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Border agent arrest aboard Greyhound bus leads to outcry – ThinkProgress
The incident on the Greyhound in Ft. Lauderdale is not an anomaly. Along with other transportation services, the Greyhound Lines agency cooperates with federal agencies that allow border agents to board their transportation services. In mid-January, border agents pulled a father and son off their Greyhound bus in Spokane, Washington. The pair were questioned “are you illegal?,” according to KOMO News. Border agents released the son, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who has temporary deportation relief through the program, but is still detaining the father. In 2005, Greyhound Lines Inc. issued an internal policy threatening to fire employees who sold tickets to undocumented immigrants, the Seattle Times reported at the time.

Encounters like these date back years, but it would appear that border agents may increasingly feel emboldened to detain immigrants for being in the country illegally under the Trump administration. Five days after President Donald Trump took office, the ICE acting director declared his agency “will no longer exempt entire classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement.” Trump has also given a green light to federal immigration agents to aggressively pursue undocumented immigrants for potential deportation proceedings. According to data provided by the ICE agency and the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, federal agents arrested about 143,470 people for being in the country illegally in the 2017 fiscal year that ended September 30.

Undocumented immigrants who rely on Greyhound as a mode of transportation for long-distance trips may face major challenges since only 12 states and the District of Columbia currently have laws that allow them to get driver’s licenses. That problem will be exacerbated beginning January 22, 2018 when the REAL ID Act goes into effect, and residents in states that have not been compliant with REAL ID or haven’t been granted an extension can’t use these identification cards to fly in the United States.
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1 hour ago by corrales
1641. Carl Schurz (1829-1906). Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989
QUOTATION: The Senator from Wisconsin cannot frighten me by exclaiming, “My country, right or wrong.” In one sense I say so too. My country; and my country is the great American Republic. My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
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5 hours ago by soto97
A Day in the Life of Americans
Beautiful visualisation of a day in the life of an American.
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How Wonder Woman and The Last Jedi could make our politics worse | Toronto Star
It could do cultural work. Stowe’s novel galvanized abolitionist sympathizers, unnerved slaveholders and maybe even softened a few hard hearts. Nevertheless, Little Eva’s post-novelistic life as a commodity still functioned, in the words of one of her most severe critics, as an “introduction to consumerism.” Like other sentimental consumer products of the era, Eva responded to desires and beliefs consumers already had.

Thus, according to historian Robin Bernstein, while Eva emerged as the pinnacle of pious white innocence, the novel’s black characters (especially Uncle Tom and the slave girl Topsy) were marketed and sold to consumers as odious cultural stereotypes from which we have yet to fully recover. The circulation of Eva’s image sanded away the particularities of her character, and the intense intimacy that attended ownership during the period enabled her to become a vessel for reinforcing some very ugly cultural norms.
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Three wishes for 2018 | WARC
There's a well-known story about how Amazon runs its business around 'two-pizza teams' – project teams small enough to be fed by no more than two pizzas (think around eight people as the maximum team size). This runs counter to how we value far too many initiatives – big initiatives require big teams built across functions.

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As John Lubbock brilliantly put it 150 years ago: "What we see depends mainly on what we look for." So, I think we need a new map and new common language to help build common ground. A map that reflects the different experiences, frames of reference and world views. A map that changes how people feel before changing what they necessarily believe. This 'grand theory' can give us an end-to-end map of how marketing works to map the end-to-end experiences we need to build today. More importantly, it can perhaps help us find the common ground to break down the ridiculous silos that currently exist and help us find a common ground that allows us to move forward and get things done.
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