March 6, 2019

*Gallup: Trust in Fed. Govt’s Ability to Handle Problems ‘Lowest to Date’:

Gallup poll published on Jan. 31 revealed that Americans’ trust in the federal government’s ability to handle both domestic and international problems is at its “lowest” since Gallup began consistently asking that question more than two decades ago, in 1997. Only 41 percent of Americans have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust in the government’s ability to handle international issues, and only 35 percent trust its ability to handle domestic issues.

These numbers have decreased substantially since September 2018, when 50 percent of Americans trusted the government’s ability to handle international problems and 45 percent trusted its ability to handle domestic problems.

*Scarlett Johansson Gets Candid About The Deepfake Porn Phenomenon: ‘Useless’ To Regulate It:

Fighting the phenomenon of deepfake porn is a “useless” pursuit, according to actress Scarlett Johansson, who has seen her face grafted onto dozens of online porn videos by highly-advanced artificial intelligence software. Speaking with The Washington Post, Scarlett Johansson candidly admitted that the internet, especially the Dark Web, has become such an abysmal blackhole of depravity that regulating deepfake porn videos out of existence is close to impossible.

“I think it’s a useless pursuit, legally, mostly because the internet is a vast wormhole of darkness that eats itself,” said Johansson. “There are far more disturbing things on the dark web than this, sadly. I think it’s up to an individual to fight for their own right to the their image, claim damages, etc.” Johansson’s concern, however, is not with how the deepfake porn revolution affects herself or other celebrities, but how it will affect women who have absolutely no public capital to protect their image.

 *Least-Educated State: California No. 1 in Percentage of Residents 25 and Older Who Never Finished 9th Grade; No. 50 in High School Graduates:

California ranks No. 1 among the 50 states for the percentage of its residents 25 and older who have never completed ninth grade and 50th for the percentage who have graduated from high school, according to new data from the Census Bureau.

Texas ranks No. 2 for the percentage of its residents 25 and older who have never completed ninth grade and 49th for the percentage who have graduated from high school.

9.7 percent of California residents 25 and older, the Census Bureau says, never completed ninth grade. Only 82.5 percent graduated from high school.

8.7 percent of Texas residents 25 and older never completed ninth grade, and only 82.8 percent graduated from high school.

 *Third Of Americans Can’t Even Name All 4 Grandparents, Survey Finds:

How much do you know about your family tree? For many folks, it’s not very much. A recent survey finds that a third of Americans can’t even name all four of their grandparents, incredibly.

While DNA kits that trace one’s ancestry have surged in popularity over the years, there are still plenty of people who don’t seem to care too much about where they came from. The survey of 2,000 Americans showed that a third of respondents struggled to climb the branches of their family tree beyond their grandparents.

One in five couldn’t even name one of their great-grandparents.

 *Only 31% of Catholics Give Clergy’s Honesty, Ethical Standards
‘High’ Marks:

In the wake of more revelations about sexual abuse of young people by Catholic clergy — among other scandals — a new survey shows that only 31% of Catholics give their clergy “very high” or “high” marks for their honesty and ethical standards.

This percentage is down from 49% in 2017, an 18-percentage-point drop in one year. In the survey, Gallup asked, “Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields — very high, high, average, low or very low? How about clergy?”

For Catholics, 31% said “high/very high.” For Protestants, 48% said “high/very high.”

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There’s a lot of gold in the ocean, both dissolved in the water and on the sea floor. Unfortunately, there’s no economically feasible way of mining it. If we could, there’d be enough for each person on Earth to have nine pounds of pure gold.

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Michael D. Finn, Founder of the Finn Law Group, Explains the “Unconscionable Suppression” of the
Timeshare Market

Michael D. Finn, the founder of Finn Law Group, has been a practicing attorney for over 40 years, working on behalf of consumers with real estate, timeshare and fractional ownership issues. In addition, he’s been able to assist clients with mortgage modifications, foreclosure defense and bankruptcy alternatives. Now, the talented attorney shares his views on the “unconscionable suppression” of the timeshare market.

