How Good People Turn Evil, From Stanford to Abu Ghraib

Psychologist Philip Zimbardo will speak Thursday afternoon at the TED conference about parallels between his infamous 1971 “prison experiment” at Stanford and prisoner abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq more than 30 years later. Wired.com has an exclusive video from Zimbardo’s talk, featuring Abu Ghraib photos he says are previously unseen.
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My first thought was, “What prevents any of us from snapping if we work in tight quarters with limited (pleasant) human contact?”

Obama’s Texas Two-Step

A man, a plan, Texas. He’s reaching out in a big way.

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Now for the other Two-Step story …
Yesterday, February 25, I got a flyer in the mail. It was Obama’s “Texas Two-Step” campaign. The gist of the message was that we should attend the voting location twice! The first time, it explained, 2/3 of delegates are chosen. The second time – the night of the March 4 primary – you go to the polling location and sign-in thus choosing the remaining 1/3 of the delgates.
Huh?
Texas doesn’t have caucuses. We vote in the Primary then we vote again in the General Election. End of story.

UPDATE:
Let me rephrase. Texas (a majority Republican state), does not have a Republican caucus. Texas Democrats get to caucus in tight races when there’s more than one canidate left at the time of the Texas Primary.

Stuper Tuesday

This year Super Tuesday is February 5th. Some folks are celebrating the distillation of a canidate others are just celebrating.
There are a butt-load of delegates at stake today:

The two dozen contests Tuesday were delivering 1,023 Republican and 1,681 Democratic delegates. The number needed to win the nomination: 1,191 Republican and 2,025 Democratic. (AP/Yahoo)

There’s the slushy factor to concider: the weather isn’t cooperating in many primary states. Absenteeism is at an all time high: thousands of troops want to vote. (Possibly to elect someone who will get their butts home.) And then there’s the stuper factor: it’s Fat Tuesday.