It's a basic "division of labor" issue. It's a shocking development when just one person does a "terrible" thing. While the overall task looks like an insurmountable mountain to climb, if we all just punched one neo-nazi we would be that much further along.
Alanis Morissette’s update “Ironic” for a Late Late Show appearance. (Grokked from Dan)
Wanna know how and when your representatives vote on things? there's an app for that. "Once you've shared your opinion (they have a poll of if you agree with your representative's vote), you can send email or call your legislator directly from VoteSpotter to keep them accountable." A little retro in action, but interesting. (Grokked from John)
"Research funded by the DoD Suicide Prevention Office shows how information on social media can provide an important window into a person’s state of mind. Social media platforms provide potential opportunities for individuals to connect to support or treatment they need. For instance, social media posts that convey messages of despair or a pattern of increasing hopelessness over a period of time could spur outreach from peers, who in turn can help connect a friend or teammate to commanders and professionals." This really isn't rocket-science, folks. When someone says they're depressed, believe them. When they make threats against themselves, believe them. If someone you care for (or others) shows signs of isolation, depression, and thoughts outside the norm, reach out to them. It may even be only a "like", which can say "I see you." It can be difficult in these times to sort out some of these signals, but make an effort for the people close to you. (Grokked from Fran Wilde)
Neuroscientists apply some of their methodologies to a computer. With somewhat predictable outcomes (our methods don't show the whole picture and can lead to false positives). Again, the brain is not a computer. (Grokked from Dan)
That traffic-camera ticket and a court case to dismiss it. Or how when we're not watching, those in government will tray almost anything in the name of "law and order." (Grokked from John)
"A bill that would require public officials in Indiana to dispatch law enforcement swiftly to remove any protesters blocking traffic by 'any means necessary' prompted uproar on Wednesday." It's fine, I'm sure it's fine. (Grokked from somebody, lost the link, sorry)
"While most of the world is still buzzing with positive energy from the Women's Marches on Saturday, several Republican legislators have been working hard to potentially make future peaceful protests a punishable offense." Jeebus, Teen Vogue is one thing, but when you've lost Cosmo you've really gone off the deep end. But the conservatives are just following the 12th Commandment, "That shall not embarrass or inconvenience the people in places of power." It's there in the Bible. (Grokked from Laura J Mixon)