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ICE may circumvent California's ban on private immigrant detention centers - Los Angeles Times
Last month, California became the first state to kick out privately run immigrant detention centers. A new law that also bans private prisons prohibits new contracts or changes to existing ones after Jan. 1 and phases out existing detention facilities entirely by 2028.

But on Oct. 16, five days after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 32 into law, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials posted a solicitation — a request for offers — on the Federal Business Opportunities website for at least four detention facilities around the state.

Democratic state legislators and advocates for immigrants say that ICE’s action is a blatant attempt to circumvent the law in order to continue detaining immigrants in California.
ICE  private  prison 
yesterday
(1) Kelly Jean - So, about that "Okay, Boomer" comeback: Via Matt...
(2) The Boomer mindset is one that offers unsolicited or bad advice to younger people that is based on an economic context that has not been in place for over four decades. The new economic context, in which "work hard and pay off your loans" or "just find a job with healthcare" are absurd things to say, was, in fact, largely built by the Baby Boomer generation.

(3) This bad advice is often uttered condescendingly or dismissively to struggling Millennials or Gen Z "Zoomers," who do not appreciate it.
boomer  genX  Millennial  privilege 
yesterday
EJC Cover Page - 25118273.pdf WOMAN AS AN INVENTOR
WOMAN AS AN INVENTOR. No assertion in reference to woman is more common than that she possesses no inventive or mechanical genius, even the United States census failing to enumerate her among the in ventors of the country. But, while such statements are care lessly or ignorantly made, tradition, history, and experience alike prove her possession of these faculties in the highest degree. Although woman's scientific education has been grossly neglected, yet some of the most important inventions of the world are due to her. Hon. Samuel Fisher, while Commissioner of Patents, said: "Any sketch of American inventions would be imperfect which failed to do justice to the part taken by woman." The New York " Times," in an editorial upon woman's inventive genius, says : " The feminine mind is, as a rule, quicker than the masculine mind; takes hints and sees defects which would escape the average man's attention.
invention  patent  Matilda_Joslyn_Gage  1870  STEM 
2 days ago
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5 days ago
The Real Origins of the Religious Right - POLITICO Magazine
In fact, it wasn’t until 1979—a full six years after Roe—that evangelical leaders, at the behest of conservative activist Paul Weyrich, seized on abortion not for moral reasons, but as a rallying-cry to deny President Jimmy Carter a second term. Why? Because the anti-abortion crusade was more palatable than the religious right’s real motive: protecting segregated schools. So much for the new abolitionism.

***

Today, evangelicals make up the backbone of the pro-life movement, but it hasn’t always been so. Both before and for several years after Roe, evangelicals were overwhelmingly indifferent to the subject, which they considered a “Catholic issue.” In 1968, for instance, a symposium sponsored by the Christian Medical Society and Christianity Today, the flagship magazine of evangelicalism, refused to characterize abortion as sinful, citing “individual health, family welfare, and social responsibility” as justifications for ending a pregnancy. In 1971, delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, passed a resolution encouraging “Southern Baptists to work for legislation that will allow the possibility of abortion under such conditions as rape, incest, clear evidence of severe fetal deformity, and carefully ascertained evidence of the likelihood of damage to the emotional, mental, and physical health of the mother.” The convention, hardly a redoubt of liberal values, reaffirmed that position in 1974, one year after Roe, and again in 1976.
abortion  pro-life  segregation  racism 
5 days ago
Has “Homosexual” always been in the Bible? — forge
The word arsenokoitai shows up in two different verses in the Bible, but it was not translated to mean homosexual until 1946.
We got to sit down with Ed Oxford at his home in Long Beach, California and talk about this question.

You have been part of a research team that is seeking to understand how the decision was made to put the word homosexual in the Bible. is that true?

Ed: Yes. It first showed up in the RSV translation. So before figuring out why they decided to use that word in the RSV translation (which is outlined in my upcoming book with Kathy Baldock, Forging a Sacred Weapon: How the Bible Became Anti-Gay) I wanted to see how other cultures and translations treated the same verses when they were translated during the Reformation 500 years ago. So I started collecting old Bibles in French, German, Irish, Gaelic, Czechoslovakian, Polish… you name it. Now I’ve got most European major languages that I’ve collected over time. Anyway, I had a German friend come back to town and I asked if he could help me with some passages in one of my German Bibles from the 1800s. So we went to Leviticus 18:22 and he’s translating it for me word for word. In the English where it says “Man shall not lie with man, for it is an abomination,” the German version says “Man shall not lie with young boys as he does with a woman, for it is an abomination.” I said, “What?! Are you sure?” He said, “Yes!” Then we went to Leviticus 20:13— same thing, “Young boys.” So we went to 1 Corinthians to see how they translated arsenokoitai (original Greek word) and instead of homosexuals it said, “Boy molesters will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

I then grabbed my facsimile copy of Martin Luther’s original German translation from 1534. My friend is reading through it for me and he says, “Ed, this says the same thing!” They use the word knabenschander. Knaben is boy, schander is molester. This word “boy molesters” for the most part carried through the next several centuries of German Bible translations. Knabenschander is also in 1 Timothy 1:10. So the interesting thing is, I asked if they ever changed the word arsenokoitai to homosexual in modern translations. So my friend found it and told me, “The first time homosexual appears in a German translation is 1983.”
Bible  homosexual  homophobia  pedophila 
7 days ago
threads of the spiderwoman: Samhain 2019
PERSEPHONE'S FEAST DAY

When all the names are gone
when there is nothing left
for memory to feed upon
November hides
an unborn promise.

All the wastes of love and time
Become, at last, alchemy.
To ferment their healing, here
in these nigrado depths,
becoming albedo,
the medicine.

I offer now bread, red fruit, red wine.
To life.

To the harvest that was,
the kisses of summer past
fragrant as petals on the wind,
to the poet and the bard, the mother and husband,
laughter of children, the confidence
of bountiful fortune.

And to those outcast as well -
the inarticulate, the lost, the hungry and fallen.
To every transparent lover
wandering these bardos in their solitude.

