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Crack babies are a myth

This is the kind of talk that lead to harsh crack cocaine laws even though it is chemically similar to powder cocaine which was used by the upper class in night clubs in the 70s.

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No. The myth of the “crack baby” has persisted for decades, but studies have consistently concluded that pre-natal exposure to crack cocaine, which happens when a woman smokes crack cocaine while pregnant, has little or no effect on the long-term development of a child.

Exposure to cocaine (powder or crack) can slow fetal growth but the development of the brain and body catches up as these children grow up. It has not, as widely thought in the 80s and 90s, produced “joyless” or “unmanageable” children.

Poverty and the harms and stresses associated with it have a more significant impact on the physical and emotional development of a child than pre-natal exposure to cocaine. Children from nurturing and cognitively stimulating environments perform better, regardless of cocaine exposure.

https://www.drugpolicy.org/drug-facts/cocaine/pregnancy-crack-babies

I'm surprised teachers wouldn't be better informed on this. You never heard of "coke babies".

Family business: Trump fears latest damning memoir - this time by his liberal niece

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“This is one of the worst nights of my life,” the president-elect’s niece, Mary Lea Trump, wrote on Twitter. “What is wrong with this country? I fear the American experiment has failed.”

She has presumably had many more bad nights since. It emerged this week that Mary, a clinical psychologist from Long Island, is to publish an unflattering memoir about her uncle entitled Too Much And Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.

(Snip)

D’Antonio commented: “It makes her someone that Donald would fear on a very elemental level. She thinks for herself, she’s analytical when it comes to humans and she can express herself, so this is a nightmare for him.”

I think he’s freaking out. He will treat her savagely
Mary, also a certified professional life coach, joined Twitter in December 2012 – her bio currently states, “#blacklivesmatter, 🏳️‍🌈,she/her/hers” – and is following accounts that would do any New York liberal proud: Planned Parenthood, Greenpeace USA, the National Center for Transgender Equality. She also follows Democratic politicians such as congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and liberal actors including Stephen Fry, Mark Ruffalo and Kerry Washington.

The Guardian
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/21/donald-trump-mary-lea-trump-book-memoir

'Our country': Donald Trump renews racist attacks on Ilhan Omar

US President Donald Trump has renewed his racist attacks against Muslim-American Representative Ilhan Omar, telling a crowd of supporters that the congresswoman wants to turn "our country" into her native Somalia.

Speaking at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, Trump bashed his political opponents and aired grievances against the media. And at a time of nationwide protests for racial justice, he implied that the Black congresswoman is a foreigner imposing her beliefs on Americans.

The US president addressed Omar by mispronouncing her first name as "Eel-ann" to boos from a smaller-than-expected crowd at his first rally since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. He warned that the congresswoman would be part of the US administration if the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wins in November.

"Omar is going to be very much involved in a Biden government," Trump said. "They will put this hate-filled, America-bashing socialist front and centre in deciding the fate of your family and deciding the fate of your country. I don’t think so.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/our-country-donald-trump-renews-racist-attack-ilhan-omar

Russia report: UK MPs condemn 'utterly reprehensible' delay

The government’s apparent refusal to release a report into Russian infiltration in the UK and to delay establishing a key scrutiny committee has been condemned as unprecedented and “utterly reprehensible”.

The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has not sat since before the general election in December, its longest break since it was established in 1994, and critics say the government has sat on the committee’s report into Russian interference for nine months.

The former chair of the committee Dominic Grieve said the report had been sent to Downing Street on 17 October and was ready for publication once it had been signed off, a process that usually takes up to 10 days.

The Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael, said: “Given the prime minister has for nine months sat on the intelligence committee report into Russian interference of our democracy, his decision to delay nominations to the committee raises serious ethical questions.

https://amp.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jun/20/russia-report-uk-mps-condemn-utterly-reprehensible-delay

Military data reveals dangerous reality for black service members and veterans

Washington(CNN)Top US military officials are seeking to reassure the nation's roughly two million active duty and reserve personnel that they are committed to addressing issues of racial inequality across the branches following George Floyd's death and protests across the country.

