US President Donald Trump Congressional Speech & New Government Office Program

Tags: #VOICE, #Immigration, #Politics
Categories: Crime, Culture, Media, Politics
Published: March 1, 2010
By: Chris Ross
QZ: Ana Campoy

VIDEO“An office to serve American victims”- DONALD TRUMP

US president Donald Trump is creating a new government office with the very specific purpose of serving American victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. It will be called VOICE—Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement—and sit under the US Department of Homeland Security, Trump said during his first address to Congress.

It was among the most fleshed out of the policies outlined by Trump during his speech—in that it has a name and an acronym—but he didn’t offer many details.

“We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests,” he said, before introducing several of the guests he had brought to the chamber for the speech, family members of several victims of crimes perpetrated by immigrants.

VOICE is part of Trump’s broader focus on the negative aspects of immigration, from his references to bad “dudes” and “hombres” to his ordering the weekly release of a list of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. He had already ordered the creation of a victims’ support office through an executive order on Jan. 25. A subsequent memo on the implementation of the order provides a bit more background on the rationale for the office and its assigned tasks.

Criminal aliens routinely victimize Americans and other legal residents. Often, these victims are not provided adequate information about the offender, the offender’s immigration status, or any enforcement action taken… leaving victims feeling marginalized and without a voice.

VOICE presumably will make sure these details are provided to victims. It will be funded, at least in part, with resources “currently used to advocate on behalf of illegal aliens,” per Homeland Security chief John Kelly, who wrote the memo. Another VOICE mandate: to provide reports “studying the effects of the victimization by criminal aliens.”

It’s unclear how many people will qualify for its services. Numerous studies show that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than the native born population. The fact that crime rates have not mirrored the steep rise in the number of undocumented immigrants also suggests that criminals represent a small sliver of that population.

Jail statistics back up that conclusion. Although immigrants, whether in the country legally or illegally, make up more than 13% of the total population, they only represent 4.6% of the prison population, according to an American Immigration Council study of Census data.


Science: 5 Notables in Long-Term Couples

By: Chris Ross
On: September 30, 2015
Posted: Business Insider
Tags: 5 Notables in Long-Term Couples, Culture, Psychological Science, Science, Shared Coordinative Structure

Being with someone for a long time changes the way you see the world. It also changes you. Everything from how you act to the way you think shifts in ever-so-slight ways.

And according to Joshua Wolf Shenk, the author of “Powers of Two,” these tiny shifts are also the catalyst for a different kind of thought process — a shared mind, so to speak — that allows couples (romantic or not) to come up with more creative solutions to problems than they’d ever think up on their own.

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Here are some of the signs psychologists have observed that they say characterize such a shared mind.

1. You and your partner develop your own private language.

Ever get a text from your significant other that means absolutely nothing on its own but carries a certain significance that you can’t quite explain? 

This “insider” language is one of the first signs that the two of you are operating in sync, writes Shenk. According to a study from University of Texas professor of communication Robert Hopper, secret communication accomplishes two things: First, it helps deepen your bond — romantic or platonic. Second, it establishes a unique, shared identity. 

Private language can include everything from inside jokes to nicknames, writes Ohio State University psychologist Carol Bruess in a study of romantic couples. Bruess’ research suggests a link between how often partners use these private words and how satisfied they are with their relationship. Bruess found that the more often couples used secret words and phrases, the happier they tended to say they were. 

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2. You stop self-censoring.

The way most of us speak with strangers, acquaintances and even close friends is markedly different from how we talk when we’re alone with our partner.

When we’re with others, most of us “self-monitor.” That is, we try to please the people around us by adapting our behavior to suit theirs.

But when we’re with an inmate partner, we let go of this pattern of behavior and instead “talk fluidly and naturally,” Shenk writes. In other words, we stop having to constantly check ourselves before we speak. We’re more candid and more open. 

Many of the pairs Shenk talks to in his book have such a relationship. University of California Berkeley psychologist Daniel Kahneman, for example, tells Shenk: “Like most people, I am somewhat cautious about exposing tentative thoughts to others.” But after he’d spent a few years working with his research partner, cognitive psychologist Amos Tverksy, “this caution was completely absent.”

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3. You start to sound alike.

In addition to having their own private vocabulary, long term couples eventually “start to match each other in the basic rhythms and syntactical structures of their speech,” writes Shenk.

Part of that is a result of a phenomenon that psychologists call “emotional contagion.” Basically, when two people spend enough time together, they begin to match each other’s speech patterns. We mimic everything from the other person’s accent to the amount and length of pauses he or she puts between words and sentences.

There’s some evidence to suggest that these changing speech patterns can even serve as one indicator of how long a couple might stay together.

Part of a 2010 study of language use among couples that looked at couples’ text messages, for example, found that when two people “sounded” more alike (in terms of the words and language structure they used in their messages) they were also more likely to still be dating three months later.

4. You start to look alike.

In his influential 1987 study, psychologist Robert Zajonc found that there’s a very obvious reason that married couples start to look alike: They use the same muscles so often that, over time, they start to mirror each other. 

This coordination of movement isn’t accidental, says Shenk. Instead, it “reflects what psychologists call a ‘shared coordinative structure‘ which includes how we harmonize our gaze, body sway, and the little mannerisms and idiosyncrasies of how we speak.

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5. You have a bunch of inside jokes that no one else thinks are funny.

Research suggests that couples are more likely to mirror each other’s body language — which in turn makes them look alike — because they’re drawing from a wealth of knowledge that only they share. This “insider info” — all of your shared experiences and memories — informs your gestures, posture, and the words and phrases you use with each other. 

2007 study, for example, found that people were more likely to copy each other’s eye gaze when they’d both heard the same background information before their conversation. 

Summed Up: To me, personally, the beauty in this article as a whole is written in my featured image… “A True Love Story Is One That Never Ends”! So, just keeping writing out each new chapter you & your significant other experience in life together. And, if you do not have a significant other, no one can stop hope, until you give up on having hope. Furthermore, if you know, or have ever met who you know ‘should be’, or for the less confident, ‘could be’, significant other, well, that undoubted reality will make itself known, at which point I hope your life experiences, with all that I know was meant to be, will then be, finally, with finding your soulmate & life partner. Don’t let them slip by, forcing you to watch the one dream you always wanted… simply… fade away…….