Saturday, January 24, 2009

Narcissism is surrender


"What does a woman want?" A host of controversial theories about the nature of female desire are offered up -- most notably, that it is "rudderless," "receptive," "narcissistic" and "dominated by the yearnings of 'self-love.'"

Most interesting is a study of men's and women's responses to various genres of pornography, including "heterosexual sex, male and female homosexual sex, a man masturbating, a woman masturbating, a chiseled man walking naked on a beach and a well-toned woman doing calisthenics in the nude."

As for the women? They reacted like total horndogs -- everything got their blood flowing:


"No matter what their self-proclaimed sexual orientation, they showed, on the whole, strong and swift genital arousal when the screen offered men with men, women with women and women with men. They responded objectively much more to the exercising woman than to the strolling man, and their blood flow rose quickly ... as they watched the apes."


In other words, women were physiologically aroused by a far greater range of sexual images; however, they were cognitively clueless to that fact.

The occasional cases of women having an orgasm while being raped and evidence of women's physical arousal while hearing a description of a rape have supported her thesis. Chivers guesses that the physical response is a way “to reduce discomfort, and the possibility of injury, during vaginal penetration. . . . Ancestral women who did not show an automatic vaginal response to sexual cues may have been more likely to experience injuries during unwanted vaginal penetration that resulted in illness, infertility or even death, and thus would be less likely to have passed on this trait to their offspring."

It's at this point in our journey into the dark world of women's sexuality that those politically incorrect ideas arise. Here, the leap is made to also viewing women's desire, and not just their physiological sexual responses, as reactive -- or, as Chivers puts it, "rudderless." She tells Bergner:


“Certainly women are very sexual and have the capacity to be even more sexual than men, but one possibility is that instead of it being a go-out-there-and-get-it kind of sexuality, it’s more of a reactive process. If you have this dyad, and one part is pumped full of testosterone, is more interested in risk taking, is probably more aggressive, you’ve got a very strong motivational force. It wouldn’t make sense to have another similar force. You need something complementary. And I’ve often thought that there is something really powerful for women’s sexuality about being desired. That receptivity element."


In a similar line of thinking to Chivers, Marta Meana, psychology professor at University of Nevada at Las Vegas, argues that female desire is is actually based on being desired.

Meana, a self-described feminist, argues that women's lust is "narcissistic" and guided by "the wish to be the object of erotic admiration and sexual need."

Thalon


The duality makes sense: the body is ready to be taken, and the brain has to plan ahead to see if giving in to that arousal makes sense. A creature designed around receptivity, as Chivers alleges, would need this dual system because it does not originate its thinking around an objective. So then every system it has must check off: Physical? Check. Emotion? Check. Logical? Check.

I found the article mostly interesting for its discussion of narcissism independent of women. Narcissism means focused on the self, so unaware of the world, and therefore receptive more than motivational because it is satisfied with itself. Better metaphors could be masturbation, a coma, sleep-walking or blindness. It explains at least why this society staggers unaware into oblivion.

Friday, January 23, 2009

How many people attended inauguration?


Congress took up the issue in 1997 and actually prohibited the Park Service from conducting crowd estimates. So this year, because Tuesday’s “events were historic in nature to our nation,” Line said, his agency would use the figure ascertained by someone else.

That reported figure, Line said, came from the Washington Post, which reported on Wednesday “a crowd that some estimates put at nearly 1.8 million.” And that report, according to the paper, came from an unsourced official.

Maggie Daniels, a George Mason University professor of tourism and events management who has conducted research on crowded Mall festivities, said the 1.8 million figure seems too big, but precise analyses remain to be completed.

“I tend to think it’s closer to about 1 million” on the Mall, she said.

Clark McPhail, an expert in crowd counting and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, said that 1.5 million people spread from the west lawn of the Capitol to the far end of the reflecting pool would have a consistent density equivalent to packing nearly 2,000 people on a basketball court.

DCE


Maybe it's all media hype.