To age and youth, light and dark,
Tenderly entwined in their embrace:

Come to the table, all.

Here is a rich conversation
harvested from the last living garden.
A dappled pear, an apple, a ripe pomegranate
A butterfly in its chrysalis, sleeping.

The slow rebirth of color
deep in the depths of this dream.

The sundial will circle once more,
The wheat has new life in it yet.

The blessing will be given.
masks  Samhain  Persephone  death 
9 days ago
The Norns - Norse Mythology for Smart People
In Völuspá, the Norns are mysterious beings who don’t seem to come from any of the recognized kinds of beings who populate the Norse otherworld. They seem to be a category unto themselves. There are exactly three of them, and their names suggest their ability to construct the content of time: one is Urd (Old Norse Urðr, “The Past,” and a common word for fate in and of itself), the second Verdandi (Old Norse Verðandi, “What Is Presently Coming into Being”) and the third Skuld (Old Norse Skuld, “What Shall Be”). They live in a hall by a well (Urðarbrunnr, “Well of Fate”) beneath Yggdrasil, the mighty tree at the center of the Norse otherworld, which holds the Nine Worlds in its branches and roots.[2]
Norse  mythology 
9 days ago
Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare for All Plan Is a Massive Win
On the revenue side, she eliminates the ability of corporations to hide their profits overseas and the ability of megawealthy families like the Kochs and the Waltons and the Sacklers to avoid taxes through accounting gimmicks and the capital gains loophole. She bumps up her wealth tax. She funds the IRS properly, so the agency can actually collect that revenue (Republican lobbyists and lawmakers have starved it for decades because they are, um, corrupt). And then the plan fills in the revenue with an employer-side tax that is equal to current employer health care expenses.
healthcare  Elizabeth_Warren 
9 days ago
Why do so many Americans hate the welfare state?
“America was so dominantly Protestant for such a long time. We have a substantial number of Catholics but the culture was really shaped by Protestants – in term of their total cultural domination of the United States at its founding, and really continuing.”

One aspect of this, she highlights, is the adoption of a Protestant work ethic as a core value in society. This has a positive side – in honouring human labour – but it also has a negative side.

“There is a profound suspicion of anyone who is poor, and a consequent raising to the highest priority imposing incredibly humiliating, harsh conditions on access to welfare benefits on the assumption you’re some kind of grifter, or you’re trying to cheat the system.

“There is no appreciation for the existence of structural poverty, poverty that is not the fault of your own but because the economy maybe is in recession or, in a notorious Irish case, the potato crop fails.”
poverty  religion  work  ethics  bootstraps  welfare  social  justice 
9 days ago
How America's hatred of poor people ties back to Puritan work ethic / Boing Boing
Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowship-winning philosopher Elizabeth Anderson recently spoke with Joe Humphreys at the Irish Times about America's toxic obsession with by-your-bootstraps individualism, and specifically how it relates to poverty.
Anderson essentially proposes the idea that early America Puritans like the Pilgrims were determined to distance themselves from the institutional power of the Catholic church—which, for all its faults, has at least had a longstanding commitment to helping and empathizing with those suffering from poverty. In addition to Manifest Destiny, these Puritans believed that hard work was the only promise of salvation, which eventually evolved into the whole "rugged individualism" idea that consumes so many American conservatives and Evangelicals. While Anderson acknowledges that this ethic is rooted in a very pro-worker mindset, it's clearly been secularized over time into a highly partisan hatred of the poor, with a nod towards its religious roots:
poor  welfare  bootstraps  work  ethics  philosophy  Calvinism 
9 days ago
WHITE SUPREMACY CULTURE: Characteristics - SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture
From Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001
Perfectionism, Sense of Urgency, Defensiveness, Quantity over Quality, Worship of the Written Word, Paternalism, Either/Or Thinking, Power Hoarding, Fear of Open Conflict, Individualism, Progress is Bigger or More, Objectivity, Right to Comfort (for the powerful),
White  Supremacy  Culture  ***  solutions 
12 days ago
The Election Was Stolen - Here’s How... - Greg Palast
The Election Was Stolen – Here’s How…
November 11, 2016
Greg Palast

Before a single vote was cast, the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives.

Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP-controlled states.

The system, called Crosscheck, is detailed in my Rolling Stone report,
“The GOP’s Stealth War on Voters,” 8/24/2016.

Crosscheck in action:
Trump victory margin in Michigan: 13,107
Michigan Crosscheck purge list: 449,922

Trump victory margin in Arizona: 85,257
Arizona Crosscheck purge list: 270,824

Trump victory margin in North Carolina: 177,008
North Carolina Crosscheck purge list: 589,393
election  stolen  voter  suppression 
12 days ago
The Mark Bernstein Filk Archive
Hi, I’m Mark Bernstein. I’ve been active in the filk community since 1975. This site is mainly intended as a place to store all the words and (eventually) music I’ve written over the years, so there’s one central place to find it.

This is a work in progress. I’m putting in all the words first, because that’s easier. Over time, I’ll add vocal tracks of my original songs.

Feel free to share this URL (markbernsteinfilk.wordpress.com). This is intended as a public site, and my songs, stories, and poems were always meant to be shared.

