What is moral?

I loved this Gallup post looking at what Americans consider to be morally acceptable:

Moral Acceptability of Various Issues, May 2014

First comment– there’s a lot of “unacceptable” moral behavior going on when it comes to pornography and teenagers having sex.  And, it’s pretty cool to see the party breakdown:

Moral Acceptability by Party Identification, May 2014

Lots of interesting stuff here, but I find the tiny gap on birth control quite notable.  Also interesting to see the huge (though not surprising) gap on abortion.  Big gap on out-of-wedlock childbirth as well.

Photo of the day

From a simply way-too-cute Big Picture gallery of animals babies:

Nine-day-old giraffe Bine licks the nose of its giraffe aunt Andrea at Friedrichsfelde Zoo in Berlin,†Germany, May 9. The baby giraffe was born on 30 April during opening hours and numerous visitors were able to watch the birth. (STEPHANIE PILICK/EPA)

The public on homosexuality

Two interesting new Gallup features.  First, on whether homosexuality is nature or nurture:

Origins of Homosexuality: Innate or Environmental?

Would love to see the crosstabs on that with views about gay marriage, party ID, etc.  Still, interesting to see the big change followed by relative stability for the past decade.

Second, interesting to see that support for adoption is greater than support for marriage:

Americans' Support for Same-Sex Adoption vs. Support for Same-Sex Marriage

Quick hits

1) Pro-gun cliche bingo.

2) It’s not easy for psychiatrists to identify which seriously mentally ill people will actually become violent.

3) The real origin of the religious right— segregation, not abortion.

4) Terrific first-person account of the exploitative plasma donation system in the US.

5) Love this series of self-portraits of “culture” and “counter-culture” for the past 10 decades.

6) One of those policy areas where nobody pays attention, but the NC GOP is also making major cuts in our state court system.  Justice.  We don’t need no stinkin’ justice.

7) Isla Vista shootings?  Of course gay marriage is to blame.

8) Nietzshe quotes randomly paired with Family Circus cartoons.  Oh how I love this.

9) I liked this take on the shooting and America’s unwillingness to address it’s gun laws:

Look, we’ve collectively decided, as a country, that the occasional massacre is okay with us. It’s the price we’re willing to pay for our precious Second Amendment freedoms. We’re content to forfeit the lives of a few dozen schoolkids a year as long as we get to keep our guns. The people have spoken, in a cheering civics-class example of democracy in action.

But, mostly, it made me think of Gary Wills similar, but far more brilliant take after Newtown.  I’ve posted it before, but well worth revisiting.

10) Richard Posner with a very interesting take on a new book on America’s prisons.

11) The latest science looks at our metabolically demanding brains— especially the prefrontal cortex– and our undemanding muscles in an evolutionary context.  Great stuff.

12) Andrew Cohen with a nice take on the meaning of Scalia’s perpetual certainty.

13) Cops in PA can search your car for hiding spaces without a warrant.  And they can seize your car just for having a hiding space.  Is this America?

14) All that losing in primaries.  Let’s be clear, the Tea Party won.  (i.e., The Republican Party basically is the Tea Party now) .


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