Quickies

Quickies: Scientology Spies, the School-to-Prison Pipeline, and Inspiring Women

  • Report: Scientology spy pretending to be a Time reporter tries to interview Paul Haggis – “When Haggis’ staff began to research Webber, it became apparent that there was no Time journalist with such a name, and Time magazine said they did not assign the piece nor do they have an employee named Mark Webber on staff. After further digging, it became apparent that the email was sent from a building owned by the Church of Scientology.” Creepy!
  • Not Hillary Clinton: A Case Of Mistaken Twitter Identity – The owner of the @hillary Twitter account is the unfortunate recipient of hatred for @hillaryclinton.
  • Behind The Photo That Changed The Boston Marathon Forever – “It’s an incredible change from 50 years ago. The very few marathons that did exist – even Boston’s, the oldest continuously run marathon in the world – attracted less than one thousand runners. The entrants were all amateurs; finishers at Boston were rewarded with a bowl of Dinty Moore beef stew. Oh, and the runners were all male. Women were banned from running marathons.”
  • The Week in Photos – Check out these amazing photographs of the latest news stories around the world.
  • Researchers Have Figured Out Troll Behavior and Are Trying to Fix It – “The researchers were looking for ways to anticipate trolls, who were referred to as FBU (future banned users), by studying their habits. The study examined over 10,000 FBUs and found that their commenting life began with a lower level of literacy or clarity in comparison to the rest of the group that they were conversing with. They were generally semi-literate, provocative, and fairly persistent before they eventually got banned.” From Amy.
  • How kicking a trash can became criminal for a 6th grader – “Diagnosed as autistic, the sixth-grader was being scolded for misbehavior one day and kicked a trash can at Linkhorne Middle School in Lynchburg, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A police officer assigned to the school witnessed the tantrum, and filed a disorderly conduct charge against the sixth grader in juvenile court. Just weeks later, in November, Kayleb, who is African-American, disobeyed a new rule — this one just for him — that he wait while other kids left class. The principal sent the same school officer to get him.” This is the story of another child being funneled through the school-to-prison pipeline.
  • These Inspiring Women Are the Firsts in Their Fields – “First Women is a 10-year project that began in 2008 and will be revealed through a traveling exhibition in 2018, which marks the 100th anniversary of the year women were given the right to vote in the United Kingdom. The 100 women selected for the project have made their mark in art, sport, politics, science, and education. And although some of them are well-known, Corbin insists that’s not the point of the project.”
  • Racist Posts on NY Cop Blog Raise Ire at Time of Tension – “A blog hosting posts from former and current New York City officers reinforces the worst kinds of stereotypes.”

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Mary Brock is a scientist who works on drugs you've hopefully never heard of. She enjoys cooking to Blue Grass music, messing with her cats, and hosting the Boston Skeptics' Book Club. She was born in the South but loves living in New England (despite the lack of chocolate chip pizza). Mary does not use Twitter and don't even try to follow her, because she is always looking over her shoulder.

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1 Comment

  1. April 21, 2015 at 1:24 pm —

    Mistaken Twitter identity is funny.

    Isn’t that right, @stephenathome?

    *practicing needlework*

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