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Daily Archives: June 7, 2020

Study finds shutdowns prevented 60 million coronavirus infections in US

Washington Post: “Shutdown orders prevented about 60 million novel coronavirus infections in the United States and 285 million in China, according to a research study published Monday that examined how stay-at-home orders and other restrictions limited the spread of the contagion. A separate study from epidemiologists at Imperial College London estimated that the shutdowns saved about 3.1 million lives in 11 European countries, including 500,000 in the United Kingdom, and dropped infection rates by an average of 82 percent, sufficient to drive the contagion well below epidemic levels. The two reports, published Monday in the journal Nature, provide fresh evidence that aggressive and unprecedented shutdowns, which caused massive economic disruptions and job losses, were necessary to halt the exponential spread of the novel coronavirus…

But the overwhelming majority of people remain susceptible to the virus. Only about 3 to 4 percent of people in the countries being studied have been infected to date, said Samir Bhatt, senior author of the Imperial College London study…”

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues June 6, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues June 6, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

National Museum of African American History and Culture – Talking About Race

“The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture launched Talking About Race [on May 31, 2020], a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture. The online… Continue Reading

Why So Many Police Are Handling the Protests Wrong

The Marshall Project – Disproportionate use of force can turn a peaceful protest violent, research shows. “…Watching a peaceful protest turn into something much less palatable is hard. There has been a lot of hard the past few days, as people in dozens of cities have released pent-up anger against discriminatory police tactics. Cars and… Continue Reading

How Google Docs became the social media of the resistance

MIT Technology Review – Facebook and Twitter might have the bells and whistles, but the word processing software’s simplicity and accessibility have made it a winning tool. “In the week after George Floyd’s murder, hundreds of thousands of people joined protests across the US and around the globe, demanding education, attention, and justice. But one… Continue Reading

These Twitter Accounts Tell Protesters All They Need to Know—Direct From the Streets

Daily Beast – The fastest George Floyd protest updates come from Twitter accounts run by a collective of anonymous journalists, which they intend to be both pro-demonstrator and also accurate. It sounds a full-time job, and then some.“Pretty much all my time is dedicated to this,” one of the reporters behind the NYC Protest Updates 2020… Continue Reading

A new map shows the moon as it’s never been seen

Washington Post – 50 years of data from old landings and satellite images helped create a surface blueprint. “In the year 2024, NASA plans to send astronauts 239,000 miles to the moon. It will be the first time since 1972 that humans have touched down on Earth’s only natural satellite. The mission will also include the… Continue Reading

Activists Create Public Online Spreadsheet of Police Violence Videos

Slate – “Police officers around the country have been responding with violence as demonstrators gather to protest the killing of George Floyd. Much of this violence has been caught on video and has been instrumental in pushing authorities to hold officers accountable. In Buffalo, for example, two police officers were charged after video went viral… Continue Reading

You are probably spreading misinformation. Here’s how to stop.

Washington Post – A citizen’s guide to not helping trolls, bots and other online disinformers during turbulent times – “Everyone knows you shouldn’t feed a troll. But more than ever, you should go out of your way not to retweet, share or follow one, either. First came the pandemic. Now we’re facing an infodemic. Misinformation from… Continue Reading