May, 2016

 

Why People Have So Many Dumb Opinions About What Happened With Harambe the Gorilla, Explained

In your title you imply that many people have dumb opinions. Are you saying that people are generally stupid? I’m not saying that. I’m not not saying it. But I’m definitely not saying it. What I am saying is that none of us is immune to dumb opinions. Even the smartest and most aware of us can suffer from a lapse in judgment, or a belief in misinformation or be unaware of an intellectual blind spot, or even allow our feelings and/or our feelings about ourselves to cloud our judgments.Read More


Why People Have So Many Dumb Opinions About What Happened With Harambe the Gorilla, Explained

In your title you imply that many people have dumb opinions. Are you saying that people are generally stupid? I’m not saying that. I’m not not saying it. But I’m definitely not saying it. What I am saying is that none of us is immune to dumb opinions. Even the smartest and most aware of us can suffer from a lapse in judgment, or a belief in misinformation or be unaware of an intellectual blind spot, or even allow our feelings and/or our feelings about ourselves to cloud our judgments.Read More


5 Texas Teens Face Charges After Confessing to Spray-Painting ‘Whites Only’ Over School Drinking Fountain

A group of Arlington, Texas, teens are facing a felony offense after allegedly tagging racist graffiti on the exterior of a rival school, CBS DFW reports. The graffiti has been classified by some as a school-rival retribution, but some are classifying it as an act of hate. All five teens face a year in jail if convicted of charges. Bond for all five teens has been set at $2,500. The five teens—Ryan Westbrook, 17; Hayden Hanoloka, 17; Cameron Bodenstab, 18; Ethan Signmund 18; and Christian Joeckel, 18, all students atRead More


5 Texas Teens Face Charges After Confessing to Spray-Painting ‘Whites Only’ Over School Drinking Fountain

A group of Arlington, Texas, teens are facing a felony offense after allegedly tagging racist graffiti on the exterior of a rival school, CBS DFW reports. The graffiti has been classified by some as a school-rival retribution, but some are classifying it as an act of hate. All five teens face a year in jail if convicted of charges. Bond for all five teens has been set at $2,500. The five teens—Ryan Westbrook, 17; Hayden Hanoloka, 17; Cameron Bodenstab, 18; Ethan Signmund 18; and Christian Joeckel, 18, all students atRead More


Columbia University Student Nayla Kidd Is Courageous, Not Selfish or Crazy

Earlier this month, a Columbia University engineering student, Nayla Kidd, 19, was reported missing after she didn’t show up for her final exams at the Ivy League school in New York City. The story made national news. After a citywide (wo)man hunt—and terrifying her friends and family—Kidd was found in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she had rented an apartment. She had also changed her bank account and cellphone numbers. In a personal essay for the New York Post, Kidd explained why she abruptly left school. “I had been waking up everyRead More


Columbia University Student Nayla Kidd Is Courageous, Not Selfish or Crazy

Earlier this month, a Columbia University engineering student, Nayla Kidd, 19, was reported missing after she didn’t show up for her final exams at the Ivy League school in New York City. The story made national news. After a citywide (wo)man hunt—and terrifying her friends and family—Kidd was found in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she had rented an apartment. She had also changed her bank account and cellphone numbers. In a personal essay for the New York Post, Kidd explained why she abruptly left school. “I had been waking up everyRead More


Parents of 4-Year-Old Boy Who Fell Into Gorilla Habitat Are Under Media Scrutiny

The parents of the 4-year-old boy who fell 15 feet into a gorilla-exhibit moat at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday, resulting in the death of the 17-year-old silverback gorilla Harambe, are now the subject of intense scrutiny on social and online media. Photos of the couple have been circulating online, and online publication the Daily Mail dredged up the criminal history of the young boy’s father, who was not even at the zoo at the time of the incident. According to the report, filings against the boy’s father, Deonne Dickerson,Read More


Parents of 4-Year-Old Boy Who Fell Into Gorilla Habitat Are Under Media Scrutiny

The parents of the 4-year-old boy who fell 15 feet into a gorilla-exhibit moat at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday, resulting in the death of the 17-year-old silverback gorilla Harambe, are now the subject of intense scrutiny on social and online media. Photos of the couple have been circulating online, and online publication the Daily Mail dredged up the criminal history of the young boy’s father, who was not even at the zoo at the time of the incident. According to the report, filings against the boy’s father, Deonne Dickerson,Read More


Bronx Man Charged after Fatally Beating Man who Allegedly Tried to Rape His Wife

A New York man has been arrested and charged after police say he fatally beat the man who allegedly tried to rape his wife, inside their Bronx apartment, CBS New York reports. Mamadou Diallo is now facing charges of manslaughter after the Monday evening incident. According to the report, police responded to emergency calls at the Bronx apartment building just before 9:30 p.m. on Monday. Diallo’s son, Abdul, explained that his mother and sister were alone inside the apartment when they heard a knock on the door. Upon answering, the allegedRead More


Ill. Woman Charged For Firing Warning Shots After Gunman Fatally Shot Fiancé

Ashley Harrison, 26, and her fiancé and father of her two children, Garvin Whitmore, 27, were stopped at a light on a Aurora, Ill., street when a gunman walked up to the car and shot Whitmore in the head. Frantic, Harrison grabbed a .357 magnum that was inside the car and fired several times in the air. The gunman got away but Harrison was arrested and charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated use of a weapon. The Chicago Tribune notes that Harrison was emotional as she stoodRead More