Women are more likely to be lied to at the negotiation table
Women are more likely to be lied to at the negotiation table, according to a recent study led by UC Berkeley researchers at the Haas School of Business. The study, published online July 14, determined that women are more likely to be lied to than men from a series of face-to-face negotiations among about 300 MBA students at Haas.…The cultural stereotype is that women are “too nice” to accuse someone of lying, but the study found that whether or not women were lied to was rooted in how their competence was perceived by their negotiating partner, [lead researcher] Kray said. [more inside]
"Welcome to The Unbelievable Truth, the panel game show about incredible truths and barely credible lies. I am your host, David Mitchell. The rules are as follows: each panelist will present a short lecture that should be entirely false save for five pieces of true information which they should attempt to smuggle past their opponents – cunningly concealed amongst the lies. Points are scored by truths that go unnoticed while other panelists can win a point if they spot a truth or lose points if they mistake a lie for a truth."
Having recently concluded its 13th series, the show has amassed 81 episodes. For your listening pleasure: [more inside]
"What could he possibly have that's worth $1 million a month other than classified information?"
Former NSA head Keith Alexander goes directly into consulting for large financial associations, with a potential Congressional investigation to follow.
is a machine that makes up lies
–Can you tell us in 25 seconds a synopsis of your new picture
–Uh, in 25 seconds? Yes, it's a picture, it's a drama about um human emotion in the United States, it deals with the tragedy of divorce as it relates to the child and those who have to suffer continually from the effects of an unhappy home.
–Sounds like a very serious picture.
–Yes. It is.
–There's no comedy in it whatsoever?
–No, I try and keep as much comedy out of my films as possible.
A 40-minute Woody Allen from 1971 promoting Bananas
. He does not answer a single question truthfully. via
is an ambitious new automated application built by the Washington Post, which fact checks political speeches, ads and interviews "in as close to real time as possible.
" The prototype is intended to be a complement to the paper's Fact Checker Blog
. More on the project from TechCrunch
Undoubtedly, at some point in your life, a recipe has told you to brown or caramelize some onions for 5-10 minutes. As many frustrated cooks have found through experience, this step of the recipe is a damned lie
. In fact, the now-ubiquitous suggestion of 5-10 minutes isn't even a remote approximation of the amount of time it takes to brown an onion; Alton Brown
and Julia Child
weigh in on the matter, suggesting that the task can take anywhere from 45 minute to an hour. [more inside]
Serum hemoglobin is related to endurance running performance. Smoking is known to enhance serum hemoglobin levels ... alcohol may further enhance this beneficial adaptation.
A recent paper
by Kenneth Myers in the Canadian Medical Association Journal
reviews the potential benefits of smoking for endurance atheletes. [more inside]
UK's official use of torture policy.
For MI5 & MI6, special renditions: when to proceed knowing torture would be used during the interrogation. [more inside]
Jason van Gumster has been telling a lie a day
since November 8, 2006.
Last week during the Senate budget negotiations, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)
, gave a speech that included the following statement: "If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.
" That statement is drastically different from the statistics reported by Planned Parenthood
, which list 90 percent of its services as preventive in nature, compared with 3 percent that are abortion-related. When asked about this apparent discrepancy, Jon Kyl's office replied that "his remark was not intended to be a factual statement
." And that is when things got noisy. [more inside]
is the chair of the philosophy department at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He's also an unabashed liar
, a recovering alcoholic
, and was once suicidal. He's surprisingly honest, and has written extensively about all three of these things. Prior to becoming a professor, he dropped out of grad school, made a small fortune in the murky world of luxury jewelry sales
, and nearly became the world's leading dealer of counterfeit Fabergé eggs
along the way. He occasionally writes an advice column
about lying, and even wrote a few books about it
. [more inside]
Misinformation and the 2010 Election - A Study of the US Electorate. The key findings of the study are:
1. Perceptions of Misleading and False Information An overwhelming majority of voters said that they encountered misleading or false information in the last election, with a majority saying that this occurred frequently and occurred more frequently than usual.
2. Evidence of Misinformation Among Voters The poll found strong evidence that voters were substantially misinformed on many of the issues prominent in the election campaign, including the stimulus legislation, the healthcare reform law, TARP, the state of the economy, climate change, campaign contributions by the US Chamber of Commerce and President Obama’s birthplace. In particular, voters had perceptions about the expert opinion of economists and other scientists that were quite different from actual expert opinion.
