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The Bulwark's Quest to Shame High-Profile Trump Backers - The Atlantic
Sykes says he is much more bothered by the writers and thinkers he used to respect—and he holds out hope that they can still be “salvaged.”
“This sounds naive, but I quite frankly feel they know better,” he tells me. “And at certain points of moral clarity, I could see them coming back to the faith of their fathers.”
Yet when I ask if he really believes The Bulwark’s coverage could be the catalyst that leads them back to the light, Sykes seems to second-guess himself.
“For me to think I’m going to psychologically change them … ” he pauses, and then shrugs wearily. “I don’t know. They may double down.”
Donald_Trump  conservatism  religious  politics 
27 days ago
ICE set up a fake university. Hundreds enrolled, not realizing it was a sting operation. - Chicago Tribune
Beyond disassembling public education, and on to providing fake, illegal, entrapment in its place.
fraud  ICE  immigration  Education  SocMeDone 
6 weeks ago
It's Impossible To Eat Healthfully. Here's Why. | HuffPost
Food has been identified as a major cause of health problems in the U.S., with poor diet to blame for nearly half of all deaths due to heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Yet, even if we improve diet, we are still exposed to the damaging health impacts of what the report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation calls the “industrial” way that food is produced. By 2050, warns the report, around 5 million people a year could die.
industriality  industrialism  Food 
7 weeks ago
Casel Secondary Guide Beta
CASEL Guide Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs Middle and High School Edition Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
SEL  CASEL  Social  emotion  learning  guide 
9 weeks ago
In the early years, CASEL was an entirely volunteer group of educators and researchers committed to advancing social and emotional learning. With support from the Fetzer Institute and Surdna Foundation, the group met periodically to discuss new directions in the field of social and emotional learning and ways to build and strengthen CASEL as an organization.

Many of the original Leadership Team members still work closely with CASEL. Many others continue as leaders in the SEL field. The identifications below refer to the professional involvements of the Leadership Team members at the time when they met regularly.

Sheldon Berman, Superintendent of Schools, Hudson, MA
Patricia Caesar, President and CEO, Caesar Consulting Group
Maurice Elias, Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University
Daniel Goleman, CASEL co-founder, author of Emotional Intelligence
Mark T. Greenberg, Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, Penn State University
Eileen R. Growald, Venture Philanthropist
Norris M. Haynes, Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, Southern Connecticut State University
Janice Jackson, Assistant Professor, Lynch School of Education, Boston College
Linda Lantieri, Director, Inner Resilience Program
Beverly Benson Long, Immediate Past President, World Federation for Mental Health
JoAnn B. Manning, Vice President of Program Implementation, Platform Learning
Mary Utne O’Brien, Research Professor of Psychology and Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
Janet Patti, Professor, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Hunter College
Terry Pickeral, Executive Director, National Center for Learning and Citizenship, Education Commission of the States
Timothy P. Shriver, Chair, Special Olympics
David J. Sluyter, Senior Advisor, Fetzer Institute
Herbert J. Walberg, Professor Emeritus, Education and Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Roger P. Weissberg, Professor of Psychology and Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
Joseph E. Zins, Professor, College of Education, University of Cincinnati
Learn more about CASEL’s history here and important milestones here.
SEL  Education  Social  emotion  learning 
9 weeks ago
Canadian Army Newsreel, No. 42 (1944) - YouTube
4. L’officier général commandant visite des lieux historiques. Une statue de Napoléon à Rouen; le lieutenant général H.D.G. Crerar prononce une allocution; Crerar et le maire de Rouen, M. Guy Montier, passent en revue la garde d’honneur de l’École du génie électrique et mécanique royal canadien; le maire tenant une plaque; Crerar au monument de la crête de Vimy; il discute avec l’homme chargé d’entretenir le monument.
WorldWar2  kin  GuyMontier 
9 weeks ago
A Man Says His DNA Test Proves He's Black. He's Suing. - The Atlantic
Even if a perfectly accurate genetic ancestry test did exist, it would not easily settle questions of race. The percentage breakdowns of a test do not map neatly on to racial categories. How many African DNA markers does a person need to have to be considered black? Four percent? Twenty-five percent? Fifty percent? There are no universal cutoffs. Genetic variation is real, but the boundaries of racial categories are socially determined and have constantly shifted over the course of American history. “You cannot rely on DNA evidence alone to decide what is really a socially constructed concept,” says Sheryll Cashin, a law professor at Georgetown University.
race  genealogy  DNA 
11 weeks ago
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december 2018
Turkey and Dumplings Recipe | King Arthur Flour
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1 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (chives, parsley), or 2 tablespoons dried (optional)
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
3 cups turkey stock, or a combination of stock and leftover gravy
1 teaspoon dry thyme
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 cups diced cooked turkey or chicken
2 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
To make the dumplings: Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Stir in the herbs, if using. Cover and refrigerate this mixture while you're making the pot pie filling.
To make the filling: Melt the butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
Add the stock 1/2 cup at a time, whisking it into the roux to prevent lumps. When all the stock and/or gravy is added, season with the thyme, bay leaf, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer the sauce for 15 minutes, then stir in the meat and vegetables.
Return the filling to a simmer, and transfer to a 4-quart baking dish with a lid. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
To assemble: Once the hot filling is in the dish, whisk the buttermilk and egg together, and add, all at once, to the dry mixture.
Stir together until evenly moistened.
Scoop the batter on top of the simmering liquid, leaving space between the dumplings (they'll almost double as they cook). Make dumplings large or small, according to your own preference; we like to top the filling with about 8 to 10 dumplings. Put the lid on top, and bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes.
Food  recipe 
november 2018
Living in Spin: Narrative as a Distributed Ontology of Human Action by Andrew P. Porter
Living in Spin: Narrative as a Distributed Ontology of Human Action