Is liberalism passive aggression?


Asked how he could reconcile a strict ban on lobbyists in his administration with a deputy defense secretary nominee who lobbied for Raytheon, Obama interrupted with a knowing smile on his face.

"Ahh, see," he said, "I came down here to visit. See this is what happens. I can't end up visiting with you guys and shaking hands if I'm going to get grilled every time I come down here."

Politico


Just like Clinton: when people ask hard questions, evade, and accuse them of being the aggressors. They were being aggressive, but with legitimacy in the political sphere, and the response is to not answer the question and pretend you've been attacked.

Passive aggression relies on using the weight of other people's condemnation against any who ask you to make sense of what you do. It is the worst human trait imaginable, and generally is used by those who hate how their lives have turned out.

Nebraska does away with affirmative action, more states to follow


A Nebraska judge on Thursday rejected a lawsuit that challenged the petition that led to a statewide ban on affirmative action.

Voters approved the initiative in November, after opponents of the effort filed the lawsuit in Lancaster County District Court.

The constitutional amendment never uses the words “affirmative action.” But it prohibits state and local governments from giving preferential treatment to people on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity or national origin.

HDN


Just to keep this race-blind: imagine that Nebraska were inhabited by two groups, Frenchmen and Finns.

The Finns, a minority, are subsidized by the state because they are a minority. This is assumed to address inequality of opportunity.

However, thirty years later, Finns are still in roughly the same economic position, and affirmative action causes problems because the law doesn't recognize that someone can be both Finnish AND incompetent.

So the state looks at the law, and thinks: we're in a never-ending cycle where we punish our people for being successful, AND it hasn't helped the Finns. Yank the chain on this stupid idea.

This eliminates layers of bureaucracy designed to enforce the law, makes hiring and firing clearer and easier, and lets each person find his or her level of competence.

In addition, it encourages an exodus of those -- French and Finnish alike -- who are less competent and want to go somewhere where affirmative action either requires they be hired, or lowers the bar on performance so they can feel comfortable.

In other words, while other states are fighting yesterday's battles, Nebraska is gearing up to become more competitive. Look for other states to do this, especially as the Baby Boomer false wealth Ponzi tsunami passes under our modern society's feet, because without all the extra wealth, they're going back to basics.

And that means get competitive and let the gods worry about whether it was fair or not.

The end of modern society


Here’s what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey. And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we’re hooked on.

ITT


The industrial revolution allowed The Revolution to exist long past its expired-by date.

It empowered millions of selfish people to be manipulated by a callow but shrewd few.

When it comes to the end, we won't weep for it, but for what we could have done with all that energy.

Why racial separatist movements will eventually triumph


I pledge allegiance to my Black People.
I pledge to develop my mind and body to the greatest extent possible.
I will learn all that I can in order to give my best to my People in their struggle for liberation.
I will keep myself physically fit, building a strong body free from drugs and other substances which weaken me and make me less capable of protecting myself, my family and my Black brothers and sisters.
I will unselfishly share my knowledge and understanding with them in order to bring about change more quickly.
I will discipline myself to direct my energies thoughtfully and constructively rather than wasting them in idle hatred.
I will train myself never to hurt or allow others to harm my Black brothers and sisters for I recognize that we need every Black Man, Woman, and Child to be physically, mentally and psychologically strong.
These principles I pledge to practice daily and to teach them to others in order to unite my People.

The Black Panther, October 26, 1968
by Shirley Williams

UCC.IE


They have an ethos connected to an organic factor: their heritage and the accompanying culture.

While the rest of you are getting fat on those sofas watching TV, the people who still recognize reality determines what succeeds are adapting to that reality.

And biding their time.

And over time, they're going to kick your ass.

Now that Obama is president, some people don't believe they should pay their bills.


One of my wife’s friends told her on Tuesday that someone she knew had been renting a house to a single African-American woman for several years. The lady had apparently never missed a payment or even been late with one.

