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1. OK, I'm calling bs on "news" of "COVID parties"—college students TRYING to get COVID. It has all the failure hallmarks of moral panic, Chomsky's 4th filter of manufactured consent (flak) & confirmation bias. Let me lay out why you should be skeptical. https://abcnews.go.com/US/alabama-students-throwing-covid-parties-infected-officials/story?id=71552514
Another victory... Maybe LAPD Chief Moore will follow suit and resign today, after the $150 million cut to his department. 🤞🏾🤞🏾🤞🏾 LA School Police chief resigns one day after school board approves 35% budget cut https://abc7.com/education/la-school-police-chief-resigns-following-deep-budget-cuts-/6290184/ via @ABC7 Eyewitness News
In April, LAPD officer Toni McBride killed Daniel Hernandez during a mental health crisis. His family is furious that McBride, the daughter of a police union official, appears in social media videos where she "rejoices" in shooting high powered weapons. https://theappeal.org/lapd-killing-social-media/
After the police killing of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, activists say it’s time to shut down the city’s jail, which is already slated for closure. “We need it done to save folks’ lives and we need it done so it’s not there for people to even want to use.” https://theappeal.org/nationwide-calls-for-police-reform-put-new-pressure-on-atlanta-to-close-its-ci...
This whole story is great reporting, but this graphic by @Hannah Recht and @francois duckett really put public health spending in context for me. https://khn.org/news/us-public-health-system-underfunded-under-threat-faces-more-cuts-amid-covid-pan...
My open letter to Portland Police Bureau Chief Lovell and Police Commissioner Mayor Wheeler. (Thread - 1)
Hi. Harvard neuroscientist here. For far less than you're paying, I'll visit Madison schools every year to replace the loss of your three Black police-officer-role-models. I'll bring my brother along too. He's an aerospace engineer for NASA. Fair trade? https://madison.com/wsj/opinion/editorial/no-cops-will-mean-even-fewer-black-men-as-role-models-in-m...
The use of police officers to respond to all 911 calls can have deadly consequences: People with an untreated mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed during a police encounter than other civilians who come into contact with law enforcement. https://theappeal.org/community-based-emergency-first-responders-explained/
In 2018, Ulises Valladares was kidnapped—but then killed by a Houston FBI agent during a botched rescue attempt. The FBI still refuses to name the agent. “Who is the killer who killed an innocent person on the taxpayers’ dime,” asked a family attorney. https://www.khou.com/article/news/crime/victims-family-want-charges-against-fbi-agent-who-shot-and-k...
wild to me that this guy, of all senators, is getting primaried
For decades, the White House has every summer released projections of key economic data - GDP; unemployment; inflation; etc. - as part of its update to Congress on the budget Today, the White House released its budget -- w/o any of these projections https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/28/white-house-coronavirus-economic-projections/
FBI targetting protestors in Seattle.’