Surprise! Betsy DeVos has been hiding in her mansion, not doing shit for K-12 schools

“…the inexperienced billionaire U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been more than hands-off when it comes to ensuring the safety of America’s 51 million children returning to school this fall amid a global pandemic. …” Surprise! Betsy DeVos has been hiding in her mansion, not doing shit for K-12 schools | News Hits It’s aContinue reading “Surprise! Betsy DeVos has been hiding in her mansion, not doing shit for K-12 schools”

100 Years Ago, ‘Crazy Blues’ Sparked a Revolution for Black Women Fans

Mamie Smith recorded “Crazy Blues” — African-American women’s breakthrough into the mainstream recording industry — with the Jazz Hounds in the summer of 1920 100 Years Ago, ‘Crazy Blues’ Sparked a Revolution for Black Women Fans – The New York Times She was way ahead of her time.

She Explains ‘Mansplaining’ With Help From 17th-Century Art

“Men to Avoid in Art and Life,” Nicole Tersigni harnesses her skill with a Twitter meme to illuminate the experience of women harassed by concern trolls, “sexperts” and more. She Explains ‘Mansplaining’ With Help From 17th-Century Art – The New York Times All men have done it. Credits: Painting at the MET, NYC The Fortune-TellerContinue reading “She Explains ‘Mansplaining’ With Help From 17th-Century Art”

Can N.Y.C. Reopen Schools? The Whole Country Is Watching

Great problems when NYC buildings are like aging museums with windows that require a special person to open, elevators are the size of a broom closet, if there are elevators. Why give students and parents false hope. NYC DOE has ALWAYS operated a bare bones education relying on semi-athletic young teachers and elderly veterans. AllContinue reading “Can N.Y.C. Reopen Schools? The Whole Country Is Watching”

When Covid Subsided, Israel Reopened Its Schools. It Didn’t Go Well.

As countries consider back-to-school strategies for the fall, a coronavirus outbreak at a Jerusalem high school offers a cautionary tale. When Covid Subsided, Israel Reopened Its Schools. It Didn’t Go Well. – The New York Times

Ancient trash heaps reveal the Plague of Justinian’s economic toll | Ars Technica

Over the next 160 years, wave after wave of plague may have carried away up to half the population of the Byzantine Empire. Ancient trash heaps reveal the Plague of Justinian’s economic toll | Ars Technica Another unpopular plague of the ancient world decimated the grape trading industry of the mid-500s CE. People stopped working.Continue reading “Ancient trash heaps reveal the Plague of Justinian’s economic toll | Ars Technica”

DNA Study from 23andMe Traces Violent History of American Slavery

The report, which included more than 50,000 people, 30,000 of them with African ancestry, agrees with the historical record about where people were taken from in Africa, and where they were enslaved in the Americas. But it also found some surprises. DNA Study from 23andMe Traces Violent History of American Slavery – The New YorkContinue reading “DNA Study from 23andMe Traces Violent History of American Slavery”