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A study says the voting record of a female politician is written on her face.

By Rich_Maloof Oct 22, 2012 5:57PM

Just in case anyone is concerned that the differences between Republicans and Democrats are being debated in terms too lofty or substantive,  the divide is now being drawn along the same lines used between competing pep squads: Which side has the prettier girls?

Psychologists and social scientists at UCLA not only asked the unlikely question, but came up with an answer.

Photo: Rubberball/Mike Kemp/Getty Images“Female politicians with stereotypically feminine facial features are more likely to be Republican than Democrat,” said the lead author of a UCLA study due to appear in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, “and the correlation increases the more conservative the lawmaker’s voting record.”

 

Locating the super-rich, country by country

By Rich_Maloof Oct 19, 2012 5:36PM

"Growing inequality is one of the biggest social, economic and political challenges of our time," opens a special report in The Economist this week. It may not come as news to a U.S. population contentiously carved up by the numbers — self-righteous 99-percenters, evil 1-percenters, deadbeat 47-percenters — but the growing gaps between the haves and have-nots is also playing out on the global stage.

Working with data from Credit Suisse’s annual Global Wealth Report, The Atlantic has graphed the world’s millionaires according to country of residence. Here’s the magazine's breakdown of “Where The World’s Millionaires Live,” appended by some stats (sources in parentheses) and notes of our own.

1 Percent in Spain
Spain has Europe’s lowest prices for alcohol and highest number of work holidays at 43 days per year. Spain’s economy is also in a tailspin. Coincidence? (Research Insight, 2010)

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Two Supreme Court cases question privacy rights.

By Rich_Maloof Oct 18, 2012 4:38PM

If there were a device that enabled a police officer standing on your front step to scan your home for anything illegal, should the law be allowed to use it? What if a positive reading on the device gave the officer the right to then search your home without a warrant?

Well, we’ve got news for you. The authorities already have that exact capability. But it’s not a device, it’s a dog, and your right to privacy could soon be invaded with the wag of a tail.

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While kids around the country are putting on their best scary faces this Oct. 31, two cases with frightening implications are going in front of the Supreme Court.

 

Rock, and roll over.

By Rich_Maloof Oct 17, 2012 4:56PM

There may be music playing at life’s last great dance party, when you or a loved one is doin’ the twist with Father Time. And it doesn’t have to be a downer dirge played on an organ.

Photo: Fred Duval/FilmMagicPopular music has replaced traditional hymns at two-thirds of funerals, the British music journal NME reports, and a meager 4 percent of families in mourning have been asking for classical music. The report was based on a music chart compiling song requests made at some 30,000 funerals.

 

Geologists have evidence of a trigger for massive eruptions.

By Rich_Maloof Oct 16, 2012 4:53PM

Geologists working in the Canary Islands, a hub of seismic activity off the coast of Spain, have evidence of a trigger for the largest, most explosive volcanic eruptions on our planet.

As noted in Scientific Reports, felsic and mafic magmas prompt de-volatilization and act as the driver for Plinian eruptions. Translation: Volcanoes go boom. And now we have a better understanding of why.

Photo: Eric Meola/Getty Images

 

A tricky question as news from Maine unfolds

By Rich_Maloof Oct 15, 2012 5:21PM

The prostitution scandal in small-town Maine has been deteriorating into a case of she said/he paid. The question of who broke the law has already taken a second seat to who should be shamed, the alleged prostitute at a Zumba fitness studio and her business partner or the dozens of male customers on the Zumba Plus plan. Photo: Chas Ray Krider/Getty ImagesConcurrent news on Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the defamed former IMF director, revolves around the fairness of “criminalizing lust.”

For a country with a strong Puritanical streak, America has proven remarkably tolerant of sex workers and their clientele. Hugh Grant is still a movie star, Heidi Fleiss enjoyed as much celebrity as notoriety, and Eliot Spitzer navigated a transition from disgraced politician to nightly political commentator. In the Kennebunk, Maine, case, attorneys for the male johns are fighting to protect the release of their names, characterizing them as victims of privacy invasion.

 

Blogs in general seem to open the floodgates on indecency.

By Rich_Maloof Oct 12, 2012 6:38PM

Whenever certain subjects are covered here at the Daily Dose, our message board fills up with hateful comments. Readers often flame us and one another, but things really catch fire when our posts touch on race, religion or sexual orientation. Yesterday’s post on Coming Out Day was greeted by a thread of comments so savage that we decided to shut down the board. We’re interested, very interested, in readers’ thoughts but not in establishing a platform for hatred.

Photo; Comstock/Getty ImagesFree speech is a right but also a responsibility, much like you have the right to drive a car but not when you're drunk, and the right to bear arms but not to shoot up a high school.

 

We explore its historic roots and more.

By Rich_Maloof Oct 11, 2012 2:04PM

Today is National Coming Out Day, and the Daily Dose has a question: Can you handle it? If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, are you ready to come out to someone you trust? And if you’re straight, can you handle sharing the country with someone unlike yourself?

It’s going to take both to narrow the cultural divide of a nation that pledges to be indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Photo: Yuri Alexandre/Getty ImageComing Out Day has its roots in the historic March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights on Oct. 11, 1987, when half a million people demonstrated in the capital and the AIDS memorial quilt was unveiled. Closet doors were flung open for many people that day, and in its wake dozens of support organizations have been founded and resources established.

 
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