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And this is at George Mason U, crazy. They have such a good econ/law department.
Is this legal? What the hell? That is some 1984 BS…
Yeah. Mason makes the most logical sense for me to go to post-NOVA, but this kind of stuff happens a lot and it’s beyond infuriating.
For the record though, they did respond to the outrage and made it optional, not mandatory.
False. I go here.
There are certain dining halls that absolutely cannot be entered without the iris scanner.
Really!? I thought that’s what I read online but there isn’t much info out there on this policy. Can you provide a link to where in Mason’s policy it says this is mandatory?
I dunno links, I just know that I go to certain buildings and am told that I cannot eat because I didn’t scan my eyes.
The Mason dining halls are the ones that you have to scan for. But the other stuff, like Subway, Chic-Fil-A, Taco Bell, Auntie Annie’s don’t require that you scan your eyes. I am sure that it’ll change, eventually, to include all dining places.
Okay, I dug a bit deeper.
Here’s the official policy. It states that they are mandatory for students using Anytime Dining (24 hour self service), but not for their other dining plans. However, incoming Freshman 2014 are required to purchase Anytime Dining. When you register and get your Mason ID, they scan your eye and generate a number for you that correlates to your iris pattern, which the scanners pick up once your eye is scanned for entry to the dining halls.
So, the tech is actually pretty cool, and Mason states that they do not actually store photos of your eyes, nor can the generated number be reverse engineered to find out if it is your eye.
My problem here though is that it is MANDATORY for Freshman, as if they are starting the foundations of a catalog. Also, I don’t buy that “only for Mason” and “can’t be reverse engineered” bit. Hackers or a corrupt employee could easily take advantage of this. The EEF.org covers the possibility of reverse engineering an iris and “stealing” someone’s identity here. While the chances of someone doing that at a university seem slim, the article does point out that if the iris pattern is stolen to create a copy, it is not easy to get a new iris like it is a social security number. If you’re into that sort of thing. Wikipedia also has a brief section on the shortcomings of iris based biometrics.
Thanks but no thanks, as long as I can opt out, I will opt out. I didn’t plan on buying much of a meal plan if I go there anyway.
But thanks to OP for drawing attention to this! I hope your prediction about it including all dining halls isn’t accurate though!
R. M. Young (1987). Racist society, racist science. In D. Gill & L. Levidow (Eds.) Anti-racist science teaching(pp. 16-42). London: Free Association Books. (via homoarigato)
remember when i posted about how science can be oppressive and i got hate mail and hundreds of notes of people calling me stupid
yeah that was fun
Remember that time when they made up a disease for black ppl when we didnt wanna be stuck as slaves?
Remember when they operated on black women with no anesthesia to get modern gynecological surgical procedures?
Remember when they sterilized poor woc without consent to keep us from ‘creating more undesirables’?
Remember when the government allowed Black men to go untreated with Syphilis even after a cure was discovered?
Remember when minority heavy areas in cities were sprayed with radioactive material to ‘test’ how America could handle a nuclear fallout?
Oh, you dont? Because I do…
Go look it up. Every single one was done by a white supremacist nation called America.
Don’t forget that in 1975 about 35% of Puerto Rican Women were sterilized without their consent by the US government
1. A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History by Nicholas Wade (Published 2014)
"Right now, it’s undeniable that Wade’s work is the most influential work of scientific racism circulating today. His argument is that racial groups have genetic predispositions to certain kinds of mental skills, some of which evolved only over the past few hundred years. As a result, some races are more creative or intelligent than others. The Chinese, he argues, are more prone to obedience, while people from tribal societies in Africa are impulsive and quick to consume everything they have. Meanwhile, Europeans are good at becoming prosperous due to their thoughtful, forward-thinking natures.
2. The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray (Published 1994)
"In this incredibly influential work of economics and sociology, researchers Herrnstein and Murray argue that class differences between whites and blacks in America can be traced back to differences in IQ. Blacks, they write, are simply not as intelligent as whites (and, to a certain extent, Asians — though mostly they’re talking just about blacks and whites). Because many studies show that IQ is a very strong indicator of economic success, they believe that IQ differences are at the root of racial differences. They use "scientific" data about IQ scores to dismiss the idea that political inequalities and the history of slavery in the U.S. are causes of racial inequality."
3. “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” By: Satoshi Kanazawa (Published 2011)
"Dr Kanazawa, a lecturer at the London School of Economics, has published findings based on a survey of white, Asian, black and native American men and women who were asked to rate each other’s attractiveness based on photographs.
Nor does he explore the fact that the research on which he bases his conclusion was conducted in America where European ideals of beauty dominate.”
***Satoshi Kanazawa has been the only recipient on this list dismissed for his work, could it be because he is an Asian man?***
In response to ongoing controversy over views such as that African countries suffer chronic poverty and illness because their people have lower IQs and that black women are “objectively less attractive” than other races, he was dismissed from writing for Psychology Today.
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"14-year-old Parkview High School Freshman, Caleb Christian was concerned about the number of incidents of police abuse in the news. Still, he knew there were many good police officers in various communities, but had no way of figuring out which communities were highly rated and which were not.
So, together with his two older sisters: Parkview High School senior Ima Christian, and Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology sophomore, Asha Christian, they founded a mobile app development company– Pinetart Inc., under which they created a mobile app called Five-O.
Five-O, allows citizens to enter the details of every interaction with a police officer. It also allows them to rate that officer in terms of courtesy and professionalism and provides the ability to enter a short description of what transpired. These details are captured for every county in the United States. Citizen race and age information data is also captured.
Additionally, Five-O allows citizens to store the details of each encounter with law enforcement; this provides convenient access to critical information needed for legal action or commendation.”
Read more here. [x]
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