Next Monday, the Lefont Film Society will honor the life of Atlanta’s late Col. Bruce Hampton, whose sudden departure from this world at his 70th birthday party, Hampton 70, on May 1st sent shockwaves across our music community and beyond. To celebrate his life, on May 15th, the Lefont Theater—Roswell Road in Atlanta will host a double screening of movies featuring the Colonel.Stranger Than Fiction: The Cosmic Curtain Call Of Col. Bruce HamptonCalled A Movies & Music Big Screen Celebration Of Life And Tribute To Col. Bruce Hampton, the two movies screened will be Michael Koepenick’s 2012 documentary Basically Frightened, which examines the life of the eccentric legendary musician, and Phish bassist Mike Gordon’s absurd 2000 film, Outside Out, which stars Col. Bruce and pokes fun at instructional videos for musicians. Following the two films, Basically Frightened‘s director, Michael Koepenick will answer questions from the audience.Full Audio From “Hampton 70: A Celebration Of Col. Bruce Hampton” Is HereA Movies & Music Big Screen Celebration Of Life And Tribute To Col. Bruce Hampton plans on honoring the Col. in one other way. The event, channeling the eccentricities of the late musical legend, is scheduled to start exactly at 7:06 p.m. on the dot, with tickets being sold for $14.46 here.
Diversity and dialogue in an age of division Related Social scientists have long worked to understand the roots of racial prejudice in the U.S., and for years, the story went like this: As different groups are exposed to others, their prejudice against those others increases.Brian O’Shea wasn’t buying it.A postdoctoral fellow working in the lab of Matt Nock, the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, O’Shea is the lead author of a study that suggests fear of a different sort of exposure — exposure to infectious diseases — may boost racial tension. The study is described in a July 15 paper published in Social Psychological and Personality Science.“What this paper is about is challenging that previous research,” O’Shea said. “I’m saying that perhaps this correlation that was shown by previous researchers is spurious and could instead be driven by infectious disease. If you are exposed to novel diseases carried by an out-group member and contract one, chances are it could spread very quickly through your in-group, so as humans we have these very strong mechanisms to distance ourselves from other groups when infectious diseases are prevalent … and that is perceived as prejudice.”In an effort to understand how infectious disease might increase prejudice between groups, O’Shea turned to Project Implicit, the organization co-founded in 1998 by Mahzarin Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, to educate the public about hidden biases and act as a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data online.“They measure explicit bias on a scale of one to seven, with one being ‘I strongly prefer white people to black people,’ and seven being the other way around,” O’Shea said. “But they also measure unconscious bias using a test that involves sorting white and black faces into good or bad categories.”In addition to those measures, O’Shea said, the project also scores volunteers on the Bayesian Racism Scale, a 15-item test that measures people’s beliefs about whether it is appropriate to discriminate against people based on stereotypes about their racial group.In all, O’Shea analyzed data on some 700,000 whites and more than 150,000 blacks, and the results were unambiguous.“We found that if you’re a white or black person living in a region with more infectious diseases, you have a strong feeling in favor of your in-group and a stronger opposition to your out-group,” O’Shea said. “And this effect occurs even if we control for individual factors like age, political ideology, religious belief, education and gender, and a number of state-level factors, including median income, inequality, race exposure, and more.”In subsequent tests, O’Shea said, results indicated that after viewing images related to disease, such as people coughing or children with chickenpox, whites who showed greater aversion to germs increased their explicit — but not implicit — prejudice toward blacks. Seminar addresses racism, politics, poverty, and privilege Forum examines rising tide of hate, while promoting approaches that encourage tolerance While it offers a new way of explaining intergroup prejudices, O’Shea said it also points to one possible way to combat them — by increasing health care spending.“I see this as being an argument for why the government should put more energy into equalizing access to health care,” O’Shea said. “If you want to have better intergroup relations, it is crucial that those who are severely disadvantaged have easy access to free health care, because if a particular group contracts a disease and they are not treated quickly, it may cause even more animosity and tensions in the region or neighborhood.”This research was supported with funding from a Department of Psychology Ph.D. Studentship from the University of Warwick and an EU Marie Curie Global Fellowship. The endless struggle over racism
