Mar. 20th, 2019

Good News

Mar. 20th, 2019 03:27 am
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Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently? Are you anticipating any more? Have you found a cute picture or a video that makes you smile? Is there anything your online friends could do to make your life a little happier?
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This study indicates that just wearing a police uniform increases bias.  I am reminded of the Stanford Prison Experiment which showed just how fast and badly things can go wrong when you assign valued and nonvalued social roles to a bunch of equals.  The "guards" became so brutal toward the "prisoners" that the experiment had to be canceled before it was even half done.

It's very interesting that a police uniform can change people's perceptions.  I think, however, that the nature  of that change relies on people's concept of what the uniform symbolizes.  If society thinks of police as glorified slavecatchers, there to beat down the disobedient, you'll get a bias toward markers associated with disobedience.  But what if your society views police more like Fix-It Felix than Wreck-It Ralph?  Look at "Bring Out the Best" where Lawrence is trying to figure out heroism by following Stan.  I suspect that if you put a police uniform on most T-American folks, they would alert to little problems that could be fixed before growing into big problems, because that's how most people see police in that society.
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 ... excel at storing carbon in addition to buffering storms, reducing floods, and protecting freshwater from saltwater incursions.  We really, really need to undo as much as possible of previous efforts to wipe out coastal wetlands, restore what we can, and protect every scrap that's left.
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Entries from the March 17 batch have been uploaded to the Shiv thread page.  
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This article talks about American households burdened by unaffordable water costs.  While people claim that water is a human right, it is not treated as such.  It is a paid privilege.  If you can pay, you get water; if you can't pay, you don't.  There are public sources such as water fountains, but you can bet if people start filling jugs at those, the practice will quickly be banned.  So mostly what people do is lower their use of hygiene that uses up gallons at a time: bathing, washing clothes, and flushing toilets.  Suddenly it becomes everyone's problem.
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Tonight I am painting rocks for tomorrow's Ostara ritual.  Rock painting is our craft this sabbat.  I wanted to have some with the backgrounds already done, so I left half the rocks natural (in case someone wants a different background) then painted equal batches of white and green. 
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The greatest increase is at the most extreme end of the scale.

It's not just tornadoes though.  Wind in general is getting more obnoxious.  Around here, storms now tend to arrive not as a gradual increase of wind but as a sharp, intense wind wall.  This often snaps trees at the base because they don't have time to flex with the wind.  >_< 
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 As seawater rises, it inundates coastal wetlands, killing the trees.  That's a problem when we need those to buffer storms, absorb waters, and soak up carbon.  >_<

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