But, for some strange reason, immediately after Barack Obama was elected to office last November, the woman reportedly stopped paying rent. When politely questioned about it, she told her landlord: “We have a new president now and some things are going to change.” He replied: “Well, that’s fine, but you still have to pay your rent,” to which she reiterated: “No, we have a new president now—and some things are going to change.”

From what I understand, the rent has yet to be paid.

Later that same day, while watching ABC News coverage of the inauguration with my wife over lunch, hosts Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer were joined by Donna Brazile, a Democratic African-American author, educator and political activist, who gave a humorous account of her snatching the complementary fleece blanket she found abandoned in Barack Obama’s chair after the swearing-in ceremony. Apparently she wanted a souvenir of the momentous occasion and when the opportunity arose, she took it.

As they all laughed about it, Gibson responded playfully to her candid admission by saying: “We’re going to check with the legal staff and find out if that’s a felony or a misdemeanor.”

Brazile then gave a stern look into the camera and said: “We have a black president—it’s neither.”

NWV


White people think multiculturalism is about extending a helping hand to black people, which makes white people feel all warm inside.

But to black people, it's about a more realistic and natural struggle: who gets to rule, and as a result, who is the favored group?

This is why multiculturalism always fails:

Every group fights to reach the top and in doing so, they fragment the nation and make it a festering horde of resentment and hatred.

Multiculturalism leads to monoculturalism and fragmentation

Multiculturalism is an ideal for many people. You wonder if they realize that every effect has a cause, and then becomes a cause of other effects, and that nothing is static. As a result, you can't design for a static state -- multiculturalism -- but you need to design society for a process.


A neo-Nazi group has joined the state's "Adopt-A-Highway" volunteer litter pickup program, taking advantage of a free speech court fight won four years ago by the Ku Klux Klan.

Two signs noting the group's membership in the Adopt-A-Highway program went up in October but drew attention only recently when the group picked up litter as part of a gathering in Springfield.

The state says it had no way to reject the group's application. A 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling arising from a similar effort by the Ku Klux Klan says membership in the Adopt-A-Highway program can't be denied because of a group's political beliefs. At the time, the state could reject applications for the program from groups that denied membership based on race or had a history of violence.

FOX


If we're going to be fair and let the Black Panthers adopt a highway, or the local Mennonites, or the Scientologists, or the Indian-American Sangerbund, or whatever, we're gonna hafta let the Klan do it too.

As time goes on, more groups will demand their rights to do such things, even though they are incompatible with others. Radical Islam? Fundamentalist Christianity? Militant Atheist? Randian Objectivists? They all want a different type of society.

Eventually, enough of one group accumulates in an area that they dominate it -- some would say the Scientologists have already done this in Los Angeles -- and they exclude others because their beliefs are compatible. At first, we're outraged because we assume multiculturalism is the belief that all other beliefs must be compatible with.

But... if you want to make your vision a reality, you need for it to exist in such a way that it influences all aspects of life, and even the design of the civilization in which it exists. So you need your own "monocultural" civilization, whether that's ethno-cultural or religious or secular in nature.

As a result, the logical extension of multiculturalism is that it encourages society to fragment into disparate, increasingly polarized, isolated camps that are alienated from the whole. They perceive the majority, who support multiculturalism, as being devoid of inherent values and so competing with their own -- and we have to admit, they're right.

Look for more exciting breakup of the USA along these lines. Of course, the rest of the world is cheering this on: everyone likes to see a king fall, even if what follows is worse.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Obama wants government to spy on you


The Obama administration fell in line with the Bush administration Thursday when it urged a federal judge to set aside a ruling in a closely watched spy case weighing whether a U.S. president may bypass Congress and establish a program of eavesdropping on Americans without warrants.

In a filing in San Francisco federal court, President Barack Obama adopted the same position as his predecessor.

Wired


Welcome to superpower politics: anyone who can will destroy you, so you're gonna hafta crack a few eggs to make an omelette. You're going to have to torture people, spy on people, and kill people without confirmation that they're bad guys, and not their families or friends. It's a beast. "Hope" and "Change" were just advertising and do not reflect reality.

