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  1. I’m not sure about family reporting, but school officials have very limited power in outcomes when reporting that a student has violent ideation and has expressed thoughts of harming others. Reasonable suspicion as a standard for searching backpacks and lockers is helpful, but if there’s nothing in the student’s possession on the day they’re searched, it usually stops there. One of my assistant principals told me there’s really nothing schools can do unless a student has actually harmed someone. In the situation where a guy’s been harassed and bullied, starts talking, makes threats… no official actions will stop him from being able to purchase a gun (or mandate intervention) at that point. Schools can do daily searches, a campus resource officer can make home visits, and a counselor or principal can drop-in on classrooms and locations where the bullying allegedly takes place. Staff are trained to look for red flags and notify the principal and counselors. But school counselors are not trained therapists. The most they can do is make direct daily contact, listen and direct families to therapists and other resources in the community. At some point it has to become easier for schools to manage youth mental health and bullying. Like, dedicated and certified staff on site. And I don’t mean a volunteer parent who has training as a “redirector”.
  2. Well, since it looks like we’re ready to lay this topic down, I’ll leave you with this: expect the number of mass shootings to increase in the next few years as we have a sharp increase in youth anxiety, trauma, and domestic violence alongside no political will to pass federal controls, like purchase permits, background checks, or waiting periods.
  3. The numbers bear this out. “Instead, they used data on federal firearm licenses (which gun dealerships are required to obtain from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) as a proxy measure of gun availability. The researchers compared this to FBI data, as well as statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Census Bureau, to track homicides for every U.S. county. Their analysis found that when a gun dealership opens, homicides within a surrounding area of 100 square miles increase by as much as 3.9 percent in subsequent years.”
  4. I don’t see carrying a firearm as a sign of abject fear. The opposite, really. It’s a near-universal sign of power. I wouldn’t fault anyone for wanting a sidearm. I don’t have one, don’t want one.
  5. Scientific American research correlated domestic violence. 🥺
  6. The food processor will work.
  7. Me neither. I probably mixed letters around for five minutes before I settled on tiara. And I wasn’t all that confident because of using the a twice.
  8. Some info gleaned from the research: Although the ages of the gunmen who are mass shooters varies, the median is 19. And exclusively male. Other key similarities are shooting a relative in another location first, announcing intent to commit a mass shooting beforehand, and communicating strong internalized anger in the months preceding. It seems like we could stop selling AR style weapons to 18 year olds. Require an FBI/ATF/local agency interview and waiting period for someone who wants to buy the ammo. Social media companies could expand their red flag departments; really watch for communication of intent the same way they watch for consumer habits. Require physical fitness (or some physical activity) every year in high school, and make anger intervention widely accessible.
  9. That peloton work sounds fun. First Child’s high school art teacher did a series on drawing bicycles. He said they’re good figures for learning proportionate shapes. Child did a small mosaic of a red bike that I used to have hanging in the guest room until the paper faded and it looked more like a school project than artwork.
  10. Is this the cauliflower pizza your spouse is trying to kill you with? It looks yummy.
  11. For sure. I like sharing progress notes with others, and none of my face-to-face friends are working on anything. Let me know when you’re ready to start.
  12. Art festival! Any bicycle artwork? I have this goofy piece we bought from a gallery in Salida, CO, quite a few years ago. The artist is from Texas. Figures. She doesn’t seem to understand how to position handlebars. But I liked how she used an old window, leaving the ropes and pulleys and even a little spiderweb in the corner.
  13. We’re house sitting until Sunday and then invited family over for brunch on Monday. I’m making pieces of French toast and eggs with ham, cheese, and chives baked in muffin cups.
  14. Your bicycle life inspires me to go more places on bike, especially if it’s within 10 miles and accessible by bike lanes. My daily commute was easy enough, but since I’m not working I need to get in my riding somehow.
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  16. mr. and I decided to ride our bikes to do a couple of things within fewer than 10 miles from home and connected by bike trail and lanes. We started out at 10:30 AM, and the temperature was in the mid 70s with a light breeze. We rode the arroyo trail because it’s pretty much straight from our house to his parent’s place, which was our first errand; we’re taking care of their outdoor plants while they’re visiting family out-of-state. I prefer riding the avenues with bike lanes because it’s easier to cross busy streets at the intersections with traffic lights than to cross at the bike crossings. There are warning lights at the bike crossings triggered by a pressure pad, but it’s six lanes of traffic and they don’t stop to allow bikes to cross. Instead, one driver will stop and try to wave the cyclist across while every other car continues, including the angry one who jets out from behind the courteous driver and speeds through the warning light. But I agreed to take the path with mr., and we were separated at the first crossing when he made it through without traffic, but I had to wait. It didn’t take him long to water the outdoor plants at his folks house. By the time I caught up, he was nearly finished. The temperature was now in the low 80s but there was still a breeze. On toward the bird food store. This part of the ride, we took bike lanes and crossed at traffic lights. So much less stressful, except for the guy on a fat tire e-bike. He buzzed past us, but then we caught him at the lights. He took off, we caught him at the next light. The stressful part is that he kept veering outside the bike lane, and I was anxious he would tangle with an inattentive driver. I wouldn’t want that for anyone. After the second time we met him at the lights, he dropped us easily. Hardly turned a pedal, and wearing a motorcycle helmet. mr. was amazed how easy it was to ride to the bird feed store. Bike lanes and two neighborhood streets. I stocked up on seed cylinders and suet cakes, then we headed home. If this was really @shootingstar style errand running, we’d have picked up fresh ingredients for dinner at the Asian market next to the bird food store or stopped at the coffee shop for a pastry and latte. It will have to suffice that I wore a skort. Maybe I’ll hit the market next time. We stayed on bike lanes heading up the long climb back home. 84 degrees and the breeze was at our back, so I began to overheat after five miles and had to dial back on the discussion of Nihilism and iconoclasm in the film Ghost World, which we watched last night. After six miles due east uphill, we turned south onto a neighborhood street and into a side breeze which had been at our back while riding east. It felt good to have some wind on our faces finally. 12.4 miles at 10 mph average speed.
  17. Through my kitchen window, any ideological premise becomes a threat to the general welfare after it’s been armed and defended in a Federal court.
  18. #1 child heard this song clearly for the first time while on a road trip. It was like an anti-Capitalism conversation experience. They were quite moved for an 8 year old.
  19. But early Depeche Mode and under-age dance clubs were a big part of surviving my teens.
  20. mr. and I call this one “our song.”
  21. https://pitchfork.com/news/depeche-mode-andy-fletcher-dies-at-60/
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