“Something is fundamentally wrong with the female body and it’s natural to be unhappy with it. It’s not just natural teenage insecurity either. In our society, adult female bodies are treated like mistakes that continually need correcting. It’s too smelly, it’s too hairy, it’s the wrong shape, it’s the wrong colour. We’re seen to be badly designed somehow, needing extra stuff to make them okay. Being unhappy about your body is often presented as one of the essential personality traits of women, if we believe what society tells us.”—
All of that - and try adding on the mindfuck of dudes wanting to get laid; how they treat females during the time they’re trying to fuck you, and their secondary-personality behavior during the rest of the time when they’re not trying to fuck you. Their behavior towards females can have vast variances, all directly and indirectly related to the female body, when you’re target. It’s mindboggling that all females aren’t utterly overflowing with safe-hatred and instability. ~whyinthehell
WASHINGTON (AP) — British author Christopher Hitchens says he must undergo chemotherapy on his esophagus and has canceled some engagements. The 61-year-old Hitchens, whose most recent book, “Hitch-22,” is on Publishers Weekly’s best-sellers list, posted a message on his publisher’s website that he had been told by his doctor that he must undergo a course of chemotherapy. Hitchens expressed regret for having to cancel engagements on short notice. His publisher issued a statement saying the author was being given his privacy during the treatments. The author, essayist and columnist lives near DuPont Circle. He has written more than a dozen books and enjoyed surprising commercial success three years ago with “God Is Not Great,” a direct attack on religion.
“I’m not interested in an overly personalized exchange with Goldberg, but there is one aspect of his response worth highlighting: the universality of the war propaganda he proffers. Those who perpetrate wars of aggression invariably invent moral justifications to allow themselves and the citizens of the aggressor state to feel good and noble about themselves. Hence, even an unprovoked attack which literally destroys a country and ruins the lives of millions of innocent people — as the U.S. invasion of Iraq did — is scripted as a morality play with the invaders cast in the role of magnanimous heroes.”
Because a Republican — let alone a gay one — has SO much credibility in attacking left-wing groups. Someone needs to explain the coalition politics of the Left to Jimmy, then slap his dumb ass for aiding and abetting the GOP’s campaign against homosexuals (and the poor, and the middle class, and women, and all people of color, and…)
[T]he dual process model of cognition … [divides] the mind … into two general modes. There is Type 1 thinking, which is largely unconscious, automatic, contextual, emotional and speedy; it turns out that most of our behavior is shaped by these inarticulate thoughts…. And then there is Type 2 thinking, which is deliberate, explicit, effortful and intentional…. Needless to say, intelligence tests excel at measuring Type 2 thought processes, which is why the standard IQ test largely relies on abstract puzzles and math problems, and correlates with working memory performance.
The end result is a growing contradiction between how we define intelligence - it’s all about explicit thought and g - and how we conceptualize cognition, which is inextricably bound up with Type 1 processes. (In other words, we currently measure intelligence by excluded the vast majority of the information processing taking place inside our head.)
Furthermore, this obsession with individual variation as measured by g has meant there’s been virtually no investigation of individual variation when it comes to the output of the unconscious, or the speed/efficiency of Type 1 thinking. We’ve assumed that the subterranean brain - this primal, Pleistocene supercomputer - is virtually uniform and universal, and runs the same stupid software programs in everyone.
[One study] found reliable differences between subjects, so that some students were consistently better at “automatically and implicitly detecting complex and noisy regularities in the environment”.
Here’s where the data gets really interesting: These individual differences in unconscious processing correlated with academic performance on a wide range of subjects, from foreign language to math. In other words, students who did better on the seemingly mindless implicit learning task were also better at conjugating French verbs, even when controlling for the effect of “psychometric intelligence”. This clearly demonstrates that much of our intellectual variation has nothing do with the intellectual skills we measure and valorize. Instead, our intelligence is deeply influenced by all sorts of subliminal talents that we can’t control, influence or directly access.
"Here’s the conclusion of the Kaufman paper:
The pattern of variables that are and are not related to implicit learning is suggestive of conclusions about the structure of human information processing, consistent with the idea that there are two relatively independent systems by which individuals analyze and learn about regularities in their experience. Further, these results suggest that the investigation of individual differences in implicit cognition can increase our understanding of human intelligence, personality, skill acquisition, and language acquisition specifically, as well as human complex cognition more generally.”