“What’s the difference between a used car and a used timeshare? Value,” states Finn, “A continuously maintained large timeshare unit in a nice resort does not retain its ‘value,’ while a four-year-old sedan with over 50,000 miles on it could be easily resold in the secondary vehicle market with a recovery of over half of its original cost.”

This cavernous disparity in values occurs because there are relatively healthy secondary markets for many consumer products and next to none for timeshares. If someone takes a look at the timeshare industry’s tightfisted control of their markets, where no viable secondary market is permitted to exist, let alone thrive or prosper, they will begin to understand the complexity of the issue. For example, each and every one of the timeshare developers who file documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission to support their public filing requirements have included language in each of their filings that specifically addresses the secondary resale market as a threat to their bottom line. A direct quote from Bluegreen’s SEC filing states, “The resale market for VOIs [vacation ownership interest] could adversely affect our business.”

A strong resale market will strengthen the industry. There is no better time than now to make the important and essential changes that might, in the short term, slow down profitability, but in the long term, turn the timeshare industry into a more socially responsible and far more sustainable industry for decades to come.

“Timeshare developers should take a hard look at themselves and their industry,” concludes Finn, “Take pride, not just profit, from making family vacations an affordable part of the American lifestyle by opening up that opportunity to even more folks.”

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*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Srini Pillay, M.D.

(Dr. Srini Pillay is a Harvard psychiatrist, former brain researcher and author of “Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind.”):

The psychological challenges that jurors face are well-known. They range from depression to anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder.  After hearing testimony about live burials and 13 year-old girls being raped and considered ‘El Chapo’s’ vitamins, who can expect otherwise? In fact, for trials as long and intense as the “El Chapo” trial, 86-96 percent of people have reported feeling stressed, “numb and detached” and “tense.” The stress comes from worrying, having to concentrate, tolerating monotony, and making decisions.

While many of these symptoms may strike one as “all in a day’s work”, when the jury makes decisions in the ‘El Chapo’ case, there is one big concern that will impact decision-making: the ego-depletion effect. Formally known as self-regulation depletion (SRD), this phenomenon refers to brains that “switch off” when there is too much emotion to process or when a situation demands too much attention. After hearing 200 hours of testimony, emotional fatigue and distorted thinking is to be expected.

It is a well-known fact that the “anxiety” and “thinking” circuits in the brain interact. Anxiety makes the brain over-focus on threat and biases how we make decisions. And when the jurors worry excessively, they will be less likely to tolerate risk as well. In the “El Chapo” case, juror anxiety will be high. Freezing, fleeing, or even avoiding making a decision is to be expected. No wonder the first day of jury deliberations ended in no verdict.

We live in a world obsessed by focus. And we erroneously believe that continuous focus will help us gather more data and interpret that data more effectively too. Yet, after three months of deliberation on the case, it would be inhuman to expect jurors to think clearly. As frivolous as brain breaks may sound, they will significantly ameliorate the disastrous consequences of SRD.  And a fair and just trial for “El Chapo will be much more likely too.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Matt Lewis:
Once upon a time, fakers posed as heroes and winners. Rosie Ruiz pretended to win the Boston MarathonRichard Blumenthal said he served in Vietnam. And Frank Abagnaleof Catch Me If You Can fame pretended to be a pilot and a doctor. Those were the good old days, when Willie sang about how his heroes had always been cowboys. Today, everyone wants to play the victim. It’s worth asking: Why?

The answer, of course, is a culture that rewards and honors them.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by David Brooks:
I start with the pain. A couple times a week I give a speech somewhere in the country about social isolation and social fragmentation. Very often a parent comes up to me afterward and says, “My daughter took her life when she was 14.” Or, “My son died of an overdose when he was 20.” Their eyes flood with tears. I don’t know what to say. I squeeze a shoulder just to try to be present with them, but the crying does not stop. As it turns to weeping they rush out of the auditorium and I am left with my own futility. What can I say to these parents? What can I say to the parents still around who don’t yet know they may soon become those parents?

