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Reflections on August 3rd: Blue Demon Comes to El Paso

El Paso News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 6:00am
By Dr. Sylvia Peregrino My wife and I were watching television on the morning of August 3rd.  We were going to take her mom and my aunt to watch a Spanish movie downtown at the annual Plaza Classic Film Festival.  It was a black and white Mexican movie about el Santo, a famous Mexican wrestler. … Read More Reflections on August 3rd: Blue Demon Comes to El Paso
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What Is Wrong With Americans?

EPN - Border Analysis - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 10:00pm
Really? What is wrong with Americans? The Centers for Disease Control issued a “formal warning” about the dangers of drinking hand sanitizer. You read that right, the CDC, tasked with protecting Americans from bad drugs, was forced to tell Americans not to drink hand sanitizer after four people had died and another dozen were poisoned… Read More What Is Wrong With Americans?
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Police Chief Greg Allen Disciplined for Incident Involving Minors, Sending One to Hospital

El Paso Politics - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:47am
On June 30, 2020, several community activists called for the resignation of El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen. The latest call for Allen’s removal comes after police abuse protests across the nation […]
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Me vs Wuhan

Max Powers - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 7:48am
So I am clear of the Wuhan. I think. This past Monday I went to the clinic to get tested again, but per the staff at the clinic, per CDC guidelines, if you have been in quarantine for 10 days and have not had any symptoms for 3-4 days you... Max Powers
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An Open Wound in Plain Sight

El Paso News - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 6:00am
By Claudia Florés I first found out in a text message from my brother on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 3:09 PM EDT – “The family has checked in. We’re all okay here. [Cousin and Aunt] were at Sam’s next door but they’re okay.” Despite being very close to my brother, he’s a man of… Read More An Open Wound in Plain Sight
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Joe Biden Plays Both Sides on Wall

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:00pm
The Trump Wall, better known to Mexicans as the Wall of Hate is about demonizing Mexicans and it has nothing to do with protecting American from terrorists or drugs. It is symbol of hating Mexicans. Biden knows this as other Democrats, but Biden is playing a careful game of distinguishing himself from Trump by placating… Read More Joe Biden Plays Both Sides on Wall
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Alicia Villa is Frontera Firme (video)

El Paso News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 7:24am
“I think we wont ever forget what happened that day.” Alicia Villa turned seventy-five this January. She was at Walmart that day having her car serviced. Not only did she survive the shooting, but she helped another person exit the building.
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District 2 Race

Max Powers - Tue, 08/04/2020 - 1:54pm
I am clear of Wuhan...sorta...but that is a post for later. For now, let's talk about....Dee Margo. Nah. No, let us talk instead about another incumbent who might be in trouble - Boston's own Alexsandra Annello. She is up against her own former staffer, El Paso's own, Judy Gutierrez. Now... Max Powers
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Glossolalia & The Midnight Saints Perform a Tribute to Art Benavidez

El Paso News - Tue, 08/04/2020 - 3:00am
“Cielo Vista Means Sky View,” is a song from the album released by GLOSSOLALIA & THE MIDNIGHT SAINTS. Members of the group include: Adri Love-vocalsCarlos Espinoza-bassRick Quintanar-drumsAdrian Esparza-guitarand David Dorado Romo- sax, spoken word
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Trump Wants Immigrant Workers But Not Immigrants

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 08/03/2020 - 10:00pm
Anyone that knows anything about Donald Trump knows that Trump has waged an unrelenting war against immigrants. His attacks on immigrants is xenophobic. The Trump narrative is that immigrants are bad for America. Trump argues that in this time of economic strife, immigrants need not apply to come work in America because Americans deserve to… Read More Trump Wants Immigrant Workers But Not Immigrants
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The City of El Paso Kills A Public Art Piece to Protect White Sensibilities

El Paso Politics - Mon, 08/03/2020 - 3:54pm
“I am surprised and totally disturbed by the city’s actions” wrote the artist to me when her work was destroyed. [1] Margarita Cabrera is an artist from Mexico City who has lived […]
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One-Year Ago Today Mexicans Were Attacked

El Paso Politics - Mon, 08/03/2020 - 3:30am
One year ago today, a gunman drove over 600 miles to kill Mexicans at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. The gunman, Patrick Wood Crusius, sits in jail today waiting for his […]
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Frontera Firme: One year after the Walmart Shooting

El Paso News - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 10:00pm
By Cynthia Renteria *Spanish version follows the English text. On August 3, 2019, our border community experienced a violent attack. An armed white supremacist drove from the suburbs of Dallas, Texas to El Paso, Texas and opened fire inside a Walmart, killing twenty-three people and wounding many others.We recognize that this attack is a part… Read More Frontera Firme: One year after the Walmart Shooting
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One-Year Ago Today Mexicans Were Attacked

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 10:00pm
One year ago today, a gunman drove over 600 miles to kill Mexicans at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. The gunman, Patrick Wood Crusius, sits in jail today waiting for his day in court. Meanwhile many families look at today as a day of anguish. The why and the how has been pieced together… Read More One-Year Ago Today Mexicans Were Attacked
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1 year after Walmart massacre, how has a hate crime changed El Paso and borderlanders?

