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Top News Stories 10/30/2011

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The Hindu

Freak nor’easter storm blamed for 11 deaths

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. – When winter’s white mixes with autumn’s orange and gold, nature gets ugly. A freak October nor’easter knocked out power to more than 3 million homes and businesses across the Northeast on Sunday in large part because leaves still 
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USA Today

Herman Cain denies allegations of sexual harassment

Los Angeles Times – ‎48 minutes ago‎

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is denying allegations that he had been accused of sexual harassment when he was head of the National Restaurant Assn.

USA Today

Steelers offer air of truth about Patriots pass defense

Boston.com – ‎16 minutes ago‎

PITTSBURGH — Airing it out was the plan all along for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They were going to throw until Ben Roethlisberger’s arm fell off or the Patriots stopped them.

Fox News

One More Thing: Steve Jobs’ Final Moments Described by Sister

PC Magazine – ‎27 minutes ago‎

Steve Jobs final words? Really, just a final phrase, repeated in triplicate: “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” That’s but the capstone of a gripping eulogy delivered by Steve Jobs’s biological sister, author Mona Simpson, at Jobs’s October 16 

Globe and Mail

Tensions high a day after Gaza violence

Los Angeles Times – ‎1 hour ago‎

Palestinian militants accept an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire. Its rocket attacks and Israel’s airstrikes grow less frequent. A construction worker fixes a hole made by a long-range Grad rocket in Ashdod, Israel.

Reuters UK

Japan intervenes to curb yen strength

Reuters – ‎15 minutes ago‎

A picture illustration shows US 100 dollar banks and Japanese 10000 yen notes taken in Tokyo August 2, 2011. By Antoni Slodkowski and Hideyuki Sano TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar spiked to a three-month high against the yen on Monday after Japan 

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Globe and Mail

Qantas to Resume Flights as Government Intervention Ends Strikes

BusinessWeek – ‎1 hour ago‎

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) — Qantas Airways Ltd. will resume flights today after grounding its fleet and stranding 80000 passengers in a move that prompted the government to intervene in union disputes that cost the company more than $100 

CTV.ca

Arab League hands Syria plan to end unrest

Reuters India – ‎18 minutes ago‎

Demonstrators protesting against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad march through the streets after Friday prayers in Amude October 28, 2011.

CBC.ca

Thai ‘Credibility’ at Stake as Factories Soak in Flood Plain

BusinessWeek – ‎1 hour ago‎

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) — Hana Microelectronics Pcl is among the thousands of Thai companies with factories swamped by record floods calling on the government to help ensure it never happens again as waters slowly recede north of 

CTV.ca

American Identified as Bomber in Attack on African Union in Somalia

New York Times – ‎2 hours ago‎

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The voice in the recording sounds unmistakably familiar – the tenor, the colloquialisms – a boy who grew up in America.

The Guardian

Taliban Hit Challenges Gains

Wall Street Journal – ‎2 hours ago‎

KABUL—The Taliban’s deadliest attack on the US-led coalition in Kabul, which killed 13 troops and civilian employees this weekend, showcased the insurgency’s increasing ability to strike the Afghan capital, challenging military gains 
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ABC News

With videos: Cain Web ad shines focus on viral campaigns

Detroit Free Press – ‎1 hour ago‎

Former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza Herman Cain participates in the Republican Presidential debate hosted by CNN and The Western Republican Leadership Conference on October 18, 2011, at the The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Central Florida News 13

Grand Teton bear bites hunter

Jackson Hole News&Guide – ‎39 minutes ago‎

Grand Teton National Park rangers and Teton County Sheriff’s deputies wheel a hunter who was attacked by a bear Sunday in the park to an awaiting ambulance.

Sydney Morning Herald

Occupy protesters arrested in Texas, Oregon

Boston.com – ‎1 hour ago‎

A protester is forcibly removed from Jamison Park in Portland, Ore., early Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. A large group marched from the downtown Occupy Portland camp in an attempt to occupy the park when police moved in with riot gear and horses to make 
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Reuters

Euro, Dollar Look To Central Banks

Wall Street Journal – ‎1 hour ago‎

NEW YORK—Both the dollar and euro are vulnerable to monetary policy decisions this week, although the Federal Reserve poses a bigger risk to the greenback than the European Central Bank does to the common currency.

