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Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions – The Atlantic

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As Andrew Golis points out, this might suggest something even deeper than the idea that poverty’s stress interferes with our ability to make good decisions. The inescapability of poverty weighs so heavily on the author that s/he abandons long-term planning entirely, because the short term needs are so great and the long-term gains so implausible. The train is just not coming. What if the psychology of poverty, which can appear so irrational to those not in poverty, is actually “the most rational response to a world of chaos and unpredictable outcomes,” he wrote.

None of this is an argument against poorer families trying to save or plan for the long-term. It’s an argument for context. As Eldar Shafir, the author of the Science study, told The Atlantic CitiesEmily Badger: “All the data shows it isn’t about poor people, it’s about people who happen to be in poverty. All the data suggests it is not the person, it’s the context they’re inhabiting.”

via Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions – The Atlantic.

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Prime Minister Dr. The Honourable Timothy Harris attends Regional Summit with Heads of State to discuss vulnerabilities related to climate change | SKNIS

Dr. Timothy Harris, etal

The aim of the summit is to bring together the island states of the Caribbean, including the French Departments in the Americas.  These territories are particularly vulnerable to climate change and sea level rise, which place their sustainable development at serious risk.   There are historic and socio economic factors that have led to increasing greenhouse gas concentrations.   Caribbean small island developing states are among the most highly exposed to the risks of climate change.

‘The Caribbean contributes a mere 0.3 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, it bears the brunt of impacts related to climate change.  The populations of territories in the region are already forced to adapt to the consequences on their daily lives, change their behaviours and rethink their traditions to deal with it”, according to the Conference journal.

via Prime Minister Dr. The Honourable Timothy Harris attends Regional Summit with Heads of State to discuss vulnerabilities related to climate change | SKNIS.

Is White Supremacy a Mental Disorder? | Dissident Voice

Is White Supremacy a Mental Disorder? | Dissident Voice

As a sociopathy, white supremacy is passed from generation to generation in the same sense that genes are passed from one generation to the next. To be sure, white supremacy need not be actively taught to young white children – or black children. On the contrary, white kids may be reared in outwardly “nonracist” homes and taught to see blacks as people after all.  But, it is the entire social milieu outside the sheltered home into which all people of all “races” are born and bred which normalizes, legitimizes and, in fact, requires the “natural” oppression of black people.

via Is White Supremacy a Mental Disorder? | Dissident Voice.

White People’s Fear of Discussing Race Holding Back Diversity Progress in Silicon Valley? – Blerds

Maxine Williams

Discussing race in profitable environments is a must, so says Maxine Williams of Facebook, one worldwide social media entity. Why is it critical to clear safe spaces for African Americans? Technology affords all the ability to work in groups or independently. For minorities, it is the option to work in healthy spaces devoid of most race-based micro-stressors that recent studies claim contribute to, if not cause, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other stress related illnesses. Another plus it the potential for above average revenue — if you are dedicated. Will technology become the leveling playing field for African Americans? It might well be.

Facebook’s global head of diversity, Maxine Williams, is taking a different approach to addressing the discussion of race in Silicon Valley, and, according to her, there’s no room for people to be sensitive about the subject.

via White People’s Fear of Discussing Race Holding Back Diversity Progress in Silicon Valley? – Blerds.

13 Blacks Influencing Technology In a Major Way Today – Blerds

13 Black initiated businesses that are making great strides in technology. The list may surprise you.

Here is a list of 13 Blacks influencing technology today, according to Business Insider.

Condoleezza Rice, Board of Directors, DropboxEarlier this month, online storage startup Dropbox added Condoleezza Rice to its board of directors.As the former secretary of state and an adviser to the National Security Agency, having someone like Rice as a liaison to Washington, D.C., could be very helpful to Dropbox.

Condoleezza Rice 2014

via 13 Blacks Influencing Technology In a Major Way Today – Blerds.

Americans Believe Inequality Is The World’s Greatest Threat. Other Countries Think Differently

Surveyors from the Pew Research Center asked thousands of participants in more than 40 countries to select what posed the “greatest threat to the world” out of five possible options. The results, published last week, showed that their answers were far from unanimous.

Country/Greatest threat Plot graph

In general, the study suggests that global security risks are viewed through a regional or national prism. Rather than being afraid of the unknown, people generally chose the threats closest to home. Those surveyed in western Europe, for instance, mostly agreed that inequality poses the greatest threat out of the possible options of inequality; nuclear weapons; ethnic and religious hatred; pollution and environment; and AIDS and infectious diseases.

via Americans Believe Inequality Is The World’s Greatest Threat. Other Countries Think Differently.

2007 – 2014 Global comparisons.

2007 & 2014 Global comparison

Scientists Say It Only Takes 66 Days To Change Your Life, If You’re Strong Enough

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In a study released in the European Journal of Social Psychology, Phillippa Lally and her team of researchers surveyed 96 people over a 12-week period to find exactly how long it takes to start a new habit.Over the 12 weeks, the participants chose a new habit and reported each day how automatic the behavior felt. At the end of the period, Lally analyzed the results and found the average time it took for the participants to pick up a new habit was 66 days.

via Scientists Say It Only Takes 66 Days To Change Your Life, If You’re Strong Enough.

For Black Women, Domestic Violence and State Violence Go Hand in Hand

Violence Against Women

A 2000 US Department of Justice report showed that African-American women experienced intimate partner violence at a rate 35 percent higher than that of white women. “In 2007, African-American female victims of intimate partner homicide were twice as likely as white female homicide victims to be killed by a spouse,” according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. A study conducted in 2002 by Tufts University found that 40 percent of African-American women report coercive contact of a sexual nature by age 18, as cited by the American Bar Association. The same study found that the number one killer of African-American women ages 15 to 34 is homicide at the hands of a current or former intimate partner, and that only 17 percent of African-American women survivors of sexual assault report the assault to the police.

via For Black Women, Domestic Violence and State Violence Go Hand in Hand.

The Power of the Uniform: Eye-Opening Experiment Shows How Easily People Submit | The Free Thought Project

If a man in a uniform came up to you, gave you a taser, and told you to guard and detain another man who he claims is a criminal, would you? If that man tried to leave would you stop him or taser him?In the video below, most of the people tested actually go to the extent of hurting another human being, who they’ve never met, simply because a man in a uniform told them to do so.

via The Power of the Uniform: Eye-Opening Experiment Shows How Easily People Submit | The Free Thought Project.

Deadly Force, In Black And White

Deadly Force, In Black And White

Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater i, according to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings.The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that blacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.i7 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police.One way of appreciating that stark disparity, ProPublica’s analysis shows, is to calculate how many more whites over those three years would have had to have been killed for them to have been at equal risk. The number is jarring – 185, more than one per week.

via Deadly Force, In Black And White.