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The Rich Are Different: More Money, Less Empathy

Looking for empathy and support? You’re more likely to get it from a poor person than you are from a rich one, according to new research published in Psychological Science.

In a series of experiments, the new study found that lower-class people were better at reading emotions on others’ faces — one measure of what researchers call empathic accuracy — than people in the upper class. “A lot of what we see is a baseline orientation for the lower class to be more empathetic and the upper class to be less [so],” says Michael Kraus, a co-author of the study and a postdoctoral student at the University of California, San Francisco. (More on Time.com: Battle of the Bris: A Move to Outlaw Circumcision in San Francisco)

Why might that be? “Lower-class environments are much different from upper-class environments,” explains Kraus. “Lower-class individuals have to respond chronically to a number of vulnerabilities and social threats. You really need to depend on others so they will tell you if a social threat or opportunity is coming and that makes you more perceptive of emotions.”

Study co-author Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, agrees that people in lower socioeconomic classes “live lives defined by threat. They are threatened by the environment, by institutions and by other people. One of most adaptive strategies in response to threat is to be very vigilant and carefully attend to others and try to promote cooperation to build strong alliances.”


Shoutout to our very own Atman and a special dedication...

You didn't see that...

José Vs. Joe: Who Gets A Job?

Brutally Honest Conservative Slogans:

If's not hard to see that people have taken sides on the issue of police brutality...

Mostly ALL of the people against it are for justice for all, cop and citizen alike…

While the people who are ONLY rooting for the cops side with racists, right wingers and people who don't give a damn about black lives:



I grew up watching a lot of dystopia in sci-fi movies and reading about it in books

The late sixties and all throughout the seventies gave us some of the best. Thank the Cold War for that.

Then Star Wars and the Star Trek revival came along, as did the feel-good, reactionary era of Reaganism and much of dystopia took a back seat.

The problem is that the dystopics were right all the long. People are recognizing that. Just look in the street.

Now that the media is more corporate owned and less prone to allowing dissent, a watered down version of new dystopia is making a revival. But only for detached entertainment and not as a message, as has been done in the past.

The dystopia of the past now becomes even more important, as some of its predictions of social, economic and environmental decay is coming to pass.

It would have been nice to have cities of glimmering spires and flying cars and all that, but the truth that those who control us would rather not share.

I'm going to be making a batch of raspberry and cranberry cheese cake cupcakes tonight

Should the fruit go inside the cupcakes or just on top?


Meanwhile, over at the local Kmart...

Regulations for Pissing on Cheney’s Grave Announced

DC – The National Park Service announced today that, responding to popular demand, it is preparing rules and regulations for pissing on the grave of Dick Cheney.

“It’s important to remember,” said a spokesman, “That Cheney does not have an actual grave at this time since he is not dead. However, public interest in pissing on his grave makes it increasingly urgent to have plans in place.”

“Ordinarily, we do not encourage urinating in public places. However, Cheney is so universally hated that we see no practical way of keeping it from happening, and have decided instead to regulate it like any other recreational activity.”

Once the final resting place of Dick Cheney is determined, NPS will conduct hydro geological studies to determine the likely drainage. “This is an important health measure,” said the spokesman, “Remember, the grave will house the rotting remains of Dick Cheney, a heavy load on the well being of whatever community it curses. We may have to install a large septic field as it is. Charging a small fee for pissing on Cheney’s grave may be the only way to recoup those costs.”

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