Misinformation and conspiracy theories spiral after Texas mass school shooting – National | Globalnews.ca

In some cases, misinformation about mass shootings or other events are spread by well-intentioned social media users trying to be helpful. In other cases, it can be the work of grifters looking to start fake fundraisers or draw attention to their website or organization.

Then there are the trolls who seemingly do it for fun.

Fringe online communities, including on 4chan, often use mass shootings and other tragedies as opportunities to sow chaos, troll the public and push harmful narratives, according to Ben Decker, founder and CEO of the digital investigations consultancy Memetica.

 

Source: Misinformation and conspiracy theories spiral after Texas mass school shooting – National | Globalnews.ca

ShiraDest is right: We can Do Better, Editing Process: Killing My Darlings, M. Faulkner

Educating for Future Democracy Collaborative

This is a section I’d rather not remove, but probably needs to be removed, from Chapter Six: Transportation is a matter of both sustenance and sustainability, and thus is a key component of societal infrastructure for many reasons, which must be supported robustly, through funding and through usage by all citizens. […]

We can Do Better Wednesdays, Editing Process: Killing My Darlings, M. Faulkner

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Opinion | Republicans Have Turned America Into a Killing Field – The New York Times

The Republican Party has turned America into a killing field.

Republicans have allowed guns to proliferate while weakening barriers to ownership, lowering the age at which one can purchase a weapon and eliminating laws governing how, when and where guns can be carried.

They have done this in part with help from conservatives on the Supreme Court who have upheld a corrupt and bastardized interpretation of the Second Amendment.

But Republicans have also done so by promoting fear and paranoia. They tell people that criminals are coming to menace you, immigrants are coming to menace you, a race war (or racial replacement) is coming to menace you and the government itself may one day come to menace you.

The only defense you have against the menace is to be armed.

If you buy into this line of thinking, owning a gun is not only logical but prudent. It’s like living in a flood plain and buying flood insurance. Of course you should do it.

The propaganda has been incredibly, insidiously persuasive. As Vox pointed out last year, “Americans make up less than 5 percent of the world’s population, yet they own roughly 45 percent of all the world’s privately held firearms,” according to 2018 data.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has few suggestions on preventing mass shootings | The Texas Tribune (Me: Abbott parrots NRA mental health excuses for doing nothing about guns)

 

Source: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has few suggestions on preventing mass shootings | The Texas Tribune

Recycled tires make for roads that last twice as long in hot sunshine

“We found adding between 18 percent and 22 percent of crumb rubber generates an ideal balance in terms of improving rut and fatigue resistance to traffic loads, while resisting UV aging,” said Filippo Giustozzi, lead author of the study. “This acts so effectively as a sunscreen for roads that it actually makes the surface last twice as long as regular bitumen. We knew that UV would be a factor in road degradation, but not by what degree or how to protect against it, as nobody has really been looking at this aspect.”

The other advantage of the technique is that it gives old tires a new lease on life. These waste products are a major environmental hazard that keeps building up, so useful ways to recycle them are welcome.

Source: Recycled tires make for roads that last twice as long in hot sunshine

La ricetta del giorno

Napoli ieri oggi e domani

Ricotta in coppa

Ingredienti: ricotta romana 300gr, zucchero 100gr, caffè liofilizzato in polvere, caffè liquido molto forte, vaniglia, mandorle pelate 50gr, cioccolato fondente 50gr.

Esecuzione: stemperare la ricotta con la frusta incorporandovi lo zucchero, la vaniglia e un cucchiaio di caffè liofilizzato e sciolto in poco caffè freddo molto forte.

Mescolare con cura e unire al composto le mandorle a filetti e il cioccolato a scaglie.

Dividere la ricotta in coppe singole e guarnirle a piacere con scaglie di cioccolato e mandorle.

Buon appetito

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We can Do Better Wednesdays, & Taking Our B/M/W Together!

Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

Here’s another prompt from chapter 7:

“I’m taking my BMW, as in Bike/Metro/Walk”!

Have you heard this joke, before? 🙂

It was common when I was a student in DC, in the late 1980s.

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector, Casa de Papel, or  Lupin Reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

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Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about Project Do Better.

Shira


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