Millennials, the Pros and Cons for Members of that Generation


While experts see many young people becoming nimble analysts and decision-makers because of their embrace of the networked world, they also warn that some constantly-connected teens and young adults will lack deep engagement with people and knowledge by being hyperconnected. Continue reading

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The Camera as Big Brother


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The camera as Big Brother…is the camera Big Brother? Famous example: the Rodney King riots of the nineteen nineties, when a network television station broadcast amateur video footage of Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney King. Continue reading

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Gingrich on Obama’s Comments about Treyvon Martin

This excerpt was taken from Yahoo News.

White House senior adviser David Plouffe lashed out on Sunday over a pair of comments by Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to President Barack Obama’s reaction to the Trayvon Martin shooting.

“Those two comments are really irresponsible,” Plouffe said on CNN. “I would consider them reprehensible.”

“If I had a son he would look like Trayvon,” Obama said on Friday.

“Is the president suggesting if it had been a white who had been shot, that would be OK because it wouldn’t look like him?” Gingrich said Friday on Sean Hannity’s radio show. “That’s just nonsense. I mean, dividing this country up, it is a tragedy this young man was shot.”

In a separate radio interview Friday, Santorum had a similar reaction…

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President Obama onTrayvon Martin

Posted form Dr. Boyce Watkins’ Your Black World

Taken from Obama: “If I Had a Son, He’d Look Like Trayvon”

President Obama weighed in today (Friday) on the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen killed by a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain. President Obama called what happened a tragedy, and said Trayvon reminded him of his own kids.

“When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids,” Obama said in Rose Garden remarks.

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A Pill to Cure Racism?

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A Pill to Cure Racism?

A Pill to Cure Racism? by Eric Pfeiffer | The Sideshow – Thu, Mar 8, 2012

Propranolol (Image via WikiCommons)A commonly prescribed drug used to treat high blood pressure may have the unintended benefit of muting racist thoughts in those who take it.

A new Oxford University research study found that Propranolol, which works to combat high blood pressure, anxiety, migraines, and a number of heart ailments, affects the same part of the central nervous system that regulates subconscious attitudes on race.

“Implicit racial bias can occur even in people with a sincere belief in equality,” said Sylvia Terbeck, lead author of the study, which was published in the journal Psychopharmacology. “Given the key role that such implicit attitudes appear to play in discrimination against other ethnic groups, and the widespread use of Propranolol for medical purposes, our findings are also of considerable ethical interest.”

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Why Burning the Koran is a Bad Idea

Religious wars are thought to be a thing of the past. Presumably the West has gone beyond the frame of mind re religious belief that led to the Crusades of the Middle Ages and the 30 year long battle between Catholics and Protestants in 17th century Germany that left one quarter of the population dead. Since Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of movable type and the resulting worldwide spread of literacy, it has been axiomatic in much of the world that literacy and access to the printed page were not only universal human needs but universal human rights as well.

Unlike Nazi Germany, where banned books were burned in public, and the Antebellum United States – where teaching a bondman to read was considered to be a serious crime in the Southern slave states – democratic societies hold to the belief that adults should be able to read what they want. This fundamental freedom may be doubly important when religious scripture is in question, since in this case not only is intellectual freedom involved but religious freedom as well.

This is why the threat in 2011 of a Gainesville, Florida pastor to burn the Koran in public on the September 11th anniversary of terrorist attacks against the United States was especially bad. Not only is this gesture an instance of the ugliest form of intolerance against those who hold this book to be Holy Scripture; it is also a direct threat against the very spirit of freedom as coveted and practiced by members of his own denomination, religion and fellow citizens.

Certain gestures carry a weight that goes beyond the obvious. The destruction of another person’s religious icons or scriptures is just one such act. They may be meaningless to nonbelievers or those of a different persuasion. Both of these groups may well regard such as just inanimate objects. whose psychic significance or price tag is not great enough to register on any thinking person’s radar screen – let alone serve as an occasion for full-scale retribution. In the believer’s mind, however, the place occupied by holy relic or book is something quite different.The Koran belongs, without doubt, to this category. One may well ask: “cui bono”…who gains? What are the benefits, real and/or imagined, for the perpetrators of this act?

To fully answer this question from the psychological point of view we would have to understand why and how the perpetrators of this deed believe it to be beneficial. And unless/until those who would or have committed such acts of desecration can explain how or why they will rebound to the greater good, let them abstain from – to quote scripture  – throwing the first stone.” To quote Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., “free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic.”

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Newt Gingrich is at it again

Gingrich: “African Americans Don’t Understand the Key to Creating Wealth”
by Dr. Boyce Watkins
Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition.
Reposted from; January 256h 2012

Newt Gingrich, the same man who has made one disparaging remark after another about people of color, apparently has even more where that came from.  In a speech in 1993, Gingrich took the time to criticize black and Latino people, saying that they know very little about creating wealth. Continue reading

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On Anarchists and Tassle Loafers


Timothy Egan worked for The Times for 18 years – as Pacific Northwest correspondent and a national enterprise reporter. His column on American politics and life as seen from the West Coast appears here on Fridays. In 2001, he was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that wrote the series “How Race Is Lived in America.” He is the author of several books, including “The Worst Hard Time,” a history of the Dust Bowl, for which he won the National Book Award, and most recently, “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America.”Anarchists and Tasseled Loafers. His Amazon page is:

Timothy Egan on American politics and life, as seen from the West.

Amid shattered glass and the black smoke of urban pyres, I found myself in a riot some years ago — the anarchists-led assault on the World Trade Organization meetings of 1999. Continue reading

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