“Kelli Dillon was sterilized without her knowledge in a California prison in *2001*.” npr.org/2021/07/21/101…
”In the early-to-mid 1900s, California forcibly sterilized tens of thousands of women and men as part of a eugenics program. The state banned forced sterilizations in 1979 but, between 2006 & 2010, still sterilized ~150 incarcerated women without required state approvals.”
”Kelli Dillon was 24 years old when she underwent an abdominal surgery and a simple procedure to address some possible cysts. Afterwards, she began to experience many strange symptoms which she finally learned were symptoms of menopause…” npr.org/2021/07/21/101…
For more context on forced sterilization in America, I recommend this @Radiolab episode that gives voice to institutionalized and disabled women and their long history of being targeted with ”a version of eugenics that’s still very much alive today.” wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radio…
Experimental study by @steventmoor measured paternalism towards African Americans and found the scale strongly predicted support for ”giving judges the option to order sterilization as a punishment for women who, while pregnant, use crack cocaine.” washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/…
”Despite the support for forced sterilization, Whites who scored high on Black paternalism don’t express animosity toward African Americans. Also, Democrats are actually slightly more likely than Republicans to show high levels of Black paternalism.” washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/…

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How did a sleepy Salvadoran beach town come to be known as ”Bitcoin Beach”?

”An anonymous US donor gave a small local charity $100,000 to be distributed directly to residents of El Zonte with the aim of kickstarting a local bitcoin economy.”

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16 Jul
Study ”analyzed body camera footage from more than 100 police officers and found a subtle but clear pattern: During traffic stops, officers spoke to Black men in a less respectful and less friendly tone than they did to white men.” latimes.com/science/story/…
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After 20 years, Biden said of Afghanistan “it’s time to end the forever war.”

After 50 years of ”war on drugs” though, Biden is still keen to fight.

The irony?

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