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Open Thread 15 - 21 Jan

by Bjinse Mon Jan 15th, 2018 at 08:41:14 PM EST

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The President of the United States, discussing immigration, recently said "We should have more people from Norway." This is a wonderful gesture; he must have been spending his executive time watching the shocking Streetfilms documentary Oslo: The Journey to Car-free and learned about the tragic destruction of parking spaces there.

Unlike America, where cars are Liberty Machines that give people the freedom to drive and park wherever they want, in Oslo, everybody is walking and cycling. They must be exhausted; when Emma Lazarus wrote "Give me your tired" for the Statue of Liberty, she must have meant Norwegians.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 17th, 2018 at 08:08:16 AM EST
Skam: the Norwegian hit that could take US TV into uncharted territory
"Aesthetically it's beautiful, with vistas of Norway that would turn an editor of Cabin Porn pine green with envy. But beneath the Kanken backpacks, the grassroots marketing and the perfectly helixed beanie hats ..."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 17th, 2018 at 09:10:57 AM EST
So. Is the US Govt shutdown because Trump thinks that Mueller won't be able to complete his investigations?
Or, is Mr "Business President" planning on yet another bankruptcy?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jan 20th, 2018 at 08:16:04 AM EST
Horsetrade on domestic issues failed after McConnell and Trump reneged on promises made to Democrats in recent weeks.

#TrumpShutdown, a hashtag used by Democrats ahead of Friday night's deadline for Congress to pass a government spending bill, shot to the top of Twitter's "Worldwide" trending topics.

Still many hours before Wall Street opens on Monday ...

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sat Jan 20th, 2018 at 09:20:02 AM EST
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"Horsetrade on domestic issues": Mostly about protection for the DACA people (aka "Dreamers"): the Dems want protection included in the bill and Trump reportedly was favorable to cutting a deal declare victory, and then be off golfing, but the WH hardliners, Kelly and Miller among them, apparently managed to flip Trump's position (no pornstar jokes, please).

As tempting as it is to seek a link with the Mueller investigation, William of Ockham is saying from the grave: "Thou shalt not rush to attribute to malice that which can be more easily explained by stupidity"".

by Bernard on Sat Jan 20th, 2018 at 11:52:21 AM EST
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by Bernard on Sat Jan 20th, 2018 at 07:43:20 PM EST
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Ending DREAMER Act legislative history with Harry Reid touting his own horn [35], 2011, goes to show how much vanity press passed through the senate year after year to curry campaign donors.

Stupidity and malice are not mutually exclusive conditions of US politics. In 2011

the final Senate vote, 55-41, closely reflected the country's attitude toward the legislation at the time, as captured in a Gallup poll, which found 54 percent of American citizens wanted the DREAM Act, while 42 percent did not.

In 2013 Gallup polling found 69 percent of Americans wanted a DREAM Act. Schumer had the "Gang of 8" and passed S.744 -Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act through the senate --a massive spending bill with a 2019 sunset for Dreamers. Cantor wouldn't touch it. Senate Dems have left their House in the wind ever since.

As of Sept 2017, ABC/WaPoo poll found 86 percent of Americans support a DREAM Act and they still want border security. Did senate democrats introduced any "DACA fix"? No. Schumer is sitting on S. 774 which passed, after 554 amendments, 68-32. It has a partner in the House, H.R.4796-USA Act of 2018 by Will Hurd (R-TX-23) and 53 co-sponsors, of which 28 Democrats, begging to conform.

So Democrats want to re-write that by heaping more demands on it? That's malice. And betting voters will forget is stupid. It will backfire straight down the ticket come Nov.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Jan 24th, 2018 at 02:50:51 PM EST
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Since the mid 1990s the GOP has governed by the Hastert* Rule: the Speaker will not allow a floor vote on a bill unless a majority of the majority party supports the bill.  If the GOP can't pass something all by their lonesome it won't get passed.

* Named after Dennis Hasert.  A former "Family Values" GOP Speaker of the House who got sentenced for raping little boys.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Jan 20th, 2018 at 07:26:46 PM EST
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In one of those serendipousity things that happen when one is doing research I ran across:

Gender differences in the mesocorticolimbic system during computer game-play

(Authors elided)

Abstract

Little is known about the underlying neural processes of playing computer/video games, despite the high prevalence of its gaming behavior, especially in males. In a functional magnetic resonance imaging study contrasting a space-infringement game with a control task, males showed greater activation and functional connectivity compared to females in the mesocorticolimbic system. These findings may be attributable to higher motivational states in males, as well as gender differences in reward prediction, learning reward values and cognitive state during computer video games. These gender differences may help explain why males are more attracted to, and more likely to become "hooked" on video games than females.

