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A Heartbreaking Job

Whether or not you're glad that Obama won re-election, Here's something you should know (and it applies to BOTH sides of the political spectrum): Ten of the nation's 44 presidents likely suffered strokes during their presidencies or after leaving office. Seven of them--John Tyler,...
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What Made You Vote the Way You Did?

A team of political scientists and neuroscientists has shown that liberals and conservatives use different parts of the brain when they make risky decisions, and these regions can...
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We Vote With Our Genes

Which candidate you vote for may depend more on your biological make-up than a careful analysis of issues, because the brains of self-identified Democrats and Republicans are hard-wired...
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Truth Tellers Being Attacked

As the presidential race heats up, the climate is heating up too--perhaps irreversibly--but despite this, politicians are denying that climate change even EXISTS in order to garner votes...
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Why No Women are Running This Time

With Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton both running for president recently, it may seem that there are plenty of women candidates around, but actually there are...
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Do You Have to be Good Looking to Get Elected?

Some politicians have a hard time talking, while others just LOOK terrible, but we may not notice them because they don't get much TV coverage. Israelis are watching the upcoming US elections carefully, because a Middle East peace treaty may depend on who wins....
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Why Political Talk So Often Fails

There's a reason why politicians sometimes find it hard to talk. Rick Perry’s failure to remember the name of one of the federal agencies he would abolish if elected president, namely the Department of Energy, was most likely an example of a very common phenomenon called "Tip of the Tongue" phenomenon or TOT."

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The Politics of Disgust

Disgusted with politics? But just HOW disgusted you can be when confronted with a picture of a man eating a mouthful of writhing worms may lend important insight into your personal political...
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We Need a Caveman Candidate

When it comes to voter preference, the issues count. But some may pull the handle for a more primal reason: Physical fitness and stature against an opponent.
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Listen for the Lies

Don't vote for the laughing candidate or the depressed candidate--vote for the candidate who will keep JUNK SCIENCE...
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A Handful of Companies Control the World

At least they control all the money--and one of them, the China Petrochemical Group, controls almost 40% of the world's economy. Is this a conspiracy, or just good economics on their part? (NOTE...
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Watch Out!

You may want to vote for the laughing candidate, but lots of old folks (and their kids) won't be laughing if we elect someone who wants to destroy social security, as two of the Presidential candidates...
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Political Candidates Beware: It May be Dangerous to Tell a Joke

We advised you to vote for the depressed candidate or the laughing candidate, but on the campaign trail, humor may be in the eyes of the viewers. When presidential candidates poke fun at...
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The Secret Behind the Arab Spring

Riots in the Middle East are inspiring similar riots in the West. Last February in his online journal, Whitley Strieber offered the opinion that the Arab world was exploding not because of a...
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Look for the Laughing Candidate

As the 2011 Presidential election heats up, we need to know how to choose a candidate. Should it be someone who's depressed? Or should it be someone who laughs?
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Should We End the Patriot Act?

Congress just passed the extension of the Patriot Act with hardly a murmur and it was signed into law on May 27. Now Senator Ron Wyden (D Oregon) says that what the public has been led to believe the act allows and how the government secretly interprets it are two different things. The reason is that the government's interpretations of the act are...
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As the Election Heats Up, LISTEN to the Candidates

In 1998, a mysterious little man that Whitley Strieber calls the Master of the Key burst into his hotel room in Toronto and told him all kinds of things he didn't know--but when he checked them out later, he found out they were TRUE. (The new,...
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Why Reform Candidates Don't Always Win

Obama says he will run again in November. Will the tea party candidates trump him? They complain a lot about the government, but their candidates don't always win, and we know why: Contented people are more likely to vote than...
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Is Cuba Next?

As we see so many home-grown revolutions taking place in the Middle East, Cuban dissidents and Cuban-American leaders have started to ask why Cubans haven’t followed the lead of oppressed populations in Egypt and Tunisia in overthrowing long-...
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It's All in the Eyes

Many people think we need to transform our politics here in the US. If you want to know what political side someone you're talking to is...
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Polls NOT Accurate

Opinion polls can affect the way people vote--even on Election Day. The sad thing about all this is that they are NOT accurate! When a recent post-election analysis measured the accuracy of polls leading up to midterm elections, the findings indicated not only inaccuracies from a number of polling organizations, but BIAS in their predictions. What...
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Role Playing Good--in Life & Politics

How can we tell what the candidates we're voting for are REALLY like? Many of them seem to have learned this secret: If you want to feel good about yourself, try acting NOT  like yourself.
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Your Vote: What Does Race Have to Do With It?

As voters go to the poles today, we realize that the recession is hitting us ALL hard, but it turns out that race (which plays a big part in many areas of life) has played a part in the recent epidemic of mortgage foreclosures. A new study shows that show that black segregation, and to a...
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Voting Liberal? It's in Your Genes

As you get ready to vote, reflect on this: According to new research, liberals may owe their political outlook partly to their genetic make-up, because political ideology is affected not just by social factors, but also by a dopamine receptor gene called DRD4....
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TV: The Reason for Today's Political Extremes?

But NOT Fox News! - In an era when ideologically based news programs are proliferating, media scholars and political observers have expressed concern that television programming may be polarizing American voters. But the increased availability of entertainment options may be a bigger problem.

Political scientist Kevin...

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A Politician's Smile

Is it really a smile? - Now that so many people communicate via the internet, facial expressions aren't scrutinized the way they used to be. But one group of people frequently appear on TV (where we can see their faces) are people who are running for office. When an election is coming up, how can we know what they're REALLY...

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Can We Get the Candidates We Need?

In Whitley Strieber's dynamic new Journal, he clearly thinks that when it comes to today's political candidates, we're entangled in something that stinks. He concludes: "We need smart, capable and independent candidates whose focus is on the American people, not on how to further exploit the American people, whatever ideological window dressing...

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Reason for the Gridlock in Congress

It's not politics, it's SCIENCE! - Something to think about: Happy people are supposed to be trusting people, but the OPPOSITE may be true: A new study suggests that, in some instances, people may actually be LESS trusting of others when they are in a pleasant mood.

Researcher Robert Lount says, "A person's mood may...

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Those Nasty Political Rumors

Turns out nobody believed them! - About nine in 10 Americans heard the rumor that Barack Obama is a Muslim, making it possibly the most common rumor of the 2008 presidential campaign, according to a nationwide survey. However, voters are smarter than these folks think: only 22% of the people surveyed said they actually believed...

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How Will Obama's Inauguration Speech be Remembered?

UPDATE: We have suggestions about some memorable lines! - Most Inauguration speeches are quickly forgotten, but a few contained lines that have stood the test of time. The most memorable inaugural addresses were delivered by: Jefferson ? "We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists;" Lincoln ? "With malice toward none, with...

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