Sunday, August 11, 2013

A New Floor (You Need 'Em Whenever You Hit Bottom)

"It's the hard knock life for us 
It's the hard knock life for us! 
Instead of treated, we get tricked 
Instead of kisses, we get kicked 
It's the hard knock life!"

Snoop Dogg would've worked, too - blacks had this all figured out centuries ago:
People have more empathy for abused puppies and dogs than they do for adult humans who have been abused, a new study suggests. 
However, empathy for abused children was about the same as that for puppies and dogs, the study found. 
Researchers surveyed 240 college students and asked them to read one of four versions of a fictional news article about a brutal beating. The wording in articles was the same, except for the identity of the victim, which was either: an infant, an adult in his 30s, a puppy or a 6-year old dog. Participants then rated their level of empathy for the victim. 
Participants had higher levels of empathy for the abused child, puppy and dog than they did for the abused adult, the study found. 
The researchers had hypothesized that younger victims would receive more empathy, regardless of species. Instead, they found "Age makes a difference for empathy toward human victims, but not for dog victims," the researchers wrote in their study abstract, which will be presented this week at the American Sociological Association meeting in New York.

It even explains Rodney Allen Rippy.

So, the next time you see Ann Althouse and Meade, out walking someone else's dogs - how nice - ask 'em how their black friend with the bulging discs and horrible tale of abuse is doing, and how they reacted to his pain, and resulting desire for a little less discretion regarding the truth. 

They'll probably look flustered, hand you a kibble, and keep going,...