I just saw a post where someone announced they were leaving Tumblr because they felt their efforts basically weren’t being noticed as much as they’d like, and they were frustrated that they’re not changing the world (via their lone efforts, via Tumblr, for fuck’s sake).
Passion for the good fight is fantastic, but there is the little matter of reality. If you can help a handful of people think about something in a more compassionate way, then you’ve done a lot more than most people in this fucked up world of massively fucked up humanity.
With people like this it’s not really about the “issues”, it’s about themselves. Why does it (almost) always come down to ego and the lust for some sort of popularity? If Likes and Reblogs on Tumblr are your measure for worthiness, and if that’s what fuels your passion, it’s fine if that’s your bag, just own it. Either way, you’re not going to change the world via Tumblr so you might as well relax and be honest about it.
Dems and bloggers are jumping on this interview that John Boehner gave to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, in which he appeared to deride financial reform as “killing an ant with a nuclear weapon…”
“An ant, Mr. Boehner?” scoffed Nancy Pelosi’s office in an email. “It was the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression — Americans lost 8 million jobs and $17 trillion in retirement savings and net worth.”
So I guess she wouldn’t mind if rape & pregnancy were “God’s Plan” for her, or her daughter (if she has one), or her granddaughters. (I’m throwing up in my mouth a little bit…she was born in my state - Gah!) ~whyinthehell
Apparently orgasm is the only point where your mind becomes completely empty—you think of nothing for that second. That’s why it’s so compelling—it’s a tiny taste of death. Your mind is void—you have nothing in your head save white light.
I think that description actually applies to a sneeze.
(Personally, an empty mind is not what I find compelling about orgasm, mainly because my mind doesn’t go empty, nor does it feel anything remotely like death…but maybe that’s just me.)
Oh, sorry, didn’t mean to ruin anyone’s poetic buzz….
Sources are reporting that a big screen version of Doctor Who, written by former showrunner Russell T. Davies, is slated for release in 2012. Those same sources are also reporting that Johnny Depp has been confirmed in the iconic role of The Doctor. Read more →
Please, no! I hope this is just a rumor. This has to be a fake. Depp? come on! he’s not even British.
Gah! I guess if any American could pull it off, it’d be Depp…and I’m a huge fan…but WTF?! I must be out of touch…I thought Tennant was going to play the role.
…[S]ome backers of S.B. 1070 are wrapping themselves in the flag all the way to the bank.
An In These Times investigation shows that the bill’s promoters are as equally dedicated to border politics as they are to promoting the fortunes of private prison companies, like Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and Geo Group, which stand to reap substantial profits as more undocumented residents end up in jail.
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”—John Lennon (via gwenmccartney) (via soupsoup)
“As a nation we began by declaring “all men are created equal.” We now practically read it that all men are created equal except negroes, foreigners and Catholics. When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.”—Abraham Lincoln (via azspot)
Research 2000 is the same firm recently fired by Daily Kos but still employed by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. In other words, this firm may be putting out misinformation that’s being carried by three major media publications.
Even though BP’s corporate code of conduct proclaimed it will “make no political contributions, whether in cash or in kind, anywhere in the world,” the Washington Post reports that BP North America “has donated at least $4.8 million in corporate contributions in the past seven years to political groups, partisan organizations and campaigns engaged in federal and state elections.”
“Its most generous corporate contributions — totaling about $4 million — have gone to two Republican-aligned political action groups working to defeat state ballot initiatives in California and Colorado that could have raised oil and gas industry taxes.”
Okay, I just got off the phone with a lawyer for DailyKos, and he gave me a bunch of interesting new detail about the lawsuit Kos is going to file against the polling outfit Research 2000.
The gist: This is likely to be a serious lawsuit that is going to flush a lot out into the open, and prompt a serious discussion about what news orgs should be doing to vet polling data they commission.
In case you missed it, DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas today revealed that he was preparing to sue Research 2000, which Kos has commissioned polling from for years. Kos said a trio of statistics experts dug into their polling and concluded that much of the polling “we ran the past year and a half was likely bunk.”
I often find Republican ideology to be rather twisted, but it simply never occurred to me that GOP senators would spend the first day of the confirmation hearings condemning [Thurgood Marshall,] one of the most venerated Supreme Court justices in American history…
Better yet, this was a coordinated attack — Republican aides circulated materials to reporters during the hearing detailing all of the things the GOP doesn’t like about Thurgood Marshall.
