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Some thoughts on the social psychological impact of 2020: emotional dehydration and collective trauma

I've been on something of a rollercoaster of experiences the past several months and it's given me pause to think about the social psychological impact of 2020. Given the breadth of impact I think just about anyone can find something to relate to in these ideas. ---------------- Earlier this summer, after spending several months already in a form of lockdown, it struck me that I was feeling a sense of illusion. I recall discussing this with my immediate family. They too echoed similar sentiments. “Things just seem weird.”  For all intents and purposes I’ve been a professional Sociologist for almost 25 years. I’ve spent that time doing research and in academia. I have a good eye for understanding social experiences and how they impact the sense of self. This sense of “feeling weird” was a sensation, if you will, I found unique. I found it to be beyond a similar term in the field, “ anomie .” Particularly since March 2020, there has been so much for mindful people to absorb. I sa

Bookmarks: Global Stratification/Development

YouTube Playlist Global Wealth Report 2017: Where Are We Ten Years after the Crisis? - Credit Suisse An Economy for the 1% | Oxfam America

Live electronica improv: 2020 Halloween Spooktacular

Here's a snippet from a Halloween live stream music event from a few weeks back. Allow me to apologize for having so much fun exploring strange sonic edges — Chad Gesser (@profgesser) November 14, 2020

Bookmarks: Population and Urbanization

YouTube Playlist U.S. Fertility Rates - Pew Research Center - Posts | Facebook World Population by Income | Pew Research Center Macau Hong Kong bridge, world's longest sea-crossing, finally opens - CNN Population and Climate Change There has been a remarkable global decline in... - The Sociological Review Climate change will shrink US economy and kill thousands, government report warns - CNN (11) How will we survive when the population hits 10 billion? | Charles C. Mann - YouTube US fertility rate is below level needed to replace population, study says - CNN DEIS Maps | I-69 Ohio River Crossing Daily Overview on Instagram: “The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is an artificial archipelago created with 4.3 billion cubic yards (3.28 billion cubic…” Delhi pollution: Air quality reaches toxic levels as India loses battle against polluters - The Washington Post 18 Maps Of The United States That Made Us Say "Whoa"

Bookmarks: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

  National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) | FinalNeedsAssessmentReport.pdf - Google Drive United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) | Welcome to the MTF Website SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Trends & Statistics | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Bookmarks: Memes, etc

Memes, GIFs, Vines - Google Slides I Am Speed | Know Your Meme When you do 20 grams of meth in under 10 minutes | I Am Speed | Know Your Meme Ultra Instinct Shaggy | Know Your Meme Classic 80s Music Memes - Home | Facebook Prof G Entertainment Services on Instagram: “I had such a GREAT time working year two with McLean County High School football. We wrapped it up tonight with a big win. Here is how we…” Best Memes of All Time: Funniest and Most Popular Memes Ever Made - Thrillist List of most-followed Instagram accounts - Wikipedia List of most-liked Facebook pages - Wikipedia List of most-viewed YouTube videos - Wikipedia List of most-streamed songs on Spotify - Wikipedia List of most-subscribed YouTube channels - Wikipedia List of most-followed Twitter accounts - Wikipedia List of most-liked Instagram posts - Wikipedia

Bookmarks: Immigration

  U.S. immigrant population projected to rise, even as share falls among Hispanics, Asians | Pew Research Center Do immigrants lead to crime? A recent study says no. | The Marshall Project

Bookmarks: Crime

  An Animated Visualization of the U.S. Mass Incarceration Crisis - CityLab All About the Ferguson Syllabus National Criminal Justice Reference Service | NCJRS U.S. Department of Justice Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics States with the most (and least) gun violence Crime | Gallup Historical Trends Brennan Center for Justice | Programs and Practices - What Works in Criminal Justice - Popular Projects | National Institute of Corrections The International Association of Chiefs of Police > IACP Homepage

Bookmarks: Data Sources

  Pew Research Center | Nonpartisan, non-advocacy public opinion polling and demographic research Wealth Inequality Measure of America: A Program of the Social Science Research Council Center on Urban Poverty The National Bureau of Economic Research National Center for Children in Poverty United States Department of Labor What The Hell Is Happening With These Alabama Polls? | FiveThirtyEight USCCB Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates - Interactive Data and Mapping - U.S. Census Bureau The effects of personality traits, self-esteem, loneliness, and narcissism on Facebook use among university students - ScienceDirect The effects of personality traits, self-esteem, loneliness, and narcissism on Facebook use among university students - ScienceDirect

Bookmarks: Race

  White Privilege, Quantified - The Atlantic Separate and Unequal | FRONTLINE | PBS Measuring Race: Census RACE - The Power of an Illusion . Background Readings | PBS The Enlightenment’s ‘Race’ Problem, and Ours - Race and Censuses from Around the World - Sociological Images The US Census and the social construction of race - Sociological Images Racebox There Is No Such Thing as Race Understanding Race After Charlottesville - Attend Events Understanding Race After Charlottesville - Attend Events Understanding Race After Charlottesville - Attend Events Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys - The New York Times There’s Never Been a Native American Congresswoman. That Could Change in 2018. - The New York Times

15 day pre election financial data

It's required by law for candidates for office to report financial data. Here's a look at campaign finances for pertinent upcoming elections.  Here are some key points and observations:  * most campaign dollars for local elections come from the candidate and the candidate's family funds.  * you need at least $5,000 to run a respectable city commission campaign. That doesn't mean you can't win on less.  * only 8 of the 16 city commission candidates have reported finance data. This could mean they have raised and/or spent less than $3,000. Local candidates only have to provide financial data if they raise or spend more than $3,000.  * the likely winning mayoral candidate will have raised and spent nearly $10,000. Per this report Conder has spent over $30,000 and Watson over $43,000. They both have more to spend.  * be mindful that a lot of campaign money usually is spent between the 15 day report and the post election report. The post election financial data usually

Bookmarks: Social Class

Who Rules America: Explore the Power Elite Mapping Poverty in America - The New York Times Where Americans—Rich and Poor—Spent Every Dollar in 2012 - The Atlantic In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters - Inequality is real, personal, expensive, and it was created Institute for Research on Poverty | University of Wisconsin–Madison Poverty Where the 1 Percent Fit in the Hierarchy of Income - Interactive Graphic - Who Rules America: Wealth, Income, and Power Our Broken Economy, in One Simple Chart - The New York Times Are you in the US middle class? Try our income calculator | Pew Research Center Childhood poverty linked to brain changes related to depression 5 facts about the minimum wage | Pew Research Center Which States Are Givers and Which Are Takers? - The Atlantic Americans Think Upward Mobility Is Far More Common Than It Really Is - CityLab Plutocracy Rising | Moyers & Company | Talk Poverty - Real People. Real Stories. Real Solution