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Facebook and Israel to work to monitor posts that incite violence

Facebook and Israel to work to monitor posts that incite violence | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Facebook delegation is in Israel as the government pushes legislative steps to force social networks to rein in content that officials say incites violence"

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"The Palestinians dismiss the Israeli allegations that the violence is caused by incitement. They say it is the result of nearly 50 years of Israeli military occupation and a lack of hope for gaining independence. 


Digital rights groups have charged that such legislation is unlikely to be enforceable and say the laws are used as a pressure tactic to prompt Facebook to monitor users’ content. The groups warn of a slippery slope to censorship. "

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An open letter to Brian Chesky: Airbnb's new anti-discrimination policy falls short

An open letter to Brian Chesky: Airbnb's new anti-discrimination policy falls short | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
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I didn't realize how often Muslims get kicked off planes, until it happened to me

I didn't realize how often Muslims get kicked off planes, until it happened to me | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

A humiliating experience opened my eyes to discrimination that has become common in post-9/11 America under the pretext of safety and security


"A recent news report documented the removal of two Muslim women working for the federal government from an American Airline flight. 


On its surface the airline staff appeared to be upholding safety regulations, but in reality they were engaging in discriminatory practices. I know this to be true because I was one of the two women. 


We were removed from the plane for doing nothing more than requesting water and asking why we were still aboard an idling plane for more than five hours. 


Although the incident was humiliating it was also eye-opening. Until it happened to me, neither my friend nor I had realized how common this trend had become. 


Passengers are removed from an aircraft for benign reasons such as asking for a beverage, a child harness, speaking a foreign language, changing or upgrading seats, taking pictures, making videos, or questioning a long delay. 


It isn’t just about what happened to me – increasingly Muslims are a part of a cycle of discrimination that targets them due to their appearance. 


 American Airlines states that they prohibit “discrimination of any kind” and ensure that their “policies require that we treat all our customers in a fair and courteous manner and discrimination due to race, ethnicity, religion, or skin-color is not tolerated”. However, this was not reflected in the treatment that I and other passengers received. 


Shan Anand, a young, turbaned, Sikh man along with three of his Muslim friends were removed from an American Airlines flight traveling from Toronto to New York earlier this year. 


When I asked Shan why he thought he and his friends were removed from the flight he said: “We know why it happened, right? There were four of us, three are Muslim and I am Sikh.” 


When Shan and his friends asked American Airlines why they were removed, they were told: “There were inconsistencies of their behavior traveling as a group.” 


But the explanation made no sense to Shan – he was traveling in a group of six with two Latinos, three South Asians and one Arab, yet only the South Asians and Arab were removed. Shan and his travel companions were told that “the crew felt unsafe”."

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Scientists have created perhaps the first practical THC/saliva roadside test for marijuana intoxication

Scientists have created perhaps the first practical THC/saliva roadside test for marijuana intoxication | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Scientists have created what could be the first practical roadside test for marijuana intoxication. It checks for THC in saliva.
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One-in-10 post-secondary students face unwanted advances, assaults: survey

One-in-10 post-secondary students face unwanted advances, assaults: survey | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
A new survey of Canadian university and college students finds many have struggled with mental health issues, while a disturbing number have also faced unwanted sexual advances and assaults.
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Canada to press U.S. on ‘ludicrous’ marijuana border policy

Canada to press U.S. on ‘ludicrous’ marijuana border policy | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Canadian man was barred from U.S. after admitting to having smoked pot recreationally
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Dozens of Spanish cities declare themselves ‘Free of Israeli Apartheid’

Dozens of Spanish cities declare themselves ‘Free of Israeli Apartheid’ | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Cadiz, provincial capital in the autonomous community of Andalusia in the Spanish state, has become the latest municipality to pass a motion supporting the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights and declaring itself an Israeli “Apartheid Free Zone”. Cadiz joins more than 50 cities and towns across the Spanish state which have voted to declare themselves spaces free from Israeli apartheid.
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Indians Staged One of the Largest Strikes in History, But No One on U.S. Cable News Covered It

Indians Staged One of the Largest Strikes in History, But No One on U.S. Cable News Covered It | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Tens of millions of public sector workers shut down parts of the Indian economy to protest Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic plans on Friday. But that's probably news to you.
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No AC on the TTC - The real consequences of 'hidden' government cuts - David Miller

No AC on the TTC - The real consequences of 'hidden' government cuts - David Miller | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
City politics: Former Toronto mayor David Miller on air conditioning problems on the TTC and what they say about funding cuts in the name of efficiency.
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Locking out professors is an affront to education | Steven W Thrasher

Locking out professors is an affront to education | Steven W Thrasher | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Long Island University faculty have been barred from classes over demands for decent pay. It’s symptomatic of a system that puts profit before learning
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Please don’t treat my wheelchair like oversized luggage

Please don’t treat my wheelchair like oversized luggage | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Travelling with a mobility device can be a stressful experience, explains Angelo Muredda, made worse when airlines don’t see a wheelchair as part of a person’s body.
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Note-Taking Strategies to Improve Learning

Note-Taking Strategies to Improve Learning | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Most students aren’t good note-takers. This post explores the benefits of having a rotating designated note-taker and why students should ditch the laptop.
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Black and white: Why Megan Rapinoe's support for Colin Kaepernick is so important

Black and white: Why Megan Rapinoe's support for Colin Kaepernick is so important | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Rapinoe, a star on the powerhouse U.S. women's soccer team, took a knee during the national anthem before a Sunday National Women's Soccer League match between her Seattle Reign and the Chicago Red Stars. Afterwards, she was direct in explaining what went into the decision. 

"Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties," she told American Soccer Now. "It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it."

"It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something that’s really powerful.""


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Here's the relevant passage [from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" penned in 1963], which is almost surreal in its relevance more than half a century later" 


"I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection." 


 Make no mistake: More than 50 years after King wrote that letter, the stakes are still high. Kaepernick knows this. Rapinoe, too. "

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Academic advising is a form of social activism and it's important for first-generation students 

Academic advising is a form of social activism and it's important for first-generation students  | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"If we want college to work for everyone -- especially students on the margins -- we have to advise those who are most vulnerable, writes Wendy M. Christensen."


Summary from Academica Top Ten - Monday 12 September 2016:


"Academic advising “a form of activism,” writes IHE contributor “Undergraduate advisement is a chore that few academics want,” writes Wendy Christensen for Inside Higher Ed, but this type of support is necessary if higher education is going to serve all students—especially those on the margins. The author reflects on how her role as an advisor taught her that the majority of her students work full time and have families to support, especially when they are first-generation students. Christensen cites research demonstrating that meaningful connections with professors improves students’ educational experience and boosts retention rates. The author concludes that advising is so powerful that it can even be “a form of activism to challenge existing class-based disparities in higher education.”"


BIO
Wendy M. Christensen is an assistant professor of sociology at William Paterson University. Her research interests center on how inequalities and institutions -- like the media, the military and the family -- contribute to limiting political engagement. You can follow her on Twitter @wendyphd.

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Should I stop using antibacterial handwash and gels?

Should I stop using antibacterial handwash and gels? | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
With the FDA banning a number of chemicals associated with antibacterial products, maybe it’s time to go back to old-fashioned soap and water
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Parenting: Harsh Parents Raise Bullies--So Do Permissive Ones

Parenting: Harsh Parents Raise Bullies--So Do Permissive Ones | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Research supports a moderate, supportive style of parenting"


"Taken together, the studies indicate that the best parenting tactics probably fall in the middle of the spectrum. Indeed, studies have shown that a protective factor against being bullied or becoming a bully is having parents who are facilitative, meaning warm and responsive to their children and encouraging of appropriate levels of autonomy (rather than being either controlling or overly permissive). A 2015 study of 215 grade school children, reported in the Journal of Child and Family Studies, found that bullied children were consistently rated by teachers as having less facilitative parenting than nonbullied children. A 2016 study from the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry followed kids for five years and found that those whose parents supported autonomy when the kids were four or five years old bullied less over time than those whose parents showed less support for autonomy."

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One-fifth of postsecondary students are depressed and anxious or have other mental health issues

One-fifth of postsecondary students are depressed and anxious or have other mental health issues | critical reasoning | Scoop.it

"Canada may be a wealthy country, but there appear to be alarming rates of depression and suicidal thoughts among its youth."


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Judge apologizes for 'unforgivable' rape comments at inquiry

Judge apologizes for 'unforgivable' rape comments at inquiry | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Justice Robin Camp says the questions he asked a complainant at a 2014 trial reflect 'unconscious bias'
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Airbnb’s Plan to Fight Discrimination Doesn’t Go Nearly Far Enough

Airbnb’s Plan to Fight Discrimination Doesn’t Go Nearly Far Enough | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Not that long ago, online commerce promised not only to make markets more efficient but also more inclusive and less prone to discrimination. The rati
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Google Program to Deradicalize Jihadis Will Be Used for Right-Wing American Extremists Next

Google Program to Deradicalize Jihadis Will Be Used for Right-Wing American Extremists Next | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The Redirect Method collected the metadata of 320,000 individuals and served them advertisements that led them to the deradicalizing videos.
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Paying Taxes Is a Lot Better Than Phony Corporate Courage, Apple - by Sam Biddle

Paying Taxes Is a Lot Better Than Phony Corporate Courage, Apple - by Sam Biddle | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Apple should stop bragging about its bravery and start paying its fair share.
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Ecuador Begins Drilling Oil in a Pristine Corner of the Amazon

Ecuador Begins Drilling Oil in a Pristine Corner of the Amazon | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The highly biodiverse country has rain forest, the Andes and the Galapagos Islands 
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Tuition fees keep rising, up 2.8% on average this year

Tuition fees keep rising, up 2.8% on average this year | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
The cost of post-secondary education increased by 2.8 per cent this year, rising at a slightly slower pace than what students saw in 2015.
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Roundup: Canada makes huge investment in climate research

Roundup: Canada makes huge investment in climate research | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Climate change: Canada makes huge investment in 13 climate research projects, U.S. and China ratify Paris Agreement and more in this week's roundup.
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Toronto-area schools to allow religion-based class exemptions

Toronto-area schools to allow religion-based class exemptions | critical reasoning | Scoop.it
Documents reveal a bitter three-year battle between the TDSB and a group of parents who say having their children attend music class violates their faith
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