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The World Was Primed for Protest Conspiracy Theories

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 08:00
For some, it's a sort of mental self-preservation, for others it’s a concerted strategy to win the former category over to their way of thinking.
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How to Make Your Virtual Jam Session Sound—and Look—Good

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 08:00
You know those videos of musicians rocking out from their living rooms, laid out in a grid? Here's how they're made.
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How to Avoid Spreading Misinformation About the Protests

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 07:00
There isn't always time, during a crisis, to be reflective in the face of harmful information. Here's a useful rule of thumb.
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All This Chaos Might Be Giving You 'Crisis Fatigue'

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 07:00
Your body is well adapted to handle temporary stresses, but is overwhelmed by the constant, unrelenting pressures of this horrible year.
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Curfews Can Quell Violence—but Also Spark More Protests

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 07:00
Researchers say the stay-home orders can encourage police abuse and pit residents against law enforcement.
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'I Didn't Deserve It': Pandemic Shut Down His Barbershop, Then A Fire Destroyed It

Trevon Ellis spent years building up his Minneapolis barbershop, luring customers with smart haircuts, snacks and friendly conversation. It took just one terrible night to destroy it all.

(Image credit: Laylah Amatullah Barrayn for NPR)

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For One Immigrant Community, George Floyd's Death Isn't Just About Black And White

George Floyd's death isn't just a story about a black man and the white cop charged with his murder. Among Asian Americans, the involvement of Hmong officer Tou Thao is stirring a racial debate.

(Image credit: Jim Urquhart for NPR)

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Lessons From 2015 Uprising Inform Non-Violent Protests In Baltimore

Unlike the demonstrations that rocked the city five years ago after Freddie Gray, 25, died in police custody, this week's unfolded peacefully. Local activists are helping to avoid unplanned violence.

(Image credit: Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service via Getty I)

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NIH Director Hopes For At Least 1 Safe And Effective Vaccine By Year's End

Dr. Francis Collins says some candidates for a coronavirus vaccine will be ready to start large-scale human trials as early as next month. Scaling up production may start before tests are complete.

(Image credit: University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP)

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Why Is Voting By Mail (Suddenly) Controversial? Here's What You Need To Know

President Trump's warnings of potential fraud don't line up with what elections experts predict or with how most Americans feel about voting by mail. Here are the facts about mail ballots.

(Image credit: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images)

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Former Defense Secretary Mattis Issues Stunning Rebuke Of Trump

Jim Mattis, who resigned as Trump's defense secretary nearly a year-and-a-half ago, accuses the president of dividing the nation and warns against "militarizing our response" to protests.

(Image credit: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

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Amid Protests Against Police Violence LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Announces Cuts To LAPD

The department was set to receive a staggering increase in its annual budget from $1.189 billion to $1.86 billion for the 2020-2021 year. But on Wednesday Garcetti said he's looking to make deep cuts.

(Image credit: Richard Vogel/AP)

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Reopening After The Covid-19 Shutdown? This Course Can Help

News@Northeastern: “Government leaders are calling for the economy to reopen. What does that mean for businesses that have been struggling to survive during the COVID-19 shutdowns? A new online course offers a free step-by-step guide to help owners of small and medium-sized businesses create and navigate a recovery plan.  COVID-19: A Practical Approach to Enterprise Restart & Recovery Planning, created by Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute in consultation with the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, can be applied to organizations other than businesses, including medical and educational facilities, churches, and non-governmental organizations that must not only bounce back from the lockdown but also adapt to new public-health regulations and limitations…It provides a template that enables operators to fill in the details of their organization as they attempt to recover…”

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Supreme Court to Consider Whether Web Addresses Using Generic Terms May Be Trademarked

CRS Legal Sidebar via LC – Isn’t It Generic: Supreme Court to Consider Whether Web Addresses Using Generic Terms May Be Trademarked – June 2, 2020: “What can be trademarked? On May 4, 2020, in its first telephonic oral argument ever, the Supreme Court heard arguments addressing this question. Generally, trademarks protect the goodwill that a company has built in a “distinctive”name or mark. Whether a mark is distinctive can depend on a number of factors, but, under long-standing trademark principles, a “generic” mark is never distinctive and therefore may not be protected under trademark law. A mark is generic if it is the “common name of a product” or “the genus of which the particular product is a species.” For example, one could not trademark the name “LITE BEER for light beer, or CONVENIENT STORE for convenience stores.”Booking.com, a hotel reservation company, applied to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) for a trademark on its business name, BOOKING.COM. The PTO denied the application, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (Fourth Circuit) held that BOOKING.COM is a protectable mark. In PTO v. Booking.com, the Supreme Court is poised to address the question whether combining two generic terms can result in a protectable, distinctive trademark. Specifically, the case presents the question whether “the addition by an online business of a generic top-level domain (‘.com’) to an otherwise generic term can create a protectable trademark.”This Sidebar will discuss the relevant legal background before addressing potential implications for Congress…”

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101+ Virtual Tours of Popular Tourist Attractions Around the World [2020]

Upgraded Points: “Do canceled travel plans have you stuck at home wishing you were anywhere else? We all know how that feels, but luckily, we have a solution. You can still satisfy your wanderlust by exploring famous sights — from your couch! We’ve put together a list of 101 virtual tours from over 35 countries around the world so that you can explore without having to catch a flight or spend a dime! We’ve organized this gigantic list by country so you can easily navigate to your country of choice… or simply work your way down the list and digitally travel all over the globe…”