That may interest some people 'round here.  If interested the article is available as a pdf.  Go to Google Scholar and search on the name for the link.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Jan 20th, 2018 at 08:58:16 PM EST
Not surprising if the male biological role is to deal with the environment, so to provide safety for what females are compelled to do. Someone might investigate, how much male focus is more flexible and varied. Arguably,

by das monde on Sun Jan 21st, 2018 at 09:39:47 AM EST
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I would venture to predict that male focus and intensity is highest towards women - generally. Same for women, even if not for exactly the same reasons. Next.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jan 21st, 2018 at 04:39:44 PM EST
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Ha. That's true... for lower status males.
by das monde on Sun Jan 21st, 2018 at 05:29:01 PM EST
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"status": primatology research relating cooperative and competitive behaviors to sex ratio to pop size implies natural correction to conserve "status" markers
  • premature death of individuals
  • homosexual orientation of individuals


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jan 21st, 2018 at 06:36:03 PM EST
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the females, in some sense, use the dominance hierarchy as a distributed computational device to determine the worth of the males  [youtube]
Lobsters have to live with that.
by das monde on Sun Jan 21st, 2018 at 07:12:05 PM EST
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rationalization assumes many forms in the minds of individuals and operations of "the body" of individuals.

For instance, redundant brand substitutes. Also the lobster-thing, I've heard, appears in a recent film as one metaphorical vehicle for some dude exploring failures of modern mating rituals.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Jan 21st, 2018 at 10:41:32 PM EST
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Human Nature. Vol. 6, No. 1.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 at 01:15:55 AM EST
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Focus and intensity is true for high status as well as low status males. But frustration levels are different.
 

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jan 23rd, 2018 at 04:58:08 PM EST
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Imagine those men don't need to focus to get women chasing them.
by das monde on Tue Jan 23rd, 2018 at 06:58:08 PM EST
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messing with male pupils early and often


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 24th, 2018 at 05:31:28 AM EST
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I'm interested, and will add the PDF to the large pile of stuff I intend to read before the sun burns out.
Though I wonder (and write it down here so I don't forget immediately) if they managed to control for different gaming histories? Seems difficult to find significantly large samples of men of a certain age who never played video games.
by generic on Sun Jan 21st, 2018 at 10:52:50 AM EST
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So. Playing with oneself is "rewarding". Fancy that, said Freud.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jan 21st, 2018 at 06:40:59 PM EST
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Do you do this to torture me?

Did you have a matching article to explain why girls like to wear pink because of differences in the visual cortex?

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sun Jan 21st, 2018 at 10:26:18 PM EST
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needs mor fmri for that

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jan 21st, 2018 at 10:46:52 PM EST
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An Evolutionary Perspective of Sex-Typed Toy Preferences: Pink, Blue, and the Brain

Large sex differences in children's toy preferences are attributed to gender group identification and social learning. The proposal outlined in this paper is that contemporary conceptual categories of "masculine" or "feminine" toys are also influenced by evolved perceptual categories of male-preferred and female-preferred objects. Research on children exposed prenatally to atypical levels of androgens and research on typically developing infants suggest sex-dimorphic preferences exist for object features, such as movement or color/form. The evolution and neurobiology of mammalian visual processing--and recent findings on sex-dimorphic toy preferences in nonhuman primates--suggest further that an innate bias for processing object movement or color/form may contribute to behaviors with differential adaptive significance for males and females. In this way, preferences for objects such as toys may indicate a biological preparedness for a "masculine" or "feminine" gender role--one that develops more fully as early perceptual preferences are coupled with object experiences imposed by contemporary gender socialization

(pdf available here)

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 at 08:33:11 PM EST
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Ladies Home Journal, 1918
"There has been a great diversity of opinion on the subject, but the generally accepted rule is pink for the boy and blue for the girl. The reason is that pink being a more decided and stronger color is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl."
Do you understand now?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 at 09:06:09 PM EST
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Looks like the Telegraph is on manouevres

Daily Telegraph - Juliet Samuel - We've seen enough to know Theresa May can't change. She must go

   When Theresa May took control of the country in 2016, many didn't expect her to last long. Brexit divisions would bring her down within six months, senior officials predicted. Somehow, though, Mrs May defied them. Each time the Government teeters on the brink of disaster, it pulls back. Mrs May, for all her flaws, has a mysterious ability to look stable for long periods. But it's a mirage.

    The reality is that the Prime Minister is now a Wizard of Oz figure. Every now and then, the curtain falls away and the appalling reality becomes apparent. Then, the Tories close ranks.

    "Pay no attention to that person behind the curtain!" they cry. And we all go back to normal. Well, I'm afraid that things aren't normal, not by a long shot.

The Telegraph is serious hard damn-the-torpedoes hard brexit. So I presume there is a feeling that May is going soft and might allow some form of connection to the EU that would offend the mad-dogs roaming the conservative backwoods.

So, which lunatic will they champion? Goe is Rupert's man, which would never do for the Telegraph. Boris is a loose cannon and could never be trusted to do what he's told. So, Redwood? Ree-Smogg? Davis?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 at 04:41:23 PM EST


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