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Core Values

Jordan Edwards spent his last moments in a car driven by his 16-year-old brother in a Dallas suburb. The teens in the car — Jordan, his two brothers and two friends — had no weapons, and they were not drunk. None of them has been charged with any crime.

At first, Balch Springs Police Department Chief Jonathan Haber claimed that one of his officers, later identified as Roy Oliver, fired at the teens’ car because it was backing down the street in an “aggressive manner” toward officers called to break up a teen party.

Hours later, the police chief walked that story back, saying body camera footage showed the car driving away when the officer raised his rifle and began shooting.

“After reviewing the video,” Haber said, “I don’t believe that (the shooting) met our core values.”

The Dallas County medical examiner has ruled Jordan’s death a homicide. Cause of death: gunshot wound to the head. The police officer has been fired. We await further news about what happens next.

Dallas News: His name was Jordan Edwards

Saturday, May 6 update

A police officer in a Dallas suburb was charged with murder on Friday, six days after he fired his rifle into a car full of teenagers leaving a party, killing a black 15-year-old in the front passenger seat.

The New York Times: Police Officer Who Fatally Shot 15-Year-Old Texas Boy Is Charged With Murder

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Economic Anxiety, Elementary School Robotics Edition

In early February, after the students won a local robotics challenge — a steppingstone to qualify for a state robotics championship — a couple of competitors from other schools were heard screaming, “You need to go back to Mexico!”

Washington Post: These robotics students were told ‘to go back to Mexico.’ The taunt only fueled their success.

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Drivers Ed

As communities are heading back to school, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate the educators who are also our Uber partner drivers.

Uber Optics – The Awl

This is what we’ve built for ourselves in the wealthiest country on earth with some of the most advanced technology.

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Preschool-to-Prison

The problem is not that we have a bunch of racist teachers and administrators. I believe most educators want to help all children. But many aren't aware of the biases and prejudices that they, like all of us, harbor, and our current system offers very little diversity training to preschool staff.

Tunette Powell: My son has been suspended five times. He’s 3.

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Station X

A 4-part documentary detailing the work done by the British to break Germany’s Enigma codes during World War 2. If you enjoyed Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon, this will be of interest.

Station X, Part 1 of 4

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Diversification

Polymaths such as Da Vinci, Goethe and Benjamin Franklin were such high achievers that we might feel a bit reluctant to use the word ‘polymath’ to describe our own humble attempts to become multi-talented. We can’t all be geniuses. But we do all still indulge in polymathic activity; it’s part of what makes us human.

— Robert Twigger: Master of many trades

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Silicon Valley Solipsism

“Hmm, which is more important, connectivity or malaria vaccine? If you think connectivity is the key thing, that’s great. I don’t.”

— Bill Gates says putting worldwide internet access before malaria research is ‘a joke’

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Cognitive Taxes

In a series of experiments run by researchers at Princeton, Harvard, and the University of Warwick, low-income people who were primed to think about financial problems performed poorly on a series of cognition tests, saddled with a mental load that was the equivalent of losing an entire night’s sleep. Put another way, the condition of poverty imposed a mental burden akin to losing 13 IQ points, or comparable to the cognitive difference that’s been observed between chronic alcoholics and normal adults.

— How Poverty Taxes the Brain

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Latency Arbitrage

One way or another, that money is coming out of your retirement account. Think of it like the old movie The Sting. High-speed traders already know who has won the horse race when your mutual fund manager lays his bet. You’re guaranteed to come out a loser. You’re losing in small increments, but every mickle makes a muckle — especially in a tough market.

— Make $377,000 trading Apple in one day

Financial innovation! The system works!

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BuzzConnect

To be honest, with the gap between rich and poor only getting wider, there's really no middle ground here. Either invent another Facebook or languish in the gutter until you starve to death. Those are pretty much your options. So, you know, good luck.

— Economists Advise Nation’s Poor to Invent the Next Facebook

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On a related note: The Internet Cannot Save You