informed-decisions

listen im all about people making their own informed decisions on who 2 vote for and shit but like . if you honestly gonna vote for ukip ????????? dnt ever talk to me like dont even come within 50 ft of me

Horoscope - May 1 2015

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Your productivity can reach new heights now, even if you fritter some of the day away. However, just drifting along isn’t in your best interest; you must make a concerted effort to use the cosmic energy that’s available to you today. The real key to your success is to focus on one activity at a time. It’s quite simple: if you maintain your concentration, even for short bursts of focused intensity, you will get so much work done in such a short amount of time that others will think you’re a wizard. Intention plus hard work equals magic.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You might feel a bit off balance today as work-related pressures tax your ability to make informed decisions. Being flexible is not necessarily one of your greatest strengths, yet staying loose can make all the difference in the world now. If you are uptight, you could find yourself struggling with things that are unimportant in the long run. Instead, go with the flow; listen, feel and respond to reduce friction and make a little room for fun. Spontaneity is your friend.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You want to impress people with how fast you can think on your feet, but they prefer you to have all your facts in order today. Although loquacious Mercury feels at home in your sign, you cannot fast-talk your way around the truth. You’re an excellent conversationalist who can switch topics so rapidly that others can’t follow. Face the music; you’re not going to dazzle anyone with your fancy footwork now, so you might as well stop tap-dancing and settle down to business.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Letting go of an old belief allows you to be more experimental with your life today. Nearly every interaction holds the potential to explore new possibilities. You can approach a problem with a unique solution that might not work out, but, fortunately, you don’t have to get it right the first time. Giving yourself permission to make mistakes enables you to consider many alternatives before following through on the one that makes the most sense. You may have to look outside of the box to find your key to success.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Listening with an open mind to everyone today enables you to play the role of the gracious diplomat. Demonstrating an honest curiosity about the lives of those around you motivates you to help others to find workable resolutions to their differences. Your interest in widening your perspective allows you to tune in and hear what people have to say, thereby giving you a solid foundation for a healthy and productive dialogue. Your willingness to engage acts as an inspiration to the rest of the world.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You’re hearing conflicting stories at work today and you don’t know who to believe or which way to turn. A simple decision could become complicated because you cannot uncover all the facts. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to find your answers before the current circumstances change dramatically. Don’t wait for a better time; keep asking questions until you get to the bottom of the issue. But this quest for the truth is not just about alleviating the tension; you can also deepen your understanding of the complex dynamics at play if you’re willing to dig deep enough.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

People may be tugging at you from different directions with their unrealistic expectations. Being adaptable enough to meet the needs of others is admirable as long as you don’t lose yourself in the process. Unfortunately, you might feel hypersensitive with the receptive Moon still lingering in your sign today. One way to overcome your emotional vulnerability is to establish your agenda before you even leave the house. Heading into the day with a clear vision of your goals could be enough to keep you on track no matter what happens.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Your emotions are highly volatile today, even if you keep them wrapped up tightly, safe from prying eyes. Instead of assuming you know how others are feeling, assume the role of an observer while waiting for the right moment to share your insights. You can become the real power broker behind the scenes by avoiding the bright spotlight now. Take pride in your work, even if only a handful of people notice at first. Don’t force anyone to play his or her hand; be patient and your chance to shift the energy will arrive soon enough.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your presence can be a shining light in someone’s life today as you lift the spirits of a sad friend or encourage a disenfranchised colleague. However, there’s no need to worry about coming up with the specifics of an alternative plan for anyone, since details aren’t your forte. Your current goal is to paint a rosy picture of what’s possible in the future, rather than dealing with the practical matters of the day. Being a visionary is a job that suits you well, especially when you can illuminate the way for others to follow.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You might feel as if you are walking along a tightrope today as you try to maintain your emotional balance. Expansive Jupiter inspires you on one side while erratic Uranus destabilizes you on the other. You’re tempted to ignore your responsibilities and cut loose, but it’s probably not a wise choice for now. Instead, let your innate maturity guide you through the day while keeping your eyes open for a possible escape route in case you need one.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You’re often motivated by higher truths rather than immediate practicalities. However, these conceptual ideas can be quite a distraction today, preventing you from focusing on important issues on the home front. Although exploring your philosophical approach provides much inspiration, it’s not healthy if it distracts you from taking care of urgent family business. Jump into the fray with an open heart. But don’t try to control every thought, for your unbridled imagination is the best tool you have to fix the current problem on your plate.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You have a fairly even-handed approach to a complicated relationship issue today. The Libra Moon falls in your 8th House of Intimacy, requiring you to traverse some pretty tricky emotional territory. You might not have the words to easily describe the mixed signals that are flowing between you and a loved one now, so finding common ground can be elusive. Nevertheless, allowing for give and take in conversation may be just enough to guarantee that both parties are heard. Honest dialogue is the most reliable path to resolution.

