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California Bans Distributing "Deepfakes" Before Elections   

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The rush is on to fight so-called “deepfakes”—videos and audio altered to make a person falsely appear to say something that they did not. California has passed a ban that makes it illegal to share such videos within two months before an election.

Analysts have said that deepfakes will be used as political weapons ahead of next year’s elections.

“It’s hard enough to be informed, to make wise decisions about candidates and political issues,” said social media expert and San Jose State Communications Professor Dr. Matt Cabot. “But with deepfake technology it makes it vastly more complicated.”

The new law targets people distributing altered video and audio to injure the candidate’s reputation or sway voters.

The candidate can seek damages if they can prove it was shared with malice up to 60 days before an election.

“I think consumers need to be more careful about what they post or retweet,” Cabot said. “Be slow to believe. Is it plausible? Did it come from a trusted news source? Did it come from two trusted news sources?”

“In the face of total inaction at the federal level, California must step up to protect our more than 20 million voters,” said State Assemblyman Marc Berman, the bill’s sponsor. “AB 730 will help deter nefarious deepfakes by holding accountable the bad actors who intentionally attempt to injure a candidate’s reputation or deceive voters into believing a candidate said or did something they never said or did.”

There are critics of the ban. The ACLU wrote a letter to Gov. Newsom urging him to veto the bill this week.

“Despite the author’s good intentions, this bill will not solve the problem of deceptive political videos,” it stated. “It will only result in voter confusion, malicious litigation and repression of free speech.”

With presidential primaries just months away, Cabot disagrees.

“The stakes are too high,” he said. “Democracy rests on citizens being informed, and that isn’t free speech. It’s fake speech.”


          

What we know about the US vaping illness outbreak   

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U.S. health officials continue to look for patterns in the hundreds of serious lung injuries reported in people who use electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices.

          

Michigan resident dies from vaping-related illness as state remains silent about black-market THC   

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It was only a matter of time. In recent months, hundreds of people across the nation were coming down with a severe lung illness linked to black-market cannabis vaping products.…

          

10/8/2019: Opinion: It’s time to dial down the frenzy over vaping   

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The days of the soft regulatory approach to the ever-evolving vaping industry look set to be numbered. And isn’t it refreshing to see the main two political parties actually reach out to work together, in a bid to strike a bipartisan approach to...

          

Walgreens To Stop E-Cigarette Sales As Scrutiny Of Vaping Intensifies   

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Walgreens will stop sales of e-cigarettes at all of its U.S. drugstores as regulatory scrutiny of vaping intensifies.

          

Kroger, Walgreens to stop selling e-cigarettes in US    

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NEW YORK (AP) — Two major retailers say they will no longer sell e-cigarettes in the U.S. amid mounting health questions surrounding vaping.

Supermarket chain Kroger and drugstore chain Walgreens announced Monday they would discontinue sales of e-cigarettes at their stores nationwide, citing an uncertain regulatory environment.

The vaping industry has come under scrutiny after hundreds of people have fallen ill and at least eight have died after using vaping devices.

Walmart announced last month that it would stop selling e-cigarettes at its stores nationwide.

Kroger said it would stop selling e-cigarettes as soon at its current inventory runs out at its more than 2,700 stores and 1,500 fuel centers. The Cincinnati-based company operates the Ralphs, Harris Teeter and other stores.

Walgreens, based in Deerfield, Illinois, operates more than 9,500 stores in the U.S.


          

E-Cigarette Vapor Linked to Lung Cancer in Mice - Gizmodo   

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  1. E-Cigarette Vapor Linked to Lung Cancer in Mice  Gizmodo
  2. Researchers find e-cigarettes cause lung cancer in mice in first study tying vaping to cancer  CNBC
  3. Can e-cigs cause cancer in mice? A new study has results  Yahoo Finance
  4. Vaping nicotine linked to lung cancer  News-Medical.net
  5. Vaping Danger: E-Cigarette Smoke Causes Lung Cancer in Mice  SciTechDaily
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          

Two school districts sue Juul over vaping 'epidemic'   

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Two public school districts on Monday sued Juul Labs Inc, accusing the company of endangering their students and draining their resources by marketing its addictive e-cigarettes to teenagers.