Telegraph.co.uk

For Europe Bailout Fund, Next Stop Is Japan

Wall Street Journal – ‎1 hour ago‎

BEIJING—The head of Europe’s bailout fund, Klaus Regling, takes his tour of potential Asian investors to Japan next, after Beijing proved unwilling to open its checkbook until European leaders could offer more 

Los Angeles Times

7-Hour Wait on Tarmac Near Hartford

New York Times – ‎2 hours ago‎

By AP It was a passenger’s nightmare over the weekend at the main airport serving Hartford. Passengers on three JetBlue planes and one American Airlines plane said they were stranded on the tarmac for seven hours or more after being diverted from New 

New York Daily News

Madoffs Aim to Write Their Own Future

New York Times – ‎2 hours ago‎

Andrew Madoff with his fiancée, Catherine Hooper. From the start of the inquiry, “I’ve wanted to talk and tell my story,” he said.
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StorageReview.com

Apple prepping Air-like 15-inch MacBook, report says

CNET – ‎49 minutes ago‎

Apple is readying a MacBook that would extend the ultrathin Air design beyond the 13-inch market segment, according to reports. Japanese-language site Macotakara says a new 15-inch model 

The Inquisitr

The bloody incredible iPad Halloween costume

CNET – ‎1 hour ago‎

They think of things that no one else will think of, and those things turn out to actually be useful. Or, in very rare cases, amusing too.

USA Today

‘Uncharted 3’ faces big-name competition

USA Today – ‎3 hours ago‎

Virtual leading man Nathan Drake has been in some tough spots before: a sea-pirate ambush in his 2007 PlayStation 3 debut, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, and a cliffhanging train wreck in 2009’s Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, 
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China Daily

‘Puss in Boots’ Beats ‘In Time’ and ‘Rum Diary’ on Halloween Weekend Box Office

AceShowbiz – ‎1 hour ago‎

Despite the snowstorm in Northeast, ‘Puss’ successfully collects $34 million in its debut week, making a new record as the highest grossing film in Halloween weekend.

Us Magazine

Guess Which Stunning Star Transformed Into a Creepy Corpse for Halloween!

E! Online – ‎1 hour ago‎

This celebrity stunner never ceases to amaze us with her creative costumes, but this one took her over-the-top Halloween transformations to a whole ‘nother level.
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CBSSports.com

Stanford moves up BCS standings

Deseret News – ‎12 minutes ago‎

Stanford’s first win of the season against a ranked team helped Andrew Luck and the Cardinal move up in the BCS standings. While LSU (8-0), Alabama (8-0) and Oklahoma State (8-0) remained locked into the top three spots in the 

USA Today

Vick, McCoy Lead Eagles to 34-7 Win Over Cowboys

ABC News – ‎10 minutes ago‎

Michael Vick threw two touchdown passes, LeSean McCoy had a career-best 185 yards rushing and two scores and the Philadelphia Eagles routed the Dallas Cowboys 34-7 Sunday night.

Yahoo! Eurosport UK

Jackson leads Rams to first win of season

FOXSports.com – ‎1 hour ago‎

Before Sunday’s game against the Saints, Steven Jackson told the Rams to keep fighting. His speech proved inspirational, as St. Louis got its first win of the season.

Los Angeles Times

Bruce Martin: Five things from Martinsville

SI.com – ‎21 minutes ago‎

Tony Stewart muscled his way past Jimmie Johnson in the final laps to take the victory at Martinsville. MARTINSVILLE, Va. — It was a knock-down slugfest as NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship made its only visit to a short track, and the only things 
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Concerns Are Raised About Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes

New York Times – ‎1 hour ago‎

A female Aedes aegypti, the species that is the main transmitter of the dengue fever virus. Oxitec injected DNA into mosquito eggs to modify the species.

