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Published: Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:42:11 GMT

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...the effects of the intervention became self-reinforcing.

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:42:11 GMT

What if one series of writing assignments during one year of school could significantly improve the chances of students of color succeeding academically and attending a selective college?

Ars Technica reports on a study that revisits two cohorts of students who were given assignments in their first year of middle school: write about your core values and why they're important; and as a control, a neutral topic. The black students have now applied for college, and the numbers are promising.

Come, come, whoever you are.

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:43:36 GMT

Last week in Berlin, in a rented room at the Protestant Johanniskirche, Seyran Ateş, a 54-year old lawyer, women's rights campaigner and imam-in-training, opened Germany's first inclusive place of worship for liberal muslims, the Ibn-Rushd-Goethe Mosque.

Open to Shia, Sunni, Alevi, Sufi and all other interpretations of Islam, the mosque does not separate men and women for prayer, and welcomes LGBTQ muslims. (Only the niqab and the burqa, which Ateş sees as "political statements", are not permitted.)

So far she has been receiving 300 mails per day supporting the intitiative, and ten times as many intimating her to close the mosque. Egypt's Dar al-Ifta al-Masriyyah has strongly criticized the project, and Turkey's main Muslim authority, Diyanet, said the new mosque's practices "do not align with Islam's fundamental resources, principles of worship, methodology or experience of more than 14 centuries, and are experiments aimed at nothing more than depraving and ruining religion".

Ateş survived a gun-attack early in her career protecting immigrant women's rights and has been an engaged critic of the naivety of some German multiculturalist policies.

"The pushback I am getting makes me feel that I am doing the right thing," said Ateş, "God is loving and merciful – otherwise he wouldn't have turned me into the person I am."

"They were ideal inmates."

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:32:45 GMT

Remembering the Murder You Didn't Commit Relating a horrifying tale of psychological manipulation and miscarriage of justice, writer Rachel Aviv recounts the manipulation of suspects and creation of false memories in the case of the Beatrice Six, all convicted for the murder of an older woman, prior to their exoneration on DNA evidence in 2008.

Beatrice Six materials at the Innocence Project.

Rachel Aviv's work on the intersections of criminal justice, psychology, and vulnerable populations has appeared on MetaFilter many times. Just a sampler:
Resignation Syndrome in refugees
The early treatment of schizophrenia
Euthanasia for the mentally ill in Belgium
Martha Nussbaum and the philosophy of emotions
Child abuse in the Hasidic community

Inmates Saved Collapsing Guard

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:50:46 GMT

Six convicts are getting their sentences shortened after saving a guard who collapsed on duty last Monday in Polk County, Georgia. "As soon as the officer dropped, the six inmates he was overseeing came to his aid. They removed the officer's outer bulletproof vest to help cool him off and took his phone to call 911, according to a statement released by the Polk County Sheriff's Office on Friday"

The master vs. the camera

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:10:28 GMT

"Why didn't great painters of the past reach the level of photorealism achieved by many artists today?" asks a curious Ouora user. An insightful answerer explains what the Masters saw that photographs don't show.

Blade Runner, if you squint

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:47:57 GMT

Night Project, a collection of photographs of China at night by French photographer Marilyn Mugot.
Many more on her instagram.
Press coverage at Hunger TV, WIRED, and The Guardian

Butterfly kisses

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:37:02 GMT

"For the cabbage white [butterfly], sex involves sperm packages of ungodly size, genitals that double as a souped-up stomach, and an unexpected set of chewing jaws."

Alcoholism is a strange condition.

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:36:43 GMT

Tanya Gold is a British freelance journalist. Alcoholism continues long after you stop drinking': my 15 years sober.
Thirteen years ago she discribed her horror of Group therapy: I still howl at the memory'.

A Norwegian, a Russian billionaire and Trump walk into... Concord NC?

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:52:54 GMT

Why was that Russian billionaire in Charlotte? He was looking in on his investment. Alevo, a high tech battery company, brings major intrigue, a Russian oligarch, and President Trump to a small town outside Charlotte NC. From the Charlotte Observer. Adam Kahn outlines it all. Tracking the Yachts and Jets of the Mega-Rich.

Up a wombat's freckle

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:11:20 GMT

Barry Humphries reviews the second edition of the Australian National Dictionary. "The reader should be warned that there are one or two colloquialisms in this review."

Amazon's Dystopia As A Service

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:47:35 GMT

Amazon's vision for the future are these gigantic drone beehives that look like they are trapping humans in buildings like in a old school platformer. For a 10x horror multiplier, check out the plant-like fronds on the drones.


Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:27:38 GMT

Zola is a 380-pound Silverback gorilla living in the South gorilla habitat at the Dallas Zoo. He loves his pool [ambient sound].

Naturally, the internet has provided a Flashdance remix [music]. And an EDM remix [LOUD music].

Zola has always loved water, as evidenced by his breakdancing [BOOMY music] at the Calgary Zoo in 2011. And experts agree that Zola is truly enjoying himself.

A History of Violence in Movies

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:12:30 GMT

An ongoing critical take on movie violence, starting with "Bullitt" Back in January 2016, Tom Breihan began choosing the important and importantly violent movie of the year and discussing why and how it had an impact. He also mentions others of that year in a postscript. His latest post (16 June 2017) is on "Kill Bill." I've set the link to page 2 so you can start at the beginning; there's 30+ posts.