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“Then there was the study in which researchers asked professors to evaluate the summary of a supposed applicant for a post as laboratory manager, but, in some cases, the applicant was named John and in others Jennifer. Everything else was the same.

““John” was rated an average of 4.0 on a 7-point scale for competence, “Jennifer” a 3.3. When asked to propose an annual starting salary for the applicant, the professors suggested on average a salary for “John” almost $4,000 higher than for “Jennifer.”

“It’s not that we white men are intentionally doing anything wrong, but we do have a penchant for obliviousness about the way we are beneficiaries of systematic unfairness. Maybe that’s because in a race, it’s easy not to notice a tailwind, and white men often go through life with a tailwind, while women and people of color must push against a headwind.

“While we don’t notice systematic unfairness, we do observe specific efforts to redress it — such as affirmative action, which often strikes white men as profoundly unjust.

“That means trying not to hire people just because they look like us, avoiding telling a young girl she’s “beautiful” while her brother is “smart.” It means acknowledging systematic bias as a step toward correcting it.”

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“When the Chicago Department of Aviation wanted to expand O’Hare’s green initiative — the airport was already composting and keeping a grazing herd of rescued animals — its commissioner, Rosemarie Andolino, approached Brenda Palms Barber, the founder and chief executive of Sweet Beginnings, a nonprofit group that provides job training to men and women recently released from prison. Ms. Palms Barber, looking to expand (the group has 131 hives around Chicago), requested room for 25 at O’Hare.

“It now has 75, making it the largest airport apiary project in the world.”

I don’t think ‪#‎YVR‬ even has composting in place yet.

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“There is no single path that leads to jihad, but in exploring Mr. Yaken’s life, signposts emerge. There are influences familiar and easy to discuss, like a lack of economic opportunity and a renewed sense of political alienation, especially among youths. But there are also more delicate subjects — less often publicly debated, let alone dissected — like the increasingly conservative thinking that defines the faith for many Muslims today, or sexual repression among young people who are taught that their physical and emotional desires can bring them eternal damnation.

““Suppose a young man falls in love with a girl in college,” Sheikh Yacoub said in one of hundreds of sermons posted on his YouTube page. “He doesn’t touch her or talk to her or send her messages. He doesn’t even look at her.”

““That’s still zina!” he yelled out, using the Arabic term for the sin of adultery and fornication.”

This story makes me very, very sad and horrified.

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Sad news about Oliver Sacks.

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