While I'm away being festive, please enjoy my two favorite fandoms combined:
|The Daily Show with Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Headlines - Secular Central|
“I’m not crazy. I know they can’t predict earthquakes,” the Italian public prosecutor Fabio Picuti told Nature last year. He was speaking as the manslaughter trial began in the ruined town of L’Aquila of six scientists and one government official for their alleged role in the deaths of 309 people in the quake of April 2009. On Monday evening, the seven were found guilty and sentenced to six years in prison. The verdict is perverse and the sentence ludicrous."The verdict is indeed perverse. Already Italian scientists are quitting in protest.
According to Business Week, the ratio of CEO pay to factory worker pay at the biggest 365 U.S. companies was 326 to 1 in 1997, up from 44 to 1 in 1965. In Japan in 1995, the equivalent ratio was 16 to 1, and in Germany, 21 to 1.Apparently there are no corporations to be found in either Germany or Japan, since these CEOs were getting robbed! Robbed I say! of their hard-earned wealth! I'm sure they all jumped ship and came to America, where CEOs get their rightful share!
In humanities, operationalization is the process of defining a fuzzy concept so as to make the concept clearly distinguishable or measurable and to understand it in terms of empirical observations. ... For example, a researcher may wish to measure the concept "anger." Its presence, and the depth of the emotion, cannot be directly measured by an outside observer because anger is intangible. Rather, other measures are used by outside observers, such as facial expression, choice of vocabulary, loudness and tone of voice.So let's say you want to study anger, which is a wibbly-wobbly concept. You can do something like Alex Berezow proposes, and ask people "How angry are you, on a scale of Piglet to Mel Gibson?" And yeah, that has problems, especially because psychologists (like most scientists) are boring as fuck, and instead of letting me answer something like "I'm just about at the Doctor at the end of Family of Blood", they make me say something like 8 on a scale of 10. But also because your "8" and my "8" don't necessarily match up, and neither of those might match up with what the researcher thinks is an 8.
In 29 states in America today, my partner of 18 years, Cody, or I could be fired for being gay. Period. No questions asked. ... In 75 countries in the world, being gay is illegal. ... In 9 countries, being gay is punishable by death. In many others, violence against gays is tacitly accepted by the authorities. These are countries where we would be killed. Killed.And in case you're all frothy because someone pointed out that your support of Chick-Fil-A is some serious bigoted bullshit, here's another piece for you.
Two organizations that work very hard to maintain this status quo and roll back any protections that we may have are the Family Research Council and the Marriage & Family Foundation. ... Chick-Fil-A has given roughly $5M to these organizations to support their work. Chick-Fil-A’s money comes from the profits they make when you purchase their products.
This isn’t about mutual tolerance because there’s nothing mutual about it. If we agree to disagree on this issue, you walk away a full member of this society and I don’t. There is no “live and let live” on this issue because Dan Cathy is spending millions to very specifically NOT let me live. I’m not trying to do that to him.