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Posted on Oct 13, 2010

On today’s list: Speaking more than one language can delay Alzheimer’s, literary tattoos, why they hate us (hint: it’s not our freedom), and Barbie goes geek.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

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Dog Bites Man: Too Much TV Harms Kids
Parents may went to limit their children’s computer use and TV viewing time to ensure their psychological well-being.

Speakers of More Than One Language May See Delayed Onset of Dementia Symptoms
A lifetime of speaking two or more languages appears to pay off in old age, with recent research showing the symptoms of dementia can be delayed by an average of four years in bilingual people.

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In 2004, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld commissioned a task force to study what causes Terrorism, and it concluded that “Muslims do not ‘hate our freedom,’ but rather, they hate our policies”:  specifically, “American direct intervention in the Muslim world” through our “one sided support in favor of Israel”; support for Islamic tyrannies in places like Egypt and Saudi Arabia; and, most of all, “the American occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan ... .”

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Green Gubernatorial Candidate Arrested in California
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By Miko, October 14, 2010 at 11:44 am Link to this comment
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In case anyone is actually planning on “limit[ing]
their children’s computer use and TV viewing time to
ensure their psychological well-being,” they should
be aware that (despite what the article says) this is
NOT the conclusion that the referenced study actually
reached.  While it found a negative correlation
between computer/TV use and psychological well-being,
it did NOT establish causality.  With the existing
data, it’s equally likely that poor psychological
well-being encourages computer/TV use, in which case
trying to limit computer/TV use would not improve
well-being but rather could make it even worse (by
removing a coping mechanism).

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By expat in germany, October 14, 2010 at 11:04 am Link to this comment
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Who uses the term “computer engineer”? I especially like the “African-American” version. Equal-opportunity Barbie. You too can be a “computer engineer.” Why don’t they make one in a wheelchair?

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