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CHP Officer Who Hit Woman in Video on Desk Duty -- Pound a woman in the face a dozen times in eleven seconds, get paid time behind a desk. Oh, by the way, CHP says the woman was not hurt after being pummeled & left with bruises and "lumps the size of plums."

Obama float in July 4th parade in Nebraska brings accusations of racism | more

The former piece not racist enough for you? New York City newspaper refers to President Obama as racial slur in headline -- While the author is one to denigrate those who use such terms, there's a middle ground here. How about "Negro", which is still offensive & brings such connotations but is not so redolent in its offensiveness.

GOP selling 'I Miss W' T-shirts in honor of George W. Bush's birthday -- Seriously. And for $27? Get out.

Massachussetts startup developing remote-controlled birth control implant -- This might be the best 21st-century response to the recent Hobby Lobby decision.
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The Case for Reparations -- I'm still wading through this, as the article is long. But Ta-Nehisi Coates is always a worthwhile read, so I'm listing this sight partially unseen.

Tennessee man sues employer over 'white water fountain' | Cotton Warehouse Supervisor To Black Employees: 'That's When We Hang You'

GOP's firing squad idiocy: The hypocrisy of "humane executions"

The one thing Neil deGrasse Tyson got wrong

Chimps ace out humans in test of strategic thinking

Sleep's memory role discovered -- "[B]y disrupting specific phases of sleep, the research group showed deep or slow-wave sleep was necessary for memory formation. During this stage, the brain was 'replaying' the activity from earlier in the day."

Watercress tops list of 'powerhouse fruits and vegetables.' Who knew?
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West Antarctic Ice Sheet Has Begun to Collapse -- The tipping point has been reached. It's too late.

Police commissioner asked to quit over Obama slur -- Asked to quit, because there are no mechanisms in New Hampshire to remove him forcefully.

Questions linger after Jill Abramson’s dismissal from Times -- 'Abrupt' isn't the word for it.

Kentucky agriculture commissioner asking judge to force DEA to release hemp seeds -- This, combined with continued pursuit of cannabis growers in Washington & Colorado, has prompted calls for Michele Leonhart, the head of the DEA, to step down.

Calm down everybody: McCarthyism isn't coming back just because a rich guy lost his job: Why public outrage against bigots like Donald Sterling has nothing in common with Joe McCarthy's reign of terror

Heaven is for neuroscience: How the brain creates visions of God: Major figures like Joan of Arc and Dostoyevsky claimed supernatural visions. Why their brains could hold the answer -- speculates about temporal lobe epilepsy

Ultra-Fast Robot Can Catch Objects Better Than Humans

Sunken body clue to American origins -- "[A]lthough [Naia] had the slender features associated with the earliest Americans, her DNA shares commonalities with modern Native Americans."

Soundgarden to Perform 'Superunknown' in Full in New York: Tickets to the show cost $19.94 to honor year of record release -- This makes me super-envious. I was so heartbroken when I found out Soundgarden had split. I remember it to this day.
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Two weeks ago (wearing jeans, Nikes, red peacoat & red beret):

I'm about to walk by a man downtown. I'm negotiating how far over on the sidewalk I need to go in order to give him enough room to feel comfortable. He has parcels on both sides of his body while I have some only on one side, so I cannot determine which side to switch to. As he comes closer, he changes the strap of his carryall from the free shoulder facing me to instead around his neck. I roll my eyes as he passes me.

About a week ago (wearing jeans, Nikes, black leather jacket & dark chapeau):

I'm on my way to the semi-monthly poetry gathering at a local bookstore. I come to a corner & wait for a light. A group of three businessmen arrive behind me & also wait for the light. When it changes, they step ahead of me to cross, so I give them the requisite six feet of space so as to be socially comfortable. Nevertheless, one of the three, the only Asian among them, turns back to look at me. He does this again after another full minute or so, directly looking at me in the eye. After that, I change direction, even though waiting at another light costs me more than a minute in foot speed.

Yesterday (wearing similar to above):

On the way to the polling station, at least one person (white male) changes to the other side of the street when we otherwise would have crossed paths on the same sidewalk.

On the way back downtown, I come upon a light mid-change. On the other side of the intersection is a group of three (white) teenagers, obviously chatting about something. I'm trying to figure out which side of the sidewalk to switch to in order to give them the maximum amount of room to pass. Before the light changes (but almost the full amount of time before it does so), the group decides to make a 90-degree switch to the left, apparently to walk to the next corner.

