“If a major earthquake were to strike India’s seismically vulnerable capital, these neighborhoods - India’s most crowded - would collapse into an apocalyptic nightmare. Waters from the nearby Yamuna River would turn the water-soaked subsoil to jelly, which would intensify the shaking. The Indian government knows this and has done almost nothing about it.”—AP News: AP IMPACT: Delhi ignores own quake peril warnings (via firthofforth)
“A man who assisted in autopsies in a big urban hospital, starting in the mid-1950s, describes the many deaths from botched abortions that he saw. ‘The deaths stopped overnight in 1973.’ He never saw another in the 18 years before he retired. ‘That,’ he says, ‘ought to tell people something about keeping abortion legal.’”—Sunday was the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (via motherjones)
So Stephen Colbert, as part of his mock run for President of the United States of South Carolina (people keep forgetting that last part, which, since there is NO United States of South Carolina, is sort of important), is encouraging Democrats and Independents to vote in the…
Jon Huntsman: ““I was criticized last night by Governor Romney for putting my country first. … He criticized me while he was out raising money for serving my country in China. Yes, under a Democrat. Like my two sons are doing in the United States Navy. They’re not asking what political affiliation the president is. I want to be very clear with the people here in New Hampshire and this country: I will always put my country first.”
Mitt Romney: “I think we serve our country first by standing for people who believe in conservative principles and doing everything in our power to promote an agenda that does not include President Obama’s agenda.”
“Political scientists John Sides of George Washington University and Jack Citrin of the University of California, Berkeley, hypothesized in a working paper that supplying Americans, who typically overestimate the number of immigrants and illegal immigrants among them, with correct numbers would reduce the perceived threat of immigration and change their views.”—
Which only goes to prove how out-of-touch political scientists can be. Not only are people naturally innumerate, but more generally you can’t argue people out of positions that they weren’t argued into.
“An article on Monday about Jack Robison and Kirsten Lindsmith, two college students with Asperger syndrome who are navigating the perils of an intimate relationship, misidentified the character from the animated children’s TV show “My Little Pony” that Ms. Lindsmith said she visualized to cheer herself up. It is Twilight Sparkle, the nerdy intellectual, not Fluttershy, the kind animal lover.”—This is probably one of the best corrections that has ever run in the New York Times, but please don’t let it overshadow the excellence of the article itself, which makes for compassionate, absorbing reading. (via moorehn)
“Victims of the disease AIDS argue, with no qualms of inconsistency about rights, for crash research programs (to be paid for by people who don’t have AIDS), demanding a cure. And it’s done in the name of rights. The victims demand health care as well and scream “discrimination” if insurance companies claim they have a right to refuse to issue a policy to someone already infected with the AIDS virus. The rights of the insurance company owners are not considered, while legislation is passed forcing insurance companies to provide the insurance demanded by the victims. The individual suffering from AIDS certainly is a victim—frequently a victim of his own lifestyle—but this same individual victimizes innocent citizens by forcing them to pay for his care.”—
Ron Paul demonstrating that his version of liberty belongs solely to the free market. Oh, and that he’s a heartless asshole that loves making blanket assumptions about people suffering from a debilitating disease.
This is not The Onion. In New London, Conn., you apparently can be too smart to be a cop:
A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test.
Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took the exam in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.
The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.
I believe this is fairly revealing. I would also argue it may not be a matter of being bored with police work. More intelligent officers might question superiors, and orders they believe in violation of the US Constitution and their training. It appears the ideal cop for New London, Conn. is a person who is intelligent enough to absorb training, but not too smart. It’s Goldilocks - this one was too dumb, this one was too smart, but this one is just right.
“Santorum wins Iowa and much of the English-speaking world Googles his name. Try it yourself, but please not at work or when children are in the room.”—Ryan Lizza, secretly rooting for this scenario. (via liberalsarecool)