Quickies: Misunderstanding What Healthy Means, Nickel Rides and Freddie Gray, and Carl Sagan and the NAS
- The Myth of Working Your Way Through College – “Once upon a time, a summer spent scooping ice cream could pay for a year of college. Today, the average student’s annual tuition is equivalent to 991 hours behind the counter.”
- Freddie Gray’s Death Reveals A Dark History Of “Nickel Rides” And Police Van Torture – “Many suspect that Gray was the victim of a ‘Nickel Ride’, a horrific police torture tactic where a suspect is handcuffed and placed in the back of a police van without restraints, and driven recklessly around town by police officers. This practice has also been called a ‘Rough Ride’ or a ‘Cowboy Ride.’ “
- Cyberattack Takes Down Controversial Mauna Kea Telescope Website – “A post added yesterday on Operation Green Rights’ website read: ‘Nothing will ever justify the destruction of ecosystems; filthy money can never replace them. Stand with the Hawaiian natives against #TMT.’ The statement accompanied a screenshot of a downed Hawaii state government site–also an apparent target of the cyberattack.” From Amy.
- People Don’t Know What’s Healthy – “With its switch to Splenda, Pepsi becomes the latest company to fold to public anxieties over specific ingredients. But when it comes to understanding what’s best nutritionally, the customer isn’t always right.”
- Why Was Carl Sagan Blackballed from the National Academy of Sciences? – “It’s not entirely clear why Sagan was blackballed, but one person at the meeting claims it was because the astronomer had done so much television work. His Ivory Tower colleagues looked down on Cosmos as ‘fluff.’ We’ll never know for sure why he was denied entrance, though Sagan himself said he wasn’t at all surprised.”
- Virtual Readings For Baltimore’s Freddie Gray – “Lots of people are looking for words to make sense of Freddie Gray’s death and the subsequent unrest in Baltimore, and have turned to writers — from novelist and social critic James Baldwin to hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar — for an assist. They’re sharing these writers’ words on social media, as screenshots in tweets, Instragrammed pictures of open books, and Photoshopped collages uploaded to Facebook.”
- A Woman Alone Is Not Necessarily a Lonely Woman – “This particular research isn’t about gender, but anecdotal evidence suggests that women feel this fear of going out by themselves more keenly than men do. Part of this is practical; being a woman alone in public often means men will bother you. But part of it is psychological, a fear that women are more likely to be judged as lonely if they’re seen out by themselves.”
- Apple Watch won’t work properly on some tattooed wrists – “If you need another reason to rethink getting that sleeve tattoo, Apple just gave you one: the Apple Watch doesn’t work so well when worn on a tattooed wrist. A few days after the smartwatch’s launch, users on Reddit, Twitter, and other social media channels are reporting that the Watch loses connection and reports inaccurate heart rate results when placed over tattoos.”
- The Many Men of Brienne of Tarth – I would post an excerpt from this article, but it contains spoilers if you haven’t seen the most recent episode of Game of Thrones! From Donna.