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The theme in this year’s Super Bowl ads was going to be people in their underwear.

Three companies were touting their Super ads to USA Today, talking about how showing people wearing only their skivvies in inappropriate settings is the next big thing.

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[“Advertising psychologist” Renee White] Fraser is actually the chief executive officer of an L.A. advertising agency who has a degree in consumer psychology. But I suppose part of her job is therapeutic — she helps clients rationalize the abuse of good taste in the name of profits.

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Jehmu Greene, head of the Women’s Media Center, is leading a drive to punish CBS for airing [a pro-life spot featuring Tim Tebow and his mother], which she claims is “sexist.”

A little decoding is necessary here.

In terms of Super Bowl ads, “sexist” is code for “anti-abortion.” But “sexist” does not apply to parading women around in their underpants to sell beer.

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In a society that has almost no restrictions for the prurient use of sex and violence to sell products, it seems odd that political speech would invite restrictions.

via Tim Tebow’s ad has Left tangled in their knickers | Washington Examiner.

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Recently, an Israeli security official was interviewed on Fox News Channel by Mike Huckabee. The official said that he has testified before Congress and offered to help with suggestions on how the American airport security system could be improved– and he clearly thought it needed a lot of improvement.

Apparently the only response he got from American security officials was a polite letter. “They didn’t tell me to go to Hell,” he said. “They were polite.”

There is no stronger indication of danger than officials who don’t want to hear what anybody else has to say, even when those who offer to help have a system that works better than ours.

via Thomas Sowell : “Notional” Security – Townhall.com.

Data source: American Medical Association.

via American Thinker Blog: Graph of the Day for December 21, 2009.

In 1995, I published a short paper in the academic journal Science. In that study, I reviewed how borehole temperature data recorded a warming of about one degree Celsius in North America over the last 100 to 150 years. The week the article appeared, I was contacted by a reporter for National Public Radio. He offered to interview me, but only if I would state that the warming was due to human activity. When I refused to do so, he hung up on me.

I had another interesting experience around the time my paper in Science was published. I received an astonishing email from a major researcher in the area of climate change. He said, “We have to get rid of the Medieval Warm Period.”

The Medieval Warm Period MWP was a time of unusually warm weather that began around 1000 AD and persisted until a cold period known as the “Little Ice Age” took hold in the 14th century. Warmer climate brought a remarkable flowering of prosperity, knowledge, and art to Europe during the High Middle Ages.

The existence of the MWP had been recognized in the scientific literature for decades. But now it was a major embarrassment to those maintaining that the 20th century warming was truly anomalous. It had to be “gotten rid of.”

via U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

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