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White Women Teaching White Women about White Privilege, Race Cognizance and Social Action: toward…

In the process of researching bus sitting behavior and male privilege I stumbled on this paper which I found very interesting. The authors suggest that even in an academic environment where there is a presumption of openness, educating people about their privilege is a challenging task. “Three themes emerged from our analysis of our stories …

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Daily Kos: Are Chechens Really White? Racial Formation Theory and the Boston Marathon Bombing

A quote from the article: I joked on Twitter that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokar Tsarnaev are putting the status of Chechens as full members of the “white race” in jeopardy. I was only half-kidding. Conservatives and others are already trying to reconcile how Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokar Tsarnaev can be Muslim, “white,” “terrorists,” American, and …

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GPS Design Changes Will Add Waveform Generator, Dual-Launch Capability, and More | Inside GNSS

My GPS nerdling just got super excited. The new GPS satellite design will included a programmable waveform generator, which means the new satellites will be able to take advantage of any future updates to GPS signals even after the launch. Since the realization of the current GPS constellation several new GPS signals have been designed …

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Prop 8 Transcript

I like Sotomayor a little more now. Listening to the oral arguments for the Prop 8 case I caught an interesting exchange where the proponent, Mr. Cooper, started to reiterate an earlier point where he said, “the marital norm, which imposes the obligations of fidelity and monogamy, Your Honor, advances the interests in responsible procreation.” …

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Starbucks CEO: If You Don’t Like Our Support For Marriage Equality “Buy Shares In Another Company”

I usually feel awkward when companies back social issues. But when I know it’s a civil right they’re backing it makes me smile.Starbucks CEO: If You Don’t Like Our Support For Marriage Equality “Buy Shares In Another Company” If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got …

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Exoplanet Visualization Contest

Exoplanet Visualization Contest! $1500 in prizes for the most creative and inspiring visualization of real exoplanet data. Deadline May 1st.Exoplanet Visualization Contest Extrasolar planets, or exoplanets, are planets beyond our own Solar System. With the prospect of finding potentially habitable planets, this is one of the most exciting scientific areas of the 21st century. Space …

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‘Don’t Be That Guy’ ad campaign cuts Vancouver sex assaults by 10 per cent in 2011

After several years of increases in sexual assault crime rates (opposite the decrease in total crime rates) Vancouver, BC tried something crazy: a poster campaign that targeted perpetrators instead of victim-blaming. In 6 months they saw a decrease in sexual assault rates.‘Don’t Be That Guy’ ad campaign cuts Vancouver sex assaults by 10 per cent …

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A planoterrestrialist perspective of the Bellingham mystery tortillas

Recently in Bellingham Washington there has been a spat of tortilla graffiti. Yes, tortilla graffiti. Some person or group has been distributing tortillas in zip-lock bags with various non-repeating messages. They have been found taped to street signs, parking meters, and business windows. Nearly 50 of these tortillas have been documented by the ad-hoc enthusiast …

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Photographer as Witness: A Portrait of Domestic Violence | LightBox | TIME.com

“During my time as a freelance photojournalist and as a Master’s candidate at Ohio University, one of the biggest challenges of my career came in November of 2012, while working on a project about the stigma associated with being an ex-convict. Suddenly, an incident of domestic violence unexpectedly became my business.”Photographer as Witness: A Portrait …

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Python Screenshot Server

Thought I’d share some code python. This is just a simple way to share a screenshot over a network. “”” Serves screen shots at a specified interval. Doesn’t handle POST requests. Based on code from: http://www.blendedtechnologies.com/python-trick-really-little-http-server/220 Code source: Python Screenshot Server “”” import os import time import threading import SocketServer import SimpleHTTPServer from PIL import …

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