Barack Obama to lift US arms embargo on Vietnam BBC - May 23, 2016
President Barack Obama has announced the US is fully lifting its embargo on sales of lethal weapons to Vietnam, its one-time enemy. Speaking during a visit to communist Vietnam and talks with its leaders, Mr Obama said the move removed a "lingering vestige of the Cold War".
Before leaving for the trip to Vietnam and Japan on Saturday Obama signed into law a bill that erases references to "Orientals" in federal law and replaces the word with "Asian-Americans." The term "Negro" will also be changed to "African-American" in two parts of the U.S. Code that were written in 1976 using antiquated language for minority groups. "The term Oriental has no place in federal law and at long last this insulting and outdated term will be gone for good," the author of the bill, Representative Grace Meng, Democrat of New York, said in a statement. The word is fraught with negative connotations and harks back to an era in which Asian, North African and Middle Eastern peoples were reduced to caricatures. It also recalls the racism inherent in the Asian exclusion acts. They date to the 1880s and prohibited many Asian immigrants, even those who immigrated legally, from full citizenship. That era ended only in 1952. Of course, the war over outdated words is far from over. The debate over the name of a certain Washington football team took a turn recently when a poll showed that nine of 10 Native Americans don't find the term "redskin" offensive. Still, many in the country say it's a slur.
Your reaction to a slang expression could be negatively charged based on your emotional codes yet could have no effect on my emotions as I am not invested in that part of the hologram. As always it's about perception, interpretation, and the ...
It's all selective ...
Our brains are constantly bombarded by information from many different sources some of which we are consciously aware and others that we are not. Information is filtered by our brains based on our programming for experience. The first reaction is emotional because are vicariously experiencing in an emotionally-based hologram. Next ... the mind processes the information then tells the physical body how to react. This happens in milliseconds and is true of children as well as adults.
Kids have "and/or Problem" despite sophisticated reasoning Medical Express - May 23, 2016
Children seem to interpret disjunction like conjunction. Although it has been claimed children are very different from adults in the interpretation of logical words, the study's larger implication is almost the opposite - namely that the child is otherwise identical to the adult, but there is a very small parameter that distinguishes them. Imagine, for a moment, you are a parent trying to limit how much dessert your sugar-craving young children can eat. "You can have cake or ice cream," you say, confident a clear parental guideline has been laid out. But your children seem to ignore this firm ruling, and insist on having both cake and ice cream. Are they merely rebelling against a parental command? Perhaps. But they might be confusing "or" with "and," as children do at times, something studies have shown since the 1970s. What seems like a restriction to the parent sounds like an invitation to the child: Have both!
Hacking memory to follow through with intentions Medical Express - May 23, 2016
Whether it's paying the electric bill or taking the clothes out of the dryer, there are many daily tasks that we fully intend to complete and then promptly forget about. New research suggests that linking these tasks to distinctive cues that we'll encounter at the right place and the right time may help us remember to follow through. There are many ways we can try to remind ourselves to do something in the future - we can set a calendar alert, jot down a quick note, or even use the old-fashioned string-around-the-finger trick. But the problem with many of these strategies is that they don't provide a reminder that will be noticed when we need it most.
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Fleet Week NYC Google Videos
This week many ships will pass under the Verrazano Bridge.
Since 1984, New York City has held Fleet Week to honor the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The week features extensive military demonstrations, as well as the opportunity for the public to tour some of the visiting ships. The Memorial Day commemoration is a highlight of the week's festivities, featuring the singing of Taps and a military aircraft fly over in honor of those who lost their lives in service to the United States.