I had to share this minute of beauty.
This BBC article covers the decoy effect, explaining how our brains are susceptible to a “trick” that sales and marketing people use to get us to make the choices they want, often to increase their profit.
Racist Donald Trump has been a racist his entire life and he used that racism to help him win the 2016 election. A cowardly press has avoided calling Trump racist directly, but hopefully that will change given how openly Trump is now attacking non-whites.
When Trump attacked Elijah Cummings and his district in Baltimore, MD, characterizing Cummings and his district the same way Nazis characterized Jews to dehumanize them, Victor Blackwell spoke brilliantly in response. Here’s that video.
Trump’s History of Racism
Trump’s 27 July 2019 Attack on Cummings and Baltimore
“Never Again isn’t just about remembering how the Holocaust ended. It’s also about how it started, with a gradual process of legal exclusion and state-sponsored dehumanization that led eventually to the deaths of my grandpa’s family and so many millions of others,” Rugenberg, whose relatives were murdered in the Holocaust, said at the protests in Providence last week.
The New Yorker’s Charles Bethea brilliantly tells the story of a woman who discovered evidence that her father was deeply involved in suppressing non-white votes and was behind the citizenship census question. Her multifaceted story lays bare the evil of the modern GOP.
Cell phone manufacturers including Apple, Samsung, and Google claim their devices are water resistent, waterproof, or otherwise safe to use in water or wet environments. This short piece by ifixit is worth reading if you use your devices near liquids and care about what happens if they get wet.
Law enforcement is difficult work, even for those free of hatred and committed to treating people equally under the law. People afflicted with racism and other hatred cannot serve effectively in law enforcement and should be excluded from the field.
This expose of widespread racism and other hatred among law enforcement officers is worth a quick read. Our nation was founded on racism and has always been deeply afflicted with hatred. I’m not sure we’ll ever create a nation where hatred of others is a rare disorder, but we can at least keep those afflicted with it from having power over those they hate.
If you’re interested in critical thinking and the remarkable ability of many people to delude themselves and others, it’s worth reading this short reference on crank magnetism, which may remind you of several people you know. We certainly have some people among our relatives and my kids’ friends who are walking demonstrations of crank magnetism.
RationalWiki is a good resource for critical thinking and research on ideas and people you encounter. I’ve found it well written and have not found any obvious false or misleading statements in my occasional visits to the site.
If you’re interested in the Incel movement, it’s worth reading this surprisingly thorough coverage of a surprising (to me) aspect of the Incel movement. The author also covers the virulent misogyny inherent in this movement and helps the reader gain insight into the origins of this hatred.