Gerry Canavan

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Posts Tagged ‘Family Research Council

Links for Thanksgiving Eve

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* The Southern Poverty Law Center has courted controversy in naming the Family Research Council a hate group. Good for them.

* Collapsing empire watch: China and Russia will no longer use the US dollar in bilateral trade.

* The Hammer has fallen.

* A new poll shows much of the opposition to the Affordable Care Act comes from people who wish to expand it. More here. Another poll shows Obama is still surprisingly popular right here in North Carolina—at least compared to leading Republicans.

* Can Sarah Palin with the 2012 Republican primary? Wealthy, College-Educated Republicans edition.

It is proposed that happiness be classified as a psychiatric disorder and be included in future editions of the major diagnostic manuals under the new name: major affective disorder, pleasant type. In a review of the relevant literature it is shown that happiness is statistically abnormal, consists of a discrete cluster of symptoms, is associated with a range of cognitive abnormalities, and probably reflects the abnormal functioning of the central nervous system. One possible objection to this proposal remains–that happiness is not negatively valued. However, this objection is dismissed as scientifically irrelevant. A proposal to classify happiness as a psychiatric disorder. Via Alex.

* Another round of accurate but misleading movie descriptions.

* And the Harry Potter series, from Hermione’s point of view.