…How can America’s leader … President Trump … be so totally out of touch…???

…How can America’s leader … President Trump … be so totally out of touch…???

………Trump Expresses Open Confusion, Visibly Fidgets Through Meeting on School Shooting Prevention…………“Honestly, I don’t know what that means," the president says at one point………..

 

By Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story…..February 23, 2018, 12:39 AM GMT……President Donald Trump on Thursday appeared to get completely lost during a discussion on preventing school shootings being held at the White House.

 

During the talk, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill talked about active measures that schools can take during shootings that can go into effect automatically without the police even being on the scene.

“We also have countermeasures that can be employed by the sheriff’s department within seconds to contain the attacker and in a sense turn the attack on them,” Hill said. “That is a critical piece.”

A confused Trump asked him to explain the concept of countermeasures.

“I just don’t know what that means,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t know what that means.”

Hill proceeded to give him an example to illustrate.

“If you are in a hallway, with an active shooter in a hall, and he’s going around looking for targets, you got the doors locked, and somebody is monitoring and, for example, they have smoke canisters that can come in and blind to shooter, which distracts them,” he said. “That gives time and, you know, that critical time when he is allowed looking for targets.”

Trump still didn’t seem to understand the concept.

“In the meantime, he’s shooting everybody, though,” the president said.

“Well, in this particular school, they’re locked down,” Hill patiently explained.

Watch the video below.…….. https://youtu.be/MCBBN3SPBDI

 

Parkland Survivor: Trump ‘Didn’t Make Me Feel Better in the Slightest’

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Samantha Fuentes told the New York Times she found the president’s attempts to console her "unimpressive." READ MORE»

Trump: Armed teachers would have ‘shot the hell out of’ Florida school gunman

Speaking to CPAC, an annual conservative gathering, the president made another full-throated pitch for his plan to have school staff carry concealed weapons.

By John Wagner  •  Read more »

 

Is the Armed Teacher ‘Debate’ America’s Lowest, Stupidest Media Moment?

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

Teachers are already overburdened with unrealistic expectations—now they’re supposed to be sharpshooters? READ MORE»

 

Education … Trump style … another catastrophic link in making America great again…

image…Education … Trump style … another catastrophic link in making America great again…

‘We have to harden our schools’: Trump makes arming teachers his top safety goal

The president pledged again Thursday to “take action,” with aides describing him as being in a “listening phase” that is expected to result in legislative proposals and suggestions for policy changes at the state level.

By John Wagner and Jenna Johnson  •  Read more »

TRUMP PROPOSES A PAY BUMP FOR ARMED TEACHERS Doubling down on the idea during a meeting with law enforcement at the White House. Educators responded with the viral #ArmMeWith campaign, and experts were quick to condemn the idea. [HuffPost]

 

 

President Trump repeated his call to arm specially trained teachers, raising the idea of bonuses for those qualified to handle a gun

Thursday, February 22, 2018 1:58 PM EST

 

…And in the “battle-ready” environment we honestly expect student to learn … learn … what…???

...And in the “battle-ready” environment we honestly expect student to learn … learn … what…???

The NRA’s solution for school shootings: Making schools battle-ready

The good news? A shooting at a given school is still very unlikely.

By Philip Bump  •  Read more »

 

these senseless mass killings provide excellent divergent cover for Americans to NOT objectively and thoroughly contemplate

…As much as I hate to admit it, perhaps the NRA has a valid point as these senseless mass killings provide excellent divergent cover for Americans to NOT objectively and thoroughly contemplate the host of issues we face… racism, faulty education system, an inept health system, social service systems which punish, a prison system which rewards corporate greed…

The National Rifle Association has gone on the offensive, with spokeswoman Dana Loesch claimed "Many in legacy media love mass shootings."

 

Sounds logical to me in keeping with Sir Isaac Newton assessment that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction … Batteries require some exotic

…Sounds logical to me in keeping with Sir Isaac Newton assessment that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction … Batteries require some exotic minerals which are not readily available in America so corporate in keeping with their legal requirement seek those ingredients from the least costly source to insure substantial profits to pass to their stockholders and executives…

Mines linked to child labor are thriving in rush for car batteries

Output at Congo’s artisanal mines probably rose at least halfMetal vital to many electric vehicles has tripled in 18 monthsThe appetite for electric cars is driving a boom in small-scale cobalt production in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where some mines have been found to be dangerous and employ child labor.Production from so-called artisanal mines probably rose by at least half last year, according to the estimates of officials at three of the biggest international suppliers of the metal, who …
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WE were warned this was coming

…WE were warned this was coming … read George Orwell’s novel “1984” … read John Taylor Gotto’s book. .. “Dumbing Us  Down”…

The Technology Being Used to Control Workers by Tech Companies Is Freakishly Dystopian     Workers are facing an increasing amount of on-the-job surveillance.

 

By Thor Benson / In These Times…..February 24, 2018, 12:22 PM GMT………..You’ve been fired. According to your employer’s data, your facial expressions showed you were insubordinate and not trustworthy. You also move your hands at a rate that is considered substandard. Other companies you may want to work for could receive this data, making it difficult for you to find other work in this field.

