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"There's way worse videos"

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Today's students on Rodney King:

I mentioned Rodney King in an Intro to American Government class. I got the blank "Is that a thing we are supposed to know?" look that I have come to recognize when students hear about something that happened more than six months ago. "Rodney King?" More blinking. "Can someone tell why the name Rodney King is important?"

One student, god bless her, raised her hand. I paraphrase: "He was killed by the police and it caused the LA Riots." I noted that, no, he did not die, but the second part of the statement was indirectly true. God bless technology in the classroom -- I pulled up the grainy VHS-camcorder version of the video, as well as a transcript of the audio analysis presented at trial. We watched, and then talked a bit about the rioting following the acquittal of the LAPD officers at trial. They kept doing the blinking thing. I struggled to figure out what part of this relatively straightforward explanation had managed to confuse them.

"Are there questions? You guys look confused."

Hand. "So he was OK?"

"He was beaten up pretty badly, but, ultimately he was. He died a few years ago from unrelated causes (note: in 2012)."

Hand. "It's kind of weird that everybody rioted over that. I mean, there's way worse videos." General murmurs of agreement. [...]

This is a generation of kids so numb to seeing videos of police beating, tasering, shooting, and otherwise applying the power of the state to unarmed and almost inevitably black or Hispanic men that they legitimately could not understand why a video of cops beating up a black guy (who didn't even die for pete's sake!) was shocking enough to cause a widespread breakdown of public order. [...]

These kids have grown up in a world where this is background noise. It is part of the static of life in the United States. Whether these incidents outrage them or are met with the usual excuses (Comply faster, dress differently, be less Scary) the fact is that they happen so regularly that retaining even one of them in long term memory is unlikely. To think about Rodney King is to imagine a reality in which it was actually kind of shocking to see a video of four cops kicking and night-sticking an unarmed black man over the head repeatedly. Now videos of police violence are about as surprising and rare as weather reports, and forgotten almost as quickly once passed.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Blood of the Bayesian

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Also one about a werewolf who uses statistical methods to determine he's actually an insane man experiencing a prolonged psychotic episode.

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Police Uniforms Aren’t Designed For Women

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Sydney Parker looked at police uniform design:

  • Women often find their police uniforms don’t fit them – from pants with crotches that are too low – to bulletproof vests that leave their sides and abdomens exposed.
  • When one complained about the fit of a vest, the manufacturer fixed it by cutting out holes for the breasts. Upon further complaint, the manufacturer covered the holes with two sown on cones, Madonna style.
  • Females typically have smaller belts, able to clip on fewer items. A drop holster around the leg expands their capacity but some departments block that because it looks too tactical.
  • 13% of law enforcement officers are women, and so police uniforms are typically designed with men in mind.
  • This forces some women to pay out of their own pockets to have their clothes tailored to fit them better.

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Survivorship Bias

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They say you can't argue with results, but what kind of defeatist attitude is that? If you stick with it, you can argue with ANYTHING.
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CallMeWilliam
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Applies to actively managed funds too, of course.
dukeofwulf
33 days ago
Basically just another lottery.
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FarrelBuch
33 days ago
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Survivorship bias is just the beginning. We humans love stories, particularly about just one person. Alas, only systematic review of ALL the data is the only hope of seeing effects that are not random chance and seeing how big those effects are.
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elwillow
33 days ago
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Applies to jobs search too.
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alt_text_bot
33 days ago
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They say you can't argue with results, but what kind of defeatest attitude is that? If you stick with it, you can argue with ANYTHING.
Covarr
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I'd rather see speeches about how it's okay not to be a massive success. "Statistically, kids, some of you won't ever make it significantly above the poverty line. But you'll keep going, and raise a family, and when you look back on your life in the end, you'll realize that at least you were a more likable person than Justin Bieber.
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sfrazer
33 days ago
Such a low bar, and most of reddit will still fail to meet it.
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