Economics can explain anything

Cost of coitus: Male monkeys pay for sex

Selling sex is said to be humankind’s oldest profession but it may have deep evolutionary roots, according to a study into our primate cousins which found that male macaques pay for intercourse by using grooming as a currency.

Michael Gumert of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore made the discovery in a 20-month investigation into 50 long-tailed macaques in Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia, New Scientist reports on Saturday.

On average, females had sex 1.5 times per hour.

But this rate jumped to 3.5 times per hour immediately after the female had been groomed by a male — and her partner of choice was likely to be the hunky monkey that did the grooming.

Market forces also acted on the value of the transaction.

If there were several females in the area, the cost of buying sex would drop dramatically — a male could “buy” a female for just eight minutes of nit-picking.

But if there were no females around, he would have to groom for up to 16 minutes before sex was offered.

Hat Tip: Club for Growth

Congress Calls on Clemens and 4 Others to Testify

Congress Calls on Clemens and 4 Others to Testify – New York Times

Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer Brian McNamee have been asked to testify under oath before a Congressional committee Jan. 16 in what promises to be a compelling showdown.

Andy Pettitte, the retired second baseman Chuck Knoblauch and Kirk Radomski, a former Mets clubhouse worker who has admitted to being a supplier of performance-enhancing drugs to professional baseball players for a decade, are also being called to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the committee announced Friday.

Lawyers for Clemens and McNamee said they intended to accept the invitations. The others, who have all been linked to McNamee, could not be immediately contacted after the announcement by the committee.

As a baseball fan and a taxpayer, I’m annoyed that Congress is wasting their time on something like this. Little will be accomplished and a great deal of money and energy will be spent simply to get Congressmen more publicity. (And this, once again, shows why the Mitchell Report was such a bad idea: nothing like airing your dirty laundry in public to sully your reputation even more. Especially when much of that dirty laundry is nothing more than hearsay and allegations.)

On the other hand, as a conservative, I’m glad to see that Congress is keeping themselves occupied in ultimately meaningless endeavors rather than trying to come up with new to limit our freedom and prosperity. A wise man once said “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session,” so let’s keep ’em distracted while they’re there. A lot like giving a baby a toy so he doesn’t get into trouble while the adults are talking. Steroid hearings are to Congress as toys are to babies: they keep them out of trouble while the important stuff is being taken care of.

Hat Tip on article: BBTF’s Baseball Primer Newsblog