Nov 182012

By Mike Masnick (TechDirt) So, late Friday, we reported on how the Republican Study Committee (the conservative caucus of House Republicans) had put out a surprisingly awesome report about copyright reform. The MPAA and RIAA apparently went ballistic and hit the phones hard, demanding that the RSC take down the report. They succeeded.

via That Was Fast: Hollywood Already Browbeat The Republicans Into Retracting Report On Copyright Reform | Techdirt.

 November 18, 2012  Posted by at 8:11 am Comments Off
Nov 162012

(Rasmussen) More voters than ever now identify themselves as pro-choice when it comes to abortion, and most rate the issue as important to how they vote.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows that 54% describe themselves as pro-choice on the issue of abortion, while 38% say they are pro-life.

via 54% Are Pro-Choice, 38% Pro-Life – Rasmussen Reports™.

 November 16, 2012  Posted by at 5:38 am Comments Off
Nov 132012

(Columbia Business School) New research from Professor Andreas Mueller digs deeper to not only provide strong evidence that high-wage workers are disproportionately impacted in recessions but also to explain why firms seem so overeager to shed their most productive workers.

He finds that even controlling for education, work experience, gender, and other easily observable characteristics of the unemployed, those with high wages — beyond any other similarities they may share — tend to get disproportionately laid off in recessions. In particular, those with high residual wages — high wages relative to others with similar education and experience — are the most heavily impacted.

via Columbia Ideas at Work : Feature : Letting+Go+of+the+Best.

 November 13, 2012  Posted by at 8:53 am Comments Off
Nov 092012

By Claire Ellicott (Daily Mail) Research published in the Journal of Economic Psychology claims to have discovered the ideal waking hours of the average woman. Tops on the list: 106 minutes of sexual intimacy.

Via A woman’s perfect day? She’d like 106 minutes of romance and 82 minutes of socialising (but only 36 minutes at work) | DailyMail

 November 9, 2012  Posted by at 9:14 am Comments Off
Nov 062012

By Bob Yirka ( A new study done by a team of researchers with business, psychology and economics backgrounds suggests that people who live in poverty tend to make poor long term financial decisions because their economic situation makes it difficult to focus on anything but the near term, which might explain seemingly contradictory behavior exhibited by poor people, such as taking out high interest loans.

via New study finds poverty leads people to focus on short term goals while ignoring the long view.

 November 6, 2012  Posted by at 9:15 am Comments Off