Cheating Rationalized, Government-Assisted Suicide, and the Increased Happiness of Conservative Women

John and Maria consider the latest cheating scandals in competitions, recognizing people’s capacity for self-rationalization.


John Stonestreet

Maria Baer

John and Maria consider the latest cheating scandals in competitions, recognizing people’s capacity for self-rationalization. After a discussion about government-funded suicide of young people in Canada, they conclude with a recent survey in the U.S. showing that conservative women are happier.


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Segment 1- The Age of the Cheater 

A grand jury on Wednesday indicted two walleye fishermen who were snagged in a cheating scandal last month after weights were discovered stuffed inside their five winning fish at a Cleveland walleye tournament.”

On Tuesday, 24 hours before Niemann returned to the Saint Louis Chess Club for the U.S. Chess Championship, released a 72-page report stating Niemann “likely cheated” more than 100 times in online chess, as recently as August 2020, when he was 17 years old, and in several games involving prize money.”


“Chess is now solvable.”

The American Conservative

“Poker cheating accusations explode.”

NY Post

It is believed there are a number of teachers and schools implicated in the allegations and that at least 12 dance teachers in Ireland and other countries have allegedly either asked for or offered to fix competitions, according to The Irish Independent.”


Segment 2- The rise of “Medical Assistance in Dying” in Canada

In 2017, the first full year in which MAiD, which is administered by provincial governments, was in operation, 2,838 people opted for assisted suicide, according to a government report. By 2021, that figure had jumped to 10,064—accounting for more than 3 percent of all deaths in Canada that year. ”


Dr. Louis Roy, from the Collège des médecins du Québec, or Quebec College of Physicians, on Oct. 7 addressed the House of Commons’ Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying, The National Post reports. Roy said medical assistance in dying, which includes both euthanasia and assisted suicide, can be appropriate for infants born with ‘severe malformations’ and ‘grave and severe symptoms’ where their ‘prospect of survival is null, so to speak.’”

Catholic News Agency

Segment 3- Why Conservative Women Report Being the Happiest

“Who is happiest? Again, married mothers: Thirty-three percent of married mothers ages 18-55 say they are ‘completely satisfied’ with their lives, compared to 15 percent of childless women 18-55, according to the American Family Survey (for which I serve as an academic advisor).” 


The liberal-conservative happiness gap, then, may not be primarily about political ideology but rather connections to our country’s three core institutions. Self-identified liberals are less likely than conservatives, on average, to be tied to family, faith and community.”

NYT Opinion

We feel happiness primarily in the company of others, Kahneman argues. However, the positive psychology movement that has arisen in part as a result of his work doesn’t emphasize spontaneity and relationships. Instead, it takes a longer view, considering what makes life meaningful, which is a concept that Kahneman claims eludes him.”


Segment 4- Stories of the Week

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