Look around today, February 19th 2020

Today’s Fascination:
They’re everywhere fantasy
“Stargazing scientists have recently begun to focus on the prospect of encountering intelligent extraterrestrials, and the more they think about it the more they realize the first meeting probably won’t be with little green men in flying saucers.”


News Bits:
Chrome Infector
“A researcher discovered that hundreds of extensions in the Web Store were part of a long-running malvertising and ad-fraud scheme.”


Girls Fight Back

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“Three female runners filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday to fight a Connecticut policy that allows biological males to participate in girls’ sports.”




Suicide Crime
“a troubling tendency in the legal system, reform advocates say: to treat mental health crises as criminal matters, rather than matters of public health. “



Bernie Bros Brawl
“A fight broke out at a Bernie Sanders rally in Colorado Monday after a white man reportedly attacked a black man for booing the Vermont senator and wearing a ’Black Guns Matter t-shirt. The man wearing the shirt said he was recording the Sanders rally when the other man came up to him and called him a ’racist.’The Sanders supporter said he heard the black man booing Sanders.”

Exceptional Americans, Exceptional Things:
B. F. Skinner
Controversial in his time and today; Skinner was a pioneer in a discipline that some consider science and others, not.
“B. F. Skinner was an American psychologist best-known for his influence on behaviorism. Skinner referred to his own philosophy as ‘radical behaviorism’ and suggested that the concept of free will was simply an illusion. All human action, he instead believed, was the direct result of conditioning.”

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