The Israeli experiment in Giv’at Shmuel sounds exactly like what Stephen Colbert was doing here in the U.S. during the Bush years, with one important difference: with the possible exception of the 2006 Correspondents Dinner, the people who most needed to see the parody that Colbert was doing, didn't. Contrast that with the Israeli study, where "Over a six-week period, according to polling, nearly all of its 25,000 residents saw them."
"The campaign worked, the social scientists believe, because instead of telling people they were wrong, the ads agreed with them—to embarrassing, offensive extremes. “No one wants to think of themselves as some angry crank,” one of the researchers, Eran Halperin, told me. “No one wants to be lumped in with extremists or the angriest fringe.” Sometimes, however, we don’t realize we’ve become extremists until someone makes it painfully obvious."
"The most immediate task is to recognize our anger for what it often is. The researchers in Israel held up a mirror to the residents of Giv’at Shmuel in the hopes that the reflection would shock them. Americans would benefit from taking a similarly hard look at their reflection—and we don’t need to enlist the help of social scientists to do so. In a sense, all of America has been living in Giv’at Shmuel for the past two years."
I wonder what the effect back in the Bush years would have been is even 50% of the most die-hard Conservatives similar to the people of Giv’at Shmuel had daily exposure to something like Colbert. Would we be so far down the anger road now?
I particularly like the money spent on the frisbees and other shwag with the former sheriff's name on it, after he had lost the election. I wonder if he has another kid who runs a company that sells that sort of stuff.
Quite good Sunday read. I had no idea that 80,000 tigers were killed in such a short timespan, that there are about 2000 left now, and they are coming back, and the conflict between the vets/animal-rights people who want to preserve them, and the numerous rural villagers who get killed every year and call in the hunters to kill them. Fascinating look also at how detailed the Indian legal system is in this regard. You can only kill a "man-eater" and to classify a tiger as such require DNA tests on the human killed and the tiger's scat, along with all sorts of tracking and rigermerole. Fun Sunday read (well, in my case, listen).
That's an unusual civic-minded response to a crisis: yes, I will let you dump a 40-foot dead whale on my nice, private beach so it can rot. I just hope it works in that it gives marine scientists a better chance to figure out what is going on with this die-off.
When Democrats were offered a choice of different ideological labels, “socialist” and “democratic socialist” each drew 1 and 6 percent, respectively, and “progressive Democrat” got 5 percent. Sixteen percent of respondents chose “moderate Democrat,” and 20 percent of them picked “Obama Democrat.”
"While Westminster remains mired in endless Brexit deadlock, over on the Brexit Wikipedia page things are even less amicable. Editors are parrying death threats, doxxing attempts and accusations of bias, as the crowdsourced epic has become the centre of a relentless tug-of-war over who gets to write the history of the UK as it happens."
Interesting that there may be a link to the rise of serial killers with the (partial) opening of Chinese society; also, the window of opportunity that opening allowed while the new Chinese police ramped up with the basics like uniforms and cars.
I agree with the researcher later in the article: simple statistics point to a larger number of serial killers, but there will never be any way to know, given the governmental secrecy.
The next thing that will happen is Walmart will buy Dollar General; both companies use the exact same strategy, just targeting towns of different sizes: Walmart has the LARGE/MEDIUM, DG has the MEDIUM/SMALL, and numerous gas-station/convenience store chains have the SMALL. Hmm, WM could buy DG and then a few regional gas station-convenience store chains, and then a fleet of food trucks (EXTRA-SMALL) and control all of our buying options.
Oh, and this line about the owner of the local grocery store caught my eye:
"He owned the Foodliner alongside a job travelling a dozen states as a church pew cushion salesman."
I doubt he has to worry about WM taking on the traveling church pew cushion salesman. :)