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Millions Flock To Hindu Festival Amid Coronavirus Spike

Hindu pilgrims are traveling to bathe in the Ganges River to wipe out their sins.

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After Georgia: Here Are 4 States To Watch Next On Voting Legislation

Republican lawmakers in many states have proposed measures that would make their states' voting rules more restrictive. Of note are Arizona, Texas, Florida and Michigan.

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Top Republicans Work To Rebrand GOP As Party Of Working Class

Donald Trump drew more working-class voters in to the GOP than any president since Ronald Reagan. Now Republicans are trying to maintain that Trump appeal, without Trump on the ballot in 2022.

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A Mystery Under Study: How, Why And When COVID Vaccines Aren't Fully Protective

COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective but don't always provide perfect protection. Some vaccinated people later exposed to the virus still get sick. Why and how often that happens is under study.

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'What Is That In The Sky?' Floridians Catch Meteor's Close Brush With Earth

Dashcam footage and home surveillance video captured the fireball that lit up the night sky in Florida Monday.

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U.K. Coronavirus Strain Does Not Lead To More Severe Illness And Death, Study Finds

The B.1.1.7 variant is now the most dominant version of the coronavirus in the U.S.

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U.K. Coronavirus Strain Does Not Lead To More Severe Illness And Death, Study Finds

The B.1.1.7 variant is now the most dominant version of the coronavirus in the U.S.

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100M More IoT Devices Are Exposed—and They Won't Be the Last

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 00:01
The Name:Wreck flaws in TCP/IP are the latest in a series of vulnerabilities with global implications.
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Chauvin Trial: Expert Says Use Of Force In George Floyd Arrest Was Not Reasonable

"No reasonable officer would have believed that that was an appropriate, acceptable or reasonable use of force," Seth Stoughton, a former police officer and use of force expert, told jurors.

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Explore Congressional Reactions to Historic Events on Congress.gov

In Custodia Legis: “The Congress.gov team has received feedback requesting that we add content from prior congresses to the Congressional Record and public law text collections. We are pleased to announce that we have made substantial progress on this request. The Bound Congressional Record collection now goes back to the 82nd Congress (1951-1953) and the full text of public laws now dates back to the 93rd Congress (1973-1975). This content is not only useful for those who need the full text of public laws and debates of Congress from these periods; it also allows you to pick a historic event and research the congressional reactions to it. For example, you might want to research the congressional reaction to the launch of the first satellite into space in 1957, the Soviet satellite known as Sputnik…”

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FCC Encourages Public to Use Its Speed Test App

FCC: “In today’s world, it is critical that families and businesses across the country have access to broadband. As work, education, healthcare, and many other activities have moved online, broadband is no longer nice to have. It’s need to have for everyone. In order to better determine where high speed internet services are currently unavailable, we need precise, accurate, and up-to-date broadband mapping data. The FCC’s Broadband Data Task Force is developing the necessary tools to gather this information. This is a complex, data-driven effort that will involve building new systems, process, and supporting materials. These new tools will enable the FCC to create maps that display fixed broadband availability for individual locations and mobile broadband availability with more accuracy. The program will also provide a way for consumers, as well as Tribal, state, and local governments, to challenge and improve the accuracy of the maps by sharing data with the FCC. More accurate maps will enable broadband funding programs to target support for broadband services to the areas most in need…You can test the performance of your mobile and in-home broadband networks by downloading the FCC’s Speed Test Application on your mobile device(s). In addition to showing your network performance test results, the app also provides the test results to the FCC as part of our Measuring Broadband America Program. The program gathers crowdsourced data on broadband network performance across the United States…”

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Legal Issues Related to Transportation Mask-Wearing Mandates

CRS Legal Sidebar – Legal Issues Related to Transportation Mask-Wearing Mandates April 12, 2021: “On January 21, 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order directing federal agencies to require mask wearing in a range of transportation contexts nationwide. In response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order (Mask Order) requiring mask wearing on commercial and public transportation. A number of other federal agencies have since taken additional actions to support the enforcement of these mask-wearing requirements. This Legal Sidebar provides a brief overview of the CDC’s Mask Order and the role of other federal agencies in enforcing its requirements. It then discusses a number of related legal considerations for Congress,including the scope of the federal government’s authority to impose mask-wearing requirements in transportation contexts…”

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Race-ing Roe: Reproductive Justice, Racial Justice, and the Battle for Roe v. Wade