The original manuscript of the action book, Living in Spin, by Andrew Porter is here. It is a .pdf file, doha.pdf.

It is copyrighted by the author, Andrew P. Porter, and all rights are reserved.
spin  AndrewPPorter  PCTS  narrative  ontology  action  humanism 
november 2018
Christian Nationalism and Donald Trump | Political Research Associates
Whitehead, et al., say the data they crunched from the Baylor Survey show that “Christian nationalism operates as a unique and independent ideology that can influence political actions by calling forth a defense of mythological narratives about America’s distinctively Christian heritage and future.” This, they say, can be correlated, but is not synonymous with “a variety of class-based, sexist, racist, and ethnocentric views.”

They aver, however, that Islamophobia has also been independently well established as a strong predictor of whether someone would vote for Trump, and their own study, although focused on Christian nationalism, tended to bear that out. Thus, they say, “Christian nationalism and Islamophobia, with respect to the Trump vote, might be understood as two sides of the same coin.”
politics  liberalism  conservatism  UnitedStates  Americanism  Frederick_Clarkson  Christianism  nationalism  islamophobia 
november 2018
The False Promise of Meritocracy - The Atlantic
When a company’s core values emphasized meritocratic values, those in managerial positions awarded a larger monetary reward to the male employee than to an equally performing female employee. Castilla and Bernard termed their counter intuitive result “the paradox of meritocracy.”

The paradox of meritocracy builds on other research showing that those who think they are the most objective can actually exhibit the most bias in their evaluations. When people think they are objective and unbiased then they don’t monitor and scrutinize their own behavior. They just assume that they are right and that their assessments are accurate. Yet, studies repeatedly show that stereotypes of all kinds (gender, ethnicity, age, disability etc.) are filters through which we evaluate others, often in ways that advantage dominant groups and disadvantage lower-status groups. For example, studies repeatedly find that the resumes of whites and men are evaluated more positively than are the identical resumes of minorities and women.

This dynamic is precisely why meritocracy can exacerbate inequality—because being committed to meritocratic principles makes people think that they actually are making correct evaluations and behaving fairly. Organizations that emphasize meritocratic ideals serve to reinforce an employee’s belief that they are impartial, which creates the exact conditions under which implicit and explicit biases are unleashed.
meritocracy  study  mythopsychology 
november 2018
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