Blacks Less Likely To Sell Drugs, Much More Likely To Be Arrested For It: Study

2 Oct

The chart shows that arrests of African-Americans for violent and property crimes have gone down since 1980 but drug related arrests have skyrocketed. Black Americans are 3.6 times more likely to be arrested for selling drugs and 2.5 times more likely to be arrested for possessing them, Brookings Institute found.

Welfare testing

9 Aug

Here’s What Happened When Tennessee Decided to Drug Test Its Welfare Recipients

This article mentions Tennessee, Virginia, and Florida’s use of drug testing welfare recipients. Florida’s program was eliminated as a violation of the fourth amendment

10 things to do in college besides attend class

30 Jul

Good for freshmen!

10 Things to Do in College (Probably) More Important Than Going to Class

This month, a lot of tearful teenagers will bid adieu to high school (good news guys, you’ll still be Facebook friends with each other in 20 years) and begin looking forward to the next chapter, which, for the lucky among them, will be college. I loved it so much, I decided never to leave, and I’ve been at various universities for the past 18 years (whoa). At college, no one makes you go to class, and I thought I’d give our incoming freshmen some advice that no one else will. Don’t take this as invitation to skip that excruciating discussion of medieval history, but sometimes ditching is important, in the same way that learning to manage your time wisely is important, and the same way that, although painful, failing is important, too.

Israel/Palestine 101

24 Jul

Israel/Palestine 101
Watch this short, historically accurate animated introduction to Israel-Palestine 101

“Explaining white privilege to a broke white person”

1 Jul

Years ago some feminist on the Internet told me I was “privileged.”

“THE F&CK!?!?” I said.

I came from the kind of poor that people don’t want to believe still exists in this country. Have you ever spent a frigid northern-Illinois winter without heat or running water? I have. At 12 years old were you making ramen noodles in a coffee maker with water you fetched from a public bathroom? I was. Have you ever lived in a camper year-round and used a random relative’s apartment as your mailing address? We did. Did you attend so many different elementary schools that you can only remember a quarter of their names? Welcome to my childhood..

Social science and the Pentagon

19 Jun

Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown

Social science is being militarised to develop ‘operational tools’ to target peaceful activists and protest movements

This would be a good article to discuss ethics and political motives with social science research.

If gay guys talked to straight guys like straight guys talk to gay guys

19 Jun

1:20 mins of flipping the script


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