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When You Don't Learn Your Parent's Language, What Is Lost? | KQED

The mother of KQED reporter Izzy Bloom never taught her daughter to speak her native language, Japanese, because she was told by doctors that doing so would be detrimental to her brother, who has a rare genetic syndrome. The truth turned out to be more complicated.

Click to view the original at kqed.org

Hasnain says:

Great human interest story that goes into some of the science behind multilingualism and how kids with disabilities are (and are not!) affected by it.

““In the U.S., what is so interesting is that we are probably the most plurilingual country in the world. We have a lot of languages that are being spoken,” she said. “But it's also one of the most aggressively ideologically monolingual countries in the world in that we really don't casually accept that multilingualism is normal and should be preserved.””

Posted on 2022-05-21T17:49:41+0000

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Laws restricting lessons on racism make it hard for teachers to discuss the massacre in Buffalo

In Texas, a teacher told her students she was required by law to provide them with multiple perspectives on the racist conspiracy theory that allegedly motivated the deadly attack.

Click to view the original at nbcnews.com

Hasnain says:

“On one hand, she explained that authorities are investigating the killings as a racially motivated hate crime carried out by an 18-year-old who reportedly wrote of his belief in a conspiracy theory that white Americans are being “replaced” by people of color through immigration, interracial marriage and integration.

“But I’m also supposed to tell you that that’s just one perspective,” Close recalled telling her students. “Another perspective is that this young man was out defending the world — or his kind — from being taken over.”

Close waited for her comment to fully register with her students, then added: “If you guys want to know why I’m thinking about quitting at the end of the year, it’s because of these types of policies — the fact that I have to have this conversation with you.””

Posted on 2022-05-20T22:25:40+0000

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Hasnain says:

“The search continues for a resolution to the apparent paradox, and with it, a better understanding of quantum theory. Such puzzles have been fruitful for physicists in the past. As John Wheeler once said, “No progress without a paradox!”

“If you ignore such questions,” Popescu said, “you’re never really going to … understand what quantum mechanics is.””

Posted on 2022-05-20T22:19:14+0000

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A Mathematical Formula for the Right Time to Show Up at a Party

We made an interactive calculator—with help from a mathematician—that bypasses the confusion about what “fashionably late” means and tells you definitively when to arrive.

Click to view the original at theatlantic.com

Hasnain says:

“Aveni also went in a floral direction—he said my party could start when nearby sunflowers faced a certain way—but my favorite idea of his was more interactive. “I’d give everybody a stick 12 inches long,” he said, “and I’d tell them, ‘Go out into your backyard, find a flat place, put the stick in the ground, and when [its shadow] reaches a certain point—maybe when it’s three feet from the base—that’s when I want you to come.”

So if you ever get a stick in the mail from me, you know you're in for a good time.”

Posted on 2022-05-19T23:29:47+0000

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Democratic Voters Deliver Stinging Rebuke to Party’s Manchin-Sinema Wing

Voters shrugged off an obscene amount of spending from super PACs to send a message to Democrats: Do something.

Click to view the original at theintercept.com

Hasnain says:

“The stunning wins come as the party debates who is to blame for Biden’s sinking approval rating and increasingly dire forecasts of upcoming midterm losses. Party establishment figures have pointed the finger at the left for making unreasonable demands couched in slogans like “defund the police” that turn off voters. The progressive wing has countered that Biden’s popularity has sunk as centrist Democrats have slowly murdered his agenda, while the left has fought to enact it. “

Posted on 2022-05-18T21:44:35+0000

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Hasnain says:

Food for thought as I ponder the events of the last week.

“Just as in the Republican Party in the U.S., many in the right wing of Israel’s government have lost their way, and are damaging their country more than their enemies could. And just as in the U.S., the cure is to set aside euphemisms and both-sidesism and excuses and to acknowledge that both our countries are suffering the institutionalization of forms of racism that runs contrary to our espoused values, even if it is hardly contrary to the actual truth of the history in either nation.”

Posted on 2022-05-16T13:36:10+0000

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Hasnain says:

“So sure this isn't trivial. But it's also not impossible, and making this stuff work would improve the security of, well, everything. We literally have the technology to prevent attacks like Github suffered. What do we have to do to get people to actually start working on implementing that?”

Posted on 2022-05-16T08:02:04+0000

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Republicans Must Answer for ‘Great Replacement Theory’ Violence

If Biden and Democrats still have to answer for “defund the police” and CRT—the GOP should answer for the racist, violent theory they’ve pushed.

Click to view the original at thedailybeast.com

Hasnain says:

My 2cents as a brown man: if I always have to “answer for my race” or “please tell me why Muslims hate us all”; why do republicans never have to answer for their ilk?

“Journalists and reporters must repeatedly hound Republican officials with follow up questions about this national security threat. Recall that Democrats and President Joe Biden still are asked about “defunding the police,” even though it is not a mainstream DNC position, or about critical race theory (CRT) panic even after it was revealed to be a bad-faith trojan horse created by right-wing activists to incite racial panic and anxiety.”

Posted on 2022-05-16T07:11:11+0000

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ongoing by Tim Bray · Golang Diaries: Generics

My coding time this year has been invested in Quamina, an event-filtering library implemented in Go. Just in the last couple of weeks I spotted an opportunity to bring Go’s shiny new generics to bear, and not just anywhere, but for a central data structure. I got good results, but the process was ...

Click to view the original at tbray.org

Hasnain says:

“When generics arrived in Java, I hated them. I thought the ratio of pain removed to complexity added was way too low. I don’t hate Go’s generics, which is actually pretty strong testimony given that I spent the best part of a couple of days fighting all the stuff described above.

But, my guess is the Go generics story is isn’t finished yet.”

Posted on 2022-05-16T05:08:38+0000

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The Buffalo Shooter Isn't a 'Lone Wolf.' He's a Mainstream Republican

The right-wing extremists who control the modern GOP are all gripped by a racist delusion. The shooter is just the latest to act on it

Click to view the original at rollingstone.com

Hasnain says:

“When the rhetoric of an entire movement devolves into Manichaean demonization of their political foes; when demographic shifts are represented as apocalyptic; and when a party can appeal to nothing but the consolidation of white power, it is an inevitability that such rhetoric will leave bodies in its wake. The Republican Party caters chiefly now to those who claim that to be born the wrong color is an act of genocide, and act with appropriate fervor. There has never been a lone wolf when it comes to racist terror in the United States; it suffuses every aspect of our politics and policy, and in latter years the mass howl of fear at change comes from a jaw that drips with blood. As long as we fail to recognize the wellspring of racial animus that animates the right wing in this country, the corpses will continue to accrue.”

Posted on 2022-05-16T01:09:59+0000