What happens when a Ponzi scheme is so big you can't see its boundaries


“I never thought I would live to see a day when the economy was in such danger, that interest rates were near zero, when some $20 trillion in wealth has vaporized, and when no one is sure what to do.” That, in a nutshell, were the sentiments one heard quietly on the sidelines of parties from economic heavy hitters.

Paul Volcker, one of the most respected economic figures in the country, told Congress yesterday that it may take trillions of federal dollars in spending, loans and guarantees to put us aright. That comes at a time when Washington is already deeply in hock.

There is growing talk in both the U.S. and the U.K. that banks are continuing to weaken so much that governments may have to nationalize them – a huge step. And few think that if Washington takes over Bank of America and Citi that it can stop there. “How will J.P. Morgan compete against one percent loans from a nationalized Bank of America? It can’t. If we go down that road, nationalization would have to be widespread.” John Gapper, a noted columnist, says today in the Financial Times that nationalization of the top 10 banks in the U.S. could easily cost a trillion dollars.

CNN


Oh, you silly monkeys with car keys. The Baby Boomers were, like Bill Clinton, generators of wealth -- but wealth made by moving around assets on paper and using the opinion industry to convince people to participate in trends. It never was real.

But now, their chits are coming due, mainly because they're all getting ready to retire and take their wealth out of the market. Clinton ran up the value of our money with phantom internet income, and ten years later in 2002, the bomb began to drop. It took awhile for all the dominoes to fall.

Now -- not surprising -- we're in a third world cycle: we have no real way of making income, because we're supporting people who mostly just do very frangible jobs that involve following orders and repetitive work, and our middle classes are drunk with their success in an opinion industry that's gonna be replaced by blogs. We make no real wealth. Yet we have millions of people who want to partake in whatever we do have, and they're too clueless to notice when their $500 check is now worth $250 -- hey, it's still FIVE HUNNERIT dollars.

So what are you going to do?

If Barack Obama were smart, which he is not -- he specializes in convincing people of happy truths, not facing reality -- he would start by cutting out parasitisms. Slash those government programs. Force the military to release more R&D to stimulate the economy. Capitalize on assets we have, and slash all foreign aid and kick out parasites like the UN, HUD, etc. Cut government staffs. You'll send unemployment through the roof, but in doing so, will equalize the dollar by making it scarce again, and tying its value to actual industries that produce things people need.

Further, let's cut away the oil crack habit. We know cars are never going to be the boom industry they once were; let that industry die, because it has lost to the Japanese already. But put all other manufacturing front and center, and find some way to re-attract computer component makers to the USA, and invent a big industry we can all use: green recycling and reuse. Let's start leading in some industries. We've basically pissed away manufacturing and agriculture, but we need them again, instead of paper and entertainment industries.

Finally, give people a reasonable object to expect: it'll be bad for x years and we'll do y to fix it. They can live through it, but they need to know the unraveling will stop somewhere. But unfortunately, in a media-fed democracy of people empowered by an ethic of convenience, truth doesn't sell; entitlement, "free" things, and hidden forgotten socialized costs do. Let's hope the Republicans aren't so stupid this time and give up on elections in 2012 and 2016 so that a Democrat can, for the first time in history, inherit the damage another democrat has done.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Why liberals love race


The phrase was seized upon by those Trevor identifies as ’ guilt-tripping white folks’ as a potent stick to batter every public institution in the country.

They have used the catch-all cliche; of ‘racism’ to advance their own agenda, silence dissent and bully the paying public into submission.

Fear of being accused of ‘racism’ has paralysed the police force.

Fear of being accused of ‘racism’ stalks the corridors of our Town Halls and government departments, creating a generation of box-ticking, brain-dead bureaucrats. Zey are only obeying orderz.