Everything on this site that’s copyrighted by me can be considered as being under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC license. You can link to it, you can print it off, you can copy it, and if you perform it I’ll be thrilled and flattered. What you can’t do is take my name off of it, or use it in any profit-making way (recording it for sale, for example, or posting it directly on an ad-driven web site) without my direct permission. Thanks in advance for following the rules.
filk  lyrics 
13 days ago
What California Stands To Learn From Indigenous Fire Management Practices
In a new policy established earlier this year, the U.S. Forest Service signed an agreement that incorporates the Karuk into its fire management operations. It could ultimately incorporate the Karuk’s entire 5,700-square kilometer ancestral territory. The Six Rivers National Forest recently integrated the Karuk’s approach with Western technologies including LIDAR and GIS.
Indigenous  fire  management  U.S.  Forest_Service 
13 days ago
Food flows between counties in the United States - IOPscience
Letter • The following article is OPEN ACCESS
Food flows between counties in the United States

Xiaowen Lin1, Paul J Ruess1, Landon Marston2 and Megan Konar1,3

Published 26 July 2019 • © 2019 The Author(s). Published by IOP Publishing Ltd
Environmental Research Letters, Volume 14, Number 8
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Food consumption and production are separated in space through flows of food along complex supply chains. These food supply chains are critical to our food security, making it important to evaluate them. However, detailed spatial information on food flows within countries is rare. The goal of this paper is to estimate food flows between all county pairs within the United States. To do this, we develop the Food Flow Model, a data-driven methodology to estimate spatially explicit food flows. The Food Flow Model integrates machine learning, network properties, production and consumption statistics, mass balance constraints, and linear programming. Specifically, we downscale empirical information on food flows between 132 Freight Analysis Framework locations (17 292 potential links) to the 3142 counties and county-equivalents of the United States (9869 022 potential links). Subnational food flow estimates can be used in future work to improve our understanding of vulnerabilities within a national food supply chain, determine critical infrastructures, and enable spatially detailed footprint assessments.
food  transportation  statistics 
14 days ago
The first map of America's food supply chain is mind-boggling
Our map is a comprehensive snapshot of all food flows between counties in the U.S.—grains, fruits and vegetables, animal feed, and processed food items.

To build the map, we brought together information from eight databases, including the Freight Analysis Framework from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which tracks where items are shipped around the country, and Port Trade data from the U.S. Census Bureau, which shows the international ports through which goods are traded.

We also released this information in a publicly available database.
food  transportation  statistics 
14 days ago
The Water in You: Water and the Human Body
Water serves a number of essential functions to keep us all going

A vital nutrient to the life of every cell, acts first as a building material.
It regulates our internal body temperature by sweating and respiration
The carbohydrates and proteins that our bodies use as food are metabolized and transported by water in the bloodstream;
It assists in flushing waste mainly through urination
acts as a shock absorber for brain, spinal cord, and fetus
forms saliva
lubricates joints

According to Dr. Jeffrey Utz, Neuroscience, pediatrics, Allegheny University, different people have different percentages of their bodies made up of water. Babies have the most, being born at about 78%. By one year of age, that amount drops to about 65%. In adult men, about 60% of their bodies are water. However, fat tissue does not have as much water as lean tissue. In adult women, fat makes up more of the body than men, so they have about 55% of their bodies made of water. Thus:

Babies and kids have more water (as a percentage) than adults.
Women have less water than men (as a percentage).
People with more fatty tissue have less water than people with less fatty tissue (as a percentage).
water  people 
14 days ago
What to consider when acknowledging you are on stolen indigenous lands |
the Land Acknowledgement Statement developed by Rick Smith for the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). It reads:

We collectively acknowledge that the University of Minnesota Duluth is located on the traditional, ancestral, and contemporary lands of Indigenous people. The University resides on land that was cared for and called home by the Ojibwe people, before them the Dakota and Northern Cheyenne people, and other Native peoples from time immemorial. Ceded by the Ojibwe in an 1854 treaty, this land holds great historical, spiritual, and personal significance for its original stewards, the Native nations and peoples of this region. We recognize and continually support and advocate for the sovereignty of the Native nations in this territory and beyond. By offering this land acknowledgment, we affirm tribal sovereignty and will work to hold the University of Minnesota Duluth accountable to American Indian peoples and nations.
Native_American  Indian  land_acknowlegement 
15 days ago
The Secret Side of Grief: The Culture of Blame | BEST SELF
Especially when the loss is unusual or accidental, the backlash of blame is intense. We immediately point out what someone else did wrong. That person did something ridiculous or stupid; we would never do that. It soothes our brains, in some ways, to believe that through our own good sense, we, and all those we love, can be kept safe. And if something bad did happen (through no fault of our own), we’d be strong enough to handle it. Grief wouldn’t take us down like that; we’d deal with it so much better than that other person. Everything will be OK.

Brené Brown’s research states that blame is a way to discharge pain and discomfort. Intense grief is a reminder that our lives here are tenuous at best. Evidence of someone else’s nightmare is proof that we could be next. That’s seriously uncomfortable evidence. We have to do some fancy footwork (or rather, fancy brain-work) to minimize our discomfort and maintain our sense of safety.
grief  blame 
15 days ago
Stanley Fowler - State Dance 24 years later
Perhaps, because I was the only one to actually testify in a state State House and defeat the MWSD Clubs in their bid to make the square dance as they define it , the official state dance in all 50 of these United States of America.

More on this later, as in when I find interesting bits from my res
earch for my testimony on March 29, 1994 before the Maryland House Appropriations Committee. Thinking I should not let the Perfect be the Competition of the Good
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Square_dance  Stan_Fowler 
18 days ago
Birdie in the Cage | Radiolab | WNYC Studios
People have been doing the square dance since before the Declaration of Independence. But does that mean it should be THE American folk dance? That question took us on a journey from Appalachian front porches, to dance classes across our nation, to the halls of Congress, and finally a Kansas City convention center. And along the way, we uncovered a secret history of square dancing that made us see how much of our national identity we could stuff into that square, and what it means for a dance to be of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Special thanks to Jim Mayo, Claude Fowler, Paul Gifford, Jim Maczko, Jim Davis, Paul Moore, Jack Pladdys, Mary Jane Wegener, Kinsey Brooke and Connie Keener.

This episode was reported by Tracie Hunte and produced by Annie McEwen, Tracie Hunte, and Matt Kielty.

Support Radiolab today at Radiolab.org/donate.
Square_dance  Stan_Fowler 
18 days ago
The Whitewashing of “#WhitePeopleDoingYoga” – Mother Jones
The Whitewashing of “#WhitePeopleDoingYoga”
My artwork was about appropriation. San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum tried to appropriate it.

