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Pitchforks are coming – Nick Hanauer, early Amazon investor, calls for policy change to preserve / grow middle class.

Predictors of Extra-Marital Partnerships among Women Married to Fishermen along Lake Victoria in Kisumu County, Kenya – “Domestic violence, denial of a preferred sex positions, longer erect penis, younger age and increased sexual satisfaction were the main predictors of women’s involvement in extra-marital partnerships”

RegData – Could become interesting: “RegData is an innovative new way of measuring the size and scope of US federal regulation. It is currently in beta. We welcome your feedback.”

The Advantages of Dyslexia – thought provoking – “If this is indeed the case, given that attention affects perception in very general ways, any number of advantages should emerge.  While people with dyslexia may tend to miss details in their environment that require an attentional focus, they would be expected to be better at noticing things that are distributed more broadly.  To put this another way, while typical readers may tend to miss the forest because it’s view is blocked by all the trees, people with dyslexia may see things more holistically, and miss the trees, but see the forest.”

Google location history – fun to see your movements for the last month


Gazing At Gaza: A Conversation With Sam Harris

This is great discussion!

I read Andrew for more than a year now, and he is mostly level headed, inquisitive journalist. I like him a lot. I am Dish subscriber. But in this discussion, one can easily see how, Sam exposes the double standard we all, and specifically Andrew, have about Israel. No amount of explanation of life under daily assault for years, or suicide bombings and what had to be done to prevent it, does not come in comparing with awful life of Palestinians,
because “Jews chose to be there, and Palestinians were forced, and by Jews.”
People still can not get over the fact that Israel is here to stay same way as, idk, Sweden.
It will not go away no matter what you think of decisions that brought people there in the first place. Once Andrew will accept it, that Israel is here and forever, and have same rights as other countries,
I believe, it will be easier to accept what Israel needs to do to survive and secure normalcy for citizens.

The Dish

Israeli attack kills Palestinian kid in Jabalia Camp

As promised, the edited transcript of an August 6 telephone conversation. I’ll now go back to vacation mode – so I’ll deal with whatever dissents and comments when I’m back next month.

Harris: First, Andrew, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to speak with me. As you know, this began with a blog post I wrote to which you responded. I don’t want to focus too much on those articles – readers who want to do their homework can go back and see what we said. However, I want to begin by acknowledging that certain topics are simply radioactive. It seems to me that one can’t make sense about them fast enough to defuse the bomb that is set to go off in the reader’s brain when one fails to align with his or her every prejudice.

Unfortunately, this is true of many topics I’ve…

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The Science of Style: In Fashion, Colors Should Match Only Moderately

Scientist did this study


Fashion is an essential part of human experience and an industry worth over $1.7 trillion. Important choices such as hiring or dating someone are often based on the clothing people wear, and yet we understand almost nothing about the objective features that make an outfit fashionable. In this study, we provide an empirical approach to this key aesthetic domain, examining the link between color coordination and fashionableness. Studies reveal a robust quadratic effect, such that that maximum fashionableness is attained when outfits are neither too coordinated nor too different. In other words, fashionable outfits are those that are moderately matched, not those that are ultra-matched (“matchy-matchy”) or zero-matched (“clashing”). This balance of extremes supports a broader hypothesis regarding aesthetic preferences–the Goldilocks principle–that seeks to balance simplicity and complexity.


Women’s Clothing

Analyses revealed a significant linear trend, R2 = .18, F (1, 58) = 13.04, p = .001, such that more coordination was linked to more fashionableness, consistent with the general importance of matching. Importantly, however, this linear trend was qualified by the predicted quadratic effect, R2 = .44, F (2, 57) = 22.23, p<.001, such that peak fashionableness was achieved by moderately coordinated combinations. This quadratic effect accounted for twice as much variance as the linear effect.

Men’s Clothing

Analyses did not reveal a significant linear trend, F<1, but did reveal the predicted quadratic trend, R2 = .28, F (2, 57) = 11.18, p<.001, such that peak fashionableness was again achieved by moderately coordinated combinations.