Vaguely interesting (Mar 25)

(1)  You know that cool thing about how oxytocin is a big deal in affiliation or approach behaviors or whatever? Yeah, ummm, that’s probably not a real thing. (There’s a blog post about it here.)

(2)  “Democratic lawmakers representing substantial black district populations are more opposed to restrictive voter ID laws, whereas Republican legislators with substantial black district populations are more supportive.”

(3)  “[The political] parties are increasingly divided on a growing range of issues that pit their less-educated, lower-income voters who feel left behind by the current political-economic system against their better-educated, higher-income voter who don’t want to mess too much with the status quo. … The demand for campaign money made the parties more dependent on wealthy donors, which made them less responsive to their voters.”

(4)  “[W]hile Christian women are on the whole more religious than Christian men, Muslim women and Muslim men have similar levels of religious commitment. And when it comes to attendance at worship services, Muslim men are more active than Muslim women.”

(5)  “The … Nixon White House … had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. … We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”