August 16, 2014
ucresearch:

How militarized are your police?
This map by the NY Times gives a break down of how much our country’s police forces have become stocked with military surplus weapons and gear.  The trend started in the 1990s from a program designed to deal with extra equipment during the winding down of our wars.
This has no doubt added to the tensions with situations in Ferguson, MO. The St. Louis region has had many issues with racial profiling in the past. In fact, UCLA’s Center for Policing Equity is actually in the middle of a study in St. Louis to explore this very issue.  
These researchers have studied departments all over the country. Recently in Las Vegas they found the lack of diversity training in their police department was causing officers to exhibit racial bias when using force on an individual. In their survey asking officers to anonymously talk about how they view diversity training one said:

All diversity training basically states that if you are white you are wrong, and that everyone else’s culture takes precedence over society’s established norms.

So what can these researchers recommend? and how much sway do their recommendations have?  In the Las Vegas case they recommended the police department integrate diversity training with its training on use-of-force situations.  They also said an outside group should be monitoring incidents where officers stop pedestrians.  

While this type of research may inform policy/policymakers, it also affects citizens at the ballot box. John Gaskin from the Missouri NAACP discussed the historic lack of voter turnout among African-American Ferguson, MO residents:

We warned people about these kinds of things.  Who hires the police officers? The police chief. Who hires the police chief? The mayor. Who hires the mayor? Who elects the council folks?

You can read more about UCLA’s Center for Policing Equity here and about the debate to demilitarize the police here.

ucresearch:

How militarized are your police?


This map by the NY Times gives a break down of how much our country’s police forces have become stocked with military surplus weapons and gear.  The trend started in the 1990s from a program designed to deal with extra equipment during the winding down of our wars.

This has no doubt added to the tensions with situations in Ferguson, MO. The St. Louis region has had many issues with racial profiling in the past. In fact, UCLA’s Center for Policing Equity is actually in the middle of a study in St. Louis to explore this very issue.  

These researchers have studied departments all over the country. Recently in Las Vegas they found the lack of diversity training in their police department was causing officers to exhibit racial bias when using force on an individual. In their survey asking officers to anonymously talk about how they view diversity training one said:

All diversity training basically states that if you are white you are wrong, and that everyone else’s culture takes precedence over society’s established norms.

So what can these researchers recommend? and how much sway do their recommendations have?  In the Las Vegas case they recommended the police department integrate diversity training with its training on use-of-force situations.  They also said an outside group should be monitoring incidents where officers stop pedestrians.  

While this type of research may inform policy/policymakers, it also affects citizens at the ballot box. John Gaskin from the Missouri NAACP discussed the historic lack of voter turnout among African-American Ferguson, MO residents:

We warned people about these kinds of things.  Who hires the police officers? The police chief. Who hires the police chief? The mayor. Who hires the mayor? Who elects the council folks?

You can read more about UCLA’s Center for Policing Equity here and about the debate to demilitarize the police here.

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August 16, 2014
"If we must die—let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursed lot.
If we must die—oh, let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
Oh, Kinsmen! We must meet the common foe;
Though far outnumbered, let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!"

— Claude McKay (via knowledgeequalsblackpower)

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August 13, 2014

johngoodwin225:

Predicting the World With Maths - for fans of ‘big data’, maths, predictive analytics etc.

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August 7, 2014
Ava.

Ava.

August 7, 2014
Sheriff Tompkins speaks at 60 Plus Vets Group

kosaddiq:

Today at our weekly Wednesday meeting at 60 plus veterans group we had the pleasure of having the Sherif of Suffolk County speak, Sherif Tompkins. I have to say I don’t really follow law enforcement so I was foreign to his reputation or work.

He comes across as a good communicator and I felt the…

August 7, 2014
blunthought:

"The mental flexibility of the wise [person] permits [them] to keep an open mind and enables [them] to readjust [themselves] whenever it becomes necessary for a change."
| Malcolm X

blunthought:

"The mental flexibility of the wise [person] permits [them] to keep an open mind and enables [them] to readjust [themselves] whenever it becomes necessary for a change."

| Malcolm X

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August 7, 2014
From Morehouse to Berkeley and Back: Difficult Decisions for Black Students
Marcus Lee, huffingtonpost.com
The col­lege selec­tion process was both a thrilling and trou­bling expe­ri­ence for me. It was thrilling in that my dreams were com­ing true — all of my hard work was pay­ing off and my life would soon trans­form incred­i­bly. But, it was…

From Morehouse to Berkeley and Back: Difficult Decisions for Black Students
Marcus Lee, huffingtonpost.com

The col­lege selec­tion process was both a thrilling and trou­bling expe­ri­ence for me. It was thrilling in that my dreams were com­ing true — all of my hard work was pay­ing off and my life would soon trans­form incred­i­bly. But, it was…

(Source: kosaddiq)

August 7, 2014
5 Lies We Should Stop Telling About Black Fatherhood
Danielle Cadet, huffingtonpost.com
Often­times, when we dis­cuss father­hood we assume that African-American men aren’t part of that con­ver­sa­tion, large­ly because a num­ber of stud­ies and reports have repeat­ed­ly told us that black fathers are over­whelm­ing­ly absent from th…

5 Lies We Should Stop Telling About Black Fatherhood
Danielle Cadet, huffingtonpost.com

Often­times, when we dis­cuss father­hood we assume that African-American men aren’t part of that con­ver­sa­tion, large­ly because a num­ber of stud­ies and reports have repeat­ed­ly told us that black fathers are over­whelm­ing­ly absent from th…

(Source: kosaddiq)

August 7, 2014
fastcompany:

Hate to break it to you but downloading an app won’t get you to your habits. Here’s the science of what will.
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fastcompany:

Hate to break it to you but downloading an app won’t get you to your habits. Here’s the science of what will.

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July 20, 2014
Researchers identify brain network

neurosciencestuff:

Investigators at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have utilized a new image-based strategy to identify and measure placebo effects in randomized clinical trials for brain disorders. The findings are published in the August issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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(Source: eurekalert.org)

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