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Archive for December 20th, 2008

Big Three

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 20th, 2008 5:39 am by HL

Big Three

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Milgram Experiment Revisited

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A new study mirroring the infamous 1963 Milgram experiment has suggested that humans will still follow authority’s beckon, even to the point of killing another person. The new report, timely considering the current debate around torture in the U.S., argues that it’s not that humans are bad, but that “a massive social influence [is] going on.”

The Milgram experiment, considered a monumental but notorious study in psychological research, showed that volunteers would shock, at supposedly lethal voltages, a subject (played by an actor) who had answered a question incorrectly—all at the behest of an authoritative “scientist.”


The BBC:

Decades after a notorious experiment, scientists have found test subjects are still willing to inflict pain on others – if told to by an authority figure.

US researchers repeated the famous “Milgram test”, with volunteers told to deliver electrical shocks to another volunteer – played by an actor.

Even after faked screams of pain, 70% were prepared to increase the voltage, the American Psychology study found.

Both may help explain why apparently ordinary people can commit atrocities.

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California Attorney General Jerry Brown Urges Repeal Of Proposition 8

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 20th, 2008 5:38 am by HL

California Attorney General Jerry Brown Urges Repeal Of Proposition 8
SAN FRANCISCO — The California attorney general has changed his position on the state’s new same-sex marriage ban and is now urging the state Supreme…

Alan Cumming: A Generation Ago, Rick Warren Would Have Made Obama Sit at the Back of the Bus
Would Obama have been fine with saying his parents entered into a civil partnership? Maybe. But would he be fine with hearing that his parents’ marriage was akin to a brother marrying his sister or a pedophile marrying a child?

Schwarzenegger orders hiring freeze, worker cuts
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday ordered a state hiring freeze and payroll cuts to conserve cash as California struggles to deal with…

Hilary Rosen: Beyond Rick Warren
The gay community was hit harshly with realities over the last few weeks as a cabinet and senior White House staff was chosen in a…


Now It’s Just the ‘News’ Business

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 20th, 2008 5:36 am by HL

Now It’s Just the ‘News’ Business
At least somebody in Detroit is thinking outside of the box. An industry seemingly headed for inevitable collapse at last thought of something innovative that just might bring about survival, and maybe even future prosperity. We’re talking about the newspaper business, of course.


Obama: Wall Street Regulators “Dropped the Ball” On Madoff

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 20th, 2008 5:35 am by HL

Obama: Wall Street Regulators “Dropped the Ball” On Madoff
It looks like President-elect Barack Obama is on board with the emerging consensus about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s failure to properly probe Bernard Madoff despite several warnings. At a press conference this morning to announce key members of his…

The Daily Muck
The former CEO of one of the nation’s largest reinsurance companies recieved a sentence of two years in prison and $200,000 in fines. Ronald E. Ferguson, the former top executive at General Re, was charged for his role in a…


Disney Exhibit Gives Visitors a Warped Idea of Waste and Consumption

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 20th, 2008 5:33 am by HL

Disney Exhibit Gives Visitors a Warped Idea of Waste and Consumption
The message of the exhibit, sponsored by the largest garbage company, is that we needn’t radically change our lifestyle or our way of thinking.

The Fed and the Treasury Need to Come Clean About Where The Money Is Going
Some major steps toward transparency are needed to begin to ensure that the bailout money is not being squandered.

Disney Exhibit Gives Visitors a Warped Idea of Waste and Consumption
The message of the exhibit, sponsored by the largest garbage company, is that we needn’t radically change our lifestyle or our way of thinking.

Are You Disappointed with Obama? Still Hopeful? No Matter What, There Is Plenty of Work Ahead to Make Change
In the midst of the economic crunch, AlterNet insists on telling the truth, and letting the chips fall where they may. Help us do our job!

Leaked Obama Transcript Explains Rick Warren Decision (with Draft of Warren’s Invocation)
Satire: Why Obama invited the pastor who compared gay marriage to pedophilia and incest and led the fight for Prop 8 in CA to his inauguration.


The Top Dozen Insights of Conservatives, 2008

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 20th, 2008 5:32 am by HL

The Top Dozen Insights of Conservatives, 2008
It was a brutal year for the conservative movement, which at long last came crashing down after dominating American politics for nearly 30 years. One small consolation for at least some leading thinkers on the right is that they began…

NEW LABOR SECRETARY CAN BE FACE OF NEW LABOR MOVEMENT
The newly designated Secretary of Labor, Congresswoman Hilda Solis, is a terrific appointment not only for the country-but for America’s workers. She’s a staunch pro-union advocate, but as important, she is someone who can speak to and for the growing…


Ex-White House Aide Convicted

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 20th, 2008 5:31 am by HL

Ex-White House Aide Convicted
A former top White House official was convicted yesterday of obstructing justice and lying to investigators about a lavish golf trip to Scotland and his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Republicans Hold a News Teleconference on Gov. Blagojevich
OPERATOR: Welcome and thank you for standing by. At this time, all lines have been placed in a listen-only mode until the question and answer session.

Lawman’s Unwavering Compass Led Him to White House Showdown
On Tuesday, Oct. 10, 1972, Washington awoke to this startling news:

Kids’ Concert Added to Inauguration Lineup
It’s a young people’s inauguration, too. That was the message President-elect Barack Obama relayed yesterday with his inaugural committee’s announcement of a free “concert for America’s children” on Jan. 19 at Verizon Center.

President-Elect Obama Announces Final Cabinet Picks
SPEAKERS: PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA FORMER MAYOR RON KIRK, D-DALLAS, NOMINATED TO BE U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE REP. HILDA L. SOLIS, D-CALIF., NOMINATED TO BE SECRETARY OF LABOR REP. RAY LAHOOD, R-ILL., NOMINATED TO BE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION KAREN MILLS, SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION …