Schoolyard bullies may worry that their victims are free to be sniveling, cowardly worms with almost zero repercussions. But, fortunately, they'll get their comeuppance when they grow up and die of heart disease or cancer. "Bullying Is Good For Your Health."
(Being bullied is bad for it.)
"seeing yourself as physically attractive leads you to believe you belong in a higher social class,"
according to a recent study by Peter Belmi and Margaret Neale
of Stanford Graduate School of Business. Through a series of five studies
, they found that "self-perceived attractiveness shaped people's social class perceptions, which in turn, influenced how people responded to inequality and social hierarchies." For example, higher self-perceived attractiveness "reduced donations to a movement advocating for social equality," while lower self-perceived attractiveness led to "greater rejection of inequality and social hierarchies."
"All people are not equally entitled
to my time, affection, resources or moral duties." In his book "Against Fairness
) Stephen T. Asma argues in defense of favoritism
and against universal love
. "Whence then do we find morality and justice in an unfair world
?" [more inside]
In Sentencing Criminals, Is Norway Too Soft? Or Are We Too Harsh?
It’s not very often the concept of restorative justice gets much play outside scholarly publications or reformist criminal justice circles, so first, some credit for Max Fisher at The Atlantic for giving it an earnest look last week. In seeking to explain Norway’s seemingly measly twenty-one-year sentence for remorseless, mass-murdering white supremacist Anders Breivik—a sentence that is certain to be extended to last the rest of his life—Fisher casts a critical eye on the underlying philosophy that animates that country’s sentencing practices, finding it to be “radically different” from what we’re used to in the United States.
The Effectiveness of Restorative Justice Practices: A Meta-Analysis [more inside]
A society where the lucky few reap prodigious financial rewards is one where many will fall short of their dreams through no fault of their own. We must insure all people against disability, against sickness, against hunger, and against homelessness.
I realize that these things cost money. I believe that the costs of building and maintaining a great country should be shared by all of us, beginning with the people who benefit the most from our society. I believe that people like me (and people who are far wealthier) should pay more in taxes.
So-called "job creator" acknowledges that he lives in a society and owes a debt to it, as a response to (seemingly in agreement with) a satirical Job Creator Manifesto
published in the Washington Post. [more inside]
Writing in The Monthly
, Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan
makes a cogent case for ongoing economic reform
to deliver equity, contrasting Australian with US outcomes, and slamming three modern robber barons, Clive Palmer
, Andrew Forrest
and Gina Rinehart
for their increasing political influence.
How Private Is 'Private Charity'?
Private charity may be more accurately described
as "private donations coupled with involuntary, tax-financed public subsidies." And it's not fair
: "very low-income people paying only payroll taxes get hardly any leverage for their donations. Very high-income people in states with high income-tax rates – such as New Jersey and New York – can through the tax code virtually double the money funneled to a charity per dollar of their own sacrifice." (previously
Way to overthink
a plate of
pizza. [more inside]
The big payback in Iraq.
Last night on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, ROBERT LICHTER, President, Center for Media and Public Affairs put forth the following: You know, Charlie Peter, a great Washington journalist, once said, "The message of Watergate was dig, dig, dig, but journalists thought the message was act tough." And so I think you're getting negative coverage that may be kind of compensatory criticism.
Should the news focus more on the optimistic elements
or is it reflecting public opinion
. Is "compensatory criticism" justified for what it might wrongly perceive as possible White House manipulation during the run up to the war?
Proposed Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 32.1.
Proposed Rule 32.1
[.pdf] is an attempt to resolve a dispute in federal court practice over the propriety of citations to unpublished opinions. It is an argument
that has been played out in academic papers
and Circuit Courts. Judge Richard Arnold of the 8th Circuit, writing for the majority, held
that local rules which declare that unpublished opinions are not precedent are unconstitutional under Article III.
Anastasoff v. United States
, 223 F.3d 898, 900(8th Cir. 2000), vacated as moot on reh'g en banc
, 235 F.3d 1054 (8th Cir.2000). Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th Circuit disagreed
, holding that nonprecedential decisions are not inconsistent with the exercise of the judicial power. Hart v. Massanari
, 226 F.3d 1155, 1163 (9th Cir. 2001). The proposed Rule would resolve the circuit split, but the debate rages on.
Monkeys down tools
. - Demand fair pay for a fair day's work
" Researchers taught brown capuchin monkeys to swap tokens for food. Usually they were happy to exchange this "money" for cucumber.
But if they saw another monkey getting a grape - a more-liked food - they took offence. Some refused to work, others took the food and refused to eat it.
and equal treatment "under the law." (pun anyone?)
Outraged prosecutors said Thursday that they will appeal the sentence given to Edwin "Ed" Mann, a former Orlando Police Department sex-crimes detective, for having a sexual affair with a 14-year-old girl who had earlier dated his son.
Mann, a former leader in Cops for Christ, pleaded guilty last week to four felony charges resulting from an ongoing sexual relationship he had with the girl two years ago when he was a sex-crimes detective.
Do you think being "religious" and policeman merits special treatment from a judge?
Should punishments be "creative"?
Judge Michael Cicconett has sentenced a kid with a loud radio to sit quietly
in the woods, a man to
with a pig, at least one guy to run a race
to diminish his jail
sentence. Now Judge Michael Cicconetti is back in the news for sentencing a couple to print
in the local newspaper for their tryst on a public beach. These are rather inconsequential sentences for very minor crimes, but one might still ask: Does
creative sentencing seems intuitively more fair and/or effective, or does
it seem to leave justice up to the capriciousness of the judge
"The rules of this game were set by the people, underwritten by the people, financed or not."
Yet another opportunity for the British Observer
to put the US newspapers to shame, with an closely-argued, even-handed reflection on the fun in Florida. "The system, full of inefficiencies and coagulations, may stink, but it is also a system which belongs to the voters who now complain so shrilly about it."