In Response to Crisis, Haters Get Busy
The Southern Poverty Law Center released its annual report on hate groups in the US, The Year in Hate, today. The findings show a marked rise in hate group membership since 2000 stemming from Latino immigration fears, the election of an African American president and the economic spiral.
A map of hate groups across the US shows high concentrations of fringe elements in the South and California, which counts 84 groups within its borders. The perception that the US-Mexican border is under attack has led armed nativist groups to form ad-hoc patrols in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Intelligence Report also documented nearly 5 million immigrants as holders of bad mortgages, a high number that fuels hate group propaganda.
Do big thinkers see hate groups as a viable force in America holding back progress and intelligent discourse? And is the media responsible for inflaming the illegal immigration debate? Send us your thoughts.
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We take fewer mental pictures per second.
- Recent memories run in our brains like sped-up old movies.
- In childhood, we capture images in our memory much more quickly.
- The complexities of grownup neural pathways are no match for the direct routes of young brains.
In the face of seemingly unstoppable gun violence, Americans could stand to gain by looking to the Swiss.
- According to a recent study, the U.S. had the second highest number of gun-related deaths in 2016 after Brazil.
- Like the U.S., Switzerland has a high rate of gun ownership. However, it has a considerably lower rate of deaths from gun violence.
- Though pro-gun advocates point to Switzerland as an example of how gun ownership doesn't have to correlate with mass shootings, Switzerland has very different regulations, practices, and policies related to guns than America.
It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?
- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
- Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.
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