(2) Egoism-Infected Science (ht).
Lee suggests adults flatter for two reasons. It can be to show gratitude for some positive action in the past. As well, when they’re meeting someone for first time – someone who may turn out to be important for their advancement down the road – flattery is also used as an investment for future favourable treatment from the person. “We don’t know which the child is doing,” says Lee. However, the fact that the older children flattered strangers as well as familiar people suggests “they are thinking ahead, they are making these little social investments for future benefits.”
Or maybe they just didn't want to make the other person feel bad?
(3) All the sane feminists out there must be feeling pretty embarrassed for their NOW-NY sisters right about now. They apparently believe that we have an "obligation" to support only a candidate with the right genitalia, and anyone who considers the candidates on their merits is "betraying" the cause of equality:
Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal... This latest move by Kennedy is so telling about the status of and respect for women’s rights, women’s voices, women’s equality, women’s authority and our ability – indeed, our obligation — to promote and earn and deserve and elect, unabashedly, a president that is the first woman after centuries of men who ‘know what’s best for us.’
It's times like this I realize that I have very little grasp of the depths of human stupidity.