STUDENT SUICIDES DOUBLE IN LOCKED DOWN NEVADA COUNTY… OFFICIALS NOW SURVEIL STUDENTS’ DEVICES 24/7… NYT: Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen
In Clark County, [NEVADA,] 18 suicides over nine months of closure is double the nine the district had the entire previous year, Dr. Jara said. Six students died by suicide between March 16 and June 30; 12 students died by suicide between July 1 and Dec. 31, the district said.
One student left a note saying he had nothing to look forward to. The youngest student Dr. Jara has lost to suicide was 9. […]
Over the summer, as President Donald J. Trump was trying to strong-arm schools into reopening, Dr. Robert R. Redfield, then the C.D.C. director, warned that a rise in adolescent suicides would be one of the “substantial public health negative consequences” of school closings. […]
But given the politically charged atmosphere this summer, many of those warnings were dismissed as scare tactics. Parents of students who have taken their lives say connecting suicide to school closings became almost taboo. […]
Since the lockdowns, districts are reporting suicide clusters, Dr. Massetti of the C.D.C. said, and many said they were struggling to connect students with services. […]
By July, after the sixth suicide since March, the district invested in a program, the GoGuardian Beacon alert system, to send reports of mild to severe suicide risk. The system, which scans student writings on district-issued iPads, generated more than 3,100 alerts from June to October, indicating behavior such as suicide research, self-harm, written comments, or just the need for help or support.
By November, the deluge forced the district to upgrade its contract to include 24-hour monitoring and a service that would sort out the most severe cases, like students who were in “active planning,” meaning they had identified a methodology and were ready to act.
CHICAGO OFFICIALS GIVE INTO ANOTHER TEACHERS UNION DELAY… CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Chicago Teachers Union votes to refuse in-person work, defy Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plan
Chicago Teachers Union members have voted to defy Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plans and continue working from home Monday because of health and safety concerns.
City officials had said in recent days they would view the collective refusal of in-person work as a strike, but in response to Sunday’s vote results said they will delay the scheduled return of thousands of teachers and staff until Wednesday “to ensure we have the time needed to resolve our discussions without risking disruption to student learning.” […]
About 86% of the 25,000 rank-and-file CTU members participated in the electronic vote over the past three days, with 71% favoring the rejection of in-person work in an unusually close vote for CTU labor actions. When the CTU voted to strike in 2019, 94% of members who voted chose to walk out. […]
Illinois law requires three-quarters of CTU members to authorize a typical contract strike, such as the one in 2019. The union has said a work stoppage this time around would come in response to several alleged unfair labor practices by CPS and the approval of only a simple majority of voting members is required — though the CTU said last week it would seek 60% to show its unity.
YES, TRUMP WAS ON TRACK TO MEET BIDEN’S VACCINE GOAL… WAPO: Biden sticks to vaccine goals nearly met by his predecessor
Even with vaccine shortages and bottlenecks in delivery, the pace needed to meet the new administration’s goal — 1 million doses administered per day — was already achieved Friday and four other days of the previous eight, according to Washington Post data. The accelerating speed of the program undercuts assertions by some Biden advisers that they were left no plan by the Trump administration and suggests they need only to keep their feet on the pedal to clear the bar they set for themselves.
President Joe Biden said Friday that there’s nothing that can be done to change the trajectory of the coronavirus pandemic for the “next several months.”
“If we fail to act, there will be a wave of evictions and foreclosures in the coming months as this pandemic rages on,” Biden said at a news conference. “Because there is nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months.”
BIDEN’S OIL BANS CAUSE SHOCKWAVES ACROSS THE WEST… AP: Biden’s pause on oil cause for big concern in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Joe Biden’s 60-day moratorium on new oil and natural gas leases and drilling permits is prompting widespread concerns in New Mexico, where spending on education and other public programs hinges on the industry’s success.
Top Republicans in the state as well as local leaders in communities that border the Permian Basin — one of the most productive regions in the U.S. — say any moves to make permanent the suspension would be economically devastating for the state. Half of New Mexico’s production happens on federal land and amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties each year.
