Category Archive for 'anthropology'

The Feline and the Ungulate

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Awww…it’s simply adorable:

Tendresse entre un chat et un faon Vidéo noriko sélectionnée dans Animaux
Clearly, this is destined to be the next Viral Video.
But is it the sign of End Times? I mean, it is (figuratively) the lion lying with the lamb. Sure…some literalist will point out that it is actually [...]

The Words of Obama and Palin

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Cool graphic of the day is from The Guardian’s Datablog. It gives these word clouds of Obama’s and Palin’s recent speeches:

A much larger version is available by clicking on the graphic in the article.
And just in case you want to do some textual analysis of your own, links to the text of each speech [...]

Lede of the Week

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

From the WaPo’s Paul Farhi:

Nearly five years on, Harry Whittington still speaks with a slight flutter in his voice — a “warble,” he calls it, inadvertently choosing a bird metaphor.

Great lede…excellent read. It’s a intimate five year follow-up on the man that Dick Cheney shot in the face.

The New White Supremacist: Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) Says “Republicans Hate Latinos”

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

It isn’t just the recent bill that requires people with dark skin or accents to carry “their papers.” It isn’t just the recent order that removed teachers with “heavy accents” from the classroom.
Now, Gov. Brewer has become a very bad joke by signing a bill into law that bans ethnic studies. [...]

The Party of Family Values is…

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Interesting factoid: divorce rates in the U.S. tend to be lower in Blue states than in Red states. Also, teen pregnancy rates in the U.S. tend to be lower in blue states than red states. June Carbone, of the University of Missouri, Kansas City, has a theory for why [...]

Arizona’s Incipient American Apartheid

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

The Reverend Desmond Tutu has much experience with living as a second class citizen under a perpetual cloud of suspicion. He offers wise insights on Arizona’s new immigration law:

…a solution that degrades innocent people, or that makes anyone with broken English a suspect, is not a solution….
How far can this go? We lived [...]

Demographers Count!

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

My census form arrived today.
And given that two academic demographers live in my household, and I have a PhD in Demography, it was almost exciting ripping open the envelope.
So maybe we’re an outlier household. Still it should be exciting for everyone given that the census results are extremely important from [...]

Weekend Read

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

The best read of the weekend comes from Nobel laureate, Al Gore:

It would be an enormous relief if the recent attacks on the science of global warming actually indicated that we do not face an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it.
[...]
But what a burden would be lifted! [...]

Wingnut Comedy Theatre

Monday, February 1st, 2010

They just keep experiencing more and more apoplexy. Today’s wingding hyperventilation is over Obama supposedly bowing to a Mayor. The controversy is covered by the New York Daily News:

On cable, this morning’s episode of Fox and Friends aired the photo and revisited past Obama-bowing controversies with a montage [...]

Those Liberal Professors

Monday, January 18th, 2010

The NY Times has a fascinating piece on cause and effect when it comes to the question of why Professors tend to be liberal:

The overwhelmingly liberal tilt of university professors has been explained by everything from outright bias to higher I.Q. scores. Now new research suggests that critics may have been asking the wrong question. [...]

Rasmussen’s Foolishness

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

The headline from Rasmussen Reports practically screams: “58% Favor Waterboarding of Plane Terrorist To Get Information“.
No shit, Sherlock!
Humans have a strong innate ability to react to their own fear by trying to punish those who evoke the emotion. They do this whether the punishment is warranted or not, and [...]

Climategategate?

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

I suppose that’s what you’d call fiddling with poll data to exaggerate the fraction of Americans who think scientists are fiddling with climate data.
Brought to you by FAUX News.

Texans Gone Wild!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Is it just me, or does anyone else think that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has gone completely ape-shit crazy?

Speaking at a luncheon for a Midland County Republican Women’s group, Perry said that “this is an administration hell-bent toward taking American towards a socialist country. And we all don’t need to be afraid [...]

Dr. Michael A. Grimes

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Let me say a few words about my friend and valued colleague Michael Grimes.
Mike and I met as postdoctoral fellows at Penn State in the late 1990s. Shortly thereafter, we found ourselves in a friendly debate about the underlying mechanisms of postpartum amenorrhea. Yet, we found a common interest in human [...]

America’s Smartest Cities

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

The Daily Beast has produced a list of America’s smartest cities. They weighted a handful of smarts-oriented indicators for each metropolitan area of over a million people:

Per capita Bachelor’s degrees — 35%
Per capita graduate degrees — 15%
Per capita nonfiction book sales — 25%
Number of institutions of higher education — 15%
Percentage of eligible voters [...]

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