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Dan Lyke:

Democracy Fund Voter Study Group: Political Divisions in 2016 and Beyond. Among the conclusions:

  • To the extent that the Democratic Party is divided, these divisions are more about faith in the political system and general disaffection than they are about issue positions.
  • By contrast, Republican voters are more clearly split. For the most part, Trump and Cruz supporters look fairly similar, though Cruz supporters are considerably more conservative on moral issues, and notably less concerned about inequality and the social safety net, and more pro- free trade. Kasich supporters are the true moderates, caught in between the two parties on almost every issue, both economic and social.
  • In both parties, the donor class is both more conservative on economic issues and more liberal on social issues, as compared to the rest of the party

Most interesting bit: How few socially liberal economic conservatives there actually are:

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Sex on the brain! Associations between sexual activity and cognitive function in older age
Dan Lyke:

Can sex in later life improve brain health?

Dr Hayley Wright discusses research which explores whether sex for the over 50s can protect – and even improve – cognitive functions.

That seems to be a little over-stating it, there's correlation, not cause. So we don't know whether being smarter and cognitively sharp leads to more sex, or vice-versa, but who's willing to take that risk?

Another article: Reuters: Healthy brain linked to active sex life in old age.

All about: Sex on the brain! Associations between sexual activity and cognitive function in older age:

Results: after adjusting for age, education, wealth, physical activity, depression, cohabiting, self-rated health, loneliness and quality of life, there were significant associations between sexual activity and number sequencing and recall in men. However, in women there was a significant association between sexual activity and recall, but not number sequencing.




75 Lesbian Ken Dolls, Ranked By Lesbianism
Dan Lyke:

75 Lesbian Ken Dolls, Ranked By Lesbianism. Barbie got a girlfriend. And even if you run out of steam, because it does go on, scroll down to #s 3 through 1.










London mayor considers pay-per-mile road pricing and ban on new parking
Dan Lyke:

London mayor considers pay-per-mile road pricing and ban on new parking:

“We have to make not using your car the affordable, safest and most convenient option for Londoners going about their daily lives. This is not only essential for dealing with congestion as London grows, but crucial for reducing our toxic air pollution and improving the health of all Londoners.”




Believing the System is Fair Predicts Worsening Self-esteem and Behavior for Marginalized Youth
Dan Lyke:

Believing the System is Fair Predicts Worsening Self-esteem and Behavior for Marginalized Youth

The researchers found that believing the system is fair was associated with better outcomes at the start of middle school, but worse overall outcomes over the course of middle school. By the end of the 7th grade, youth who believed the system was fair in 6th grade had lower self-esteem, engaged in more risky behaviors, and were less able to follow directions in the classroom. For risky behavior, this reversal was particularly pronounced for youth who reported experiencing more discrimination.

Yeah. Maybe stop lying to kids.




Walgreens FAQ page about clinical trials
Dan Lyke:

How a company you've never heard of sends you letters about your medical conditions:

When asked about its partnership with Acurian, Walgreens spokesperson Scott Goldberg pointed me to a Walgreens FAQ page about clinical trials. It states that Walgreens doesn’t share health information with third parties without permission, but that a third party may “receive your information if you contact the web-site and/or toll-free number in the letter to seek more information about the clinical trial.”

And those "clinical trial" web sites will grab anything you type in, and use all of the standard ad network tricks and tools to establish your identity, including sending back any data you've entered before you've clicked on any terms and conditions documents.




Secret Government Report: Chelsea Manning Leaks Caused No Real Harm
Dan Lyke:

Oh, look, prosecutors in the Manning/Wikileaks case lied. This is my shocked face.

Secret Government Report: Chelsea Manning Leaks Caused No Real Harm:

Prosecutors said WikiLeaks' disclosures about Iraq and Afghanistan posed a major threat to US national security. But it turns out the classified document they cited — newly obtained by BuzzFeed News — said almost the exact opposite.




Via ZeroHedge
Dan Lyke:

Well, I guess it's probably about time to concede to TC on the bandwidth bet. The network topology doesn't look anything like it did back in 2000, we could make an argument based on that, but culturally the water cooler discussion is way less important than I thought it'd be: Netflix Is Now Bigger Than Cable TV. Maybe, this doesn't capture all of the cable companies, just the big ones.

Via ZeroHedge (which is too linkbaitish and rip-off to link to directly or without a rel="nofollow".





Dan Lyke:

(image) one sensor says it's 108 in the shade of my shop




Wait
Dan Lyke:

Wait, when I bought the house I thought I paid the extra for the Northern California weather package. It's way too freakin' hot!




For the first time ever, climbers ascend El Capitan naked
Dan Lyke:

Yeah, sure, Alex Honnold recently fre-soloed El Cap, but let's look to the real accomplishments: First naked ascent of El Capitan:

El Capitan saw two firsts last week. On June 3, Alex Honnold made the historic first free solo of the monolithic wall via Freerider, climbing the route with nothing but the clothes on his back. On June 6, Leah Pappajohn and Jonathan Fleury traded out the clothes for a rope and completed the first naked ascent of El Cap via the Nose in a day. We spoke to Pappajohn about the ascent.

A couple of awesome quotes from that interview:

As I was stemming up the first section of the great roof, Jon admitted that he had never stared at a vagina for so long. Just a part of the job description of an attentive naked belayer.

And

There is now real nude El Cap beta. The beta is that clothes only slow you down.

Via For the first time ever, climbers ascend El Capitan naked




Rigged. Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing.
Dan Lyke:

Rigged. Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing.

A yearlong investigation by the USA TODAY Network found that port trucking companies in southern California have spent the past decade forcing drivers to finance their own trucks by taking on debt they could not afford. Companies then used that debt as leverage to extract forced labor and trap drivers in jobs that left them destitute.