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Can a Jellyfish Unlock the Secret of Immortality?

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The little creature of the sea that appears to debunk the most fundamental law of the natural world: you are born, and then you die.
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YANSS 093 – The neuroscience of changing your mind

YANSS 093 – The neuroscience of changing your mind | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
We don’t treat all of our beliefs the same.

If you learn that the Great Wall of China isn’t the only man-made object visible from space, and that, in fact, it’s actually very difficult to see the Wall compared to other landmarks, you update your model of reality without much fuss. Some misconceptions we give up readily, replacing them with better information when alerted to our ignorance.

For others constructs though, for your most cherished beliefs about things like climate change or vaccines or Republicans, instead of changing your mind in the face of challenging evidence or compelling counterarguments, you resist. Not only do you fight belief change for some things and not others, but if you successfully deflect such attacks, your challenged beliefs then grow stronger.


The research shows that when a strong-yet-erroneous belief is challenged, yes, you might experience some temporary weakening of your convictions, some softening of your certainty, but most people rebound and not only reassert their original belief at its original strength, but go beyond that and dig in their heels, deepening their resolve over the long run.
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UC Berkeley Republicans sue school over Ann Coulter talk

UC Berkeley Republicans sue school over Ann Coulter talk | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
The showdown continues between the University of California, Berkeley, and conservative author Ann Coulter over whether she'll speak at the progressive school.
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LAPD Chief Beck Compares His Long-Haired Days With the Black Experience

LAPD Chief Beck Compares His Long-Haired Days With the Black Experience | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Critics are lambasting remarks made by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to the director of a new Showtime documentary on the relationshi
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World leaders meeting in Washington are pretending they can't see the bogeyman right in front of them

World leaders meeting in Washington are pretending they can't see the bogeyman right in front of them | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
This year’s spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund are like one big therapy session for the global financial elites
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So, the only way to do free trade is to have unbridled greed where any business can move jobs to another country even when they then must transport nearly all of the goods back to the U.S.?  This flies in the face of ethical conduct not just for the sake of the workers, but also for environmental concerns.  Think this isn't happening?  Why are chickens raised in the U.S., shipped to China for processing, and then most of the product shipped back to the U.S.?
This is the problem that frustrates most Americans.  Yes, we like buying Kashmir, and real Champagne, but I don't want to buy a Chevy made in China or talk to customer service from India.
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A scholar asks: ‘Can democracy survive the Internet?’

A scholar asks: ‘Can democracy survive the Internet?’ | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Now, in what are clearly less innocent times, the Internet is viewed as a far less benign force. It can be a haven for spreading fake news and rewarding the harshest and most divisive of political rhetoric. It is a medium, for all its benefits, that has dark corners populated by anonymous actors (some not even real people) whose influence appears to be growing but not easily measured.

Nathaniel Persily, a law professor at Stanford University, is among the many — academics, political practitioners, journalists, law enforcement officials and others — who are attempting to understand better the consequences of conducting campaigns and governance here and around the world in the Internet age. He has written about this in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Democracy in an article with a title that sums up his concerns: “Can Democracy Survive the Internet?”
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Why Did the Saudi Regime and Other Gulf Tyrannies Donate Millions to the Clinton Foundation?

Why Did the Saudi Regime and Other Gulf Tyrannies Donate Millions to the Clinton Foundation? | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
It doesn’t exactly take a jaded disposition to doubt that donations from repressive regimes are motived by a desire to aid the foundation’s charitable work.
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We always look at the power of the sword (coercion), but the power of the word (persuasion) is just as susceptible to abuse; especially, when combined with the power of the purse (reciprocity). But, in politics, there are no clean sides. If not the Putin flavor of influence, then it's the Clinton Foundation and it's ilk.
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Former LA District Attorneys Decry Charges Against Man Who Recorded Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos

Former LA District Attorneys Decry Charges Against Man Who Recorded Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Former Los Angeles County District Attorneys Steve Cooley and Brent Ferreira have joined the legal team supporting David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress, who was recently charged with 15 felonies for recordings made during the process of investigating the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
The men appeared on a “Help David Defeat Goliath” conference call Wednesday night to talk about the charges and their belief that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra had wrongly applied the law to Daleiden’s activity.
“Attorney General Becerra is simply doing the bidding of Planned Parenthood and is using a law that does not fit David’s journalism at all to accuse him of a crime,” Ferreira said. “The statute itself says that it doesn’t apply to conversations being held in a public setting.”
“People who engage in public discourse have no expectation of privacy, and journalists who capture video footage of these conversations are protected by the First Amendment,” he outlined.
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James Comey Says Americans Should Be Wary of 'Troll Farms' Peddling Fake News

James Comey Says Americans Should Be Wary of 'Troll Farms' Peddling Fake News | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
FBI Director James Comey warned Americans that information they read on the internet may be part of organized disinformation campaigns
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Does Race Affect Plea Bargaining? A New Study Says YES |

Does Race Affect Plea Bargaining? A New Study Says YES | | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
We know that approximately 95 percent of all criminal convictions are the result of a guilty plea and a plea bargain, rather than a trial.

Yet, while the role of race in such justice topics as arrests, detainment, police force, and sentencing outcomes has frequently been the focus of recent academic inquiry, it seems that few researchers in the last 30 years have probed whether or not race influences the various parts of the plea bargain process.

The authors of a new study just published in Justice Quarterly have attempted to fill that gap.

The report, which used a random sample of 500 felony plea cases initiated between 2002 and 2010, all drawn from one of Florida’s more populous counties, found that, after the researchers controlled for offense seriousness, offense type, and prior record, the plea bargain process was not, in fact, color blind.

As it happens, plea bargaining is not blind to gender either.

First of all the authors looked at whether race affected whether a defendant would enter into a plea agreement at all. The answer was yes, and the size of the difference was surprising. “The odds of a plea decrease by about 46.4% when a case involves a black defendant, as opposed to a white defendant.”

As the process went on, race continued to markedly affect outcomes. Yet, there were also significant differences in outcomes for male versus female defendants.

If a black male defendant did plea, the authors found he fared worse than white males, white females, and black females, when it came to the probability of a charge reduction in return for his plea.

Specifically, for black males pleading guilty increased the probability of a charge reduction by 46.1%. For white males the probably of a reduced charge jumped to 53.9%, then to 55.9% for white females. Interestingly, black females fared best of all with a 58.1% probability of a charge reduction in return for a guilty plea.

In plainer terms, black men are less likely to receive lower charges and, as a result, lower sentences, in return for a plea bargain than white men, white women, or black women.
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We protest the cops, but here's where we should be protesting....

Studies consistently show prosecution is where the most racial discrimination shows up in the system (prosecution decisions, plea bargains, failure to disclose exculpatory evidence, etc.).
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Google Brings Fake News Fact-Checking to Search Results

Google Brings Fake News Fact-Checking to Search Results | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Search giant is letting partners and publishers decide what's true, what's false and what's in between.
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It depends on who and how the sites are judged....we'll see if machines can learn to verify all the nuances of political positions.
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Hillary Clinton: Putin's Russia Will Continue to Meddle in U.S. Politics

Hillary Clinton: Putin's Russia Will Continue to Meddle in U.S. Politics | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton believes Russian interference cost her the election—but the story won't end there.
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Hillary Clinton explains why she really lost to Trump

Hillary Clinton explains why she really lost to Trump | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Almost four months after her stunning defeat, Hillary Clinton on Thursday primarily blamed her loss to President Donald Trump on four factors that were beyond her control.

The former Democratic presidential candidate cited Russian meddling in the election, FBI Director James Comey's involvement toward the end of the race, WikiLeaks theft of emails from her campaign chairman, and misogyny.
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Susan Rice speaks out on 'unmasking' accusations: 'I leaked nothing to nobody'

Susan Rice speaks out on 'unmasking' accusations: 'I leaked nothing to nobody' | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Tuesday denied that she sought to improperly 'unmask' Trump campaign officials whose conversations were caught on surveillance by U.S. intelligence services. 'The allegation is that somehow the Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes,' Rice said in an exclusive interview with NBC's Andrea Mitchell. 'That is absolutely false.' Tune into MSNBC for ongoing analysis and coverage.
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'Shattered' authors: Bill Clinton pushed for different tone in Hillary's campaign

