Online Charter Schools & Queen of Scream: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO) -Published on Aug 16, 2017


August 9, 2017, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO. VICE News reports on the controversy over online charter schools in Ohio.We also interview ”Queen of Scream” Melissa Cross, a 60-year-old singer who tours with some of the biggest names in hardcore music. The Democratic Socialists of America are growing in numbers, but the party still needs to appeal to some non-white demographics.

White Supremacist Breaks Down In Tears After Learning There’s A Warrant Out For His Arrest In Charlottesville – ByGuardians of Democracy StaffAugust 16, 2017




Christopher Cantwell, a white supremacist who provided an in-depth description of his racist beliefs of black and Jewish people and explained his movement’s violent goals at the “Unite the Right” rally to Vice News correspondent Elle Reeves, released a video on Wednesday of himself weeping on camera as he discusses a warrant that was issued for his arrest.

“I called the Charlottesville Police Department,” Cantwell said, “and said, ‘I have been told there’s a warrant out for my arrest. They said they wouldn’t confirm it but that I could find this out I could go to a magistrate or whatever.”

“With everything that’s happening, I don’t think it’s very wise for me to go anywhere,” he continued. “There’s a state of emergency, the National Guard is here!”

“I don’t know what to do. I need guidance,” he said as he wiped away tears.

“Our enemies will not stop, they’ve been threatening us all over the place,” he said.

“We are trying to make this peaceful, we are trying to be law abiding,” he claimed.

“I’m terrified,” he said to law enforcement officers in the clip. “I think you’re going to kill me.”

Cantwell defended the killing of Heather Heyer — the 32-year-old woman fatally struck on Saturday by a driver identified as a white supremacist — as “justified,” to Vice News.

Reeves asked whether Cantwell believed white people were capable of violence, to which Cantwell responded, “Of course we’re capable.”

“I’m carrying a pistol, I go to the gym all the time, I’m trying to make myself more capable of violence,” he said.

“I’m not even saying we’re nonviolent,” he said. “I’m saying that f—— we did not aggress. We did not initiate force against anybody. We’re not nonviolent — we’ll f—— kill these people if we have to.”

“Somebody like Donald Trump, who does not give his daughter to a Jew, I don’t think you could feel the way I do about race, and watch that Kushner bastard walk around with that beautiful girl,” he ranted

Watch the Vice News interview, embedded below:

https://theguardiansofdemocracy.com/white-supremacist-breaks-tears-learning-theres-warrant-arrest-charlottesville/

Mayors taking swift action to avoid becoming the next Charlottesville – By Janell Ross, Mark Berman and Joel Achenbach August 16 at 8:57 PM


City officials across the country are nervously trying to figure out how to avoid becoming the next Charlottesville as alt-right leaders and white nationalist groups vow to stage more rallies in coming days.

A group claiming it is advocating free speech has planned a rally for Saturday on the historic Boston Common, with a group advocating racial justice planning its own gathering in opposition. Boston officials said they have laid down strict conditions, including no sticks, weapons or backpacks.

“Make no mistake: We do not welcome any hate groups to Boston, and we reject their message,” Mayor Marty Walsh (D) said Wednesday.

A rally scheduled for Aug. 26 in San Francisco has prompted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D) and several California lawmakers to urge the National Park Service to rescind the permit to gather on federal park land there.

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Chill: Robots Won’t Take All Our Jobs – James Surowiecki August 2017


Last year, the Japanese company SoftBank opened a cell phone store in Tokyo and staffed it entirely with sales associates named Pepper. This wasn’t as hard as it sounds, since all the Peppers were robots.

Humanoid robots, to be more precise, which SoftBank describes as “kindly, endearing, and surprising.” Each Pepper is equipped with three multidirectional wheels, an anticollision system, multiple sensors, a pair of arms, and a chest-mounted tablet that allows customers to enter information. Pepper can “express his own emotions” and use a 3-D camera and two HD cameras “to identify movements and recognize the emotions on the faces of his interlocutors.”

The talking bot can supposedly identify joy, sadness, anger, and surprise and determine whether a person is in a good or bad mood—abilities that Pepper’s engineers figured would make “him” an ideal personal assistant or salesperson. And sure enough, there are more than 10,000 Peppers now at work in SoftBank stores, Pizza Huts, cruise ships, homes, and elsewhere.

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In Six Years the Number of Homeless Children in New York City Public Schools Jumped Nearly 50 Percent – Maha Ahmed Aug. 16, 2017 6:24 PM


If the trend continues, more than 1 in 7 of the city’s students will experience homelessness by 5th grade.

Almost 100,000 students in New York City’s public schools were homeless during the 2015-16 school year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness (ICPH). This number represents a 20 percent increase from the previous school year, and a 49 percent increase in student homelessness since the 2010-11 school year. If this trend doesn’t change, more than 1 out of 7 of New York City’s public school students will experience homelessness by the time they enter the fifth grade.

Beyond outlining these and other big-picture statistics, the report, released just a few weeks before the city’s schools are back in session on September 7, focuses on the cohort of students that were enrolled in NYC public schools for all six years of elementary school, ending in the 2015–16 school year. Over those six years, researchers explored the effects of housing instability on a student’s experience in the classroom and found that the average homeless student lived in at least two different housing situations during elementary school, often leading them to transfer schools in the middle of the year. As a result of longer commute times or instability at home, these students tended to miss more school than students with stable housing (missing almost half of a school year on average) and were at higher risk of suspension or being held back a grade.

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