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The science of changing your mind — and someone else's

Yelling at them doesn't work. Appealing to their empathy doesn't work. Rebutting their disinformation and conspiracy theories not only doesn't work, it actually just makes them dig in their heels more deeply. So rather than continuing to bang our heads against the wall, or simply throwing up our hands in despairing futility of talking to our radicalized relatives and neighbors, is there anything that does work to change anybody else's mind? Can we even, for that matter, change our own?
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"The struggle is the story": "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" sequel director reexamines McNamara's work

Nearly one year ago, former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo, known as the infamous Golden State Killer, stood trial and was sentenced to life in prison for the 50 home-invasion rapes and 13 murders he committed during the 1970s and '80s. At the same time as DeAngelo's trial, the six-part documentary series, "I'll Be Gone in the Dark," aired on HBO last summer, chronicling not just the notorious killer's attacks across the state, but also giving voice to his victims who lived, and telling the story of the woman who had dedicated her life to trying to find DeAngelo and win justice.
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The COVID-19 pseudoscience suffocating Brazil

In January 2021, Thalita Rocha stood by her mother-in-law, Maria da Cruz Lima, at a public health clinic in Manaus, Brazil. Lima, a 67-year-old retired nurse, had caught the highly contagious Covid-19 gamma variant (formerly called P.1) assailing the Amazon's largest city. She was waiting for a spot to open up at an intensive care unit but was feeling optimistic — a nurse had started her on oxygen and she seemed to be improving. An oximeter clipped onto Lima's index finger measured her blood oxygen saturation and was finally showing healthy levels, around 98 percent.
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Why do cats knead with their paws?

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Do you ever see your cat shifting his front paws back and forth just before settling down for a nap? Have you heard some cat lovers talk about their feline friends "making biscuits" or "kneading dough"?. Scientists who study cat behavior call...
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Ron Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration after initially opposing the federal holiday

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., was greeted with boos at a Milwaukee celebration for Juneteenth, where members of the crowd swore at him and chanted: "We don't want you here!" The blistering backlash comes largely in response to Johnson's initial resistance to making Juneteenth – a day that celebrates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans – a federal holiday. Initially, the Wisconsin Republican expressed opposition to a bill that would do so, arguing that it would force American taxpayers to front the cost.
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Jan 6. was the blueprint: The GOP is now planning a state by state hostile takeover

On Sunday night, CNN aired a two-hour documentary called "Assault on Democracy" chronicling the evolution of the American right's most recent embrace of conspiracy theories and authoritarianism which led to the insurrection of January 6th. Unlike most of the recent TV examinations of this phenomenon, CNN didn't simply go back to the day Donald Trump descended the golden escalator in Trump Tower but traced the beginning of this latest lurch into right-wing lunacy to the election of Barack Obama and the furious backlash that ensued. (The seeds obviously go back much further, but this is a logical place to begin with the Tea Party's seamless transformation into MAGA.)
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Could the pandemic mark a turning point for consumers’ demand for local flour?

This article originally appeared on FoodPrint. You're a farmers' market regular. You buy local produce, meat and fish, but what about flour? Whole grains and flour have long been in a hard to reach corner of the local food movement. In some cases, that's because many local markets, even robust ones, don't offer local grains. In others, it's because customers don't even know to look for local grains.
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How the mainstream media fell for the Lafayette Square whitewash

This article originally appeared at Common Dreams. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely. The gassing of protesters at Washington's Lafayette Square in June 2020, by all appearances intended to clear the area for a photo op by then-President Trump, was witnessed in person by dozens of reporters and remotely by millions of television viewers. But a review by the inspector general (IG) of the Interior Department, the parent agency of the U.S. Park Service that administers the square, ostensibly clears the Park Service of gassing the crowd to accommodate Trump.
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How the mainstream media fell for the Lafayette Square whitewash

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On AMC's ambitious "Kevin Can F**k Himself," Annie Murphy is a dutiful sitcom wife who goes rogue

The obvious and most direct inspiration for AMC's "Kevin Can F**k Himself" is "Kevin Can Wait," a long gone CBS half-hour starring Kevin James as a retired cop married to a woman played by Erinn Hayes. That is, until producers killed off her character between the first and second seasons. The reason, according to James, was that "we were literally just running out of ideas."