Redheads March In First Ginger Pride Walk

Redheads March In First Ginger Pride WalkPeople with red hair have shown their true colours in a march through Edinburgh. It had been billed as the UK’s first Ginger Pride Walk and was part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

‘Stand up against prejudice’

Marchers gathered outside the Balmoral Hotel from 11:00, with the event being led by Canadian comedian and proud redhead, Shawn Hitchins. He said it was a fun way to stand up against prejudice and those who poke fun at people with ginger hair.

Scotland is said to be home to almost a fifth of the world’s redheads.

Speaking ahead of the march, Hitchins said: “Even although it isn’t a real word, gingerism exists and bullying exists and you can’t deny that kids are being subjected to taunts or being bullied in schools just for having red hair.”

‘Ginger and proud’

The event has generated a considerable amount of online interest, with Hitchins admitting he had been surprised at the number of ginger websites, blogs and activists.

Slogans prepared for the parade were said to include “Ginger and proud”, “For the love of ginger”, and “All hail! The red, orange and pale.”

Do you have ginger hair? Have you ever been bullied because of the color of your hair?

Source: BBC News

Image: The Guardian

White House Creating ‘Nudge Squad’ To Shape Citizens’ Behavior

White House Creating 'Nudge Squad' To Shape Citizens' BehaviorThe federal government is hiring what it calls a “Behavioral Insights Team” that will look for ways to subtly influence people’s behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by

‘Tweaking behavior’

While the program is still in its early stages, the document shows the White House is already working on such projects with almost a dozen federal departments and agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.

The document was emailed by Maya Shankar, a White House senior adviser on social and behavioral sciences, to a university professor with the request that it be distributed to people interested in joining the team. The idea is that the team would “experiment” with various techniques, with the goal of tweaking behavior so people do everything from saving more for retirement to saving more in energy costs.

‘Extraordinarily succesfful’

Such policies — which encourage behavior subtly rather than outright require it — have come to be known as “nudges,” after an influential 2008 book titled “Nudge” by former Obama regulatory czar Cass Sunstein and Chicago Booth School of Business professor Richard Thaler popularized the term.

The term “nudge” has already been associated with the new program, as one professor who received Shankar’s email forwarded it to others with the note:

“Anyone interested in working for the White House in a ‘nudge’ squad? The UK has one and it’s been extraordinarily successful.”

Do you think this “nudge” program is a good thing or a bad one? Feel free to discuss your thoughts with us regarding this issue!

Source: Fox News

Image: Weasel Zippers