Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Each week over the past several months I’ve written about various aspects of voter suppression with the purpose of explaining its concepts, strategies and objectives to move voters to action against voter suppression. I’ve addressed various individuals and organizations playing key roles in outreach around the state. This week we’ll take a look at the efforts and involvement of Renee Price (Commissioner, Orange County Board of County Commissioners).
Educate, Organize and Mobilize: I’m a supporter of President Obama and write this as my first response to an attack on him by someone I presume to be a Republican, right winger suffering from “Obama Derangement Syndrome.” On March 22, 2014 the Star News of Wilmington, NC published a letter to the editor entitled “Obama’s Deceitful” written by Scott McKinnon of Wilmington. Mr. McKinnon wrote that “There is no greater character flaw than lying. ...” I’ll not take issue with that but would like to know if he knows someone who hasn’t lied. An image in the mirror can be a consideration. His position was that Obama “repeatedly lied about keeping your policy and your doctor and promised you would save money.” I suggest that Mr. McKinnon was correct on the issues of keeping your policy and your doctor. However, his conclusion about saving money is both premature and debatable.
When it comes to detecting deceit, your unconscious instincts may be more accurate than conscious thought when making judgments about others, according to research by Leanne ten Brinke, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. In the paper, “Some Evidence for Unconscious Lie Detection,” published in Psychological Science (online March 21, 2014), the authors find that conscious awareness may hinder our ability to detect whether someone is lying, perhaps because we tend to seek out behaviors that are supposedly stereotypical of liars, like averted eyes or fidgeting. But those behaviors are not indicative of an untruthful person.
WASHINGTON, DC – February 27, 2014 – Medric Cecil Mills, Jr. suffered a fatal heart attack directly across the street from District of Columbia Fire Engine House 26, while five fire and EMS Department personnel inside refused to provide medical assistance. The outrageous circumstances surrounding Mills’ tragic death has not only captured attention in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, but across the nation. On February 24, the D.C. Council’s Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety held an oversight hearing to review and discuss Mills’ death and the policies and procedures of D.C.’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.