This kind of pain is an epidemic in our society. When you cover the sociology beat as I do, you see other kinds of pain. The African-American woman in Greenville who is indignant because young black kids in her neighborhood face injustice just as gross as she did in 1953. The college student in the Midwest who is convinced that she is the only one haunted by compulsive thoughts about her own worthlessness. The Trump-supporting small-business man in Louisiana who silently clenches his fists in rage as guests at a dinner party disparage his whole way of life. These different kinds of pain share a common thread: our lack of healthy connection to each other, our inability to see the full dignity of each other, and the resulting culture of fear, distrust, tribalism, shaming and strife.

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March 3, 2019

*CHARMING – San Francisco —
Where Drug Addicts Outnumber High School Students:

San Francisco has more drug addicts than it has students enrolled in its public high schools, the city Health Department’s latest estimates conclude. There are about 24,500 injection drug users in San Francisco — that’s about 8,500 more people than the nearly 16,000 students enrolled in San Francisco Unified School District’s 15 high schools and illustrates the scope of the problem on the city’s streets.

It’s also an increase of about 2,000 serious drug users since 2012, the last time a study was done. 

*New Study: Voter ID Laws Have No Measurable Impact on Voting Behavior:

Less than one week after Georgia Democrat Stacey Abramsmade inflammatory claims in her State of the Union response about an epidemic of “voter suppression” jeopardizing the character of our nation, the National Bureau of Economic Research released a study that demonstrates once again that voter ID laws have no measurable impact on voting behavior. In other words, voter ID laws don’t “suppress” anyone’s vote.

This latest study echoes the conclusion of others, including a landmark report by The Heritage Foundation in 2007 finding that voter ID laws don’t reduce voter turnout, including among African-Americans and Hispanics. These voters were just as likely to vote in states requiring photo identification as in those that don’t.

Researchers for the National Bureau of Economic Research found that between 2008 and 2016, voter ID laws had “no negative effect on registration or turnout, overall or for any specific group defined by race, gender, age or party affiliation.” he new study also concluded that these results “cannot be attributed to mobilization against the laws,” contradicting critics who say election turnout has been sustained only by such campaigns.

 *Sen. Cory Booker Plans for Government to Give $46,215 to All 18-Year-Olds in ‘Lowest Income Bracket’:

Sen. Cory Booker (D.-N.J.) is proposing a plan—the American Opportunity Accounts Act—that he calculates will provide $46,215 to every 18-year-old in the lowest income bracket by giving them annual subsidies in a federally managed savings account. Booker cited his plan in a Tweet he sent out this week.

“We must close the wealth gap that’s undermining equal opportunity in our country,” Booker said in his Tweet. “My baby bonds will help level the playing field by creating a savings account for every U.S. child—to invest in themselves through things like paying for higher education.” Booker’s Tweet retweeted an article tweeted by prosperitynow.org. The article was headlined: “Cory Booker’s America Opportunity Accounts Act is a Bold Step Towards Wealth Equality.”

 *Farrakhan: ‘The Wicked Jews
Want to Use Me to Break Up the Women’s Movement’:

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on Sunday spoke in defense of Women’s March national leaders who have taken flak for associating with him, and launched fresh attacks on Jews. “The wicked Jews want to use me to break up the women’s movement,” Farrakhan said at his movement’s Saviours’ Day conference in Chicago, praising by name the national co-leaders of the Women’s March, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez.

In a lengthy speech, Farrakhan also accused Jews of putting Jewish suffering – specifically the Nazis’ systematic extermination of six million Jews, the Holocaust – ahead of that of others because they believe “only their life is sacred.” Farrakhan’s statements about Jews have long been provocative, but over the past year Mallory, Sarsour and Perez have been widely condemned for associating with him, threatening to fracture the movement.

