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WGBH American Experience | "PBS . Freedom Summer" | 06/24/14

WGBH American Experience | "PBS . Freedom Summer" | 06/24/14 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
A historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.
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....it's on my PBS Station GPB right now!! Are you watching it on  your local PBS Station??

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WGBH American Experience | "PBS . Freedom Summer" | 06/24/14 - http://sco.lt/6SInNB
....it's on my PBS Station GPB right now!! Are you watching it on your local PBS Station??

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WGBH American Experience | "PBS . Freedom Summer" | 06/24/14 
Are you watching it on your local PBS Station??

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"Did the assault weapons ban of 1994 bring down mass shootings? Here's what the data tells us" | MSN News - The Conversation | 06/08/2022

"Did the assault weapons ban of 1994 bring down mass shootings? Here's what the data tells us" | MSN News - The Conversation | 06/08/2022 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
A spate of high-profile mass shootings in the U.S. has sparked calls for Congress to look at imposing a ban on so-called assault weapons – covering the types of guns used in both the recent Buffalo grocery attack and that on an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Such a prohibition has been in place before. As President Joe Biden noted in his June 2, 2022, speech addressing gun violence, almost three decades ago bipartisan support i
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"Did the assault weapons ban of 1994 bring down mass shootings? Here's what the data tells us" | MSN News - The Conversation | 06/08/2022

 

INSIGHT: During the 1994-2004 ban:

In the years after the assault weapons ban went into effect, the number of deaths from mass shootings fell, and the increase in the annual number of incidents slowed down. Even including 1999’s Columbine High School massacre – the deadliest mass shooting during the period of the ban – the 1994 to 2004 period saw lower average annual rates of both mass shootings and deaths resulting from such incidents than before the ban’s inception.

 

From 2004 onward:

The data shows an almost immediate – and steep – rise in mass shooting deaths in the years after the assault weapons ban expired in 2004.

Breaking the data into absolute numbers, between 2005 and 2017 – the last year of our analysis – the average number of yearly deaths attributed to mass shootings was 25, compared with 5.3 during the 10-year tenure of the ban and 7.2 in the years leading up to the prohibition on assault weapons.

Saving hundreds of lives

We calculated that the risk of a person in the U.S. dying in a mass shooting was 70% lower during the period in which the assault weapons ban was active. The proportion of overall gun homicides resulting from mass shootings was also down, with nine fewer mass-shooting-related fatalities per 10,000 shooting deaths. #AssaultWeaponsBanSavesLives

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"A Supreme Court justice’s solution to gun violence: Repeal Second Amendment" | The Washington Post | 05/28/2022

"A Supreme Court justice’s solution to gun violence: Repeal Second Amendment" | The Washington Post | 05/28/2022 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
After 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in February 2018, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens issued a radical proposal to scrap the Second Amendment.
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"A Supreme Court justice’s solution to gun violence: Repeal Second Amendment" | The Washington Post | 05/28/2022

 

INSIGHT: "Four years ago, when — as now — the nation was reeling from the horror of a mass school shooting, a retired Supreme Court justice suggested a radical solution: getting rid of the Second Amendment.

John Paul Stevens issued the call after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in February 2018. The attack prompted hundreds of thousands to demand action the next month to end gun violence at the March for Our Lives."

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"Let's Get Augusta Growth, Action, and Results." | Garnett For Mayor - YouTube Channel | 05/20/2022

My name is Garnett Johnson and I am in this race to become your next mayor because Augusta needs change. We need to get back to winning again in every corner of this city. Columbus has overtaken us as Georgia's second largest city and Savannah is nipping at our heels for third. We need leadership that understands how relationships create Growth, Action, and Results. I am the only candidate with a seat at the table to get this city growing again and I look forward to being your next mayor. I am Garnett Johnson from Augusta, for Augusta.
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"Let's Get Augusta Growth, Action, and Results." | Garnett For Mayor - YouTube Channel | 05/20/2022

 

INSIGHT: My name is Garnett Johnson and I am in this race to become your next mayor because Augusta needs change. We need to get back to winning again in every corner of this city. Columbus has overtaken us as Georgia's second largest city and Savannah is nipping at our heels for third. We need leadership that understands how relationships create Growth, Action, and Results. I am the only candidate with a seat at the table to get this city growing again and I look forward to being your next mayor. I am Garnett Johnson from Augusta, for Augusta.

