Ever wondered why uncouth, scruffy rock musicians are pursued by legions of doting, lovelorn female fans? Or why women threw themselves at Pablo Picasso? Well, a new study suggests that creativity may confer an evolutionary advantage in finding a mate; indicating that creative types have increased sexual appeal. But paradoxically, people who have certain traits predictive of schizophrenia – a condition not normally associated with evolutionary fitness – also have a higher propensity toward artistic ability. This creative ability, say some evolutionary experts, is far from being a disadvantage, as creativity is highly attractive when it comes to mate choice.
I have wondered about this phenomenon myself especially in the context of a talk show that I caught a few minutes of some years ago. A few women stood up to give their opinions about how men view women and what men care about. One young woman asserted that all men care about is physical attractiveness. Her assertion enjoyed a round of applause and I have heard other woman express similar views. This study would seem to suggest that women can be just as shallow as men and not all that different in what constitutes attractiveness. My pet theory and it is only that, is that women in general care just as much about the physical as men only throw in some tangibles in the mix like income or income potential and/or some intangibles like talent/fame. This is not a condemnation as much as just an acknowledgement of what seems to be established general trends in behavior. They may not even be conscience trends. Men and women seem to gravitate toward those that fulfill physical, emotional, and economic needs and that gravitation seems to have some roots in our psychological evolution.
I guess you can’t blame them for trying. Republicans have been in the position of having so much unfettered power over the last six years that it is only natural they would try some last minute shenanigans, Republicans propose last-minute spy bill
The outgoing Republican chairman of a key U.S. Senate committee has made a last-minute attempt at giving the Bush administration what he calls the necessary “resources” for carrying out its phone call and Internet surveillance within the law, but critics remain unconvinced.
In remarks on the Senate floor on Tuesday afternoon, Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter marketed his new 11-page proposal as “a significant advance in protecting civil liberties.” Once one of the few Republicans to question openly the legality of the National Security Agency’s warrantless terrorist surveillance program, the veteran Pennsylvanian politician drew criticism this summer for endorsing a bill that would allow–but not require–the Bush administration to submit the operations for court review.
If good ol Dubya feels like submitting operations to court review he can? So conservative are pushing a mood based touchy feely element into the delicate balance between national security and constitutional safeguards. Far be it from me to discourage Republicans from getting in touch with their emotions and what to do with their moods, but it does seem that when it comes to the law that lives should not hang in the balance because of how a spoiled malicious frat boy feels on any given day.
One section, for instance, would require the U.S. attorney general to “fully inform” the Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees semiannually of any electronic surveillance undertaken without a court order. But it would also scale back a 1947 law that governs reports on government intelligence activities to Congress, requiring only that the chairmen of each congressional intelligence committee be privy to those documents.
Talk about seriousness and professionalism. Hey Dick didn’t we tap some guy back in June or July, I think it was a Thursday, do you remember why we did that, has anyone seen that file. We can trust these happy shiny people because that have a record stellar record of honest and ethical behavior? CIA Acknowledges 2 Interrogation Memos
After years of denials, the CIA has formally acknowledged the existence of two classified documents governing aggressive interrogation and detention policies for terrorism suspects, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
But CIA lawyers say the documents — memos from President Bush and the Justice Department — are still so sensitive that no portion can be released to the public.
The disclosures by the CIA general counsel’s office came in a letter Friday to attorneys for the ACLU. The group had filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New York two years ago under the Freedom of Information Act, seeking records related to U.S. interrogation and detention policies.
The lawsuit has resulted in the release of more than 100,000 pages of documents, including some that revealed internal debates over the policies governing prisoners held at the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Many other records have not been released and, in some cases, their existence has been revealed only in media reports.
Friday’s letter from John L. McPherson, the CIA’s associate general counsel, lists two documents that pertain to the ACLU’s records request.
The ACLU describes the first as a “directive” signed by Bush governing CIA interrogation methods or allowing the agency to set up detention facilities outside the United States. McPherson describes it as a “memorandum.” In September, Bush confirmed the existence of secret CIA prisons and transferred 14 remaining terrorism suspects from them to Guantanamo Bay.
Shortly before leaving for a four day tour of Europe, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice defended extraordinary rendition rhetorically with the phrase, “takes terrorists out of action and saves lives,” claimed that the United States does not and has not “transported detainees from one country to another for the purpose of interrogation using torture.” Even if true, that claim does not exclude transporting for the purpose of torture as punishment. In what looks like a tacit admission Rice refused to deny that the United States was maintaining or had maintained secret prisons in European Union member states. See text of Remarks Upon Her Departure for Europe. She also Sam Knight “Rice Admits CIA Transfers But Denies Torture,” TimesOnLine. December 5, 2005.
Current and former CIA oficers speaking to ABC News on the condition of confidentiality said that the secret prisons in Europe were closed and the prisoners moved after Human Rights Watch reported their existence in Poland and Romania. They also said that 11 top al Qaeda prionsers were moved somewhere to a facility in North Africa before Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice arrived in Europe. Source: Brian Ross & Richard Esposito. n.a. “Exclusive: Sources Tell ABC News Top Al Qaeda Figures Held in Secret Prisons,” ABC News. December 5, 2005. ABC News Report
The usual disclaimer, this is not about letting the bad guys go, it is about due process and protecting the innocent. Conservatives are in full Lynn Cheney mode, everybody is guilty until proved innocent and the administration has taken away any means a prisoner would need to prove their innocence which hey is no big deal just more collateral damage in the endless and almost boundless and morally challenged “war on terror”.
“You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.” – Pearl S. Buck
” If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” Abigail Adams