Counterpunch on the Dangers of the Driverless Car

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Ralph Nader in an article posted on Tuesday’s Counterpunch took to task the current hype about driverless cars following a day long conference on them at Washington University’s law school.

Driverless cars are being promoted because sales are cars are expected to flatten out due to car-sharing, or even fall as the younger generation are less inclined to buy them. Rather than actually investing in public transport, the car industry is promoting driverless automobiles as a way of stimulating sales again.

Nader is rightly sceptical about how well such vehicles will perform in the real world. There are 250 million motor vehicles in the US. This means that real driving conditions are way more complicated than the simple routes on which these vehicles are developed and tested. And while the car industry claims that they will be safer than human-driven vehicles, the reality is most people won’t want a car…

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How can you have democracy with a biased media?

True, but then what is the truth, is that just subjective?

We can only know what is true when we witness our own actions, but then can we believe our own mind, for is our present and future not influenced by our past?

Opher's World

Our views are formed from the information we are provided with.
If we are constantly provided with news that is heavily slanted while claiming to be impartial then we are being manipulated.
How do we know what is true?

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Speech-language pathologists can help kids who struggle to read: University of the Pacific experts pinpoint strategies to help students comprehend expository writing — ScienceDaily

Classroom teachers may not employ the strategies that can help students master complex written language, according to speech-language pathology researchers.

Source: Speech-language pathologists can help kids who struggle to read: University of the Pacific experts pinpoint strategies to help students comprehend expository writing — ScienceDaily

Now I Understand What My Child With Dyslexia Is Going Through

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‘By Lyn Pollard

Student looking perplexed in class
I’ve been focused on my 9-year-old daughter’s dyslexia for years now. Since we found out she had a reading issue in kindergarten, I’ve spent a lot of time educating myself.I even wrote a personal essay for the New York Times about how I felt when I first learned about my daughter’s dyslexia. Now, as the Parent Advocacy Manager at the National Center for Learning Disabilities, I talk with parents across the country about how learning issues affect their children at home and at school.But as much as I talk, write and think about dyslexia and how kids like my daughter deal with it every day, I’ve never really walked in her shoes. When I was asked to try theThrough Your Child’s Eyes simulation of dyslexia, I jumped at the opportunity.It went something like this:

The letters are jumbled. The clock starts ticking. You can’t read the words. You feel stressed out almost right away.

You try to put words into context by reading the entire sentence, but you can’t. You have to decode. But until you flip the letters, you can’t figure out the words. It’s really hard to tell which letters are flipped.

The more frustrated you get, the more you want to give up. Is reading this even worth my time? What is it trying to say? What’s the point? Keep in mind this is only a 75-second exercise. And I’m not 9 years old.

And so it hits me. This is what it’s like for my daughter every time she reads.

No wonder.

No wonder the tears, the excuses and the tantrums when I ask her to read or do her homework. No wonder as much as she loves her reading tutor she is completely exhausted at the end of each session.

No wonder she cries and doesn’t want to go to school. No wonder she feels ashamed and has trouble making friends.

I may never fully know what she faces, but I get it much more now. It’s not just about dyslexia. It’s about what it’s like to struggle with something fundamental.

For my daughter, being understood means having the opportunity to reach her goals, both big and small. The more I understand about what it’s like to be in her shoes, the more I can help her achieve success in them.

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Lyn Pollard is a writer and mom to two kids who learn differently. She’s also the parent advocacy manager for NCLD. ……….’