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'Shattered' authors: Bill Clinton pushed for different tone in Hillary's campaign
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Barack Obama returns to remind us how radically different he is from Donald Trump

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Former President Barack Obama re-emerged into public life on Monday in Chicago and, in the process, offered a potent reminder of what a radical change in direction the country took in the 2016 election.
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The rise of intolerance: Indonesia has been mercifully resistant to extremism—until now | The Economist

The rise of intolerance: Indonesia has been mercifully resistant to extremism—until now | The Economist | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it

FIRST came the fake news: a doctored video, making it look as if the governor of Jakarta, an ethnic-Chinese Christian, was disparaging the Koran. Next, mass protests flooding the city centre with outraged Muslims. Then came blasphemy charges that the police, under public pressure, eventually lodged against Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, usually known as Ahok. Before long a seemingly pedestrian election became a referendum on the role of Islam in Indonesian politics. Was it permissible for a Christian to hold the second-most prominent elected office in an overwhelmingly Muslim country?

On April 19th voters delivered their verdict: no. Ahok, once the clear front-runner, had won the first round of the election, in February, by a slim three percentage points. But supporters of the eliminated candidate appear to have plumped for Ahok’s remaining rival, Anies Baswedan, who won the second round by 58% to 42% (see article). Although Mr Baswedan praised Ahok in his victory speech, he had openly wooed the chauvinist vote during the campaign, for instance by joining rabble-rousing clerics for dawn prayers before a vituperative anti-Ahok rally. Plainly, the outcome is a defeat for tolerance, in a country that prides itself on it.
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It is easy to forget, but Indonesia, not Egypt or Iran, much less Saudi Arabia, is the world’s most populous Muslim country. There are far more Muslims in South and South-East Asia than there are in the Middle East. And Muslims in Asia are traditionally much less doctrinaire than Middle Easterners.

Indonesia is a case in point: many local Muslims follow practices that would cause riots in Arabia, making offerings to saints and spirits, say, or worshipping at shrines shared with Hindus and Buddhists. Indonesia’s biggest Islamic organisation is Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), which embraces folksy forms of Islam and explicitly campaigns against extremism. Its wisecracking former leader, Abdurrahman Wahid, was the first president to be elected—albeit by parliament, not by popular vote—after the overthrow of Suharto, Indonesia’s dictator of 32 years. The next president was Megawati Sukarnoputri, a woman. No avowedly religious party has ever received more than 8% of the vote in parliamentary elections.

The call from Arabia

And yet for decades less tolerant forms of Islam have been seeping into the country. In fact, NU was founded in 1926 to resist the growing influence of puritanical Arabian preachers. To this day Gulf Arabs fund lots of mosques. Rabble-rousers are able to turn out big crowds to protest against perceived insults to Islam. The agitators portray traditional Indonesian Islam as rural and backward, implying that educated city-dwellers should follow a purer form of the religion. Politicians, even otherwise reasonable ones like Mr Baswedan, seldom resist the urge to cloak themselves in piety.

Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s president and Ahok’s predecessor as Jakarta’s governor, supported his embattled protégé in the election. But he was careful to be respectful of the protesters, meeting their leaders and offering only veiled criticism of their conduct. Local mores, it is often said, demand such reticence. But the other side felt no such obligation, brandishing signs with slogans like “Burn Christians, Jail Ahok”.

The governor’s race has given unscrupulous politicians a simple blueprint for winning office: stir up religious fervour by decrying real or invented insults to Islam. The opposition is likely to resort to such tactics in the next presidential election, due in 2019. If Mr Joko wants to keep his job, and preserve Indonesia’s plural society, he needs to speak out forcefully against zealotry, not treat it with kid gloves.

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See Bertrand Russell's argument that truth should trump justice.  Frankly, I agree.  In search of justice, you may not find truth, but if we hold out for truth, we always find justice.
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Berkeley: The new battleground for free speech

Berkeley: The new battleground for free speech | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
The University of California at Berkeley was thrust into the national spotlight again this week, after officials canceled and then re-scheduled a lecture by conservative pundit Ann Coulter, citing safety concerns.

Since the election, protests and rallies in Berkeley have devolved at times into all-out brawls, pitting supporters of President Donald Trump and members of far-right nationalist groups against local activists and anti-fascist agitators, according to NBC Bay area.

