Megan Rankine

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Montreal set to press Ottawa for national handgun ban

The City of Montreal is set to call for a nationwide ban on handguns and assault weapons, joining Toronto in pressing the Trudeau government to beef up its proposed firearms legislation.<p>Montreal City Council is to debate a motion that will urge the federal government to prohibit weapons that are …

Guns

The Qanon conspiracy is bizarre. The psychology of its followers is dangerous.

A secret civil war is going on — or at least, it is in the minds of some U.S. citizens. At recent Trump rallies, people have been observed publicly expressing support for "Q": An anonymous person or group that claims to have access to top-level security information about a secret cabal of corrupt …

Conspiracies

Susan Rice: President Trump, the Autocrats’ Best Friend

After Canada’s foreign minister tweeted concern about Saudi Arabia’s imprisonment of prominent human rights and women’s rights activists, the Saudis this week tried to punish Canada and intimidate other potential critics. They vowed to interfere in Canada’s internal affairs; expelled Canada’s …

Saudi Arabia

At 'America First Energy Conference', solar power is dumb, climate change is fake

By Collin Eaton<p>NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Pumping carbon dioxide into the air makes the planet greener; the United Nations puts out fake science about climate change to control the global energy market; and wind and solar energy are simply "dumb".<p>These are among the messages that flowed from the …

Here are this summer's 11 hottest thrillers

Summer thrills

Books

Google adds lots of new tools to its Education suite

Summer break is normally a time for rest and recreation, but Google has been busy updating Classroom, Google Earth and other Google for Education tools in preparation for the next academic term.<p>Since its 2014 inception, Google Classroom has served to empower both teachers and students by …

Education Technology

Graduation snap: Texas student's photo with alligator goes viral

Makenzie Noland, a Texas student, poses for her graduation photo in cap, sash and – somewhat unusually – with an alligator.<p>The student shared the image on Facebook and Instagram with the caption “not your typical graduation photo”, and found herself at the centre of the internet’s attention.<p>“I am …

Social Media

Am I The Only Teacher Who Didn’t Know About “BookTubers”?

The New York Times today has a very lengthy article headlined Meet the YouTube Stars Turning Viewers Into Readers.<p>It’s about an apparently huge …

High School

You can teach yourself to read an entire book in a single day

There’s no better superfood for your brain than a book.<p>Reading is the best way to rapidly gain a deep, and broad understanding of a topic or discipline.<p>You can read an entire book every day, but it will cost you. It’s a massive goal and can be unreasonable, but it works for me.<p>I am selective about …

Writing

U.S. immigration policy is pure genius

Last month, the United States made an extraordinary achievement: For the third time in four years, it won the International Mathematical …

Mathematics

Trump administration lifts ban on pesticides linked to declining bee numbers

The Trump administration has rescinded an Obama-era ban on the use of pesticides linked to declining bee populations and the cultivation of genetically modified crops in dozens of national wildlife refuges where farming is permitted.<p>Environmentalists, who had sued to bring about the two-year-old …

Pesticides

Freemasons accept transgender women who joined as men

<b>Transgender women should be allowed to remain Freemasons if they joined as men, the largest UK lodge has said.</b><p>Expelling masons for transitioning was "unlawful discrimination", the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) warned.<p>Women who transition to become men should also be allowed to join, its new …

Freemasonry

Feeling ‘Taken For Granted,’ Koch-Led Donors Turn From GOP

Taking a moment between meetings with super-rich donors in the Rocky Mountains, Mark Holden gave a clipped, three-word response to describe how the …

U.S. Politics

“Crio” Is Going To Become A Favorite Online Tool Of Many Teachers

I have previously blogged about SAS Curriculum Pathways many times (forty times, in fact).<p>I use it in all my classes and, particularly, in my Social …

Education Technology

Trump’s ‘Fake News’ Propaganda Campaign Is Metastasizing

President Trump is never more at home than when watching cable news with his Twitter app fired up. Sunday was no exception. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., …

Donald Trump

One chart that shows how much worse income inequality is in America than Europe

The income share of the poorest half of Americans is declining while the richest have grabbed more. In Europe, it’s not happening.<p>Income inequality is a growing problem in the United States. The richest Americans have reaped a disproportional amount of economic growth while worker wages have failed …

Economics

The 25 best thriller books of the summer

This summer’s packed with suspense. Buckle up and enjoy a sensational ride.<p><b>“The Speed of Sound (Speed of Sound Thrillers)” (Thomas & Mercer)</b> <i><br>by Eric</i> …

Books

An Australian doctor’s stark note to parents is a devastating blow against anti-vaxxers

Australian doctor Rachel Heap has seen people suffer from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccines throughout her career. She’s got a direct message for parents who refuse routine shots for their children—and it’s making waves across the internet.<p>A patient snapped a photo of the sign …

Public Health

Someone untied Betsy DeVos' $40 million yacht and set it adrift

There's a wave of minor crime against Trump administration officials, and I'm enjoying every moment of it.<p>Yesterday, a man destroyed Trump's …

Betsy DeVos

PSA: Very small number of 2018 MacBook Pro and iMac Pro machines suffering kernel panics

Just as one glitch with the 2018 MacBook Pro gets resolved, another one appears, although so far only for a very limited number of users.<p>Some owners are reporting repeated kernel panics – as often as once or twice a day. The same issue has been experienced by a number of iMac Pro owners, with some …

MacBook Pro

Amid focus on immigration from south, illegal crossings from Canada surge

While the Trump administration fortifies the southern border, concern is growing over the number of foreigners entering the US illegally across the porous northern border with Canada.<p>People crossing the border between Vermont and Quebec have paid smugglers up to $4,000, usually payable when the …

Immigration

Trump 2018 or Orwell’s ‘1984’? President’s speech prompts comparisons to dystopian novel

Critics are comparing U.S. President Donald Trump’s attacks on so-called “fake news” to the George Orwell book <i>1984</i>, after the president urged …

Donald Trump

New Study Shows Learning About Growth Mindset At Start Of Ninth-Grade Increases Resilience

A new study, co-authored by David Yeager, one of the foremost experts on Social Emotional Learning (I’ve previously posted about his work, including …

Research

Paul Ryan’s Tax Cuts for the Rich Aren’t Helping Anyone Else

Reviews of the tax bill are in, and for Republicans, they are not good.<p>While the Trump administration has proven to be adept at emboldening white supremacists and authoring unhinged tweets, it has struggled mightily to pass legislation or do any of the work associated with the task of governing. As …

Taxes

This is why you shouldn’t believe Republicans who claim racist Trump supporters are an aberration in the GOP

From his statements about Mexican rapists, murderers, and infestation, to his action on the Southern border, to his call for a ban on Muslim …

Civil Rights

How the Republican tax cuts are failing workers, in one chart

Republicans said corporate tax cuts would boost wages. They’re not.<p>When Republicans delivered $1.5 trillion in tax cuts last December and slashed the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, they said it would come with a big wage boost for American workers. Except it hasn’t.<p>Over the …

Economics

Scientists Outline Link Between Climate Change and Rising Suicide Rates

"We have the power to do something about this."<p>Around the world, spikes in human violence correlate with unforgiving and ceaseless heat. As the …

Climate Change

Trump's tariffs threaten the Texas oil boom

The oil and gas industry remains one of the most resilient and impactful sectors in the country, despite efforts by some to derail domestic …

Oil & Gas Industry

A Neuroscientist Explains How Trump Supporters Are Easily Hoodwinked Because of This One Psychological Problem

Those who score low on political knowledge tend to overestimate their expertise even more when greater emphasis is placed on political affiliation.In …

Psychology