Below the fold – July 12, 2021

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Below The Fold: The news that do not make the headlines but are important. By PL Hade

  1. “I can confirm this report House Minority Leader McCarthy invited to Kean event, interesting since Kean in 2006 tried to distance himself from NJ appearance for him of controversial VP Dick Cheney (Iraq invasion).” Brian Thompson
  2. How Does America Solve Its “Fake News” Crisis?
    • So if we can’t regulate the “news” or even stop foreign trolls from stirring up Americans, how can we activate the “immune system” of democracy?
    • “When a high school student working on a paper — or any other American — plugs virtually any topic into a search engine, from trade to medicine to history or Covid, the first 20 hits are dominated by right wing sites.”
    • “Finland believes it has found the answer. They’re actively teaching their people how to spot propaganda and media disinformation, starting with schoolchildren and extending all the way to the oldest of their citizens.”…/how-does-america-solve-its…
  3. Teachers – are you finding this?
    • “There is a massive nation-wide push to swing the pendulum of reading instruction to consist solely of one type of reading? Some call it the “science of reading,” others call it “structured literacy.” They have demonized the term “Balanced Literacy” and advocate fast and hard for solely one-size-fits-all instruction. Worse, the instruction being pushed (that, to be clear, works for SOME students, not all) removes meaning and higher order thinking skills -like considering validity- out of reading, essentially removing the reader from being immersed in the text.
    • In short, parents of school children should listen closely for terms like “science of reading” and “structured literacy,” and parents should raise your voices and require school systems to implement comprehensive literacy instruction that ensure higher order and critical thinking skills are not dropped.” Katie Le
  4. N.J. man caught on video calling neighbors racist slurs faces additional charges
  5. Covid19
    • 610,279 Americans have died of Covid19.
    • 99.5% of Covid19 deaths in the last month were among unvaccinated people. CDC
    • It is essential that people remember that the majority of these deaths could have been prevented with competent leadership.
    • Two books worth your time:Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History — Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta
    • Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response — Andy Slavitt
    • Five undervaccinated clusters put the entire United States at risk…/undervaccinated…/index.html
    • The “Indian” variant is up to 26.8% of cases in the last 4 weeks in New Jersey.
    • NJ. % of population that is fully vaccinated

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