No. What I mean is: facilities have always been in place. Fewer have been crossing since a peak in 2010 if I remember right – and that was due to a different situation at that time. What has happened since what’s-his-face (not Trump but that other guy) announced zero tolerance? THAT’S when the crisis began.

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I’ll just say this: The forgetting curves are useful. Around age 8, most kids forget most of the details of the stuff that happened prior. I suspect it happens at that time as that’s when the “drip drip drip” starting the puberty process begins… and why 3rd graders all seem crazy. Takes a few years though. There’s a few forgetting curves in life. Used to have a chart. Ah – it’s the Reminiscence chart. I try to beat it.

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In my cognitive dev psych class long ago, I learned that the approximate age where most children can distinguish fantasy from reality is about 3.5 years old. That is: they’re not confused, any more than we might be, between fantasy and reality. Of course a fast-talking storyteller can convince us a fiction is true as is routinely done to four year olds, which is within the “knows the difference” age. But give comprehensible, trustworthy facts, there’s no confusion between those and “fantasy facts”, so long as the line is drawn by normal contextual means.

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He’s a negative nellie right now but what’s he got to lose? Hawking had his “AI will doom us if we don’t sign this thing” David Attenborough “humans are a plague – monitor your population” and any number of prominent scientists, towards the last decades of illustriative careers, make world proclamations and calls to action for a cause they care about. It’s part of their calling.

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