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littlemissmartypants

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Current location: Top of a hill.
Member since: Tue Aug 28, 2012, 07:58 PM
Number of posts: 12,834

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I was born in North Carolina. I plan to die in North Carolina. But, I have traveled, a lot.

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Parents of black Texas teens sue school district over 'discriminatory hair policy'.

May 27, 2020, 8:00 PM EDT
By Janelle Griffith
The parents of two black Texas teenagers, who said they were suspended for wearing their hair in locs, are suing the school district and others over what they describe as a "discriminatory hair policy."

The lawsuit was brought by DeAndre Arnold's mother, Sandy Arnold, and Kaden Bradford's mother, Cindy Bradford, on behalf of their sons, against the Barbers Hill Independent School District and its trustees and the superintendent and deputy superintendent. The principal and assistant principals at Barbers Hill High School, where the two teens were students until earlier this year, are also named as defendants.

The school district has previously said in a statement that the high school permits dreadlocks, but does not allow "any action that circumvents or violates the provision regarding hair length."

"The U.S. Constitution allows a school board the right to implement local community expectations, and Barbers Hill ISDís continual academic and extra-curricular successes are a direct result of our communitiesí high expectations," the statement said.

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More at the link.

NBC News: Parents of black Texas teens sue school district over 'discriminatory hair policy'.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/parents-black-texas-teens-sue-school-district-over-discriminatory-hair-n1215776
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu May 28, 2020, 02:07 AM (0 replies)

Human Capital Stock, Rev. Dr. Barber Tweet

Before 1865, American insurance companies sold policies to protect ďhuman capital stock.Ē But the 13th amendment abolished the practice of owning human beings. Some folks need to be reminded.

https://t.co/HN0unJK2DR


https://twitter.com/RevDrBarber/status/1265057899484794884
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue May 26, 2020, 12:05 AM (12 replies)

New Covid-19 Graphic from NCDHHS Twitter Phase 2

NC moved into Phase 2 of lifting #COVID19 restrictions at 5 p.m. Friday, May 22. Phase 2 runs through at least Friday, June 26, unless changed or canceled. For a quick reference guide about the differences in Phases 1 and 2 go to: https://t.co/1REXPNY3qX #StayStrongNC https://t.co/GQgyp06aUZ

https://twitter.com/ncdhhs/status/1264243469637337089

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sat May 23, 2020, 09:13 PM (0 replies)

Murder on the Dance Floor, Sophie Ellis-Bextor



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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu May 21, 2020, 11:48 PM (1 replies)

The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them

The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them
Updated: 14 hours ago

Erin Bromage
May 6 12 min
Please read this link to learn about the author and background to these posts.

https://www.erinbromage.com/post/about-the-author-professor-erin-bromage


It seems many people are breathing some relief, and Iím not sure why. An epidemic curve has a relatively predictable upslope and once the peak is reached, the back slope can also be predicted. We have robust data from the outbreaks in China and Italy, that shows the backside of the mortality curve declines slowly, with deaths persisting for months. Assuming we have just crested in deaths at 70k, it is possible that we lose another 70,000 people over the next 6 weeks as we come off that peak. That's what's going to happen with a lockdown.

As states reopen, and we give the virus more fuel, all bets are off. I understand the reasons for reopening the economy, but I've said before, if you don't solve the biology, the economy won't recover.

There are very few states that have demonstrated a sustained decline in numbers of new infections. Indeed, as of May 3rd the majority are still increasing and reopening. As a simple example of the USA trend, when you take out the data from New York and just look at the rest of the USA, daily case numbers are increasing. Bottom line: the only reason the total USA new case numbers look flat right now is because the New York City epidemic was so large and now it is being contained.

So throughout most of the country we are going to add fuel to the viral fire by reopening. It's going to happen if I like it or not, so my goal here is to try to guide you away from situations of high risk.

Snip...more at the link...
https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu May 21, 2020, 02:21 AM (3 replies)

Covid-19, Phase 2, State Opening Update

NC Governorís Executive Order 141 - Phase 2

At 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Executive Order 141.

This order is classified as "Phase 2" of the reopening of North Carolina. Executive Order 141 will go into effect at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 22, 2020.

Download PDF
https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO141-Phase-2.pdf

Whatís included in Safer At Home Phase 2?

