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pre-India links: Monty Hall, privilege, pandhandling [Mar. 12th, 2015|05:17 pm]
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I leave tomorrow! In my absence, here are some links to chew on:

- The Time Everyone “Corrected” the World’s Smartest Woman - if you haven't read the saga of Marilyn vos Savant and the Monty Hall Problem, it's good stuff. Also a good reminder to not be a jerk if you're correcting someone, because you might be wrong, and then you'll look like twice the jerk!

- Straight Talk for White Men - Privilege is a real thing, and while that doesn't mean you can't have opinions about things, it's a good idea to a) recognize that you do have privilege b) be aware that you have unconscious biases and try to work against them.

- States Weigh Legislation to Let Businesses Refuse to Serve Gay Couples - ugh. Although it seems like these sorts of bills aren't likely to pass in more than a few states (looking at you, Alabama, on general principles!)

- The Millionaire Panhandler: Separating the Facts from the Myths Surrounding Panhandling - spoiler alert: they're not millionaires.

- Meet the man who could own Aviva France - the short version is: allowing people to buy stock at last week's price is a crazy, crazy idea.

- Interviews with Oscar voters reveal they are kind of awful, vaguely racist - well, that was disillusioning. Here's a link to the whole collection of interviews if you'd like to maximize your disillusionment. (stop voting in categories when you haven't seen all the movies, people!)

- Microwave Oven Diagnostics with Indian Snack Food - clever!