Telegraph.co.uk

Asteroid Lutetia leaves scientists puzzled

The State Column – ‎1 hour ago‎

New images of Asteroid Lutetia is spurring new ideas about its formation and structure. Researchers suggest that this asteroid may have a molten-hot core, which could mean the asteroid is leftover from the planetary formation process.
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The anthrax vaccine boondoggle

Forbes – ‎2 hours ago‎

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Cowboys Rookie running back sets NFL record

ARLINGTON, Texas—The only drama at the end of this one was whether rookie DeMarco Murray would set the Dallas Cowboys’ franchise rushing record, a remarkable feat considering it’s gone from Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett to NFL rushing king Emmitt Smith.

Murray indeed pulled it off, running through a shoddy St. Louis Rams defense for 253 yards, including an early 91-yard touchdown that got the Cowboys started toward a 34-7 victory on Sunday.

Murray ran for the most yards in the NFL this season and the ninth-most in league history. His touchdown was the second-longest run in team history, topped only by the NFL-record 99-yarder by Dorsett in January 1983. He also had the most yards ever against the Rams, replacing Jim Brown on that list.

“I never thought in a million years that I’d ever have a day like this,” Murray said. “This is what I’ve been working hard for since my Pop Warner days.”

As impressive as Murray’s performance was, it came against the Rams, who fell to 0-6 and came in with the NFL’s worst defense against the run. They had allowed 163 yards per game, more than two first downs more anyone else.

The holes were so plentiful that when Murray took himself out to catch his breath in the fourth quarter, fourth-stringer Phillip Tanner finished that drive with 35 yards on the first four carries of his career, capping it with a 6-yard TD run. St. Louis wasn’t even able to exploit a line featuring a starting left guard who was unemployed as of Monday.

“It’s easy to run the ball when you’re not making tackles,” Rams safety Quintin Mikell. “When you’re not getting guys on the ground, there’s not much you can do.”

For Dallas (3-3), the real satisfaction was ending a two-game losing skid and emphatically breaking a stretch of 11 straight games decided by four points or less.

“It was the first one where we could take a knee to win,” receiver Miles Austin said. “It’s a good feeling.”

The Cowboys never trailed and left no reason for team owner Jerry Jones to criticize coach Jason Garrett’s play-calling—except maybe to wonder why Murray didn’t have a bigger role in the offense until this game.

Get this: Murray didn’t even start against the Rams.

With lead back Felix Jones out with a high ankle sprain, Tashard Choice trotted out first. The plan was for him to share the load with Murray, a third-round pick whose development was slowed because he missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury.

It took all of one carry for Murray to become the main option.

DeMarco Murray ran all over the Rams on Sunday and put his name in the Cowboys record book. (AP Photo)

On a first-and-19 from the Dallas 9, Murray went through a giant hole on the left side, cut through an attempted ankle tackle, then outran Mikell. It was a heck of a way to score the first touchdown of his career, and it more than doubled his career rushing total of 71 coming into the game.

Murray had 187 yards through three quarters, and the Cowboys were up 20-7. Because they wanted to run to protect the lead, it was clear that Murray would get a shot at Smith’s club record of 237 yards set Oct. 31, 1993, at Philadelphia.

Murray followed with a 43-yard run that could’ve gone for a 73-yard touchdown had he not run out of gas along the way. He finished it 2 yards shy of Smith’s mark.

“I just wanted to get down and protect the ball,” he said.

The record fell on his next try, an 8-yard run. He finished with 25 carries and an average of 10.1 yards. Dallas ran for 294 yards overall, spiking a season average of 84.8 that had been among the league’s worst.

For the local fans, it was a terrific start to a baseball-football doubleheader between teams from Dallas-Fort Worth and St. Louis. Game 4 of the World Series began just down the street less than an hour after this game ended. Josh Hamilton of the Rangers and Lance Berkman of the Cardinals showed up in uniform as honorary captains for the pregame coin toss.

The Rams were the perfect foe for the Cowboys to cure all that ailed them. In addition to their trouble stopping the run, they were without quarterback Sam Bradford (high ankle sprain) and were averaging the fewest points in the league even with him.

