An encouragement to be aware of the manipulative power of stories.
Audiobook playable at: theramintrees.bandcamp.com
Green, M.C. and Brock, T. (2000) The role of transportation in the persuasiveness of public narratives. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 79 (5), pp.701-721
Appel, M. and Richter, T. (2007) Persuasive effects of fictional narratives increase over time. Media Psychology, Vol. 10 (1), pp.113-134
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But the precise cause of this enhanced weekend mortality has been hard to determine; is it the reduced staff, a more leisurely approach to care, or some other factor? To try to get at the cause, some researchers obtained records of heart patients who had a critical event during a time when hospitals were at full staff, but heart specialists were likely to be out of town. Unexpectedly, they found that the patients did significantly better when the relevant specialists were unavailable.
The study relied on medicare records to track patients that were admitted to a hospital with a serious heart condition: acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, or cardiac arrest. The key measure was simply whether the patient was still alive 30 days later.
That may sound simple, but the rest of the analysis was remarkably sophisticated. To figure out when heart specialists were most likely to be present at hospitals, they selected two large cardiology meetings: the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, both of which attract over 10,000 participants. Patients admitted during the meetings were compared with groups admitted three weeks before and after. Reasoning that researchers are more likely to attend these meetings, they analyzed teaching hospitals separately from regular ones.
I know every law enforcement situation is unique and local, but am posting this story because this white lady (redacted name in my post) in Chattanooga, Tennessee was riding around in body armor, shot at least 7 people from her car, led the cops on a chase and pointed her gun at the police when they arrested her, yet somehow they managed to take her into custody “without incident.”
Stories like this just cloud the credibility of those who have said that law enforcement officers are left with no choice but to shoot unarmed suspects.
Wonder if they’ll say she was a “thug,” or a “crazy”?
Woman in body armor drove around Chattanooga shooting at people
by Kendi Anderson
A woman dressed in body armor fired shots at multiple people yesterday afternoon, resulting in a police chase on Hixson Pike, which ended in the woman’s arrest.
Chattanooga Police officers first responded to a report of shots fired on 1300 Cloverdale around 3:52 p.m., according to a news release from the Chattanooga Police Department.
Once the officers arrived on scene, they found two victims who said they were at a stop sign when the suspect, J**** S******, pulled up in a dark colored sedan and fired shots into their vehicle, the release said.
A short time after this incident, police received several additional calls reporting that S****** was pointing her firearm at people as she drove pass them.
It was reported that she shot at another vehicle in the same area around 1300 Cloverdale Drive, and officers eventually located her sitting in her vehicle in the Stuart Heights Baptist Church Parking lot on Hixson Pike, the release states.
S****** escaped the parking lot in her car and led officers on a chase down Highway 153 and Hixson Pike, and continued to point her firearm at vehicles as she passed them.
The chase ended at the intersection of Cloverdale Drive and Koblan Drive, as S****** pointed her firearm at an officer, before being taken into custody without incident or injury.
“Life as we live it today is filled with barriers that separate us,” Mimo Khair says, “but when I’m in the street with my camera, I can connect to another person, and that for me is when the magic happens.”
(The author owns the photos so you’ll have to click through. Fair enough.)
The Syrian refugee girl is the lone survivor of her family—-and her watchword is “love”. Heartbreaking story.
Wow! At least one police chief has the right idea:
Police Chief: Respecting Authority Means Respecting Protestors
When a pro-cop citizen wrote the Nashville Police to express his “frustration and outrage” at the city’s peaceful handling of recent Ferguson protests, Chief Steve Anderson reminded the letter-writer of a simple fact: “The police are merely a representative of a government formed by the people for the people—for all people.”
In his point-by-point response— published online Friday and reproduced in full below—Anderson explained why police in Nashville served demonstrators hot chocolate instead of threatening them with arrest, urging the unnamed critic to “truly give fair consideration to all points of view.”
“[C]omparing the outcome here in Nashville with what has occurred in some other cities,” wrote Anderson, “the results speak for themselves.”
Given the recent actions by the NYPD regarding Mayor De Blasio (and the actions in Ferguson, Ohio and elsewhere), this is like water in a desert. The entire letter, long and thoughtful, is provided at the link.
Talk about a quiet trash dump…
This holiday season, the NSA participated in a longstanding media tradition—dumping a large bit of news during a busy period of time when many likely weren’t paying attention.
The US spy agency responded to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union by quietly releasing 12 years worth of internal reports on Christmas Eve. Several included reports were previously withheld illegally, and they became the subject of the FOIA lawsuit in 2009.
The new trove of information has inspired a different breed of headlines, such as “Highlights From Newly Released NSA Oversight Reports Reveal Bumbling Ineptitude But No Evidence Of Systematic Abuse” from Forbes. The newly discovered errors ran the gamut, including American data being e-mailed to unauthorized recipients, data being kept on unsecured computers, and sensitive information being sent to the wrong printer.
In other words, send in the lobbyists…
Federal Aviation Administration officials have said they want to release proposed rules before the end of this month, but other government and industry officials say they are likely to be delayed until January. Meanwhile, except for a small number of companies that have received FAA exemptions, a ban on commercial drone flights remains in place. Even after rules are proposed, it is likely to be two or three years before regulations become final.
That’s too long to wait, say drone industry officials. Every year the ban remains in place, the United States loses more than $10 billion in potential economic benefits that drones could provide, according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a trade group.
The United States and NATO formally ended their war in Afghanistan on Sunday with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul as the insurgency they fought for 13 years remains as ferocious and deadly as at any time since the 2001 invasion that unseated the Taliban regime following the Sept. 11 attacks.
The symbolic ceremony marked the end of the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force, which will transition to a supporting role with 13,500 soldiers, most of them American, starting Jan. 1.
Gen. John Campbell, commander of ISAF, rolled up and sheathed the green and white ISAF flag and unfurled the flag of the new international mission, called Resolute Support.
Ameer Faaiz, an official of the party that represents minority Muslims in overwhelmingly Buddhist Sri Lanka, cited the Rajapaksa administration’s “intolerance toward religious minorities” and disagreement with his style of rule.
He said the party consulted its supporters, who were of the overwhelming opinion that they could no longer stand with Rajapaksa and that they would throw their support behind his rival Maithripala Sirisena.
An attack on Muslims in June that was provoked by a Sri Lankan Buddhist ultranationalist and left three dead and dozens injured exacerbated ethnic tensions in the aftermath of a decades-long civil war against Tamil Tiger rebels that ended in 2009.
Man, Oral Roberts is one annoying guy. Even Nixon couldn’t stand him.
Instructive to see the man get cozy with the televangelists.
There were religions he didn’t like, preachers he loved, and one televangelist who just wouldn’t leave the office….
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