Friday, July 30, 2010

Biological Basis for Ideology

One's concern for order, high sensitivity for disgust, and overall conscientiousness combined with your level of empathy (measured completely separately) is strongly associated with political conservatism.  It blows my mind that new research is beginning to understand a biological basis for your ideology. Born a liberal? conservative? 


North Korean Soccer

It's a tough life for North Koreans, even if you play for the national soccer team.


After losing every game in the World Cup, the DPRK team has faced harsh criticism back home. According to article in the Telegraph UK, based on reports from Radio Free Asia and various South Korean media, the players were "forced onto a stage at the People's Palace of Culture and subjected to criticism from Pak Myong-chol, the sports minister, as 400 government officials, students and journalists watched."


A mild treatment compared to previous punishment for World Cup failure, the Chosun Ilbo (a South Korean newspaper) reported from a intelligence source that "in the past, North Korean athletes and coaches who performed badly were sent to prison camps." (Inside DPRK labour camps)


North Korean World Cup Soccer Team - #9 Jong Tae-se

Monday, July 12, 2010

Search Engine Interview

Back in the day, one of my favourite journalists, Jesse Brown, dared his podcast listeners to create a piece of ukulele music based on 'Search Engine.' Bored at the time, I took up his challenge and got on his show.