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The Neuroscience of Hate Speech

Do politicians’ words, the president’s especially, matter? Since he has been in office, President Trump has relentlessly demonized his political opponents as evil and belittled them as stupid. He has called undocumented immigrants animals. His rhetoric has been a powerful contributor to our climate of hate, which is amplified by the right-wing media and virulent [...]

By |2018-11-05T12:07:11+10:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

British Politician Jess Phillips Receives More Than 600 Rape Threats In One Night

Jess Phillips says the ringleaders should face either civil or criminal action. Photo: Facebook: Jess Phillips A British politician has revealed she received more than 600 rape threats in one night after launching a campaign against sexist online bullying. Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, declared that Twitter was "dead", after [...]

The Four Charts That Will Terrify You If You, Or Anyone You Love, Has A Mental Illness

Source: By Chitrapa at English Wikipedia For years doctors have complained about the serious underfunding of mental health services. The reason? Most people think it's because performing more surgeries and cutting waiting times in emergency departments wins elections, while making sure someone with schizophrenia is properly supported and medicated in the community doesn't. [...]

Politicians Could Provoke Racist Attacks – Alastair Nicholson

Alastair Nicholson, the former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, says racial differences have been "exaggerated" as a result of recent troubles in the Middle East. "I think sometimes the weaker people in the community - or more stupid people - react in a very unfortunate way when that happens," - Kristian Silva via [...]

Government backtracks on Racial Discrimination Act 18C changes

The Federal Government has taken contentious changes to racial discrimination laws "off the table" to protect national "unity". - Emma Griffiths via Government backtracks on Racial Discrimination Act 18C changes; pushes ahead with tough security laws - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Why isn’t alcohol on the national agenda?

As the national election draws near it’s time to consider what solutions the political parties are offering to Australia’s alcohol problem. It’s worth remembering the cost to Australia from alcohol problems amounts to $16 billion per annum. via Why isn't alcohol on the national agenda? | Grog WatchGrog Watch.

Barack Obama and the ’empathy deficit’

In 2011, researchers at the University of Chicago conducted a simple experiment to ascertain whether a rat would release another rat from a cage without being given a reward. The answer was yes. After several sessions, the rats learned intentionally and quickly to open the restrainer and release the caged rats. The rats also repeated [...]

By |2013-02-07T10:26:28+10:00February 7th, 2013|Categories: Science & Research, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments