The New York Times reports in detail about a study by two researchers that purports that newspaper headlines are much harsher on the economy during Republican presidencies than Democratic ones. Of course, that might be because from 1991-2004 the economy has suffered more under Republican presidencies...but I'd need a research grant to be sure. Oh, and at the end of the article, the NYT finally mentions that one of the researchers has "come under criticism [when he acknowledged] that he assumed a pseudonym -- Mary Rosh -- to write his own praise and defend his positions in online debate on [gun ownership as crime deterrant] from 2000 through January 2003." The other was an adviser to Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, during his bid for the presidency in 2000.And these guys are investigating bias. I guess it's a subject near and dear to them.
“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”
“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”
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