June, 2019 archive
Plight your troth politely.
But according to the Fresno Police Department, the weekend celebration turned tragic when a 23-year-old man couldn’t take no for an answer and opened fire after a young woman rejected his advances. One of the bullets hit her 10-month-old daughter in the head, and the child has been hospitalized ever since.
Much more at the link.
In Psychology Today, Matthew Hutson examines the mechanics of manipulating memory, specifically in the context of what we see on the inner webs. It ain’t pretty, folks.
Could people remember public events that hadn’t happened at all? In 2010, informed by Loftus’s work, Slate writer William Saletan conducted an experiment on his readers (then analyzed and published the results with Loftus’s lab). Readers saw photos of three real events and an image of one of five fake events, depicted by altering a photo and adding an incorrect caption. One fake photo showed President Bush on vacation with a Houston Astros pitcher during Hurricane Katrina. Another showed President Obama shaking hands with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Readers were asked if they recalled the event and to describe how they felt when first hearing about it.
Half the time, people said they remembered the false event happening, and in most of those cases they said they actually remembered seeing it on the news. They recalled being “torn” upon seeing it, or having “mixed emotions,” or “cring[ing].” Perhaps some people were lying about their recollections, but when told one of the events hadn’t happened, readers guessed the wrong one 37 percent of the time. For them, the fake event was not only real but more real than some of the actual events.
I read this article in the print magazine, to which I have been a long-time survivor (it was helpful in my days as a trainer and instructional designer). Selected articles from each issue are available on the website when the next issue has been, well, issued. I made a note to come back to this one because it is a must read, especially in these days of Fox News and their dupes, symps, and fellow travelers.
David discusses the lack of reaction to E. Jean Carroll’s description of having been assaulted by Donald Trump.
Dick Polman is also troubled.
The Philadelphia Inquirer tries to track down serial robocaller “Will” with a signal lack of success.
For months, Will has been badgering Philadelphians with recorded messages, offering to buy properties in the city and New Jersey. He asks homeowners to call back if they’re interested in selling, promising an offer in just seven minutes over the phone. He’s super casual about it, acknowledging how “random” his dropping them a line might seem.
So we decided to ask Will “what’s up,” ignoring experts’ advice that you shouldn’t speak to robocallers, many of whom are fraudsters.
Follow the link to read about their quest.
Protect yourself politely.
In case you haven’t noticed, that’s now a Republican Family Value.
We have gone from the American Ideal to become the American Ordeal.
Esther Cepeda marvels at the apathy towards the barbaric treatment of migrants along our southern border. A snippet:
These frivolous spats effectively overshadow the tough-to-stomach reality that migrants are being penned in cages and locked in freezing-cold holding cells — that is, when they’re not fenced in under bridges and made to sit on the ground in 100-plus degree weather.
Eladio Bobadilla, an assistant professor of history at the University of Kentucky, put it this way in a recent post on the Latino Rebels website: “[Conservative] commentators are wrong, both historically and morally. Not only is it historically accurate to call these detention centers concentration camps, but the uproar reveals a curious and cruel irony: Conservatives are more outraged by the terms used to describe the detention camps than they are by the conditions inside them.”
In retrospect, I’ve concluded that the more to HMO-style health care that started in the 1970s and 1980s as the way to “fix” American heath care was a big mistake. It effectively put American health care under the control of insurance companies, which are incentivized, as the neologism goes, to provide as little actual care as possible, and removed it from medical professionals, most of whom (and yes there is the occasional glaring exception) care about caring.
Another gun owner demonstrates how responsible he can be.
The victim had forgotten that his gun was still loaded and in the process of reaching for the gun and picking it up, he evidently pulled the trigger, the gun fired and a bullet struck his foot, according to the sheriff’s report.
The injured man then managed to drive himself to the hospital.
I once fell 20 feet from a tree, was knocked unconscious, and when I picked myself up and straggled home, my parents thought I was making it up. However, when my brother and I fabricated a story about an encounter with a bear, they believed that! So maybe I learned very early on that fiction was more interesting to listeners!