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Maryland Proposes DUI License Plates

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[Psychology]
Maryland representative Herman Taylor has introduced House Bill 1315, which would require the state's Motor Vehicle Administration to issue special license plates to people convicted on at least two DUI offenses. These special "DUI" plates would in effect impose the "scarlet letter" effect upon the vehicles' of owners convincted of drunk driving. No word of anyone else who uses the car might be happy about that.

As an added bonus, a DUI plate would immediately give police instant "probable cause" to pull the vehicle over.

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Cable Networks Pander To Partisian Brains Wired To Ignore Facts

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[Psychology]
Director of Clinical Psychology at Emory University, Drew Westen studies the way that psychology and politics intersect, and he says the format of cable TV news -- throwing out a topic to two representatives of opposite sides -- capitalizes on a design flaw in the human brain. People believe what they want to believe, no matter what the facts are.

As a result, highly-polarized people, such as self-promoting Democrats, Republicans, liberals and conservatives tend to ignore facts that do not substantiate their side. And mainstream media propogates and panders to these flaws, especially via a method of creating "demon" icons like fundamentalist radicalists, Michael Moore, Rush Limbaugh, the ACLU or PETA. These references create such irrational contempt among certain polarized groups that they ignore facts on relevant issues to which they may not even be associated. In other words, you can tell a republican that Rush Limbaugh burned down his neighbor's house and he may suggest the neighbor deserved it, but if someone from PETA steps on his lawn, he might want them arrested for trespassing.

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Bill O'Reilly's Obsession With Beastiality

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[Pundits]
[Psychology]
On his September 14 radio show, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly insisted that the secular progressive movement "would like to have marriage abolished ... because it is not diverse enough." He explained, "That's what this gay marriage thing is all about." O'Reilly then warned of the possibility of "poly-amorphous" marriage, in which "you can marry 18 people, you can marry a duck."

Hey Bill, I don't know about you, but most people aren't thinking about duck orgies. Can you spare us your preoccupation with perverse sexual deviation?

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"Catman" Having Trouble Finding a Job to Pay For Plastic Surgery

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[Vanity]
[Psychology]
This might seem a little hard to believe, but Washington native Dennis Avner has a rather obscure hobby in which he is progressively altering his body to be more "cat-like" (pulled teeth and replaced with cat-dentures, stainless steel body inserts that he attaches whiskers to, etc). After more than $200,000 in body modifications, he's currently looking for a job to help fund more. What? This guy can't find a job?

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Who has the smarter supporters?

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Ok, we're going to settle this once and for all. Here's a breakdown of average I.Q. by state cross referenced with the 2004 presidential election results.

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Research shows having children makes you more stupid?

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[Psychology]
A five-year study run by Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction proves what many in the scientific community have always suspected: having children significantly lowers the IQ of both male and female parents.

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Asian Firm Develops "Cyber Girlfriend"

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[Psychology]
A Hong Kong company has developed a new cell phone application that emulates a "virtual girlfriend" that requires your time, attention and money in return for what can only be characterized as perverse, pathetic, inanimate validation.

If you previously thought you weren't paying enough to get attention or respect from your cellular provider, think again!

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New child discipline: "Hot Saucing?"

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[Psychology]
Apparently there's a "hot" debate going on regarding the use of hot sauce to punish children.

Is it just me, or is this the stupidest thing you've ever heard of? I don't have an issue with the punitive aspect of disciplining children, but hot sauce? Has, "Go get me the belt!" been replaced with, "Go get me the Tabasco?"

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