Mallory was on the stage during last year’s Saviours’ Day speech, when Farrakhan drew attention to her presence. In that same speech, he declared that “the powerful Jews are my enemy.”

 *Texas AG Claims Nearly 60,000 Non-Citizens Voted in State Elections Over Last Two Decades:

Texas officials are claiming that 58,000 non-citizens voted in one or more state elections from 1996 onward, according to reports. The Texas Department of Public Safety, which identified these voters, also said there are 95,000 non-citizens registered to vote in the state, NBC 5 Dallas-Forth Worthreported. “Texas law allows lawfully present noncitizens to obtain driver’s licenses by showing proof of lawful presence to DPS,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton‘s office in a statement, noting it planned to launch an investigation into the voter rolls.

“However, only citizens are eligible to vote. And Texas law currently does not require verification of a voter’s statement that they are a citizen.” The Texas AG prosecuted 97 people for alleged voting fraud violations between 2005 and 2017.  Last year, Paxton’s Election Fraud Unit prosecuted 33 people on 97 election fraud violations, NBC 5 notes.

 *Drew Barrymore: I’d Be ‘Dead Really Soon’ if I Tried Heroin:

Drew Barrymore isn’t afraid to talk about her troubled past and how it affects her presently. “I have an extremely addictive personality,” Drew told Glamour UK. “I’ve never done heroin, and I don’t want to get plastic surgery because I feel like they’re both very slippery slopes.”

The 43-year-old Flower Beauty founder knows that both, while vastly different things, could destroy her. “I feel if I try either,” she shared, “I’m going to be dead really soon.”

The “Santa Clarita Diet” star has been candid about her childhood drug use and rehab stays, turning to alcohol and smoking when she was just 9 years old. By the time she was 12, Barrymore was a cocaine addict. She was in and out of rehab in her early teenage years and was even institutionalized following a suicide attempt. 

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Costa Rica has a 96% literacy rate. For rural areas where children can’t make it to school, lessons are taught over a national radio station.

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Mexicans drink more Coke than any other country in the world. Mexicans drink about 745 Coke beverages per year.Americans drink about 401 Coke products a year.

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*Gap will close 230 Gap brand stores (about half of all locations) and spin off Old Navy.  

*J.C. Penney is saying goodbye to 18 locations across the U.S.Yes, even in New Jersey.  

*Victoria’s Secret will close more than 50 stores this year.  

*Tesla is moving all of its sales online and will shutter most of its stores as a result. “You can now buy a Tesla in North America via your phone in about 1 minute,” the company said.

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Clay Clark, Founder of the Thrivetime Show, Welcomes John C. Maxwell, Acclaimed Author, to his Podcast

Clay Clark, founder of Thrive15 and creator of the “Thrivetime Show – Business School Without the BS,” has been welcoming a slew of popular guests to his podcast in the recent months, recently speaking to influencers such as Jason Khalipa, “The Fittest Man in the World.” Now, he’s had the pleasure of welcoming John C. Maxwell, an acclaimed author and speaker to his successful podcast.

“I’ve always been fascinated by John’s work,” explains Clark, “So just having him on the show was an awesome experience. All the additional information we learned from him was simply icing on the cake.”

The Thrivetime Show allows viewers to “Experience business school without the BS” with Clark and his co-host: optometrist turned business tycoon Doctor Robert Zoellner. The award-winning team has been featured on ForbesFast Company,Bloomberg, and Pando Daily. Currently, the podcast has over 1,500 episodes, and has featured Emmy Award-Winners, New York Times best-selling authors, NFL Players, and NBAPlayers.

The team’s recent episode featuring John C. Maxwell provided information on the author’s life and process, and how he got to the level of success that he currently maintains. “This was one of my favorite episodes yet,” continues Clark, “John was a perfect guest for the podcast. The amount of insight and expertise he has is legendary. It would be a perfect episode for new listeners to hop in and really see what Thrivetime is about.”