Chiraag Bhakta
yoga  Asian  Art  White  people  appropriation 
19 days ago
PolicyLink Oakland's Displacement Crisis by the numbers.pdf
Vital community members have been priced out of Oakland. The housing crisis is impacting workers vital to a functioningeconomy, with little tono options for low and even moderate wage-earners seeking housing on the open market.Number of Oakland units affordable for workers earningthe City of Oakland’s minimumof $12.55/hour7:Zero(Estimated salary of $26,104, or $20,282 after taxes = $508/month towards housing).8$2,272$2,850$0$500$1,000$1,500$2,000$2,500$3,000Jul-15Sep-15Oct-15Dec-15Jan-16Mar-16May-16Jun-16Aug-16MEDIAN MKT RENT FOR AVAILABLE 2BD APARTMENTSSource: Trulia
5Percentage of income an average Oakland minimum wageworkerwould have to devote for a 1BR apartment: 112%($1900 average market rent (Trulia)9out of total $1,690 estimatedpost-tax monthly income).Number of Oakland units affordable for workers with entrance-level teachersalary:Zero(Estimated salary of $42,497 per Oakland Education Association,10$31,634 after taxes = $790/month towards housing).Percentage of income an average workerwith an entrance-level teachersalarywould have to devote for a 1BR apartment: 72%($1900 average market rent (Trulia)out of total $2,636 estimatedpost-tax monthly incom
Oakland  housing  cost  data  teaching  fire  wages 
24 days ago
(1) Yes - YouTube - Consent
Luke Sienkowski I literally just went to that page to find that link to share that song and you beat me to it. Bravo. This song is amazing, and Schaffer The Darklord is the the best rap act in hip-hop history. Not just comedy-music rap, not just nerdcore rap, he's THE. BEST. RAP. ACT. IN. HIP. HOP. HISTORY. #bowtoyourdarklord
consent  song  sex 
24 days ago
Climate changed after Europeans killed 90% of indigenous Americans - Business Insider
Following Christopher Columbus' arrival in North America in 1492, violence and disease killed 90% of the indigenous population — nearly 55 million people — according to a new study.
Diseases like smallpox, measles, and influenza, which colonizers brought to the Americas, were responsible for many millions of deaths.
The new research also reveals that following this rapid population decline and the subsequent reduction in land use, there was a global cooling trend.
climatechange  Columbus  Native_American  genocide 
28 days ago
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ethical  chocolate  child  slavery  free 
28 days ago
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28 days ago
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28 days ago
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28 days ago
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28 days ago
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fact  check 
28 days ago
Fact-checking U.S. politics | PolitiFact
The Principles of the Truth-O-Meter: PolitiFact’s methodology for independent fact-checking

By Angie Drobnic Holan on Monday, February 12th, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

Fact-checking journalism is the heart of PolitiFact. Our core principles are independence, transparency, fairness, thorough reporting and clear writing. The reason we publish is to give citizens the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy.

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28 days ago
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We are the internet’s go-to source for discerning what is true and what is total nonsense. Before you scroll further, a few tips on how to “snopes”:
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28 days ago
The Feminist History of ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ | History | Smithsonian
“[Norworth] was with [Friganza] at the time he wrote this song,” says Clermont. “This is a very progressive woman he’s dating, and this is a very progressive Katie Casey. And [Friganza] very likely was the influence for ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

As further evidence that the fictional Katie Casey was based on Friganza, historians from Major League Baseball and the Library of Congress point to the covers of two original editions of the sheet music, which feature Friganza. “I contend the Norworth song was all about Trixie,” Boziwick told the New York Times in 2012. “None of the other baseball songs that came out around that time have the message of inclusion… and of a woman’s acceptability as part of the rooting crowd.” Boziwick’s discovery of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game’s” feminist history, coming nearly 100 years after the song’s publication, shows how women’s stories are so often forgotten, overlooked and untold, and reveals the power of one historian’s curiosity to investigate.
baseball  song  feminist  suffragette 
29 days ago
The weak spots that let journalists expose the finances of looters, organized criminals and oligarchs / Boing Boing
1. Retired Officials: Johnston says former regulators of the industry you’re investigating are “the most helpful people you could ever develop as a source in trying to trace money and criminal enterprises.” They can show you where to look for wrongdoing by pointing out specific laws and bylaws that might have been contravened, he said.

2. Land Registries: “If you’re looking for assets, check the Land Registry for England and Wales,” Garside said. The website publishes a searchable Excel file that lists all the property owned by shell companies outside the UK. “If you’re looking for hidden multi-million-pound houses, that that’s where you find them,” she said.
billionaires  1%  tax  scam  avoidance 
4 weeks ago
For the first time ever, taxes on the 400 richest Americans were lower than taxes on everyone else / Boing Boing
In 2018, for the first time in recorded US history, the 400 richest American households paid a lower rate of tax than any other group of American taxpayers: 23%, down from 70% in 1950 and 47% in 1980.

The data come from a new book, The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay, co authored by Gabriel Zucman (previously), the Piketty-trained "wealth detective" who is one of the world's leading experts on tax evasion by the wealthy, and on strategies for forcing them to pay their share.

In their book, Saez and Zucman sketch out a modern progressive tax code. The overall tax rate on the richest 1 percent would roughly double, to about 60 percent. The tax increases would bring in about $750 billion a year, or 4 percent of G.D.P., enough to pay for universal pre-K, an infrastructure program, medical research, clean energy and more. Those are the kinds of policies that do lift economic growth.

One crucial part of the agenda is a minimum global corporate tax of at least 25 percent. A company would have to pay the tax on its profits in the United States even if it set up headquarters in Ireland or Bermuda. Saez and Zucman also favor a wealth tax; Elizabeth Warren’s version is based on their work. And they call for the creation of a Public Protection Bureau, to help the I.R.S. crack down on tax dodging.
1%  billionaire  taxes  wealth  IRS  fraud 
4 weeks ago
It’s World Mental Health Day: A primer on depression for the public-at-large / Boing Boing
I have a few rare friends that I don't have to avoid on the days when I am capable of little or nothing, because they will not try to cheerlead me into motivation. They are not driven by their own discomfort with my condition, needing me to change to suit their idea of how I should be. Instead, they accept me as I am, even when I am not doing well--especially when I am not doing well.

