Saturday News: Time for a change

DUKE HISTORIAN SAYS FT. BRAGG NEEDS A NEW NAME: According to the biography, Bragg received an appointment to the academy at age 16 through the political connections of his older brother and graduated fifth in the class of 1837. He served in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican-American War before resigning from the military and moving to Louisiana to buy and run a sugar plantation, which relied on the labor of at least 125 slaves. Bragg rejoined the military to serve in the Civil War, during which the Battlefield Trust says he “won partial victories — at places like Perryville, Stones River, and Chickamauga — but never delivered the finishing blow,” in part because his subordinate officers often hated him and refused to obey his battle orders. “These men were, by definition, traitors who had conducted war against the United States,” said Newcity, deputy director for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies at Duke University.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article243442316.html

The President Could Learn From North Carolina's Leadership on COVID-19

North Carolina is experiencing a serious uptick in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. We have heard from our leaders like Governor Cooper and DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen that we must remain vigilant despite the warmer temperatures and summer get togethers that everyone is eager to have. We are lucky to have Governor Cooper and Secretary Cohen who believe and trust in science and facts. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for our President and many of our Congressional leaders.

Quarantine Pods: Your isolation doesn't have to be complete

This is either a brilliant idea or a recipe for disaster:

One idea that some families are considering — and that infectious disease epidemiologists think might be a smart way to balance mental health needs with physical safety — is to create quarantine “pods” or “bubbles,” in which two or three families agree to socialize with one another but no one else. In a pod, families hang out together, often without regard to social distancing — but outside of the pod, they follow recommended social distancing rules.

I will freely admit, I only clicked on this article because of the odd name. I've never been one to explore trendy lifestyle changes, or self-help guru advice, and if Marie Kondo tried to pack up my books, she would be escorted out of my house somewhat rudely. But we're all living this quarantine nightmare right now, and some form of social adaptation is going to be necessary. But before you pick up the phone and call your favorite family, explore these recommendations:

Friday News: Culture of Racism

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NCSU BOOTS TWO STUDENTS FOR BIGOTED COMMENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA: WRAL spoke with several students who said they were disgusted by the comments made by the two individuals. Many of the students also said the university made the right call. “I thought they were disgusting," said Dani Carter, a sophomore at NCSU. "I don’t think anyone should ever say anything like that.” The racist comments that were made quickly circulated social media, sparking an outrage from students. “They think that they are expressing their first amendment right and speak and freedom of speech, and I respect that, but it’s not your first amendment right if you’re expressing hatred, bigotry and racism because that’s not what the US stands for and not what NC State stands for," said NCSU senior Silvana Alfieri.
https://www.wral.com/students-glad-ncsu-took-action-against-individuals-racist-remarks/19141289/

More bullshit from the GOP-controlled legislature

Via email from my representative:

Yesterday, we successfully defeated (for now) a bill to open bars in North Carolina. This comes at a time when our state's COVID-19 case numbers are rising, hospitalizations are at record highs, and public health experts say we shouldn't rush to reopen bars.

Democrats won by showing up to vote. I am doing my job as your representative by attending committee meetings, filing bills, and voting on legislation -- all by remote means. To protect our health and the health of others, most of my colleagues are doing that as well.

Chief public defender in Fayetteville resigns over racist social media post

With friends like this, black defendants don't need enemies:

Cumberland County Chief Public Defender Bernard Condlin submitted a letter of resignation Wednesday after coming under scrutiny for posting a meme on his personal Facebook page showing people being assaulted with water cannons. His resignation is effective June 30.

The words “The next riot at the Market House” appeared with the post before it was removed. It appeared to refer to a May 30 incident at the Market House that followed a peaceful march held to protest the death of George Floyd while in police custody.

It's even worse than just the firehose gif. In the comment section on the Facebook post, he jokes about them setting themselves on fire, and then getting the government to pay for their medical treatment. Trump has really brought the racists out of the closet, hasn't he? People are saying and doing things they would have been way too ashamed to do in the past, and these apologies just don't cut it:

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