Source : Rick Levine

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Researchers test brain activity to identify cybersecurity threats

The old adage that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link certainly applies to the risk organizations face in defending against cybersecurity threats. Employees pose a danger that can be just as damaging as a hacker.    

Iowa State University researchers are working to better understand these internal threats by getting inside the minds of employees who put their company at risk. To do that, they measured brain activity to identify what might motivate an employee to violate company policy and sell or trade sensitive information. The study found that self-control is a significant factor.  

Researchers defined a security violation as any unauthorized access to confidential data, which could include copying, transferring or selling that information to a third party for personal gains. In the study, published in the Journal of Management Information Systems, Qing Hu, Union Pacific Professor in Information Systems, and his colleagues found that people with low self-control spent less time considering the consequences of major security violations.

“What we can tell from this current study is that there are differences. The low self-control people and the high self-control people have different brain reactions when they are looking at security scenarios,” Hu said. “If employees have low self-control to start with, they might be more tempted to commit a security violation, if the situation presents itself.”

The study, a first of its kind, used EEG to measure brain activity and examines how people would react in a series of security scenarios. Researchers found people with high self-control took longer to contemplate high-risk situations. Instead of seeing opportunity, or instant reward, it’s possible they thought about how their actions might damage their career or lead to possible criminal charges, Hu said.

For the study, researchers surveyed 350 undergraduate students to identify those with high and low self-control. A total of 40 students – from both the high and low ends of the spectrum – were then asked to do further testing in the Neuroscience Research Lab at ISU’s College of Business. They were given a series of security scenarios, ranging from minor to major violations, and had to decide how to respond while researchers measured their brain activity. Robert West, a professor of psychology, analyzed the results.

“When people are deliberating these decisions, we see activity in the prefrontal cortex that is related to risky decision making, working memory and evaluation of reward versus punishment,” West said. “People with low self-control were faster to make decisions for the major violation scenarios. It really seems like they were not thinking about it as much.”  

The findings reflect characteristics of self-control in criminology, in which individuals with low self-control act impulsively and make riskier decisions. However, with traditional research methods and techniques, researchers could not determine if the low self-control group was more likely to act based on immediate gain, without considering the long-term loss, as compared to the high self-control group.

It’s possible that social desirability bias, or the tendency to act in way that is viewed as desirable, masked the true intentions of participants. With neuroscience methods and techniques, the results are more reliable and provide a better understanding of human decision making in various circumstances, researchers said.      

What does this mean for business?

The number of security violations grew to nearly 43 million last year, up from almost 29 million in 2013, according to The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2015. The survey found employees, current and former, were the top-cited offender. Not all employee security breaches were malicious or intentional, but those that were created significant risk to organizations around the world. This highlights the need for organizations to focus internally to protect sensitive information.

Laura Smarandescu, an assistant professor of marketing, has used psychological methods in prior studies to gain a better understanding of an individual’s thought process. She says this study could help businesses determine which employees should have access to sensitive information.

