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RT @SaraLeeTeacher: Safe Racers finals! After exploring electromagnetism, gravity, friction, etc. students innovated their cars for the bes…
RT @SaraLeeTeacher: 3rd graders got to @Skype with an employee from @Tesla to inquire about the innovation of automobiles. Thank you @Katie…
They are not ”ahead of us” when you peel back the layers and examine their problems. Denmark, for example, passed the infamous “jewelry law” to confiscate valuables from refugees and asylum seekers to deter such immigration (https://www.thelocal.dk/20190124/three-years-after-denmarks-infamous-jewellery-law-hit-world-headlines-not-a-single-pie ce-has-been-confiscated). https://twitter.com/matthewjdowd/status/1109046641850568704
Wonder if New York Times will change its style manual and stop using binary gender honorifics in all articles (it stopped using Mr. Miss. in pop culture pieces because it felt readers found those to be too distancing but still uses honorifics in political and business pieces). https://twitter.com/philipindc/status/1109055770639896577
This is one of the most mesmerizing YouTube clips ever: Glenn Gould and Leonard Bernstein (Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 1) with Bernstein demonstrating why interpreting Bach is so tricky. Gould’s playing without sheet music - he played from memory! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZX_XCYokQo
Glenn Gould (1932-1982) was renowned as an interpreter of the works of Bach. He displayed remarkable technical proficiency and capacity to articulate the polyphonic texture of Bach's music. Gould would play concerts only while sitting on an old chair his father had made. https://twitter.com/lincolncenter/status/1108760443756204032
Muslims take off their shoes before entering the mosque for prayer - so this New Zealand church laid out 50 pairs of white shoes in memory of the Christchurch mosque massacre victims.
RT @_SJPeace_: My heart 😭 Students gather in respect of The Azaan (Muslim call to prayer) at Canterbury Christchurch University standing i…
3. Given the big deal that Congressional Republicans, and specifically Trump, made of Clinton’s private email server use and her subsequent email deletions, expect Congressional Democrats to launch their own investigation into Kushner’s WhatsApp and other communication habits.
2. Clinton tried to find a convenient approach to juggling personal and private email by using a private email server, which ended up creating a huge scandal for her (made worse by revelations of millions of dollars in foreign donations to her family foundation).
It’s not unusual for folks who have transitioned into a government role to continue to receive emails or text messages on their private channels. Proper approach is to screenshot them for archiving and/or to forward them to official accounts as appropriate. https://twitter.com/nbcnews/status/1108789412874383360
“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” - Pablo Picasso
RT @GoogleDoodles: Important NOTE 😉: Today's #GoogleDoodle celebrates the world-renowned German composer #Bach with our first ever AI-power…
Again, this is a misleading statement that also masks the scope of the problem. Depends on where in the US the women giving birth happens to be. California’s maternal mortality rate is the same as Finland’s (~4/100,000). In states like Louisiana, it is 58/100,000. https://twitter.com/sarahkliff/status/1108756819034497030
9. Pelosi may be forced to offer the Democratic response to Trump’s recognition of Israel’s annexation of Golan as early as next week, when she speaks at the AIPAC Conference in DC (many 2020 Democrats are skipping it after calls to boycott it).
8. “Trump has been looking for a new wedge issue for the 2020 campaign. Immigration and the border wall have become too toxic and he has his eyes set on Israel, anti-Semitism…” Will be interesting to see how Pelosi and others respond to his Golan move.https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-trump-israel-ilhan-omar-jewish-vote-1.7038882
7. Following the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israel agreed to return about 5% of Golan territory to Syria. Landmines deployed by the Syrian army in the Golan remain active. As of 2003 there have been least 216 landmine casualties in the Syrian-controlled Golan since 1973.
6. During the Six-Day War, around 100,000 Syrians fled or were driven from the Golan Heights and some remained in the Israeli-occupied territory. Israel has not allowed former residents to return, citing security concerns. Israeli settlement in the Golan began soon after the war.