A.J. Feeley made his first start since 2007 and was 20 of 33 for 196 yards with one interception and one sack. But the offense gained only 4 yards in the third quarter, and had only two good drives. The first ended in a 6-yard touchdown run by Steven Jackson that got St. Louis within 14-7. The other ended with a fourth-and-goal from the 1 that was stuffed in the final minutes.

“We couldn’t get any rhythm and left the defense on the field entirely too long,” Jackson said. “For whatever reason, this keeps being the same old story.”

Jackson finished with 70 yards, 46 coming on the touchdown drive.

Brandon Lloyd caught six passes for 74 yards in his St. Louis debut. He was acquired from Denver earlier this week.

St. Louis also saw right tackle Jason Smith and backup defensive tackle Darell Scott carted off. Both were taken to a hospital for evaluation and were expected to fly home with the team. Smith, a Dallas native, had a strained neck; Scott’s injury was called a blow to the head.

Dallas’ Tony Romo was 14 of 24 for 166 yards, with two touchdowns. He didn’t have to throw much because the running game was doing so well. However, he hit Dez Bryant for four passes and a touchdown in the second half, which was significant because they’d hooked up for only two catches after halftime all season. Romo’s other TD throw went to Jason Witten.

Notes: Dallas rookie kicker Dan Bailey made two field goals, including a career-best 51-yarder, giving him 16 in a row. … Brown had 237 yards against the Los Angeles Rams in 1957. … Murray’s 91-yarder also was the longest against the Rams. … Both teams came in with a single rushing TD. Only Kansas City had less. … The Cowboys haven’t allowed a first-quarter touchdown this season. … Ronnie Dunn sang the national anthem, just like he did the night before at the World Series.

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130 arrested by Chicago Police

10/24/2011

Chicago police arrested 130 “Occupy Chicago” protesters overnight for allegedly being in the city’s Grant Park after hours, authorities said Sunday.

The crowd of protesters was estimated at more than 1,000 before police announced they had to vacate the area, said Officer Robert Perez, spokesman for Chicago police. Most of the protesters left and went across the street into a public area, he said, and the rest were arrested.

Those arrested were taken to police’s First District headquarters, he said. The majority were booked for staying at the park after hours and released on their own recognizance, Perez said.

 Protesters in a number of cities, especially New York, have rallied against what they describe as corporate greed, arrogance and power, and have asserted that the nation’s wealthiest 1% hold inordinate sway over the rest of the population. Other issues have also surfaced, such as disappointment with the political dynamic in Washington and U.S.-led military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The movement has drawn criticism from some politicians who have characterized it as counterproductive, jumbled and misguided. Others, though, have lent their support and said the protesters are voicing legitimate, widespread frustrations regarding the nation’s current economic and political situation.

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Presidential candidate wants to be paid $39,336

The average U.S. income is good enough for the presidential hopeful

 

Rep. Paul Proposes $1T Spending Cut Plan

 

Published October 18, 2011

 

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    Oct. 8: Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington.

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Monday laid out an economic plan that would lower corporate and individual taxes and cut federal spending by $1 trillion during his first year in office, achieved partly by eliminating five cabinet-level departments.

Paul, a longtime Texas congressman, said he would close the departments of Education, Energy, Commerce, Interior and Housing and Urban Development, as part of a broader plan to cut federal spending. The federal work force would be cut by 10 percent. Mr. Paul also called for stopping foreign aid and “ending foreign wars.”

His “Plan to Restore America” would end the estate tax and taxes on personal savings, “allowing families to build a nest egg.” He would extend tax cuts on personal income, capital gains and dividends that were enacted under former President George W. Bush.

Mr. Paul has said he would support amending the Constitution to abolish the income tax, though that does not come up in his economic plan.

The corporate tax rate would fall under Mr. Paul’s plan, to 15 percent from the current 35 percent, and corporations would be allowed to repatriate capital without paying additional U.S. taxes.

Some lawmakers have recently proposed a repatriation measure, saying it would free up capital to spur job growth. Critics of the idea argue that a tax holiday for companies with money abroad would not lead to domestic job creation.

