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thinksquad:

Michael Vickers’s ranch 113 kilometres north of the US–Mexico border in Brooks County, Texas, is near a Border Patrol checkpoint. Undocumented migrants trek through the harsh brushland onto his property to avoid capture. An electric fence encloses the nearly 1,000 acres: at 220 volts, says Vickers, a local veterinarian and avid hunter, “it won’t kill them but it will make them wet their pants”.

In 2006, Vickers and his wife Linda founded the Texas Border Volunteers, which now has some 300 recruits, who dress in fatigues and patrol private ranches in South Texas, using night-vision goggles and thermal imaging to track people in the dark. When they spot migrants they alert the Border Patrol. Former volunteers say the Vickerses did not allow them to provide first aid to migrants in distress or get closer than 10m.

While Congress is deadlocked, with conservative Republicans rejecting anything but a tough crackdown on people crossing illegally into the US, Americans in border states and beyond are becoming increasingly polarized.

The migrants who make it as far as Brooks County tend to be adults, since minors who cross the border will often give themselves up to US authorities, trusting that they will not ­immediately be deported. Ranchers in Brooks County complain of property damage and trash left behind by the migrants, referred to more often than not as “illegals” or “wetbacks”.

http://www.newsweek.com/2014/08/01/hunting-humans-americans-go-war-migrants-260642.html

Damn shame

thinksquad:

Michael Vickers’s ranch 113 kilometres north of the US–Mexico border in Brooks County, Texas, is near a Border Patrol checkpoint. Undocumented migrants trek through the harsh brushland onto his property to avoid capture. An electric fence encloses the nearly 1,000 acres: at 220 volts, says Vickers, a local veterinarian and avid hunter, “it won’t kill them but it will make them wet their pants”.

In 2006, Vickers and his wife Linda founded the Texas Border Volunteers, which now has some 300 recruits, who dress in fatigues and patrol private ranches in South Texas, using night-vision goggles and thermal imaging to track people in the dark. When they spot migrants they alert the Border Patrol. Former volunteers say the Vickerses did not allow them to provide first aid to migrants in distress or get closer than 10m.

While Congress is deadlocked, with conservative Republicans rejecting anything but a tough crackdown on people crossing illegally into the US, Americans in border states and beyond are becoming increasingly polarized.

The migrants who make it as far as Brooks County tend to be adults, since minors who cross the border will often give themselves up to US authorities, trusting that they will not ­immediately be deported. Ranchers in Brooks County complain of property damage and trash left behind by the migrants, referred to more often than not as “illegals” or “wetbacks”.

http://www.newsweek.com/2014/08/01/hunting-humans-americans-go-war-migrants-260642.html

Damn shame

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thinksquad:

A quarter century ago the music industry was confronted with a new threat – cassette tape recorders.

These devices were able to make “near perfect” copies of any audio recording and the RIAA and others feared this would be the end of the recorded music industry.

The record labels took their fears to Congress, which eventually resulted in the Audio Home Recording Act (AHRA) of 1992. Under this law importers and manufacturers have to pay royalties on “digital audio recording devices,” among other things.

The legislation also applies to some newer recording devices common today, which is now causing trouble for Ford and General Motors. Both companies ship cars with the ability to rip CDs onto internal hard drives and according to a coalition of artists and record companies this violates copyright law.

The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies (AARC), which lists major record labels and 300,000 artists among its members, filed a class action lawsuit on Friday in which they demand millions of dollars in compensation.

TorrentFreak obtained a copy of the complaint (pdf) which states that Ford’s “Jukebox” device and General Motor’s “Hard Drive Device” allow consumers to rip CDs onto an internal hard drive. According to the music group these devices fall under the Audio Home Recording Act and the car companies are therefore required to pay royalties.

http://torrentfreak.com/music-industry-sues-ford-gm-cd-ripping-cars-140728/

thinksquad:

A quarter century ago the music industry was confronted with a new threat – cassette tape recorders.

These devices were able to make “near perfect” copies of any audio recording and the RIAA and others feared this would be the end of the recorded music industry.

The record labels took their fears to Congress, which eventually resulted in the Audio Home Recording Act (AHRA) of 1992. Under this law importers and manufacturers have to pay royalties on “digital audio recording devices,” among other things.

The legislation also applies to some newer recording devices common today, which is now causing trouble for Ford and General Motors. Both companies ship cars with the ability to rip CDs onto internal hard drives and according to a coalition of artists and record companies this violates copyright law.