This is the most loving, healing thing a friend can do for a friend like me. It is exhausting to pretend I am well all the time, but if I share the truth with some people, I am barraged with advice, cures, chiding, or encouragement--the din of non-acceptance. It is the loneliest and most sorrowful thing to hear when I am depressed or in psychological pain, because I know I have to add them to the list of people not to turn to at times like this.
depression 
4 weeks ago
Diet And Depression: What You Eat Can Help Improve Mood, New Study Finds : The Salt : NPR
There's fresh evidence that eating a healthy diet, one that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables and limits highly processed foods, can help reduce symptoms of depression.

A randomized controlled trial published in the journal PLOS ONE finds that symptoms of depression dropped significantly among a group of young adults after they followed a Mediterranean-style pattern of eating for three weeks. Participants saw their depression "score" fall from the "moderate" range down to the "normal" range, and they reported lower levels of anxiety and stress too.

Alternatively, the depression scores among the control group of participants — who didn't change their diets — didn't budge. These participants continued to eat a diet higher in refined carbohydrates, processed foods and sugary foods and beverages. Their depression scores remained in the "moderate severity" range.

"We were quite surprised by the findings,"
depression  diet  health  psychology  Mediterranean 
4 weeks ago
The Media’s 10 Rules of Hate | Washington Spectator
You’ll find virtually every story checks certain boxes.

Call them the 10 rules of hate. After generations of doing the opposite, when unity and conformity were more profitable, the primary product the news media now sells is division.

The problem we (in the media) all have is the commercial structure of the business. To make money, we’ve had to train audiences to consume news in a certain way. We need you anxious, pre-pissed, addicted to conflict. Moreover we need you to bring a series of assumptions every time you open a paper or turn on your phone, TV, or car radio. Without them, most of what we produce will seem illogical and offensive.
media  hate  rules  conflict 
4 weeks ago
d82670fe-4762-40f9-a698-7da10f0c799c.pdf
)REPOR T OF THE REPORT 116-XX SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE UNITED STATES SENATE ON RUSSIAN ACTIVE MEASURE;S CAMPAIGNS AND INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 U.S. ELECTION ' VOLUME 2: RUSSIA'S USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA WITH ADDITIONAL VIEWS
Russia  election  facebook  twitter  voter  suppression 
4 weeks ago
Dallas PD's Story of Joshua Brown's Death Is Unbelievable
The Dallas Police Department just came up with a story so farfetched, I am going to stop roasting both Empire and Power for some of the ridiculous shit that happens on both of those soapy-ass shows that I cannot stop watching.

Joshua Brown, 28, was shot and killed Friday night—a week after he served as a witness for the prosecution in the murder trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who was charged in the death of Botham Jean in September 2018.

When news broke that Brown was gunned down in the parking lot of his apartment complex as he exited his vehicle, many speculated that he had been snuffed out by the police or by order of the police. He did, after all, testify against a cop and participated in the trial that ultimately sent her to prison.

Dallas police vowed to investigate his murder, and on Tuesday, they came up with the most cockamamie story you have ever heard in your life.
police  murder  witness  against 
4 weeks ago
The Bailout Was 11 Years Ago. We’re Still Tracking Every Penny. — ProPublica
The Bailout Was 11 Years Ago. We’re Still Tracking Every Penny.
Over a decade ago, we started a database to track TARP, the 2008 bailout of the financial system. It turns out bailouts are forever, and we’re still updating the damn thing. So, recently, we decided to give it a makeover.
bank  bailout  data  TARP 
5 weeks ago
What happened to the 2008 bailout money? / Boing Boing
In 2008, Congress authorized a $700b bailout of the finance sector, with almost no strings attached (notably, the bailout did not require banks that were receiving public subsidies to abstain from foreclosures or penalties for the members of the public who had just bailed the banks out).

Eleven years later, Propublica -- which started publication shortly before the bailouts happened -- is still tracking every dime of that money. Much of it was repaid -- with interest, even -- but large swathes of it disappeared forever, having enriched reckless bankers without saving their depositors.

Propublica's interactive bailout tracker lets you enter the name of a company or bank to find out how much it got and what's happened since.

But for a snapshot, Propublica's annual report on the state of the bailout is a great look at what's become of that $0.8t public spending program.
bank  bailout  data 
5 weeks ago
Adversarial Interoperability / Boing Boing
For a really competitive, innovative, dynamic marketplace, you need adversarial interoperability: that’s when you create a new product or service that plugs into the existing ones without the permission of the companies that make them. Think of third-party printer ink, alternative app stores, or independent repair shops that use compatible parts from rival manufacturers to fix your car or your phone or your tractor.

Adversarial interoperability was once the driver of tech’s dynamic marketplace, where the biggest firms could go from top of the heap to scrap metal in an eyeblink, where tiny startups could topple dominant companies before they even knew what hit them.
hacking  internet  big  Tech  Media 
5 weeks ago
Yes, America Is Rigged. Here Is What I Learned From Reporting on Koch Industries
We are supposedly living in the best economy the United States has seen in modern memory, with a decade of solid growth behind us and the unemployment rate at its lowest level since the 1960s. Why, then, does everything feel so wrong? In April, a Washington-Post/ABC Poll found that 60% of political independents feel that America’s economic system is essentially rigged against them, to the advantage to those already in power. Roughly 33% of Republicans feel that way; 80% of Democrats feel the same.