While it is true most of the phoney allegations of ‘racism’ come from humourless, middle-class, white Guardianistas, they’re not on a guilt-trip.

As far as they are concerned, they are good people. And the way in which they reinforce their own self-righteousness is via a constant crusade to make the rest of us feel guilty.

In truth, most of the hatred comes from the Left, who enforce the cult of ‘diversity’ with Stalinist zeal, deliberately destroying the careers and reputations of decent people who dare to disagree with them. Being wrongly accused of racism is as hateful as racism itself.

Daily Mail


Multiculturalism destroys what we are genetically, which evolved differently and with some benefits, from where others went. Who wants to bring destruction on their own people?

We might as well just admit that "liberal" is a code-word for low self-esteem, revengeful person who'd rather see us all burn than admit they're lost in life. The cure for liberalism is social order that gives former liberals meaningful activities.

European politician on trial for anti-Islam statements

The whole debate is sad:


A Dutch court has ordered prosecutors to put a right-wing politician on trial for making anti-Islamic statements.

Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders made a controversial film last year equating Islam with violence and has likened the Koran to Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.

"In a democratic system, hate speech is considered so serious that it is in the general interest to... draw a clear line," the court in Amsterdam said.

BCC


The left wants multiculture so it can destroy all traditions and replace them with an ethic of convenience. The right wants Europe for Europeans, but can't say that out loud or they'll get arrested and jailed even faster.

Say what's unpopular, and the crowd will revenge itself upon you.

Patriotism is dissent, until it's time for Groupthink


Obama, though, has spent the past year preaching his own brand of morality — with a list of demands. Everyone, you see, "must" sacrifice. Michelle Obama recently explained, "Barack Obama will require you to work. . . . Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed."

Those of us who refuse to buy left-wing orthodoxy will remain "uninformed" and, inevitably, "selfish."

To be fair, I'm uncertain what Obama is going to require of me during these next four to eight years. I do know, right off the bat, that if he passes his centerpiece trillion-dollar, ideologically driven government expansion (in the guise of a "stimulus" plan), he will be demanding my grandchildren work overtime to pay it off.

To require such fealty to power in the name of patriotism was once repugnant to the left. Now, with the right guy in charge, apparently it can once again be embraced.

Denver Post


His point: all the bloviation about a duty to rebel and patriotism is OK if it's popular with the in-crowd, but bad if it's realistic. Signs of a dogma-based economy like that of the Soviets, post-French revolution, etc.

The pointlessness of "green" activity


Let’s say I do bother, big time. I turn my life upside-down, start biking to work, plant a big garden, turn down the thermostat so low I need the Jimmy Carter signature cardigan, forsake the clothes dryer for a laundry line across the yard, trade in the station wagon for a hybrid, get off the beef, go completely local. I could theoretically do all that, but what would be the point when I know full well that halfway around the world there lives my evil twin, some carbon-footprint doppelgänger in Shanghai or Chongqing who has just bought his first car (Chinese car ownership is where ours was back in 1918), is eager to swallow every bite of meat I forswear and who’s positively itching to replace every last pound of CO2 I’m struggling no longer to emit. So what exactly would I have to show for all my trouble?

A sense of personal virtue, you might suggest, somewhat sheepishly. But what good is that when virtue itself is quickly becoming a term of derision? And not just on the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal or on the lips of the vice president, who famously dismissed energy conservation as a “sign of personal virtue.” No, even in the pages of The New York Times and The New Yorker, it seems the epithet “virtuous,” when applied to an act of personal environmental responsibility, may be used only ironically. Tell me: How did it come to pass that virtue — a quality that for most of history has generally been deemed, well, a virtue — became a mark of liberal softheadedness?

NYT


Some good stuff in the article following, but he never resolves this question. The fact is that overpopulation is the enemy of all things green, and we're unwilling to do what's required to stop it: strong centralized leadership.

Remember, race isn't genetic


The classic study dates to 2000, from a team lead by Michael Hammer of University of Arizona. They looked at Y-chromosome haplotypes - this is the genetic material passed from father to son down the generations.

