Posted 1 day ago
willow-wanderings:

thepageofhopes:

prokopetz:

grrspit:

nessanotarized:

nativefemboy:

thartist72:

“In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street. A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.”

powerful Black Science Man

Exactly.

“I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.
This is a good illustration of what’s wrong with the US criminal justice system.

I’m more struck by the second anecdote, in which he was evidently disqualified from jury duty for displaying the ability to do math.

i think the idea is that 1700 milligrams sounds ~scary~ and thus him seeing past it means he might be already ‘biased’ in favor of the defendant.

Being able to sensibly parse objective reality makes you biased? Who knew.

willow-wanderings:

thepageofhopes:

prokopetz:

grrspit:

nessanotarized:

nativefemboy:

thartist72:

“In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.

A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.”

powerful Black Science Man

Exactly.

“I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.

This is a good illustration of what’s wrong with the US criminal justice system.

I’m more struck by the second anecdote, in which he was evidently disqualified from jury duty for displaying the ability to do math.

i think the idea is that 1700 milligrams sounds ~scary~ and thus him seeing past it means he might be already ‘biased’ in favor of the defendant.

Being able to sensibly parse objective reality makes you biased? Who knew.

Posted 1 day ago

the13thdoctorbetterbeginger:

riversnogs:

It is the year after the Battle of Hogwarts. School is starting again. And the thestrals are confused by all of the attention they are getting.

oh

oh no

Posted 1 day ago

eristicka:

cinematic gold in 1993 and still cinematic gold in 2014

(Source: gatissmark)

Posted 1 day ago
did-you-kno:

When you look at the clock at the same strange time every day, like 11:11, you’re actually experiencing a form of selective attention where your brain begins to filter out all the other insignificant times you looked at the clock that day.  Source

did-you-kno:

When you look at the clock at the same strange time every day, like 11:11, you’re actually experiencing a form of selective attention where your brain begins to filter out all the other insignificant times you looked at the clock that day. Source

Posted 1 day ago

condescetier:

hungrylikethewolfie:

marielikestodraw:

gaave:

concernedresidentofbakerstreet:

driving-an-impala-in-isengard:

actualholidaybakery:

ehretha:

A tip from your favorite nurse

(that’d be me)

Always have eggs in your fridge

You just never know when someone will split their head open

Or cut their finger while cooking

And so on

See that membrane there?

While the blood is gushing - hold pressure and crack open an egg

Peel that there membrane off and put it on the wound (continue holding pressure)

The membrane will harden and keep the wound closed until you can get to the ER for stitches

If you even need them that is

Nature: 1, Band aids: 0

You’re welcome.

I did some research on this (because I do that now, fucking science get out) and it seems that this was done in the early 1900s somewhat frequently. It was used as a way to treat just about any kind of skin wound, from burn to cut to in at least one case an ulcer. It actually helps the wound heal not by preventing blood loss but by replacing part of the skin tissue and helping it grow.

It also helps in healing scars and reducing their visibility.

Whoah science.

Neato.

Supercool.

image

Also, if you have a splinter, smack one of these things on there and it will draw it out of your skin. No more shitting around with pliers.

it will also suck the poison stuff out of mosquito bites and stop them from being itchy

woaaah i didnt know!! awesome stuff :D

Did not know the mosquito bite or splinter thing!  EGGS—IS THERE ANYTHING THEY CAN’T DO?

They cant fix the economy

Posted 1 day ago

karensdisciple:

THIS SHOW GIVES NO FUCKS

(Source: sandandglass)

Posted 3 days ago

awwww-cute:

Ready for Halloween

Posted 3 days ago

dennys:

doxian:

I think dennys has had too much coffee today.

The saga of Greg. Read top-down.

Posted 4 days ago

maureenjohnsonbooks:

I relate to this so strongly I got a little teary-eyed. 

(Source: jimmyfallongifs)

Posted 4 days ago

underthe-corktree:

the calendar says september but my soul says Halloween

Posted 4 days ago

callmeoutis:

i was ready to just scroll past like “haha grammar humor” but then it was weird al and i,

(Source: iraffiruse)

Posted 4 days ago

brandxnewx:

when you flirt with the bae

Posted 4 days ago
Posted 4 days ago
shmoke-what:

Probably the best the internet has shown me all year

shmoke-what:

Probably the best the internet has shown me all year

(Source: ForGIFs.com)

Posted 4 days ago