Let’s Watch the Video—and Confirm Our Prejudices

first_imgPacific Standard:“Let’s look at the tape” has become our go-to response for determining the truth of an ambiguous situation. With video recorders tracking everything from baseball games to riots, it seems natural to take a second, closer look before determining precisely what happened, and who was at fault.However, new research suggests this process doesn’t necessarily lend itself to impartial fact-finding. On the contrary, it finds close viewing of videos often leads people to conclusions that confirm their biases.“The more intently people look at evidence presented, the less they may see it in similar, objective ways,” concludes a research team led by New York University psychologist Emily Balcetis. Its findings are published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.The researchers describe three experiments that provide evidence for their rather disheartening assertions. The first featured 152 New York University undergraduates and community members, who began by filling out a questionnaire designed to determine the degree to which they identify with police officers.Read the whole story: Pacific Standard More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Saudi Arabia to lift curfew, resume economic activities from Sunday

first_imgChina and Saudi Arabia agree to lift bilateral ties Saudi Arabia strikes Yemen Rebels A worker wears a protective suit, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), sterilizes the tables before the customers sit down at a restaurant, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia June 13.2020. /REUTERS. Tunisian PM begins Saudi Arabia visit FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, September 18, 2019. /REUTERSSaudi Arabia will end a nationwide curfew and lift restrictions on businesses from Sunday morning after three months of lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, state news agency SPA quoted a source in the interior ministry as saying on Saturday.The curfew will be lifted as of 6 AM local time on Sunday. Restrictions will remain, however, for religious pilgrimages, international travel and social gatherings of more than 50 people.The kingdom introduced stringent measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in March, including 24-hour curfews on most towns and cities.In May, it announced a three-phase plan to ease restrictions on movement and travel, culminating in the curfew completely ending on June 21.The number of coronavirus infections has risen in recent weeks following a relaxation of movement and travel restrictions on May 28.The kingdom has recorded 154,223 cases of COVID-19 and a total of 1,230 deaths, the highest in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.(With input from the Reuters)Relatedlast_img read more

Meza, Collins voted out at commission meeting

first_imgBy ESTEVAN MEDRANOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] Isabel City Attorney Robert Collins and City Manager Ed Meza were voted out by the City Commission on Tuesday during an eventful special meeting which was once again filled to capacity with local residents. The commission previously voted to remove commissioners Juan Jose “J.J.” Zamora and Martin C. Cantu from office, but a court-ordered decision allowed them to participate and vote on the session’s items.A narrow 3 to 2 vote effectively terminated the legal services between Robert Collins and the City of Port Isabel. Cantu, Zamora and newly elected commissioner, Jeffery D. Martinez voted in favor of the motion while Mayor Joe E. Vega and Commissioner Maria de Jesus Garza voted against. Attorney Gilbert Hinojosa, who represented Cantu and Zamora during last month’s court proceedings, was appointed as the replacement city attorney. Collins was not present at the meeting.Also passed was an item to vacate any findings made by the commission on April 13 when Cantu and Zamora were unseated from office. The motion to rescind any action to remove them passed with the same 3 to 2 vote count.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedTEMPERS FLARE: City commission meeting tense in wake of ongoing litigationBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] In the weeks leading up to the Port Isabel election, city commission meeting attendance has increased from a handful of regular attendees to a near or above full capacity presence of local residents. Before City Attorney Robert Collins could begin making a summary…May 8, 2015In “News”Injunction granted: Court decision temporarily reinstates ousted city commissionersBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] A court hearing was held last Friday at the Cameron County 444th District Court regarding a temporary injunction being sought by Port Isabel commissioners Juan Jose “J.J.” Zamora and Martin C. Cantu to allow them to continue serving on the city commission. Zamora…May 1, 2015In “News”BREAKING: City commission brouhaha continuesBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] “We will hold tonight’s special meeting,” said Port Isabel City Commissioner Martin C. Cantu in a signed letter delivered to the PRESS Tuesday. The letter, and the affirmation, comes after several days of back and forth between commissioners Cantu and Juan Jose “J.J.”…May 19, 2015In “News”last_img read more