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Posted by Alittleliberal | Sun Nov 30, 2014, 03:33 PM (0 replies)

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Posted by Alittleliberal | Tue Nov 25, 2014, 02:35 AM (3 replies)

Hey all you political realists out there!

What policies do the "far left" support that you don't? Last time I checked abortion rights, fighting for equality, a better healthcare system, reforming drug laws and environmental conservation were main stream democratic ideas. So where is the disconnect?
Posted by Alittleliberal | Sat Nov 15, 2014, 09:46 AM (56 replies)

Media Leaping to Extremely Faulty Conclusions from Study on the Effects of Marijuana on the Brain


A new study identifying minor differences in the brain imaging of habitual marijuana consumers compared to non-users may be ideal for stimulating sensational headlines (e.g., “Regular pot smokers have shrunken brains, study says,” Los Angeles Times, November 10), but tells us little in regard to whether pot poses actual health risks.

Specifically, an MRI scan revealed less gray matter in the orbital frontal cortex of pot-smoking subjects compared to those who had never used the drug. Researchers also identified increased connectivity between certain regions of the brain in regular marijuana users compared with non-users.

So precisely what do these findings tell us in regard to pot use and health? Not much. Since the study design is not longitudinal, investigators cannot determine whether these differences are caused by subject’s cannabis use, whether these differences existed prior to subjects’ ever trying cannabis, or whether these differences persist when users’ cannabis consumption ceases.

Most importantly, investigators in this study failed to determine whether any of these differences are positively associated with any measurable adverse performance outcomes, such as cognitive performance or quality of life. It may be that these cannabis users are functioning in their daily lives in a manner that is indistinguishable from controls, in which case the imaging differences may hold little if any real-world significance. (In fact, one of the paper’s authors acknowledged, “[C]hronic users appear to be doing fine.”)

Posted by Alittleliberal | Wed Nov 12, 2014, 12:49 PM (2 replies)

How many of you took civics/government classes in high school?

Civics is only a graduation requirement in 9 states. Maybe the reason millennials aren't voting is because they truly have no understanding of the political process. This isn't a single generation issue because I imagine lot's of boomers and gen Xs also don't have the faintest idea, but is there an argument to be made for Civics being a high school graduation requirement?
Posted by Alittleliberal | Mon Nov 10, 2014, 04:40 PM (190 replies)

Deconstructing the Ben Affleck-Sam Harris cage fight


by Guy P. Harrison

Don’t you love it when actors and neuroscientists scrap? There certainly was a good round of action last week when Ben Affleck and Sam Harris squared off on Real Time, Bill Maher’s HBO show. The dustup clearly touched a cultural nerve, sparking widespread coverage and commentary. Unfortunately, virtually everything that has been written and spoken about it missed the mark and added little to the important issues raised. (If you missed the Affleck-Harris blowup, view a clip here)

The problem with the aftermath is that most people seemed to have simply picked a side in lieu of listening and thinking. The result is that 99 percent of the commentary I’ve seen boil down to either, “Ben Affleck is an idiot”, or “Sam Harris is a bigot”. Few seem to have recognized that both men hold sensible positions on very important points and that the key problem that night was a failure to communicate, nothing new when religion is being discussed.

Affleck was right to be indignant. There really are many irrational bigots who slander and condemn every Muslim for the actions of some Muslims. He is justified in vigorously attacking such a stupid position and all who are shallow enough to promote it. But Affleck tripped up in thinking that Harris is one of these people. I am very familiar with Harris’s work and have never seen reason to suspect him of being a racist or bigot. And I pay close attention to such things, having written a book about the concept of race and the problem of racism. I'm confident that Sam Harris is not a racist. Here is one of the first things he said during his appearance on Real Time:

“We have been sold this meme of Islamophobia where every critique of the doctrine of Islam gets conflated with bigotry toward Muslims as people and that’s just intellectually ridiculous.”

Affleck failed to listen and immediately demonstrated Harris’s point by calling the critique of Islam “gross and racist”. This was, of course, “intellectually ridiculous”. I am very familiar with Harris’ work over the years and he does not attack “all Muslims”. In fact, he has consistently called for moderate, peaceful and sensible Muslims to push back against those who oppress, terrorize and kill in the name of Islam.

More at link
Posted by Alittleliberal | Sun Oct 12, 2014, 10:43 PM (6 replies)

Rob Astorino on Chris Hayes

Republicans trying to eat their own to beat Republicans in Democrat clothing.

Posted by Alittleliberal | Thu Jul 24, 2014, 08:36 PM (1 replies)
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