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Impulsive Much? You're Probably Selfish, Too

If your level of self-control involves spending like Paris Hilton on trust-fund day or needing to be physically restrained at an all-you-can-eat buffet or mid-Netflix binge, well, chances are that you also spend a fair amount of time navel-gazing and you have a hard time imagining what it's like from...

Ballot Selfies, Ice Cream, Civic Virtue, and Election Integrity

In the fight over the constitutionality of bans on ballot selfies, I’m having a definite sense of deja vu. Back in 2008, I noted that Ben and Jerry’s, in an act of civic virtue, promised free Ice Cream on election … Continue reading...

Autism study shows benefits when parents get involved

Therapy targeting parents could improve parent-child interactions in the home.

Lesbian, gay and bi adults have higher drug abuse rates

Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are more likely than their straight counterparts to abuse substances and experience mental illness, according to a government report.

Teen hackers study considers link to addiction

A study suggests there are parallels between the way youngsters turn into hackers and how youths become addicted to drugs and alcohol.

“Super-Suppressors: the 18 North Carolina counties that are strangling early voting to death”

Insightus: In a fit of pique, 18 of the state’s 100 Republican-controlled county boards of elections noted that “at least one” can also mean “only one.” And so they devised 2016 EV plans that called for the shuttering of all … Continue reading ?

Can mental illness be prevented in the womb?

Mental health professionals are thinking about how to shift their treatment-centric discipline toward one that also deals in early prevention.

Could election-related stress give you a heart attack?

A new study finds that stress-induced anger and being emotionally upset were frequent factors in a first heart attack.

“Are We Ready to Run Our Elections?”

Livestream Thursday from Bipartisan Policy Center with Bauer, Ginsberg and more. … Continue reading ?

Two from Common Cause

Voters in 11 Swing States Advised to Make Voting Plan: 2016 Election Swing State Report Report: Citizen-Led Redistricting Increases Voter Choices while Gerrymandering Leaves 33 Million with Only One Candidate on the Ballot … Continue reading ?

Why Do Drugs?

Any casual look at media, billboards, online popups and banners and signs in stores is enough to show that medications and drugs are ubiquitous. Whether used initially for a legitimate medical reason with a prescription from a doctor, or socially, drug use can and does […]

Schmallenberg virus may reappear, warn experts

Schmallenberg virus is unlikely to be circulating in the south of England, but more needs to be done to warn vets and farmers of future disease outbreaks, write experts in the journal Veterinary Record. They say outbreaks may occur in years to come as herd immunity decreases.

Should Labour Stand in Richmond?

Labour is standing in the Richmond Park by-election. But should it? At the 2015 general election, Zac Goldsmith romped home with 58% of the vote. The Liberal Democrat runner up mustered 19% while Labour languished on 12%. The highest proportion we ever managed was at the 1997 high watermark, and then it was a measly twelve-and-a-half per cent. Show More Summary

TMZ Misquoted Officials About Fears of Voter Fraud

Pro Publica/Electionland: Yesterday TMZ posted an article declaring voter fraud to be “a real concern”. (Yes, that TMZ.) Here’s how the story begins: NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and most blogs are trying to convince you there is virtually NO EVIDENCE … Continue reading ?

The Yuan Makes New Lows, Donald and Hillary Should Relax

At a monetary conference in Vienna back in 2014, the distinguished Frenchman, my friend, and occasional collaborator Jacques de Larosière proclaimed that the current world monetary order should be termed an “anti-system.” He has a point – an important point. Show More Summary

You Ought to Have a Look: Lukewarming, Carbon Taxes, and the HFC Agreement

You Ought to Have a Look is a regular feature from the Center for the Study of Science.  While this section will feature all of the areas of interest that we are emphasizing, the prominence of the climate issue is driving a tremendous amount of web traffic. Show More Summary

A feather star takes flight into abyssal skies, with flapping...

A feather star takes flight into abyssal skies, with flapping arms like so many wings to soar through the eternal darkness of the deep sea.  Feather stars—also known as crinoids—are related to sea stars, sea cucumbers and sea urchins as proud echinoderms. Show More Summary

National Geographic brings Mars to Manhattan

A full-body Martian experience is available under a dome in downtown Manhattan.

Breaking: DNC Asks for RNC to Be Held in Contempt, Voter Intimidation Consent Decree Extended 8 More Years

Back in August, I blogged about how Donald Trump could be violating a longstanding consent decree against the RNC engaging in “ballot security” measures which have been found to intimidate minority voters. I explained how the consent decree began in … Continue reading ?

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