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Agreeableness, Income and How Much of the Popular Press Missed the Point Entirely

TL;DR: men can get away with and benefit from being less agreeable. Women who are not agreeable get screwed over.

Second Place Wins! A Demonstration of Arrow's Impossibility Theorm

In Burlington, Vermont there was a direct election. The election did not use electors: candidates were directly elected. Who wins? Why, the person who got less votes than the plurality candidate and was less popular head to head than other candidates. How does this happen?

Diatom Oozes: The Most Amazing Fossil Record in Existence Diatom Oozes: The Most Amazing Fossil Record in Existence

This is the kind of nerdy thing I spend time reading about.

When You Want to Relax in Sweat Pants

This is the best Twitter thread I have read in a long time.

Plot Twist: The Most Messed Up Law Enforcement Story You Have Read in a Long Time

I am not easy to phase with misbehavior by law enforcement. My normal reaction is “yep, doesn’t surprise me.” The author warned that no matter how messed up you think this story will be, it is worse. He was right.

What Snacks to Get?

There is a lack of proper snack food at my parent’s place. However, if I got more I would not finish it before I leave. It cannot aggravate allergies and my father should be able to snack, too. So... I need snacks that are non-dairy, no wheat, corn or rice and someone with the use of only one hand can easily eat. They…

Why It Is the Fundamental Duty of an Expert to Explain in Terms the Audience Understands Why It Is the Fundamental Duty of an Expert to Explain in Terms the Audience Understands

There is a fundamental problem in talking with an expert. They know a lot more than you do, even if they are incorrect. However, sometimes they are correct even if they seem very wrong because you need a deeper level of knowledge to understand why something is correct or incorrect. It makes communication much more…

Amateurs Succeed Where Professionals Fear to Tread

One of the most interesting episodes of This American Life aired originally in February of 2015. The title is Amateur Hour. The description:

The Psychology Industry and Respectable Quackery The Psychology Industry and Respectable Quackery

When I gave a summary of my research in neuroscience to a panel of faculty, I was jumped on twice even though I said nothing they disagreed with. One was about antidepressant efficacy and paradoxical effects, but that is not the subject of this post. The other was about various kinds of talk therapy and depression.…

Slip Sheets: Or How I Learned to Hate the Industrial Strength Spatula Slip Sheets: Or How I Learned to Hate the Industrial Strength Spatula

I thought about writing this and this is the last chance I will get. Some companies want to save space or are cheap, so they don’t use pallets. Instead, they turn forklifts into spatulas and load up the truck with product that doesn’t fit into your warehouse.

The Best Gift Was the Grinchiest

Sometimes progress cannot occur until someone dies. That is our take home lesson. Here is how it happened on the maternal side of my family...

What the Hell Is Wrong With Our Military and Court System: When She Was Eleven

So, an 18 year old woman I know at work was in the process of joining the Marines. Everything was going smoothly. Today she was crying on the phone talking to her mother. When she was 11, she was with someone who was carrying drugs. This resulted in a brief juvie stay when she was 12. Oh, you thought that juvie…

President Is Nominating Ambassador on Women's Issues Who Thinks Allowing Wife Beating Is Okay if It Prevents Divorce

Literally, the headline is accurate. There is so much wrong with this. Nance is pure evil. She is opposed to Violence Against Women Act funding because enforcement of laws against domestic violence can cause divorce.

Theme of the Week Suggestions

Snax said she needs more suggestions. I have not been doing much around here lately, but I decided to brainstorm during my boring job on things people on BackTalk might like to post and comment on:

Epic Rap Battles of Insults

The YouTube channel “Epic Rap Battles of History” pits fictional characters, historical characters and celebrities against one another delivering insults and promoting themselves by rap. Here are some of my tops ones:

When Eternal Truth Changes: Sloth (the Deadly Sin) When Eternal Truth Changes: Sloth (the Deadly Sin)

I thought about making this short post for awhile now. Sloth week seems like a good time.

The New Robots of 1990: What I Was Told v. What Was True The New Robots of 1990: What I Was Told v. What Was True

Sorry for the redundant images. Kinja is Kinja’ing.

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