hormones and shopping, beach walkway wallpaper, life expectancy and switches

U of M research finds ovulating women unconsciously buy sexier clothing to outdo attractive women

Ovulating women unconsciously buy sexier clothes, says new research from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. The study finds that ovulating women unconsciously dress to impress – doing so not to impress men, but to outdo rival women during the handful of days each month when they are ovulating.

[  ]…In the study, researchers had ovulating women view a series of photographs of attractive local women and then asked them to choose clothing and accessory items to purchase. The majority of participants chose sexier products than those who had been shown photographs of unattractive local women or women who lived over 1000 miles away. This change in consumer choice is not a conscious decision and non-ovulating women are not subject to the effect.

The field of evolutionary psychology may put out some goofy studies, but findings like this make it difficult for me to ignore entirely. I tend to doubt this behavior has very much benefit in the modern world. It is probably a remnant of behavior that did serve some purpose thousands of years ago. I’ve done some small group instruction and I have noticed that almost every small group has one or two people who dress a little more fashionably than the others. After the first one or two meetings the rest of the group tends to pay a little more attention to both what they wear and their grooming. If the group does not include a fashion conscious person, nothing changes. So the general idea that other people influence our satirical behavior doesn’t seem an unreasonable conclusion. Advertisers are certainly counting on wanting to fit in with your cohort, and apparently hormones, to get us into the stores and the next season’s fashions.

summer wallpaper

beach walkway wallpaper

I’ve gotten pretty good at being able to predict the next faux outrage, the next manufactured scandal the next wave of historical revisionism by the extreme Right, but they still manage to surprise me once in a while – Obama should apologize to Snooki!He denied knowing the Jersey princess. Now she’s acting out, and the right sees proof he scorns the “little guy”

Now, our Alex Pareene caught the president in the lie on Thursday – it turns out that at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the president promised to exempt four people from the tanning-bed tax: “Snooki, J-WOWW, the Situation and House Minority Leader John Boehner.”

But either way, Obama’s tanning tax joke clearly wasn’t funny, because in the premiere of “Jersey Shore” last week, we saw a sad, sad Snooki getting a spray-on tan, now that she can’t afford to go to a tanning bed. “I don’t go tanning anymore because Obama put a 10 percent tax on tanning. [Sen. John] McCain would never put a 10 percent tax on tanning. Because he’s pale and would probably want to be tan,” she explained. “Obama doesn’t have that problem. Obviously,” she said. Obviously.

That’s not all: This week Snooki went out and got herself arrested for disorderly conduct in Seaside Heights, N.J., wearing a T-shirt reading “Slut.” It happened only a day after Obama said he didn’t know Snooki, and I see a connection. Snooki is now acting out, feeling disrespected by the president after suffering discrimination by him as well.

It is possible the president took his speech writer’s word that mentioning these people would get a laugh. Stopping for a moment and trying to think about what is at issue here through the eyes of Conservative pundits, it makes sense the Right adopt Snooki as a mascot. The depth and range of her view of a modern democracy equals the chump change for a tanning session.

most independent experts smoke lucky strike. via my retro files. fits in with episode two of mad men when roger sterling handed out the “fuhrer’s” cigarettes for christmas. we’ll never know what “experts” preferred lucky because they’re all dead now.

Research breakthrough on the question of life expectancy

“What we found in these beetles that some combinations of mitochondrial and nuclear genomes confer long life in virgin females, but these are not the same combinations that result in long life in females that mate once, or in females that mate many times,” Dr Dowling said.

“Clearly, the genetic determinants underlying life expectancies are complex.

This study may not have any implications for humans. Mitochondrial DNA is very primitive in the sense it has been around the longest. Almost eerie that a switch inside that DNA would be turned on and off according to whether the beetle had ever mated which in turn has some effect on life expectancy.

Gulf gas billboard ad circa late 1940s

Rush Limbaugh: Electric Cars are Overpriced AIDS Ribbons

Politico reports that Rush Limbaugh spent a huge chunk of yesterday’s radio broadcast lambasting the Chevy Volt and the tax credits supporting them. Through the course of his ranting, it became clear — as it so often does — that Limbaugh has no idea what he’s talking about. In it, he asserted that “nobody wants” electric cars, and that they amount to nothing more than overpriced AIDS ribbons that allow their owners to “show everybody how much better [they] are than everybody else.”

Limbaugh has in no way been caught. he doesn’t care what the truth is and his multi-million dollar fortune are twisted testament to the profitability of having basement level ethics. He panders to his audience. One which shares his contempt for reason. The U.S. has been giving tax credits and other incentives since Ben Franklin asked the Pennsylvania legislature to finance a children’s hospital with tax payer funds. We continued that up through the Atlantic-Pacific railroad to today’s modern oil and coal companies Fossil Fuel Subsidies 10x Renewables Support

Worldwide renewable power and biofuels received $43 billion-46 billion in subsidies last year, only a fraction of the government subsidies for fossil fuels, according to preliminary figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

Pointed threats, they bluff with scorn
Suicide remarks are torn
From the fools gold mouthpiece
The hollow horn plays wasted words
Proved to warn
That he not busy being born
Is busy dying.

Temptation’s page flies out the door
You follow, find yourself at war
Watch waterfalls of pity roar
You feel to moan but unlike before
You discover
That you’d just be
One more person crying.

So don’t fear if you hear
A foreign sound to you ear
It’s alright, Ma, I’m only sighing.

from It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) by Bob Dylan

Nice find by T.P. – George Washington in 1790 — The U.S. government ‘gives to bigotry no sanction.’

All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens. […]

May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.

From a letter Washington wrote to the Jewish community of Newport, Rhode Island.