“A questionnaire measuring impulsivity for individuals in critical positions may be one of the screening mechanisms businesses could use,” Smarandescu said.

Other studies on human behavior recommend implementing comprehensive policies and procedures, training for employees and clear, swift sanctions against security misconduct to deter future violations. However, in regard to low self-control, traditional training may not cut it, Hu said.  

“Training is good, but it may not be as effective as believed. If self-control is part of the brain structure, that means once you’ve developed certain characteristics, it’s very difficult to change,” Hu said.

Shock the Flock: The Herd is Absurd.

                               

This last couple of weeks has seen the vaccine conflict at the forefront of many conversations.  The buzz ‘word’ is herd immunity.  Or 'community immunity’.  Among all this 'flock shock’ is the parent against parent battle.  The greater good versus the individual and science versus science. 

Vaccination does not guarantee immunity, and no one can say how long any immunity lasts in an individual.  Herd immunity relies on successful vaccination.  This article explains herd immunity:  but be aware: who funded this article?

As I read the article, it felt more opinion than impartial examination.  I had to read past the leaps in logic to interpret the facts.  At the tip of this is the assumption that vaccination = immunity.  Then comes the logical leap based on unproved hypothesis from 100 years ago, supported by natural processes, but assumed in vaccinated populations.  

As an advocate for the Informed Decision, I revisit past decisions, reassess information and seek further understanding.  Always keeping in mind who is saying it, why and how…if the 'death card’ is played, the hair on my neck stiffens and my cynicism unfolds.  I will not blindly accept the greater good argument, because personal circumstances largely negate this.  I will not blindly accept the herd immunity catchphrase, when it is based on unfounded premise and sold to me under no uncertain terms as my obligation to society.

The cold nimby stone dwelling in my heart pings with 'natural selection’ theory and sits on a happy pedestal of 'not applicable to me’ privilege. I want to hide behind that cold stone, but find instead a rock warmed by the sun, sheltered from the wind where others (like me) are questioning and talking about it reasonably and intelligently.  It is a nicer place to be.

 All I ask, is that whilst you witness and even participate in this (mass)debate, think:

  • WHO is speaking?
  • WHAT are they basing their stanze on?
  • WHEN was the research conducted?
  • WHERE was it published and who funded it?
  • WHY do they feel so strongly?

For more on navigating conflicting information: see here

This article gives an explanation of herd immunity and how it relates to vaccination

The story of this photo is a couple of years old but it just came across my Facebook feed again so I wanted to share. Facebook may be allowing this picture now instead of zapping it after it appears, I’m not 100% sure, but they have still the nipple double standard, breast feeding pic removal, removal of photos of gay couples kissing, and more ongoing discrimination issues in their editorial policy.

Meanwhile jailbait pages or harassment pics stay up for ages because they “don’t violate the Facebook terms of service.”

Read the original story here: Facebook ‘Removes Image Of Breast Cancer Survivor’s Double Mastectomy Tattoo Over Nudity Violation’ 

I don’t think that Facebook is specifically trying to oppress women and LGBTQIA+ people, but like a lot of privileged folks, their team just don’t think about other people’s experiences, and about how their own prejudices and internalized sexism informs their editorial decisions.

They’ve come a lot further on LGBT issues, for example the ton of gender options they now offer, but it took them forever to get there. And with their “must use real names” mandate they have seriously messed with a lot of users who don’t go by their birth name a ton of valid reasons, many of them gender/identity related.

Decided to try wearing a kippa for the week. My friend started wearing one and I really like her reasoning. People lay tfillin because it says so in the shma but also because it leaves marks on their wrists to remind them to stick to their Jewish values. In wearing a kippa I hope to remind myself throughout the day of my Progressive Jewish values and hope that that helps me to better instill those values in my daily life. This is quite strange for me as I've always felt weird about wearing a kippa, particularly when I’m forced to in synagogue.