 

That may sound like a scenario straight out of a George Orwell novel, but it’s the future many American workers could soon be facing.

In early February, media outlets reported that Amazon had received a patent for ultrasonic wristbands that could track the movement of warehouse workers’ hands during their shifts. If workers’ hands began moving in the wrong direction, the wristband would buzz, issuing an electronic corrective. If employed, this technology could easily be used to further surveil employees who already work under intense supervision.

Whole Foods, which is now owned by Amazon, recently instituted a complex and punitive inventory system where employees are graded based on everything from how quickly and effectively they stock shelves to how they report theft. The system is so harsh it reportedly causes employees enough stress to bring them to tears on a regular basis.

UPS drivers, who often operate individually on the road, are now becoming increasingly surveilled. Sensors in every UPS truck track when drivers’ seatbelts are put on, when doors open and close and when the engines start in order to monitor employee productivity at all times.

The technology company Steelcase has experimented with monitoring employees’ faces to judge their expressions. The company claims that this innovation, which monitors and analyzes workers’ facial movements throughout the work day, is being used for research and to inform best practices on the job. Other companies are also taking interest in this kind of mood-observing technology, from Bank of America to Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc.

These developments are part of a larger trend of workers being watched and judged—often at jobs that offer low pay and demand long hours. Beyond simply tracking worker performance, it is becoming more common for companies to monitor the emails and phone calls their employees make, analyzing personal traits along with output.

Some companies are now using monitoring techniques—referred to as “people analytics”—to learn as much as they can about you, from your communication patterns to what types of websites you visit to how often you use the bathroom. This type of privacy invasion can cause employees immense stress, as they work with the constant knowledge that their boss is aware of their every behavior—and able to use that against them as they see fit.

Lewis Maltby, president of the National Workrights Institute at Cornell University, tells In These Times that the level of surveillance workers are facing is increasing exponentially.

“If you look at what some people call ‘people analytics,’ it’s positively frightening,” Maltby says. “People analytics devices get how often you talk, the tone of your voice, where you are every single second you’re at work, your body language, your facial expressions and something called ‘patterns of interaction.’” He explains that some of these devices even record what employees say at work.

According to some experts, this high level of employee surveillance may actually harm the companies that use these techniques.

“In general, people experience more stress when they feel that someone is looking over their shoulder, real or virtual,” Michael Childers, director at the School for Workers, tells In These Times. “There is a large body of research documenting that stressful workplaces can potentially lead to many problems that reduce company profits, including increased turnover, more sick days used, higher workplace compensation costs, and ironically, even lower productivity.”

Richard Wolff, a professor of economics emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, tells In These Times that this type of surveillance “deepens the antagonism, mutual suspicion, and hostility of employer relative to employee. It degrades worker morale and will probably fail—leading employers to conclude not that such surveillance is a bad idea, but rather than they need to automate to get rid of workers altogether.”

While this level of worker surveillance may be alarming, it has so far gone largely unchecked. Congress has never passed a law to regulate employee surveillance, Maltby says, and he doesn’t think it will any time soon. However, he says that either Congress or the Supreme Court could finally decide that employers have gone too far when they start tracking employee movement during a worker’s time off.

“The fight we’re gearing up for is [tracking] behavior off duty,” Maltby says. “Every cell phone in America has GPS capabilities baked into it,” along with cameras and microphones. Maltby worries that employers could soon begin using this technology to track the behavior of their employees outside of work. If this were to happen, Maltby believes U.S. lawmakers could be compelled to step in.

One the of the fears that labor and privacy advocates hold is that, over time, workers could get used to these types of invasions, and begin accepting them as a normal part of the job.  

“The first time people hear about the newest privacy invasion, they get extremely angry, but eventually they just get used to it,” Maltby says. For example, at many jobs drug tests are now seen as standard, despite the fact that they invade employees’ private lives by monitoring their behaviors outside of work.

At a time of soaring inequality, low-wage workers are bearing the brunt of efforts to increase productivity and profits. The rise of these new tracking techniques show that companies are moving toward increasing their control over the lives of their employees.

While workers at the bottom of the wage scale may be the first to face such dystopian working conditions, other industries could soon embrace them. If we don’t want to live and work under the constant supervision of a far-away boss, now is the time to speak up and push back.

Thor Benson has been a contributor to Truthdig, Slate, Vice, Fast Company, and many other publications. Follow him at @thor_benson.

 

EMPATHY is not natural for Trump

imageEMPATHY is not natural for Trump… ‘

…He’s more “in-your-face”…

This photo of Trump’s notes captures his empathy deficit better than anything

By Aaron Blake February 21 at 6:38 PM Email the author

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Trump’s meeting with Fla. school shooting survivors, in three minutes

President Trump on Feb. 21 met at the White House with students who survived the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

President Trump held a worthwhile listening session Wednesday featuring a range of views on how to combat gun violence in schools. And while Trump’s at-times-meandering comments about arming teachers will certainly raise eyebrows, for the most part he did listen.

Thanks in part, it seems, to a helpful little reminder.