134 Harv. L. Rev. 2025 Apr 12, 2021 Race-ing Roe: Reproductive Justice, Racial Justice, and the Battle for Roe v. Wade by  – “Amidst a raft of major Supreme Court decisions, a relatively quiet concurrence has planted the seeds for what may precipitate a major transformation in American constitutional law. Writing for himself in Box v. Planned Parenthood, Justice Thomas chided the Court for declining to review a decision invalidating an Indiana law that prohibited abortions undertaken “solely because of the child’s race, sex, diagnosis of Down syndrome, disability, or related characteristics.” Arguing that the challenged law was merely Indiana’s modest attempt to prevent “abortion from becoming a tool of modern-day eugenics,” Justice Thomas proceeded to elaborate a misleading history in which he associated abortion with eugenics, racism, and a broader campaign to improve the human race by limiting Black reproduction. While many decried his selective and inaccurate invocation of the history of eugenics, Justice Thomas’s ambitions for the concurrence likely went beyond the historical record. Indeed, in drafting the concurrence, Justice Thomas may have been less concerned with history than with the future — and specifically the future of abortion rights and the jurisprudence of race. As this Article explains, the concurrence’s misleading association of abortion and eugenics may well serve two purposes. First, it justifies trait-selection laws, an increasingly popular type of abortion restriction, on the ground that such measures serve the state’s interest in eliminating various forms of discrimination. But more importantly, and less obviously, by associating abortion with eugenic racism, the concurrence lays a foundation for discrediting — and overruling — Roe v. Wade on the alleged ground that the abortion right is rooted in, and tainted by, an effort to selectively target Black reproduction. Under the principle of stare decisis, a past decision, like Roe v. Wade, cannot be overruled simply because a majority of the current Court disagrees with it. Instead, a “special justification” is required. Justice Thomas’s association of abortion with eugenics constructs the case that racial injustice is the “special justification” that warrants overruling Roe. In this regard, the Box concurrence builds on past decisions, like Brown v. Board of Education, as well as more recent cases, like Ramos v. Louisiana, in which the Court overruled past precedents, in part, to correct racial wrongs. If undertaken, the Box concurrence’s latent strategy will be devastating to abortion rights, but as this Article explains, its deleterious impact goes beyond eviscerating Roe v. Wade. Under the concurrence’s logic, race may serve dual purposes in shaping the Court’s jurisprudence. As an initial matter, race — and the prospect of redressing racial injustice — furnishes the Court with a potent justification for reconsidering settled precedent. But it also provides the Court with an opportunity to articulate new law that affirms and entrenches the Court’s preferred conception of race and racial harm. In this regard, the Box concurrence is not merely an invitation to recast abortion as an issue of racial injustice; it is an invitation to entirely reconceptualize the meaning of race, racial injury, and racism…”

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Ebook vs. Print Book Study: 5 Takeaways

Tech & Learning: “A recent meta-analysis found that children ages 1 to 8 were less likely to understand picture books if they read the ebook version instead of the print version, but only when the ebook didn’t have effective enhancements.  For the analysis, researchers examined more than 39 studies involving more than 1,800 children. Though generally print picture books outperformed their digital counterparts in terms of reader comprehension, if the ebooks contained enhancements that reinforced story content not only did the print advantage go away but students learned more.  Natalia Kucirkova, one of the study’s authors and a professor of Early Childhood and Development at the University of Stavanger, Norway and Open University, United Kingdom, discusses the implications of the study for educators…”

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Google Maps can be used to help people experiencing homelessness

Tech Crunch Video – “Mashable’s Siobhan Neela-Stock talks to Google Maps innovator Ashley Sundquist about how to connect unhoused people in your city with resources. You can read more about how Sundquist thought of using Google Maps in this way here.”

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How to use the many text wrapping options in Microsoft Word

Tech Republic – Understanding how text interacts with an inserted object in Word is the key to getting the look you want. “Word offers several text wrapping options, making it easy to insert an image and get the desired look that’s just right for your document. Understandably, with all those options comes a little bit of confusion. In this article, we’ll review each option to see just how applying it impacts the image and its surrounding text. In this case, a picture is worth a thousand words, so each option has an accompanying figure…”

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The rise of domestic extremism in America

Washington Post – Data shows a surge in homegrown incidents not seen in a quarter-century:[article and graphics] “Domestic terrorism incidents have soared to new highs in the United States, driven chiefly by white-supremacist, anti-Muslim and anti-government extremists on the far right, according to a Washington Post analysis of data compiled by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The surge reflects a growing threat from homegrown terrorism not seen in a quarter-century, with right-wing extremist attacks and plots greatly eclipsing those from the far left and causing more deaths, the analysis shows. The number of all domestic terrorism incidents in the data peaked in 2020…”

See also The Military, Police, and the Rise of Terrorism in the United States, CSIS Briefs April 12, 2021 Download the Brief – “U.S. active-duty military personnel and reservists have participated in a growing number of domestic terrorist plots and attacks, according to new data from CSIS. The percentage of all domestic terrorist incidents linked to active-duty and reserve personnel rose in 2020 to 6.4 percent, up from 1.5 percent in 2019 and none in 2018. Similarly, a growing number of current and former law enforcement officers have been involved in domestic terrorism in recent years. But domestic terrorism is a double-edged sword. In 2020, extremists from all sides of the ideological spectrum increasingly targeted the military, law enforcement, and other government actors—putting U.S. security agencies in the crosshairs of domestic terrorists…”

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Why Is Google Chrome Using So Much RAM? Here’s How to Fix It

MakeUseOf: “If you’ve done any research at all into different browsers, you’re familiar with the fact that Chrome can be a bit of a resource hog. Glance at your Task Manager or Activity Monitor, and you’ll often see Chrome at the top of the list.But why does Chrome use so much RAM, especially compared to other browsers? And what can you do to keep it in check?…Google Chrome’s RAM-hungry reputation was well known. However, changes to Google Chrome have improved browsers’ memory usage, especially compared to other popular browsers. At times, Mozilla, Edge, Opera, and Safari all use more RAM than Chrome. How do I know this? I ran a short test, opening a Facebook page, a YouTube video, the BBC Sport website, and Twitter in a clean browser. The results will interest you…”

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Mapping Police Violence

Police have killed 268 people in 2021. “Black people were 28% of those killed by police in 2020 despite being only 13% of the population. Database updated as of 3/31/2021” – Download Full Database

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Poll Finds Republicans Particularly Opposed To 'Vaccine Passport' Messaging

Messaging is important in public health. People who voted for Trump were especially hesitant about a "vaccine passport." But call it a "verification," and more people support it.

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