Borderzine - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 6:21pm

A gunman said he came to El Paso on Aug. 3, 2019 “to kill Mexicans.” He opened fire on shoppers at a Walmart near the U.S., Mexico border in one of the deadliest attacks against Latinos in modern U.S. history that left 23 people dead. Victims included Americans and residents of neighboring Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

In this first episode of Borderzine’s Our Border Life podcast, three UT El Paso journalism students with ties to both sides of the border reflect on the changes they’ve seen in the year since the attack and how they find themselves more aware of racism, but also stronger and more prepared to confront it.

This podcast episode was produced by Anahy Diaz and hosted by Claudia Hernandez in the UTEP Communication Department RSRC 4033 research course Audio Reporting and Podcasting taught by journalism Associate Professor of Practice Kate Gannon.

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RumpToons No: 196

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 08/01/2020 - 10:00pm
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 196!
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A twisted History of the United States – Part 1

El Paso News - Sat, 08/01/2020 - 10:23am
Note from the author: This outline is the beginning of what I hope will be a meaningful essay on the state of our country today – from my perspective of course. H. W. “Bill” Sparks The longer essay may be broken down into its component parts in order to more concise with my opinions and… Read More A twisted History of the United States – Part 1
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Video: Why does it matter how pandemic data is controlled?

Borderzine - Sat, 08/01/2020 - 10:00am

By Julia Lane, New York University

The Conversation Editor’s note: When the Trump administration ordered hospitals to report COVID-19 data to the Department of Health and Human Services rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they had been doing, it provoked worries and criticism from public health experts. The White House said that the HHS system will provide more accurate data faster, but the switch did raise concerns that political considerations would influence what data is reported. Professor of public policy Julia Lane, who recently published the book “Democratizing Our Data: A Manifesto,” explains why public data is vital to public health and democracy in general.

What was the main concern over the data?

The whole point of having a career civil service running public data systems is that, because they can’t be fired, they have the integrity to produce the statistics the best way possible. And that’s what makes the federal government and state and local governments such high-quality data engines.

Now, the concern that came up is the appearance of political interference. Who knows what actually happened. But the point is, if there is political pressure on the measurement, then that can substantially affect the aggregates. The language that has come out of the administration has not helped the cause of the career civil servants appropriately.

Why is it important to have accurate and transparent public data?

When you’re making decisions that are important for all the citizens of the country, or the population of the country as a whole, then you need good data to be able to allocate those resources. Now, if those data are biased in some way, people are not going to get counted. And if they’re not counted, they’re not going to get resources.

People matter. A democracy is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. If you don’t know who the people are, you don’t have a democratic system of government. And if you don’t have high quality data, you can make lots of mistakes. For example, we didn’t have high quality data on the opioid crisis. And so it kind of surprised everyone how bad it was because we had no way of measuring it.

What happens when government data is influenced by politics?

In the United States, I don’t think that has been a major issue, although I’ll give you one example in which government data has been influenced by politics. But certainly in dictatorships, government data is influenced by politics because if you control the message of the data, you control an awful lot of messaging that’s going on in the country. Anyone who’s worked for the World Bank or in totalitarian countries will be able to tell you that government data is the first thing that goes.

Now, I’m going to give you an example from the United States, and this is quite well documented. So the U.S. Census Bureau in 1940 was asked to provide tabular information on the location of Japanese Americans. That’s the information that was used to round people up and put them in internment camps – Japanese Americans in internment camps.

People are relying on nongovernmental sources, such as like Johns Hopkins University or the media, for data on the spread of the virus. What are some potential problems with data from private institutions?

The challenge is if you don’t have a trusted source and what you’re seeing happening here is people are going to multiple other sources. So they’re going to Johns Hopkins, Worldometer or 1Point3Acres – people are getting their data from lots of different sources.

I don’t want to cast aspersions on any of those datasets, but how does the data that they put out compare with some measure of ground truth? How does the data collection persist over time? How do we standardize measures across countries? With private institutions, maybe people are trying to sell you things. Maybe there’s marketing involved or there’s a profit motive.

How do we improve our public data systems?

What I talk about in the book, which is called “Democratizing Our Data: A Manifesto,” is reducing the monopoly power in the federal system. If you have a monopoly power, you’ve got a single point of failure, and that makes you vulnerable to these political pressures that we’re seeing.

So what I talk about is a networked system that pushes the development of measures and indicators down to the states and local areas – the regions which are closer to the data and have a better sense of the way in which the data are generated. But combine that with the federal system so that you get consistency, that quality focus that I was just talking about.

The current system clearly isn’t working. When I wrote the book, I did not expect the coronavirus pandemic to highlight all of the fragilities in our data collection system. I talk much more about GDP and unemployment. But all of the fragilities of our current system are being exposed with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Julia Lane is the author of:

Democratizing our Data: A Manifesto

MIT Press provides funding as a member of The Conversation US.

Julia Lane, Professor of Economics, New York University

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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Participate in #Frontera Firme

El Paso News - Fri, 07/31/2020 - 9:30pm
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Webcast: The Mass Shooting in El Paso and Controlling Gun Traffic to Mexico

El Paso News - Fri, 07/31/2020 - 10:19am
Webcast: The Mass Shooting in El Paso and Controlling Gun Traffic to Mexico, Monday, August 312pm Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm EDT / 11am Pacific On the anniversary of a racist attack with assault rifles against Mexicans in a shopping center in El Paso, Texas, which cost the lives of 22 people and wounded… Read More Webcast: The Mass Shooting in El Paso and Controlling Gun Traffic to Mexico
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