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I listened to someone representing police outright claim that this specific instance of research existed this morning. The individual claimed they were "very familiar" with the science on implicit bias, but that the person who mentioned this research was wrong and that no such thing existed.
 
Funny how that worked out.
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Sure culture has a lot to do with racism. Regarding Europe there's still a lot of holdover from the colonial days that hasn't been resolved. In the US, however, the biggest driver of racism (in my opinion) is that we literally never settled the debate that started the Civil War. There still exists a segment of the population who thinks the slave owners were right, and they have undue influence over a larger part of the population by keeping impractical and irrational notions alive.
 
Racism in America will take a huge nose dive when we stop fighting the American Civil War.
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Hey, look! South Africa is trying to compete with America for having the most dangerous xenophobic mob mentality.
 
We can totally top this. We could drop the mic by just bringing in Cliven Bundy but that's too easy. We could use the steady buildup method and introduce Pat Robertson, Michelle Bachman, and Rudy Giuliani to drown competition in s stream of dog whistles and xenophobic epithets. Shit, we could even spice up the competition with some liberal flavor by throwing in bigoted Bill Maher as well, just to show the world that we carry all kinds of flavors of hate.
 
You should just quit while you're ahead, South Africa. You can't top America. Shit, we let our police and law enforcement outright kill our own citizens on a regular damned basis. We keep a body count that makes the Taliban jealous. So just stop.
At least five killed in Durban since last week in violence that has left hundreds stranded, unable to return home.
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The answer to your second question is, as far as I can tell, mostly yes.
 
It's very obvious that the entire fracas is basically a campaign to scapegoat so that companies and "job creators" don't have to answer for lagging employment figures. It's the same that happens in the US. We scapegoat Mexico and Central/South Americans for supposedly taking our collective jobs when in reality it's just a cover for companies requiring more of workers while paying (adjusted for inflation) the same or less.
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Who knew that hummingbirds shake their heads like dogs when they get wet? How fascinating.
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That is actually pretty amazing! 
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American Law Enforcement:  Killing More Americans than Al Qaeda
 
Let that stew for a bit. If it helps, keep in mind that LEOs (law enforcement officers) are executive branch operators, not the judicial branch of government. Also, it's worth bearing in ming that more American civilians are killed by police than police are killed by civilians to a ridiculous degree. Yeah, let that sink in.
 
Oh, while we're at it, let's also point out that the US judicial system would collapse overnight if just half of the people in this country who have active criminal court cases choose to not accept a plea deal. Yep, the US judicial system relies on a business model of people deciding to not fight back against charges out of fear. Like I said above, let that stew a bit.
 
One more thing: did you know that the prison system across nearly all of this country is owned and operated by private, non government corporations? Yep, billions of hardworking (and even not hardworking) American tax dollars every year are used to overpay for our prison system because of misguided ideology claiming it's cheaper (it's so much more expensive that it's laughable). This is how at least hundreds ( and possibly thousands) of prisons across the country get away with keeping human beings in conditions that farm livestock aren't allowed to be kept. Go ahead, keep letting this stuff simmer.
 
It's pretty well understood by people who are on the left wing and the right wing of the political spectrum that big money in politics drives elections and outcomes. Sure, people on both sides tend to assume that such forces are working in favor of the other guy, but the reality is clear that big money is working for both. As the popular Citizens United ruling has established, since it's not technically an open handshake quid pro quo and since corporations are now defined as having the same rights to speech as US citizens (but apparently not the same tax burden or criminal liability), none of this purchasing outcomes through sheer drowning of the process in money can be called illegal. Keep that in mind.
 
Now, I'm not saying that the USA is a fascist state. I'm really not. However, considering all of the things above it's pretty hard to not worry bout how close we seem to come to that ledge. This is what fear politics, which seems to be the standard path taken by practically everyone these days. And don't try to deny it, because we even have the basic list of themes that get constantly recycled in defense, and they're always demonstrably bullshit:
 
1. OMG TERROR! - Invoke the possibility of terror attack, no matter how remote. (example: torture excuse, NSA surveillance)
 
2. OMG Think Of The KIDS! - Invoke the possibility of danger to children, no matter how remote (or unfounded). (example: SOPA, CISPA, and practically any form of censorship)
 
3. Why Do You Hate America? - Invoke a malicious lack of patriotism (regardless of reality) against any question to authority. (examples: the run up the Iraq War, the US Patriot Act, NSA, torture, excusing police violence)
 
4. Why Do You Support Terrorists Who Kill Children? - Invoke any combination of the above three for emphasis. examples: politicians who will compare nearly anything with Hitler or terrorism when they oppose it)
 
 
Yeah...
 