What they revealed was that Arabs and Jews are essentially a single population, and that Palestinians are slap bang in the middle of the different Jewish populations (as shown in this figure).

Another team, lead by Almut Nebel at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, took a closer look in 2001. They found that Jewish lineages essentially bracket Muslim Kurds, but they were also very closely related to Palestinians. In fact, what their analysis suggested was that Palestinians were identical to Jews, but with a small mix of Arab genes - what you would expect if they were originally from the same stock, but that Palestinians had mixed a little with Arab immigrants.

BHAS


That's very un-PC.

Egomania will make you schizoid

21st century schizoid people:


Schizophrenia may blur the boundary between internal and external realities by over-activating a brain system that is involved in self-reflection, and thus causing an exaggerated focus on self, a new MIT and Harvard brain imaging study has found.

But this study, appearing Jan. 19 in the advance online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that schizophrenia also involves an excess of connectivity between the so-called default brain regions, which are involved in self-reflection and become active when we are thinking about nothing in particular, or thinking about ourselves.

"People normally suppress this default system when they perform challenging tasks, but we found that patients with schizophrenia don't do this," said John D. Gabrieli, a professor in the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT and one of the study's 13 authors. "We think this could help to explain the cognitive and psychological symptoms of schizophrenia."

MIT


But modern people are egomaniacs. Will there be crossover? There is, in that one can be schizoid -- of a mind divided between one's own fantasy and reality -- without being schizophrenic. And our society is clearly schizoid as a result of its solipsism.

Sanitation truths

...and illusions debunked:


According to an American Society for Microbiology survey in 2007, 92% of Americans say they always wash after using a public restroom. But when researchers actually watched, it turned out only 83% did.

When people wash their hands, only 33% use soap and only 16% adequately wash. The average hand-washing time was a pathetic 11 seconds.

Soap and water help dislodge dirt, bacteria and viruses so they "can go down the drain," he says. With popular alcohol hand gels, "the bacteria has nowhere to go."

On the other hand, don't buy the hype about antibacterial soap. There's little evidence it's any more effective.

USAT


Gross!

Monday, January 19, 2009

We romanticize the underdog because we hate ourselves


Weinberg and I are both employed at the University of Texas at Austin. I'm...not quite as accomplished or celebrated (as Weinberg is).

As we parted he said to me, with what I took to be a condescending smirk, "Don't romanticize Palestinians just because they are primitive."

Someone who refers to a group of people as "primitive" is on shaky ground when he makes judgments about the alleged prejudice or religious bigotry of others.

Counterpunch


Dude, get ahold of yourself. Primitive: less technologically and intellectually developed. Palestine has the Qassam, Israel has the Lavi and guided bombs. Palestine's average IQ is 95, but in Israel, it's 105. You're so busy trying to pander to the equality crowd you're in denial of reality!

People always want to romanticize the underdog to show other people how they're NOT like the rest of us, who are perceived to be a cancer upon the earth. Is humanity a cancer? Most likely, in environmental effect; in everything else, not likely at all. Are we so horrible we must romanticize the primitive out of guilt for what we are? No, we're just trying to show others how open-minded we are. Escape that mental trap for bonus points.

Too much truth for public self-image

People like to think of themselves as kind, benevolent, gift-givers of themselves because, having turned in fear from reality, they have nothing but themselves so like good used-car salesmen they've turned up the hype machine.


The middle classes are not good because they are better off. They are
better off because they are good. This is the fundamental truth that
socialism has always hated.

Mail on Sunday



CNN: At one point in your act, you said, "Racism will never die. It will only multiply." Why do you believe that?

Rock: Well, it's never going to die. Maybe it won't multiply. Is racism going to end? No.

It's not even race. People are always going to, you know, find something wrong with people who are not the exact same as them. That's just what it is. Black, white, short, tall, religions, whatever. People are bad, man.

