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Detecting Prejudice In The Brain
ScienceDaily (Jun. 30, 2006) — Three
Florida teenagers recently pleaded not guilty to the brutal beatings
and in one case, death, of homeless men. One of the beatings was
caught on surveillance video and in a most chilling way illustrates
how people can degrade socially outcast individuals, enough to
engage in mockery, physical abuse, and even murder. According to new
research, the brain processes social outsiders as less than human;
brain imaging provides accurate depictions of this prejudice at an
Are Humans Hardwired For Fairness?
ScienceDaily (Apr. 18, 2008) — Is
fairness simply a ruse, something we adopt only when we secretly see
an advantage in it for ourselves? Many psychologists have in recent
years moved away from this purely utilitarian view, dismissing it as
too simplistic. Recent advances in both cognitive science and
neuroscience now allow psychologists to approach this question in
some different ways, and they are getting some intriguing results.
Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping
Statement of Belief :: Reverend Billy
and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir believe that Consumerism is
overwhelming our lives. The corporations want us to have experiences
only through their products. Our neighborhoods, "commons" places
like stoops and parks and streets and libraries, are disappearing
into the corporatized world of big boxes and chain stores. But if we
"back away from the product" - even a little bit, well then we Put
The Odd Back In God! The supermodels fly away and we're left with
our original sensuality. So we are singing and preaching for local
economies and real - not mediated through products -- experience. We
like independent shops where you know the person behind the counter
or at least - you like them enough to share a story.We ask that
local activists who are defending themselves against supermalls,
nuke plants, gentrification -- call us and we'll come and put on our
"Fabulous Worship!" Remember children... Love is a Gift Economy! --
21st century trash disposal - The Cape Codder
BigBellies are in at Cape Cod
We don’t want to imply the faculty and staff are overindulging in
triple-decker monster cheeseburgers, we’re talking high-tech
solar-powered trash disposal units. The day of the painted 55-gallon
drum may be in its sunset.
The college has one BigBelly solar trash disposal unit parked outside the
Lorusso Applied Technology Building, which is a demo on loan from
the Lower Cape Sustainability Center, but it plans to purchase
The BigBelly, which looks more or less like a standard trash can, has a
40-watt solar panel on top which powers a 12-watt battery that
operates a trash compactor. With a compaction ratio of 4-to-1 (by
volume) the BigBelly has to be emptied only once for every four
times a standard trashcan gets dumped.
Lesson in sustainability
HOLLIS - Saul Lindauer, the
technology teacher at Wells Junior High School, said some of his
most important lessons are imparted at lunchtime beside the garbage
cans in the cafeteria.
Lindauer, a champion of the school's recycling effort, stations
himself beside the garbage barrels and encourages students to place
their trash in the correct receptacle -- one each for plastic trash,
compost and returnables. There is also a separate place for items
that can be reused as art supplies.
"You watch some kids, and they're doing it like the conductor of a
symphony," he said.
Though Lindauer's official job description has more to do with
teaching students how to run programs and learn computer skills, the
Hollis resident has taken on another role around school that he
thinks of as "Mr. Green."
"I'd like to have a job called the sustainability coach," he said.