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Australian pacing mare Firebby A has quickly made a name for herself in North America and her connections have opted to take a shot at the best by supplementing to the upcoming Roses Are Red Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A 6-year-old, Firebby A arrived in North America a few months ago and has since proceeded to win four consecutive starts.

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Woke Restaurant Serves Discomfort Food

The DC reader who sends this says the Schadenfreude is delicious. He is correct. Washington City Paper reports on the hilariously failed effort of Busboys and Poets, a local restaurant, to be racially woke. Excerpts:

Sometimes you can have the best of intentions and still miss the mark completely. Such is the case with Busboys and Poets‘ “Race Card” initiative, which aims to foster discussions about race and privilege among its diners by handing out literal “Race Cards”—cards featuring larger questions about the state of race relations in America—to patrons as they enter.

recent Facebook post featuring one of the “Race Cards”—which reads “Did you perceive me as racist because I’m a white male?”—has garnered more than 150 shares and even more comments, with people criticizing Busboys and Poets for taking a somewhat tone-deaf approach in trying to foster a conversation about race. Other “Race Cards” that Busboys and Poets employees are handing out read: “What is your experience with race in America?,” “Have you ever been in a place where you were the racial minority?,” and “How often do you discuss race with your friends or family?”

Akosua Johnson, who posted the picture that went viral, says that a bartender at Busboys and Poets handed them the card when they sat down at the bar. Johnson, who identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, wrote on Facebook that the bartender, who was white, “had no idea how to actually engage with this poorly constructed, forced ‘conversation’ and so just walked away immediately after dropping the cards in the middle of my meal.”

Oh boy. This is getting good. I had to re-read the next part of the story to realize that the antecedent to the pronoun “them” is actually one person. A very woke person: Akosua Johnson, who was REALLY OFFENDED that Andy Shallal, owner of the restaurant had no reached out to the Professionally Woke Grifter-American Community for advice before playing the race card. He probably figured that by being intentionally progressive — left-wingery is written into the mission statement of the local restaurant chain — he was covered. Wrong!

You can imagine what happened next — but it’s fun to read the indignant statement from DC’s Black Lives Matter, in which its spokeswoman excommunicates Shallal and his restaurant, because he tried to do the racially correct (by BLM standards) thing in the wrong way. Akosua Johnson concludes, sadly: “The creators of this Busboys program erred in not choosing to engage more directly with racial justice activists and educators.”

Whole thing here. It usually makes sense to just shut up and cook. Who the heck wants to go eat or drink at a restaurant that serves discomfort food? Busboys and Poets, which describes itself as “a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted,” deserves this pain.

Meanwhile, Akosua Johnson would like you to compensate Akosua Johnson for Akosua Johnson’s  semi-hemi-demi-shakedown social justice accomplishment (or at least hire zir to enlighten the unenlightened):

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Race Studies Conference Discusses ‘White Rage,’ ‘Becky’

The University of New Mexico is hosting a social justice conference this week with speakers discussing racism, colonization, and white “anti-racism” in education.

According to the event flyer, the focus of the conference is to discuss “colonization being endemic in society and its connections to anti-indigeneity, antiblackness, anti-brownness, anti-immigration, anti-LGTBQ and anti-dis/ability rhetoric; discourses deeply rooted in the social fabric of the U.S.”

The Critical Race Studies in Education Association Conference is a three-day event sponsored by the Critical Race Studies in Education Association, several UNM departments, and social justice organizations like the Partnership for Community Action (PCA).

CRSEA is made up of an “interdisciplinary consortium of experts” who wish to “identify and expose inequities for the ultimate eradication of white supremacy” by “countering and combating systemic and structural racism with scholarship,” according to its website.

The conference agenda lists social justice lectures primarily focused on race and education, such as “Antiblackness, White Rage, and the Threat to White School Space,” “Confronting white supremacist ideology in everyday campus life,” and “Undoing Colonization America’s Greatest Mind F**k.”

Other panels focus specifically on white women, such as “Examining Becky and the White Hegemonic Alliance” and “How college creates Becky: White women’s racism in higher education.”

UNM has supports other social justice efforts both on and off campus, as well, and recently announced a new graduate certificate program in Race & Social Justice. The courses that fulfill requirements for the certificate come from a variety of departments, including law, sociology, and women’s studies.


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Knock-Out Game is Back : This Time Pre-teens Are Being Used

Where are the parents? Kids are being suckerpunched and suffering broken bones, and others are being burned with aerosol cans in the name of fun

In Las Vegas, a group of teens were filmed attacking a woman and then moving to attack property and hurting others in the process.

According to neighbors who wanted the drama unfold, the woman suffered a broken finger and a sprained ankle, but they say that it’s the “new normal” where they live.

A middle school teacher in the neighborhood said:

“I want people to know that video where my neighbor is getting beat, this isn’t a one time thing.”

Others joined in to say that it’s been making living in the community a nightmare.

Jon Harris, whose wife was attacked, say that the adults know the names of the kids, and have photos and videos and have approached the parents of the teens causing the attacks.

“…two to three times a day, [the kids] are an issue and two to three times a day police come. Police handcuff them, then ten minutes later you see them back walking around.”

Middle School Kids Caught On Camera Jumping Mom

Here’s a short, two-and-a-half minute video from Fox News in Las Vegas showing a victim of a recent bout of the knockout game.

According to Jon Harris, the husband of the woman jumped,

“Sixty kids came out of no where and just rushed everyone. I don’t know how it started but we turned around and my wife was getting jumped by a bunch of kids.”

