When Olympic runners Abbey D’Agostino (USA) and Nikki Hamblin (New Zealand) collided in the women’s 5,000-meter event, they thought their Olympic dreams were over. But what they did next inspired people around the world.
The deliberate murders of white police officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas are terrible acts of lawless revenge for earlier shootings of apparently innocent black people during routine interactions with police officers, such as Philando Castile in Minnesota. Videos of these and other violent encounters between black people and police officers have sparked wide outrage and mass protests across the United States, and the recent vigilante killings.
Some claim these videos are cherry-picked examples, and do not represent a broader trend. However, in a poll released by CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation in November 2015, long before the recent shootings, six times as many African-Americans report being treated unfairly in dealings with the police by comparison to whites. A report from the federal government’s Bureau of Justice Statistics on traffic stops shows that twice as many black people described their traffic stop as being for illegitimate reasons in comparison to whites. Going from feelings to facts, the same report indicates that black people were three times as likely to be searched as whites in a traffic stop.
Certain police officials wave away data suggesting unfair racial profiling by claiming that blacks are more likely to be involved in criminal activity than whites. Yet a study just released by the Center for Policing Equity shows the reality of racial discrimination. The data corrects for racial difference in criminal activities, and the study’s outcomes show that African-Americans are more than three times as likely to suffer from police use of force compared to whites, for everything from mild restraint to gunshots.
Based on this evidence, the fear and anxiety experienced by black people in their dealings with the police is quite justified, and so is the outrage over the recent shootings. As Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton stated, Castile would likely be alive if he were white. Using probabilistic thinking, we can calculate that if Castile was white, he would be half as likely to be stopped and more than three times less likely to be shot, thus six times more likely to avoid being killed.
Now, this does not mean that police officers who shot Castile and others did so for explicitly racist reasons. Research shows that all of us suffer from some degree of implicit bias, deeply ingrained negative attitudes associated with certain groups or markers of social identity. The large majority of white Americans — including police officers — are implicitly biased against African-Americans.
Such implicit bias powerfully impacts our attitudes toward others, even if we don’t know it. It results in what is known as the horns effect, when one negative characteristic — in this case, black skin — colors our whole impression of the person negatively. In contexts such as policing, this bias is literally a life-or-death matter, by a factor of six in the case of Castile.
How can we solve this problem? Fortunately, some police departments have started trainings around awareness of implicit bias. Yet this is not nearly enough. Most people assume that if they know about their bias, they are less likely to fall for it, and this is not true, according to research. Instead, we need to apply de-biasing techniques that would enable us to counter this implicit bias.
One excellent technique is de-anchoring, where instead of going with your gut intuitive reaction — which you know is highly likely to be biased — you adjust your inner estimation based on research. For instance, if a police officer knows that black people are more than three times as likely to experience police coercive force, she should think thrice before using force on someone who is black. On a higher level, police departments can institute policies where officers have to justify their use of force against black people with three times as much evidence.
This approach based on research about how our brains actually work would help prevent the horrible tragedies that result from police racial profiling.
For any disaffected millenial Bernie Bros who don’t know what to do after their candidate failed to win the Democratic nomination, Bill Maher has a message for you: Don’t choose Gary Johnson.
On Friday night’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” he noted that anyone who wanted to see Bernie’s platform would hate a Gary Johnson one. Johnson believes in no minimum wage, is for the TPP, a fan of unlimited money in politics, against gun control and financial regulation, and wants to repeal Obamacare. On the other hand, those are policies that Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton support.
“Hillary is with Bernie.”
“People vote because they’re totally misinformed,” guest Sarah Silverman said. “And that’s a real thing.”
Maher also showed off Johnson’s greatest hits — reasons why Johnson is a “fu**ing idiot.”
Maher also had a message for those who were considering voting for Donald Trump: Remember the basket of idiots that will come with him.
Maher pointed to a time Trump said that people should surround themselves “with unsuccessful people,” and came to the conclusion that’s exactly what Trump is doing — from once-popular Rudy Giuliani to Trump’s sons, “Uday and Qusay,” to campaign spokesman “someone’s crazy ex-girlfriend” Katrina Pierson, who wears a necklace of bullets “from the Chanel ‘Don’t tread on me’ collection.”
But Maher’s favorite surrogate is Michael “Says who?” Cohen, the lawyer responsible for suing Maher after the comedian offered money to prove Trump’s mother had sex with an ape.
“So he went into court — this happened — and produced his birth certificate as if it were going to say ‘orangutan’ on it. Yes, I made Donald Trump produce his birth certificate and I’m very proud of that. Very proud of that.”