John C. Maxwell is an American author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership. His books include “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” and “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.” His books have sold millions of copies, with some on the New York Times Best Seller List.

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I’ve always thought Americans would come together when we realized that we faced a dangerous foreign foe. And lo and behold, now we have one: China. It’s become increasingly clear that China is a grave economic, technological and intellectual threat to the United States and the world order.

And sure enough, beneath the TV bluster of daily politics, Americans are beginning to join together. Mike Pence andElizabeth Warren can sound shockingly similar when talking about China’s economic policy. Nancy Pelosi and Republicans sound shockingly similar when they talk about Chinese human rights abuses. Conservative and liberal policy thinkers can sound shockingly similar when they start talking about how to respond to the challenge from China.

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The problem with the upcoming HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland” is that two proven liars are the sources here, which makes the doc feel like a hit piece rather than any kind of artistic statement. 

The allegations against Michael Jackson have already been scrutinized to no end. Remember the media frenzy that Martin Bashir’s 20/20 interview with a victim caused in the mid-’90s? It happened again the following decade, which resulted in Jackson’s home being raided by FBI officers, in two unannounced raids, but nothing incriminating being found. Jackson was acquitted of all charges in 2005 by a Californiajury. The FBI, likewise, “conducted a thorough investigation. Its 300-page file on the pop star, released under the Freedom of Information Act, found no evidence of wrongdoing.”

Michael Jackson was, and still is, a well-loved musician, who was also a terrible judge of character, and a naive fool. He spent the better part of his large extravagant life trusting some of the shadiest characters imaginable. He made extremely bad choices because he had lost touch with the way of life of the normal people and had no idea that his friendships with young people (by the way, it wasn’t only boys, there were lots of girls too, but none of their parents ever sued or blackmailed him) may be seen as sinister. I believe that he really didn’t get it.

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I’m really sorry I didn’t say hi, make eye contact or acknowledge your presence in any way when you waved to me in the hallway the other day. It’s nothing personal. I just have too many people trying to greet me these days, and I can’t respond to everyone.

That sounds ridiculous, right? You would never snub a colleague trying to strike up a conversation. Yet when you ignore a personal email, that’s exactly what you’ve done: digital snubbery.

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“I’m too busy to answer your email” really means “Your email is not a priority for me right now.” That’s a popular justification for neglecting your inbox: It’s full of other people’s priorities. But there’s a growing body of evidence that if you care about being good at your job, your inbox should be a priority.

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February 27, 2019

*The Top 20% of Households Pay 88% of Federal Income Taxes:

According to the Congressional Budget Office:

-The top one percent of households pay 39.4 percent of federal income taxes and 26.2 percent of total federal taxes.

– The top 20 percent of households pay 88.1 percent of federal income taxes and 69.5 percent of total federal taxes.

– The top one percent of households pay an average income tax rate of 24 percent while the middle quintile pays an average income tax rate of 3 percent.

– The top one percent of households pay an average total tax rate of 33.3 percent while the middle quintile pays an average total tax rate of over 14 percent. 

– The top 20 percent of households pay an average total tax rate of 26.7 percent while the middle quintile pays an average total tax rate of 14 percent.

*Green New Deal Could Cost in Excess of $90T – 4 Times Nat’l Debt:

How much will the Green New Deal backed by leading Democratic candidates for President cost? Up to $90 trillion, says a Washington think-tank. As Reason Magazine notes, the estimated cost of the Green New Deal is at “least $50 trillion and possibly in excess of $90 trillion, according to a report released today by the American Action Forum (AAF). The AAF, a center-right think tank that focuses on economic issues, projected costs for six aspects of the Green New Deal,” such as its “reworking the electricity grid,” “revamping the nation’s transportation network,” and “affordable housing.”

$90 trillion is more than four times the size of America’s entire national debt, and more than four times the size of the entire U.S. economy.