5. Since the 1967 Six-Day War, western 2/3 of the Golan has been administered by Israel, and the eastern third by Syria;l, or following the onset of the Syrian Civil War, control was split between Assad government and opposition forces with UNDOF maintaining 175-mile buffer zone.
4. In the 16th century, the Golan was conquered by the Ottoman Empire and was part of the Vilayet of Damascus until it was transferred to French control in 1918. When the French mandate terminated in 2946, it became part of the newly independent Syrian Republic.
3. The Golan Heights are recognized as part of Syria by UN Resolution 242, which calls for Israel to withdraw from Golan and other territories, including Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The precedent that the flouting of this resolution set likely emboldened Putin to annex Crimea.
2. Trump recognizing Israel’s annexation of Golan will make it awkward for Democrats to campaign on overturning this recognition - Trump has already proclaimed that the Democratic Party doesn’t care about Israel (this may also bolster Putin’s case for annexing Crimea).
A weakened Syria can’t dispute this. Israel annexed Golan and Genie Oil on whose board sit Dick Cheney, Rupert Murdoch, James Woolsey (Clinton’s CIA director), Summers (Clinton’s Treasury Sec), Richardson (Clinton’s UN ambassador + Energy Sec) believes it can tap Golan for oil. https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1108799710549233665
Kinda surreal to see a grocery store’s employees with backs turned to shoppers as shoppers walk out with the goods without stopping by a traditional checkout register. https://twitter.com/khanoisseur/status/1108815143754960898
Amazon’s brilliant “Go” - just walk in, shop, walk out - no lines, no cashiers
7. However 16 states, Puerto Rico and Washington DC have not set up MMRCs in part due to lack of funding. Trump signed the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act (two years in the making) into law, which would give states $7 million/year over 4 years to support new and existing MMRCs.
6. California’s maternal mortality rate was steadily rising until it created a Maternal Mortality Review Committee, which used data to design safety resources + tool kits, leading to a 55% reduction in MMR, to 4 deaths per 100,000 live births, lowest in US.https://twitter.com/khanoisseur/status/1108724485996376066?s=21
Marc Benioff would be my pick to head up DoJ. I like his views on combatting poverty and homelessness. https://twitter.com/billrisch/status/1108762051105775626
4. I feel we need to merge Departments of Education, Labor and Energy into a new Department of Innovation that takes a holistic view of education + skills training for the future workforce with a focus on renewable energy. Maybe LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman could run this.
3. I’d pick Tim Cook or Howard Schultz for VP or Sec of Defense roles (Schultz’s focus on the national debt could help reduce interest payments on the debt, which will top $8 trillion by 2030). Whole Foods CEO John Mackey would be my pick to lead USDA. https://twitter.com/khanoisseur/status/1108755447497048064?s=21
2. These folks have powered most of the innovation in the US in the last three decades, creating tens of millions of jobs that pushed the envelope of benefits and perks (including paid family leave, free lunches) and brought trillion$ in tax revenue. https://twitter.com/khanoisseur/status/1108755447497048064?s=21
White House dream team/cabinet to fuel innovation: Jeff Bezos POTUS Bill Gates: Sec of State Mark Zuckerberg: Commerce Larry Page: Treasury Larry Ellison: DHS Sergey Brin: EPA Steve Ballmer: HHS Michael Dell: Sec of HUD Elon Musk: Transportation Eric Schmidt: Sec of Interior https://twitter.com/jonerlichman/status/1108414252040237056
RT @tammyforla: This. Is. Unacceptable. Louisiana, it’s time to fight for our state and elevate ourselves from the bottom. Our curre…
US maternal mortality rate varies widely by state. In California it is 4 deaths per 100,000 live births - much lower when compared to Canada as a whole : 11 per 100,000 live births as of 2013 (rose from 6/100,000 in 1990 in Canada). https://twitter.com/caseykins421/status/1108606873895350272
Massachusetts and Connecticut have maternal death review panels tasked with conducting comprehensive, multidisciplinary review of each maternal death in these states. In Ca, 75 out of 98 deaths involved medical failings including delays or inadequacies in diagnosis or treatment. https://twitter.com/andartissa/status/1108711606991638528