First, I should say that we don’t recommend doing shots in the backcountry. Combining alcohol with adventurous sports is irresponsible and could result in a variety of dire consequences ranging from impaired decision making to hypothermia. Also, there’s a rare condition associated with boozing while hiking or biking called “having too much fun.” It’s serious. And contagious. I want to be a responsible adult, but I keep running into the same problem: bourbon tastes good. And it tastes even better when you’re deep in the woods at the end (or middle) of an epic adventure. And they make flasks so lightweight and portable these days that it seems almost silly not to take a few ounces of your favorite spirit along on your adventure. While you could sip your hooch straight from the flask like a damn animal, there are other, more civilized options for the discerning drinker. Enter the Adventure Shot Glass Set from Stanley–four stainless steel sippers that stack together and pack away in their own steel carrying case. Look at these things; they’re so cute, it would be rude not to whip them out when you reach the summit of your next peak. And any wilderness guide worth his/her salt will tell you that the number one medical issue in the backcountry isn’t a sprained ankle, it’s communicable diseases. For some reason, people are in such awe of nature that they forget to wash their hands. They go all communal and start sharing spoons and cups. But if you have these shot glasses, you don’t have to suck the bourbon straight from the flask, right after your sleazy friend with the stripper girlfriend sucks the bourbon straight from the flask. You think taking a shot of booze in the backcountry is irresponsible? Try getting herpes. See? Using these little cups is a public health issue. Be responsible.
By Martyn HermanMELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – Defending champion Roger Federer moved smoothly into his majestic stride with a straight-sets win over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in his opening match at the Australian Open yesterday.The 36-year-old Swiss turned the evening clash on a packed Rod Laver Arena into an exhibition as he struck 41 winners to breeze past a willing but outclassed Bedene 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.The only time Federer looked remotely stumped came during a post-match interview conducted by American comedian Will Ferrell who told him he had played like a “silky gazelle”.“Don’t they get eaten in the end?” Federer ventured before being asked whether he was a witch or a vampire and whether his age-defying performances were down to a diet of wombat meat.“I was a bit scared,” Federer joked. “I‘m happy I dodged some questions there.”While Ferrell provided some unexpected comedy, Federer again proved that when it comes to tennis he is king of the jungle.Any player hoping to stop him retaining his title and claiming a 20th grand slam will have to be pretty special on this evidence.Federer looked just as imperious as when he won the last five games to beat Rafael Nadal in last year’s thrilling final and end a five-year wait for his 18th major.Poor Bedene, no mean performer at world number 51, can now at least say he has witnessed Federer’s brilliance first hand, having never previously faced him.He played his part in entertaining exchanges but Federer, sporting a diagonal pink stripe on his immaculate white kit, was in one of those moods when he could strike winners at will.He broke Bedene’s serve in the fourth game of the first set in which he conceded only three points on his serve.Federer pounced immediately at the start of the second, producing a fizzing backhand return before leaping high to smash away Bedene’s defensive lob.The winners began to pile up and one member of the sell-out crowd yelled, “Give him a chance, Rog” late on.But Federer was in no mood to hang around and he finished the match on Bedene’s serve when his opponent netted a backhand.“I am hoping for another good year,” Federer, who also won Wimbledon for a record eighth time in 2017, said on court.“I am not sure it will go as well (as 2017) because I‘m a year older, Rafa’s looking in tip-top shape and other guys are coming back.”His next opponent will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff tomorrow when temperatures in Melbourne are expected to climb to about 40 degrees centigrade.“I’ll ask for a night match just because I played night tonight. It’s just easier, to be honest, rather than going from night to day to night to day to night to day,” Federer said.