AAF’s cost estimate does not appear to be an exaggeration: For example, Reason’s Ron Bailey came up with a higher cost estimate than AAF for redoing the electricity grid. Bailey’s own estimate of the cost for reworking the power grid is $1.6 trillion to $7.6 trillion higher than AAF’s. Thus, AAF’s estimate is “not an outlier.”

The Green New Deal would pay for a vast array of new construction projects, many of them pointless white elephants. As Joel Pollak notes, the Green New Deal proposes “‘upgrading all existing buildings in the United States.’” In many cases (such as where buildings are approaching the end of their lifespan), that would consume more energy than it would save.

 *Survey: 27% of Americans Prefer to Live in the Country, 12% Prefer
the Big City:

A new survey shows that, if given the choice, 27% of Americans would prefer to live in a rural, country area and only 12% would prefer to live in a big city. The remainder of the respondents were divided in their answers, with some preferring a small city or town and some preferring the suburbs thereof.

In the survey, Gallup asked, “Thinking about something else, if you could live anywhere you wished, where would you prefer to live — in a big city, small city, suburb of a big city, suburb of a small city, town or rural area?”

Twenty-seven percent said rural area and 12% said big city. Seventeen percent said a small city and 12% said a town.

 *Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: Not Enough Minorities and Women
Run Dope Shops:

During a House hearing about “banking services for cannabis-related businesses,” socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(D-N.Y.) discussed what she called the “racial wealth gap” and noted that white males dominate in the legal pot shop business while “80% of the people kept in federal prison are Black orLatino.”

“So, my question is, are we compounding the racial wealth gap right now based on who is getting the first mover advantage?” she said. “According to an industry trade publication, 73% of cannabis executives in Colorado and Washington are male, 81% are white,” said the congresswoman.  “In the state of Massachusetts, just 3.1% of the marijuana businesses in the state were owned by minorities and just 2.2% were owned by women.”

Rep.Ocasio-Cortez then explained that, in her estimation, although minorities and women were deeply affected by anti-marijuana laws, they are now benefiting the least from new laws that allow the operation of cannabis stores. “Is this [legal pot] industry representative of the communities that have historically bared the greatest brunt of injustice based on the prohibition of marijuana?” she asked.  She then added, “it doesn’t look like any of the people reaping the profits of this are the people who were directly impacted.”

*Lara Logan Says Media Standards Have Led to ‘Horses–t’ Reporting:

Reporters have become “political activists” and even “propagandists,” CBS News’ foreign correspondent Lara Logan said during a recent podcast. The war correspondent was speaking to Navy SEAL Mike Ritland on Friday when she delivered the broadside against the media.

“The media everywhere is mostly liberal,” Logan said. “Most journalists are left or liberal or Democrat or whatever word you want to give it.”

She added that journalistic standards have been lowered, resulting in “horses–t” reporting.“I mean, you read one story or another and hear it and it’s all based on one anonymous administration official, former administration official,” she said. “That’s not journalism. That’s horses–t. Sorry. That is absolute horses–t.”  The journalist highlighted how former New York Times editor Jill Abramson wrote in her new book that most of that paper’s coverage of President Trump was negative.

*Ilhan Omar’s District Is ‘Terrorist Recruitment Capital Of The US,’ Report Says:

Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, represented by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D), is the terrorist recruitment capitol of the United States, according to FBI statistics.

According to FBI statistics “more men and boys from a Somali American community in Minneapolis have joined – or attempted to join – a foreign terrorist organization over the last 12 years than any other jurisdiction in the country.” “FBI stats show 45 Somalis left to join the ranks of either the Somalia-based Islamic insurgency al-Shabab, or the Iraq– and Syria-based ISIS combined,” Fox News continued. “And as of 2018, a dozen more had been arrested with the intention of leaving to support ISIS. Both numbers are far higher than those of alleged terrorist wannabes who left or attempted to leave the country from other areas in the country where Muslim refugees have been resettled.”