The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies (AARC), which lists major record labels and 300,000 artists among its members, filed a class action lawsuit on Friday in which they demand millions of dollars in compensation.

TorrentFreak obtained a copy of the complaint (pdf) which states that Ford’s “Jukebox” device and General Motor’s “Hard Drive Device” allow consumers to rip CDs onto an internal hard drive. According to the music group these devices fall under the Audio Home Recording Act and the car companies are therefore required to pay royalties.

http://torrentfreak.com/music-industry-sues-ford-gm-cd-ripping-cars-140728/

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Mass Incarceration: 21 Amazing Facts About America’s Obsession With Prison | Activist Post
#1 There are more than 2.4 million people behind bars in America as you read this article.#2 Since 1980, the number of people incarcerated in U.S. prisons has quadrupled.#3 The incarceration rate in the United States is more than 4 times higher than the incarceration rate in the UK and more than 6 times higher than the incarceration rate in Canada.#4 Approximately 12 million people cycle through local jails in the U.S. each and every year.#5 Overall, the United States has the largest prison population and the highest incarceration rate in the entire world.#6 Approximately one out of every four prisoners on the entire planet are in U.S. prisons, but the United States only accounts for about five percent of the total global population.#7 The state of Maryland (total population 5.9 million) has more people in prison than Iraq (total population 31.9 million).#8 The state of Ohio (total population 11.6 million) has more people in prison than Pakistan (total population 192.1 million).#9 Incredibly, 41 percent of all young people in America have been arrested by the time they turn 23.#10 Between 1990 and 2009 the number of Americans in private prisons increased by about 1600 percent.#11 At this point, private prison companies operate more than 50 percent of all “youth correctional facilities” in this nation.#12 There are more African-Americans under “correctional supervision” right now than were in slavery in the United States in 1850.#13 Approximately 90 percent of those being held in prisons in the United States are men.#14 The incarceration rate for African-American men is more than 6 times higher than it is for white men.#15 An astounding 37.2 percent of African-American men from age 20 to age 34 with less than a high school education were incarcerated in 2008.#16 Police in New York City conducted nearly 700,000 “stop-and-frisk searches” in 2011 alone.#17 The “SWATification” of America has gotten completely and totally out of control.  Back in 1980, there were only about 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States for the entire year.  Today, there aremore than 80,000 SWAT raids in the United States every single year.#18 Illegal immigrants make up approximately 30 percent of the total population in our federal, state and local prisons.#19 The average “minimum security” inmate in federal prison costs U.S. taxpayers $21,000 a year.#20 The average “maximum security” inmate in federal prison costs U.S. taxpayers $33,000 a year.#21 Overall, it costs more than 60 billion dollars a year to keep all of these people locked up.
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america-wakiewakie:

Mass Incarceration: 21 Amazing Facts About America’s Obsession With Prison | Activist Post

#1 There are more than 2.4 million people behind bars in America as you read this article.

#2 Since 1980, the number of people incarcerated in U.S. prisons has quadrupled.

#3 The incarceration rate in the United States is more than 4 times higher than the incarceration rate in the UK and more than 6 times higher than the incarceration rate in Canada.

#4 Approximately 12 million people cycle through local jails in the U.S. each and every year.

#5 Overall, the United States has the largest prison population and the highest incarceration rate in the entire world.

#6 Approximately one out of every four prisoners on the entire planet are in U.S. prisons, but the United States only accounts for about five percent of the total global population.

#7 The state of Maryland (total population 5.9 million) has more people in prison than Iraq (total population 31.9 million).

#8 The state of Ohio (total population 11.6 million) has more people in prison than Pakistan (total population 192.1 million).

#9 Incredibly, 41 percent of all young people in America have been arrested by the time they turn 23.

#10 Between 1990 and 2009 the number of Americans in private prisons increased by about 1600 percent.

#11 At this point, private prison companies operate more than 50 percent of all “youth correctional facilities” in this nation.

#12 There are more African-Americans under “correctional supervision” right now than were in slavery in the United States in 1850.

#13 Approximately 90 percent of those being held in prisons in the United States are men.

#14 The incarceration rate for African-American men is more than 6 times higher than it is for white men.

#15 An astounding 37.2 percent of African-American men from age 20 to age 34 with less than a high school education were incarcerated in 2008.

#16 Police in New York City conducted nearly 700,000 “stop-and-frisk searches” in 2011 alone.

