“In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.
A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.”
powerful Black Science Man
“I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.
This is a good illustration of what’s wrong with the US criminal justice system.
I’m more struck by the second anecdote, in which he was evidently disqualified from jury duty for displaying the ability to do math.
I’m tabling next to a Pregnancy Resource Center. They have model fetuses on their table next to a pink baby blanket. I’m hearing them talk to families and I wish I can point out all of their medically inaccurate bullshit. If they are allowed to be here so should Planned Parenthood. At least they provide preventative care and they don’t judge you. But they did admit to being faith-based, so they’re not complete liars. I’m surprised I didn’t tell them I engage in pre-marital sex, don’t believe in God, and worst of all, that I’m on birth control that I got for free with my health insurance.
Now they are stroking the model fetus.
Summer Reading on Better Book Titles (part 2)
(from top, left to right: Grapes of Wrath, A People’s History of the United States, Great Expectations, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, 100 Years of Solitude, Red Badge of Courage, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, Lord of the Flies)
TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Can’t I just meet a guy who will fall in love with me the instant he sees my Gallifrey tattoo?!?!? I don’t think it’s too much to ask….
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Exactly 1,000 shrimp for $3.99!
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If you don't eat here, the terrorists win!
No, eat me!
Fuck those guys; eat ME!
Hey, I made some spicy Thai tofu if you want--
OMG STOP SHOVING YOUR VEGANISM DOWN MY THROAT
my ex got mad on facebook when he found out i was seeing someone else and he wrote “i hope he likes your loose pussy” so i commented back and wrote “my vagina is a muscle that will go back to the same size after sex. your penis will never get any bigger.” and now he is messaging me saying “delete that comment now”