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Friday, July 03, 2020

The world's biggest site for software developers is abandoning decades-old coding terms to remove references to slavery. This is the latest in a campaign to remove such terms from software jargon. The master-slave relationship in technology usually refers to a system where one - the master - controls other copies, or processes. read more


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Democrat Lindsey Simmons, a 32-year-old attorney from Hallsville, is challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler for Missouri's 4th Congressional District seat. Simmons, a seventh-generation Missourian who grew up in Saline County before graduating from Harvard Law School, has never before sought public office. She has worked for several high profile Democrats from Missouri, including former Sen. Claire McCaskill, former Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and former Rep. Ike Skelton, Hartzler's Democratic predecessor in the 4th District. She is married to an Apache helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army and has a 17-month-old son named Jace. read more


Friday, June 26, 2020

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's approval rating has surged amid the coronavirus The poll, which included 810 registered voters who are likely to vote in the fall, showed Hogan's approval rating to be 78 percent, up eight percent from a poll released in early March. The Republican governor's approval rating was higher among Democrats than among members of his own party: 82 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of independents and 71 percent of Republicans thought Hogan was doing a good job. Hogan has been one of the country's most popular governors in multiple polls; a Morning Consult survey released in January found he had the second-highest approval rating of any U.S. governor. read more


Saturday, June 20, 2020

The vintage 'Gator Bait' chant is no longer, as Florida attempts to combat racism and social injustices within the institution. On Thursday, the University of Florida President Kent Fuchs released a statement introducing a myriad of plans to combat racism and social injustice from within the Florida campus. As part of that plan, one issue arose regarding the controversy surrounding the school's use of "Gator Bait" as a chant for their athletic events. "While I know of no evidence of racism associated with our "Gator Bait" cheer at UF sporting events, there is horrific historic racist imagery associated with the phrase. Accordingly University Athletics and the Gator Band will discontinue the use of the cheer," Fuchs said read more


Across the United States, statues of Confederate figures are finally being removed from public spaces. Considering that these statues embody a shameful heritage of racism " and the majority of Americans want them gone " taking them down would seem pretty open-and-shut, not to mention long overdue. (And I, for one, would be happy to relocate all of them to the bottom of a river.) But opponents claim to be worried about one issue in particular: "Those statues represent our history. If we remove them, we run the risk of forgetting an important chapter of our past." Assuming that this concern is genuine, I have some great news: Hungary came up with a solution for this problem decades ago. read more


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