#17 The “SWATification” of America has gotten completely and totally out of control.  Back in 1980, there were only about 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States for the entire year.  Today, there aremore than 80,000 SWAT raids in the United States every single year.

#18 Illegal immigrants make up approximately 30 percent of the total population in our federal, state and local prisons.

#19 The average “minimum security” inmate in federal prison costs U.S. taxpayers $21,000 a year.

#20 The average “maximum security” inmate in federal prison costs U.S. taxpayers $33,000 a year.

#21 Overall, it costs more than 60 billion dollars a year to keep all of these people locked up.

(Read Full Text) (Photo Credit: OK Observer)

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HERE’S JUST HOW MUCH IT PAYS TO BE CONVENTIONALLY ATTRACTIVE

We’ve come to expect impossible, even improbable standards of beauty to populate our magazines and our television shows. It’s another thing entirely to find they’ve invaded our workplace.

Watch Vox’s full video to see the many other ways these unrealistic beauty standards effect where we work.

Oh waaa. This is just typical Huff Post way to find some irrational way to make up a rationlization for the fake wage gap. No would should appolgize for being attractive. 

"find they’ve invaded our workplace"

Actually no, though the measurements are modern, the phenomenon is ancient. Otherwise we would still look like apes.

6’+ masterrace

I find this post to be true. I can see where other people would disagree, but I’ve always felt disadvantaged, both covertly and openly, for being ugly as fuck. I’m not gonna say I’m oppressed and start a activism movement over it, but I think there is some truth in this. 

Is there any actual science behind attractive people being more competent? Because then, this would kind of make sense. Doubt there is any, though.

Actually, there is a lot more going on here than you think.

Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder, rather it is inborn, but every so often we get these campaigns (usually aimed at women) against the very concept of beauty and the human appreciation of attractive people. These campaigns are because “Western” society has brainwashed us with unrealistic standards of beauty which women in particular strive to emulate. Of course, without this “brainwashing” we’d naturally accept people for their “inner” beauty, or something…

Appreciation for novel traits (particularly secondary sex characteristics) are notable in sexual selection - look at the sexual dimorphism among birds of paradise as a result of persistent sexual selection. Similarly, in a reverse trend; novel, highly visible, and colourful traits seem enough to explain the evolution of light skin, hair and eyes among Europeans. Human physical variation is due to differences in sexual selection, rather than differences in notions of beauty.

We have an innate taste for natural beauty and virtuosity, not mediocrity. You’ll distinguish between fine art and toddler drawings for this reason. Even if you’re ethnocentric (which has it’s own set of evolutionary explanations) I bet you can still distinguish between the attractive and unattractive of other ethnic groups - and there is nothing much culturally conditioned about "European standards of beauty" for instance. Darwin noted as much:

Mr. Winwood Reade, however, who has had ample opportunities for observation, not only with the negroes of the West Coast of Africa, but with those of the interior who have never associated with Europeans, is convinced that their ideas of beauty are on the whole the same as ours. Mr. Reade found that he agreed with the negroes in their estimation of the beauty of the native girls; and that their appreciation of the beauty of European women corresponded with ours. They admire long hair, and use artificial means to make it appear abundant; they admire also a beard, though themselves very scantily provided. Mr. Reade feels doubtful what kind of nose is most appreciated; a girl has been heard to say, “I do not want to marry him, he has got no nose;” and this shows that a very flat nose is not admired (Darwin, The Descent of Man and Selection in relation to Sex, 2nd ed.)

An explanation for all this looks to be mutational load. For instance, it’s actually a lack of deleterious mutations, not ‘good’ genes ‘for healthy,’ ‘for fit’ or ‘for smart’ that confer increased intelligence among individuals. Attractiveness may signify that an individual possesses a low level of genetic load. If someone is dumb and ugly chances are they possess a higher degree of genetic load. Figures…

For this reason identifying what is healthy and unhealthy becomes perfectly normal human behaviour — those funny looking kids burdened with higher mutational loads come in many flavours; fragile-X kids don’t look the same as those with Down syndrome, for instance. Pathogen avoidance, too, explains stigmatisation of obese people. Health, by whatever means identified, is paramount in nature.

Is attractiveness linked to competence? Perhaps. At minimum, good looks are by and large associated with health. They also reflect mate quality, naturally. A bias toward attractiveness is human nature.

More importantly, you cannot address these issues assuming individual attraction and taste is all a result of some culturally imprinted phenomena, which I imagine is what most people assume both the cause and solution to this is. There’s something more innate going on here.