"I was really excited to get the chance to finally meet these pandas, but when I asked to see them, I was told (after a lengthy pause) that they had grown too big, and her mum had sent them back to the zoo only the week before." Billy Bullshit
celebrates the tall tales that we all pretend to swallow until the teller is well out of earshot.
I hate to be the one to link to this, but... So what do you think this linguistic practice should be called? “lying qualifiers?” “false fronts?” “wishwashers?” “but-heads?” Heh heh heh...
Wikipedia too credible for your liking? You need to spend some time in Fictopedia
, the fictional encyclopedia. Learn about the totally fake adventure game Schmaxilla
, the nonexistent Norswedish beat poet Arnis Radis
, and the entirely fabricated but still controversial Spirit Displacement Device
! Then create a free account and add your own plausible untruths to the canon. [via mefi projects
] [more inside]
November 13, 2001:
Musical unknown Andrew W.K. (Previously 1, 2)
releases his debut album "I Get Wet." It is a simple rock record of power chords and unabashed, un-ironic party music -- exemplified perfectly both by its first song, "It's Time To Party
," or its lead single, "Party Hard
" -- released during a month of American depression
, and insincerity that borders on nihilism
. The album finds mainstream success, selling over 30K copies in its first three weeks,
with songs from the record appearing in commercials, movies, and television shows,
not to mention heavy rotation on MTV and awesome appearances on Conan
and Saturday Night Live. [more inside]
Many kids read The Education of Little Tree
in school, but the author of the book, Forrest Carter, was actually Asa Carter
, a staunch racist and charlatan
Crap Detection 101
Howard Rheingold offers a fairly in-depth primer on media and internet BS detection. Lots of links
to resources for enabling critical analysis of various information sources included.
It’s only natural that if you wish to present yourself as a well-read person, a certain degree of complete bullshit is required. There’s no shame in lying about what you’ve read. There’s only shame in getting caught. Then you look like a doofus, and an illiterate one at that... How to lie about books
Dave's Web of Lies.
There is a lot of information available on the World Wide Web. Not all of it is as it seems. Everywhere you look there is out-of-date information, popular misconceptions, and even mistruths presented as fact. Random lie
is your friend. [more inside]
"...aside from the Devil, you have no enemy more venomous, more desperate, more bitter, than a true Jew... What shall we Christians do with this rejected and condemned people, the Jews? Since they live among us, we dare not tolerate their conduct, now that we are aware of their lying and reviling and blaspheming.... First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them. This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christians.... Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed.... Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them.... Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb." -- From On the Jews and Their Lies
, authored by the man voted by his countrymen the second greatest German of all time,
the theologian whose break with Rome began the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther
. [more inside]
You've seen Fast Food vs. Reality.
Now witness the power of German ingenuity in the science of Photographing Food.
. [more inside]
While it may be old news the US was drawn into the Iraq War under false pretenses, a new report by the Center for Public Integrity
documents 935 specific falsehoods in public statements by eight white house officials: Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell, Wolfowitz,
Fleischer and McClellan. [more inside]
to gather information about Americans' phone records
--... the NSA had approached the company (Qwest) about participating in a warrantless surveillance program to gather information about Americans' phone records.
...Nacchio's account, which places the NSA proposal at a meeting on Feb. 27, 2001, suggests that the Bush administration was seeking to enlist telecommunications firms in programs without court oversight before the terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon. The Sept. 11 attacks have been cited by the government as the main impetus for its warrantless surveillance efforts. ...
-- The Administration's crimes and illegal spying on all of us and Quest's punishment for not going along with their plans.
Tania Head told a bunch of lies about 9/11. As a fiction editor
for the NY Writers Coalition, she apparently knew her fiction. I guess it's nice to feel important.
Bush and Aznar pre-Iraq Invasion--
Transcript of their private conversations in Crawford, Feb 22, 2003: "Quedan dos semanas. En dos semanas estaremos militarmente listos. Estaremos en Bagdad a finales de marzo", le dijo a Aznar.
("2 weeks. In 2 weeks we will be ready militarily. We'll be in Baghdad by the end of March", he told Aznar.) Consider this historical documentation. Full transcript here
, and audio clips in first link. [more inside]
Movie stars. What have they got that you haven't got? A professional retoucher. (via YesbutNobutYes) [more inside]
GOP Senator Larry Craig arrested in 'bathroom incident'
--and pleads guilty. ... At one point during the interview, Craig handed the plainclothes sergeant who arrested him a business card that identified him as a U.S. Senator and said, “What do you think about that?” ...
