Orientations

Devan Desai has a really interesting post, Baffled By Community Organizing: First, it appears that hardcore left-wing and hardcore right-wing folks don’t process new data. An fMRI study found that confirmation bias — “whereby we seek and find confirmatory evidence in support of already existing beliefs and ignore or reinterpret disconfirmatory evidence” — is real.…

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Aero News Network has a fascinating story, “ANN Special Report: TSA Memo Suggests That Agency ‘Encourages’ Damaging Behavior.” It covers how a TSA goon climbed up a plane using equipment marked “not a handhold,” damaging it and putting the flying public at risk. It continues: While this may be terrifying on a number of levels,…

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There’s a huge amount of interesting stuff from a recent workshop on “Security & Human Behavior.” Matt Blaze has audio, and Ross Anderson has text summaries in the comments on his blog post. Also, see Bob Sullivan, “How magic might finally fix your computer”

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The TSA apparently is issuing itself badges in its continuing search for authority. The attire aims to convey an image of authority to passengers, who have harassed, pushed and in a few instances punched screeners. “Some of our officers aren’t respected,” TSA spokeswoman Ellen Howe said. … A.J. Castilla, a screener at Boston’s Logan Airport…

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There’s an article in the New York Times, “‘Mad Pride’ Fights a Stigma” “It used to be you were labeled with your diagnosis and that was it; you were marginalized,” said Molly Sprengelmeyer, an organizer for the Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective, a mad pride group in North Carolina. “If people found out, it was…

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