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Here is why eyewitness accounts are practically useless.
We all know how incredible inaccurate eyewitness accounts really are, and yet, both our legal system and the press rely on them all the time. 

To illustrate how bad it is, PBS posted the very illustrative table below of the outcome of the different eyewitness reports in relation to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. 

It's just a total mess, and it's impossible to make any sense of it at all. Keep this in mind the next time you base your conclusions on eyewitness accounts. They are practically worthless. Unless you can confirm your data via something else than a human brain (like photos, videos, cameras, sensors, etc.), you don't really have the facts.

Full article here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/newly-released-witness-testimony-tell-us-michael-brown-shooting/ 
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The thing about trying to change a standard:

~via the always wonderful: http://xkcd.com/927/ .
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Worth watching: A Fact-based world view with Hans Rosling: 
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Fun, stabilized Star Trek!

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Income Equality: Normal Person Edition: White households median wealth: $141,900, Black household: $11,000.

You did not read that wrong. That is a 13x difference. If you were wondering if race gives you a leg up, you need to look no further.

Primary causes for the difference: Home ownership, income, unemployment, college education and inheritance. 

We should worry about the top 1% or the top 0.1% (income equality has never been starker). But, perhaps a bigger challenge is to worry about the normal groups of people like you and I (and I suspect if you are reading Google+ you are already an outlier). 

This difference did come as a stunning surprise to me, though the graphs below suggest the difference has been stark for a while. Please visit Pew for more context, data and analysis: http://goo.gl/d8fxp8
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Urm, so this is just a little bit awesome. #Paper airplane machine gun. Epic! #Gif  
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Wolfenstein game graphics, 1992 vs 2014 http://programming.com/social/posts/3900078812649489782 via Jeff Atwood.

If you know what is "ILM" you are awesome!
#LittleDifferences #ilm  
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