this & that
- Explaining Bush's use of signing statements in a neutral fashion is one of my hardest tasks as a teacher. The students just don't understand how one person can decide that something is unconstitutional based on a crazy interpretation of executive authority and still be within the bounds of the rule of law. Luckily, I don't have to worry about it anymore.
- At ASA last fall, I heard a fascinating paper about the dating and family behavior of HIV/AIDS patients in Nigeria. There's such a stigma associated with the disease that peopel sneak around and hide their meds from spouses and family. There's also an enormous stigma associated with never marrying, so some people actually hide their status (or refuse to get tested in the first place) from potential marriage partners. Here's a story about an interesting initiative to encourage HIV+ Nigerians to marry one another.
- What is it with the chimps this week? Now we learn that they stockpile weapons. In Sweden.
- Not surprisingly, the number of Americans who profess no religious belief is growing. As the researcher in this story points out, though, there's also great confusion over just what constitutes an "evangelical" Christian. I've been meaning to write a guide to the varieties of evangelicals for political scientists for awhile now. Maybe it's time.
- Homeless children are worse off in Texas than anywhere else. Sigh.