What reporting the Koch story taught me is that these voters are right— the economy truly is rigged against them. But it isn’t rigged in the way most people seem to think. ...we live under a system that’s broken, propelled forward by inertia alone. In this environment, there is only one clear winner: the big, entrenched players who can master the dysfunction and profit from it. In America, that’s the largest of the large corporations. Roughly a century after the biggest ones were broken up or more tightly regulated, they are back, stronger than ever.
Koch  ALEC  1% 
5 weeks ago
Cherokee blood: Why do so many Americans believe they have Cherokee ancestry?
The tradition of claiming a Cherokee ancestor continues into the present. Today, more Americans claim descent from at least one Cherokee ancestor than any other Native American group. Across the United States, Americans tell and retell stories of long-lost Cherokee ancestors. These tales of family genealogies become murkier with each passing generation, but like Phelps, contemporary Americans profess their belief despite not being able to point directly to a Cherokee in their family tree.
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The Cherokees resisted state and federal efforts to remove them from their Southeastern homelands during the 1820s and 1830s. During that time, most whites saw them as an inconvenient nuisance, an obstacle to colonial expansion. But after their removal, the tribe came to be viewed more romantically, especially in the antebellum South, where their determination to maintain their rights of self-government against the federal government took on new meaning. Throughout the South in the 1840s and 1850s, large numbers of whites began claiming they were descended from a Cherokee great-grandmother.
ancestors  Native_American  Cherokee 
6 weeks ago
The big fat truth : Nature News & Comment
The big fat truth

More and more studies show that being overweight does not always shorten life — but some public-health researchers would rather not talk about them.
fat  health  obesity  mortality  data 
6 weeks ago
The obesity paradox: Scientists now think that being overweight can protect your health — Quartz
Flegal found the lowest mortality rates among people in the overweight to mildly obese categories. It’s true that these groups are slightly more likely to suffer from heart disease and some other life-threatening conditions in the first place. But many factors influence the likelihood of a person getting heart disease. And a strong link between weight and disease only emerges among people with severe obesity. So taken at face value, the results seemed to be showing that a little extra weight is genuinely beneficial.

Flegal is a meticulous researcher: her most recent analysis incorporated data from almost 100 studies and close to three million people. It was published by the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association. Yet Flegal’s work has made her a target for those who scoff at the paradox. Walter Willett, a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health who has taken a high-profile stance against obesity, told NPR that one recent Flegal study was “really a pile of rubbish” and that “no one should waste their time reading it.” (He was later admonished by the editors at Nature. In recent comments to Quartz, he reiterated his view that the study was “rubbish.”)
Being overweight is now believed to help protect patients with an increasingly long list of medical problems.

Willett’s complaints are starting to look less credible, however, because no one has been able to make the paradox go away.
fat  health  obesity  mortality  data 
6 weeks ago
Lead in Food, Foodwares, and Dietary Supplements | FDA
Lead occurs in foods because of its presence in the environment. Lead can enter our foods supply, because:

Lead in the soil can settle on or be absorbed by plants grown for fruits or vegetables or plants used as ingredients in food, including dietary supplements.
Lead that gets into or on plants cannot be completely removed by washing or other food processing steps.
Lead in plants or water may also be ingested and absorbed by the animals we eat, which is then passed on to us.
Lead can enter, inadvertently, through manufacturing processes. For example, plumbing that contains lead can contaminate water used in food production.
Lead in some pottery and other food contact surfaces containing lead can pass or leach lead into food or drinks when food is prepared, served, or stored in them.

Lead, like other heavy metals, does not biodegrade or disappear from the environment over time. Although lead levels in the food supply decreased dramatically between the 1970s-1990s, low levels of lead continue to be detected in some foods due to the continued presence of lead in the environment. It is not possible to remove or completely prevent lead from entering the food supply. The FDA, therefore, seeks to limit consumer exposure to lead in foods to the greatest extent feasible. As part of this effort, in 2017, the FDA created the Toxic Elements Working Group, in part, to reevaluate when the FDA should take action on measured levels of lead in particular foods.
lead  food  toxic 
6 weeks ago
Stanford study describes spice makers adding lead to turmeric
Evidence of this turmeric tampering was uncovered in seven of Bangladesh’s nine turmeric-producing regions, and was found to be largely driven by consumer demand for the yellow coloring. Processors working with poor quality and discolored roots can polish them with lead chromate as a way of increasing profits and meeting demand for use in yellow curries. The researchers say their results indicate the workers doing the polishing are unaware of the pigment's neurotoxic effects.

In some cases, the lead concentrations in the turmeric exceeded the national limit by up to 500 times, and were between two and 10 times higher than that reported in other studies.
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the researchers will advocate for measures to lessen this reliance on turmeric adulteration through new and improved processing techniques. They call for import inspectors to be equipped with X-ray devices for lead-detection, and one team member is even working on low-cost devices with the same capabilities.
turmeric  lead  toxic 
6 weeks ago
Companies that work with ICE
Companies that work with ICE

This is an open source list that you can contribute to, here.

You can read more details about these contracts on Vox Recode.
ICE  corporations 
6 weeks ago
2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
Figure 609.3 Spacing of Grab Bars

609.4 Position of Grab Bars. Grab bars shall be installed in a horizontal position, 33 inches (840 mm) minimum and 36 inches (915 mm) maximum above the finish floor measured to the top of the gripping surface, except that at water closets for children's use complying with 604.9, grab bars shall be installed in a horizontal position 18 inches (455 mm) minimum and 27 inches (685 mm) maximum above the finish floor measured to the top of the gripping surface. The height of the lower grab bar on the back wall of a bathtub shall comply with 607.4.1.1 or 607.4.2.1.

609.5 Surface Hazards. Grab bars and any wall or other surfaces adjacent to grab bars shall be free of sharp or abrasive elements and shall have rounded edges.

609.6 Fittings. Grab bars shall not rotate within their fittings.

609.7 Installation. Grab bars shall be installed in any manner that provides a gripping surface at the specified locations and that does not obstruct the required clear floor space.

609.8 Structural Strength. Allowable stresses shall not be exceeded for materials used when a vertical or horizontal force of 250 pounds (1112 N) is applied at any point on the grab bar, fastener, mounting device, or supporting structure.
ADA  regulations  handicap  accessibility 
6 weeks ago
Colt Suspends Production Of AR-15 Rifles For Consumers
The Topline: Gun maker Colt announced Thursday that it will stop producing rifles for the consumer market due to weak demand but the move comes as scrutiny mounts over its popular AR-15 gun and its use in several mass shooting incidents.