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Section 230 and the Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship

CRS Legal Sidebar via LC – Section 230 and the Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship – June 3, 2020: “On May 28, 2020, President Trump issued the Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship (EO), expressing the executive branch’s views on Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act. As discussed in this Legal Sidebar, Section 230, under certain circumstances,immunizes online content providers from liability for merely hosting others’ content.The EO stakes out a position in existing interpretive disputes about the law’s meaning and instructs federal agencies, including the Department of Commerce, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Department of Justice, to take certain actions to implement this understanding. This Legal Sidebar explores the legal implications of the EO. It first briefly describes how courts have interpreted Section 230 before explaining what the EO says. Next, the Sidebar discusses the FCC and FTC’s authority to enforce Section 230, focusing on the EO’s instructions to these agencies, before concluding with a discussion of how international trade obligations affect the United States’ ability to modify Section 230…”

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Trump’s order to curtail power of social media giants faces legal challenge

Legal Insider: “Mayer Brown has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump on behalf of non-profit digital rights group Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), alleging that his recent executive order to curtail the protection of social media giants such as Twitter violates the First Amendment, which protects freedom of speech. The lawsuit alleges that President Trump’s executive order violates the First Amendment because it is “plainly retaliatory” and attacks a private company – Twitter – for exercising its right to comment on the President’s statements. The order was brought after Twitter added a fact-checking label to two of @realDonaldTrump’s tweets about California’s vote-by-mail plans to show where they could get ‘the facts’ – saying they believe the Tweets could confuse voters. The lawsuit also alleges that the order breaches the First Amendment by seeking to “curtail and chill the constitutionally protected speech of all online platforms and individuals by demonstrating the willingness to use government authority to retaliate against those who criticise the government.” The order expressly names online content giants Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. CDT is an organisation that promotes and protects free expression on the internet. It cites cases including New York Times Co. v Sullivan, which states that “The right of citizens to inquire, to speak and to use information to reach consensus is a precondition to enlightened self-government and a necessary means to protect it.” The First Amendment prohibits government officials from using their power to retaliate against an individual or entity for engaging in free speech or take steps to chill free speech. It also bars the government from trying to censor lawful speech through threat of liability or reprisal. The claim alleges that the executive order violates all of these…”

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Mayors and governors: This is how you tackle racism

Brookings – Camille Busette – “While we have terms for others who have experienced trauma, in over 400 years of racism, we do not yet have a term for Black and Brown people who experience racial terrorism. This is a devastating and telling omission in our lexicon because it conveys how a majority-white society in the United States has refused to acknowledge the ongoing experience of living day in and day out in a society that was founded on the reality of working African slaves, and later African Americans, until their tendons literally snapped from their bones.  When, for nearly nine minutes, Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck on May 25, 2020, not releasing the pressure when Mr. Floyd said he could not breathe, not releasing it when bystanders cried out, nor releasing it for almost three minutes after Mr. Floyd was unresponsive, the inhumane treatment and brutality upon which this nation was founded were exposed in all of their ugliness for everyone, worldwide to see. In this moment, as we reflect on just how deranged, sadistic, and yet commonplace Mr. Floyd’s murder was, mayors and governors are under pressure to respond urgently to endemic racism. Because that hasn’t been done effectively in the 400-plus years since slaves first arrived on our shores, mayors and governors are going to have to create their own blueprints.  So, mayors and governors, here is what you must do now to create sustained racism-free equity...”

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Monster or Machine? A Profile of the Coronavirus at 6 Months

The New York Times – Our “hidden enemy,” in plain sight.”…For at least six months now, the virus has replicated among us. The toll has been devastating. Officially, more than six million people worldwide have been infected so far, and 370,000 have died. (The actual numbers are certainly higher.) The United States, which has seen the largest share of cases and casualties, recently surpassed 100,000 deaths, one-fourth the number of all Americans who died in World War II. Businesses are shuttered — in 10 weeks, some 40 million Americans have lost their jobs — and food banks are overrun. The virus has fueled widespread frustration and exposed our deepest faults: of color, class and privilege, between the deliverers and the delivered to…By March, at least 1,388 variants of the coronavirus had been detected around the world, all functionally identical as far as scientists could tell. Arrayed as an ancestral tree, these lineages reveal where and when the virus spread. For instance, the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in New York was announced on March 1, but an analysis of samples revealed that the virus had begun to circulate in the region weeks earlier. Unlike early cases on the West Coast, which were seeded by people arriving from China, these cases were seeded from Europe, and in turn seeded cases throughout much of the country. The roots can be traced back still further. The first known patient was hospitalized in Wuhan on Dec. 16, 2019, and first felt ill on Dec. 1; the first infection would have occurred still earlier. Sometime before that the virus, or its progenitor, was in a bat — the genome is 96 percent similar to a bat virus. How long ago it made that jump, and acquired the mutations necessary to do so, is unclear. In any case, and contrary to certain conspiracy theories, SARS-CoV-2 was not engineered in a laboratory…”

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The Louisville Community Who Loved David McAtee Has Questions About His Death

McAtee is remembered as a family man and the owner of Yaya's BBQ. He was shot and killed at his business Monday when police and National Guard were dispersing a crowd after curfew.

(Image credit: Walt & Shae Smith)

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