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Dr. Srini Pillay, Best-Selling Author & Neuroscientist, Poses Questions on the Mental Well-Being of “El Chapo” Jurors

Dr. Srini Pillay is a Harvard psychiatrist, former brain researcher and author of “Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind.”  He is also an entrepreneur and an assistant professor at Harvard University, where he has spent a large chunk of his career subverting ideas on creativity and the processes behind human thinking. Now, he poses questions on the mental well-being of jurors in the infamous “El Chapo” case. 

“The psychological challenges that jurors face are well-known. They range from depression to anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder,” explains Dr. Pillay, “After hearing testimony about live burials and other horrendous acts, (many of them sexual) who could expect otherwise?” 

The facts check out. For trials as long and intense as the “El Chapo” trial, 86-96 percent of people have reported feeling stressed, “numb and detached” and “tense.” The stress comes from worrying, having to concentrate, tolerating monotony, and making decisions.

While many of these symptoms may strike one as “all in a day’s work”, when the jury makes decisions in the ‘El Chapo’ case, there is one big concern that will impact decision-making: the ego-depletion effect. Formally known as self-regulation depletion (SRD), this phenomenon refers to brains that “switch off” when there is too much emotion to process or when a situation demands too much attention. After hearing 200 hours of testimony, emotional fatigue and distorted thinking is to be expected.

“We live in a world obsessed by focus. And we erroneously believe that continuous focus will help us gather more data and interpret that data more effectively too,” concludes Dr. Pillay, “Yet, after three months of deliberation on the case, it would be inhuman to expect jurors to think clearly. As frivolous as brain breaks may sound, they will significantly ameliorate the disastrous consequences of SRD.  And a fair and just trial for ‘El Chapo’ will be much more likely too.”

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I have to praise President Donald Trump. I mean, don’t get me wrong. As a die hard liberal I oppose pretty much everything he stands for and I personally think he’s a poor excuse for a human being. But no-one can deny that ever since he began his campaign for the Presidency Donald Trump, for better or for worse has single handedly made the entire country pay attention to their government and politics. Whether you love him or hate him, President Trump has you glued to your own personal news source to see what he’s going to do next.

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Re: David Brooks commentary on the MAGA-hat-wearing students:  

It’s been shown over and over again (on video) that the students DIDN’T surround the Native American, that he came up to them and played his drum under their noses.  They were being harangued by the Black Israelite group.  If Brooks is going to comment, at least get his facts right.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman:
A few years ago, the leaders of the College Board, the folks who administer the SAT college entrance exam, asked themselves a radical question: Of all the skills and knowledge that we test young people for that we know are correlated with success in college and in life, which is the most important? Their answer: the ability to master “two codes” — computer science and the U.S. Constitution.

Since then they’ve been adapting the SATs and the College Board’s Advanced Placement program to inspire and measure knowledge of both. Since the two people who led this move — David Coleman, president of the College Board, and Stefanie Sanford, its chief of global policy — happen to be people I’ve long enjoyed batting around ideas with, and since I thought a lot of students, parents and employers would be interested in their answer, I asked them to please show their work: “Why these two codes?”

Their short answer was that if you want to be an empowered citizen in our democracy — able to not only navigate society and its institutions but also to improve and shape them, and not just be shaped by them — you need to know how the code of the U.S. Constitution works. And if you want to be an empowered and adaptive worker or artist or writer or scientist or teacher — and be able to shape the world around you, and not just be shaped by it — you need to know how computers work and how to shape them.

With computing, the internet, big data and artificial intelligence now the essential building blocks of almost every industry, any young person who can master the principles and basic coding techniques that drive computers and other devices “will be more prepared for nearly every job,” Coleman and Sanford said in a joint statement explaining their initiative. “At the same time, the Constitution forms the foundational code that gives shape to America and defines our essential liberties — it is the indispensable guide to our lives as productive citizens.”

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