Colt insisted the move was due to fluctuations in the U.S. gun market despite the national debate about gun control saying in a statement that the company was still “committed to the Second Amendment.”
The West Hartford, Connecticut-based company said it will still produce rifles for the police and military contracts and will sell handguns in the consumer market.
The Colt's AR-15 was the first semiautomatic version of the M-16 assault rifle sold to civilians and after Colt's patents expired the term AR-15 became a generic descriptor for other similar rifles sold by other gun makers.
AR-15 style rifles were used in Parkland, Florida, Pulse Nightclub and the Sandy Hook mass shootings.
Adam Winkler, a gun policy expert, told the Associated Press that with the decision was probably linked to internal company issues; Colt filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015, blaming excessive debt and the loss of military contracts.
AR-15  guns  massacre  solution 
7 weeks ago
What sort of people become white nationalists? - Separated and unequal
the move from talking tough online to showing one’s face in the physical world had actual consequences. Some of the attendees at last year’s rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, lost their jobs and were publicly shamed; others faced lawsuits. Tech firms booted and shunned them.

On the eve of the march, George Hawley, a political scientist at the University of Alabama, dug into the demography of white nationalists—in particular, into the thesis advanced by Angela Nagle, the author of a book about the alt-right, that the decline of monogamy and traditional marriage has led low-status men to assert themselves through white-supremacist beliefs.

Mr Hawley posited three factors linking adherents of racist movements: a strong sense of white identity, belief in the importance of white solidarity and a sense of white victimisation. In 2016 the American National Election Survey asked respondents three revealing questions: on a five-point scale, they were to indicate how important race is to their identity, how important they think it is that “whites work together to change laws that are unfair to whites,” and how much discrimination they think whites face in America. A
White  supremacy  data 
7 weeks ago
Oakland women aim to ‘eradicate homelessness’ by fundraising to build cabin communities – Oakland North
she realized she “wanted to help eradicate homelessness in Oakland in her lifetime.” Smartt, who is a professional wedding photographer with no previous background in political organizing, said she’d never even walked through a homeless encampment before. But she did some research and realized that she had driven past what city government officials call a “cabin community”—a group of emergency shelters made out of Home Depot’s trademark Tuff Sheds.

In Oakland, these communities are set up by city officials, funded by a mix of private and public donors, and run by the Alameda County nonprofit Operation Dignity. Inside, each cabin is equipped with two tiny cots, a place to charge a phone, and a door that locks. Operation Dignity provides on-site social services to help residents find permanent housing.

This summer, Smartt set a goal of raising enough money to house 30 people in cabins—the number of people she estimated live in the encampment nearest her home.
Oakland  homeless  Piedmont 
7 weeks ago
(5) Outside Voice - Posts
Sometimes other white folks ask me the best way to be less of a Clueless White Person without demanding people of color expend effort teaching them, and I have a suggestion that will absolutely work. You won't wanna do it, but I'm going to tell you anyway.

Step 1) Follow at least 50 more people of color on social media ASAP.

Step 2) Read their posts, and don't reply to them unless they're addressed to you by name or they've addressed a non-rhetorical question to the general public. Not sure if it's rhetorical? Don't answer.

Step 3) Make this a habit, over a period of years.
White  male  straight  solution  follow  less  privilege  people 
7 weeks ago
Policing watchdog groups push for changes to Oakland’s Police Commission – Oakland North
Amalya Dubrovsky on September 16, 2019

On Thursday evening, about 30 members of local police accountability and activist groups met in the library of the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute to talk about the Oakland Police Commission’s first 20 months and whether an amendment to city law is needed to ensure its independence and basic functioning.
Oakland  police  commission 
7 weeks ago
Adapted cold shower as a potential treatment for depression. - PubMed - NCBI
Exposure to cold is known to activate the sympathetic nervous system and increase the blood level of beta-endorphin and noradrenaline and to increase synaptic release of noradrenaline in the brain as well. Additionally, due to the high density of cold receptors in the skin, a cold shower is expected to send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which could result in an anti-depressive effect.
depression  research  solution 
8 weeks ago
Adolescents of the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study: Sexual Orientation, Sexual Behavior, and Sexual Risk Exposure
“A long-term study of children raised by lesbians found that these children were less likely to suffer from physical and sexual abuse than were their peers who were raised by heterosexuals. This is thought to be due to the absence of adult heterosexual men in the households (Gartrell, Bos, & Goldberg, 2010). Girls raised by lesbians tend to have higher self-esteem, show more maturity and tolerance than their peers, and are older when they have their first heterosexual contact (Gartrell et al., 2005, 2010). Children raised by same-sex parents seem to be less constrained by traditional gender roles; boys are less aggressive, and girls are more inclined to consider nontraditional careers, such as doctor, lawyer, or engineer (Gartrell et al., 2005; Stacey & Biblarz, 2001). Over the course of more than 20 years, scientists studied the psychological adjustment of 78 teenagers who were raised by lesbian mothers. Compared to age-matched counterparts raised by heterosexual parents, these adolescents were rated higher in social, academic, and total competence, and lower in social problems, rule-breaking, aggression, and externalizing problem behavior (Gartrell & Bos, 2010). There are fewer studies of children raised by two men, but gay fathers are more likely than straight fathers to put their children before their career, to make big changes in their lives to accommodate a child, and to strengthen bonds with their extended families after becoming fathers (Bergman, Rubio, Green, & Padrone, 2010).”
children  lesbian  parents  gay  good 
8 weeks ago
Cherokee Nation Sends First Delegate to Congress
Teehee’s nomination is not happening in a vacuum, and it raises a fundamental question about how Indigenous communities engage with electoral politics and participation within a colonial system that is actively determined to ensure their erasure and elimination. On the one hand, sending a delegate to Congress means acknowledging the political structure imposed by the United States and actively taking part in it. On the other hand, a delegate can bring forward real changes not just by proposing legislation, but also by reframing legislative agendas to better serve Indigenous people.

