Monday assorted links

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1 Paul Fallavollita January 9, 2017 at 12:05 pm

#4. The women on the Right sure do look better than their Leftist counterparts (you usually can’t tell the women from the men on the Left–in either direction, actually).

2 Jay January 9, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Remember the mantra of the left is that men and women are EXACTLY EQUAL. The anti-science left denies biological difference. I’ve heard it said after presenting a picture of male and female sexual organs to Gloria Steinem and then presenting the equation Human male = Human female? she responded “unequivocally yes”!

3 My Tribe Is the Only Beautiful Tribe January 9, 2017 at 12:59 pm

“I’ve heard it said” that Jay has the greatest willingness to believe fake news, of anyone on the board here.

4 Your Tribe Is Not The Only Non Sequitur Tribe January 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Abu ben Ad Hominem, May your tribe increase.

That’s only one of the reasons for your massive losses in November. .

5 Michael S January 9, 2017 at 6:45 pm

To be fair, the comment he was responding to was a strawman/weakman so unimaginably stupid, that my first reaction was “this has to be some kind of parody”. Maybe it is, I don’t know. Thanks, Poe’s Law!

6 Laguna Beach Fogey January 9, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Of course politicians on the Right look better.

The various pathologies associated with liberalism manifest themselves in physical deformity.

The external appearance of a Leftist is a direct reflection of his or her shallow, stunted soul.

The best-looking people on the Right are to be found among the Alt-Right.

7 Laguna Beach Fogey January 9, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Physiognomy is real !

8 Thiago the Brazilian January 9, 2017 at 12:34 pm

NOW there can no dispute: Brazil is the leading civilization in the world.

9 Thiago the Brazilian January 9, 2017 at 12:35 pm


10 Heorogar January 9, 2017 at 6:09 pm

Thiago, American polity has been declining since 2009. Maybe President Trump can reverse the decline and fall of America.

Nobel Peace Prize update: In his eight years, Obama has bombed the Hell out of seven countries, not counting the unnecessary Hells he wrought in the the USA. Even better, he is the only President in US History that was at war each and every day of his terms.

Way to go, Barry!

11 Every woman in America January 9, 2017 at 12:26 pm

Steve Bannon is so hot!

12 My Tribe Is the Only Beautiful Tribe January 9, 2017 at 12:57 pm

Next, some incredibly ugly on the Alt Right will come up with a proposal that only people who are very good looking can vote. Lack of self awareness prize goes to the Alt Right. No one else comes even close.

13 NatashaRostova January 9, 2017 at 12:28 pm

#4 >As beautiful people earn more, they are more likely to oppose redistribution

They are stringing together tiny correlations to make a nice causal argument.

14 My Tribe Is the Only Beautiful Tribe January 9, 2017 at 12:54 pm


15 Manc January 9, 2017 at 1:21 pm

Precisely. This was the most annoying study I’ve read for sometime.

16 Massimo Heitor January 9, 2017 at 12:28 pm

#6: Trump’s cabinets in education, health, law, environment are urged to “make a splash in the first six months”, “totally shake these agencies up”, and analysts say, ““It won’t take six months. It’ll be less than that. They’ll look different in 30 days,”

Writers at The National Review have said that the Republican congress is similarly prepared for a “whirlwind session” of radical new far right legislative activity.

As a fan of right wing policy, I’m loving this. Trump is turning out far better than I imagined!

If the left is having meltdowns now, what is going to happen when these across the board radical shake ups and legislative whirlwinds start thundering down? Wow!

17 Bill Benzon January 9, 2017 at 2:11 pm

I’m more of the left than the right so I don’t particularly like his cabinet picks. But I do like this hands-off style. Get good people and give them room to move; they’ll do better work.

18 Jay January 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm

What do the great thinking scientist at Vox conclude that we should all do? In one word “Panic”!

19 Art Deco January 9, 2017 at 1:12 pm

4. Do politicians on the Right look better?

Our pols get mulligans for not looking like Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

20 A Black Man January 9, 2017 at 1:25 pm

#4: To me, they all look alike.

21 tjamesjones January 9, 2017 at 1:42 pm


22 Donald Pretari January 9, 2017 at 1:49 pm

#4….My experience is that politicians on the Right look better but smell worse.

23 TMC January 9, 2017 at 1:55 pm

Probably had actually put in some work that day.

24 Jan January 9, 2017 at 4:33 pm

They get sweaty chasing congressional pages around all weekend.

25 Jack January 9, 2017 at 2:50 pm

Re #3, Fukuyama makes a similar point in his Political Order and Political Decay, that the quality of the US government is pretty lackluster; he compares it quite negatively with the civil service in the UK. Both focus on the national government, but the federal government is way more competent than many of the state governments and the municipal governments for America’s large cities. The government seems unable to deliver at a reasonable cost quality services in many of the areas that matter most — health, education, infrastructure and the electorate seems unable to influence this.

26 derek January 9, 2017 at 4:02 pm

It is a matter of available resources. The best thing that happened to Canada was the inability then the political consensus to not deficit finance government. The decisions of bureaucrats had a direct feedback mechanism via the revenue stream and ability to meet obligations, and oddly when there is good feedback good decisions get made for the most part.

