01) Study finds your genes have a large influence your sense of duty to vote
““The conventional wisdom is that political orientations are primarily shaped by political socialization (e.g., parents, teachers, peers, etc). We find that the sense of civic duty is heritable and also that there is genetic overlap between personality traits (which we, and many psychologists before us, find to be heritable) and civic duty.”
By statistically analyzing data from twins who had participated in the National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States, the researchers found evidence that people have different heritable predispositions to how they feel about politics.
Specifically, they found that about 70% to 87% of the relationship between civic duty and four of the Big Five personality traits could be attributed to genetic factors. (The four personality traits being Extraversion, Conscientiousness, Emotional Stability, and Openness.)
01) Elizabeth Warren Slams Trump’s Federal Deregulation
“Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) delivered the opening keynote address at an event hosted by the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards about the effects of the Trump administration’s federal deregulation.”
01) Fetal exposure to maternal cortisol linked to better cognitive performance
“Exposure to maternal cortisol during the third trimester is beneficial to a child’s cognitive function later in life, according to a study recently published in Psychoneuroendocrinology.
The human brain undergoes a complex series of events in its journey from embryo to adult. Developmental stages are influenced by early environmental conditions including in utero experiences. However, the neurodevelopment that occurs during the foetal period is far greater than any other period in an individual’s life and the stage at which the brain is most vulnerable to the environment.”
01) Arizona veterans group finds homeless camp — and fuels a new ‘pizzagate’-style conspiracy
“Conspiracy theorists have found a new outrage to respond to, this one in Tucson, Arizona.
An armed group called Veterans on Patrol is demanding that authorities recognize a homeless camp they found on private property to be a child sex-trafficking camp.
Authorities have found no evidence that there was a child-sex camp on the site, even though they have brought in investigators and a police cadaver dog to search the area. But the lack of evidence has done nothing to prevent these claims from catching on among far-right online conspiracy theorists.
The speed at which these accusations have spread is yet another example of how fringe beliefs, nurtured in dark corners of the internet, can blossom in a deeply polarized era.
Followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory — an elaborate offshoot of the debunked “pizzagate” conspiracy theory, which claimed Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring in the basement of a pizza shop that had no basement — have been particularly gripped by Meyer’s claims. The “pizzagate” theory inspired one person to fire an AR-15 rifle in the restaurant.”
As usual…the unfounded claims run rampant.
…The “rape trees” weren’t actually rape trees…
…But once the conspiracy theorists get something into their heads…everybody else has to suffer from their ignorance…
This is the problem with laymen and zealots deciding they are “authoritative investigators”…
Their incompetence is the source of all sorts of trouble and suffering…frequently for people, other than themselves.
This is why it annoys me so badly, when these people wont pull their heads out of their own rear ends…
…They’re just clueless idiots, running around and causing trouble.
We are the ones who have to live in this world, with all of their B.S.
…Many of us are so, so eternally sick of it…We’re just done tolerating this nonsense…
…Why cant we have them all committed to a mental institution, and get them out of everybody’s hair?
…It’s where a lot of them belong.
When are you sorts of people who do this type of stuff going to get it through your heads?…
…You are not helping anyone, or anything, in any way, shape or form, by working up the public into a frenzy, over your wild goose chases!…
In fact…your notorious incompetence only hurts things.
01) MIT scientists created a “psychopath” AI by feeding it violent content from Reddit
“The MIT team—Pinar Yanardag, Manuel Cebrian, and Iyad Rahwan—was actually trying to show how some AI algorithms aren’t necessarily inherently biased, but they can become biased based on the data they’re given. In other words, they didn’t build Norman as a “psychopath,” but it became a “psychopath” because all it knew about the world was what it learned from a Reddit page.”
01) Parents Lose Their Son After Letting Him Smoke Weed To Control Seizures
“Georgia recognizes cannabis as a treatment for epilepsy and notionally lets certified patients possess up to 20 fluid ounces of “low THC oil,” an extract that contains a negligible amount of marijuana’s main psychoactive component but a substantial amount of cannabidiol (CBD), the ingredient that reduces seizures. That privilege is mainly theoretical, however, since there is no legal way to produce or obtain cannabis extract in Georgia. Given that glaring defect in the state’s medical marijuana law, it is easy to understand why Matthew and Suzeanna Brill let their 15-year-old son, David, smoke cannabis in a desperate attempt to control his epileptic seizures. It is harder to understand why that decision led the state of Georgia to forcibly separate David from his parents…