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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:46 PM
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27% of communication by members of Congress is taunting, professor concludes
Source: The Washington Post

It may be helpful, at a time like this when Congress is threatening to shut down the U.S. government in a dispute over a tiny fraction of the federal budget to think of legislators like a lost forest tribe.

They have their own puzzling beliefs (in mid-afternoon, senators often announce they have shifted to morning business). They have their own language (on Capitol Hill, chimps are funding cuts and not primates). And they live in isolation, working in a sealed mini-realm with its own food, its own police, its own subway service.

Now, a Harvard University professor has analyzed this tribes behavior, using computers to look for trends in members writings. And hes learned something that might help explain why Congress is having such trouble working out a deal this week.

He learned, to his amazement, that modern members of Congress spend about 27 percent of the time just taunting each other.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/27percent_of_com...
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dhill926 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:48 PM
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1. politics of the playground.....
and we keep getting bullied.
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:51 PM
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2. Lord of the Flies chronically older.
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:03 PM
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3. and the list goes on -- another 7% of their time was spent primping
- 9% of their time requesting Facebook friends water their Farmville crops
- 15% playing X-box 360, and
- 2% of their time Googling their own name
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:29 PM
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5. some members of congress may be letting their teenaged kids use their office computers? n/t
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Lost-in-FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:12 PM
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4. Congressional incompetence under the microscope!
About damn time!
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jtuck004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:43 PM
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6. For which we pay a salary of $170,000 a year. eom

(It's spelled c.h.u.m.p.s.)

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Voice for Peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:08 AM
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8. +1
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:53 AM
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10. +2 if they shutdown the paychecks should stop too,
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:21 AM
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14. Pus many, many perks and the privilege of running the country whenever they get around to it.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:06 PM
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7. Sounds like DU.
oops, sorry
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:19 PM
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17. And just think, we do it for free. nt
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caseymoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:40 AM
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9. K&R nt
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kickysnana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:13 AM
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11. K&R
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:56 AM
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12. It's not totally new
They used to go after one another in back in the early to mid 1800's
Then VP Martin van Buren carried two loaded pistols into the Senate every session he attended
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:23 AM
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15. Adams v. Jefferson. Maybe it's time for a change?
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:16 AM
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13. Sixth grade playground society, all the way, that's US politics. nt
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 09:16 AM by bemildred
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:06 PM
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16. Maybe "chimps" should refer to members of congress, since
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 12:06 PM by tblue37
they insist on acting like a bunch of chimps, slapping their chests, hopping around, and chittering mad taunts at each other.
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mimitabby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:06 PM
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18. it has been discovered that members of congress
are not really human.. They are a new species of marsupial
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:46 PM
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19. Which simply confirms my theory.
Subjected to the interactions of small boys all day long, I have been of the opinion congresscritters arrested their mental development somewhere around the age of eight.
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:19 PM
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20. "congresscritters arrested their mental development somewhere around the age of eight"
and US citizens voted them into our country's most powerful positions!
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:22 PM
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21. What can I say?
Actually, it may be something like what happens when the average adult slides behind the wheel of an automobile. I'm fairly convinced our IQ points plummet the second we turn the key in the ignition, if not before. Something about the swearing in ceremony on the hill results in an automatic regression?
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:31 PM
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22. I think it's more likely that the voters are mental eight-year-olds, too.
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JohnWxy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:06 PM
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23. I wonder if flat out lieing the Republicans do like breathing counts ..Ryan tweeted CBO said HCR
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