The Washington Post: “In a simple experiment, researchers at the University of Chicago sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.
“The free rat, occasionally hearing distress calls from its compatriot, learned to open the cage and did so with greater efficiency over time. It would release the other animal even if there wasn’t the payoff of a reunion with it. Astonishingly, if given access to a small hoard of chocolate chips, the free rat would usually save at least one treat for the captive — which is a lot to expect of a rat.
“The researchers came to the unavoidable conclusion that what they were seeing was empathy — and apparently selfless behavior driven by that mental state.”
You have to wonder why empathy and selfless behavior is missing in many far-right “Christian” conservatives but can be found in an ordinary rat. It’s very unlikely that a teagelical would save one of their chocolate chips for a fellow human being (boot straps! get a job!), or help them out of a restrictive cage (God’s will!). Conservative ideals are making people less human.
Donald Trump will be in Florida a day before the Republican National Convention kicks off to receive a “Statesman of the Year” award from the Sarasota Republican Party. A spokesman for Trump said he is “honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award,” according to Mediaite. Prestigious!
If Republicans didn’t give each other these meaninglesssilly prestigious awards, who else would?
Brian Beutler discusses how “Romney wants full political inoculation from anything Bain did between early 1999 and 2002″ when he claims to have left the company:
“For Romney to be truly off the hook politically for the stuff Bain was doing, he’d have to claim not lack of control, but lack of knowledge. And that’s just not going to wash with anyone. He could try going the “I didn’t have even the slightest idea what the company I technically still owned was doing” route, but he’d be marking himself as either dishonest or incompetent.
“And yet that’s really his only out. Just a guess, but if, hypothetically speaking, he’d learned during the 1999-2002 stretch that Bain had made a practice of poisoning the water supply in a Midwestern factory town, he’d have severed all ties, legal and otherwise, with the company.
“But that didn’t happen. More likely, Bain went on doing what it had always done, and with Romney’s tacit stamp of approval. So he owns it.”
Romney has either been lying to voters or he lied to investors and / or the SEC.