Phase 2 lifts the Stay At Home order moving into a Safer At Home recommendation, especially for people at high risk for serious illness. Teleworking is also urged when possible.

Mass gathering limits in Phase 2 will be no more than 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors in most circumstances. These limits apply to the following: event venues; conference centers; stadiums and sports arenas; amphitheaters; and groups at parks or beaches.

Some businesses will remain closed in Phase 2 including: bars; night clubs; gyms and indoor fitness facilities; indoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters, and bowling alleys.

Certain businesses will be open at limited capacity with other requirements and recommendations including: restaurants at 50% dine-in capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; personal care businesses, including salons and barbers, at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; pools at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements. Employees of personal care businesses will be required to wear face coverings.

Childcare facilities, day camps and overnight camps will be open with enhanced cleaning and screening requirements. Retail businesses allowed to open in Phase 1 at 50% capacity will continue at that level.

Public health recommendations are provided for worship services to practice enhanced social distancing and other cleaning and hygiene practices.

The Safer At Home Phase 2 runs through at least Friday, June 26.
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From Twitter

Gov. Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force will give an update at 5pm. Watch it live here. https://t.co/S8Cp3x7rg7

https://twitter.com/NC_Governor/status/1263211812134072320

Stay safe and good luck everyone.
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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed May 20, 2020, 11:27 PM (1 replies)

Free Webinar Employer requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

https://www.ncrma.org/webinars/


You are invited to a free webinar presented by the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, May 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST and it will focus on employer requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Register using the link below and feel free to ask your colleagues to register as well. The registration page has links to informative FFCRA materials and a video that you may want to view prior to the webinar. Those who register will receive an email with a webinar link and call-in details at least one day before the event.

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/families-first-coronavirus-response-act-ffcra-webinar-tickets-104073215790

For further information about Coronavirus, please visit the HHSís Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue May 19, 2020, 01:28 PM (0 replies)

TS Arthur, outer bands arrive

☆Just a reminder as we enter storm season, albeit early, that you can get automatic updates from the hurricane center in the pinned post on the opening page for the NC group.

Here: https://www.democraticunderground.com/10697518

Posted is the direct link to the National Hurricane Center:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

and the five day updates, which can be found in the replies:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php?basin=atlc&fdays=5

☆The weather warning link is also in the pinned posts and automatically updates as well.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10697503

Stay safe and good luck everyone!
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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon May 18, 2020, 02:17 AM (1 replies)

President Obama's Commencement Address:p

Cross post from Video and Multimedia forum.
Hat tip to ancianita.




In Case You Missed It -- Graduate Together 2020


President Obama's Commencement Address:

Hi, everybody. Aniyah, thank you for that beautiful introduction. I could not be prouder of everything youíve done in your time with the Obama Foundation.

And of course, I couldnít be prouder of all of you in the graduating Class of 2020 ó as well as the teachers, and the coaches, and most of all, parents and family who guided have you along the way.

Now graduating is a big achievement under any circumstances. Some of you have had to overcome serious obstacles along the way, whether it was an illness, or a parent losing a job, or living in a neighborhood where people too often count you out. Along with the usual challenges of growing up, all of you have had to deal with the added pressures of social media, reports of school shootings, and the specter of climate change. And then, just as youíre about to celebrate having made it through, just as youíve been looking forward to proms and senior nights, graduation ceremonies ó and, letís face it, a whole bunch of parties ó the world is turned upside down by a global pandemic. And as much as Iím sure you love your parents, Iíll bet that being stuck at home with them and playing board games or watching Tiger King on TV is not exactly how you envisioned the last few months of your senior year.

Now Iíll be honest with you ó the disappointments of missing a live graduation ó those will pass pretty quick. I donít remember much from my own high school graduation. I know that not having to sit there and listen to a commencement speaker isnít all that bad ó mine usually go on way too long. Also, not that many people look great in those caps, especially if you have big ears like me. And youíll have plenty of time to catch up with your friends once the immediate public health crisis is over.

Itís also pulled the curtain back on another hard truth, something that we all have to eventually accept once our childhood comes to an end. All those adults that you used to think were in charge and knew what they were doing? Turns out that they donít have all the answers. A lot of them arenít even asking the right questions. So, if the worldís going to get better, it going to be up to you.