CNN

Race relations better for blacks, worse for whites


In November, a majority of blacks for the first time believed that the U.S. would eventually find a solution to its racial problems; now a majority of blacks believe that race relations will always be a problem in this country. Blacks do believe that the Obama presidency will be good for them -- 61 percent say that the quality of life for African-Americans will improve over the next four years. Optimism for a new era has also dropped among whites.

The poll found 69 percent of blacks said King's vision has been fulfilled in the more than 45 years since his 1963 "I have a dream" speech -- roughly double the 34 percent who agreed with that assessment in a similar poll taken last March.

What about the Voting Rights Act, one of the signature achievements of the civil rights movement, which will be reviewed by the Supreme Court later this year? Two-thirds of blacks questioned in the poll say the U.S. still needs the Voting Rights Act today, but white respondents are split down the middle over whether that law is still necessary.

CNN


The voting rights act prohibits things like literacy tests at the polls. People act like the wealth of this nation just happens, and doesn't come from the hard work of a dedicated few. The future will have surprises.

Memories of past loves haunt us

So have as few loves/lusts as possible:


They say that you never forget your first love.

But perhaps you should, because memories of it can wreck your relationships for life, research suggests.

Professor Helen Fisher, an anthropologist at Rutgers University in New Jersey, suggests striving for that initial intensity of emotion can help relationships survive.

Using MRI scans, she observed similar brain activity among those who had been happily married for more than two decades with those who had been in relationships for less than six months.

She said: ‘I found incontrovertible, physiological evidence that romantic love can last.’

The book also examines why people pick partners with a similar social background.

The Daily Mail


Our vision of "romantic love" is actually a vision of self-love: find someone who completes you, who makes you feel like the center of the world, who inspires great passion in you, who uplifts you... it's all about you, you, you!

These cliches describe an exceptional hired servant more than a lover or spouse.

Research increasingly shows that finding someone like you who understands you and you can respect is more important than some wacked-out notion of love centered around yourself. It also suggests that years of casting around blindly fornicating in search of that love just makes you a burnt out slag.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Happy Warm Feelings for Obama Fade Worldwide


"Just two months ago, the future president seemed a cross between Superman and Merlin the magician," Massimo Gramellini wrote in a commentary for Italy's La Stampa newspaper. "Now he himself admits he won't be able to keep all his promises, and who knows? Maybe someone will ask for his impeachment by the end of next week."

"The idealism has diminished," said Samuel Solvit, who heads an Obama support network in France. "Everyone was dreaming a little. Now people are more realistic."

Muslims want to know why Obama hasn't joined the chorus of international criticism of Israel's Gaza offensive. Last week posters of him were set on fire in Tehran to shouts of "Death to Obama!"

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both say they're confident the Obama administration will succeed in working with Europe and China to build a stronger global economy.

AP


1. Oh no, the dream is over.

2. No one really believed it.

3. Those that still do are thinking about their wallets.

Amusing whores.

Traffic is created by idiots


In theory, given the old rule about maintaining one car length ahead of you for each ten miles per hour driving speed, the capacity of a single lane of expressway is 40 cars per minute (2,400 per hour) at 60 MPH. In practice, however, drivers instinctively begin to slow down at loads higher than 25 cars per minute (1,500 per hour). At 33 cars per minute (2,000 per hour), average speed drops to 35 MPH.

At this critical juncture, drivers are jumpy, and they'll slam on the brakes at the slightest provocation--anything from an accident or a stall to a couple extra cars trying to merge into traffic at an on-ramp. The first guy slows down a little, the second guy slows down a lot, and the third, fourth, or fifth guys may stop altogether, bringing traffic to a halt. That's why you almost never find smoothly flowing expressway traffic at speeds below 35 MPH--it's usually stop-and-go, or, at best, speed-up-and-slow-down-quick.

It also explains why relatively minor increases in traffic volume, such as those caused by mass transit strikes or fare increases, can cause chaos on the highways.

The Straight Dope


I've observed the same thing in the past.