#GoVoteTuesdayAugustaGA #YourVoiceMatters #YourVoteCountsGeorgia

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"Voters here, elsewhere flocking to cast ballots early" | WRDW/WAGT - 12/26 TV | 05/11/2022

"Voters here, elsewhere flocking to cast ballots early" | WRDW/WAGT - 12/26 TV | 05/11/2022 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
As the second week of early voting continues for Georgia’s 2022 primary election, voters are turning out in record numbers across the state.
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"Voters here, elsewhere flocking to cast ballots early" | WRDW/WAGT - 12/26 TV | 05/11/2022

 

EXCERPT: "Through May 10, more than 250,000 people have voted early in Georgia — a 239% increase from the same point in the early voting period in the 2018 primary election and a 160% increase in the same point in the early voting period in the 2020 primary election.

 

Richmond County through May 10 has seen 2,318 early in-person voters, compared to 1,037 through the end of the second week of early voting in the 2020 primary and 1,667 in 2018.

 

This year’s early voters in Richmond County include 1,832 Democrats, 462 Republicans and 24 nonpartisan voters."

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OPINION: "Herschel Walker’s insulting campaign is the worst kind of sports idolatry" | Washington Post - NFL | 05/06/2022

OPINION: "Herschel Walker’s insulting campaign is the worst kind of sports idolatry" | Washington Post - NFL | 05/06/2022 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Some sports stars are deserving public servants. Herschel Walker, on the other hand, is embarrassingly unqualified.
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OPINION: "Herschel Walker’s insulting campaign is the worst kind of sports idolatry" | Washington Post - NFL | 05/06/2022

 

EXCERPT: "The viability of Walker’s candidacy is insulting. To Black voters, if it’s assumed they would vote for Walker merely because he was an exceptional Black athlete. And to sports fans, if it’s assumed they would vote for Walker merely because he was an exceptional athlete, one of the greatest. Because he is a three-time all-American. Because he scored 61 touchdowns and gained 7,115 yards in three seasons in the short-lived USFL, where he played for the Trump-owned New Jersey Generals. Because he had 82 touchdowns, 8,225 rushing yards and 4,859 receiving yards in a dozen NFL seasons.

 

Walker should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But that shouldn’t make him, or anyone, a legitimate candidate for elected office. His unearned political candidacy threatens calamitous consequences."

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"2020 may have finally captured the elusive youth turnout — and the momentum could keep going" | Business Insider | November 10, 2020

"2020 may have finally captured the elusive youth turnout — and the momentum could keep going" | Business Insider | November 10, 2020 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

 

  • The 2020 election saw historic turnout across the board – and one crucial group showed up in a big way as young voters made their voices heard.
  • Tufts' Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) has tracked young voter turnout since 2001 and found youth voter turnout for 2020 was up at least 5% from 2016 — and maybe as much as 9%.
  • In May, psychologist Jean Twenge told Business Insider that the pandemic could actually change the consistently "low and stable" nature of the young vote.
  • Now, young voters may have tipped key margins — and could be galvanized as their preferred candidate clinches the presidency.

 

 

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INSIGHT:  Tufts University's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) has been tracking and analyzing young voter turnout since 2001. According to its latest estimates, youth voter turnout for 2020 was up by at least 5% from 2016 — and could have been up by as much as 9%.

 

In 2016, young voters made up 16% of voters — a share that not only held steady in 2020, but actually increased by one percentage point. While that may not seem like a huge increase, Abby Kisea, CIRCLE'S director of impact, told Business Insider that it's significant given how many more voters there were in 2020 (President-elect Joe Biden received the most votes of any candidate in US history).

 

Those youth voters may have been a deciding factor in some key races. In Georgia — which Biden leads by a slim margin — CIRCLE reports an "upsurge" in youth participation that gave the president-elect net 187,000 votes..

 

Overall, CIRCLE found that young people of color supported Biden overwhelmingly — and they were "key support" for Biden. In Georgia, for instance, 90% of young Black voters supported Biden, compared to just 34% of young white voters.

 

Gen Z on the whole is the most racially and ethnically diverse generation, and comprises around 20% of the entire US population.

