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Normative Order & The Social Psychology Of Successful Degradation Ceremonies

November 10, 2016 - 6:16pm

In the mid-twentieth century, a social psychologist by the name of Harold Garfinkle (1965) wrote an article titled “Conditions of Successful Degradation Ceremonies.” This became one of those articles – one of those stand-out pieces that becomes a signpost for a way of looking at the world. Now largely subsumed under the rubric of Social Identity Theory in psychology, there is a sizeable literature of twentieth century social psychology that issued forth from peculiarly sociological camps.

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The Alps Are Growing

November 10, 2016 - 2:56pm

The Alps are steadily "growing" by about one to two millimeters per year. Likewise, the formerly glaciated subcontinents of North America and Scandinavia are also undergoing constant upward movement.

This is due to the fact that at the end of the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) about 18,000 years ago the glaciers melted and with this the former heavy pressure on the Earth's surface diminished. The ice reacted rapidly to climate change at that time whereas the Earth's crust is still responding today to this relatively sudden melting of ice. During the LGM the Alps were also coated with an ice cap that temporarily reached far into the alpine foreland.

The extent of glaciation was much smaller here than on the subcontinents of North America and Scandinavia.


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Formaldehyde Forms During Chemical Breakdown Of E-Cigarette Flavors

November 10, 2016 - 2:43pm

Atmospheric scientists at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) have turned their attention toward the growing e-cigarette industry and found that toxic aldehydes, such as formaldehyde, are formed during the chemical breakdown of the flavored e-liquid during the rapid heating process (pyrolysis) that occurs inside e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

Since the dose makes the poison, is this a concern? Not really, but in the modern world of International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) hazard assessments, risk has become irrelevant and the presence of any compound, even in trace levels, is declared carcinogenic if the levels are within seven orders of magnitude, so 10,000,000 to 1.


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Affirmative Action Or Racist Regression: Help Lisa Fight Donald Trump

November 9, 2016 - 7:06am
The following is truthfully reporting a conversation between Lovely Liberal Lisa from the sociology department, a stupid Donald Trump follower in the mathematics department, and a Heil Hitler screaming Nazi, the stupid Donald Trump lover’s secret best friend, as it actually happened in the stupid Donald Trump lover’s office:

Heil Hitler Screaming Nazi: Heil Hitler! Congratulations to your victory! Our victory!

Stupid Donald Trump Follower: Hey, what the FiretrUCK, don’t do that. The walls have ears.

Heil Hitler Screaming Nazi: But The Donald has won! Free speech again. Let’s turn on the gas!
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PESD - If You Have Post Election Stress Disorder, Here Are 5 Things To Do

November 8, 2016 - 8:37pm

This election season, people have been blocking and un-friending those on “the other side”, families have been arguing, it's been a lot of stress. Tonight, one side may feel the stress associated with the loss and Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a New York City-based licensed clinical psychologist and teaching faculty member at Columbia University Teacher’s College has a term for it - Post Election Stress Disorder.

And some thoughts on the signs of such Post Election Stress Disorder and what to do about it. 

1. Upset stomach

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