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Note: This is an informal blog post, not an academic endeavor, so there may be errors, colloquialisms, and informal language.

We’re doing a little better than Mexico but worse than Iraq, per capita — yes, it’s adjusted for our population. White House knows this too, given the 500-page report they haven’t shared with us.

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Remember when the US was a 1st world country? Those were fun times.

Iraq outperformed us in 90 days and struggles with serious societal obstacles. It has done better than us. What’s the plan here? Show everyone we know what we’re doing becoming a failed state?

We learned this past week that countries following scientific recommendations (some same scientists advising the US advised other countries that listened and are doing well. That may be the most infuriating thing I’ve ever witnessed) controlled spread enough to protect economies. …


Peer-Reviewed Politics

US intelligence analysts picked up chatter last month that emails like those revealed yesterday by the NYPost would be leaked in October, having been stolen by the same GRU unit that hacked the DNC. One worry was Russia would mix in forgeries.

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Foreign Influence and the Trump Administration | Karl Evers-Hillstrom on 5 Jun 2019

The Hunter Biden investigation that spent taxpayer dollars investigating known Russian disinformation, found nothing illegal and no new information on Hunter Biden. The timeline on it should also raise some flags. For a more full report on what about this investigation should raise red flags, you can read the follow-up and consider the pattern of behavior described below.

What they did find is more shocking in the context of yesterday’s New York Post, given the federal government knew about it.

The GOP Senate investigation gave the Russian disinformation on Hunter Biden credibility, or as Mitt Romney says it was a “political exercise.” Using the state against political opponents is the hallmark of Russian and Chinese regimes. That this furthering of disinformation and withholding of the truth is neither the first instance nor the only type of use of the federal government against an opponent should worry anyone who values democracy. …


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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

A Study in Humans

Why is this kind of unequal perception so pervasive?

How does this happen?

There’s an answer, and it’s not that everyone who thinks differently than you is “bad.” If we want to move past these cognitive disconnects, we need to understand how they happen without our awareness. Identifying a problem is only part of the puzzle.

We must continue forward, looking for meaningful solutions. Understanding how sane people arrive at two incommensurable conclusions will be the means by which we correct it. Without a doubt, there are people who are willfully racist, but this means to address the phenomena of seemingly otherwise considerate people who hold these views.

  1. We most often identify with people who look like us; we feel more empathy for them. The same is true of people who share membership in a group with us, like religious affiliation. If you see someone suffering who looks like you and your family, it elicits a more visceral response. Lots of theories why, but knowing this can help us offset this unequal tendency and empathetic failing. …

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E. Rosalie

Public health biologist studying at Johns Hopkins | Science writer & artist | Views reflect me alone | | editor@novel-science.com

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