 

Milu Parrilla, an 18-year-old freshman studying biology at Georgia State University and an organizer with Student PIRGs New Voters Project, told Insider that many of the young voters she spoke with wanted to become more involved in politics.

 

That's where youth mobilization came in; CIRCLE reported that, for young voters of color, "voting is not a question of interest and enthusiasm, but of opportunity and access." Per their June 2020 poll, two in five young Black voters had "never seen information on how to vote by mail or absentee."

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"Counties other than Fulton make big difference for Joe Biden in Georgia election results" | News - Athens Banner-Herald | November 5, 2020

"Counties other than Fulton make big difference for Joe Biden in Georgia election results" | News - Athens Banner-Herald | November 5, 2020 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
All eyes have been on metro Atlanta counties during the razor-thin presidential election, but the smaller counties of Richmond, Chatham and Clayton could
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INSIGHT: According to the Georgia secretary of state, Biden took 67.8% of the vote in Richmond County, 58.6% in Chatham and a whopping 84.9% in Clayton.

 

All three counties have large percentages of African Americans – 55.2% in Richmond, 39.4% in Chatham and 67.7% in Clayton – who have historically voted Democratic.

 

“We rallied,” Clayton County Democratic Party Chairman Larry Bussey said. “We purchased billboards. We told people go out and vote like you’ve never voted before.”

 

Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Jordan Johnson attributes the county’s huge turnout to the party focusing its attention on politically disengaged but otherwise Democratic-minded residents.

 

“We have given up on trying to rekindle this relationship with people who left the Democratic Party,” Johnson said. “What we have seen this time around is an influx of young voters in places like Richmond and Chatham counties, folks who were not able to vote in 2016 for whatever reason – whether they were incarcerated, fresh out of high school or couldn’t get to the polls – and get them registered and get them engaged.”

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Early voting begins in Georgia with long lines, high turnout

Early voting begins in Georgia with long lines, high turnout | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Race is one of the strongest predictors of how long a person waits in line to vote, research shows.
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NBC News | Early voting begins in Georgia with long lines, high turnout | 10/12/2020

 

"Race is one of the strongest predictors of how long a person waits in line to vote, research shows."

 

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"Whistle-Blower Brian Murphy Says D.H.S. Downplayed Threats From Russia and White Supremacists" | The New York Times - U.S. Politics | 09/09/2020

"Whistle-Blower Brian Murphy Says D.H.S. Downplayed Threats From Russia and White Supremacists" | The New York Times - U.S. Politics | 09/09/2020 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Brian Murphy, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence division, accused senior leaders of warping the agency around President Trump’s political interests.
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"Whistle-Blower Brian Murphy Says D.H.S. Downplayed Threats From Russia and White Supremacists" | The New York Times - U.S. Politics | 09/09/2020

 

INSIGHT:  Top officials with the Department of Homeland Security directed agency analysts to downplay threats from violent white supremacy and Russian election interference, a Homeland Security official said in a whistle-blower complaint released on Wednesday.

 

Brian Murphy, the former head of the Homeland Security Department’s intelligence branch, said in the complaint that he was ordered this spring by Chad F. Wolf, the acting secretary of the department, to stop producing assessments on Russian interference and focus instead on Iran and China. That request, Mr. Murphy said, was routed through Mr. Wolf from Robert C. O’Brien, the White House national security adviser.

 

Mr. Wolf later told him not to disseminate a report on a Russian disinformation campaign to denigrate Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s mental health because it “made the president look bad,” said Mr. Murphy, who warned that the actions in their totality threatened national security.

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Trump and OSHA: putting workers at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic

Trump and OSHA: putting workers at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
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Check out the latest Opinion Piece distributed by American Forum
 
USA TODAY - Opinion | "Trump and OSHA: putting workers at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic" by Josiah Rector and Christopher Sellers Opinion contributors | 09/07/2020 - https://bityl.co/3Oc6
 
INSIGHT: This Labor Day, a holiday intended to celebrate workers’ contributions to our economy and society, will also be a day of mourning. Tens of thousands of workers who care for the sick and elderly, pick and process food, bag groceries and perform other essential tasks, who are disproportionately people of color and women, have been hospitalized or died from a virus they contracted at work.
 
