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    [–] Debate between candidates for Secretary of State, Bill Galvin and Josh Zakim globehater 4 points ago in boston

    OK, it's an obscure position, but if you care about easing voter registration and improving access to the papers state bureaucrats want to keep from the public, this is important.

    [–] TIL Thomas Jefferson, a successful inventor, planter and politician, failed at winemaking globehater 1 points ago in todayilearned

    Thomas Jefferson attempted to establish a winery and plant Vitis viniferavineyards in Virginia in the late 1700s and early 1800s. He was, like the others, unsuccessful due to attacks of black rot and phylloxera.

    [–] Sprint Wireless customers? (or suggestions) globehater 1 points ago in boston

    I have to admit I've had them for two years now and it seems no better or worse than Verizon, my previous carrier. But then again, work is paying for it so maybe I'm less picky. But I even have pretty good service on the Red Line, except near Porter where it goes deep into the bedrock.

    [–] Does Monsanto's Roundup cause cancer? Trial highlights the difficulty of 'proving' anything causes cancer globehater 3 points ago in TrueReddit

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    Does the pesticide glycophospate cause cancer? It seems like this would be an easy question for science to answer. This article is a great, clear explanation by an epidemiologist at the University of Connecticut as to why it isn't, an issue the author has studied for his whole career. Even something as clear-cut as smoking cigarettes - with what seems like obvious and dramatic harm - is really only 'proved' by a consensus about the meaning of observational studies. It's like circumstantial evidence in court, not like Perry Mason.

    [–] TIL California's Eugenics law forced 20,000 people to be sterilized from the 1920s to 1950s, and Latinas were 59% more likely to be recommended for sterilization globehater 1 points ago in todayilearned

    California led the nation in this effort at social engineering. Between the early 1920s and the 1950s, Iris and approximately 20,000 other people – one-third of the national total – were sterilized in California state institutions for the mentally ill and disabled....
    Latino men were 23 percent more likely to be sterilized than non-Latino men. The difference was even greater among women, with Latinas sterilized at 59 percent higher rates than non-Latinas.

    [–] TIL under California's eugenics law, 20,000 people were forcibly sterilized from the 1920s to 1950s, and of those, and Latinas were 59% more likely to be recommended for sterilization globehater 1 points ago in todayilearned

    California led the nation in this effort at social engineering. Between the early 1920s and the 1950s, Iris and approximately 20,000 other people – one-third of the national total – were sterilized in California state institutions for the mentally ill and disabled....

    Latino men were 23 percent more likely to be sterilized than non-Latino men. The difference was even greater among women, with Latinas sterilized at 59 percent higher rates than non-Latinas.

    [–] TIL adoptions of African children by US parents have saved hundreds of lives because of the increased life expectancy of American children globehater 1 points ago in todayilearned

    Our research shows that adoption can even save lives. We examined mortality figures for children under the age of 5 in Ethiopia and Guatemala and found that adoptions to the U.S. likely prevented the deaths of more than 600 children between 2005 and 2011.

    [–] TIL Andrew Carnegie gave away more than 90% of his wealth, with much of it going to found 2509 public libraries at an inflation-adjusted cost of more than $1.3 billion globehater 600 points ago in todayilearned

    Carnegie was in favor of high estate taxes on those who didn't give money away.

    Carnegie built 2,509 libraries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, 1,679 of them across the U.S. in nearly every state. All told, he spent US$55 million of his wealth on libraries. Adjusted for inflation, that would top $1.3 billion today.

    [–] TIL psychologists blame "unethical amnesia" for the fact that shoppers are much less likely to remember negative information about a product ("made with child labor") than positive information ("fairly traded") globehater 1 points ago in todayilearned

    recent psychological research suggests that people experience “unethical amnesia” – a tendency to forget when they have behaved unethically in the past.

    In a series of studies described in an article published in the Journal of Consumer Research, we explored why consumers’ memories might fail them when it comes to recalling whether products are ethical. It turns out that there is a predictable pattern for what consumers are likely to remember (or forget) about the ethicality of products.