At a press conference Thursday, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks alluded to recent protests that turned violent and stressed that university officials are tasked with finding the balance between providing for student's safety and promoting free speech.


Trump supporters face off with protesters in Berkeley. Elijah Nouvelage / Getty Images
"We fully support the right of our students to host speakers of their choice," Dirks said. "We also have an unwavering commitment to providing for the safety and the well-being of speakers who come to campus, our students and other members of campus."
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Hawaiians to Attorney General Sessions: We're not just 'some island'

In an interview, Attorney General Jeff Sessions implied that a judge from Hawaii - which he called simply an island in the Pacific - should not be able to strike down President Trump's travel ban.
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The point he was making is that it's easy to make this ruling when you live on islands insulating you from terrorists with thousands of miles of water.  Meanwhile the rest of the nation takes on a real risk.
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Report: Putin-controlled think tank developed plan to sway U.S. election

Report: Putin-controlled think tank developed plan to sway U.S. election | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
The think tank is reportedly run by retired senior Russian foreign intelligence officials
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We always look at the power of the sword (coercion), but the power of the word (persuasion) is just as susceptible to abuse; especially, when combined with the power of the purse (reciprocity).  But, in politics, there are no clean sides.  If not the Putin flavor of influence, then it's the Clinton Foundation and it's ilk.
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'Election is over!' Trump calls for probe into Tax Day protesters

'Election is over!' Trump calls for probe into Tax Day protesters | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
President Donald Trump on Twitter Sunday lashed out against citizens who'd taken to the streets to exercise their First Amendment rights.
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If Soros (or anyone else) is funding protests, then we should know.
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Black Judge With History Of Holding Cops Accountable Found Dead In River

Black Judge With History Of Holding Cops Accountable Found Dead In River | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first black woman appointed to the state's highest court​, was found dead in the Hudson River on Wednesday.
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The news here is that a judge was found dead, possibly murdered; but this article purports to be news and uses logical fallacy to insinuate that the judge might have been murdered by cops.
To strengthen the argument, the author should document how and in which cases this judge was critical of cops.  What if these cases were several years old?  What if the criticisms were about policy and not directed at particular people?  My questions are meant to clarify whether the notion that some cop or cops had a reasonable motive.  In old cases or when a department policy is criticized, I'd expect that officers had likely "moved on" (in the old case); or might likely agree that a policy was outdated/unreasonable (you might secretly agree with the judge). Then, would this speculation remain valid.  

Did she preside in other cases that might provide a motive for murder?

I'd also want information about the victim and her state of mind.  Has she struggled with depression?  What other relationships has she had?  We find victims usually knew the offender (significant other, jilted lover, rejected suitor, business associates, etc.).
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Watch 'SNL' Spoof Kendall Jenner's 'Tone-Deaf' Pepsi Ad

Watch 'SNL' Spoof Kendall Jenner's 'Tone-Deaf' Pepsi Ad | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
'SNL' goofed on Pepsi's controversial Kendall Jenner ad with a sketch that questioned how anyone could think the commercial was a good idea.
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Here's a great example of Moral Panics.  Contrast 2017 and the "scandal" from the Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad with a Coke ad from 1971: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VM2eLhvsSM
The message: soda can bring the world together.
Of course, b.s. on both counts, but it just depends on where the institutional power lies.
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Psychologist Philip Zimbardo of the Stanford Prison Experiment: Donald Trump is an “unconstrained, unbridled present hedonist”

Psychologist Philip Zimbardo of the Stanford Prison Experiment: Donald Trump is an “unconstrained, unbridled present hedonist” | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Stanford professor who ran the most famous (and scary) psychology experiment in history throws Trump on the couch
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Late-night hosts skewer Kendall Jenner's Pepsi ad

Late-night hosts skewer Kendall Jenner's Pepsi ad | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
The Pepsi ad that sparked controversy across social media earlier this week before being pulled provided abundant fuel for late-night hosts.
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The media and activists still trying to fan a fire....
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Twitter sues over feds’ request to unmask owner of @ALT_USCIS account

Twitter sues over feds’ request to unmask owner of @ALT_USCIS account | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Twitter's suit uses the term “unmask” or some variant thereof 10 times—an apparent attempt to troll the White House.
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