As outbreaks surge because of employers’ negligence, and rampant labor abuses surrounding COVID-19 go unpunished, only a handful of states have moved to compensate COVID-afflicted workers, and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has largely been missing in action. Republicans in the Trump administration and Congress are now insisting that the second round of COVID-19 stimulus shield employers from liability related to the pandemic.
 
NOTE: Josiah Rector (@JosiahRector) is an assistant professor of History at the University of Houston. Christopher Sellers (@ChrisCSellers) is a professor of History at Stony Brook University and a member of the Environmental History Action Collaborative, a working group of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative.
 
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The Root - Politics | Nse Ufot: "A Love Letter to Black Women, Who Have Always Labored for Our Democracy" | September 7, 2020

The Root - Politics | Nse Ufot: "A Love Letter to Black Women, Who Have Always Labored for Our Democracy" | September 7, 2020 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
My Fellow Black Women,
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The Root - Politics | Nse Ufot: "A Love Letter to Black Women, Who Have Always Labored for Our Democracy" | September 7, 2020
 
EXCERPT: "My Fellow Black Women,
It’s a new day. A Black, South Asian woman is the vice-presidential candidate on the 2020 Democratic ticket. It’s a historic moment. With the celebration, discussion and dissection of partisan politics, I reminisce on the countless strides made by the thousands of Black women who laid the groundwork for this moment.
 
But first, I take a moment for myself—and encourage you to do so, too. In honor of Labor Day and our literal work to improve our democracy, be gentle to yourself, and be kind. It is your genius that has gotten to where we are today. Know that you have always been a key leader of the caring culture of our country.."
 
NOTE: Nse Ufot is a lawyer turned top voter engagement strategist on a mission to reshape the political landscape in Georgia, one voter at a time. She is CEO of the New Georgia Project and the New Georgia Project Action Fund, where she leads an ambitious effort to register new voters of color and young people, cultivating civic engagement through an innovative blend of technology, art, and culture.
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DHS to label white supremacists as the 'most persistent and lethal threat' to the US: report

DHS to label white supremacists as the 'most persistent and lethal threat' to the US: report | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is set to label white supremacists as the most serious terror threat facing the United States.
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The Hill | DHS to label white supremacists as the 'most persistent and lethal threat' to the US: report | September 4, 2020

 

INSIGHT:  In three draft reports reviewed by Politico, DHS says the threat posed by white supremacists is more significant than the immediate danger from foreign terrorists.

 

“Foreign terrorist organizations will continue to call for Homeland attacks but probably will remain constrained in their ability to direct such plots over the next year,” all three documents say.

 

Russia “probably will be the primary covert foreign influence actor and purveyor of disinformation and misinformation in the Homeland,” the documents add.

 

“Lone offenders and small cells of individuals motivated by a diverse array of social, ideological, and personal factors will pose the primary terrorist threat to the United States,” the earliest draft reads. “Among these groups, we assess that white supremacist extremists – who increasingly are networking with likeminded persons abroad – will pose the most persistent and lethal threat.

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"Voter registration efforts hit Augusta college campuses" | News - The Augusta Chronicle | 09/25/2018

"Voter registration efforts hit Augusta college campuses" | News - The Augusta Chronicle | 09/25/2018 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
National Voter Registration Day included local voter registration drives and a statewide campaign launch to encourage voting by mail.
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"Voter registration efforts hit Augusta college campuses" | News - The Augusta Chronicle | 09/25/2018

 

INSIGHT: "National Voter Registration Day included local voter registration drives and a statewide campaign launch to encourage voting by mail."

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"The 2 Billion Year Old Nuclear Reactor That Exists In Africa" | MSN News - Grunge Report | 05/28/2022

"The 2 Billion Year Old Nuclear Reactor That Exists In Africa" | MSN News - Grunge Report | 05/28/2022 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
When we think of nuclear reactors, we might assume they're all made by humans. But as scientists discovered in 1972, that's not necessarily the case.
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"The 2 Billion Year Old Nuclear Reactor That Exists In Africa" | MSN News - Grunge Report | 05/28/2022

 

"Mother Nature Has Many Things To Teach Us!".............. #FranklinDelanoWilliams

 

INSIGHT: "During the decay of uranium in the Oklo-reactor, large quantities of radioactive plutonium and cesium were produced. Both of these harmful compounds, which can be highly dangerous to both living organisms, eventually decayed into harmless barium. As Forbes explained, none of the harmful radioactivity from either the plutonium or cesium leaked into the environment around the area near the Olko-reactor. This meant that the radioactive elements were safely contained. For scientists, figuring out how this safe containment could naturally occur became the main focal point of studying the reactor.

