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When a Chomp or a Slurp Is a Trigger for Outrage

For people with a condition that some scientists call misophonia, mealtime can be torture. The sounds of other people eating — chewing, chomping, slurping, gurgling — can send them into an instantaneous, blood-boiling rage.

Or as Adah Siganoff put it, “rage, panic, fear, terror and anger, all mixed together.”

“The reaction is irrational,” said Ms. Siganoff, 52, of Alpine, Calif. “It is typical fight or flight” — so pronounced that she no longer eats with her husband.

Many people can be driven to distraction by certain small sounds that do not seem to bother others — gum chewing, footsteps, humming. But sufferers of misophonia, a newly recognized condition that remains little studied and poorly understood, take the problem to a higher level.


[  ]…Taylor Benson, a 19-year-old sophomore at Creighton University in Omaha, says many mouth noises, along with sniffling and gum chewing, make her chest tighten and her heart pound. She finds herself clenching her fists and glaring at the person making the sound.

“This condition has caused me to lose friends and has caused numerous fights,” she said.


Some of the things these people complain about might be legitimate complaints up to a point. Some sounds almost universally grate on some people’s nerves – loud gum chewing and popping, slurping persistent loud sniffling – these are all sounds that I’ve heard people complain about for years. I recently watched the first episode of The Code. Part of the program delves into the difference between noises and what is generally considered music. Music has rhythm, harmony (harmonic function), melody, structure, form, and texture. Intervals seem to be particularly important in determining whether what the human ear hears is pleasant or a noise. The combination of musical notes with their specific intervals, a chord, creates harmony. The product is called harmony for a reason – it is a sound which is harmonious or pleasant to the human ear – actually the human brain. In music theory there is some disagreement around the outer edges of what constitutes music because to some extent – with an emphasis on some – is redefined occasionally by culture. Noise does not have by definition the harmonic intervals that music has. Natural and even unnatural sounds which are not music can be pleasant – the sound of the surf, waterfalls – but on examining those sounds one finds there is some pleasant harmony and rhythm underlying them. Or as The Code notes there is an underlying mathematical pattern behind the sounds and music we like. So there might be some mental issues in the mix of exactly what misophonia is, but there might also be a good evolutionary reason that some people are more sensitive to unpleasant sounds than others.

BBC – The Code – Sound and Music

Rick Perry and Mitt Romney meet in their first debate and of course a pants on fire moment ensues – FACT CHECK: Perry, Romney twist records in debate.

If we only made just a little more money we could buy another Porsche and have an upstairs maid – Missouri Conservatives Want To Raise Taxes On 100,000 Seniors And Disabled Citizens To Pay For Corporate Tax Break

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“Except for half a dozen in each town the citizens are proud of that achievement of ignorance which is so easy to come by. To be ‘intellectual’ or ‘artistic’ or, in their own word, to be ‘highbrow,’ is to be priggish and of dubious virtue.”- Sinclair Lewis

There are similarities between our home-grown conservatarians and the Iranian government – The battle to save Iran’s Lake OrumiehThe world’s third-largest salt lake is drying up and all the government has done is repress peaceful environmental protests

Most hypocrisies are easy to notice. Others hide in plain sight – “The Illusion of Free Markets”: Six Questions for Bernard Harcourt 

1. Your book builds off an intriguing study of the eighteenth-century French Physiocrats — François Quesnay, Pierre-Paul Le Mercier de la Rivière, and others — in which you suggest that their theories of economics closely parallel what we have come to think of as the Chicago School. What exactly are the parallels, and how did this idea come about?

It’s the messianic belief in natural order in economics — in spontaneous order, as Friedrich von Hayek called it — or today in the efficiency of free markets, conjoined with a faith in strong government to deal with those who are outside the natural order — who are out-of-order, or disorderly. It’s the combination of those two paradoxical tenets — of government incompetence when it comes to regulating the economy and government competence when it comes to policing and punishing — that links these thinkers.


Millions were spent on lobbyists to shape the final health care reform bill, which not coincidentally is an absolute boom for health care corporations and the pharmaceutical industry ( they’re responsible for gutting the government’s right to bargain for better prices). So we know that conservatarians think government can benefit them and frequently uses it for their enrichment. If consumers, the elderly, children or the commons gets the shaft, hey everybody for themselves, right?

“The men leaned back on their heels, put their hands in their trouser-pockets, and proclaimed their views with the booming profundity of a prosperous male repeating a thoroughly hackneyed statement about a matter of which he knows nothing whatever”. ~ Ch. 8 of Babbitt by Lewis Sinclair

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