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popthirdworld:

"Across almost all of the papers presented at the conference, there was an inescapable consensus: a fundamentally different economic system is required, if we are serious about avoiding dangerous climate change, based on nurturing wellbeing rather than stoking corporate profit.

This is, of course, not a new idea. But what was striking was the convergence across contributors from the breadth of the physical and social sciences. The clear message was that unrestrained capitalism is incompatible with decarbonisation: the sums simply don’t add up.

… And if these sound like radical statements, unbecoming of the stately, reserved sentiments associated with the Royal Society, then consider the prospect of a world that is four or even six degrees hotter and the havoc and suffering that would be inevitable. This is also a radical choice.”

- Adam Corner, 'Every Little Bit Helps' is a Dangerous Mantra for Climate Change

22nd tenka’ichi budoukai  quarter finalists

Jon Stewart and Matt Taibbi discuss the different treatment afforded to ‘street’ based drug users and white-collar criminals profiting from the drug trade.

Let’s examine a traditionally male-dominated role that is very well-respected, and well-paid, in many parts of the world — that of a doctor. In the UK, it is listed as one of the top ten lucrative careers, and the average annual income of a family doctor in the US is well into six figures. It also confers on you significant social status, and a common stereotype in Asian communities is of parents encouraging their children to become doctors.

One of my lecturers at university once presented us with this thought exercise: why are doctors so highly paid, and so well-respected? Our answers were predictable. Because they save lives, their skills are extremely important, and it takes years and years of education to become one. All sound, logical reasons. But these traits that doctors possess are universal. So why is it, she asked, that doctors in Russia are so lowly paid? Making less than £7,500 a year, it is one of the lowest paid professions in Russia, and poorly respected at that. Why is this?

The answer is crushingly, breathtakingly simple. In Russia, the majority of doctors are women. Here’s a quote from Carol Schmidt, a geriatric nurse practitioner who toured medical facilities in Moscow: “Their status and pay are more like our blue-collar workers, even though they require about the same amount of training as the American doctor… medical practice is stereotyped as a caring vocation ‘naturally suited‘ to women, [which puts it at] a second-class level in the Soviet psyche.”

What this illustrates perfectly is this — women are not devalued in the job market because women’s work is seen to have little value. It is the other way round. Women’s work is devalued in the job market because women are seen to have little value.

brianmichaelbendis:

The timeline of Scrooge McDuck’s life by Don Rosa

thisdanobrien:

Driving home today I thought “I bet Patrick Stewart would look sexy as fuck in a dress,” which isn’t the kind of thought I normally have but hey who am I to tell my thoughts what they can and can’t be. Then I went home and Googled “Patrick Stewart in a dress” and couldn’t find any results and now I’m shocked and bummed.

annyskod:

Celebrating 50 years of Beatles Music - The beatles performing at IBC studios in London

annyskod:

Celebrating 50 years of Beatles Music - The beatles performing at IBC studios in London

fulbrite:

HOW TO BECOME A GODDAMN MAGICIAN

1. OWN A TABLET PEN

2. PUT IT DOWN FOR TEN SECONDS

3. ABRACADABRA WHERE THE FUCK DID IT GO

popthirdworld:

fairmanrants:

We’re doomed.

We really really need a campaign specifically targeted at stopping news organisations giving airtime to climate deniers. It is like giving airtime to people who think Black people are genetically inferior or who think Homosexuality is a mental illness or who think the Holocaust didn’t happen or who think there’s valid science that shows no link between Smoking and Cancer. It is a point of view that is overwhelmingly disproved by science.

I dunno what kinda campaign I mean (boycotts? in some way?), but we need to set a norm that makes media organisations think twice before giving a pedestal to a climate denier, so that even when it with a Politician, there is ammo there to shame them.

Facts Won’t Change the Minds of the Anti-Vaccination Crowd

technoccult:

Klint Finley

I’ve blogged before about Dartmouth College research finding that correcting people’s incorrect beliefs with facts can backfire. Now the same group has confirmed their previous work, this time testing various pro-vaccination messages.

Mother Jones reports:

The paper tested the effectiveness of four separate pro-vaccine messages, three of which were based very closely on how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) itself talks about vaccines. The results can only be called grim: Not a single one of the messages was successful when it came to increasing parents’ professed intent to vaccinate their children. And in several cases the messages actually backfired, either increasing the ill-founded belief that vaccines cause autism or even, in one case, apparently reducing parents’ intent to vaccinate.

The study, by political scientist Brendan Nyhan of Dartmouth College* and three colleagues, adds to a large body of frustrating research on how hard it is to correct false information and get people to accept indisputable facts. Nyhan and one of his coauthors, Jason Reifler of the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, are actually the coauthors of a much discussed previous study showing that when politically conservative test subjects read a fake newspaper article containing a quotation of George W. Bush asserting that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, followed by a factual correction stating that this was not actually true, they believed Bush’s falsehood more strongly afterwards—an outcome that Nyhan and Reifler dubbed a “backfire effect.”

Full Story: Mother Jones: Study: You Can’t Change an Anti-Vaxxer’s Mind

See also:

Why Facts Backfire

Why we believe lies, even when we learn the truth

Reason Is Used for Justification, Not to Determine Truth

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