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Paul Ryan's Father, and Al Smith's: Two American Centuries

Paul Ryan's Father, and Al Smith's: Two American Centuries | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Since the moment Mitt Romney picked Ryan as his running mate last Saturday, the death of his father has, quite rightly, been spoken of as a defining moment.

 

the case for universal healthcare and commitment to the community.....

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You Heard We’re Stopping The Boats? You Heard Wrong.

You Heard We’re Stopping The Boats? You Heard Wrong. | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Despite huge efforts to deter and block boat journeys, Australian immigration policies in fact encourage asylum seekers to come by boat.  ...

 

'Myth: Asylum seekers who come by boat are illegal, those who come by plane are legal.

 

Myth: It’s cheaper to come by boat.

 

Myth: Our policies are designed to “Stop the Boats”.

 

Truth: Despite all Australia does to the block refugees coming by boat, government policies in fact encourage people to make the risky boat journey.

 

Mike Steketee explains it in this detailed report.

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3 Science Questions to Ask U.S. Presidential Candidates | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

3 Science Questions to Ask U.S. Presidential Candidates | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

As you may already be aware from my previous posts, The Guardian U.S. and NYU’s Studio 20 journalism lab have teamed up to push a project ...

 

3 clusters of questions emerged:

 

The topic of greatest interest is Science Education – its value, its role in society,the role of federal government in regulating it, and the need for its reform and funding.

 

The second topic, with 18 questions focusing entirely on it, is Evolution.

 

The third most exciting topic, with 17 questions clearly and solely in thiscategory, is Climate Change.

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Deliberative Democracy

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What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

 

'Most people are not well informed about public policy. They are rationally ignorant: their vote is only one among millions, so why should they care? What we want to show is that these people don’t lack the competence to make informed decisions. If we give them the right information, in an institutional design where they become seriously engaged in competing arguments, they will make informed and thoughtful judgments. One thing we don’t seek is consensus. Consensus usually distorts judgments because of the social pressure that is involved. We want to avoid those forms of pressure, or the top-down approach of a telephone poll. It turns out that when people think about the issues, they are very thoughtful.'

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India’s Truth Bomb

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Bollywood film star Aamir Khan is shaking up India with a TV juggernaut that airs the dirty laundry of one billion people. ...

 

'For 11 weeks, Aamir Khan, one of Bollywood's biggest acting stars, has perched himself in empathetic attitude before a studio audience in what looks like the classic talk-show set-up. But each week Khan has used this format to expose India's social ills. The television show has earned him plaudits — and massive ratings — in a country where you can usually only pull such crowds with sport or cheap thrills such as reality television.

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