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don’t be fooled: trump gave a remarkably effective speech 

I woke up this morning and started reading the post-mortems on Trump’s speech.  Andrew Sullivan pronounced it boring and lacking substance. Michael Barbero in the New York Times called it a missed opportunity.  People are getting comfortable that Hillary’s point-spread will hold and we will ride Trump out.   Those people are wrong. First, I’ll […]

English Acquisition Among Immigrants to the U.S.

Flashback Friday. Is it true that Spanish-speaking immigrants to the United States resist assimilation? Not if you judge by language acquisition and compare them to earlier European immigrants. The sociologist Claude S. Fischer, at Made in America, offers this data: The bottom line represents the percentage of English-speakers among the wave of immigrants counted in the […]

Sanders turns the heat up to make Clinton a real climate champ

The Democrats' platform will be tougher on climate change than Hillary Clinton might like, a welcome outcome of Bernie Sanders' popularity, says Matthew Nisbet

Alcohol linked to at least seven cancers – not just liver cancer

The more alcohol you drink, the higher your risk of cancers like breast and colon cancer. But research suggests that there is no "safe" level of consumption

party in the street: not! michael heaney explains why we have small protests

My good friend and collaborator Michael T. Heaney has a nice article in the Monkey Cage, the political science blog of the Washington Post. He explains why we see small protests at the  2016 RNC: In fact, the protests at this year’s RNC are considerably smaller than we’ve seen at recent conventions. Why? The answer is […]

Nuclear Nuance

A guest post from my friend and comrade, Trudie McGuinness. She is a member of Labour’s National Policy Forum and sits on the International Policy Commission. In 2015, Trudie stood as Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate in Staffordshire Moorlands. Show More Summary

Call for papers: Social movements, economic innovation, and institutional change

To be hosted at the UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center Date: November 3-5, 2016 We invite submissions for a workshop on the intersection of social movements and economic processes, to be held at the new UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center from Thursday November 3 to Saturday November 5, 2016. This meeting […]

Police-Speak, Again

July 21, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston A recent post (here) noted that police departments often resort to contorted and vague language rather than say that a cop shot someone. “An officer-involved shooting occurred.” The Washington Post this morning has this story. Show More Summary

The Privilege of a Summer Job

By Karen Sternheimer Summer jobs used to be a rite of passage for teenagers. Economic and social changes make this experience less common today, especially for teens in low-income families, who might need the money most. My first job was...

Income Inequality: An Actual Threat to Marriage

The “traditional family,” many would have us believe, is imperiled by everything from women in the workplace and same-sex couples in the bedroom. What these “traditionalists” fail to name among the various threats is income inequality. As described in research published in the American Sociological Review and discussed on, observed increases in the rate […]

black lives matter, black power, and civil rights

In this post, I want to delve into a historical issue – how does Black Lives Matter compare with previous Black freedom movements? Aside from intrinsic interest, the question is important because it gives insights into what the future of BLM might be. First, BLM openly uses a rhetoric and framing that is somewhat different […]

Water-bottle bees cool the hive after their overheated mates beg

After a hot day, some honeybees become living water tanks – they store water in their gut in anticipation of demand from their sisters

The Presentation of Selfies in Everyday High School

July 20, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston A girl takes a selfie, posts it to Instagram, and waits. She doesn’t have to wait long – a minute or two - before the likes and comments start rolling in. “Gorgeous,” “So pretty OMG,” “Stunning,” “Cutest.”You can see why people might look at this and think: narcissism. Show More Summary

Menopause reversal restores periods and produces fertile eggs

Women who have already passed through the menopause may be able to have children following a blood treatment usually used to heal wounds

article discussion: the suffocation model by finkel et al.

This month’s topic for discussion is an article called “The Suffocation Model: Why Marriage is Becoming an All or Nothing Institution” by Eli J. Finkel, Elaine O. Cheung, Lydia F. Emery, Kathleen L. Carswell, and Grace M. Larson. It’s a short article and is more of a summary of a research program than a self-contained […]

Meeting Citizen Smith

I was a bit naughty talking about Owen Smith a couple of days ago. I kinda implied he was almost entirely anonymous and were it not for the public scrapping at the top of the Labour Party, I don't think he'd have gone down in history as one of our most able parliamentarians. Show More Summary

Fossils, islands and forests added to UNESCO World Heritage List

Designation of several new sites around the world as having outstanding natural value to humanity could aid conservation and bring in money from tourists

Do more now to deliver on climate promises, world leaders told

The Elders, a group of prominent dignitaries, have issued a statement calling on governments to stop backtracking on the Paris summit's commitments

Next-gen Mars orbiters to help human missions become more real

NASA has funded studies to investigate how new orbiter spacecraft can best serve a human ground crew on Mars for a potential mission in the 2020s

Well-travelled chimps more likely to pick up tools and innovate

What makes some apes pick up tools and others not has perplexed scientists, but hunger brought on by travel appears to be a big motivator

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