          

Kroger, Walgreens to stop sales of e-cigarettes amid U.S. vaping crackdown   

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Kroger Co and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc said on Monday they would stop selling e-cigarettes at their stores, amid heightened regulatory scrutiny of the product and reports of lung disease and some deaths linked to vaping.

          

Proposed vaping legislation will limit liquid nicotine concentration   

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US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has announced new legislation that aims to cap the amount of nicotine that can be used in vaping liquids. Assuming the legislation passes, the FDA will retain the right to lower the maximum nicotine concentration in these liquids in the future if necessary. The move is intended to reduce the addiction potential of nicotine-based vaping liquids, … Continue reading

          

Συστάσεις πνευμονολόγων για την νόσο των ατμιστών ηλεκτρονικού τσιγάρου - [Medlabgr.com]   

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Με ένα αναλυτικό κείμενο, ο Σύλλογος Πνευμονολόγων της Περιφερειακής Ενότητας Χανίων συστήνει ιδιαίτερη προσοχή στους χρήστες ηλεκτρονικού τσιγάρου. Οι γιατροί του Συλλόγου αναφέρονται στη "νέα" πνευμονική νόσο, που σχετίζεται με το άτμισμα και ονομάζεται VAPI (Vaping Associated Pullmonary...


          

Let’s clear the air: Vaping holds great promise for smokers   

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Mark Tyndall, a professor at UBC’s school of population and public health, wrote an article about the outbreak of vaping-related lung disease among youth.

          

E-cigarette vapor linked to lung cancer in mice   

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A new study is yet more evidence that vaping isn’t the completely safe alternative to smoking it was once thought to be.

          

Why the tristate ‘pot summit’ won’t settle a thing   

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is moving ahead with a tristate summit Oct. 17 to seek common policies on marijuana and vaping across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. But how will the governors and legislators of three states find it any easier to come to a rational consensus than the leaders of each state separately? Cuomo...

          

Primary school children in Darlington caught using e-cigarettes   

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AN MP has called for legislation around the marketing of e-cigarettes to be tightened after primary school children were caught vaping in Darlington.

          

The vaping backlash is on   

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After deaths in the US, there's a backlash against vaping; the rise of short form video; and the tricky future of Uber

          

Schools install vaping sensors in bathrooms   

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A school district in Utah purchased more than 40 sensors to detect vaping and cigarette smoking and installed them in all of  -More

          

Juul faces suits from 2 districts over vaping concerns   

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CURMUDGUCATION: ICYMI: Applefest Weekend Edition (10/6)   

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ICYMI: Applefest Weekend Edition 

Applefest is a thing in my small town, like the most giant tchotchke/food/car/etc festival a small town could hope to put on. So for three  days we have walked till we dropped, only instead of dropping I'm going to sit here and pass along some worthwhile reading from the last week.

The Unmet Promises of a New Orleans Charter School

From The Nation, one more example of how charters in NOLA never quite lived up to the hyped promises that were made.

I Think My Bladder Changed

From Yahoo Lifestyle's series of interviews with teachers who left the field. Short, but utterly recognizable.

Let's Review Matt Bevin's Plan To Undermine Public Education In Kentucky 

The Lexington Herald Leader is not having it with Kentucky's pro-privatization governor, and here is the whole breakdown of his program (recogizable from plenty of other states, unfortunately)

Craziness: How Mongomery's First Charter School Has Devolved Into Chaos In Less Than Six Weeks 

Not enough supplies or teachers and a principal who has already been pushed to an angry resignation by the board. LEAD is a mess under a loader who asserts that charters don't have to follow laws. The Alabama Reporter has the whole wretched story. Oh, and as a bonus, there's a Gulen tie, too.

Teachers Won't Embrace Research Until It Embraces Them

The Right To Read project looks at how the "reading science" crew treat teachers, and how that seems unlikely to engender teacher loyalty or acceptance.

What's Wrong With Assigning Books--And Kids--Reading Levels

Reporters at the Washington Post books section provide yet another reminder that Lexile scores are not vert reliable or trustworth. Some concrete examples, including the one showing that Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a higher Lexile score than The Grapes of Wrath or The Sound and the Fury.

