The New Science Behind Our ‘Unfair’ Criminal Justice System

Legal scholar Adam Benforado says many routine procedures in criminal justice system are bound to lead to mistakes and unfair outcomes, because they rest on false assumptions about how our brains work. In his new book, Unfair, he cites research which suggests handsome defendants get lighter sentences, that parole boards are tougher when they get tired, and that some common police practices encourage false identification of suspects. 

Benforado says there are ways to improve the system to account for unseen biases and cognitive failures that undermine the search for truth.

“There is evidence that a lot of physical features play a big role in whether people treat a particular witness as credible or not credible and that’s worrisome. But I think there’s actually a deeper problem with jurors and that is that the things that we think are determining the outcomes of cases, that is the facts and the law, are often not what determines whether someone is convicted or not convicted, how long a sentence is – what matters most are the particular backgrounds and identities of the jurors.”

Miley has a Sagittarius Sun and a Scorpio Moon!
Now this, to me, really is the “no bullshit” combination - an intense emotional depth with a simultaneous carefree attitude. This combination makes one really honest and frank to the point of being tactless and provocative.
She has a need to challenge people and constantly transform herself, even in shocking ways (scorpio). And she deeply needs the freedom (sagittarius) to do so.
Her sun actually conjuncts her moon, this blends the theme of sagittarius and scorpio together seamlessly; extreme idealism, intense need for freedom, finding freedom in breaking taboos.
Sun and Moon are actually in a big quadruple conjunction together with mercury and pluto.
Pluto being the ruler of Scorpio, this whole theme is magnified: depth and provocative intensity, the need to be free from what people define as taboo, the search for truth and true freedom.

Keep Reading

Tune into KBOO radio this Thursday morning (11 am, Pacific Daylight time, July 9th) to hear a conversation with Walidah Imarisha, co-editor and contributing author of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements.

“Whenever we try to envision a world without war, without violence, without prisons, without capitalism, we are engaging in an exercise of speculative fiction. Organizers and activists struggle tirelessly to create and envision another world, or many other worlds, just as science fiction does… so what better venue for organizers to explore their work than through writing original science fiction stories? Co-editors adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha offer us Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, as a way to uncover the truths buried in the fantastical – and to inject a healthy dose of the fantastical into our search for truth.

The anthology consists of radical science fiction/speculative fiction/fantasy/horror/magical realism short stories written by activist-writers who are actively involved in building movements for social change. They use their experience doing community work as the muse for their fiction. The collection will also include essays about the radical potential of science fiction by people like award-winning science fiction writer Tananarive Due and award-winning journalist and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Octavia’s Brood is the first book to explore deeply the connections between radical science fiction, what we call “visionary fiction,” and movements for social change through the vehicle of short stories. We believe that radical science fiction is actually better termed visionary fiction because it pulls from real life experience, inequalities and movement building to create innovative ways of understanding the world around us, paint visions of new worlds that could be, and teach us new ways of interacting with one another. Visionary fiction engages our imaginations and hearts, and guides our hands as organizers.

Many radical minds believe this field was evolved by late science fiction writer Octavia Butler, for whom this collection is named. Butler explored the intersections of identity and imagination – exploring the gray areas of race, class, gender, sexuality, militarism, inequality, oppression, resistance and most importantly, hope.”

Walidah Imarisha is a writer, organizer, educator and performance poet. She is one half of the poetic duo Good Sista/Bad Sista.

Despite my firm convictions, I have been always a man who tries
to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and
new knowledge unfolds it. I have always kept an open mind, which
is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand
with every form of intelligent search for truth.

Frustrated with the slow and stalling progress?

1. Upgrade your hardware (i.e. eliminate GMOs and fluoridated water, cleanse your system of toxins, eat lots of supper foods! etc.)

2. Upgrade your software (through meditation, valuing truth, facing and exploring your inner fears and the dark hidden corners of your mind, promote love, etc.)

