Guns kill more U.S. kids than cancer. This emergency physician aims to change that

In March, in the wake of the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school, Congress wrote that CDC is free to probe the causes of gun violence, despite the Dickey amendment. (The agency has not done so, citing a lack of money.) And annual firearm-related funding from NIH, according to a search of its RePORTER database, roughly tripled after a 2013 presidential directive that was issued in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Just as importantly, the agency began to flag firearm violence in some of its calls for research.

…Their animating principle is that gun violence, like any other public health bane, can be tackled scientifically, divorced from any political agenda. “There is a science to injury prevention,” Cunningham says. She and others note that decades of studies on motor vehicle safety led to evidence-based policies such as car seat and seat belt laws, which have dramatically reduced childhood motor vehicle fatalities even though many more cars are on the road.

…Cunningham is confident that the problem of gun violence can be solved with science—and with participation from all sides. So, she keeps searching for common ground. “We are not having any conversations here that are an ‘us and them’ narrative,” she told scientists at the meeting. “We are about reducing kids dying.”

Guns kill more U.S. kids than cancer. This emergency physician aims to change that | Science | AAAS



Income Inequality Explains the Decline of Youth Sports

Going back to 2008, participation is lower across categories, including baseball, basketball, flag football, and soccer, in some cases by a lot: Baseball is down about 20 percent.

…Among richer families, youth sports participation is actually rising. Among the poorest households, it’s trending down. Just 34 percent of children from families earning less than $25,000 played a team sport at least one day in 2017, versus 69 percent from homes earning more than $100,000. In 2011, those numbers were roughly 42 percent and 66 percent, respectively.

…Well-off parents dedicate so much time and money to kids’ sports partly because of the college system, which dangles tantalizing rewards for the most gifted teenage athletes. In the 1990s, Division 1 and Division 2 colleges distributed about $250 million a year in full and partial scholarships to student athletes. Today that figure has grown to more than $3 billion. This scholarship jackpot gives some children from lower-income families a chance to attend schools they might not otherwise afford. But it also sends a clear message to richer parents looking to enhance their kids’ eventual application: Sports matter. As soon as some children enter second or third grade, their parents scramble to place them on youth travel teams, which will set them up for middle-school travel teams, which will set them up for high-school athletic excellence, which will make them more competitive for admissions and scholarships at select colleges.

…In short, the American system of youth sports—serving the talented, and often rich, individual at the expense of the collective—has taken a metal bat to the values of participation and universal development. Youth sports has become a pay-to-play machine.

Income Inequality Explains the Decline of Youth Sports – The Atlantic


Prosecutors worked to cut sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein a break | Miami Herald

Prosecutors worked to cut sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein a break | Miami Herald

Amongst all of this horror it seems crass to mention i,t as if it diminishes the depravity of what the man has done, but it’s just so weird:

Various news profiles over the years have speculated about how he made his vast fortune, calling him an “International Moneyman of Mystery’’ and “The Talented Mr. Epstein.’’

This much is known: He got his start on Wall Street after being offered a job by the father of one of his students. At Bear Stearns, he became a derivative specialist, applying complex math formulas and computer algorithms to evaluate financial data and trends.

He then struck out on his own.

…He has never been in the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans, largely because the magazine has never been able to determine the source [emphasis: mine] or the size of his wealth.

…A former business partner, Steven Hoffenberg, sued him in 2016, claiming that Epstein was the mastermind behind a $500 million Ponzi scheme that Hoffenberg was imprisoned for in 1995.


Shady grossness.

The New Gender Rules

“He got ridiculously mad; he called me names, used slurs,” she said. “When we get rejected, we don’t explode just because they don’t like us back. Guys just feel more privileged.”

Many Ways to Be a Girl, but One Way to Be a Boy: The New Gender Rules – The New York Times

What a slanted, missing the obvious conclusion bunch of feces… Yes, current gender norms are not equal. And no, it’s not the boys who get the worst of it.

Maybe the solution isn’t to encourage boys to express(wallow) in their emotions. Maybe it’s teaching all children to process (and not wallow) in their emotions. Teach them all to be strong. Teach them all to self-reliant. Teach them all to stand up for themselves. Teach them all to be able to be in touch with and name but not be ruled or dragged under by their emotions.

Oh, and stop reinforcing the idea that desire trumps consent.

Just saying….