How Prosecutors Think

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StuartSlavin
“Those in our lives whom we consider to be most objective, who in many ways are paid to be objective, have repeatedly been shown to be anything but objective. Rather, they make decisions that are consistently influenced by unconscious (implicit) bias. White NBA referees call more fouls against black players than against white; MLB umpires are more likely to erroneously call a ball a strike if an all-star pitcher is on the mound; Israeli judges are more likely to grant parole at the beginning of the day than before lunch; doctors are less likely to provide adequate pain medication to patients of color and, because of bias, are prone to predictable errors in diagnostic reasoning.”

Author: Stuart Slavin, MD, MEd
Published in: Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/12/21/prosecutors-think/, Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/103403, Sky Valley Chronicle http://skyvalleychronicle.com/BREAKING-NEWS/HOW-PROSECUTORS-THINK-br-i-And-what-that-meant-in-the-Michael-Brown-shooting-death-case-i-1962787, Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/22/how-prosecutors-think/, Battle Creek Enquirer http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/12/21/implicit-bias-how-prosecutors-think/20728593/
Date: December 20,21,2014

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From slavebreakers to community partners

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MatthewJohnson
“For the longest time I could not speak about Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford III, Akai Gurley, or any of the many black men who have been slain by police in recent months. I was caught between rage and powerlessness: Is it the right time to talk about solutions when so many are in pain? Is there any way to satisfy the extremes on both sides, where violence is the chosen response? These were two questions I struggled with as a peace activist and restorative justice practitioner — and as a white man.”

Author: Matthew Johnson
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How About Another Christmas Truce?

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Arnold Oliver
“On the evening of December 24th a century ago, peace broke out in the most unlikely of places. In the blasted, putrid trenches of Belgium and France, soldiers fighting on the Western Front put aside their arms in what became known as the Christmas Truce. Although World War I was then only a few months old, there had already been a million combat deaths. Many soldiers were weary of the futility and horrific costs of the war, and thousands of them spontaneously stopped trying to kill each other.”

Author: Arnold J. Oliver
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US Attends, then Defies Conference on Nuclear Weapons Effects & Abolition

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JohnLaForge
“VIENNA, Austria—A pair of conferences here Dec. 6-9 have tried to raise public and government awareness of nuclear weapons.

The first, a Civil Society Forum put on by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN, brought together NGOs, parliamentarians, and activists of all stripes to try and boost morale and renew enthusiasm in efforts to ban the bomb.”

Author: John LaForge
Published in: World Beyond War http://worldbeyondwar.org/us-attends-defies-conference-nuclear-weapons-effects-abolition/, Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/103044, Truth Out http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/28047-us-attends-then-defies-conference-on-nuclear-weapons-effects-and-abolition, Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/15/us-attends-then-defies-conference-on-nuclear-weapons-effects-abolition/, War is a Crime http://warisacrime.org/content/us-attends-then-defies-conference-nuclear-weapons-effects-abolition, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/12/15/us-attends-defies-conference-nuclear-weapons-effects-abolition/, The Portland Alliance http://www.theportlandalliance.org/peacevoice/
Date: December 14,15,16,2014

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The $7 Million University President

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LawrenceWittner
“In a recent article about Shirley Jackson, the president since 1999 of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)–a private university located in Troy, New York–the Chronicle of Higher Education revealed that, in 2012 (the latest year for which statistics are available), she received over $7 million from that institution. Like many modern campus administrators, President Jackson was also given a large mansion, first class air travel, and a chauffeured luxury car to transport her around the campus.”

Author: Lawrence S. Wittner
Published in: Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/15/the-7-million-university-president/, Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/102989, Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lawrence-wittner/the-7-million-university-_b_6323188.html, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/12/15/7-million-university-president/, Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2014/12/14/the-7-million-university-president/
Date: December 12,14,15,2014

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