bookmark_borderBreonna Taylor’s death shouldn’t be an insensitive Twitter meme

Breonna Taylor's death shouldn't be an insensitive Twitter meme

Twitter users are calling each other out for turning a call for justice for Breonna Taylor into a meme. 

Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was sleeping on March 13 when white police officers forcibly entered her Louisville, Kentucky home without warning in what’s known as a “no-knock warrant.” Her boyfriend Kenneth Walker fired his gun, and in response, the police fired back. They shot Taylor at least eight times, the New York Times reports

The police were looking into two men who they suspected were selling drugs, and using Taylor’s address to receive packages, according to the Courier Journal. The “no-knock” warrant the judge issued, which allowed the police to enter without a warning or identifying themselves as law enforcement, has since been banned in Louisville.  Read more…

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bookmark_borderVerizon decides Facebook doesn’t need its ad money after all

Verizon decides Facebook doesn't need its ad money after all

Mark Zuckerberg can definitely hear Verizon now. 

The telecommunications giant announced Thursday that it is immediately ceasing all advertising on Facebook. So reports CNBC, which notes that Verizon is joining the likes of Patagonia, REI, and Ben & Jerry’s in financially distancing itself from the controversial social media platform. 

In an emailed statement to Mashable, a Verizon spokesperson chalked the move up to vague displeasure with varying violations of unspecified policies. 

“Our brand safety standards have not changed,” a Verizon spokesperson told Mashable. “We have strict content policies in place and have zero tolerance when they are breached, we take action. We’re pausing our advertising until Facebook can create an acceptable solution that makes us comfortable and is consistent with what we’ve done with YouTube and other partners.”  Read more…

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bookmark_borderCongress needs to pass this facial recognition ban now

Congress needs to pass this facial recognition ban now

Earlier this year, for the first time (that we know of), a false match by a facial recognition algorithm led to the arrest of an innocent man

Now, members of Congress are finally taking action. On Thursday, Sens. Ed Markey and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Ayanna Pressley, all Democrats, introduced the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act of 2020. It’s the most aggressive move yet by Congress to limit the use of facial recognition by police, in this case, by banning federal law enforcement from using it and cutting off state and local police from federal grants if they fail to do the same.  Read more…

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bookmark_borderMother Earth reportedly stoked for Amazon’s new ‘Climate Pledge Arena’ hockey stadium

Mother Earth reportedly stoked for Amazon's new 'Climate Pledge Arena' hockey stadium

In an act of immense humility, Amazon announced Thursday that it had secured the naming rights to the future home of Seattle’s National Hockey League (NHL) team and will be calling it the “Climate Pledge Arena.”

The name refers to the “climate pledge” Amazon announced and signed on to in 2019, which asks businesses to commit to becoming carbon neutral by 2040. 

On Tuesday, the company announced that its carbon footprint grew 15 percent in 2019 compared to 2018.

Welcome to the first net zero carbon certified arena in the world.@amazon, #NHLSeattle & @oakviewgroup are excited to announce a partnership to name our future home Climate Pledge Arena & use our platform to take action against climate change →

— NHL Seattle (@NHLSeattle_) June 25, 2020 Read more…

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bookmark_border10 ways to enjoy Toronto life in the age of COVID-19

10 ways to enjoy Toronto life in the age of COVID-19

Toronto is considered a world-class city when it comes to food, culture, sports and entertainment. With most of the city on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, it might feel like all that the city has to offer is off limits. Toronto’s people and businesses are resilient and creative, though. They have found innovative ways to offer their services while the city moves toward lifting restrictions. 

With things slowly beginning to open up again, including patios at 50 percent capacity, we can look forward to getting back to some of our favourite venues and activities. Until then, whether you are a quarantined at home or heading out in small groups to socialize at a distance, we’ve got a list of 10 ways to have fun in Toronto while your life is still somewhat on lockdown.  Read more…

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bookmark_borderThe online lesson plan marketplace boomed when the pandemic hit

The online lesson plan marketplace boomed when the pandemic hit

The coronavirus pandemic has upended life as we know it, mandating we sequester ourselves to slow the spread of a potentially deadly illness that has killed hundreds of thousands of people globally. 

That reality presents a whole host of complications to everyday life. One major issue: How do we educate our kids?

The initial spike in COVID-19 cases this spring forced nearly all classes to move online. Parents had to pivot overnight to being educators for their kids. Teachers had to make dramatic shifts in how they do things. That reality left folks across the country scrambling for resources. Read more…

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bookmark_border‘The Twilight Zone’ Season 2 brings better twists and a deep cut throwback

'The Twilight Zone' Season 2 brings better twists and a deep cut throwback

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