I think the reason for that is that I don’t like a synagogue to call itself progressive and then force certain actions on people (such as wearing kippot and talitot) as it doesn’t feel particularly progressive.

However as this is my own personal decision I feel much more connected to the reason for doing it. I am just trying it this week and seeing how I like it and if I do like it I think I will do it more permanently, if not I won’t.

I would love to see a world where biological acceptance (what a strange thing to say!) is normal.  A world where healthy pregnancy is not interfered with and women do not suffer the nocebo effect, a world where birth is empowering and fearless, and parenting is embraced and celebrated (not isolated and rushed). 

Those who have seen and experienced natural birth, know.  Those who understand can help our Sisters by exposing them to new information…and returning them to old knowledge.  The freedom to make informed decisions comes when we are given evidence-based information and time to process it.  Withholding information is a great disservice, enforcing an opinion disempowering.

A simple way of sharing info is by using social media.  What we like, comment on, tag, suggest, share and post helps expose our friends to info they might otherwise be unaware of.   Our friends will ‘see’ it if they need to, our brains tune in to information we are interested in or need to know.  Let your friends do their own filtering, but don’t be afraid to share what you know.

How To Remove An Impaling Object

The books all say “transport the patient with an impaling object in place” and “only take the impaling object out in the operating room.” Is this realistic? How do you actually take that knife out?

First, you need to decide if the patient belongs in the OR right now. Are they hemodynamically unstable? Is there obvious arterial bleeding? If so, don’t dawdle. Proceed to the operating room and surgically expose the problem completely.

If the patient is safe to stay in the ED, do what you need to figure out the exact anatomy of the wound (and object). This may involve imaging, usually CT scan. Once the exact position of the object is understood, build an anatomical picture of the situation in your mind. What named arteries might be involved? What other vital structures?

Given this anatomic information, a decision can then be made regarding the best location for removal. The majority of the time, this will be in the operating room. It is best to obtain optimum surgical exposure prior to pulling it out. In the abdomen, this is easy. However, some areas (skull, sinuses) are tricky and may not require exposure of the end of the tract. Visualization of the remaining hole(s) is key so that bothersome bleeding can be recognized immediately.

The object should be grasped firmly and carefully and removed in one smooth motion. Visual monitoring for five minutes will virtually eliminate the presence of bleeding. If it does occur, then deeper exploration is warranted. In the awake patient, I generally push gently on either side of the entry point prior to and during the pull to provide some sensory distraction. Then I hold pressure on the site for 5 minutes (no peeking) to assure myself that there is no bleeding.

And don’t forget the forensics! Let the police photograph the patient. Handle the object carefully so as not to disturb any fingerprints. Place it carefully in a paper bag, labelled appropriately. And always make sure that a chain of evidence form is properly filled out so it and the object itself can be handed over to the proper authorities.

DEAR ANTI FEMINISTS. 

WE DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE A FEMINIST. IF THAT IS YOUR INFORMED DECISION, SURE THING. 

Nobody minds if you don’t want to identify as a feminist. You can make your own informed choices. 

I bought in to the man because I needed insurance. I bought in to the man because I wanted to prove that working hard for my masters was worth it. I bought in to the man so I can burn him to the fucking ground.

I dont think our government has anything to do with the downfall of our economy and the black hole that is our job market. We are to blame.

I find more and more crooked people every day. No one wants to help each other out. No one wants to work together to solve a problem. Everyone has a “it’s your problem, you figure it out” attitude. What happened to logic and reasoning? What happened to making informed decisions? Gathering all available information, planning ahead for potential problems?

Burn him the fuck down.

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Know your country: Lillian Grace at TEDxAuckland

To get the best outcomes we need to make informed decisions in all areas and at all levels, and that the process needs to start with understanding the facts before we connect them to our values.