In 2018, scientists who studied the Oklo-reactor published peer-reviewed findings that detailed how this was able to occur (via PNAS). Radioactive plutonium and cesium didn't leak into the environment because they became coated in ruthenium, which in turn shielded radioactive particles from permeating the area. Thanks to this, the ruthenium stabilized possible exposure to radioactivity -- and as Forbes noted, the possibility of further studying this as a feasible application to nuclear waste disposal today could help us use nuclear energy as safely and as efficiently as possible until cleaner forms of energy can be implemented worldwide."

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"Georgia voters have gone to the polls 50 times in the last 7 years, and they're caught between relishing and regretting their role as the newest battleground swing state" | MSN News Politics - Bus...

"Georgia voters have gone to the polls 50 times in the last 7 years, and they're caught between relishing and regretting their role as the newest battleground swing state" | MSN News Politics - Bus... | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Georgia voters insist they are willing to "stay in the fight" for elections they believe in. But the burgeoning battleground state asks a lot of them.
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"Georgia voters have gone to the polls 50 times in the last 7 years, and they're caught between relishing and regretting their role as the newest battleground swing state" | MSN News Politics - Business Insider | 05/28/2022

 

INSIGHT:  Battleground Georgia

  • Georgia's become one of America's busiest battleground states.
  • Peach State voters have had to head to the polls 50 times over the last seven years.
  • Georgians should expect hotly contested races for the next 10 years, a political scientist said.

Austell, Georgia, resident Denny Wilson, 65, predicted that 2022 would be a defining moment for her home state. "I think that this election will prove that Georgia is not as blue as everybody thinks it is," she told Insider. 

 

Wilson, a Black woman from the Atlanta metro area, added that conservatives no longer take anything for granted in Georgia. "Now I think they're woke," Wilson said. 

 

"It's never gonna end," Augusta, Georgia, resident James Carroll, 30, said of the intense scrutiny Georgia has undergone the past few years. And he seems to be okay with that. 

 

"The battleground has to be somewhere. And if it's right here, then we're going to fight right here," Carroll told Insider. 

 

Alpharetta, Georgia resident Eamon Keegan, 36, said that, for better or for worse, his home has become a "perpetual swing state." 

 

"Campaigns are going to be a full-time thing now," Keegan, who told Insider he works as a political consultant, predicted. 

 

#BattlegroundGeorgia #GeorgiaVotersMatter #NewGeorgiaProject

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"Where $5 Trillion in Pandemic Stimulus Money Went" | The New York Times - U. S. | 03/13/2022

"Where $5 Trillion in Pandemic Stimulus Money Went" | The New York Times - U. S. | 03/13/2022 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
It is the largest government relief effort in recorded history, and two years after Covid-19 crisis began, money is still flowing to communities. Here’s where it went and how it was spent.
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"Where $5 Trillion in Pandemic Stimulus Money Went" | The New York Times - U. S. | 03/13/2022

 

INSIGHT:  Stimulus bills approved by Congress beginning in 2020 unleashed the largest flood of federal money into the United States economy in recorded history. Roughly $5 trillion went to households, mom-and-pop shops, restaurants, airlines, hospitals, local governments, schools and other institutions around the country grappling with the blow inflicted by Covid-19.

 

Economists largely credit these financial jolts with helping the U.S. economy recover more quickly than it otherwise would have from the largest downturn since the Great Depression: The pandemic recession was the shortest on record, lasting only three months.

 

“What the money did was to basically make sure that when we could reopen, people had money to spend, their credit rating wasn’t ruined, they weren’t evicted and kids weren’t going hungry,” said Louise Sheiner, an economist with the Brookings Institution. “It is a lesson that if you don’t want a recession to have really long-lasting bad effects you spend a bunch of money and you prevent it.