Congressional members from other western states also are raising concerns, saying the ripple effects of the moratorium will hurt small businesses already struggling because of the pandemic.
JAZZ SHAW: Biden’s Cave To The Transgender Lobby Took Only Hours
The order in question rolled back yet another of Donald Trump’s mandates in the field of education, reinstating a disastrous policy put in place by Barack Obama back when Biden was playing second fiddle for him. Signed only hours after Biden was sworn in, the order mandates that all schools receiving federal funding (which is nearly all of them) must allow boys who “identify” as girls to compete in girls’ sports and use all of their facilities, including locker rooms and showers. As we’ve seen in previous instances, this is going to wind up “erasing” (or canceling) the college aspirations of some actual female high school athletes. […]
[…] one LGBT advocate is quoted responding to the criticism by saying, “there was ‘zero evidence — not a shred — that protecting trans women against discrimination harms cis women.” All of the woke terminology crammed into a couple of sentences may be confusing, but the reality is that the advocate in question is either lying or ignorant because that statement is patently false.
As we’ve discussed here previously, there have been plenty of studies, not to mention real-world examples, proving that the opposite is true. A study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine last year showed that even when male athletes are subjected to hormone therapy for up to three years to help them “transition” into being females, they still retained a distinct physical advantage in athletic competitions of nearly all sorts. And it wasn’t a small advantage, either. Across the board, the biological males performed well enough to make the difference, particularly when performing at the Olympic level.
WAPO: Destructive protests by anarchists and extremists signal divided left as Biden administration begins
The hundreds of far-left and anarchist demonstrators who gathered in protest mere hours after President Biden swore the oath of office Wednesday signal a fracturing on the left that could become a scourge for the new administration, political leaders and experts say.
Some activists are carrying their destructive tactics into a new administration to voice rejection of centrist ideologies they believe will do little to address existential worries over climate change, economic inequality, foreign wars and racism. The vandalizing of the Oregon Democratic Party headquarters by extreme-left demonstrators on Inauguration Day has split Portland liberals, and federal agents’ launching of tear gas at crowds that descended on the city’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters produced scenes reminiscent of similar summer standoffs ordered by President Donald Trump. […]
“Based on recent trends, we can expect violent far-left networks to conduct explosive, incendiary and firearm attacks against police, government and corporate targets.” […]
Austin Nuchraksa, 25, is accused of smashing a window at the party headquarters with a “silver metal baton,” according to court documents, after marching with a group that carried banners declaring “WE DON’T WANT BIDEN — WE WANT REVENGE” and “WE ARE UNGOVERNABLE.”
After Nuchraksa was detained by police, officers said they smelled gas and found four green beer bottles, wrapped in socks, with cloth wicks protruding from each bottle’s mouth, according to court records. The homemade molotov cocktails were “leaking gasoline all over the inside of the backpack,” prosecutors wrote. Nuchraksa was charged with participating in a riot, first-degree criminal mischief and unlawful possession of a destructive device.
WAPO: Capitol attack will spur broad crackdown on domestic extremists
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that Biden had tasked the director of national intelligence, in coordination with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, with compiling a comprehensive threat assessment on violent domestic extremism. The White House will also have its National Security Council review policy to determine whether the government can better share information or take other steps to mitigate the threat. She said the review would be overseen by Joshua Geltzer, a former senior director for counterterrorism, along with current officials. “Clearly, more needs to be done,” Psaki said.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told “Fox News Sunday” that the upcoming Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is “stupid” and harmful for the U.S., even if Trump was responsible “for some of what happened” at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on Friday that lawmakers will wait to carry out Trump’s impeachment hearings for several weeks, delaying the onset of the trial until the week of Feb. 8.
“Well, first of all, I think the trial is stupid. It’s counterproductive,” Rubio said Sunday. “We already have a flaming fire in this country, and it’s like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire.
