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Another senseless mass shooting. This one in Canada

Three dead, including shooter, 12 injured in Toronto mass shooting

Globe and Mail:

What we know so far:

  • Two victims are dead.
  • 12 people are injured.
  • The shooter is dead. It is unclear if he died by suicide or was shot by police.
  • Toronto Police have not released the identity of the shooter. SIU announced Monday morning he was 29 years old.
  • Police confirmed the shooter used a handgun, but refused to speculate on motive.

Harry and Meghan; Time is really nothing but an illusion; Super Seniors; Circumnavigating the world

More than 100,000 well-wishers descended on the town of Windsor to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day, where the couple tied the knot at St. George’s Chapel this morning.

A 2-year Stanford study shows the productivity boost of working from home – Inc.

Time is really nothing but an illusion, according to quantum physics – Quartz // Tell that to my aging body.

Could the DNA of these ‘super seniors’ hold the secret to healthy aging? – Globe and Mail

Vermont moves closer to creating a wholesaler program for importing drugs from CanadaStat

A Canadian-developed Ebola vaccine has arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Globe and Mail

The unplanned circumnavigated the world – Medium

Sadly, it happened again. And it’s happening at an alarming rate. Yesterday, at least 10 people were killed and another 10 were wounded in Texas school shooting. In the 93 days since a gunman killed 17 staff and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, there have been 23 more gun incidents at American schools and universities.

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May 19

1743: French physicist Jean-Pierre Christin published the design of a mercury thermometer with the centigrade scale, with 0 representing the freezing point of water and 100 its boiling point.

1845: Captain Sir John Franklin and his ill-fated Arctic expedition departed from Greenhithe, England. 129 men would die on the expedition.

1911: Parks Canada, the world’s first national park service, is established.

Enjoy the long weekend.

Parkland Florida student Emma Gonzalez has more Twitter followers than the NRA

As I write this, Emma Gonzalez has 1.17 million followers. I’m one of them. You can too. 

Valerie Strauss, writing for the Washington Post:

@Emma4Change is high school senior Emma González, 18, who has quickly become a national figure since she became a vocal proponent of gun control after surviving the Feb. 14 killings of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

She joined Twitter this month and already has 1.15 million followers. The National Rifle Association, which she opposes and which has long opposed gun-control measures,  joined the social media platform in February 2009. It has 606,000 Twitter followers.

“America’s boys are broken. And it’s killing us.”

Michael Ian Black, writing an opinion piece for The New York Times:

Last week, 17 people, most of them teenagers, were shot dead at a Florida school. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School now joins the ranks of Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Columbine and too many other sites of American carnage. What do these shootings have in common? Guns, yes. But also, boys. Girls aren’t pulling the triggers. It’s boys. It’s almost always boys.

America’s boys are broken. And it’s killing us.

The brokenness of the country’s boys stands in contrast to its girls, who still face an abundance of obstacles but go into the world increasingly well equipped to take them on.

Why I’m done trying to be “man enough” – Justin Baldoni at TEDWomen 2017

The #1 trending video on YouTube suggests a Parkland shooting survivor student is a crisis actor – Republican fired

Emanuel Maiberg, writing for Motherboard:

Update: YouTube has removed the video about three hours after this article was first published. It had more than 200,000 views at the time. Other videos from the same YouTube user spreading the same conspiracy theory are still live on YouTube.

The original story follows below:

It’s a vile conspiracy theory we might expect from the host of Inforwars Alex Jones, but right now it is the number one trending video on YouTube.

The conspiracy theory is that some of the students who are speaking out against the lax gun control laws that enabled the mass shooting that killed 17 of their peers at a Parkland, Florida high school last week are not who they say they are. They are “crisis actors,” paid performers funded by familiar boogeymen like George Soros to vilify gun ownership and dismantle the Second Amendment.

More:

Parkland students come under attack by Republicans for their outspokenness

Florida lawmaker’s aide fired after saying outspoken Parkland students are actors – Alex Leary and Kirby Wilson , Tampa Bay Times

[Benjamin Kelly] an aide to state Rep. Shawn Harrison, R-Tampa, was fired after emailing a Tampa Bay Times reporter with a stunning assertion: “Both kids in the picture are not students here but actors that travel to various crisis when they happen.”

Florida shooting survivors are being targeted by conspiracy theories – Time

Right-wing media uses Parkland shooting as conspiracy fodder – NY Times

YouTube and Facebook are promoting a right-wing conspiracy about a Florida shooting survivor – Business Insider

Florida shooting conspiracy theories trend on YouTube, Facebook – CNET

One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts about gun control

NPR reported on this last week, but it’s worth revisiting.

Sheera Frenkel and Daisuke Wakabayashi, NY Times:

One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate.

The accounts addressed the news with the speed of a cable news network. Some adopted the hashtag #guncontrolnow. Others used #gunreformnow and #Parklandshooting. Earlier on Wednesday, before the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., many of those accounts had been focused on the investigation by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

“This is pretty typical for them, to hop on breaking news like this,” said Jonathon Morgan, chief executive of New Knowledge, a company that tracks online disinformation campaigns. “The bots focus on anything that is divisive for Americans. Almost systematically.”

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