The congressman also pledged to limit his presidential salary to $39,336, which his campaign says is “approximately equal to the median personal income of the American worker.” The current salary for the president is $400,000 a year.

Hamas frees Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in prisoner swap

 10/18/2011

Hamas frees Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in prisoner swap

Israel releases 477 Palestinians in return for tank crewman who was seized in 2006; another 550 will be released at a later date

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – For nine years, Qahera Assadidreamed she would one day be free to embrace her four children again.

From the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, Assadiwas handed three life terms for offences including homicide and possession of a bomb and could well have lived out her days in an Israeli jail.

But a prisoner swap on Tuesday, when hundreds of Palestinianswere exchanged for one Israeli soldier, returned the 34-year-old to her family, and the shock proved too great.

Assadi fainted when greeted by her loved ones after her release in the West Bank. She regained consciousness minutes later as medics splashed her face with water.

“I must be dreaming,” said Assadi, speaking during the chaos of a reception at the Palestinian presidency in Ramallah where thousands gathered to welcome the ex-prisoners as national heroes.

“I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it,” she repeated, tears streaming down her cheeks.

The sister of one of the most prominent Islamic Jihad leaders in the West Bank, Assadi embraced her two sons and daughters, kissing their hands and faces.

“I am not at all regretful about what I did. I did what I did in defense of my nation and children and have no regrets at all.

“I was kidnapped from my children and spent a decade in prison,” she said.

Assadi was arrested in 2002, at the height of the last Palestinian uprising against Israel. The Jenin refugee camp became notorious in Israel during the Intifada as a hub for gun and suicide attacks but was a symbol of the armed struggle among Palestinians.

She was accused of acting as a logistical officer for the Islamic Jihad group and driving a suicide bomber to a target in Jerusalem where he killed three people in 2002.

Assadi is hailed as the “Mujahed (holy warrior) prisoner” by the Islamic Jihad Web site. The release of militants convicted of murder by Israeli courts has caused pain among the families of those killed in such attacks.

She was one of 27 women prisoners released as part of the deal between the Hamas group which governs Gaza and the Israeli government, which secured freedom for the captured soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for the 477 Palestinians it released.

Israel is set to release another 550 Palestinian prisoners in a second stage of the release.

Wearing an Islamic Jihad headband, Assadi said her only regret was having left friends behind in prison.

Israel is still holding nine women among the roughly 5,000 Palestinians who remain in its jails, according to Palestinian officials.

“I left the dearest of friends in prison,” she said, identifying one as Lena al-Jarbouni, an Arab citizen of Israel.

“Her message to the Palestinian people is: ‘Why did you forget me?'” Assadi said.

Assadi’s husband, Nasser Assadi, who has raised their four children for the past nine years, was delighted at her release.

“I am proud of my wife. Not just me, but my children too.”

(Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Robert Woodward)

EmailWire refuses to distribute Gay Rights article released by PRLog discrimination lawsuit considered

EmailWire a self-proclaiming press release distribution company showed its colors recently by refusing an article that was aimed at calling attention to gay rights and highlighting their recent abuse.

IJR News submitted a highly desired article that had been repeatedly asked to be written by a verified diverse group of angry citizens of the gay community and the police community as well. Based on a broad and verified comment influx on one of the many IJR News blogs, the staff felt it necessary to investigate these select incidents.

Editor in Chief, Michael Gingino, is leading the overall investigation into the Laguna Beach Police Craigslist incidents and is gaining much intelligence that is disturbing many, apparently causing even alleged neutral parties to feel uncomfortable.  IJR News has submitted hundreds, if not thousands of approved press releases and articles that have been majorly published by some of the toughest critics and most decorated  journalism experts and distibuters there is.  In addition, last year IJR News won 5 very coveted honors in the international  world of journalism and to date has a 99.9 % acceptance rate among various clients among first drafted releases.

Emailwire repeatedly refused to accept the article on this very controversial story and has since gained the eyes of many people around the U.S and the world because of the significance of the issues pointed out.  The recent Laguna Beach Police Department’s undercover craigslist arrests have been described as not only entrapment, but according to New York city district attorney, reminds him of  “driving while black” profiling about a decade ago. that carried a very negative wrap for years.

