Sexual assault street maps popular in Muslim countries

By Ed Straker San Francisco has a street-by-street guide to human excrement.  New York has a public urination map.  But in Muslim countries, a more pressing concern is sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape.  That’s why many Muslim countries like Egypt, Lebanon, and Bangladesh, and even Palestinian territories, are creating sexual assault maps, so women can see where they are most likely to be sexually assaulted by men, even giving the ability to zoom in, block by block, to see where women are being violated. Incidents range from unwelcome sexual comments to lewd behavior to actual physical contact.  Here are … Continue reading Sexual assault street maps popular in Muslim countries

The Buddha Talks to a Brahmin Supremacist

Photo by Ed Schipul | How a Buddhist teaching on dismantling the superiority of the brahmin class can help us take on racism. By Krishnan Venkatesh   The belief that a group of people can be born superior to all other groups has been around for a very long time, and even existed during the time of the Buddha. For 3,000 years, society in South Asia has been dominated by the caste system, according to which a person is born into one of four major castes (varna), or social stations: laborers, merchants, warriors, and brahmins. According to the earliest … Continue reading The Buddha Talks to a Brahmin Supremacist

Bias in the ER

ILLUSTRATION BY JULIA BRECKENREID Doctors suffer from the same cognitive distortions as the rest of us. BY MICHAEL LEWIS The dazed young woman who arrived at Sunnybrook Hospital, Canada’s first and largest regional trauma center, from a head-on car crash presented the surgeons treating her with a disturbing problem. In addition to her many broken bones, the rhythm of her heartbeat had become wildly irregular. It was either skipping beats or adding extra beats; in any case, she had more than one thing seriously wrong with her. She remained alert enough to tell them that she had a past history … Continue reading Bias in the ER

How to Find Your Way Out of the Simulated Matrix (Maya)

by Christina Sarich, Guest, Waking Times The matrix we live in is designed to rip all hope, power, and special talent from your conscious awareness. If you realized, no, remembered your true Self, this unfavorable reality would dissipate in a heartbeat. You’d either find yourself living in another timeline, in a different Universe, or you’d be living here and now, but under drastically different circumstances. If we really are living in a simulation, as even people like Elon Musk and Neil deGrasse Tyson attest, then that means we can change the computer program – our consciousness, and discover our latent gifts to … Continue reading How to Find Your Way Out of the Simulated Matrix (Maya)