5 Surprising Ways The World Is Secretly Looking Out For You

Very few professions are out there actively trying to keep you alive. Firefighters, doctors, uh … erotic bakers? What even is life without a good dong cake? But that’s pretty much it, right? Nope. We’ve told you before how some famously “good” organisations are secretly doing awful things. Now let us restore some of that lost faith in humanity by showing you the other side of the coin …

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Illinois Is Training Hairdressers To Acknowledge Domestic Violence

When you’re stuck making awkward chitchat with your hairdresser for extended periods of time, some secrets are bound to slip out. That was more or less the reasoning behind a recent state ruling in Illinois, which now necessitates salon employees be trained to recognize signs of domestic abuse and sexual assault. It’s not as easy as saying, “So, uh, has the hubby punched you lately? ” and reporting it to the authorities. In fact, calling 9-1-1 yourself is a big no-no. Instead, salon workers are taught to 1) promote their clients open up on their own speed, 2) listen compassionately, and 3) is support and information about professional resources.

While this is not a new idea, Illinois is the first country to actually necessitate cosmetologists to go through the one-hour train class every two years if they want to renew their licenses. Now 14 other nations, including New York and Wyoming, are working on similar laws and initiatives. Sometimes, asking for frosted tips is a cry for help, and salon employees are here to answer it.

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One UK City Recruited Plumbers And Handymen To Spot Child Abuse

Plumbers are used to dealing with problems most of us wouldn’t touch with several ten-foot poles stuck together. It’s appropriate, then, that the city of Lincoln, England recruited them( along with mend humen, electricians, and housing officers ) to spot and report child abuse and neglect. Since it can take a while to fix a sink or unclog a lavatory, the city trained contractors to keep an eye out for signs that the children of the household might be in danger. For instance, if a kid is wearing long sleeves on a really hot day, that might be less about making a way statement and more about hide bruises. Things like scalds and cigarette burns are dead giveaways for physical abuse, but the checklist includes other signs of difficulty, like unexplained mood changes, avoidance of certain family members, or … well … pregnancy.

Yeah …

Hey, here’s a puppy being perplexed by a mirror 😛 TAGEND

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Facebook Utilizes Their Creepy Algorithms To Fight Suicide

Facebook is simultaneously one of the most popular things to have ever existed and one of the most blamed, for many, many reasons. But while the amount of information Facebook has on each of us will never not be creepy, they’re doing at the least one positive thing with all those fancy algorithm: helping spot suicidal users in real time. Basically, Facebook’s giant decentralized brain pores through billions of posts, trying to find patterns that correlate to suicidal thoughts, in the hope that maybe they can save a few lives. When a user is flagged as suicidal, a Facebook moderator can immediately get in touch and send them helpful resources, or even contact local first responders. Oh, and this is where all those “friends” come in handy, since health experts claim that hearing from a bud is one of the best ways to prevent a suicide. The moderator can attain that happen, too.

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Facebook The “Talk to someone” option actually needs a “( Not that racist guy from high school) ” disclaimer, though.

Within one month of testing, Facebook says they’ve initiated over 100 wellness checks, helping first responders reach troubled users before they did anything rash. Considering the disturbing trend of teens committing suicide via livestreaming services( like Facebook’s own ), and the fact that suicide is the second-leading cause of death for people aged 15 -2 4, an idea like this could have a real impact on young people. Why, it almost builds up for the sin of inventing Facebook in the first place.

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Tattoo Artists And Beauticians Are Being Taught To Watch Out For Skin Cancer

Both tattoo artists and beauticians have to look at your greasy, pockmarked skin for extended periods of day. Why not make the most of it? Experts have started training them to identify signs of skin cancer on their customers, so people might receive earlier treatment and thus have better chances of survival. On the beautician side, researchers from the University of Southern California and the University of Colorado Denver collaborated on this training video designed to teach hairdressers about melanoma and how to recognize lesions.

University of Southern California and University of Colorado Denver If you don’t have melanoma, but also don’t have a face, definitely talk to a doctor anyway.

Meanwhile, tattoo artists have gone from hindering melanoma detection( because a lot of people specifically ask to cover up ugly moles) to presenting a great opportunity to raise awareness of the subject. The artist doesn’t have to be an expert on skin cancer; they just have to know the basic warning signs and pass that information on to the public. And it’s working! From the U.S . to Australia to Brazil, multiple referrals, diagnosis, and successful treatments have resulted from hairdressers and tattoo artists being like, “Uh … this black thing ingesting your face might not be normal.”

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Cab Drivers, Flight Attendants, Bankers, And UPS Are All Fighting Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a subject most of us don’t even like thinking about, but people far braver than us are tackling the problem head-on. And it’s not who you might expect.

First up, cabbies. Taxi drivers are being brought about by authorities in New York, London, Houston, and Canada to spot victims of sexual exploitation. They’re looking out for certain telltale signs in their passengers: young person travelling long distances and paying high fees in cash, requesting collectings from house parties, hotels, or B& Bs, and travelling with only huge, huuuge dork. Even Uber, that trash bag of a company, decided to start training their drivers about this issue after one of them saved a soon-to-be-trafficked underage girl in California in 2016.

Next up on unlikely sources of assist: bankers. The European Bankers Alliance recently released a toolkit that searches for red flags indicates that slavery actively participate in a fiscal transaction. But we know what you’re reasoning: What about UPS drivers? Yep, them too. In a program started in January 2017, UPS freight drivers all over the country undergo training to recognize signs of human trafficking, with help from the Truckers Against Trafficking organization.( Oh right, truckers help too !)

Of course, some traffickers prefer to move their “cargo” through more luxurious means … and that’s where flight attendant come in. Since 2009, Airline Ambassadors International has been training flight attendant to look out for common signs of human trafficking, and their efforts rapidly paid off. In 2011, a flight attendant on a flight to California noticed a disheveled teenage daughter flying with a well-dressed older man and left a note in the bathroom for her to find. She did, and rescue swiftly followed. According to an ABC report …

86 infants were freed from a sexuality ring in Boston after the trafficker and two exclaiming victims were noticed on a flight.

Yep, children exclaiming on a plane saved the day . Forgive us as we reconsider everything we know about life.

Nathan Kamal lives in Oregon and writes. He co-founded Asymmetry Fiction for all your fiction wants. S.S.A is also on TopBuzz. Check him out here. Seem out for more mind-blowing facts on Markos’ Twitter .

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