, which was not evident in the previous study. No evidence of increased paternal fecundity was found; thus, our data confirmed a sexually antagonistic inheritance partly linked to the X-chromosome that promotes fecundity in females and a homosexual sexual orientation in males.
Automatic inattention to attractive alternatives: The evolved psychology of
Jon Maner, David Aaron Rouby & Gian Gonzaga, Evolution and Human Behavior, September 2008, Pages 343-349
There can be important reproductive benefits to maintaining a long-term romantic relationship. As a result, humans may possess evolved psychological mechanisms designed to help them maintain their commitment to a long-term mate, particularly when faced with attractive alternative relationship partners. The current study identifies a relationship maintenance process that involves being inattentive to alternative relationship partners. Experimentally eliciting thoughts and feelings of romantic love — an emotion thought to have evolved for the purpose of relationship maintenance — reduced attention to alternative partners at an early, automatic stage of visual perception. Consistent with evolutionary models of mate selection, this reduction in attention was observed only for opposite sex targets displaying high levels of physical attractiveness. This research illustrates the utility of integrating evolutionary models of mating with theory and method from cognitive science.
(Nod to Kevin L)
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Kids Prefer Cheese: A wildly popular tongue-in-cheek yet deadly serious look at economics, politics and the underbelly of life in general. Brought to you by Professors Munger (Duke University) and Grier (University of Oklahoma).
This guy's map says Oklahoma will be the last State to approve gay marriage.
At the anecdotal level, I live in Oklahoma and I am not especially agreeable, only irregularly conscientious, and favor gay marriage.
Hey, maybe I live in the wrong place!!
Smuckers may truly be in the sweet spot of this trend. The company not only makes Smuckers jellies and Jif peanut butter, but it recently bought Folgers coffee, which Smuckers says, could double its annual sales."
Hat tip to LeBron for the meme!
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
LUCAS: Do I need the Lucas critique for -- I'm with Barro is the short answer. (Laughter.) The Moody's model that Christina Romer -- here's what I think happened. It's her first day on the job and somebody says, you've got to come up with a solution to this -- in defense of this fiscal stimulus, which no one told her what it was going to be, and have it by Monday morning.
So she scrambled and came up with these multipliers and now they're kind of -- I don't know. So I don't think anyone really believes. These models have never been discussed or debated in a way that that say -- Ellen McGrattan was talking about the way economists use models this morning. These are kind of schlock economics.
Maybe there is some multiplier out there that we could measure well but that's not what that paper does. I think it's a very naked rationalization for policies that were already, you know, decided on for other reasons. I don't -- I'd like to talk about the Lucas critique but I don't -- I don't think we can -- (chuckles) -- deal with that issue. "
LOL, I wonder if Christy R. got the license plate of that bus as it ran over her. The whole transcript of Lucas' talk is here.
This from a fascinating new NBER working paper by Munshi & Rosenzweig.
These folks have already made up their minds!
UPDATE!!!!! And they were right in as much as Fujimori was indeed convicted:
"A special tribunal convicted former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori of murder and kidnapping on Tuesday for death squad activities during his 10-year rule during the 1990s.
"This court declares that all four charges have been proven behind all reasonable doubt," presiding judge Cesar San Martin told a hushed courtroom.
There was no question, he said, that the 70-year-old Fujimori authorized the creation of a military death squad that killed some 50 people.
Fujimori apparently anticipated a guilty verdict. He sat alone taking notes as the verdict was read after a 15-month televised trial.
He faces a maximum of 30 years in prison and the court was expected to issue a sentence later Tuesday after a full reading of the sentence.
Fujimori is the first democratically elected former president to be tried for rights violations in his own country. His lawyers have said he would appeal the verdict."
Monday, April 06, 2009
2. If the state of Oklahoma is so homophobic, why does OU have a "Gaylord College"? Heck we even have an organization called the "Gaylord Ambassadors"!
3. Why are grown men trying to play baseball when it's cold and snowy? It was 37 in Cincinnati, 42 in St. Louis and the White Sox home opener was postponed due to snow.
The saluation, "Dear Wacko", is probably accurate in my case. But I doubt that it is effective for the purpose the spammer has in mind.
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