Further in the video, you can see that several teens were picking up rocks the size of baseballs and throwing them, many of them making contact with homes and cars. The husband quoted above said:

“[The group of teens] hit my neighbors’ wife with those rocks. He was also trying to protect his wife…You can’t drive down the street. They stop cars, they try to get in the cars. They start banging on cars.”

Watch now:

What Next?

The teens are all known to attend the local Edmundo Escobedo Sr. Middle School. So, the teacher quoted above — Mr. Eric Phillips — said:

“…when I talked to my neighbor and she said her eight-year-old was not going to school because she was afraid, I said [that] the school needs to do something.”

But when Phillips had written statements brought in from the community, the school said that they would not be investigating further.

According to parents, tensions are high, with Harris adding:

“This is a situation someone is not going to come back from if it doesn’t stop.”

The school refuses to comment on the situation.

Aerosol Can Burns Mean Kids Need Skin Grafts

Meanwhile in jolly old England, multiple schools have students that engage in a trend of the “deodorant challenge,” where students hold each other down and spray aerosol deodorant on each others’ skin for as long as possible.

Since this is a very wrong way of working with aerosols, at least one student’s mother is using social media to reach out to others to warn moms and dads to check their kids for burns. One girl named Elle is being considered for a skin graft after suffering second degree burns from the other students.

Elle’s mother described the “game” as such, and posted photos of her daughter’s arm:

“…[it] involved spraying deodorant on to someone else for as long as possible… It’s that simple and results in severe secondary burns. [These pictures] or are my [15-year-old] daughter’s are THREE WEEKS ON which may still as yet require a skin graft.”

And it’s not an isolated incident. Once posted on social media, other students chimed in to say that they too have been victims and that the trend is going around their own educational facilities.

Kids Need Parents, Not Pre-Kindergarten Psychologists

Through all this, there’s a push for the health and well being of children to be stripped from parents and handed over to high priced doctors slinging medication. For example, the Child Mind Institute, which has deep connections to both Hillary Clinton and federal charges, says that millions of kids will develop a mental health disorder and that doctors should be screening very young kids for depression.

Sources: Gateway Pundit, Fox News

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Americans are becoming more socially isolated, but they’re not feeling lonelier

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This article was originally published on The Conversation.

Are Americans becoming lonelier?

On May 1, NPR reported on a survey about loneliness conducted by Cigna, a large health insurance company. Cigna asked over 20,000 American adults if they agreed with statements like “People are around me but not with me” and “No one really knows me well.” The survey found that younger Americans were lonelier than older Americans.

But while doing research for my upcoming book on empathy and social relationships, I found that the story is a bit more complicated than this.

How to study loneliness

The Cigna study is far too limited to tell us why young people appear to be lonelier. Is it because younger people are in a normal lonelier life stage before finding a partner and having children? Or is it because there have been generational increases in loneliness? The only way scientists could know if there have been generational changes would be to compare young people today to young people in earlier times.

The Cigna survey used the UCLA Loneliness Scale, one of the best available measures of loneliness. But just because a survey has 20,000 respondents doesn’t mean it’s high quality. Who were the respondents? Did they reflect the general U.S. population in terms of age, gender and other factors? Without more details about the survey methods, it’s hard to know how to interpret it.

Thankfully, some peer-reviewed studies have examined changes over time in loneliness and social isolation. Loneliness is the subjective feeling of social disconnection. Social isolation is more objective. It includes living alone, having very few social ties, not having people to confide in, and not spending time with others very often.

Although lonely people are sometimes more socially isolated, this is not always the case. It’s possible to feel lonely, even when surrounded by people. And it’s possible to have a few friends, enjoying deep connections with them along with times of solitude.

Research finds that loneliness and social isolation are equally bad for health. On average, people who report being lonely have a 26 percent increased risk of death compared to those who are not lonely. Those who live alone have a 32 percent increased risk of death, and those who are socially isolated have a 29 percent increased risk of death.

Loneliness over time

One study tracked changes in over 13,000 college students from 1978 to 2009. The researchers found that millennials actually reported less loneliness than people born earlier.

But since the study was on college students, the researchers wondered whether they would find these results in a more general American population. So, they tracked changes over time in a nationally representative sample of over 385,000 students high school students between 1991 to 2012.

In order to measure loneliness, participants were asked whether they agreed with statements that indicated loneliness, like “I often feel left out of things” and “I often wish I had more good friends.” Statements like “There is always someone I can turn to if I need help” and “I usually have a few friends around I can get together with” measured social isolation.

As in the first study, the researchers found students reported declines in loneliness over time. However, they actually found increases over time in social isolation.

This corresponds with nationally representative government data showing that the percentage of people in the U.S. who live alone nearly doubled from 7.6 percent in 1967 to 14.3 percent in 2017.

Americans also seem to have fewer confidantes. The average number of people that Americans say they can talk to about important things declined from 2.94 in 1985 to 2.08 in 2004.

Experiencing isolation

Taken together, this published research finds that young people in the U.S. may be more socially isolated in recent years, but are paradoxically becoming less lonely. There doesn’t appear to be an epidemic of loneliness, but perhaps there is one of social isolation.

It’s possible that socially isolated people are turning to social media to treat their feelings of loneliness. This could make them feel less lonely in the short run, but these connections can be more about quantity than quality. They aren’t necessarily the people Americans get together with in person or turn to when we need help. And people often use social media when they are actually alone in a room on a screen.

In my view, future research should try to better understand why there are different trends in loneliness versus isolation. But, since both are equally bad for our health, it’s important to nurture our connections with others – both online and off.

Sara Konrath, Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

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