5. UC Davis Hospital in California partnered with San Francisco-based ride service Lyft to offer free rides so people can obtain timely prenatal care (for some, burden of having to travel for specialized prenatal care often means the care is sacrificed). https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/health-and-medicine/article210216744.html
4. While “journalists” are attacking Nikki Haley’s comments re Finland, perhaps they should be asking why there is such disparity in US in terms of maternal care; and explore what states like CA, MA, CT are getting right that other states can emulate. https://twitter.com/khanoisseur/status/1108588931464024065?s=21
Ardern said an amnesty and a buy-back scheme would be imposed so the owners of affected weapons could hand them in (NZ$4000 fine + 3 years in prison after amnesty ends). Buy-back could cost > NZ$100M. “That is the price that we must pay to ensure the safety of our communities". https://twitter.com/bbcworld/status/1108553582381391872
3. Maternal mortality rates (MMR) vary widely by states, ranging from a low of 4.0 deaths per 100,000 births in California (comparable to Finland) to a high of 58.1 deaths per 100,000 births in Louisiana. Race/ethnicity are other key factors that affect overall US MMR.
2. Most current CDC data places US pregnancy-related mortality ratio at 18 deaths per 100,000 live births (~three times higher than it was in 1987), and 50-60% of those deaths were preventable. Washington State’s maternal mortality rate was 9/100,00 - half the national average.
US is one of only 13 countries in the world where the rate of maternal mortality is now worse than it was 25 years ago. Black women have a maternal mortality rate three times higher than that of white women. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/magazine/black-mothers-babies-death-maternal-mortality.html https://twitter.com/heerjeet/status/1108533622330613760
8. For years, the Army via numerous Congressional hearings tried to convince Congress not to buy tanks like the M1A1 that’s built in Ohio, but lawmakers representing the state feared jobs losses (and losing elections) overruled and kept pumping billions into building tanks.
7. The Army and Marine Corps have 9000 tanks, many sitting in storage, which prompted talks of closing Lima tank plant but General Dynamics (General Mattis sat on its board) which operates the government-owned Lima M1A1 tank plant opposed its closure. https://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/12/18/congress-again-buys-abrams-tanks-the-army-doesnt-want.html
6. Many of the M1A1 tanks that will be built with the taxpayer-funded bailout will likely wind up in storage (there are already 200+ brand new tanks in storage) since the army already has all the tanks it needs. In 2011, the army couldn’t convince Congress it needed more tanks.
5. I wonder how many Lima M1A1 tank plant workers wish there was an Amazon HQ or a Google HQ in Ohio that they could work at instead of building military tanks; for now, American taxpayers have come through with another bailout for their plant. https://twitter.com/khanoisseur/status/1108544000850624515?s=21
4. Trump took a swipe at McCain at Lima tank plant. McCain was a vociferous cheerleader for Iraq invasion by falsely linking Saddam to anthrax mailings and 9/11 attacks. The Iraq war, ironically, boosted defense spending, extended life of M1A1 tank plant.https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/1108455751289397253?s=21
3. Lima M1A1 tank plant will hire 2000, paying most workers $19-$21/hour, which equates to $41,000/hour, or about one-third higher than Lima’s median annual pay of $31,000. (Contrast this with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos creating 25,000 jobs paying $150,000 in Arlington, Virginia.)
2. The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, which is government-owned but operated by defense giant General Dynamics, got a huge boost earlier this year when the US Army said it would spend $714 million to upgrade the M1A1 Abrams, the main battle tank used by US armed forces.
1. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Australia buy the M1A1 tanks made by this factory in Lima, Ohio, (a state that went to Trump in 2016) which almost shut down 5 years ago due to defense cuts until lawmakers from both parties stepped in. Trump is steering billions of dollars to the plant. https://twitter.com/abcpolitics/status/1108458248846217216
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