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Black And White People Use Drugs At A Similar Rate. That’s Why The Last 2 Graphs Are So Shocking.

If you haven't figured out how you feel about our War on Drugs, please allow these three graphs to influence your opinion.

Black And White People Use Drugs At A Similar Rate. That’s Why The Last 2 Graphs Are So Shocking.

1. This first graph tells us that white and black people use drugs at very similar rates.


2. But wow, black people get arrested for drugs A LOT more.

3. Then there's this: Despite the fact that crack and cocaine are chemically identical, the prison sentencing for crack is much harsher. And perhaps not-so-coincidentally, crack use is higher among African-Americans, while white people tend to use more cocaine. If that's not messed up, I don't know what is.

Needless to say, three graphs don't tell the entire story. But they do suggest that drug policy in our country is way out of whack (to put it mildly).

'Merry Christmas' on YouTube.

The world must have been—mostly—good this year. Because Elton John and Ed Sheeran have teamed up to gift us all with a brand new Christmas single.

The song, aptly named “Merry Christmas,” is a perfect blend of silly and sweet that’s cheery, bright and just a touch bizarre.

Created with the holiday spirit in every way, it has whimsical snowball fights, snow angels (basically all the snow things), festive sweaters, iconic throwbacks and twinkling lights galore. Plus all profits from the tune are dedicated to two charities: the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

I personally don’t know which is more of a highlight: Ed Sheeran channeling his inner-Mariah, performing a faux sexy dance in a leg revealing Santa outfit, or him flying through the air with a giant Frosty the Snowman … who seems to be sporting glasses similar to Elton’s. Are we meant to believe that Elton is the Snowman? This music video even has mystery.
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Albert Einstein

One of the strangest things about being human is that people of lesser intelligence tend to overestimate how smart they are and people who are highly intelligent tend to underestimate how smart they are.

This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it’s proven every time you log onto Facebook and see someone from high school who thinks they know more about vaccines than a doctor.

The interesting thing is that even though people are poor judges of their own smarts, we’ve evolved to be pretty good at judging the intelligence of others.

“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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