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Miscellanea October 6, 2008

Sorry, peeps, but ’tis the midterm season again, so no insightful postage today. But as I can certainly identify with your (perhaps imagined on my part) near-constant pursuit of erudition and greater procrastination material, I will link to some more good articles from the past few days.

This is becoming a pattern, isn’t it? Ah well. Tomorrow I will, of course, be liveblogging the second presidential debate, in which McCain will probably just come right out and ask Obama if his SSN starts with 666, and I will cry.

No time for categories today! We shall post these links WILLY-NILLY, with NO REGARD for alphabetizing, subject matter-izing, or conveniencizing!

  • Another study confirms the wage gap and unequal treatment given to men and women in the workplace, but in an interesting way: they interviewed transgendered people before and after transitioning, and catalogued the differences in the treatments. While I would be the last to argue that trans people don’t face discrimination (duh), it is interesting that merely transitioning produced at least some of the societal benefits or disadvantages inherent in each gender, in spite of previous socialization and any other bigotry directed towards them.
  • This explains the vomitous speeches I’ve been hearing from McCain and Co. all day – cognizant of the fact that he cannot beat Obama on his policies, especially economy-wise, he has blatantly resolved to focus on “character attacks” – i.e. racism, xenophobia, and [insert your favorite type of bigotry here].The sad part is that this will undoubtedly be effective, at least for some people.

  • A poll of professional economists, conducted by the magazine The Economist finds overwhelming support for Obama’s policies over McCain’s. So anybody out there who disapproves of McCain’s social policies but was with him economically might want to go and see if there’s something they hadn’t thought of or heard. [H/T Framing Science]
  • One of the most common tropes repeated by conservatives, whether they be politicians, talking heads, or just that guy down the street who has a crucifix in his front yard, is that we have a “liberal media”. I don’t have the time or energy to debunk this right now, but a key piece of information has come out, regarding a possible influence/determiner of any media bias: if McCain’s proposed tax cuts come through, the mainstream media stands to make Big Bank.

All right, homefries. Must bounce, and all that jazz. See you tomorrow! Feel free to leave links to any interesting articles you find in the comments!

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