The Berkeley study concluded that an increase in the perception of available time leads powerful people to be, on the whole, less stressed. The flip side of this is that the powerless feel the pressure of time’s inexorable march, and research has found that poverty-related concerns like being short on time can lead people to make worse decisions.
Joe Pinsker citing a study from UC Berkeley examining how perceptions of time can be distorted by being in positions of power, from the article “Being Powerful Distorts People’s Perception of Time " on The Atlantic

ABC News has said it will correct an error it made on Tuesday’s edition of “World News,” when it mischaracterized a picture of a Palestinian family dealing with the aftermath of an Israeli strike as an Israeli family coping from a Palestinian strike.

— I am lucky to have well-informed friends who keep me posted on the news through Facebook and my heart is always heavy reading stories like these. This time, however, what caught my eye was the word ‘mischaracterized’ - mostly because I feel like I always think of the word ‘misrepresent’ and after a Google search of the word, the first page reveals links to dictionary websites, save for one result: a news article from the American Forces Press Service called “Media Reports Mischaracterize What NSA Does.” Doy.

What does it mean to mischaracterize in the media? How about in public health? There can be many implications for misrepresenting information, in the long-term and unintentionally. For those of us working in the public sector, how can we enable a more critical engagement with the issues closest to our hearts, when it seems like there is an endless sea of information coming at us everyday? Still trying to figure that one out because, hell, if someone else didn’t point this out, I’m not sure I would have known there was any mischaracterization at all…

when life is akin to juggling knives in a wind tunnel, it takes all your concentration just not to get stabbed

brilliant comment on this op-ed “No Money, No Time" by Maria Konnikova

Konnikova discusses poverty beyond money and financial constraints, reminding us of the additional constraints of time and attention. Researchers from the University of Chicago, Princeton, and Harvard - including economist Sendhil Mullainathan and psychologist Eldar Shafir, co-authors of Scarcity - found that “When you don’t have enough, you focus on the little you have, and it leaves you with less attention.” And the ‘little you have’ didn’t have to come from financial hardship.


(669) 221-6251


next time someone demands your digits and you want to get out of the situation, you can give them this number: (669) 221-6251.

when the person calls or texts, an automatically-generated quotation from feminist writer bell hooks will respond for you.

protect your privacy while dropping some feminist knowledge when your unwanted “suitor” calls or texts.

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because we’re raised to know it’s safer to give a fake phone number than to directly reject an aggressive guy.

because we’re raised to know that evasion or rejection can be met with violence.

because women are still threatened and punished for rejecting advances.

because (669) UGH-ASIF, WTF-DUDE, and MAJR-SHADE were taken.

because why give any old fake number, when you can have bell hooks screen your calls?

so next time, just give out this number: (669) 221-6251

tech to protect.

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a note to friends and comrades!

when we started this phone line, we had no idea that it would receive thousands of calls and texts in the first day, with no signs of slowing down.

if you would like to help sustain this service please consider donating, however modestly. any money raised beyond the cost of paying the phone bill will be donated to the The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

many thanks!

bell hooks for the win, c/o Colorlines. 

It’s part of a broader effort in these countries to provide accurate information to people who have allergies, severe food intolerances and diet preferences.
providing accurate information is part of regulation. what about transparency more broadly? also, sorry vegans who like Guinness (though I’m not really sure) Guinness’ Fish Bladder Problem: Ingredient Used In Brewing Process Means It’s Not Quite Vegetarian
I ask my students, who are you meant to care about in society? The answer is always clear to them – I have been taught in such a way that I’m mostly incapable of caring about indigenous peoples. It’s not that they don’t want to, it’s that it takes years of hard work. And who has that much time or is willing to be vulnerable in the face of the seemingly unending gulf that lies before them?

Darryl Leroux, "In Honour of Loretta", an Inuk woman found murdered in New Brunswick on February 26th. c/o Halifax Media Co-op.

historical oppression does seem like an unending gulf, indeed.

As with health-related matters, the process of transformation begins with recognizing that there is a wound. In this case, the process begins with listening to the needs of those who have been historically excluded from higher education and wounded by its complacency. Supporting students of color in higher education thus means supporting their wellbeing, which is inextricably linked to risk factors beyond individual determinants of health.
It is difficult to change our lives because we constantly tell ourselves stories about who we are and what we’re capable of. However, your story is often changing, so you may feel compelled not to mention anything until it is certain or has already happened; we aren’t something, until we are.

Sarah Kathleen Peck offers some advice on answering the dreaded “So, what do you do?” question. 

Also see Philippa Perry on how revising that inner storytelling keeps us sane and Timothy Wilson on why it’s the root of psychological change.

(via explore-blog)