Stupid Headline Alert

My old home town paper, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, had an interesting headline this afternoon about an intra-squad game the Cleveland Indians played today in Arizona.

They have since changed the headline but it does make one ask the question, how does one not win a game you play against yourself?

Though i guess if there was a way, the Indians would find it…

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The Silence Is Deafening

While Tea Party members continue to rail against heath care reform often citing Constitutionality concerns (despite strangely remaining silent on Medicare and Medicaid), real threats to the Constitution continue to be ignored by these same “Constitutional scholars” people. The latest happened just last week when Congress voted to renew 3 expiring provisions of the Patriot Act which among other things, allows “John Doe” wiretaps of individuals with no ties to terrorism and warrantless access to private records.

Yesterday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to renew three expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, after the Senate abandoned the PATRIOT reform effort and approved the extension by a voice vote on Wednesday night.

Disappointingly, the government’s dangerously broad authority to conduct roving wiretaps of unspecified or “John Doe” targets, to secretly wiretap of persons without any connection to terrorists or spies under the so-called “lone wolf” provision, and to secretly access a wide range of private business records without warrants under PATRIOT Section 215 were all renewed without any new checks and balances to prevent abuse. Despite months of vigorous debate, when PATRIOT renewal bills providing for greater oversight and accountability were approved by the Judiciary Committees of both the House and the Senate, Democratic leaders’ push for reform fizzled in the face of staunch Republican opposition buoyed by recent hot-button events such as the attempted bombing of an airliner on Christmas Day and the shooting at Fort Hood.

4th Amendment anyone? Democrats, Republicans, McFly, anyone?

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Liberals And Atheists Have Higher IQ's On Average

So says a soon to be published study.

Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs. This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not in women. The findings will be published in the March 2010 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly.

The IQ differences, while statistically significant, are not stunning — on the order of 6 to 11 points — and the data should not be used to stereotype or make assumptions about people, experts say. But they show how certain patterns of identifying with particular ideologies develop, and how some people’s behaviors come to be.

The reasoning is that sexual exclusivity in men, liberalism and atheism all go against what would be expected given humans’ evolutionary past. In other words, none of these traits would have benefited our early human ancestors, but higher intelligence may be associated with them.

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