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Karen Bass, a Potential Biden VP Pick, Explains Her History With Cuba

Karen Bass, a Potential Biden VP Pick, Explains Her History With CubaKaren Bass, the congresswoman from California, is in contention to become Joe Biden’s running mate. There are good reasons for this. She is reliably liberal, she chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, and she shares a history of family loss with Biden. But she’s also the only person on Biden’s list who spent part of the 1970s working construction in Fidel Castro’s Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade, a group that has organized annual trips to Cuba for young, leftist Americans for half a century.The Biden campaign knows about Bass’s history with the Brigade, which began as a joint venture of the Castro government and Students for a Democratic Society, the leftist, antiwar organization that gave birth to the Weather Underground terrorist group. She told Biden’s vetting committee weeks ago that this was probably going to come up. So far, it…


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How to Reach Traumatized Students

How to Reach Traumatized StudentsWhen Ben started flipping desks in the classroom, his teacher Heather Boyle ushered the rest of her first-grade class into the hallway for safety.Things had begun to unravel a few moments earlier, when Ben—whose real name isn’t being used, to protect his privacy—struggled with a math lesson. He crawled under desks, bumping into other children’s legs. When his classmates complained, Boyle asked him to come out. “I don’t know how to do this stupid math,” he screamed.“It’s okay,” she said. “You’re going to come sit with me, and I’m going to help you.” But as his frustrations grew, furniture went airborne. Boyle was forced to clear the room, call the principal for help, and wait until Ben calmed down.Elementary-school teachers in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, had begun to notice that situations like this one, which happened in 2018, were becoming more common throughout the district in recent years….


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The App of the Summer Is Just a Random-Number Generator

The App of the Summer Is Just a Random-Number GeneratorIt took me a week to find a plastic water bottle full of what could only be pee.That was after the abandoned house taped off with gas leak warnings, but before I spun around on an unfamiliar block deep in Brooklyn to see three dalmatians wiggling toward me. When I saw the bottle lying in the middle of the sidewalk, it felt like a rite of passage.This is my summer activity: walking around, or “randonauting” in internet parlance. Water bottles full of pee are known as “piss bottles” in the randonaut community, an inside joke that has inspired T-shirts. It’s pretty simple, as jokes go: If you spend enough time exploring the world at random, you will stumble upon a bottle full of pee.Randonauting is also simple. You can do it using the free app Randonautica, which asks you for your…


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Ex-FBI agent who played key role in Russia inquiry to release book

Ex-FBI agent who played key role in Russia inquiry to release bookPeter Strzok briefly served on Mueller’s team but was removed after DoJ inspector general flagged derogatory texts about TrumpThe former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, who played a key role in the Russia investigation but whose text messages about Donald Trump made him a target of the president’s wrath, is releasing a book. Related: Mary Trump on her Uncle Donald: ‘I used to feel compassion for him. That became impossible’ Continue reading… ….. Read More.THE GUARDIAN – General | World News & EventsTue, July 28, 20202 weeks ago


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Diners say restaurant staff wearing PPE means the most when dining out

Diners say restaurant staff wearing PPE means the most when dining outA survey suggests health and safety are top priorities for consumers By Gary Guthrie of ConsumerAffairs August 7, 2020 Consumer dining priorities seem to be going through a major shift. A whopping 64 percent of the consumers who like to dine out say the most important thing to them is that restaurant staff are wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), according to a recent survey. Interestingly enough, thats a more important aspect than food quality. A new study fielded by Toast, a restaurant marketing/engagement firm, suggests that diners are taking pandemic-related precautions seriously. On top of the PPE metric, another 52 percent of the 700 survey respondents say that the cleanliness of the establishment — particularly menus, tables, and surfaces — are a major factor in deciding where to sit down and have a meal. Restaurants had to reinvent themselves…


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So Much for the Decentralized Internet

So Much for the Decentralized InternetKanye West, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Barack Obama were all feeling generous on the evening of July 16, according to their Twitter accounts, which offered to double any payments sent to them in bitcoin. Not really, of course; they’d been hacked. Or, rather, Twitter itself had been hacked, and for apparently stupid reasons: The perpetrators stole and resold Twitter accounts and impersonated high-follower users to try to scam people out of cryptocurrency.“The attack was not the work of a single country like Russia,” Nathaniel Popper and Kate Conger reported at The New York Times. “Instead, it was done by a group of young people … who got to know one another because of their obsession with owning early or unusual screen names.” The hackers gained access to Twitter’s tools and network via a “coordinated social engineering attack,” as Twitter’s customer-support account called it—a fancy…


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