5 days ago
Friday, September 28, 2012
FRIDAY FAST ONES
2.) Once again, if there hadn't been a homeowner with a gun involved, a tragedy could have been avoided. In a Connecticut neighborhood a local high school teacher got a call from his sister that someone might be breaking into her house. He went to investigate and found a masked person outside the house, when confronted, he claims the intruder lunged at him with something in his hand, so he shot him.
Turns out he killed his own son. They don't know why his son was masked and lurking around his aunt's house. He was 15. Teen aged boys are not the most logical creatures. They are unpredicible and do stupid things. If his dad didn't have a gun, they might have found out what he was up to, what craziness was in his mind. Now they will never know and his dad has to live with that.
3.) Some conservatives are voicing big doubts and conspiracy theories about recent polls that show President Obama pulling ahead both nationally and in key battleground states. They contend that pretty much everyone but the conservative pollsters over at Rasmussen are relying on "turnout models" that unfairly favor Democrats. If the turnout models were tweaked appropriately, they say, Romney would have a substantial lead coming down the home stretch.
Credible pollsters like Gallup have explained the methods used and the changes to the methods they have implemented due to land line/cell phone usage and just generally says - this isn't an exact science but we are doing it in a legitimate way.
Today the guy at unskewedpolls.com pretty much lost his conspiracy argument when when Fox News released its latest survey, which showed Obama up by 5 points, 48 percent to Romney's 43.
4.) This is a very serious subject to me as it comes close to my home. This is the first time I have read anything on this subject that is so illuminating. This links the whole article which is long but very well written and worthwhile. The point I had never known before is this:
New research suggests that pedophilia—the attraction to children, not the act of molesting them—is essentially impossible to change. James Cantor, a senior scientist at the Sexual Behaviors Clinic of the Center of Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, is at the forefront of neuroimaging studies of pedophiles and has described a kind of crossed wiring in their brains that they’re likely born with. He has expressed hopes that by pinpointing pedophilia’s neurological origins, it may someday lead to a course of prevention.
The reason this research and knowledge is important is that it smashes the myth that pedophiles are weird, scary guys we can recognise when we see them. We can't.