Monthly Archives: June 2012

How Do You Tell When the News is Biased?

Hint: Look in the mirror.

The amount of bias in news seems to be directly proportional to the amount of bias in ourselves.

…the hostile media effect suggests we’re not as smart as we think we are. We might like to think of ourselves as impartial judges of credibility and fairness, but the evidence says otherwise. Liberals and conservatives can (and often do) believe the same news report is biased against both their views; they aren’t both right. - Nieman Journalism

Autistic Artist Draws Picture of New York From Memory

In case anyone missed this great story about  Stephen Wiltshire, a London-born artist with autism, who created a spellbinding 18 ft mural of the Manhattan skyline from memory after he spent just 20 minutes in a helicopter gazing at the panorama.

What an inspiring story and incredibly beautiful art work. The power of the human mind never ceases to amaze me.

Check out the finished piece and more of Stephen’s work on his website.

A Mother Bravely Campaigns for President in Afghanistan

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Women’s right advocate Fawzia Koofi, who is campaigning to become Afghanistan’s next president in 2014, shows us that it doesn’t matter if you’re a man, woman, Christian, Jew, or Muslim – the fight for freedom and justice is the same.

All of us human beings will one day. Maybe today is the day I will die. But if I do, please know that it was for a purpose. - Fawzia Koofi

From Scrubbing Floors to Ivy League

This is one of the most positive, uplifting, hard fought, stories of success by a child I’ve read in a long time.

If you need a positive boost for humanity this is a good one.