Watch it below:
Maher also gave some credence to the conspiracy theory that Trump was on cocaine.
To sum up, it’s not easy to get a job within the gaming industry, and simply wanting to be involved won’t do you much good, unless you have some of the skills mentioned in the article. My best advice is to hone these necessary skills and never stop trying to get a job with a team.
Online emblem shop, ChromAnimals, enlisted graphic designer John Francis to try to reimagine popular magazines as dog magazines. Or maybe, conceptualize what our favorite glossies would look like if the canine community finally took over the world and put humans in the secondary place where they rightfully belong (which is a scenario we should not disqualify for the foreseeable future).
Yes, ladies & gentlemen, the future of kitchen is here. But before you get so interested in the future, let me be clear on one thing from the start. The future doesn’t mean high tech and flashy stuff only. The future also means overpopulation, emphasis on recycling and balanced dieting. So, here we present you with the model of kitchen 2025. The model has been based on assumptions and predictions regarding the developments, limitations and thinking of the future. It was a team effort between students of Eindhoven University, Netherlands and Lund University, Sweden along with design firm IDEO from UK.
The assumptions we talked about centered on limited resources, energy available and an ageing Western population with a lesser number of children. People are living in big cities in small apartments. Majority people are working from home, and groceries are delivered to our doorsteps. Computers and other gadgets are omnipresent but invisible from the observing eye. Except for the array of screens and holograms every here and there.
The accuracy of these assumptions isn’t important as the vision of the kitchen 2025 also urges the user towards an energy efficient greener life. The concept kitchen is nothing like the laboratory themed kitchens from the 50s and 60s. The students brainstormed ideas after keeping in mind the limitations of the future and then the IDEO converts these ideas into workable prototypes. The plethora of ideas might be difficult to discuss here but let’s look at the futuristic table they produce here:
Above the table is an interactive smart surface having a small camera and a projector. When you place the raw food on the table, it will automatically scan it, identify it and immediately suggest different suggestions to use it in different recipes. Induction coils present at the bottom of the table can be controlled by the computer interface to provide heat if needed be.
The storage compartment looks like a store shelf more than a compartment as weekly shopping will be a thing of the past by then. Instead, the fast delivery with the help of drones is envisaged. The shelves seem low-tech and not useful for keeping the products cool, but in fact they will have hidden sensors and smart induction cooling systems. The covers are transparent, and RFID tags ensure that the user can keep an eye on the temperature requirement of the food. There are several terracotta containers for potatoes, onions and other raw vegetables.
Once you are done with the last meal, a thoughtful disposal system takes over. The rubbish is scanned, and the recyclable stuff is separated and sent into separate containers. If the non-recyclable material is more than the limit, the user is reprimanded by the system. The waste is then compressed and packed into a tight polymer tube. Same is the case of the sink. The sink refuse is shrunk into a singular mass called puck that is then collected by the government for disposal.
IKEA has announced that the futuristic concepts will be sued in the future designing of kitchens. The green, energy efficient system might not even be that far ahead as the majority of the tech is already here. Just some sociological and technological improvements are needed. Have a look at the video here and decide for yourself:
The convention has barely begun, and comedians and pundits alike are already commenting on the insanity that will be the Republican National Convention this week.
Last night, dressed as the host of the Hungry for Power Games, Stephen Colbert stormed the stage and posted a picture in costume.
At the center of power at the RNC pic.twitter.com/R8kBtEI7Hq
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) July 17, 2016
There have been more than a few comments on the line-up and the “themes” for each night.
RNC Schedule: “Daily Themes and Headliners” pic.twitter.com/BkObTyklTU
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) July 17, 2016
The celebrity lineup for the RNC convention is basically everyone who blew their Sharknado audition.
— Richard Kadrey (@Richard_Kadrey) July 17, 2016
— Dino Grandoni (@dino_grandoni) July 18, 2016
When Donald Trump calls your wife ugly and accuses your dad of killing JFK and you speak at his convention anyway pic.twitter.com/ktssb9tq04
— Dan Amira (@DanAmira) July 14, 2016
If you look close, you can see the actual duct-tape holding Samantha Bee’s head onto the bus.
— Stefan Becket (@becket) July 18, 2016
Speaking of interesting modes of transportation–check out this sweet truck.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) July 18, 2016
One of the stories out of the convention making news is that various things, including tennis balls and water-guns are banned, but actual guns aren’t. Here’s the complete list:
A reminder that the party of personal freedom bans whole fruit.
