DML Morning Briefing Jan 29th

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Today is January 29. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.

1. Memphis disbands police unit after fatal beating as protesters take to streets
Reuters—-The specialized police unit that included the five Memphis officers charged with the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols was disbanded on Saturday as more protests took place in U.S. cities a day after harrowing video of the attack was released.

The police department said in a statement it was permanently deactivating the SCORPION unit after the police chief spoke with members of Nichols’ family, community leaders and other officers. A police spokesperson confirmed all five officers were members of the unit.

Video recordings from police body-worn cameras and a camera mounted on a utility pole showed Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man, repeatedly screaming “Mom!” as officers kicked, punched and struck him with a baton in his mother’s neighborhood after a Jan. 7 traffic stop. He was hospitalized and died of his injuries three days later.

Ryan Lynch: Let me know in the comment section what your take is on this.

2. Bill Maher clashes with Brian Cranston over critical race theory after Breaking Bad star insisted schools MUST teach divisive woke topic
DailyMail—-Comedian and podcast host Bill Maher has clashed with actor Bryan Cranston over the controversial issue of critical race theory, after the Breaking Bad star said the woke issue should be taught in schools.

Cranston argued that critical race theory is ‘essential’ in schools, as it examines how race, racism and the slave trade have affected government and social activities.

‘It’s 400 f**king years that we’ve dealt with this, and our country still has not taken responsibility or accountability,’ Cranston said.

Ryan Lynch: What an a-hole.

3. With ChatGPT rising in popularity, what’s a parent to do?
TheHill—-The new AI technology has become so popular that some schools have banned it as it makes its way into the lives of K-12 and college students around the U.S. It has made headlines for its humanlike and unique responses to questions, which sparked concern among some educators around cheating and a loss of critical thinking skills.

It is not uncommon for children and young adults to be ahead of the adults in their lives with certain technological advances.

“I would guess that 95 percent of parents have no idea, anything about ChatGPT, haven’t thought about it, or don’t know anything about it. I’m guessing that high school and college kids are starting to figure this out really quickly,” said Matt Albert, former executive director at the Center for Reflective Communities.

Ryan Lynch: AI technology like ChatGPT should be banned in every school across the country. The technology is going to damage our country’s youth when it comes to learning.

4. Jackson, Mississippi, preparing to go without water periodically for up to 10 years as crisis continues
FoxNews—-It’s been over five months since the Pearl River crested and Jackson, Mississippi’s water system failed. Now, crews are working to replace the pipe system, but families and businesses are prepared to go without water periodically, for up to 10 years.

Cities across the country are replacing fragile water pipe systems. Besides Jackson, there’s Flint, Michigan, Baltimore, Maryland, and Houston, Texas.

The systems are replaced section-by-section after failure. But, these years-long projects can cause water main breaks.

Ryan Lynch: The fact that the United States received a C- grade for its drinking water systems is a problem.

5. Iranian military factory hit by drone attack
Reuters—-A loud explosion struck a military industry factory near Iran’s central city of Isfahan overnight, in what Tehran said on Sunday was a drone strike by unidentified attackers.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which came amid tension with the West over Tehran’s nuclear work and supply of arms for Russia’s war in Ukraine, as well as months of anti-government demonstrations at home.

The extent of the damage could not be independently confirmed. Iran’s Defence Ministry said the explosion caused only minor damage and no casualties.

Ryan Lynch: Iran getting a taste of it’s own medicine.

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