The Social Psychology of Facebook, or, Why Social Networking Makes You Feel Like Sh*t

Ken AshfordSocial Networking, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Everybody is happier than you, you loser.  That's what a Stanford study, published in this month's Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, reports.   As most people (and certainly those like me with social psych degrees) know, people always tend to think that others are happier than they are.  "The grass is always greener…." and all that.   But the Stanford … Read More

Egypt: A Primer

Ken AshfordForeign AffairsLeave a Comment

Late to the game?  Mother Jones will get you up to speed. The best news reporting on this by far is Al Jazeera, which is a shame because most places in the United States have blacked out al Jazeera TV.  But the live stream is here.

Site Notes

Ken AshfordPersonalLeave a Comment

Yes, I know my blogging is sporadic. Yes, I know I missed writing about the State of the Union, this blog's seventh anniversary, and the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster. Lot of things going on right now, and free time is at a premium. Hope to get back to a "normal" blogging routine soon.

The GOP Attempt To Redefine Rape

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Republicans, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

After a meaningless attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans set their sites on something else: passing a law which makes sure that no federal money goes to funding abortions.  It was cleverly called the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act." Why do this? After all, existing law already restricts public funds for abortions.  Weren't they voting on something that … Read More

Texting In The Mall Update

Ken AshfordCourts/LawLeave a Comment

Several days ago, I posted a Youtube video showing a girl who was texting while in a mall, thus toppling into a fountain. She's now suing the mall: The video has received more than 1.5 million views since it went viral on YouTube last week. The woman in the video, Cathy Cruz Marrero, doesn't think the video is very funny. … Read More

“A Unicorn Is Here To See You”

Ken AshfordWeb RecommendationsLeave a Comment

Yes, there is a whole website devoted to taking New Yorker cartoons, and replacing the captions with very literal captions. The site is called "The Monkeys You Ordered" Here's another one. "Sorry this piano doesn’t sound very good — it’s filled with water and dead fish."

And Now Back To Health Care…

Ken AshfordConstitution, Health CareLeave a Comment

Well, some shooting aside, the new Congress is back in session and rarin' to go.  First on the agenda, repealing all the progress mad in health care. Now, of course, the ability of the Republicans to do this is limited.  After all, Obama isn't going to sign a bill (even assuming a bill passes both houses) that guts his health … Read More

RNC Chairman Michael Steele Drops Out

Ken AshfordRepublicansLeave a Comment

So who will be the RNC chairman? NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – Michael Steele dropped out of the race to run the RNC after a series of closed door meetings with every candidate except, as far as I could tell, Reince Priebus. "It's time for me to step aside, and give others the chance to lead," said Steele. "Despite the noise … Read More