So,  I'm not saying that the USA is a fascist state. But let's be serious: every decade since the 1970's has seen us find out more stuff that keeps bringing us closer to that thin distinction between what we claim we are and at least the risk of fascism.
 
We should really do something about that. Just sayin.
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+citizen j That's a very good point, but the two aren't necessarily exclusive. The type of fascism I'm referring to is less the "OMG NAZI" goose stepping version and more the corporatist "corporations have more rights and power than citizens" Italian version. Silvio Berlusconi and the way he's been shaping Italy is a pretty good example of what I mean. (interestingly, Berlusconi has been known to show respect to the father of Italian fascism -- Benito Mussolini)
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Pretty damned cool.
 
This may be the most amazingly awesome thing you will watch today. 

I want to see this dude and Animal in a drum battle, stat!
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Also speaking of small victories...
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Stern: And if I delete some apps, why wouldn’t the remaining ones just become bigger. As you delete these little icons, they don’t become bigger.
 
Gruber: I just wish that as you zoomed the crown, that you could stop at a bigger spot and it would stay there, as opposed to, you make them a little bigger, you let go, and it just settles back.
 
I've had this opinion since they demonstrated it last year. The rest of the watch could be unsurpassed in quality, but this app/home screen for the Apple Watch makes the whole thing bad from both a UX and UI point of view.
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I agree with +Jamal Barsheed that there will be a version update that will likely address issues.
 
And fuck that other (now deleted) guy for implying fanboys. John Gruber is, if anything, a fanboy of iOS products through and through. However, fanboy nonsense has jack shit to do with what I'm saying. This is one of those few times that Apple has completely screwed the pooch when it comes to design. It's worth noting not least of which so that they could fix it. They stuck with the shoddy skeuo designs from early iOS for way too long on the iPhone, and frankly iOS looks worlds better now that they ditched the woodgrain and green felt pngs. Apple has a bit more work cut out for them when it comes to this watch interface being fixed, but it can be done.
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Thus ensuring that I will completely lose interest in running their OS.
 
If I want a Windows OS I'll run Windows on mobile.
 
Cyanogen OS will come with bundled Microsoft apps

It looks like the rumors of +Cyanogen​ and Microsoft working together were true. Bing, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office will all be bundled with Cyanogen OS later this year. Interesting. I'm highly interested in how this will all play out. 

This move is great for Cyanogen, but I'm assuming will upset a lot of Cyanogen fans that could easily download these apps themselves and yield a similar experience, if they so desired.

Well, I guess there's always CyanogenMod, which is different than Cyanogen OS.

And speaking of CyanogenMod, I do find it funny that CyanogenMod became so popular because people wanted to get rid of OEM bloat and get back to a stock-like experience and now we have Cyanogen Inc creating an OS that is putting the bloat back into their offering. It's comical, but I hope it works out for them and I wish them the best.

#WinDroid #Cyanogendows #Android #Microsoft
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Actually even the CM OS will not bundle Microsoft apps.
"Microsoft apps will be surfaced contextually, and will always be downloadable."
To me it's like ads. Not sure it's better than bundled.
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H/T to +Dan Morrill for finding this.
 
WOW. I kinda want one.
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Holy crap. If it's real, shut up and take my money.

(Translation: PLEDGED!)
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Gonna go with 'Yes' because free wifi 4 lyfe.

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Hypothetical Time

Your favorite car manufacturer announces a new car. It has a few.... downsides:

* No remote entry
* No power windows/doors/mirrors
* No CD player or radio
* No rear-view camera
* Ignition key from the 80s

And one upside:

* High-speed wifi, free for as long as you own the car


Would you take it?
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True that.
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