“Second, I look back at a time, for example, Richard Nixon, who had clearly committed crimes and wrongdoing, and in hindsight I think we would all agree that President Ford’s pardon was important for the country to be able to move forward. And history held Richard Nixon quite accountable for what he did as a result.”
“I think the president bears responsibility for some of what happened. It was most certainly a foreseeable consequence of everything that was going on,” Rubio said. “All I’m arguing is we have some really important things to work on. … We’re gonna jump right back into what we’ve been going through for the last five years, and stirring it up again with a trial, and it’s just going to be bad for the country.”
POLITICO: Schumer agrees to two-week delay of Trump’s impeachment trial
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed Friday night to a two-week delay of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, allowing the chamber to focus on confirming President Joe Biden’s Cabinet and coronavirus relief.
Under the timeline outlined by Schumer, the House will deliver the article of impeachment Monday evening, senators will be sworn-in Tuesday and the trial will officially begin the week of February 8. The framework for the trial comes after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also called for a two-week delay in order to give Trump time to plan his legal defense.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tripped over his words during a Friday speech from the Senate floor.
After announcing that the article of impeachment was expected to be delivered by Monday, Schumer said that the Senate would take it up and proceed with a trial. “Senators will have to decide if Donald John Trump incited the erection,” Schumer said, before immediately correcting himself and adding, “insurrection.”
“Make no mistake, there will be a trial and when that trial ends, senators will have to decide if they believe Donald John Trump incited the erection…insurrection against the United States,” Schumer said, visibly wincing.
When ABC’s “This Week” re-aired the segment, Schumer’s gaffe was noticeably absent.
The transcript of Schumer’s speech now read: “Senators will have to decide if they believe Donald John Trump incited the insurrection.”
The video and audio were noticeably chopped up to make Schumer’s words appear seamless.
WAPO: Fight over the rules grinds the Senate to a halt, imperiling Biden’s legislative agenda
Without an organizing accord, Republicans remain in the majority of most Senate committees — veteran GOP lawmakers such as Sens. Charles E. Grassley (Iowa), Richard C. Shelby (Ala.) and James M. Inhofe (Okla.) continue as chairs of key panels while veteran Democrats eager to seize the gavels and advance their long dormant agendas can only wait and wonder. […]
Biden’s least controversial Cabinet nominees have moved forward in the first days of his administration, thanks to the unanimous consent of Republicans: Avril Haines was confirmed as director of national intelligence and Lloyd Austin was confirmed as defense secretary last week, while Janet Yellen is set to be confirmed as treasury secretary on Monday. But other, more controversial nominees could remain in limbo while McConnell and Schumer remain at an impasse. […]
But White House press secretary Jen Psaki indicated Friday that Biden had not yet reached that point, saying he intended to work with both Schumer and McConnell to advance his pandemic relief proposal: “He wants it to be a bipartisan bill.”
Advancing that legislation absent GOP cooperation would not necessarily require changing long-standing Senate rules. Democrats are already eyeing the special budgetary procedure known as reconciliation, which can allow fiscal matters involving taxation and spending to pass with a simple majority vote.
Sean Hannity at one point said, “The weak, the frail, the cognitively-struggling Biden is attempting to ram his party’s radical socialist agenda right down the country’s throats.”
“It’s violent and sexual and pathetic, all at the same time,” Stelter reacted. “That is a 24-7 narrative on multiple channels, every day, every hour.” […]
“The United States is living with this parallel universe,” Stelter said. “Unity is not feasible. It’s just not. But can the temperature be lowered just 2 or 3 degrees? Wouldn’t that help? Isn’t that possible?”
MORE… CNN’s Jim Acosta says conservative news is a “disinformation industrial complex” and until “that toxin is drained from the national political discourse in this country..I do think that these forces represent a potential existential threat to this country” (VIDEO)
MARGARET SULLIVAN CALLS FOR FOX NEWS ADVERTISER BOYCOTT… WAPO’s SULLIVAN: Fox News is a hazard to our democracy. It’s time to take the fight to the Murdochs. Here’s how.
