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History of Complaints Against Officer Who Had Eric Garner in Apparent Choke Hold -- Meanwhile, the EMTs on the scene have been suspended without pay, while two of the officers involved (including Mr. Daniel Pantaleo) have been reassigned to desk duty, with pay.

Activists Call for Bratton's Resignation Following Eric Garner's Death -- There's that, too.

Montana Judge To Be Censured Over Rape Comments -- Good, although more should have occurred to this man with so much power over so many lives.

Michigan inmates to get black-and-white striped uniforms. Orange is now too cool, sheriff says.

Market Basket shelves bare as workers protest CEO's firing: Biddeford store running out of food -- People power. Too bad those people got fired in the midst.

Parental training may offset health problems linked to social disadvantage, study shows -- Not terribly surprising that environmental effects may offset other environmental effects.
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Serial murders of secret infants, as alleged in Utah, 'very rare'

‘Bully’ suffers jeers, name-calling himself -- "An Ohio man sentenced by a judge to spend yesterday wearing a sign reading “I AM A BULLY” at a busy suburban Cleveland intersection was greeted by a boisterous stream of honking car horns, jeers and insults." Technically, this should fall under "cruel & unusual treatment".

While You Were Watching 'Game of Thrones,' Neil deGrasse Tyson Shared His Solution to Global Warming

Angry at your spouse? Check your blood sugar

Crankier Babies May Get More TV Time

Finding May Explain Why Women More Likely Develop Alzheimer's

Bullying occurs among children higher up on the social ladder, according to new research -- "The study concluded that girls are more likely to be subject to this type of bullying. The highest incidences of bullying occurred among girls, but boys were more likely to target girls who were climbing social rungs rather than boys who were doing the same." Sexist high-school assholes.

Casual marijuana use linked to brain changes -- "Gregory Gerdeman, a biologist and neuropharmacologist at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., said he has no reason to doubt the new study's findings but worries generally about marijuana research funded by federal agencies, like the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is charged with limiting drug use."
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California police report supports Prius driver -- This is what I suspected when I first heard about the doubts being cast about the driver's account. Toyota is simply engaged in damage control.

Game of Death: France's Shocking TV Experiment -- "Game of Death is an adaptation of an infamous experiment conducted by a team led by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram in the 1960s. In order to test people's obedience to authority figures, the scientists demanded that subjects administer increasingly strong electric shocks to other participants if they answered questions incorrectly."

Violence Prompts Debate Over Medical Marijuana -- "A shooting and a beating death linked to medical marijuana have prompted new calls by law enforcement officials and marijuana advocates for Washington State to change how it regulates the drug and protects those who grow and use it." (NYT)

New attack on cancer forces cells to grow old and die -- "Takeda Pharmaceutical Co's experimental cancer drug MLN4924" seems to be able to "[block] a cancer-causing gene called Skp2 [which] force[s] cancer cells to go through an aging process known as senescence--the same process involved in ridding the body of cells damaged by sunlight."

Insurer targeted HIV patients to drop coverage -- Assurant Health (formerly Fortis)

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Jan. 28th, 2010 07:16 pm
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'People's History' author Howard Zinn dies at 87

'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies -- "Humorist John Hodgman wrote: 'I prefer to think JD Salinger has just decided to become extra reclusive.'"
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I picked up Science at the library today and came across a very cogent, important article: "Racial Bias, Unspoken But Heard" by John F. Dovidio. Four separate studies (joined by a common theme) detail how nonverbal information influences the attitudes of TV audiences. "Specifically," Dovidio states, "exposure to nonverbal race bias, via evaluative conditioning, may cause perceivers to associate race with affect and thus exhibit race bias themselves" (p. 1711). The findings are stunning in their implications:

Nonverbal race bias was thus observed across 11 shows, each with an average weekly audience of 9 million, suggesting that many Americans are exposed to nonverbal race bias. These biases may occur for a variety of reasons: because actors spontaneously exhibit nonverbal bias, because biased nonverbal behavior is written into scripts, and/or because directors persuade actors to change their nonverbal behavior. Regardless, the bias appears on a number of popular television shows and thus may influence viewers. (p. 1712)

For many years, many have thought that TV influenced how viewers perceived groups portrayed in various ways on TV; however, since the '70s, it's been assumed that merely changing the content of the story or the makeup of the cast was enough to shake up longstanding beliefs. I highly recommend reading the article in full, if possible (the only free virtual content is the abstract, linked above).

Of course, I'd like to see a similar study carried out with a group that is nonwhite, then have the results compared. (Every population in these studies were white, presumably to test for conformity of these racial views.)
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Blue Is the New Black

According to the General Social Survey, which has tracked Americans' mood since 1972, and five other major studies around the world, women are getting gloomier and men are getting happier.

Before the '70s, there was a gender gap in America in which women felt greater well-being. Now there's a gender gap in which men feel better about their lives.

As Arianna Huffington points out in a blog post headlined "The Sad, Shocking Truth About How Women Are Feeling": "It doesn't matter what their marital status is, how much money they make, whether or not they have children, their ethnic background, or the country they live in. Women around the world are in a funk."

(The one exception is black women in America, who are a bit happier than they were in 1972, but still not as happy as black men.)

I'm interested as to the factors that make black women the outlier. I wonder who, if anyone, is conducting in-depth sociological research . . . .

Edit: The Huffington Post article is much better than the one I've featured here. I don't agree with this author's implied attitude toward gender roles or her unsupported claims about inherent differences.
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Teen Birth Rates Higher in Highly Religious States

[T]he results don't say anything about cause and effect, though study researcher Joseph Strayhorn of Drexel University College of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh offers a speculation of the most probable explanation: "We conjecture that religious communities in the U.S. are more successful in discouraging the use of contraception among their teenagers than they are in discouraging sexual intercourse itself."

[...] They found a strong correlation between statewide conservative religiousness and statewide teen birth rate even when they accounted for income and abortion rates.

For instance, the results showed more abortions among teenagers in the less religious states, which would skew the findings since fewer teens in these states would have births. But even after accounting for the abortions, the study team still found a state's level of religiosity could predict their teen birth rate. The higher the religiosity, the higher was the teen birth rate on average.
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Bullies: They can be stopped, but it takes a village

It struck me right away that this is what we've been witnessing at the town halls on health care.
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In Study, Texting Lifts Crash Risk by Large Margin -- NYT article (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] supergee)

911 Caller Did Not Describe Gates as Black -- WashPost article

Pique And the Professor -- "The debate -- really more of a shouting match -- is also about power and entitlement." (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] supergee)
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Charge dropped against black Harvard scholar | Analysis: Gates arrest a signpost on racial road | Gates Arrest Resonates Through Black America (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] davidfcooper)

Tonight: Longest total solar eclipse of the century -- visible in Asia

Aussie stargazer spots scar from Jupiter collision

How Media Brings Out the Idiot in Teens -- "The first reports of car surfing as a phenomenon emerged in the 1980s. Copycats were inspired by the 1985 movie 'Teen Wolf,' in which the lead character hops on the hood of a moving car to the tune of 'Surfin' USA.' Mercifully, 'Teen Wolf' faded quickly from everyone's memory, and car surfing faded, too."

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