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We so desperately need national laws to reform local police departments.
 
Body Cameras Are Making Police Departments More Powerful http://trib.al/5Ztab7K
They’re not transparent. They’re not independent. They’re not even turned on when they should be.
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This story has an interesting two sides, but I find it hard to believe that milking goats is a useful job skill to most prisoners.
 
There is a prison labor strike going on in the country. For profit prisons have a little incentive to rehabilitate or prepare their citizens for return to normal life. However there are exceptions. Generalization could backfire. How do you feel, generally and in this case?
Whole Foods has sourced goat cheese and tilapia from farms that employ inmates through Colorado Correctional Industries. Critics say it's exploitative because the inmates are paid so little.
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I lost track of who to h/t, but this is pretty nifty :).

This may be the first cave painting referenced:
http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/prehistoric/trois-freres-cave.htm
Analyzing how stories change in the retelling down through the generations sheds light on the history of human migration going as far back as the Paleolithic period
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If I ever go back to school, this is the kind of thing I want to study
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What is awesome about this story is that women pointed out the problems with his 'solution' and he seems to have learned from them.

Greathouse apologized in a tweet Wednesday, calling his article "dreadful."

"I told women to endure the gender bias problem rather than acting to fix the problem," he wrote. "Women have a tough enough time having their voices heard and my insensitive comments only made matters worse. I am truly sorry."
 
// Women in tech are seriously fired up over a Wall Street Journal op-ed. The piece, written by a white male investor, suggested that women in tech "obscure their gender" -- for their career's sake. "A gender-neutral persona allows women to access opportunities that might otherwise be closed to them," wrote John Greathouse, a partner at Rincon Venture Partners and professor at UC Santa Barbara. //
A Wall Street Journal op-ed by John Greathouse, a white male investor, suggested that women in tech 'obscure their gender' for their career's sake.
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“Puddle Jumper” taken in 1925 by Friedrich Seidenstucker (1882-1966), a German photographer known for his snapshot-like pictures of people on the street in Berlin.

I like the unknown feeling of this photo. Is just life captured by a simple click...and besides this is in Berlin.
It feels like the quiet before the storm. In 14 years from this captured moment WWII will start.

Photo courtesy of MoMA.

#history   #berlinstreets   #vintagephotos   #wrappmysensations  
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Resistance Continues As Historic Prison Strike Enters Fourth Week https://shadowproof.com/2016/09/29/historic-prison-strike-enters-fourth-week/ -via Flynx
Updates from Alabama, South Carolina, and other states as a national prison strike against slave-like labor conditions enters its fourth week on Friday.
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...full of cute tidbits you can drop at cocktail parties, like how all Samoan babies’ first words are “eat s#!t” and how Japanese completely lacks curse words. Japanese people with Tourette’s syndrome blurt out insults and childlike words for genitalia that are generally considered impolite and inappropriate, but not profane.
 
What The F? What swearing reveals about language and ourselves

Swearing comes from a different 'older' part of our brain than normal speech.

Bergen thus suggests that profanity, which we know expresses strong and often fleeting raw emotional states, originates not in the parts of our brains that regulate rational speech, but in the more ancient neural pathways that regulate impulse and emotion.
Linguist Benjamin Bergen’s new book explores the universal appeal of profanity.
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Findings: People are less likely to victim blame if they "place a lot of value on fairness and caring about other people.", and more likely to if they "place emphasis on loyalty, authority, and purity" and "have concerns about people who stand out from the group".

Previous studies show that when a crime description focuses on the actions of victim before the crime people blame the victim more than when the descriptions focus on the actions of the perpetrator.

So, when telling your friends about something that happened to you, don't talk to the authoritarians, and don't go on about what you were doing before hand.
 
How does people's moral outlook affect the way they treat crime victims?
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Blaming the victim is a form of psychological self defense. It makes people feel safer if they can distance themselves from the victim, because then whatever horror would be less likely to happen to them.

The fact that people who prioritize high-empathy characteristics and concepts like caring for others and fairness are less likely to blame the victim is important. If you empathize with the victim, you can then understand that horrors can happen to anyone. That's fucking terrifying to weak, group-dynamic driven people. They will do anything to avoid that.
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It would be better to not have to be an on set extra while the fireworks are going down, though.
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Nine percent of registered voters in Wisconsin don’t have a valid voter ID and many are still struggling to get the documents they need to vote in November. It appears that Wisconsin is violating multiple court orders by not promptly giving eligible citizens free IDs or certificates for voting. This is particularly concerning, since early voting began this week in cities like Madison and Milwaukee and thousands of Wisconsinites are casting ballots.

https://www.thenation.com/article/wisconsin-is-systematically-failing-to-provide-the-photo-ids-required-to-vote-in-november/
New recordings from the DMV show how the state is continuing to disenfranchise black voters.
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(+Andrea Monticue points out that this is not the real NDeGT's twitter account.)
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Too bad this person is faking a celebs identity. They should get cred themselves
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