Wednesday, July 10, 2013

All Around the Web - July 10, 2013

WORLD Magazine - Eugenics back in California? |

Doctors working for California prisons have been sterilizing female inmates without obtaining proper legal approvals, according to a watchdog organization. The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) says two state prisons performed tubal ligations on at least 148 female inmates between 2006 and 2010, and possibly 100 more dating back to the 1990s. 

Although all the women were pregnant and allegedly gave their informed consent to the operation—a nonreversible procedure during which the fallopian tubes are tied, preventing conception—some women claim doctors repeatedly pressured them to agree to the operation. In at least one case, an inmate was sedated and strapped to an operating table in preparation for a cesarean section when a doctor pressed for her consent. Court rulings have declared that women cannot give legal consent to sterilization during childbirth because the pain and emotional impact may affect their judgment.

Andy Naselli - Top 10 Tips For Being Clearer
  1. The more you say, the less people will remember. . . . “Biscuits and sermons are improved by shortening”. . . .
  2. Make the ‘big idea’ shape everything you say. . . . That’s one of the best reasons to preach from a full script—you get to edit before you speak. . . . [From p. 64: "[I]t’s easier for your listeners to catch a baseball than a handful of sand.”]
  3. Choose the shortest, most ordinary words you can. . . . The more complex your subject, the more helpful it is to describe it in ordinary words. . . .
  4. Use shorter sentences. . . . This isn’t about ‘dumbing down’ your content. It’s about communicating complex content clearly. (But keep in mind that alliteration is no longer considered tasteful.) More importantly, it’s about sounding like a normal, conversational you. . . .
  5. Forget everything your English teacher taught you. . . . [I]f you’re scripting a sermon you should expect it to read badly. It should break almost all the norms of good written expression and follow the rules of informal speech instead. . . .
  6. Am I repeating myself? . . . [A]s you’re introducing a new idea, it’s incredibly helpful to restate the first sentence three times, rephrasing it each time but adding no new information. . . . Avoid giving too much information and learn the difference between the pace of your speech (in ‘words per minute’) and the pace of information (in ‘ideas per minute’).
  7. Translate narratives into the present tense. . . . [This] makes a story seem real and immediate—it’s just like being there. . . .
  8. The six-million-dollar secret of illustrating. . . . Don’t sweat over illustrating the complicated stuff—just illustrate the obvious! . . . Illustrate the obvious, and the complex ideas will take care of themselves, because your listeners will be fresh and focused enough to stay with you. . . .
  9. People love to hear about people. . . . The journalist’s rule is this: if there are no people, there’s no story. . . .
  10. Work towards your key text. . . . When you’re quoting a verse, help out the listener by setting it up before you read it, rather than after. . . .

First Thoughts“Wives Are Cheating 40% More Than They Used To, But Still 70% as Much as Men”: Zach Schonfeld |

at the Atlantic:

According to recent data from the National Opinion Research Center’s General Social Survey, American wives were nearly 40 percent more likely to be cheating on their spouses in 2010 than in 1990. The number of husbands reporting infidelity, meanwhile, stayed constant at 21 percent, meaning wives are now cheating 70% as often. Could women soon be catching up with male indiscretions in the world of infidelity? Yanyi Djamba, director of the AUM Center for Demographic Research, certainly seems to think so, telling Bloomberg that “the gender gap is closing” and explaining that men have been more likely to blame adultery on an unhappy marriage.

Business Insider - What We Can Expect From The Next Decade Of Technology |

Technology tends to run in cycles.  Microsoft ruled the 90’s by building essential software for enterprises.  Then Apple created a new device driven marketplace in which the consumer was king.  What will drive the next decade?

While these things are always hard to predict with any specificity, much of the writing is already on the wall. Humanlike, no-touch interfaces will combine with a pervasive array of sensors and intelligent back-end systems to form a new Web of Things.  Computing will become truly ubiquitous.

CBS Sports - Man wants Browns pallbearers so team 'can let him down one last time' |

People always throw out weird stuff surrounding their death ("When I die I want blah blah blah") but you rarely see people follow through on it. Not Scott E. Entsminger, a Browns fan who died at the age of 55 on July 4.

Entsminger "was an accomplished musician, loved playing the guitar and was a member of the Old Fogies Band." He was also, per his obituary in the Columbus Dispatch, a "lifelong Cleveland Browns fan and season ticket holder."

The deceased wasn't just your average Browns fan: He apparently wrote a song each year about the Browns, which he sent to the team along with advice about how to run the organization.

Canon Wired - Ask Doug: What are your thoughts on youth groups? |

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