The scientists started by examining mice’s mitochondria — a cell’s version of a power plant — and uncovered a group of three genes that affected the animals’ life-span via their speed of functioning. Those whose genes were 50 per cent slower lived some 250 days longer, or about 30 per cent of a mouse’s lifetime. “Based on this observation, we switched model, and started validating this experimentally in a worm,” Professor Auwerx said. “Knocking down the same proteins, we could see an up to 60 per cent extension of worm life-span.”
It’s not about how many tickets are redeemed. The ticket is the gateway to the relationship. What’s most important is that the ticket is a positive event, and when the youth sees the officer the next time, it will start off on a positive note.
If you reward good behavior, your return on investment will be more good behavior. This is not rocket science; we (especially police officers) simply don’t reward and celebrate positive behavior enough.
The Richmond RCMP Detachment, where I worked, was handing out 40,000 positive tickets a year (a 3 to 1 ratio compared to violations). As a result of several youth prevention initiatives, including positive tickets, our youth-related service calls dropped by almost 50%, keeping more than 1,000 youth out of trouble with the law. We have maintained a similar level over the years.
But that’s not the rewarding part. The part that makes it worthwhile is pulling into a parking lot full of kids and instead of running away from me, they swarm me. The rewarding part is driving down the street, looking out my window at some kids, and having them wave at me. The real result is seeing a youth who was on the edge of crime now far from it because he or she made a friend with one of my officers through positive tickets. The payoff is that kids don’t feel I am hunting them anymore; they see me as a friend.
According to a 2012 poll, almost half of Chinese consider themselves “convinced atheists.”
Teen Who Was Expelled From School For Science Explosion Receives Full Scholarship U.S. Space Academy
Kiera Wilmot made an honest mistake, but the police were trying to throw away her life with a felony. After the community stood up for the girl, the charges were dropped, and she was allowed to move on with her life. Well, her greatness is really starting to shine…
In a series of studies, Epley and Whitchurch showed that we see ourselves as better looking than we actually are. The researchers took pictures of study participants and, using a computerized procedure, produced more attractive and less attractive versions of those pictures. Participants were told that they would be presented with a series of images including their original picture and images modified from that picture. They were then asked to identify the unmodified picture. They tended to select an attractively enhanced one.
Epley and Whitchurch showed that people display this bias for themselves but not for strangers. The same morphing procedure was applied to a picture of a stranger, whom the study participant met three weeks earlier during an unrelated study. Participants tended to select the unmodified picture of the stranger.
People tend to say that an attractively enhanced picture is their own, but Epley and Whitchurch wanted to be sure that people truly believe what they say. People recognize objects more quickly when those objects match their mental representations. Therefore, if people truly believe that an attractively enhanced picture is their own, they should recognize that picture more quickly, which is exactly what the researchers found.
Inflated perceptions of one’s physical appearance is a manifestation of a general phenomenon psychologists call “self-enhancement.” Researchers have shown that people overestimate the likelihood that they would engage in a desirable behavior, but are remarkably accurate when predicting the behavior of a stranger. For example, people overestimate the amount of money they would donate to charity while accurately predicting others’ donations. Similarly, people overestimate their likelihood to vote in an upcoming presidential election, while accurately predicting others’ likelihood to vote.
Chobani leaves a trail of toxic waste too toxic to dump, leaving the industry scrambling for solutions to disposal.
A major U.S. private prison operator known for inmate abuse, violations, and disregard for the truth reported a 56-percent spike in profit in the first quarter of 2013, due in part to its new strategy for drastically reducing its taxes, the Associated Press reports.
What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn’t just money. But it’s not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work. (Filmed at TEDxRiodelaPlata.)
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.
Edward Bernays, the father of public relations, in “Manipulating Public Opinion” (1928).
Has there ever been a Middle Eastern war of such hypocrisy? A war of such cowardice and such mean morality, of such false rhetoric and such public humiliation? I’m not talking about the physical victims of the Syrian tragedy. I’m referring to the utter lies and mendacity of our masters and our own public opinion, eastern as well as western, in response to the slaughter, a vicious pantomime more worthy of Swiftian satire than Tolstoy or Shakespeare.
Were it not for French assistance, it is unlikely that the American Revolutionary War would’ve succeeded — or at least done so as quickly and relatively easily as it did.
Along with Great Britain, France was the greatest military and political power in the world at that time. Aside from significant diplomatic and financial support, France supplied the Patriots with boots, uniforms, supplies, and the most advanced weaponry at the time (including hundreds of cannons and thousands of rifles that outperformed the British ones). Indeed, 90% of our gunpowder was of French origin, and the lack of that alone would’ve made rebellion near-impossible. France provided a navy (as we had none); trained, advised, and even led our troops (hence, in part, the prevalence of French terms in military parlance), and opened up additional battle fronts throughout the world, which helped to spread out and weaken the Crown’s forces.
A total of 300,000 French troops were involved in the conflict, one of the largest armed forces at the time (and one that presumably outnumbered the British). Many of them fought alongside the Patriots; in fact, the decisive Siege of Yorktown — which ultimately ended the war — was won by a combined Franco-American force, involving as many French troops as American ones. Granted, France did all this more for strategic gain against a perennial rival than out of any sympathy to our cause (though some French did support us for ideological reasons). But the facts don’t lie, and our liberation of France in World War II can, in a sense, be seen as returning the favor.
Note that Spain also played an important role as well, after the French convinced them to join in. Unfortunately, Spanish contributions are even less well-known than French ones, and require further scholarship and research.
Aleppo has been under siege for over nine months — ever since the Free Syrian Army (FSA) stormed the city limits in mid-July. More than 94,000have died throughout Syria, and close to 11,000 have died in Aleppo alone. While the international community dawdles and deliberates, while each side fights for the survival of its reality, civilians here must grapple with the fact that their old lives are gone and their future lives are unknown, and that life must somehow go on between now and then.
So people adapt and cope. The blasts of mortars and artillery fire blend into the background, the threat of snipers becomes a reality to grit your teeth through as you walk home, and dark humor seeps into the daily milieu, calming nerves with a white-knuckled laughter that holds tears at bay. Groceries must be bought, money must be made, bellies must be filled, and days must have some sort of meaning.
The reality of a civilian in war is that life must be risked in order to live. Day-to-day acts can become small feats of rebellion. Risking sniper fire on the walk to work becomes not only a testament to human resilience and our ability to adapt, but sometimes a statement: You can take my life, but you can’t take my choice to live it.
Hillary Clinton waged a losing fight with Congress for embassy security resources over the course of the first Obama administration. Some of the ringleaders of last week’s hearing were among the prominent opponents to that spending, with Representative Chaffetz and Representative Darrell Issa joining to cut nearly half a billion dollars from the State Department security accounts that cover armored vehicles, security systems, and guards. In Fiscal Year 2011, House Republicans cut $128 million from the Obama Administration’s requests for embassy security funding; in 2012, they cut another $331 million. Issa once personally voted to cut almost 300 diplomatic security positions. In 2011, after one of many fruitless trips to the Hill to beg House Republicans for resources, an exhausted, prophetic Hillary Clinton warned that cuts to embassy spending “will be detrimental to America’s national security.