#PandemicStimulusMoney #EconomicImpact #ShortestRecessionOnRecord

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"Family's pain after eight-month-old boy dies from Kawasaki-like disease linked to Covid" | Mirror Online - UK News | 05/09/2022

"Family's pain after eight-month-old boy dies from Kawasaki-like disease linked to Covid" | Mirror Online - UK News | 05/09/2022 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
The family of Alexander Parsons are working to raise awareness about PIMS-TS - Paediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome two years after his death - which is similar to Kawasaki
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"Family's pain after eight-month-old boy dies from Kawasaki-like disease linked to Covid" | Mirror Online - UK News | 05/09/2022

 

EXCERPT: " The heartbroken parents of an eight-month-son who died of a Kawasaki -like disease, which is linked to Covid, are demanding more is done to help raise awareness of the disease.

Alexander Parsons died in 2020 following a brave battle with Kawasaki disease - and parents Kathryn and Jon are calling for more awareness and information about the disease that tragically killed their baby, PlymouthLive reported.

 

Kathryn and Jon said their son suffered a fever and runny nose before he was taken into hospital but it is unknown if he contracted coronavirus.

Mum, Kathryn Rowlands, and dad, Jon Parsons, have set up a petition asking for better public health messaging for PIMS-TS, which is being linked to cases of PIMS-TS - Paediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome - similar to Kawasaki, but occurs following a coronavirus infection.

 

SPECIAL NOTE: I am posting this to help bring awareness here in the United States of America of this rare COVID-19-related illness. One of my Great-Nieces has an eight-month-old battling this infection.  Thanks to my cousin Dr. Johnny L. Williams, President of Old North State Medical Foundation (www.facebook.com/ONSMF/) for helping research the issue.  

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Punchdrunk: The Burnt City review – spectacle eclipses story in siege of Troy epic | Theatre | The Guardian | 04/21/2022

Punchdrunk: The Burnt City review – spectacle eclipses story in siege of Troy epic | Theatre | The Guardian | 04/21/2022 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
This immersive retelling of Greek tragedies is stylish and atmospheric but lacks narrative momentum and its scattered scenes can be frustratingly arcane
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Punchdrunk: The Burnt City review – spectacle eclipses story in siege of Troy epic | Theatre | The Guardian | 04/21/2022

 

PHOTO: Intense and agile … Alison Monique Adnet and Morgan Bobrow-Williams in The Burnt City. Photograph: Julian Abrams

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Franklin's Birthday Fundraiser for New Georgia Project Inc. | Facebook Fundraiser | November 10, 2020

Franklin's Birthday Fundraiser for New Georgia Project Inc. | Facebook Fundraiser | November 10, 2020 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
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For my birthday this year, I asked you to post pics of your "I Voted" stickers. Thanks to the many of you that did,
 
We now have a "Run-Off Election for Our Two Senate Seats". I'm now asking for donations to New Georgia Project Incorporated so that we can mount a "Quick Voter Registration Campaign" and then launch an "Intensive Early Voting and Election Day GOTV".
 
I've chosen this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope you'll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal. I've included information about New Georgia Project Incorporated below.
 
The New Georgia Project is working to change that inequality and is a non-partisan, non-profit organization focused on civically engaging this growing population in Georgia.
 
New Georgia Project (NGP) registered over 50,000 Georgians since January. We refused to let a global pandemic, civil unrest and several attempts at voter (and cultural) suppression stop us. Georgia leads the nation with a 34% increase in voter registration, and I’m confident that NGP’s efforts were instrumental in both this increase and pushing Georgia’s early voting numbers to over 1.5 million this year.
This is already more than a 150% increase compared to the entire early voting period in 2016. We as a state and people are making history! Thank you to all my fellow staff, volunteers, donors and supporters. None of this—and I mean absolutely none of it—is possible without all of us!
 
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If it's not an Electoral College legal fight, it's a blow-out — here are the counties to watch

If it's not an Electoral College legal fight, it's a blow-out — here are the counties to watch | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Election night will be a protracted political marathon... unless it’s not.
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"If it's not an Electoral College legal fight, it's a blow-out — here are the counties to watch" | MSN News - The Hill | 11/02/2020

 

EXCERPT: One key indicator will be what happens in the 206 counties across America that voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 but then flipped to Trump in 2016. These include:

 

The Keystone collection of Pennsylvania counties: Luzerne and Northampton in the northeastern part of the state, near Biden's birthplace of Scranton, and Erie all the way in the upper Northwest. If Biden wins Erie and Northampton and cuts sharply into Trump's Luzerne margin, he wins.

