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[snip] Michael Moore's postcampaign promise to disgruntled conservatives: "Even though you have opposed environmental regulation, when we clean up our air and water, we, the Democratic majority, will let you, too, breathe the cleaner air and drink the purer water.... When women are finally paid what men make, we will pay conservative women that wage, too." More at --Harold Henderson |

[snip] Thanks for nothing. John Nichols summarizes University of Wisconsin findings from the month before last month's election (the "Local newscasts in seven Midwest markets aired 4 minutes, 24 seconds of paid political ads during the typical 30-minute broadcast while dedicating an average of 1 minute, 43 seconds to election news coverage"--and most of that was horse-race news. --HH

[snip] If you think there's an obesity epidemic now ... Five Minnesota researchers report in Pediatrics that in 1999 the average 13-year-old boy spent ten hours a week on the computer; in 2004 he spent 15. Girls' usage rose from 9 to 11 hours a week. --HH

[snip] One way to get right-wingers to love energy conservation. A poster at suggests a grand compromise involving alternative energy, nukes, CAFE standards, and drilling for domestic oil: "Personally,

conservation mandates offend my sensibilities, but in the name of draining the Iranian bank accounts I could probably be convinced." --HH

[snip] Everything old is new again. "While finding a date has never been easier, finding a future spouse has become much more challenging," write sociologists Arnout van de Rijt and Vincent Buskens in a recent issue of Rationality and Society. "The rise of the market for short-term relationships has jeopardized the market for long-term relationships. . . . Those who desire more than casual intimacy can no longer be certain that the other has similar desires." Their solution? "Embeddedness," meaning the people you can trust most are those who have a lot of the same friends and acquaintances. --HH


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