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February 28, 2010
Give Them What They WantBy Greyhawk
Newsflash - the science is settled: Liberal girls are easy. A new scientifical study has proven that how liberal you are is based on how high your IQ is. "This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not in women."
"Now hold on a minute," you might demand, "they made a musical out of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels?"
Yes - and here's what appears to be a surreptitiously videoed version of the Broadway production on the YouTubes. This is the opening segment, including the song quoted above.
But as far as the new super scientifical study goes, to understand it real good like the CNN reporter does you have to understand this hard science stuff.
The study takes the American view of liberal vs. conservative. It defines "liberal" in terms of concern for genetically nonrelated people and support for private resources that help those people.
High IQ liberals will probably understand that intuitively. Low IQ conservative, religious paranoids will just deny deny deny because they aren't smart and scientifical like you and me and that CNN reporter are. Plus they will all try and stereotype even though she specifically warned them not to.
"Now hold on a minute," you might demand, "how did you know they made a musical out of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels?"
Well, I saw it last night. See, my daughter had a role in the local production. Here's a review calling it "frivolous, fun and easy on the eyes and ears."
See, they make their victims feel smart and beautiful and important then use their concern for total strangers as a means to con them out of their money. I couldn't sneak a video camera into my daughter's performance last night - but here's a still photo from that opening number.
And here are a couple of photos from later in the play. Notice that "Freddy" is pretending to be an army sergeant in a wheelchair. Most of the play concerns this particular con - it's one of the oldest tricks in the book for preying on the gullible.
Anyhow, the real point of that CNN story isn't about how liberal girls are easy - I was just kidding when I said that. It's about how smart and much more highly evolved liberals are - boy liberals and girl liberals, too.
Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs.
Anyhow, that's the important thing for liberals to keep in mind at all times: you are very intelligent and highly evolved. No one's going to even try to put one over on you.
"The adoption of some evolutionarily novel ideas makes some sense in terms of moving the species forward," said George Washington University leadership professor James Bailey, who was not involved in the study. "It also makes perfect sense that more intelligent people -- people with, sort of, more intellectual firepower -- are likely to be the ones to do that."
Scoundrels doesn't have anything to do with politics (well, "the prince" is trying to raise money for a revolution...) but speaking of religion, in this scene my daughter plays a nun:
This production required lots of costume changes - here she's an Oklahoma cowgirl.
I just wanted to point out the costumes by way of explaining why she and her friend are dressed like this and out in the snow.
If you didn't know the whole story you might think that's not very intelligent behavior. But you see, the last time it snowed in Savannah they were five years old. So when it happened a couple weeks ago they took a break from rehearsals and ran outside for some photos.
"Now hold on a minute," you might demand, "snow in Savannah? What happened to the global warming?!?!"
Amazingly, the con man in the play actually discusses global warming:
I, for one, genuinely wish that the climate crisis were an illusion. But unfortunately, the reality of the danger we are courting has not been changed by the discovery of at least two mistakes in the thousands of pages of careful scientific work over the last 22 years by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In fact, the crisis is still growing because we are continuing to dump 90 million tons of global-warming pollution every 24 hours into the atmosphere -- as if it were an open sewer.
Wait - my bad. That's not from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - it's Al Gore in the New York Times. Now I've jumbled cold, hard, facts with fiction - mixed science with art, and confused news with reviews. Gosh - the weekend is such a blur...
Let's zoom into the mansion - and go out with a song!
Posted by Greyhawk / February 28, 2010 2:46 PM | Permalink
November 26, 2010
I think anyone who's ever pondered the "comment" option - once only available on blogs and bulletin boards, now ubiquitous on almost any web site - will appreciate this:
The so-called faculty of writing is not so much a faculty of writing as it is a faculty of thinking. When a man says, "I have an idea but I can't express it"; that man hasn't an idea but merely a vague feeling. If a man has a feeling of that kind, and will sit down for a half an hour and persistently try to put into writing what he feels, the probabilities are at least 90 percent that he will either be able to record it, or else realize that he has no idea at all. In either case, he will do himself a benefit.
That's wisdom from the past, captured for posterity at the US Naval Institute, shared via the web on the institute's 137th anniversary.
From their about page:
"The Naval Institute has three core activities," among them, History and Preservation:
The Naval Institute also has recently introduced Americans at War, a living history of Americans at war in their own words and from their own experiences. These 90-second vignettes convey powerful stories of inspiration, pride, and patriotism.
Take a look at the collection, and you'll see it's not limited to accounts from those who served on ships at sea, members of the other branches are well-represented.
I'm fortunate to have met USNI's Mary Ripley, she's responsible for the institute's oral history program (and she's the daughter of the late John Ripley, whose story is told here). She also deserves much credit for their blog. ("We're not the Navy nor any government agency. Blog and comment freely.") We met at a milblog conference - Mary knew (and I would come to realize) that milbloggers are the 21st-century version of exactly what the US Naval Institute is all about. Once that light bulb came on in my head, I mentioned a vague idea for a project to her - milblogs as the 21st century oral history that they are.
"Put that in writing," she said (of course - see first paragraph above!) - and here's part of the result.
Shortly after the first tent was pitched by the American military in Iraq a wire was connected to a computer therein, and the internet was available to a generation of Americans at war - many of whom had grown up online. From that point on, at any given moment, somewhere in Iraq a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine was at a keyboard sharing the events of his or her day with the folks back home. While most would simply fire off an email, others took advantage of the (then) relatively new online blogging platforms to post their thoughts and experiences for the entire world to see. The milblog was born - and from that moment to this stories detailing everything from the most mundane aspects of camp life to intense combat action (often described within hours of the event) have been available on the web...
And et cetera - but since you're reading this on a milblog, you probably knew that. And you know that milblogs aren't just blogs written by troops at war, that many friends, family members, and supporters likewise documented their story of America at war online in near-real time, as those stories developed.
The diversity in membership of that group is broad, the one thing we all have in common is the impulse to make sense of the seemingly senseless, and communicate the tale - for each of us that impulse was strong enough to overcome whatever barriers prevent the vast majority of people from doing the same. Everyone at some point has some vague idea they believe should be shared - we were the people who, from some combination of internal and external urging, found and spent those many half hours persistently trying to write it down.
But where will all that be in another 137 years? Or five or ten, for that matter. That's something I've asked myself since at least 2004 - when I wrote this:
Membership in the ghost battalion has grown in the years since, and an ever growing majority of those abandoned-but-still-standing sites are vanishing. Have you checked out Lt Smash's site lately? How about Sgt Hook's? If you're a long-time milblog reader you know the first widely-read milblog from Operation Iraq Freedom and the first widely-read milblog from Afghanistan are both gone from the web. If you're a relative newcomer to this world you may never even have heard of them - or the dozens upon dozens of others who carried forth the standard they set down.
If you have a vague notion that something should be done about that, (a notion I've heard expressed more than once...) then you and I and the good folks at the US Naval Institute are in agreement. Preserving the history documented by the milbloggers is just one of the goals of the milblog project, the once-vague idea that we're now making real.
And it's a big idea, if I say so myself - too big to explain in one simple blog post, so stand by for more. Likewise, it's too big a task to be accomplished by just one person. So if you're a milblogger (and exactly what is a milblogger? is a topic for much further discussion on its own) I'm asking for your help. All I'll really need is just a little bit (maybe just one or two of those half hours...) of your time, and your willingness to tell the tale.
We've already made history, it's time to save it.
(More to follow...)
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