 

Pinellas County, Fla., in the St. Petersburg area, has one of the largest senior citizens population in the country. Trump narrowly carried Pinellas after Obama won by a little larger margin. This will be a good test whether senior citizens are flipping to Biden.

 

Macomb County, Mich., home of the "Reagan Democrats," working class voters who soured on their parents' Democratic party, further analyzed by pollster/scholar Stan Greenberg. Although the county has become more diverse, it went decisively for Trump in 2016. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, however, sees Biden as more appealing for these voters than was Hillary Clinton, and more likely to carry Macomb. It merits close attention.

 

Sauk County, Wis.: Trump won the state by running up margins in the less populous southwestern counties. Sauk has mirrored state polls, which - with a raging COVID-19 crisis - are leaning blue.

 

Penobscot County, Maine. Why Maine? It's the one state that split its electoral votes, as Trump - while losing the state - carried the more rural, working class second district, including Penobscot. There is an improbable, though not completely far-fetched, scenario where one candidate has 269 electoral votes with all eyes on Maine. It'd make a good movie script.

 

Clinton County, Iowa. This is Middle America in a state with 34 counties switching to Trump, enabling him to win by more than 9 points in 2016. These included Clinton County, which went heavily for Obama... then Trump. To have any chance in the state, the Democrats have to carry this Mississippi River county.

 

Stark County, Ohio. Stark is a quadrennial favorite, as it has closely mirrored the state and national outcomes in nine of the last ten presidential contests. Trump garnered over 56 percent of the vote in 2016 - a lot to make up, though Democrats are encouraged by heavy early voting.

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"Death of Chadwick Boseman Puts Focus on Colon Cancer and African Americans" | Black Press USA - NNPA Newswire | 09/07/2020

"Death of Chadwick Boseman Puts Focus on Colon Cancer and African Americans" | Black Press USA - NNPA Newswire | 09/07/2020 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
NNPA NEWSWIRE — Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women in America. It is the second most common cause of death related to the disease. African Americans are disproportionately impacted with a 20 percent greater rate than whites and an even greater degree of mortality.
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"Death of Chadwick Boseman Puts Focus on Colon Cancer and African Americans" | Black Press USA - NNPA Newswire | 09/07/2020

 

INSIGHT:  The death of actor Chadwick Boseman from colon cancer at age 43 has brought new attention on the disease and how it disproportionately impacts African Americans.

 

Boseman was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer at 38. It later advanced to stage 4. Boseman was filming movies that included completing his own stunts while undergoing cancer treatment that included chemotherapy. The actor died on August 30. His death caught many who worked closely with him by surprise. 

 

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women in America. It is the second most common cause of death related to the disease. African Americans are disproportionately impacted with a 20 percent greater rate than whites and an even greater degree of mortality.

 

Every year on average 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer with about 50,000 succumbing to the disease. For African Americans the death rates are higher.  Diets high in animal fat and low in fiber are associated with the development of colon cancer.  Cigarette smoking, obesity, lack of exercise and vitamins C and E deficiency are also contributing factors tied to colon cancer. 

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ABC News | "Black scuba divers document slave shipwrecks forgotten for generations" | 09/09/2020

ABC News | "Black scuba divers document slave shipwrecks forgotten for generations" | 09/09/2020 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
“It's important to know and tell these peoples' stories," one diver said. "It’s important that Black people have a role in telling their own stories.”
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ABC News | "Black scuba divers document slave shipwrecks forgotten for generations" | 09/09/2020

 

INSIGHT:  It was in the middle of December 1827 when the Guerrero, a ship crewed by Cuban pirates, sped through the waters south of Florida to Havana, where they aimed to trade their precious cargo: 561 people who had been kidnapped from their homes in West Africa.

 

As a bad storm approached, the Cuban brig and its crew were trying to avoid British ships that were enforcing a ban on the slave trade, which had been implemented 20 years prior by Great Britain.

