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  • The 'science' of detecting lies through facial expressions makes for good TV even if the results don't hold up in court.

    Are lying toddlers destined for greatness?

    A Canadian research team has found that toddlers who lie could actually wind up more successful than those who tell the truth. At least that's what the BBC claims in its report on a new study which proves that learning to lie represents a "developmental milestone" and that "the complex brain processes involved in formulating a lie are an indicator of a child's early intelligence." And the London Times gleefully adds, "Scientists have discovered that a child who claims 'the dog ate my homework' may have a future career in the City (London's version of Wall Street)." Newspapers, TV, and blogs are having a field day repeating the story that young liars have what it takes to succeed later in life, as if precocious prevaricators could explain everything from the subprime mortgage dbacle to the Iraq War, the impeachments of Bill Clinton and Rod Blagojevich, and Al Franken's critique of liars on the extreme right.

  • 'Baron's Guide to Americas English-only Towns and Cities' is the perfect gift for your favorite tea-partier

    English spoken here: Arizona moves from English-only to stop-and-deport

    Tiny Jackson, New York (pop. 1,718), has one thing that its big neighbor, New York City, three hours to the south, lacks: English is its official language. A new law passed in Jackson last month requires that all town business be conducted in English -- not that there is much business in Jackson, which has no schools, markets, gas stations, or places of worship. Nor does English seem to be in immediate danger in Jackson. According to the 2000 Census, 97.2% of its residents are monolingual white anglophones. The town is not without diversity: inhabitants include a small number of African Americans, three Native Americans, eight Asians, and nineteen Hispanics. Only eleven of the Hispanics speak Spanish, and none of the Asians speaks Chinese. There are also three speakers of Tagalog and six German-speaking residents, but Jackson's new official language law will put a stop to all of that.