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When Was the Last Time Every American Child Feared the Same Thing?

When Was the Last Time Every American Child Feared the Same Thing?This week, America got another reminder of the fear that its schoolchildren must make sense of every day. On Tuesday afternoon, nine students were shot—one of them fatally—at STEM School Highlands Ranch, near Denver.Though the two suspects are teenagers, STEM School Highlands Ranch is K-12, meaning that some young children were exposed to the violence. Among them was a second grader who told a New York Times reporter that he’d gone through lockdowns and active-shooter drills since kindergarten. That’s close to half of his eight years of life.His familiarity with potential crisis scenarios makes him part of an enormous group: In the 2017-2018 school year, over 4.1 million students participated in a lockdown or lockdown drill, according to an analysis by The Washington Post.[Read: Active-shooter drills are tragically misguided]These lockdowns can be scarring, causing some kids to cry and…


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America’s Reproductive Slaves

America’s Reproductive SlavesOn Wednesday, the day it was announced that the U.S. birthrate fell for the fourth straight year, signaling the lowest number of births in 32 years, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law the most draconian anti-abortion law in the country. That the two developments came at the same time could not have been more revelatory. The ruling elites are acutely aware that the steadily declining American birthrate is the result of a de facto “birth strike” by women who, unable to afford adequate health insurance and exorbitant medical bills and denied access to paid parental leave, child care and job protection, find it financially punitive to have children. Not since 1971 have births in the United States been at replacement levels, considered to be 2,100 births per 1,000 women over their lifetimes, a ratio needed for a generation to replace itself. Current births number 1,728 per 1,000…


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The Push to ‘Predict’ Police Shootings

The Push to ‘Predict’ Police ShootingsWhen employers surveil workers, it’s usually to cut costs and ensure efficiency—checking when people are clocking in and leaving, whether they’re hitting sales goals, and so on. But for police, operating efficiently is a matter of life and death, law and order. Their bosses, and the communities they serve, want to know if they’re potentially violating someone’s rights. In the event of a shooting, they want to know how it happened. Now they have more insight than ever.Thanks to new machine-learning tools, researchers and police departments can use behavioral data to find the earliest signs an officer may be flouting policy or at risk of shooting an unarmed civilian. To build the algorithms that may one day be able to build a sort of “risk score” for police, researchers are using familiar tools: Data from police body cameras and squad cars, and the internal reports…


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Running Away With the P.G.A. Championship Is All in a Day’s Work for Brooks Koepka

Running Away With the P.G.A. Championship Is All in a Day’s Work for Brooks KoepkaKoepka, despite shooting only a par 70 in the third round, has a seven-shot lead amid a dominant run that smacks of Tiger Woods in his prime. ….. Read More.THE NEW YORK TIMES – Sports | Sports & RecreationSat, May 18, 20193 days ago


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Tucker Carlson’s descent into white supremacy: A timeline

Tucker Carlson’s descent into white supremacy: A timelineMelissa Joskow / Media Matters July 6, 2007: Carlson said President Barack Obama “sounds like a pothead.” During his tenure as a host on MSNBC, Carlson discussed a speech then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) gave during his first presidential campaign, asking, “How high is this guy?” and if “he always talks between bong hits.” August 24, 2007: Carlson called the NAACP “a sad joke that should be shut down.” Carlson discussed former NFL player Michael Vick’s guilty plea to dogfighting charges and asserted that the NAACP was defending Vick. Carlson called the organization “a sad joke that should be shut down, I think, immediately for the sake of everybody.” January 11, 2010: Carlson said that when Democrats say then-Sen. Harry Reid supports civil rights, “what they’re saying is he’s for racial set-asides.” While criticizing Democrats who defended then-Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)…


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Instagram and Facebook Ban Far-Right Extremists

Instagram and Facebook Ban Far-Right ExtremistsIn an effort to contain misinformation and extremism that has increasingly spread across the platform, Instagram has banned several prominent right-wing extremists.Specifically, Instagram and its parent company, Facebook, have banned Alex Jones, Infowars, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer, Paul Nehlen, and Louis Farrakhan under their policies against dangerous individuals and organizations.Infowars is subject to the strictest ban. Any account that shares Infowars content will see the content removed; if an account violates terms on multiple occasions it will be banned. Facebook and Instagram will remove any content containing Infowars videos, radio segments, or articles, and Facebook will remove any Groups set up to share Infowars content and Events promoting any of the banned extremist figures, according to a company spokesperson. (Twitter, YouTube, and Apple have also banned Alex Jones and Infowars.)[Read: Jack Dorsey’s dangerous defense of Alex Jones]Jones, Yiannopoulos, Watson, Loomer, Nehlen, and…


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