A&S in the News: March 11–24

Are you a liberal or a conservative? That may depend on where you live.

Washington Post – March 16

What does a strong liberal in Clay County, Fla., have in common with a strong conservative in Denver County, Colo.? Not much, you might guess, considering how politically polarized our nation is. But in fact, these two sometimes hold similar positions on political issues. For example, the average “strong liberal” in Clay County is likely to be slightly against using enhanced interrogation techniques — as is the average “strong conservative” in Denver County. (Alexa Tullett is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Alabama, where her research looks into the social psychology of belief systems.)

What Is a ‘Gun-Free Zone,’ and What’s Behind the Movement to Get Rid of Them?

The Trace – March 16

Want to prevent the next mass shooting? Give everyone a gun, allow them to carry it everywhere, and hope they fend off the killer … One study published last year found a relationship between a country’s rate of gun ownership and the rate of public mass shootings. Adam Lankford, a professor of criminal justice at the University of Alabama examined data from 171 countries, and found that countries with the highest rates of gun ownership had the highest rates of mass shootings, “even if they are relatively peaceful or mentally healthy according to other national indicators.”

The Alt-Right Likes the Same Pop Culture as Everyone Else — for Totally Different Reasons

Mel Magazine – March 17

As the term “alt right” has come into mainstream consciousness over the last 18 months, there’s been increased media interest in what exactly makes these people tick — and what they’re into. By now, most of us are familiar with bizarre, ubiquitous neo-Nazi talismans like Pepe the Frog, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still be surprised by the pop-culture the Alt-Right has made as its own — whether or not the original artists intended that to happen … How the Alt-Right Coopted It: George Hawley, an assistant professor in the department of political science at the University of Alabama, writes about alt-right culture and says that the movement latched onto one specific plot point in the film. It’s the scene where Laurence Fishburne’s Morpheus invites Reeves’ Neo to take the red pill and escape the Matrix.

Invest in the future

Self-Builder and Homemaker – March 16

The European Union’s Ecodesign Directive Standards aren’t coming in to force until 2022, but the UK stove industry is upping its game to ensure it isn’t left behind. The industry is manufacturing a new era of stoves in response to the lowest emission standards ever set, and to ensure consumers install a stove which will give them greener living and longevity for the future … While the modern day stove dates back to as early as 1741, a recent study from anthropologist Christopher Lynn of the University of Alabama reminds us that our natural enjoyment of fire has been a part of our evolution.

Also making headlines:

‘King of Snakes’ Defeats Larger Serpents by Squeezing Them to Death – March 15 – Stephen Secor

Helpful Hacks for Conducting Research With Older Adults – March 18 – Christina M. Pierpaoli

THE PORT RAIL: God, friends sustained us after the fire – March 19 – Larry Clayton

Debra McMichael Shares Tips For Staying Awake On The Road And Her Memories Of Owen Hart – March 16 – Debra McMichael

Apparently getting tattoos can boost your immune system, and we are very intrigued – March 20 – Christopher Lynn