Emailwire refused to publish the IJR NEWS exclusive and has since, restrained from any corispondence from the IJR staff.  It should be noted http://www.Emailwire.com refused the article for insignificant reasons and were observed as unprecedented by the entire IJR Staff according to International Journalism standards.

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U.S. Catholic bishop charged in alleged porn cover-up

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – Kansas City’s Roman Catholic bishop has been charged with failing to promptly report pornography on a priest’s computer, prosecutors said, becoming the highest-ranking U.S. church official charged in long-running clergy abuse scandals

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It Is not your fault your racist

ScienceDaily (Oct. 13, 2011) — Everyone’s a little bit racist, posits the song from the musicalAvenue Q. But it may not be your fault, according to research in the latest edition of the British Journal of Social Psychology. In looking for the culprit as to why people tend to display tinges of racism, sexism or ageism, even towards members of their own group, a research team, led by the Georgia Institute of Technology, found that our culture may be partially to blame.

While previous psychological studies have shown that racism, sexism and ageism tend to be universal, a new study led by Paul Verhaeghen, professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Psychology, found that works in the American culture, namely literature, movies, TV, radio and the Internet, may contribute to the problem by exhibiting the same stereotypes that society works so hard to snuff out.

“There’s one idea that people tend to associate black people with violence, women with weakness, or older people with forgetfulness — because they are prejudiced. But there’s another possibility that what’s in your head is not you, it’s the culture around you,” said Verhaeghen. “And so what you have is stuff you picked up from reading, television, radio and the Internet. And that’s the question we wanted to answer: are you indeed a racist, or are you just an American?”

So they gave their participants a questionnaire designed to rate the amount of prejudice (both negative and positive) they exhibited.

They also timed their subject’s response times to different types of word pairs. The first types were word pairs typically associated with stereotypes, like black-lazyfemale-weak orold-lonely. They contrasted this with pairs of words that contain the same first word, but are not stereotypical pairings, likeblack-goofyfemale-uptight, or old-playful. A third type were words that are highly related, but do not reflect stereotypes, like night-cool, or summer-sunny. Social psychologists believe that these very fast response times that people tend to exhibit for stereotypical pairs are a reflection of an unconscious, gut-level type of prejudice.

Then they examined a collection of works known as the Bound Encoding of the Aggregate Language Environment (BEAGLE), which contains a sample of books, newspaper and magazine articles, about 10 million words in all, thought by psychologists to be a good representation of works that are in the American culture. They looked at how often the words they tested their subjects on were paired together in the literature.

Finally, they correlated the results of their tests with what they found in BEAGLE.

In looking at their results from the tests and what appeared in BEAGLE, they found that participants responded faster to the pairs that were more often found together in the literature, whether they were stereotypical or not. So words like blacktended to have a much stronger correlation with words that are associated with negative and positive stereotypes like lazy ormusical, than with words like goofy that aren’t associated with stereotypes. But pairs that were often found in the literature together, like day and light or summer and sunny also inspired a faster response time for participants than words that weren’t found together in BEAGLE. Other pairs that had strong correlations were white with greedy and successfulmale withloud and strongfemale with weak and warmold with lonelyand wise; and young with healthy and reckless.

This leads scientists to believe that the very fast ‘gut’ reaction measured through response times doesn’t have much to do with the prejudice of the subjects, but a lot more with how often people have seen or heard these words paired over a lifetime. They also point out that response times were not correlated with the questionnaires about prejudice.

“One of the things these findings suggest is that for those of us who, like me, very often feel guilty about these gut reactions you have and you’re not supposed to have is those gut reactions are normal and they have very little to do with you. They have more to do with the culture around you,” said Verhaeghen. “What is more important is your behavior, rather than your gut reaction.”

“The second thing is that there’s a reason for political correctness. At least, as studies suggest, it might be a good idea to not put stereotypes out there too clearly, because if you do, people will internalize them.”