1. Study finds that people with easy-to-pronounce names are judged more positively than people with hard-to-pronounce names. And yes, the study controls for other confounding variables.
2. Pro-authoritarian psychiatrists diagnose anti-authoritarian individuals as mentally ill. Psychiatrists/psychologists must submit to the authority of their establishment and are generally opposed to defiance.
3. Business Insider lampoons Ron Paul for believing in ‘inflation conspiracy’. Moments later, a CBS News article reports that inflation – measured differently and compared to ~3% CPI rate – is about 8%. Inflation pours into commodities; oil is a commodity; oil/gas prices have risen dramatically.
4. Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina has sent a letter to donors singling out the Koch brothers and one of their political arms to provide a list of donors. The Kochs are private, and Messina is representing an actual politician. Messina also writes that the Kochs are “attempting to influence this election by pumping millions into ads bashing the President”. Gotta love the adjectives. As if only Koch money can be pumped (oil) and Obama’s money doesn’t “influence” the election. Nor will Obama in any way “bash” his future GOP opponent. The demonization is interesting considering the alignment between Obama and Warren Buffett and the Keystone Pipeline defeat which the Kochs were erroneously tied to and which Buffett stands to gain from through his huge interest in BNSF railroad. Baronie capitalism.
5. Same topic, different twist. Obama – who Tumbls too – sent out a tweet asking followers to sign a petition to get the Koch brothers to release their list of donors. Shouldn’t more be made of this? Make whatever insinuations you want about the Kochs and their nefariousness, but for the President to “demand” the release of private information by private citizens is a little hegemonic, no? Also, Obama seems to be deploying a two-pronged strategy of appealing to progressives on Twitter and Tumblr while saving his less subversive, non-class warfarish arguments for the TV.
6. Reaction times may have declined over time. Reaction time is a good proxy for g – general intelligence. Contra the Flynn Effect, perhaps we are getting dumber.
7. Chinese women sound bitchy. One cause: a hugely skewed sex ratio where women have so many male options that they want none. Call it the paradox of dating choice which merely breeds contempt.