It has fallen apart, see Ontario in it’s full deficit financed glory.

The US has been able to afford the ridiculous costs of what it does. For a long time the difference between median incomes in Canada and the US was the costs of a good health insurance policy. This changed in the last decade and a half, where incomes in the US have stagnated, but the costs still are high. The solutions are obvious; drop the monthly social service payouts to the same level as in Canada, and get your health care workers to take a 30% pay decrease.

Good luck with that.

27 msgkings January 9, 2017 at 4:13 pm

Yep, the docs make too much in the US. Easy for me to say as I’m not one. The AMA has been opposed to health care reforms for a century:

28 HM Just Another MR Commentor, King of the Komments January 9, 2017 at 3:55 pm

I can’t understand the blurb you gave for the book Tyler:
“What can America learn from the more technocratic governments in today’s world? I don’t agree with everything in this book, but it is one of the most important and urgent re-thinking’s of what has gone wrong in the United States.”

Are you STILL bellyaching over the election? What HAS gone wrong in America? We just elected one of the most competent Presidents ever – an actual REAL businessman with private sector experience for once. If anything the US is in better hands than ever. What in God’s name are you talking about?!?

29 derek January 9, 2017 at 4:05 pm

4: What do you mean? I liked looking at the State Department women under Clinton. Best to turn the sound off though.

30 jim jones January 9, 2017 at 4:08 pm
31 msgkings January 9, 2017 at 4:14 pm

Only if you include Melania.

32 Urso January 9, 2017 at 4:22 pm

#4, to the extent it’s true, could be because people on the right are more likely to follow traditional gender roles and expectations, whereas people on the left are more likely to buck them. We perceive masculine men and feminine women as more attractive than (relatively) feminine men and (relatively) masculine women.

Which way the causation arrow goes I don’t know.

33 J.T.BLEU January 9, 2017 at 7:39 pm

Whatever. But where is the science on the head waggle? I’m amazed by the oscillating, jouncing head movements of liberals as compared to conservatives (I’m a libertarian).

As an American who lives in Japan, whenever I watch debates, talk shows, political commentary–even with sound MUTED, and completely unacquainted with the personalities, the liberal is readily identified by a sometimes not so subtle reeling, quaking, and roiling movement of the crown.

Just an observation.

34 Ray Lopez January 9, 2017 at 7:51 pm

Everybody is talking about #4 in this thread, but I found #5 –thinking chickens–to be more interesting. In the Philippines we raise chickens, for pets and food.

35 chuck martel January 9, 2017 at 8:23 pm

It’s too bad the charismatic but incompetent Jennifer Granholm is a Canadian. She would have blown both Mrs. Bill Clinton and Trump out of the water:

36 January 9, 2017 at 8:33 pm

#5 Nonthinking pigeons

“””You might expect city-dwelling birds to be savvy about traffic. Birds didn’t evolve around giant, motorized predators made of metal—but once they realize how quickly a cab or bus can bear down on them, they should take heed. A recent study, though, found that pigeons do just the opposite.”””

37 January 9, 2017 at 8:50 pm

Or deep thinking pigeons …

“””Building upon the breakthrough work of B. F. Skinner, Page and Brin reasoned that low cost pigeon clusters (PCs) could be used to compute the relative value of web pages faster than human editors or machine-based algorithms. And while Google has dozens of engineers working to improve every aspect of our service on a daily basis, PigeonRank continues to provide the basis for all of our web search tools.”””

38 January 9, 2017 at 8:39 pm

Re previous: Power Markers …

“””When I pushed back, that’s when they began: the short, snarky emails that always ended with an ellipsis — three little dots, goading me, daring me. It was HGM’s power move, and reader, it worked. As an act of digital passive aggression, the ellipsis is far greater than the sum of its parts.”””

39 January 9, 2017 at 9:04 pm

Hmm … Subliminal message

Thinking chicken … pecking orders … power markers …

40 Buckland January 9, 2017 at 9:24 pm

Re: Politicians on right look better.

I wonder if these findings are age independent. Leftists politicians tend to stay around longer and are therefore older.

In the US house the average age of the GOP leadership is 48. The Democratic leadership average age is 76. It’s hard to look better when you’re at that much of an age disadvantage.

41 Willitts January 10, 2017 at 9:14 am

This is a very good point, but is their objective evidence that could prove the truth of the hypothesis that group X is more attractive than group Y?

Researchers have indeed found objective measures of beauty that transcend cultural boundaries. The cultural aspect to beauty is largely an unsupported assertion.

42 Willitts January 10, 2017 at 9:11 am


A. Are female economists in academia qualitatively and qualitatively less productive than male economists?

B. Is the profession widely aware of A?

C. Do women tend to publish more with their male spouses? Is the spouse the better researcher?

D. Do women get jobs at universities above their ability because their husbands received a job there based on merit?

E. Do factors A through D justly filter through to tenure decisions? That is, if A through D are true, wouldn’t tenure committees be acutely aware of them, and wouldn’t this additional information be somewhat opaque in a study of this sort?

43 Melmoth January 11, 2017 at 8:46 am

#4 – They look fairer but feel fouler.

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