Sunday, January 29, 2012

"Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies" Dah!

The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice
Hello! We all Know this. We have been saying it for years.
Brains and Bias
Earlier studies have found links between low levels of education and higher levels of prejudice,
Again, Hello!
"I think that lower cognitive capacity can lead to multiple simple ways to represent the world, and one of those can be embodied in a right-wing ideology where 'People I don't know are threats' and 'The world is a dangerous place"

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Make Piracy your Friend. Perkel has done it again

Solution to the problem of copyright piracy and protecting civil liberties

The United States Congress in order to address the concerns of copyright holders like the RIAA and the MPA have made several attempts to pass laws to protect intellectual property. Many of these ideas have led to terrible laws and proposals the totally break the Internet.

BTW - Copyright by Marc Perkel - public domain. Use this as you wish! Spread it around. Please link to this web page.
Make Piracy your Friend

Here's an idea for a solution to the piracy problem that is a win/win solution. This eliminates the need for SOPA. It is an outside the box solution so think deeply. The idea is:

Don't try to stop piracy. Make piracy your friend!

What we now call piracy - people copying movies and songs over the internet - can be look at as a free advertising and distribution system. Allow files to be uploaded - downloaded - copied - and distributed. The more the better.
Read On

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Indianas Corporate Wet Dream

Indiana House committee advances right-to-work bill
Let's get the name of this bill right.
It should be called "The Right To Work For Less" bill.
INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – An Indiana state House committee advanced Republican backed right-to-work legislation to the full House in a 15-minute meeting on Tuesday, one day after Democrats ended a boycott that had blocked its path.

The measure passed to the full Indiana state House of Representatives in an 8-5 vote along party lines over loud objections from opponents, who had asked to receive more testimony on the proposal they see as an assault on unions.

If the right-to-work proposal is approved, Indiana would be the first state in the industrial heartland of the United States to adopt such a law. It is in force in 22 other states, mostly in the South and West.

The facts speak for very loudly.

For an inclusive picture of economic vitality, let's look at the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the states in 2010? If we do that, we find that eight of the 10 states with the highest GDP per capita are non-right-to-work states. And when we look at the percent change in GDP in 2010, we discover that of the 10 states with the largest percentage increase, seven were non-right-to-work states. And conversely, seven of the 10 states with the lowest percentage increase (or with a loss) were right-to-work states.
Fuck you Mitch and your greedy corporate financiers!