3. Strengthen the connections (talk about GMOs, the importance of good health and a strong immune system, the NWO agenda and other issues with others, Wake Them Up!)

Orphan Black: Season 4

Sarah and her sestras continue to search for the truth as they fight to survive against the new/old Big Bad, Neolution. Along the way they’re helped by a mysterious ally. Who is it? Whoever this person is, they have seemingly vowed to protect the sisters, dedicating his/her life to helping Leda navigate the murky, dangerous waters of their origins. The sisters put their trust in the mysterious ally, recognizing the huge risk this person is taking by helping them. They’ve already lost so many others…

By season’s end, the sisters are bruised and battered, but still alive, thanks in part to the mysterious ally who’s been protecting them from afar. They reach out to the ally, wishing to thank him/her for their act of selfless devotion. The ally agrees to meet.

There’s a knock. Then…

“I told you I would never leave you.”

Too often, people who “question things” are viewed as agitators, or those who lack faith. Socrates wrote, “One good question can be more instructive than a thousand answers.” Pay attention to the questions that linger in your gut, especially those that relate to things you’ve been told should never be questioned. You won’t get far into spiritual truth without being a questioner. You won’t find true peace, freedom, and well-being without vigorously pressing into the questions you carry deep inside of you.
—  Jim Palmer

When I first met them, I thought they were gods. But they’re not. So you’d think we had little in common. An Atlantean. A space cop. A Kryptonian. A billionaire. And me. I was searching for something. We’ve all been searching. For the truth. Adventure. Purpose. Justice. We all want to protect the world we share. And we all want a place in it. That’s why we came together.

do we need the spirit?

My friend’s father used to be a gambling drunk. And now by the transformational grace of God, he has turned from old ways and leads his family in a godly manner. 

Or, there is the opposing hypothesis that this man’s life was changed by the idea of the transformational grace of God. 

What I am talking about here is the power of the Holy Spirit versus the power of an idea. I would argue that an idea can have a force of equal power that a Christian claims only the Holy Spirit can have. 

Let’s analyze this through the scope of two matters: 1) the power of an idea; 2) examples from other religions.

1) The Power of an Idea. Convince someone they are a worthless sinner before God, and you’ve convinced them of their need for Jesus the savior. Whether this is in actuality true or not, the idea is very attractive. And in fact, we find many attractive life-changing ideas in the world. The idea that money will buy happiness, or that money is itself happiness. People spend their entire lives “changed” and motivated by this idea. There need not be a Money Spirit. The idea that government is best when democratic–and wah-lah, the birth of supposedly the greatest nation on earth, America. What an amazing feat! Yet there need not be a Democratic Spirit, only the idea for which to motivate people. By analogy, imagine the great power of an idea which claims newness for its followers, which promises hope and restoration for those who believe. Newness, hope, restoration, someone who is always there to listen, and then reinforced by the practices of prayer, song, and community. Many people have centered their lives on this idea. When calamity strikes, there is the idea that everything will get better. When someone loses their job, there is the idea that someone higher has plans for them. Surely these ideas can motivate someone’s sense of well-being, peace, and even demonstration of the fruits of the Spirit. But do we need the Holy Spirit to explain such behavior? Anyone must grant that it is at least possible for the idea alone to account for such transformation. 

2) Examples From Other Religions. Man says God told man to fly airplane into tower. Man flies airplane into tower. Christians, who reject this man’s religion, are forced to categorize his beliefs as ideas (since they are not true religion). By observation, what is now classified as an idea has truly transformed this man’s life! Christians claim that only the Spirit can be responsible for true and radical life change, yet reject that a spirit or religion which asks men to fly planes into towers can be true. We can assume that this man has experienced a great deal of life change–to the point of death. Yet Christians are forced to identify this as a mere life-changing idea. Could not the same be true of the Christian idea of salvation and the Holy Spirit? Could it merely be an idea? 


↳ prompt: in search of truth

if no one else will tell you, go find it for yourself.