Friday, March 31, 2006
Thursday, March 30, 2006
The new claims, reported Thursday, bring the total number of accusations against Catholic clergy to more than 12,000 since 1950."
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Nobody knows what causes that or how it relates to superior intelligence. But researchers said the finding does not rule out a role for environment such as intellectual stimulation in affecting a child's level of intelligence."
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
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Wednesday, March 22, 2006
"It's a function of individuals beginning to feel a sense of crisis in their lives," Shi says. "The frenetic pace of our high-tech society, coupled with the barrage of seductive messages coming from our consumer culture, have
reached a point that many people simply feel like they're about to
For Pelmas, it's about "avoiding the hysteria that seems to govern a lot of our consciousness right now around consumerism. It's the kind of craze where fathers are beating each other up to get the latest Nintendo for
their kids. It strikes me as some strange kind of 21st-century spiritual lack."
It's not just her. Surveys done by Juliet Schor, a sociologist at Boston College who studies consumer society, have found that 81% of Americans say the country is too focused on shopping and spending, and 88% think it is too materialistic.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
In a series of studies on the development of gender differences in depression, Gjerde found that young adults who described themselves as depressed had exhibited clear antecedents for the malady during their preschool years. In boys, the characteristics include a lot of anger and interpersonal antagonism. In girls, the early signs are not as strong, but the signals appear to include shyness, kindness, and relatively high intelligence, raising the possibility that smart adolescent girls may be at risk for sadness.
Another section of the study found this:heh
Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative.
At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids from the Berkeley area that social scientists have been tracking for the last 20 years. The confident, resilient, self-reliant kids mostly grew up to be liberals.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
In the 1970's, Dr. Trivers argued that families create an evolutionary conflict. Natural selection should favor parents who can successfully raise the most offspring. For that strategy to work, they
can't put too many resources into any one child. But the child's chances for reproductive success will increase as its care and feeding increase. Theoretically, Dr. Trivers argued, natural selection could favor genes that help children get more resources from their parents than the parents want to
As Dr. Haig considered the case of pregnancy, it seemed like the perfect arena for this sort of conflict. A child develops in intimate contact with its mother. Its development in the womb is crucial to its long-term health. So it was plausible that nature would favor genes that allowed fetuses to draw more resources from their mothers. A fetus does not sit passively in its
mother's womb and wait to be fed. Its placenta aggressively sprouts blood vessels that invade its mother's tissues to extract nutrients. Meanwhile, Dr. Haig argued, natural selection should favor mothers who could restrain these incursions, and manage to have several surviving offspring carrying on their genes. He envisioned pregnancy as a tug of war. Each side pulls hard, and yet a
flag tied to the middle of the rope barely moves.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Finally, after seven months of political pressure, the FBI allowed United 93 relatives to listen to the CVR. The feds told the families not to reveal what they'd heard. "They said the information on
the tapes could be possibly used in the prosecution of [alleged "20th hijacker" Zacarias]Moussaoui, and anything that we say could affect the case in a negative way," said the brother of one of the victims.
Though they studied the recording, the 9/11 Commission found zero evidence that the passenger revolt succeeded, that they made it into the cockpit and, as Bush claimed, "took the plane into the ground." Tom Kean & Co. offered only conjecture: "The hijackers remained at the controls but must have judged that the passengers were only seconds from overcoming them."
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Just two weeks after 9/11, a then-little-known Bush Justice Department official named John Yoo penned a memo with a stunningly broad conclusion. Congress, Yoo declared, may not "place any limits on the President's determinations as to any terrorist threat, the amount of military force to be
used in response, or the method, timing, and nature of the response. These decisions, under our Constitution, are for the President alone to make."
LOS ANGELES - Sushi is more popular than ever before but eating it “has
become the new Russian roulette” in terms of safety, a group campaigning against
mercury in fish said Monday.
Eli Saddler of gotmercury.org, a campaign of California-based Sea Turtle Restoration Project, went to six top sushi restaurants in Los Angeles to test mercury levels in the fish they
“The level of mercury in tuna these restaurants serve is so high they should be keeping this food off their lists,” Saddler said. “Eating sushi has become the new Russian roulette.”
Gossip says Scarlett Johansenn and Jake Gyllenhall maybe getting cozy. I think that is a great couple, far more convincing than Kirsten Dunst. Tom Cruise.. still mofo crazy.
News from the homefront is well spooky. Abortion going away, birth control going away or becoming less accessible as the Catholic Church considers revising their position on birth control. Huge amounts of desertion in the military and apparently, we are really going to go to war with Iran, cuz we are mofo crazy. Will post fun stuff soon!