He's denied similar stories in the past.
Ted Haggard returns
--with a cash for heaven offer to support him while he helps "broken people". Unfortunately, the procedure outlined is illegal, and the charity (Families With a Mission) is unregistered and run by a convicted sex offender.
Meanwhile, Mike Jones, Haggard's favorite whore, pops up at a dirty bar trivia night
(questions about Haggard and him, maybe nsfw, textwise)
War vs. Democracy: Untold Stories from the Lynch / Tillman Hearing
-- ...U.S. soldiers whose injuries or deaths remain mired in secrecy. Pat Tillman's brother and fellow Army Ranger Kevin Tillman advocated strongly for other families still waiting for answers. ... "The family was told, it was -- quote -- 'an ambush by insurgents.' Two years later, they found out that those -- quote -- 'insurgents' happened to be the same Iraqi troops that he was training. Before his death, he told his chain of command that these same troops that he was training were trying to kill him and his team. He was told to keep his mouth shut." ...
Thorough and eye-opening examination of the many ways the military spun, lied, withheld information on soldier deaths and injuries for propaganda purposes (and even delayed action until cameras were present in the Jessica Lynch
"My little boy was there, he was up at bat, and I started yelling for him, 'Go Matthew [not his real name]! Knock it out of the park!' And another man started screaming for Matthew. Louder than me. I looked over, and I looked at him, and I was like, Who is this guy? And I looked at my son, and I looked at him … and they were identical."
If you love to hate Fox News, this blogger
has thoughtfully collected a number of Fox's more outrageous on-screen captions and website nonsense from the past few years. (Nice to see John Gibson admit he's a weakling.) [via]
The New Yorker appends a correction (scroll to bottom)...
It seems that Essjay
, an inner-circle Wikipedian favored by Jimbo Wales, has been lying about his "credentials "
to everyone for years, including to The New Yorker (covered previously
prior to correction.)
Carl Cannon on why Presidents lie
, including a lengthy discussion of George W. Bush. Even giving him the benefit of the doubt on honesty, why doesn't the nation's first-ever M.B.A. president demonstrate a better command of the facts?
Make that bribe a tax deduction
The Australian Wheat Board (AWB) [previously]
has been found by to have breached UN sanctions on Iraq by paying the former regime almost three hundred million Australian dollars (300,000,000.00 AUD = 235,733,088.15 USD) in illegal “kickbacks” (read bribes).
While the Australian Navy was instrumental in enforcing sanctions, at a huge cost to the Australian people (and indeed a far greater cost to Iraq people) this company was doing all it could to prop up Sadam’s regime. Now in the Australian Taxation Office have ruled that the bribes aren’t bribes, and have allowed the AWB to claim them as a tax deduction
. Happily for some AWB’s share price surged
with the news, so that’s some good news at least.
It looks as if US might be taking action.
Teh Intarweb suXXors!
Macleans, the venerable Canadian magazine of declining circulation
, declares the Internet a failure. But they're not bitter.
Meet the next generation of GOP leaders, part 8,493:
Justin Zatkoff, Dan Carlson, & Jim Runestad. ... the conservative student Web site Truth Caucus posted photos of his (Zatkoff's) injured face, pronounced the incident a "hate crime,' and speculated it was the work of "liberal thugs.' A Republican organizer in Michigan e-mailed campus Republicans, warning them to travel in groups until the election was over. ...
Um, no--Zatkoff was severely beaten by his own friend while both were drunk.
New Orleans City Ordinance #26031
--...those who have not been able to make the necessary repairs to their battered homes by August 29th risk having their property seized and bulldozed by the city....
Bush says today: Katrina Repair Will Take Time
, but time's up for many New Orleans residents. (more here from ACORN, who has been trying to help save homes there
"God's Army Has Plans to Run the Middle East"
is an article that argues that Hezbollah is Iran's "spearhead" towards controlling the entire region. The author? Amir Taheri
. You might remember him as the guy who fabricated the story about Iran imposing "yellow star" regulations on religious minorities
(previously on mefi
). James Wolcott connects the deceitful dots
the most maritally challenged crop of presidential hopefuls in American political history
--meet 3 leading GOP candidates for 08. We've already read about Hillary's sexlife
(or lack thereof), but will the double standard hold? ...if the top three Democratic presidential hopefuls each had extra-marital affairs in their backgrounds, it stands to reason that Republicans would have something to say about it--and if the past is any guide, those concerns would find their way into the papers.
Will the same happen when it's about the "party of family values and morality"?