Christina Bellantoni put together an interesting count — while President Obama’s name came up 14 times yesterday, Thurgood Marshall’s name came up 35 times.
It’s quite a strategy Republicans have put together here, isn’t it? Unable to come up with a coherent line of attack to undermine this nominee, the GOP has decided to turn its guns on an iconic civil rights attorney and one of the more celebrated American heroes of the 20th century.
I honestly don’t know why anyone is surprised by this. The GOP has repeatedly demonstrated itself to be unrepentantly racist, arrogant, and ruthless. There is no attack too sleazy for Republicans to use, and they have a well-established record of hating successful black men.
You cannot reason with right-wingers. You cannot appeal to their morality or their ethics, because they have neither. They’re scum; simply stomp on them, wipe them off your shoe, and move on.
I thought I’d seen everything when I read David Brooks saying out loud in a New York Times column that reporters should sit on damaging comments to save their sources from their own idiocy. But now we get CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan slamming our own Michael Hastings on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” program, agreeing that the Rolling Stone reporter violated an “unspoken agreement” that journalists are not supposed to “embarrass [the troops] by reporting insults and banter.”
Anyone who wants to know why network television news hasn’t mattered since the seventies just needs to check out this appearance by Logan. Here’s CBS’s chief foreign correspondent saying out loud on TV that when the man running a war that’s killing thousands of young men and women every year steps on his own dick in front of a journalist, that journalist is supposed to eat the story so as not to embarrass the flag. And the part that really gets me is Logan bitching about how Hastings was dishonest to use human warmth and charm to build up enough of a rapport with his sources that they felt comfortable running their mouths off in front of him. According to Logan, that’s sneaky — and journalists aren’t supposed to be sneaky…
What nonsense that is. The official jobless rate, at 9.7%, is a fiction and should be treated as such. It doesn’t even count lots of unemployed people. The so-called “underemployment” or U-6 rate is an improvement: For example it counts discouraged job seekers, and those forced to work part-time because they can’t get a full-time job.
That rate right now is 16.6%, just below its recent high and twice the level it was a few years ago
And even that may not tell the full story. Many people have simply dropped out of the labor force statistics…
Myth 2: The markets are panicking about the deficit
…If they were, the interest rate on government bonds would be skyrocketing. That’s what happens with risky debt: Lenders demand higher and higher interest payments to compensate them for the dangers.
But the rates on U.S. bonds have been plummeting recently. The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond down to just 4%. By historic standards that’s chickenfeed. Panicked? The bond markets are practically snoring.
They aren’t seeing inflation either. On the contrary, they’re saying it will average just 2.3% a year over the next three decades. That’s the gap between the interest rates on inflation-protected Treasury bonds and the rates on the regular bonds. By any modern standard the forecast is low. Instead of worrying about inflation, some are starting to worry about something even more dangerous: deflation, or falling prices…
Myth 3: The U.S. is sliding into “socialism”
…Numbers published by the Federal Reserve a few weeks ago show that corporate profit margins have just hit record levels. Indeed. Andrew Smithers, the well-regarded financial consultant and author of “Wall Street Revalued,” calculates from the Fed’s latest Flow of Funds report that corporate profit margins rocketed to 36% in the first quarter. Since records began in 1947 they have never been this high. The highest they got under Ronald Reagan was 30%.
The picture is also similar when you exclude financials…
Meanwhile, federal spending, about 25% of the economy this year, is expected to fall to about 23% by 2013. In 1983, under Ronald Reagan, it hit 23.5%. In the early 1990s it was around 22%. Some socialism.
“Miller, an independent journalist, was on her way to the jail solidarity protest Sunday around noon with fellow journalist Adam MacIsaac. She stopped at Bloor and St. Thomas Sts. where she saw police officers searching a group of young people carrying backpacks. She says police attacked her. “I was throttled at the neck and held down. Next thing you know I was being cuffed and put in one of the wagons.” She says she was threatened and harassed by police at the Eastern Ave. detention centre. “I was told I was going to be raped, I was told I was going to be gangbanged, I was told that they were going to make sure that I was never going to want to act as a journalist again.” She also says she spoke to numerous young women who were strip-searched by male officers.”—