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Thank you XKCD, seriously, this kind of thing is pervasive even from semi-respectable organizations.
WORCESTER Three members of a group associated with Clark University died in a vehicle accident in Haiti Wednesday, and two were injured, according to school officials.
There’s no such thing as road safety in Haiti, sadly deadly car crashes are par the course in that country, as anyone familiar with it knows. It’s rare for events in Haiti to make the news here, and I’m sad it took losing people from my alma mater for this to be brought to local attention, my prayers and condolences are with the families and the departments involved. Every time a crash shows up on the news in America, I only hope it brings us one step closer to something being done about it. Usually the furor over it dies down after a short time, but maybe this can galvanize the Clark community into taking a stand for safety, though accomplishing anything there is like one step forward, ten steps back.
Fascinating finding on people’s reactions to requests for help depending on the light in which the situation is presented from The Boston Globe 3/31/13. The blurb on the academic study frames it around charitable fundraising and asserts that asking people to “prevent a decrease” is more likely to attain a result than asking to “cause an increase”.
"The government can’t solve problems because the two parties are so wedded to their opposing ideas that they can’t move. The very idea that someone from Congress can’t take something from the other side because they’ll be punished by their own party? That’s stupid. If I were running for office, I would be poaching ideas from everywhere. That’s how art works. You steal from everything."
I admire you even more now Mr. Soderbergh.
(Source: , via explore-blog)
"Lee van der Voo tells Romenesko readers: I was just informed by State Farm here in Oregon, where I’m an independent investigative journalist, that they are dumping my office rental policy because of the kind of journalism I do. I asked whether if I were to write food reviews or puff pieces about bridal gowns they would insure me, and I was told yes, “just no controversial journalism.”"