Testimony Often Flawed
20 percent of eyewitness identifications of the culprit, as
chosen via a selection amongst innocents, an individual known
to be an innocent is selected by the eyewitness as the culprit.
eyewitness testimony turns out to be the number one cause of
wrongful conviction. Most of the high-profile convictions that
were overturned due to DNA tests in recent years were a result
of inaccurate eyewitness testimony.
is there so much inaccurate eyewitness testimony? Individuals
tend to "fill the gaps" in memory with any information
they have at their disposal, whether it be claims by others
or memories of innocent bystanders at a criminal event.
memories can be planted from scratch. If adults are provided
a selection of childhood memories, 3 true and 1 false, many
adults develop a strong impression that all of the experiences
another way, "assisted" memories are increasingly
unreliable, relative to the amount of "influences"
directed to elicit the memories.
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Israelis and three Palestinians died in the latest round of
Middle East violence.
Israel, three Israelis and a Palestinian suicide bomber were
killed due to the suicide bomber blowing himself up at a train
station. At least ten were injured.
Netanya, Israel, another suicide bomber killed himself and injured
the west bank, two Israelis (a bus driver and a teacher) were
killed and three were injured in a drive-by shooting. The islamic
jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
In the Gaza strip, a Palestinian was killed and another was
injured by Israeli soldiers.
Death Toll in Nigeria
than 160 have died in the recent Muslim-Christian violence in
violence was supposedly sparked by an argument outside of a
mosque as well as the recent selection of a muslim to lead a
state poverty reduction program.
Jungle of Human Monkeys
companies have periods of losing money that are part of their
long-term growth plans or part of the normal business cycle
of ups and downs. They forecast quarter-to-quarter, set expectations,
and manage those expectations.
companies have management structures that are less than optimized
for mutually constructive maximization of employee contribution
and input into the business cycle.
companies tend to treat employees as disposable costs rather
than integral parts of the business, leading said companies
to an anti-human construct of treating employees as blips on
a balance sheet rather than as human beings with hearts and
goals that can be best served by being directly involved with
the ongoing decisions that enable people to feel they are an
integral part of the business rather than part of the trash
that can be thrown out by management edict without so much as
an inkling of humanity in the process.
companies overhire people to satisfy an investment scheme with
little regard to work / human factors / care or concern for
human self-actualization / needs of humans to feel they are
an integral part of something bigger than themselves.
aspect of corporate mismanagement is called the 'disposal humans'
methodology of corporate financial BS, hire big on the upside
because investors have their financial models which dictate
X number of employees per X accounting figures regardless of
whether or not it takes X number of employees to have challenging
and constructive parts to play in the process, followed by layoff
big on the
many companies go about swallowing up other companies with not
so much as an iota of concern as to the deleterious impacts
upon real humans in the real world (witness, the recent merger
of H-P and Compaq and 13,000 heads chopped), guiding their financial
energies towards acquisitions / takeovers / feathering their
corporate towers with goodies for the corporate elite / blocking
chances of advancement by long-term loyal employees.
a downturn hits, lo and behold, it's those long-term loyal employees
that get tossed out with the trash.
companies treat employees as if they're disposable waste, pressuring
said employees to enslave themselves to corporate chicanery
for said employees?
available to those willing to center their survival on political
submission to whims of authoritarian n'er-do-wells and -that-
becomes the workplace, and back-stabbing and gossip and creeping
out on coworkers becomes a way-of-life ... evil ... pervasive
... anti-human .... and sickening to the most basic concepts
of human decency and respect for human rights.
that kind of atmosphere, work becomes a jungle of human monkeys,
all monkey-see / monkey-do, monkey-see no evil-hear no evil-speak
no evil, follow the leader, keep all of that which makes you
human to yourself, cower before your masters 'cause you're all
in a zoo and if you dare to try to make a difference, or show
the slightest bit of original thinking, it's your ass that gets
tossed when the corporate 'hit list' button is pressed ...
a few problems there, with corporatized America, don't you think?