Black Male Teachers Have Positive Effects On Students of All Races

Nice little op-ed from a former Black male teacher.

Inside the Koch's Vision for Public Education

Have You Heard interviews the author of Kochland about what exactly the Kochs want to see in public education (spoiler alert: less of it).

It's Not A Flashdrive

If you are a teacher, the odds are good that there's at least one student vaping in your classroom, right in front of you. The indispensable Mercedes Schneider has collected some of the info you need to catch up on this newer trend.




          

Saturday Stories: Stanislav Petrov, Jameela Jamil, and Fake Polish Death Camps   

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Greg Myre, in NPR, with an obituary for Stanislav Petrov, the man who likely literally saved the world.

Margaret Wappler, in Glamour, with a profile on the hero that is Jameela Jamil.

Omar Benjacob, in Haaretz, with the bonkers story on fake WWII Polish death camps.

Photo by Queery-54 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

          

ICYMI: Applefest Weekend Edition (10/6)   

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Applefest is a thing in my small town, like the most giant tchotchke/food/car/etc festival a small town could hope to put on. So for three  days we have walked till we dropped, only instead of dropping I'm going to sit here and pass along some worthwhile reading from the last week.

The Unmet Promises of a New Orleans Charter School

From The Nation, one more example of how charters in NOLA never quite lived up to the hyped promises that were made.

I Think My Bladder Changed  

From Yahoo Lifestyle's series of interviews with teachers who left the field. Short, but utterly recognizable.

Let's Review Matt Bevin's Plan To Undermine Public Education In Kentucky  

The Lexington Herald Leader is not having it with Kentucky's pro-privatization governor, and here is the whole breakdown of his program (recogizable from plenty of other states, unfortunately)

Craziness: How Mongomery's First Charter School Has Devolved Into Chaos In Less Than Six Weeks 

Not enough supplies or teachers and a principal who has already been pushed to an angry resignation by the board. LEAD is a mess under a loader who asserts that charters don't have to follow laws. The Alabama Reporter has the whole wretched story. Oh, and as a bonus, there's a Gulen tie, too.

Teachers Won't Embrace Research Until It Embraces Them  

The Right To Read project looks at how the "reading science" crew treat teachers, and how that seems unlikely to engender teacher loyalty or acceptance.

What's Wrong With Assigning Books--And Kids--Reading Levels

Reporters at the Washington Post books section provide yet another reminder that Lexile scores are not vert reliable or trustworth. Some concrete examples, including the one showing that Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a higher Lexile score than The Grapes of Wrath or The Sound and the Fury.

Black Male Teachers Have Positive Effects On Students of All Races  

Nice little op-ed from a former Black male teacher.

Inside the Koch's Vision for Public Education

Have You Heard interviews the author of Kochland about what exactly the Kochs want to see in public education (spoiler alert: less of it).

It's Not A Flashdrive

If you are a teacher, the odds are good that there's at least one student vaping in your classroom, right in front of you. The indispensable Mercedes Schneider has collected some of the info you need to catch up on this newer trend.

      




          

346 - Is Vaping Dangerous? Here's What Science Says So Far   

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People often consider vaping a safer alternative to cigarette smoking, but recent deaths and lung injuries may say otherwise.

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Walgreens and Kroger Halt E-Cigarette Sales    

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U.S. health officials are investigating at least 18 confirmed deaths and 1,080 probable vaping illnesses in 48 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, CBS News reported.

          

Education and discipline: Hawkins BOE wants to address vaping epidemic   

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ROGERSVILLE — It’s hard to turn on the news these days without hearing about a vaping-related tragedy, and Hawkins County school board members want to make sure none of those stories originate from one of their schools.

          

Big Tobacco Created New Generation Of Addicts With Vaping   

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Via PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — Addiction, it is not just the person who is suffering the addiction; it is also a family issue. Attorney Mike Papantonio talks with Sue Straughn about something that’s kind of certainly at the forefront of the controversy, certainly in the news, vaping. Click here for more information on vaping and Juul lawsuits. Transcript: […]

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