Social Science

A Fairly Evil Man

My wife is a somewhat prominent America historian and so it is with some trepidation that I disagree with her about FDR. It seems to me that Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a nasty person who ranks among the ten worst presidents in our history. JoEllen doesn’t think he is in the top ten Terribles but does not supply her ranking. She agrees that at his worst, few compare with him for evil. His worst moment was his acquiescence in the...

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If You Love Statistics

If you love statistics, charts and reams of data – and who dares say he doesn’t? – then this book is for you. 530 pages with thousands of tables and charts will delight you for hours. All produced under the supervision of these heart-winning folks: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius Secretary Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. Director National Center for...

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Habits, Addictions, Obsessions, And Compulsions

As your good fortune would have it, I know more about the topics listed on the title line of this post than any man or woman alive. So here is a brief introduction to the unassailable facts. 1. The word “habit” gives you no clue as to whether the thing so described is problematic. Biting your nails and cuticles all day long is something you wish you could put an end to. Brushing your teeth every morning without giving it much...

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Boycott The Jews

A short time ago, Iran’s Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Muslim World to boycott anything and everything that originates with the Jewish people. What should we expect if the 1 billion, 200 million Muslims follow this advice assiduously? Any Muslim who has syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. He should not even try to find out whether he has syphilis, because the Wasserman Test...

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Ahoy! Drop Anchor Where It Is Deepest

Research social psychologists have proved something that ought to be very useful for fund raisers. If a charitable organization says, “Please consider sending us at least $10 but any amount will help,” it is begging for inferior donations. It ought to say, “Donations of $300 are hereby requested but any amount you contribut, even $25, will help.” In other words, requesting higher amounts provides a better anchor than...

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Raise High The Roof Beams

All of us know the stories of young children who by rights should have been among life’s failures but they refused to be such. Here is the latest one I know. Jacquise Purifoy was 13 years old when she got pregnant. As a poor black kid, there was no prenatal medicine for those in her social class in those days, but right up to the night before she gave birth, she attended basketball practice for the 8th grade team she captained. Her...

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