— People For Bernie (@People4Bernie) July 18, 2016
But what would a #hottake on the Republican Convention be without some Pokemon Go?
Golbat defends the PokÃ©mon gym at the podium on the RNC convention floor pic.twitter.com/l3jJ7UMfLq
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) July 15, 2016
This year Clint Eastwood’s RNC speech will be delivered to a chair that appears empty but actually features two Pokemon.
— Conor Friedersdorf (@conor64) July 13, 2016
PARIS (AFP) – They wear the world’s most beautiful and expensive clothes yet their faces are the picture of blank boredom.
Why do fashion models always look so miserable?
“You don’t smile. It is just not done,” said model Ty Ogunkoya as catwalk stars criss-crossed Paris for fashion week.
In his decade as a top model, the 26-year-old Nigerian-born Londoner has never once permitted himself a grin.
“I have modelled for everyone, and no one has ever asked me to smile,” he told AFP. “To be honest, it would feel weird if I did.”
“When I walk I think about something sad, like when my cat died,” added Klara, a 18-year-old Slovakian model. “It was run over by a bus.”
But do models really need to be so glum?
“Never forget it is the clothes they are looking at and not you,” Victoire Macon Dauxerre, a former model for Celine and Alexander McQueen, said she was told.
In her book, “Never Thin Enough”, she tells how she was warned to “never, ever smile”.
‘IT’S SO NOT DONE’
Her modelling agency’s catwalk coach taught her how to get the perfect “haughty killer look” by slightly dropping her chin and lifting her eyes at the same time.
Rising young star Matthieu Villot told AFP the reason for the unspoken ban on smiling was clear.
“They want to show the clothes and not our faces. If we smile we focus attention on our faces and not the clothes,” said the 22-year-old medical student.
Ogunkoya said he had been never told not to smile but “my whole preconception of modelling was moody guys and girls going down the runway… It is so not done they don’t have to say.”
Fashion historian Lydia Kamitsis said it was not always so.
The vogue for expressionless models is actually very recent, she said, dating from the rise of the Japanese designers Yohji Yamamoto and Commes des Garcon in the early 1980s.
“This was also the period of the supermodels (Cindy Crawford, Imam and Elle Macpherson) who very much had their own personalties, and it was a reaction against this,” she said.
“In the 1960s, when collections were first presented as shows, models often smiled, laughed and even danced to music.
WALKING CLOTHES HANGERS
“Now they are seen as walking clothes hangers. It’s all about effacing their personality… the clothes are it.”
Anthropologist Leyla Neri, the director of fashion at the New School Parsons Paris, agreed.
She dates the first appearance of moody, often scowling models to Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin in the 1960s.
It then sped up with the rise feminism and “women’s need to be taken seriously in their professional lives, so you see women striking strong, unsmiling poses in Armani suits.
“Men have never smiled on the catwalk because they never have had to smile to please,” Neri insisted.
“In the 1950s models smiled all the time, in fact they were kind of living dolls,” she added.
“With emancipation and designers like Yves Saint Laurent you get more a androgynous look, and women became more masculine and powerful.”
Contemporary designers have an “even more minimalist vision”, Neri argued. “They want the most neutral faces and bodies possible to show their work.
“They do not see their models as an ideal of beauty any longer. That is something that the public has not quite understood.”
Every few years, however, iconoclasts like French designer Jean Paul Gaultier send models out smiling.
Indian creator Manish Arora also cheers things up by casting his bohemian friends.
And several models ended up beaming through British designer Paul Smith’s last Paris menswear show.
“I didn’t tell them to smile,” he told AFP afterwards. “I have nothing against smiling. If the clothes make them happy, go for it,” he said.
Villot, who took part in that show but didn’t dare a smile, said models are often afraid to look too happy in case they end up looking ridiculous.
“The serious face you can do every time, but if you smile you don’t know how you are going to look.”
Ogunkoya agreed. “It’s easier to just walk and zone out. Smiling is definitely more of a challenge.”
But would he smile if asked? “Why not? You get asked to do the most random things in this job.”
Next Media Animation is the source of those weird Taiwanese news animations that the internet has come to love and hate. The studio’s English branch took a crack at Wednesday’s PlayStation Meeting and seemed pretty displeased about the lack of a box and price reveal.
If you think the above is too wacky for a news outlet, consider the fact that this animation also comes from NMA:
We are so happy to share with you these ingenious creativity. These furniture designers really can make you a super cool surprise.
If you like to be unique, than these are impressive coffee tables that you should see. There are animals ’bathing’ in the glass right by your feet. Take a look below and enjoy!