Social Studies 02.20.2017

If you hate the same things, you might fall in love

How did Valentine’s Day turn out for you? Not so good? You might want to try the new dating app called Hater. It’s based on the premise that long-term compatibility depends more on the things you hate than what you love.

The scientific basis behind the app comes in part from a 2011 study by psychology professor Jennifer Bosson published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. The study argues for the merits of shared negative attitudes, which are more likely to create lasting bonds than mutual likes.

And politics plays a significant role. According to a recent Reuters poll, 13 percent of U.S. couples have called it quits over the presidential election. One 73-year-old California woman divorced her husband after 22 years of marriage because she felt betrayed that he voted for Trump.

Courtenay Mayor Larry Jangula pops his cork over the CVRD

Courtenay Mayor Larry Jangula exploded into an angry rant recently about wasteful spending at the Comox Valley Regional District. He’s not wrong.

For example, the CVRD plans to overspend on a number of patchwork sewerage system projects. It wants to build a controversial new pump station in Comox, when the CVRD’s own financial analysis shows that upgrading the Courtenay #1 pump station is the better and less expensive option. That alone could save millions of dollars.

CVRD data also shows that in the long-term it would be less expensive to expand the existing Comox pump station at Jane Place than build a second one.

And the CVRD has designed a system to replace the HMCS Quadra sewer outfall at a cost of more than $1.7 million dollars. The province’s most innovative septic system designer says the CVRD’s design is overbuilt, and estimates an alternative solution could cost less than a half-million dollars.

Taxpayers should ask their elected officials why they aren’t pressuring the CVRD to rein in these costs.

It’s immigrant entrepreneurs who make America great

According to the National Foundation for American Policy, immigrants are just as likely to be successful leaders in business as people born in the U.S.A.

The think tank says immigrants have founded close to half of the startup companies estimated to be worth more than $1 billion. That group includes Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, the son of a Syrian immigrant, and Sergey Brin, a refugee from the former Soviet Union, who co-founded Google.

Reason No. 1069 why we should start over on another planet

Princess Diana campaigned to ban land mines and to remove those left behind long after conflicts have ended. Former First Lady Michelle Obama promoted exercise and healthy diets to stem the growth of childhood obesity and early onset diabetes in America.

Melania Trump, on the other hand, sees her First Lady role as a money-making opportunity. She’s suing a British tabloid for $150 million because it reported that she had once worked for a modeling agency that was actually an escort service for wealthy men.

How did she justify the $150 million in damages? She claims the report has damaged her “opportunity … as an extremely famous and well-known person” to make millions of dollars selling jewelry, clothing and makeup while serving as “one of the most photographed women in the world.”