Tuesday, October 4th, 2022

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"Seattle police recruits now learn about history, communities before setting foot in the academy"

The Before the Badge program is part of the Seattle Police Department's response to the racial reckoning ignited by the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in May 2020, and the resulting demands that police nationwide reimagine how they interact with their citizenry, particularly communities of color that have historically experienced biased policing.

Recruits who have yet to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, required for all entry-level officers in the state, are first learning the city's history and why there's been tension between Seattle police and different groups of residents — and how people's experiences can influence how they react when a cop knocks on their door.

"I do think this is an opportunity for us to really change how we're training our officers and how we're offering a level of support for our brand-new recruits," said SPD Chief Adrian Diaz, who came up with the idea for the pre-academy training program. "There's no one [else] in the country doing this work … We want to push that envelope, we want to do something that I think is innovative, that actually changes how we police."

10/4/2022 7:57 am | | Tags: police, police reform, seattle

The Onion files an amicus brief regarding the law and satire

10/4/2022 7:59 am | | Tags: satire, law, supreme court

Neti pot usage 2x a day during covid infection shows signs it can limit seriousness of illness in high risk individuals

It's a fairly small sample size (79 people) but an interesting possible thing for people to do.

Seventy-nine high-risk participants were enrolled (mean [SD] age, 64 [8] years; 36 [46%] women; 71% Non-Hispanic White), with mean BMI 30.3. Analyzed by intention-to-treat, by day 28, COVID-19 symptoms resulted in one ED visit and no hospitalizations in 42 irrigating with alkalinization, one hospitalization of 37 in the povidone-iodine group, (1.27%) and no deaths. Of nearly three million CDC cases, 9.47% were known to be hospitalized, with an additional 1.5% mortality in those without hospitalization data. Age, sex, and percentage with pre-existing conditions did not significantly differ by exact binomial test from the CDC dataset, while reported race and hospitalization rate did. The total risk of hospitalization or death (11%) was 8.57 times that of enrolled nasal irrigation participants (SE = 2.74; P = .006). Sixty-two participants completed daily surveys (78%), averaging 1.8 irrigations/day. Eleven reported irrigation-related complaints and four discontinued use. Symptom resolution was more likely for those reporting twice daily irrigation (X2 = 8.728, P = .0031) regardless of additive.

10/4/2022 8:09 am | | Tags: covid 19, medicine

O, A, B, and AB aren't the only blood types, in fact, it's far more complicated

This article on Wired is quite good and was eye opening for me. I conceptually knew it was more complicated than the simple A+/-, B+/-, AB+/- and O+/-, but I had no idea that it seems to be one of the hotly explored areas of modern human medicine.

On average, one new blood classification system has been described by researchers each year during the past decade. These newer systems tend to involve blood types that are mind-bogglingly rare but, for those touched by them, just knowing that they have such blood could be lifesaving.

10/4/2022 9:47 am | | Tags: medicine, science, biology

Fascinating progress in the world of competitive rubik's cube solving


Big ups to reddit user CardiologistTiny585 for this incredible accomplishment. I’m stunned and giddy. #cubing#speedcubing#cuber#speedcuber#speedcubers#cfop#rubikscube

? original sound - Ava

10/4/2022 10:26 pm | | Tags: hobby, rubik's cube
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