Laura Noonan's Blushing Arms
Laura Noonan was on Tonight with Vincent Browne recently, and found herself being unable to fathom the notion of how devaluing currency equals printing money. She ended up tangling with Australian economics professor, Steve Keen, and Russian economist, Constantin Gurdgiev. Some argued (on Twitter) that she was just a government shill and was being deliberately cantankerous to spite the "radical" notions that both Keen and Gurdgiev were suggesting. That was a serious allegation, so to find an answer, I turned to the greatest minds at both NASA and the biology department at University of Cambridge, and came up with the GIF above.
On the left are two unaltered frames from the video, taken before and after the argument, respectively. On the right, a narrow band of red values in the images are highlighted and amplified. You can see there is a definite increase in the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, causing a greater blood flow in the vessels near the surface of the skin of the upper arm. This is ground breaking science right here!
I'm not sure what all this means though, but what I do know is that there is nothing better than seeing a good healthy flush across the body. Mighty, so it is. I'm a blusher too, you know, so this isn't some sort of veiled attack on her person. Not at all. In fact, systemic blushing for me is tantamount to eye dilation, and we all know how I feel about that. Animals, that's all we are. Animals.
The video of the exchange is given below. It's actually a fascinating conversation, and a real highlight from the usual boredom #vinb has often suffered from in 2012.
[ I apologise for this strange sideways blog post written on the troubles of the post-growth pan-European economic depression. I felt it had to be written though, as it sheds light on the dangerous dispersions about what's really going on. A brave new conspiracy on the whole global banking sector! etc. et ad nauseum. ]
Posted at 22:35