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Robert Frederick
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Digital managing editor of @AmSciMag, @SciWriHandbook contributor, @ScienceWriters board member, journalist/editor/producer/runner/artist/si
Digital managing editor of @AmSciMag, @SciWriHandbook contributor, @ScienceWriters board member, journalist/editor/producer/runner/artist/si

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Today there's been another mass shooting here in the U.S.A.. That makes over 240 such horrible events just this year, 2018, dozens of which were at schools.

It's time for another conversation about gun laws.

Inspired by the #MarchForOurLives, I've taken a careful look at the language of the U.S. Constitution knowing the word "infringed" derives from Latin, a language our Founders knew quite well -- and especially the only Secretary of the Continental Congress (of which the Constitutional Congress was a part), who had taught Latin at (what is today considered) the college level.

I drew an infographic about what I found, which suggests any constitutional "originalist" -- whether on the Supreme Court or not -- should take another look at what "shall not be infringed" means.

After all, the point of the 2nd Amendment is to prevent the government from keeping "the people" from forming a well-regulated militia to secure our state's freedom. But we the people can do that with requirements for where (especially the most dangerous, assault-type) guns may be stored, say, in armories.

Please feel free to share the infographic.

(By the way, Google+ may not allow you to view it fully within the application, but I've uploaded a version that is quite large, so please take a copy to your computer or device and zoom in as needed.)
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I recently was asked who my favorite superhero is... at my age. If I must have a superhero, then mine are my fellow journalists -- especially those who are doing investigative journalism and covering national, state, and local politics -- and they are #NotTheEnemy.
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Support a family of three on a minimum wage job and still be above the poverty level?

Yes: in America in the 1960s and 1970s.

A many-weekend dataviz video project... finished last night... in solidarity with the #PoorPeoplesCampaign.
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"Data journalism is social science done on deadline."

More than one quip from ASU's Stephen Doig & Reveal's Jennifer LaFleur at last week's #KS4Austin symposium on science journalism made it into my sketchnote about the data journalism session.

Just consolidating memories.... Thanks for the invitation, World Federation of Science Journalists.
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“When facts are not enough”: Last night, in addition to hearing from Joe Biden at the #AAASmtg, we heard from climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe about how to talk #climatechange when facts are not enough. I made a #sketchnote to share.
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Having "a life in science" means sometimes discovering live animals of unknown type/quantity sitting in a box on the loading dock... or maybe just the leftover box. But this is not a question for Schrödinger: One does not open such boxes to see.
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It's called "computational propaganda." It's affecting public life, via social-media bots.

This may be the last show for The Conjectural for awhile, or forever, because of my run for political office.
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What will happen this week on "The President"?

I discovered my tablet has been keeping time-lapse videos of the drawings as I've made them -- no wonder the files are so big!

So, what to do? Why, compose some music and narrate them extemporaneously, of course!
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Latest podcast is up, has a cameo by our dog, Kalani, and features really interesting research going on that involve fractals and feelings. Hope you enjoy it! https://soundcloud.com/theconjectural/023-conjectural-beauty
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Leveraging religious support: What's Star Wars got to do with the Paris Climate Agreement? #MayTheFourthBeWithYou
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