Also, after taking the crosswalk, a pair of businesspersons begins walking in front of me. The woman of the pair turns her head & deliberately stares at me. I decide to take the next crosswalk that takes me away from their forward motion.

Are all these racist actions? I cannot say. But they have a cumulative effect that wearies me & makes me wonder. (These are excluding the pairs/young mothers with strollers who suddenly find interest in a storefront window which gives me the chance to pass them on the sidewalk, &c.)

(The thing about the three businessmen with the Asian shoulder-starer is, they overtook me. How can you be suspicious about someone trailing you when you were the ones to walk in front of them in the first place?!)

Next time, I'm just going to keep walking. It's not my problem if someone has unfounded suspicions.
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Ex-NYPD cop charged with hate crime over anti-Jewish graffiti in Brooklyn

How Oklahoma's Botched Execution Affects the Death-Penalty Debate

Condoleezza Rice latest graduation speaker to back out amid protests

Three students expelled for harassment at California college: report -- Remember the incident with the bike lock around a student's neck? That's this one.

Did Floyd Mayweather Use Abortion Rumor to Punish His Ex?

Wider Hips may Suggest a more Promiscuous Woman: Study -- I suppose this is not the time to give out my measurements.

Diners believe a meal is tastier the more they have paid for it, say researchers -- Like The Dave Matthews Band once intoned, "You pay for what you get." (This may indeed be cognitive dissonance at work, where the consumer, having paid so much for the meal, convinces him- or herself that it must be worth the cost, because otherwise they would experience self-criticism for spending beyond the meal's intrinsic value.)
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US President Obama calls for death penalty review

Son accused of killing parents with samurai sword

Taxi driver convicted of raping female passenger, but jury acquits him of top count -- "Some members of the panel, which deliberated for over a day, tended to buy Singh's account that the back-seat sex was consensual."

High school student accused of serial sex assaults

Princeton student: 'White privilege' -- stop and think before you judge -- This is on Fox News, so be warned. (Also, who will think of the poor, derided white males in American society?)

Man Robs Southern Diner -- With a Pitchfork -- Really? A Waffle House?
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Rancher’s Views on Race Send Supporters Fleeing -- "The coalition of supporters for Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher battling the federal government's attempt to remove his cattle from public land, began crumbling on Thursday over his suggestion that African-Americans might have been better off in slavery." (NYT)

Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury -- I suspect this is due to redundant storage.

Man seeks to hide 'murder' tattoo before trial -- Seriously, though. A neck tattoo? That's commitment.
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Republican lawmaker very sorry he said men should be able to rape women if abortion is legal

The right defends a new Jim Crow: 50 years since the Civil Rights Act, wingnuts still don't get it

Study: Racial Bias in Pain Perception Appears Among Children as Young as 7

Study shows why breastfed babies are so smart -- "[A] new study by sociologists at Brigham Young University pinpoints two parenting skills as the real source of this cognitive boost: Responding to children's emotional cues and reading to children starting at 9 months of age. Breastfeeding mothers tend to do both of those things, said lead study author Ben Gibbs."

USDA adds foods to moms and kids food program (WIC)

High-calorie diet may slow ALS progression

Researchers Identify Brain Differences Linked to Insomnia -- "The researchers found that the motor cortex in patients with chronic insomnia was more adaptable to change — more plastic — than in a group of people who slept well."

Older dads' kids more vulnerable to mental disorders -- "A child born to a father 45 or older is three and a half times more likely to be diagnosed with autism, more than 13 times more likely to have attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and almost 25 times more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder than a child born to a man in his early twenties, says a study out this week."

Baby's brain tumor contained fully grown teeth
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Spanking bill dies in Kansas House committee

Life after Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin: Shore weighs in on race, violence

Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford favors changing Stand Your Ground

Rhode Island police chiefs to consider use of Narcan

Searching Walker emails is the rage in Wisconsin -- "More than 900,000 people signed the recall petition, and their signatures have been posted online in a database now used to vet political candidates, elected officials, co-workers, and sometimes even friends. Last summer, Walker rescinded the appointment of a University of Wisconsin-Platteville student to the UW Board of Regents after the student confirmed he had signed the recall petition."

Master monkey's brain controls sedated 'avatar' -- "The brain of one monkey has been used to control the movements of another, 'avatar', monkey, US scientists report. Brain scans read the master monkey's mind and were used to electrically stimulate the avatar's spinal cord, resulting in controlled movement. The team hope the method can be refined to allow paralysed people to regain control of their own body."

Fatwa forbids Muslims from traveling to Mars

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