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There Are Reasons We Can’t Handle the Truth

When we believe things that are counterfactual, it’s not because we’re getting news from biased sources (although we are) we’re lying to ourselves (which we also are), but because the actual truth of a statement is no longer what’s important.

Julie Beck digs deep into news silos, alternative facts, and cognitive dissonance.

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The Threat of Doing What’s Right

TV producer Nicole Lucas Haimes details her fascination with one North Carolina man whose attempt to run an honest court got him killed.

In a review of thousands of cases from the 1980s, Geiger estimated that at least 1,000 innocent people were wrongfully convicted every year; he also found that Britt’s office used a range of aggressive ploys to force guilty pleas. The court calendar was manipulated to make defendants appear in court for days or weeks on end while they waited for their cases to be called. Others were tricked into signing forms that waived their right to counsel — often easy to do, given the county’s adult illiteracy rate of 30 percent.

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Don’t Get Too Excited — 83 Unsung Heroes

Getting too excited about something is not something I really like to do, because that often leads to disappointment. I don’t like to think of myself as a pessimist. It’s a cop out to say that I’m a realist, but I tend to be happier working things out on the balance of probabilities than putting faith in an intangible to believe that something will or will not happen.

I know someone who, for whatever reason, never really used to say that he liked something. He would say that he disliked something, but that was mainly food to prevent any requirement to eat it. If there was a scale of the absolute worst to the absolute best, he would […]

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Sincerity v Honesty — 83 Unsung Heroes

The word Sincerity comes from the Latin word “sincerus”, which means “pure” or “clean”. It presents the quality of being genuine, not feigned, without hypocrisy or pretense.

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The word Honesty comes from the Latin word “honestus”, which means “honourable”. It’s about integrity, and not being deceptive or fraudulent. It’s about being upright and aboveboard, and not hiding information, or leading someone on to believe something that isn’t true. It’s about showing your hand.

I can’t remember how long ago it was at work, although I have previously alluded to this story on this here blog. I’d done some work how I thought it should be done which, alas, was not the correct way. I received a less than complimentary reply of what I […]

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Drug Abuse: By the Numbers-Facts on Drugs from Dangerous Drug Board

Drug Abuse: By the Numbers

Estimated Drug Users in the Philippines: 1.3 Million

Profile of Drug Users

Mean Age: 20-29 years old
Ratio of Male is to Female Users: 10:1
Civil Status: Married
Employment Status: Employed
Educational Attainment: High School Level

Nature of Drug Use: Poly drug use

Commonly Abused Substances:

(1) Methamphetamine Hydrochloride (Shabu)
(2) Cannabis (Marijuana)
(3) Inhalants (Contact Cement)

* Figure estimates from the 2012 Household Survey on the Nature and Extent of Drug Abuse in the Philippines conducted by the DDB with the Philippine Normal University.