But the challenges they face are huge.

A CNN review of data provided by the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs reveals the stark reality that black service members are less likely to become officers and, as a result, are more likely to be seriously injured serving their country than their white colleagues.

Those issues are very much intertwined, according to David Shulkin, who previously served as President Donald Trump's Veterans Affairs Secretary.

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/06/13/politics/military-diversity-data/index.html

'Trump thought I was a secretary': Fiona Hill on the president, Putin and populism

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When we talked in May, Hill was back in seclusion but so was the rest of Washington. She was speaking from home, where she had an array of books spread around her feet. She had laid them out to try to piece together an explanation of why the three countries with which she was intimately familiar – the UK, where she was born; Russia, the country she had spent her life studying; and the US, where she has lived since 1989 and risen to the highest level of government – had all failed so spectacularly in handling the health crisis.

She is one of a handful of people to have stood at the nexus of these three disastrous governments, to have been in the room to witness Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Boris Johnson operate.

“It’s a story really about how the US, UK and Russia have all ended up in the same spot weirdly, not just in terms of Covid-19 but also populist politics and many of the same out-of-control inequalities,” Hill said.

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What interests Hill is how the three such different countries end up in the same boat, run by populists and significantly less able to cope with a pandemic than their neighbours. She believes the critical common factor is the heady rise, and then the catastrophic collapse, of heavy industry and the failure of their governments to manage the fall and cushion the impact on their people.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/12/fiona-hill-trump-putin-populism-interview

Well worth reading in full,

Man projects George Floyd's face over Lee monument at night

RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) — As questions escalate over the future of the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, one man is taking a unique approach to unite those grieving the death of George Floyd. For the past few nights now, Dustin Klein has projected Floyd’s face over the statue, as well as others who have died in police custody.

It’s the Robert E. Lee monument like it’s never been seen before.

“Black lives matter!” a crowd yells while viewing it.

George Floyd’s face is in the spotlight, overshadowing the Confederate leader.

https://www.whsv.com/content/news/Man-projects-George-Floyds-face-over-Lee-monument-at-night-571202861.html

There is a photo when you click on the link.

Boris Johnson letting 'crazy' Dominic Cummings control government, says former aide to PM

Dominic Cummings is overseeing “a reign of terror” in Downing Street despite having “crazy” ideas, a former aide and friend of Boris Johnson is warning.

In an extraordinary attack for an influential Conservative, Tim Montgomerie accused the prime minister of a letting his chief aide control No 10 – partly blaming it for the “mishandling” of the coronavirus response.

Mr Montgomerie revealed he had been threatened with “retribution” for speaking out against the government, having worked for Mr Johnson until as recently as February.

And he said: “What I worry about is that he [Cummings] is a brilliant figure, but half of his ideas are crazy, and half of his ideas are good.

The Independent
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-dominic-cummings-tim-montgomery-downing-street-a9561056.html%3famp

I follow people in the UK on Twitter and this confirms their theories that Cummings is the one who is really in charge.

Study: 100% face mask use could crush second, third COVID-19 wave

We've all heard it many times: Wear a face covering — indoors, outdoors, on trains and buses. At work, in the supermarket and at church.

But now a new modeling study out of Cambridge and Greenwich universities suggests that face masks may be even more important than originally thought in preventing future outbreaks of the new coronavirus.

To ward off resurgences, the reproduction number for the virus (the average number of people who will contract it from one infected person) needs to drop below 1.0. Researchers don’t believe that’s achievable with lockdowns alone. However, a combination of lockdowns and widespread mask compliance might do the trick, they say.

“We show that, when face masks are used by the public all the time (not just from when symptoms first appear), the effective reproduction number, Re, can be decreased below 1, leading to the mitigation of epidemic spread,” the scientists wrote in the paper published Wednesday by the Proceedings of the Royal Society A.

https://www.sfgate.com/science/amp/Study-100-face-mask-use-could-crush-second-15333170.php
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