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( Far-Right Lawmaker Douses Menorah Candle in Poland's Parliament
Dec 14th 2023, 11:25

Source: ( CBS News - World NewsA far-right Polish lawmaker on Tuesday used a fire extinguisher to put out the candles in a Hanukkah menorah placed in the parliament lobby. The ceremony for lighting Hanukkah candles was attended by rabbis and a Jewish music band, when Grzegorz Braun interrupted it by using a red fire extinguisher to douse the candles, filling the area with smoke and fog. Braun had previously claimed that there was a plot to turn Poland into a "Jewish state."


( Study Identifies Warning Signs of Violence in Romantic Relationships
Dec 14th 2023, 11:23

Source: ( United Press International - Health NewsMany women and men begin new relationships never dreaming they could later be enmeshed in a cycle of intimate partner violence. Now, a study published Monday in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science finds there are early behavioral warning signs from a partner that suggest the risk for violence is there. And the more signs a person sees in the partner, the higher the potential risk.


( Artificial Intelligence Chatbot Shows Potential As Diagnostic Partner
Dec 14th 2023, 11:22

Source: ( Science Daily - Top HealthA new study has compared a chatbot's diagnostic accuracy to that of human clinicians. The findings, published in JAMA Network Open, suggest that artificial intelligence can serve as useful clinical decision support tools for doctors. "Humans struggle with probabilistic reasoning," said the study's corresponding author Adam Rodman, MD. "We chose to evaluate probabilistic reasoning in isolation because it is a well-known area where humans could...


( Large Study Documents Value of Behavioral Sciences in Policymaking
Dec 14th 2023, 11:22

Source: ( Science Daily - Top SocietyIn April 2020, a group of researchers published a highly influential paper with 19 policy recommendations around COVID-19 based on insights from the behavioral sciences. Now, a new global study published in Nature—involving over 80 collaborators from more than 30 countries—affirms the crucial role of behavioral sciences in formulating policy decisions, while also calling for clear standards on evidence that gets used in policy decisions.


( Firearm Access Drives High Rate of U.S. Gun Deaths, Study Finds
Dec 14th 2023, 11:15

Source: ( U.S. News and World ReportGun advocates often claim that mental illness is the driving force behind mass shootings in the United States. But a new study in the American Journal of Medicine comparing the U.S., U.K., and Australia suggests that gun violence is more likely due to the numbers of firearms available. The U.S., which has more guns than people, suffers about 21,000 gun homicides per year, compared with 200 in the U.K. and 225 in Australia, where there are far...


( Florida Fines High School for Letting Trans Student Play Girls Volleyball
Dec 14th 2023, 11:09

Source: ( ABC News - PoliticsFlorida's state athletic board fined a high school $16,500 Tuesday and put it on probation for 11 months after a transgender student played on the girls volleyball team, a violation of a controversial law enacted by Governor Ron DeSantis and the Legislature. The Florida High School Athletic Association also ordered the principal and athletic director to attend rules seminars, and barred the girl from participating in boys sports for 11 months.


( Rights Court Rules Poland Should Recognize Same-Sex Partnerships
Dec 13th 2023, 10:55

Source: ( U.S. News and World ReportPoland has violated the right to respect for a private life by failing to offer legal recognition for same-sex couples, the European Court of Human Rights said Tuesday, putting pressure on Poland to quickly change its law. Ten Poles argued that the vast majority of Council of Europe member states offered same-sex couples a right to marry or enter into civil unions, and asserted that they were disadvantaged regarding taxation, social rights, and...


( Lawsuit Challenges Alabama Inmate Labor System As "Modern Day Slavery"
Dec 13th 2023, 10:54

Source: ( ABC News - US NewsCurrent and former inmates announced a lawsuit Tuesday challenging Alabama's prison labor program as a type of "modern day slavery," saying prisoners are forced to work for little or no pay in jobs that benefit government entities or private companies. The class action lawsuit also accuses the state of maintaining a discriminatory parole system with a low release rate that ensures a supply of laborers while also generating money for the state.


( Rejecting Invitations Has Less Impact on Relationships Than Feared
Dec 13th 2023, 10:54

Source: ( Google NewsPeople often overestimate the negative consequences of declining social invitations, according to a new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The study, which involved more than 2,000 participants across five experiments, showed that people who declined invitations often fear that they are damaging their relationships, but that the inviters typically feel less upset than expected.


( YouTube Tops U.S. Teens' Social-Media Diet, Survey Finds
Dec 13th 2023, 10:43

Source: ( U.S. News and World ReportTeen usage of social media in the U.S. hasn't dropped much, despite concerns about its effects on the mental health of adolescents, according to a new Pew Research Institute survey. The survey found that YouTube remained by far the most popular social platform among teens, with 93% responding that they use the service. The study also found that 71% of U.S. teens reported visiting YouTube at least daily, and 16% described their usage as "almost...


( What Countries Have Pledged to the "Loss and Damage" Climate Fund
Dec 13th 2023, 10:43

Source: ( U.S. News and World ReportAmong the major announcements at this year's U.N. Climate Change Conference, known as COP28, was the official launch of a "loss and damage" fund to provide financial support to developing countries suffering severe impacts from climate change. So far, Italy, France, United Arab Emirates, and Germany have each pledged $100 million or more. Countries contributing less to the fund included the U.S. ($17.5M), Canada ($11.8M), and Japan ($10.0).


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Michael Reeder LCPC
Baltimore, MD

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