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You may well be right I had thought it was related to the Ahmaud Arberry case (the black guy who claimed to be a jogger not a looter).
Is there a reading acquisition window?
There are much better ways to spend time on your child. But Rick Beato has some videos on the subject if you are interested.
Can the decline in BEE be explained by us just being unfit skinnyfats?
OP -- if you haven't read it, I think you'd enjoy Zweig's The World of Yesterday.
This example was interesting as it involves Kurt Eichenwald, a notorious and well-documented pathological liar and fantasist.
Edited to add: as well as having a documented history as a pedophile, or as he would have it, a financial contributor to a major internet hub of pedophilic activity ("research").
Standard of proof, not burden, I think.