Neuropolitics Survey

Layton linked to this survey, which I took.  And now the results:

Personal Evaluation
You are focused on social inequity in your daily life. You have a higher tolerance for ambiguous reality models. You maintain a larger social relationship array than most people. Your moral system is highly based on greatest good or utilitarian principles. You have a lower than average desire for social interaction. You have a right hemispheric orientation in how your regulate your behavior in society. You have elevated spatial analysis skills. Your long term memory systems are more widely distributed in your brain than the average person. You exhibit an elevation in awareness of social ranking. Your communication preferences strongly favor your auditory cortex over your visual cortex. You have an elevated need to please others and will subordinate yourself in your social relationships if you feel it necessary. You exhibit an independent nature and are not likely to follow social conventions.

Sensible Britons

I heard about the decision of the United Kingdom's House of Lords earlier today, but only realized the importance of this decision as I was driving home listening to NPR. As the basis of most common law around the world, the 'modern' world has adopted what has been learned from the UK legal system over the years. The fact that this decision prevents any court in the United Kingdom from allowing to use as evidence any information obtained using torture anywhere in the world, and that the use of this type of evidence is unacceptable in the British judicial system. Bravo Britain!

BBC News is reporting a lot about this decision, and one of the articles mentioned that,

Amnesty International said the “momentous” ruling overturned the “tacit belief that torture can be condoned under certain circumstances.”

Another member of the panel, Lord Carswell, said allowing evidence from torture to be used would “involve the state in moral defilement.”

And this quote from Reuters News Service:

“Torture is an unqualified evil. It can never be justified. Rather it must always be punished,” said Lord Brown, one of seven Law Lords asked to rule on the issue.

OM Freakin' G

Talk about Santa's inability to control his animalistic urges!  (This is what it is really about.)  I mean, who wants their kids bouncing on Santa's hardened lap.  Another solution would have been to move Santa, or better still – not have the dude there in the first place. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa who can't control his urges.

Mall blocks view of Victoria's Secret from Santa
06:45 AM CST on Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Associated Press

ROANOKE, Va. – A black curtain has risen between a shopping mall Santa and a lingerie store to shield children from a display of skimpy undergarments.

The Victoria's Secret window display includes a leggy mannequin in a hot-pink thong and a bra and the message “Give Me Sexy.”

Following complaints from parents, management at Valley View Mall on Thursday raised the curtain to shield Santa's chair — and his young visitors — from the display.

“I want to make sure that everyone feels comfortable,” mall spokeswoman Mandy York said. “We can't move the store … We don't have control over what they put in their windows.”

Shirley Fairchild, waiting in line to see Santa with her grandchildren, Allison, 11, and Logan, 6, said the black curtain did a good job of hiding the lingerie-clad mannequins from children's view.

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