No, the only answer is to speak the language that the bigwigs at Fox will understand: Ratings. Advertising dollars. Profit.
Corporations that advertise on Fox News should walk away, and citizens who care about the truth should demand that they do so (in addition to trying to steer their friends and relatives away from the network).
Big companies would never do that, you say? Don’t be so sure.
The Post reported last week that the 147 Republican lawmakers who opposed certification of the presidential election have lost the support of many of their largest corporate backers. General Electric, AT&T, Comcast, Honeywell, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and Verizon all said they would suspend donations to members of Congress who voted against certifying Biden as president.
BIDEN TELLS MEXICO HE’LL SEND BILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO CENTRAL AMERICA… AP: Mexican Leader Says Biden Offers $4B for Central America
Mexico’s president said Saturday that Biden told him the U.S. would send $4 billion to help development in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala — nations whose hardships have spawned tides of migration through Mexico toward the United States.
López Obrador, who spoke Friday with Biden by phone, said the two discussed immigration and the need to address the root causes of why people migrate.
Mexico has stopped recent attempts by caravans of Central American migrants to cross Mexico. […]
López Obrador said in a statement Friday that the conversation with Biden was “friendly and respectful.”
The White House said Biden mentioned “reversing the previous administration’s draconian immigration policies.”
KAREN TOWNSEND: Texas AG Paxton Files First Legal Action Against Biden Administration Over Deportation Freeze
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a complaint and motion for a temporary restraining order in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas against the Biden administration Friday over its 100-day freeze on deportations. Paxton warned that this action was coming if the deportation freeze was not rescinded. The executive order remains in place so Paxton carried through with the lawsuit on behalf of the State of Texas.
BIDEN AGREES WITH TRUMP… THERE’S A GENOCIDE HAPPENING IN CHINA… EXAMINER: Biden believes China is committing genocide against the Uighurs
President Biden continues to believe the ruling Chinese Communist Party is committing genocide against the Uighur Muslim population, the Washington Examiner can confirm, after the Trump administration designated China’s actions as such the day before Biden’s inauguration.
Emily Horne, the spokesperson for Biden’s National Security Council, told the Washington Examiner that “President Biden has called the oppression of the Uighurs a genocide, and he stands against it in the strongest possible terms.”
Confusion ensued after a Friday press conference with Biden press secretary Jen Psaki, when Philip Wegmann of RealClearNews asked, “The previous administration on their way out the door declared that China’s human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims were, quote, ‘crimes against humanity’ and, quote, ‘a genocide’ — does the president agree with that determination and will he keep it?” The Biden spokesperson appeared noncommittal.
FOX: NYTimes ripped for labeling Biden ‘most religiously observant’ president in 50 years
Conservatives ripped The New York Times for describing President Biden as “perhaps the most religiously observant commander in chief in half a century” in a story published Saturday.
Pundits were quick to point out former presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter for their outspoken faith.
“George W Bush said Jesus Christ was his favorite philosopher and credited Billy Graham with changing his life. Jimmy Carter taught Sunday School. Cmon,” pastor and author Daniel Darling wrote on Twitter.
“I think it is fair to say that Biden is sincere in a version of liberal Christianity, but the most religiously observant in a half century? Not even the most religiously observant liberal in that stretch (Carter),” the Washington Examiner’s Jim Antle wrote on Twitter.
EXAMINER: Woman who made mittens worn by Bernie Sanders in meme quit making them after taxes crushed her business
The woman who made the mittens worn by Sen. Bernie Sanders in a viral meme says she no longer sells those mittens due to high taxes placed on her business.
“People have been contacting me thinking that they can get mittens, and actually, they can’t,” Vermont school teacher Jen Ellis said about the mittens that Sanders wore on Inauguration Day, adding that high taxes drove her out of business.
“I don’t have any more, and I don’t have much of a mitten business anymore because it really wasn’t worth it,” she continued. “Independent crafters get really taken for a ride by the federal government. We get taxed to the nth degree, and it wasn’t really worth it pursuing that as a business, even as a side hustle.”
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