Thursday, March 06, 2014

Compensating for the BBQ

So, more sex means more intelligence?  At the margin, at least? 

On the other hand, grilled or fried foods make you dumb.

I think the conclusion is obvious:  if you are going to have a BBQ, make sure it is followed by an orgy in the hottub. 

(Nod to Susan L.  I always wondered what made her so smart.  Now, I think I know...)

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Willfully Annoying (corrected)

Oh, man.  Grand Rapids, MI, adopted hometown of one Angus Okieman, has a ban on being "willfully annoying."

That's a terrible law.  No wonder Angus moved away.

Think of it:  If that law were enforced, Angus and I would always be in court.  Scott de Marchi would have a life sentence, until the jailers found him so annoying they just sprung him loose. And P-Kroog would be prohibited from writing op-eds.

Strike it.  Strike it down.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Scarcity and Morality

A Lack of Material Resources Causes Harsher Moral Judgments 

Marko Pitesa & Stefan Thau
Psychological Science, forthcoming

Abstract: In the research presented here, we tested the idea that a lack of material resources (e.g., low income) causes people to make harsher moral judgments because a lack of material resources is associated with a lower ability to cope with the effects of others' harmful behavior. Consistent with this idea, results from a large cross-cultural survey (Study 1) showed that both a chronic (due to low income) and a situational (due to inflation) lack of material resources were associated with harsher moral judgments. The effect of inflation was stronger for low-income individuals, whom inflation renders relatively more vulnerable. In a follow-up experiment (Study 2), we manipulated whether participants perceived themselves as lacking material resources by employing different anchors on the scale they used to report their income. The manipulation led participants in the material-resources-lacking condition to make harsher judgments of harmful, but not of nonharmful, transgressions, and this effect was explained by a sense of vulnerability. Alternative explanations were excluded. These results demonstrate a functional and contextually situated nature of moral psychology.

Nod to Kevin Lewis

Monday, March 03, 2014

Monday's Child

1.  I am the Eye in the Sky, Looking at you; I can read your mind. I am the maker of rules, Dealing with fools. I can cheat you blind. Operation:  Optic Nerve.

2.  Impressive.  These four male policemen were able to subdue this young woman, once she was handcuffed, and force her arms up behind her.  Of course, she had it coming.  She had jaywalked while jogging.  On 24th Street, in Austin, TX.  Where I jaywalked all the time, while jogging.  I assume Dirty Davey will offer his usual defense of police brutality, about how it's all for the greater good.  We should just shut up and be glad the state loves us.  You do have to like the Police Chief, who actually said she was lucky the police didn't rape her.

3.  My insurance for nothing, and my checks for free.

4.  If our President can win a Peace Prize just for entering office, it makes sense to give a career news excellence award for just three days of newscasting.  Right?

5.  Even now, it's still true that voting is easier in NC than in most states.  Longer early voting, easier absentee.  Yet Dirty Davey will, once again, complain.  I don't know about you, Davey.

6.  Ser Maduro? Esta duro.

7.  This is what these kids will tell their therapists, 25 years from now.  "They gave me a lemon..."

8.  Extremely cute elephant/dog action.

9.  Daisy has a better life than you do.

10.  Russian Western, which is different from Western Russia.

11.  Very interesting.  Hotel room "speculators."  It's not illegal to "scalp" hotel rooms

12.  "The Bachelor" is icky.  Really quite icky.

13.  Too many choices bad?  Dilbert thinks so.  "Studies....that doesn't sound like a real thing."

14.  Interesting piece on "value," "price," and tuition.  Duke is a bargain, even at full tuition price?  Depends on whether you think that price should equal average cost, or marginal cost.

15.  In Russia, paper protests YOU!

16.  The odd thing is that people on the left believe that the police are there to protect our rights.  Perhaps in an ideal world.  But then in an ideal world we wouldn't need police in the first place.  And we certainly don't need this.  They claimed she was going to be charged with "Felony driving in the HOV lane."  Nice.

17.  The doughnut shop in the YMCA is refusing to sell doughnuts.  Question:  Why is there a doughnut shop in the YMCA?  The nice part is that the "low-fat muffins" are actually much worse for you than a doughnut.

18.  Out in the crosswalk....

19.  In honor of the Oscars...you can have fun and make a show without technology.  Or a script.  Or talent.  Still, fun.  Infectious.  I wanted to dance like this.  Actually, I do dance like that.

20.  Cheese is performance art.