That realization may be kind of intimidating. But I hope itís also inspiring. With all the challenges this country faces right now, nobody can tell you ďno, youíre too young to understandĒ or ďthis is how itís always been done.Ē Because with so much uncertainty, with everything suddenly up for grabs, this is your generationís world to shape.
Since Iím one of the old guys, I wonít tell you what to do with this power that rests in your hands. But Iíll leave you with three quick pieces of advice.

First, donít be afraid. Americaís gone through tough times before ó slavery, civil war, famine, disease, the Great Depression and 9/11. And each time we came out stronger, usually because a new generation, young people like you, learned from past mistakes and figured out how to make things better.

Second, do what you think is right. Doing what feels good, whatís convenient, whatís easy ó thatís how little kids think. Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way ó which is why things are so screwed up.

I hope that instead, you decide to ground yourself in values that last, like honesty, hard work, responsibility, fairness, generosity, respect for others. You wonít get it right every time, youíll make mistakes like we all do. But if you listen to the truth thatís inside yourself, even when itís hard, even when its inconvenient, people will notice. Theyíll gravitate towards you. And youíll be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

And finally, build a community. No one does big things by themselves. Right now, when people are scared, itís easy to be cynical and say let me just look out for myself, or my family, or people who look or think or pray like me. But if weíre going to get through these difficult times; if weíre going to create a world where everybody has the opportunity to find a job, and afford college; if weíre going to save the environment and defeat future pandemics, then weíre going to have to do it together. So be alive to one anotherís struggles. Stand up for one anotherís rights. Leave behind all the old ways of thinking that divide us ó sexism, racial prejudice, status, greed ó and set the world on a different path.

When you need help, Michelle and I have made it the mission of our Foundation to give young people like you the skills and support to lead in your own communities, and to connect you with other young leaders around the country and around the globe.

But the truth is that you donít need us to tell you what to do.

Because in so many ways, youíve already started to lead.

Congratulations, Class of 2020. Keep making us proud.

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun May 17, 2020, 05:08 AM (5 replies)

These are the places Covid-19 spreads in the real world, Bloomberg Opinion

Thread Reader

Bonjour, the unroll you asked for: @bopinion: These are the places Covid-19 spreads in the real world: 🖥Workplaces 🍽Restaurants ⛪️Churches 🎈Parties ItÖ https://t.co/WPPQ0VITDT Enjoy 🤖

Click the link above to read the less confusing version of the Twitter thread, referred to as the unroll. The actual Twitter feed is posted below.

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https://twitter.com/threadreaderapp/status/1261808961369640967


These are the places Covid-19 spreads in the real world:

🖥Workplaces
🍽Restaurants
⛪️Churches
🎈Parties

It doesn't really spread here:

🌳Public parks
🏖Beaches
🛒Quick trips to the grocery store

https://t.co/gZJTHl52nr
https://twitter.com/bopinion/status/1261397014895624194

Scientists are starting to get a handle on how the novel coronavirus behaves. We now know that the two drivers of the spread of the disease are:

1) Close contact
2) Crowding in closed space

https://t.co/LyScwtM7Sd

https://t.co/BYTS8tEKy2

https://twitter.com/bopinion/status/1261403125174480899

You've probably heard that each infected individual transmits the virus to between two and three others on average.

But the important point, which is often missed, is that this is just an average

https://t.co/LyScwtuwtD

https://t.co/ZI9fR1Nak2

https://twitter.com/bopinion/status/1261403126847795201

In the real world, most people transmit the disease to nobody, and a minority infect many others in super-spreading events.

Only 9% of infected people are responsible for 80% of the transmissions

https://t.co/LyScwtM7Sd

https://t.co/Kr1OH7s80r

https://twitter.com/bopinion/status/1261403129008046082

People think if you get exposed, you'll automatically get sick or become infectious, but that's not always the case.

Even people exposed to sick family members in their homes donít always get sick https://t.co/LyScwtM7Sd https://t.co/I7STH6sUvt

https://twitter.com/bopinion/status/1261403133231718400

People passing by you in a supermarket are unlikely to infect you. ⛅️Outdoor environments appear much safer as well.

In one study, which followed hundreds of cases, all but one transmission occurred indoors https://t.co/LyScwtuwtD https://t.co/H4nvuwlnxX

https://twitter.com/bopinion/status/1261403135332909056
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun May 17, 2020, 02:20 AM (3 replies)
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