 

Near Orange Cay in the Bahamas, a British warship called the HMS Nimble spotted the Guerrero sitting suspiciously low in the water with the weight of the captives on board. The Nimble's crew fired two warning shots at the Guerrero and the chase was on. After five hours, the Nimble had gotten close enough to engage the Guerrero, and the two ships battled with cannon and musket fire.

 

The hundreds of people held captive, crammed into the Cuban boat no more than 120 feet long, could not have known what was happening above.

 

As the sun set, the storm descended. The Guerrero tried to take off again but crashed into the Florida reef, ripping open its hull. Its masts fell. Those on the British ship 2 miles behind could hear the screams of the hundreds aboard.

 

Forty-one African souls died there in bondage. Nearly 200 years later, the brig still hasn't been found.

 

This story may have been forgotten if not for Gail Swanson, a Florida Keys historian who first uncovered a log from the Nimble in 1992, which described these events. Later, divers Ken Stewart and the late Brenda Lanzendorf took on the search for the ship.

 

The two founded Diving with a Purpose (DWP) together in 2004 with the intention of finding and documenting what is left of the Guerrero. Today, divers of all ages take part in the program, learning to identify and map shipwrecks in the Florida Keys and beyond, as far away as South Africa. Most of its members are Black.

 

Rachel Stewart started scuba diving with her late father while on a trip when she was only 13 years old. Now 24, she says, "diving is something I love doing to remember him."

 

Before she joined DWP, Stewart said she didn't know much about maritime archeology. But then she learned about the Guerrero.

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"The Concurrent Classroom: Using Blended Learning Models to Teach Students In-person and Online Simultaneously" | by Catlin Tucker | 09/01/2020

"The Concurrent Classroom: Using Blended Learning Models to Teach Students In-person and Online Simultaneously" | by Catlin Tucker | 09/01/2020 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Teachers all over the country are being asked to teach 'concurrent classrooms' in which some students attend class in person and others attend virtually. The teacher in a concurrent classroom attempts to meet the needs of the students in class

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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"The Concurrent Classroom: Using Blended Learning Models to Teach Students In-person and Online Simultaneously" | by Catlin Tucker | 09/01/2020

 

INSIGHT: Teachers all over the country are being asked to teach “concurrent classrooms” in which some students attend class in person and others attend virtually. The teacher in a concurrent classroom attempts to meet the needs of the students in class and online simultaneously. This is the most challenging scenario I can imagine in our current situation.

 

Several teachers have reached out asking for advice. I wish there was research I could point to or a collection of best practices that I could share. Unfortunately, there is a scarcity of information on this topic in the context of K-12 education. In an attempt to support teachers in this situation, I’ve been reflecting on how I would approach design, instruction, and facilitation in a concurrent classroom.

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Tanya DeClue's curator insight, September 19, 2020 10:18 PM
This article dives into how teachers are being asked to support their students in the classroom as well as the ones online and working with them simultaneously.  Blended learning offers a few options to help with this style of teaching.  In this article she explains how she would use three of them.  Great insight and examples to help anyone who may be stuck.
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Kyle Rittenhouse and his militia defense ignores that private paramilitaries are illegal

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Kenosha, Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse, protests and violence make a deadly mix. Where are militias and the Second Amendment in all this?
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NBC News | "Kyle Rittenhouse and his militia defense ignores that private paramilitaries are illegal" | 09/05/2020

 

"A militia operates under the authority of the president or a governor; if it doesn’t, it’s just an armed mob."

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Earth Is 'Missing' at Least 20 Ft of Sea Level Rise. #Antarctica "Could" Be The Time Bomb Corporate Media always want to create doubt!

Earth Is 'Missing' at Least 20 Ft of Sea Level Rise. #Antarctica "Could" Be The Time Bomb Corporate Media always want to create doubt! | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Some 115,000 years ago, Homo sapiens were still living in bands of hunter gatherers, largely confined to Africa. We still shared the globe with the Neanderthals, although it's not clear we had met them yet.

Via THE OFFICIAL ANDREASCY, CineversityTV
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Earth Is 'Missing' at Least 20 Ft of Sea Level Rise. #Antarctica "Could" Be The Time Bomb Corporate Media always want to create doubt! | Science Alert | 02/12/2019

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Here's what's really happening with all that ice.