This appointment is also deeply complicated by the current business dealings between the Cherokee Nation and the U.S. federal government. Part of the reason the tribe has been able to bolster its economic position is because of defense contracts it has made with the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. Cherokee Nation Businesses, in particular its Red Wing division, has significant investments in military armaments, guidance systems and surveillance technologies — all of which directly support ongoing colonial governance domestically and imperialist projects abroad.
Native_American  congress 
9 weeks ago
Bleeding Heartland-Tribal sovereignty and Elizabeth Warren's problem with her Cherokee heritage claim
THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES AT THE NATIVE AMERICAN FORUM

Warren and the other Democratic presidential candidates attending the forum in Sioux City were put on notice just how deep the resentment and anger runs among the tribes as they cope with example after example of the disregard that tribal citizens experience. Women are missing and murdered, but many cases are lost. Health services are underfunded. Now the federal government is attempting unilaterally to remove protection of sacred Indian lands for mining and other excavation purposes.

Into this debate, Warren delivered a complete speech with specific plans for a variety of Native American issues, including tribal sovereignty, reversing the horrible trend of missing and murdered indigenous women, and most of the issues important to the tribe.

But her speech noticeably lacked a necessary authenticity.

She expressed no understanding of the Cherokee culture, no experience of life on a reservation, no understanding from a personal point of view of the Native American experience. Her professional accomplishments from a hardscrabble life in Oklahoma are to be admired, but she expressed nothing about a Cherokee experience despite having claimed that heritage throughout most of her professional career.

The most personal experience she provided was remembering her family’s pride in her three brothers when they joined and served the military and how veteran care must be improved.
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American  howto 
9 weeks ago
Op-Ed: California’s wildfires revealed a fix for our housing crisis — if we’re willing to act - Los Angeles Times
City and county officials treated the aftermath of the Tubbs fire as the crisis it was. In the months after the blaze, they implemented programs to expedite the rebuilding of thousands of homes. Santa Rosa reduced the fees the city levies on high-density, multifamily housing and on accessory dwelling units often called granny cottages. And instead of taking years to issue rebuilding permits, the city processed thousands each month. Sonoma County also waived some housing fees and opened a Resiliency Permit Center to speed up permitting for those dealing with fire damage.

Their approach inspired me to introduce Senate Bill 330, which I call the Housing Crisis Act of 2019. The bill would accelerate housing construction in the state during the next half-decade by slashing the time it takes for developers to get building permits, limiting fees on housing and barring local governments from reducing the number of homes that can be built.
housing  Nancy_Skinner  CA  legislation  2019 
9 weeks ago
Alice Sheldon and the name of the Tiptree Award « James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award
In her 2006 biography of Tiptree, Julie Phillips quoted some sources who suggested that Ting may not have been ready to die. Since the conversation about the Sheldons’ deaths has become public, however, Phillips has shared further details from her research, reporting that Ting’s friends and family understood his death and Alice’s as the fulfilment of an agreement between the two of them. On Twitter, Phillips writes:

The question has come up whether Alice Sheldon (James Tiptree, Jr) and her husband Ting died by suicide or murder-suicide. I regret not saying clearly in the bio that those closest to the Sheldons all told me that they had a pact and that Ting’s health was failing.

Ting’s son Peter Sheldon also said there was a pact, and that Ting was declining. Alli probably wanted to die more than Ting did. But the pact didn’t have to do with his blindness or disability. He was going, and they chose to go out together.

In an email to the Tiptree Motherboard, quoted with permission, Phillips writes:

Ting didn’t leave a statement, but all Ting’s friends that I talked to plus his son Peter were unanimous that it was a pact, and that Ting’s health was failing when it happened. The only one who cast doubt on that was the lawyer who talked to her on the last night, James Boylan. He didn’t know either Ting or Alli very well, and I have doubts about how well he understood what was happening. I’m planning to write up what I know, because I left too much room for doubt when I wrote the book.
James_Tiptree  sciencefiction  murder  suicide  fandom 
9 weeks ago
Gaming's #MeToo Moment and the Tyranny of Male Fragility | WIRED
I just want to know: What if we decided to care as much about the well-being of women who have been abused as we do about the well-being of abusers? What would it be like to live in a world, or to work in an industry, where the social consequences of hurting a woman weighed heavier than the social consequences of being one?
#MeToo  gamergate  misogyny  culture  abuse  sexism 
9 weeks ago
Fresno activist critiques police chief search | The Fresno Bee
I am guilty of believing that the process for selecting our next police chief would be transparent and authentically informed by the community. But more importantly, I’m guilty of encouraging others around me to also have hope and to give their own time to the process.

The news on Aug. 23 that Mayor (Lee) Brand decided to select an “interim” (to serve until 2021) chief from within the department, who did not even apply for the position — and despite reporting to suggest that there were several quality applicants to choose from — unfortunately told me and many others that this hope in the process was foolish. That is why I am writing to apologize.
Fresno  police  chief 
9 weeks ago
Elizabeth Warren Is the Teacher - How She Became a Senator
the kid says, 'You grow as fast as you can. You buy as much as you can with borrowed money. And you lend and borrow from as many other large institutions as possible. Because then the government can't afford to let you fail.' My students invented 'too big to fail' sitting in a classroom. Because it's not that hard."

She then set about teaching the country, in one way or another, what she'd learned from her students, from the gray faces in the bankruptcy courts, and from her own drive to learn more about more things. Two months after the collapse, Harry Reid tapped her to head the Congressional Oversight Panel—acronym: COP—which would keep an eye on how the big banks whose policies led to the catastrophe were spending the $700 billion bonanza. She had no subpoena power, but she made herself a burr under a number of saddles; the video of her putting Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner on the rack became a popular favorite. The country, it seemed, had awakened one morning to find that its entire economy was headed over a cliff, and almost nobody knew how it happened. She knew, and she began to teach again.
Elizabeth_Warren  teacher  profile  2014 
9 weeks ago
Review: 'Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland'
More broadly, Metzl explains, his research reveals “a reality that liberal Americans were often slow to realize: Trump supporters were willing to put their own lives on the line in support of their political beliefs … make tradeoffs that negatively affect their lives and livelihoods in support of larger prejudices or ideals.” The author “track[s] the full extent to which these political acts of self-sabotage came at mortal cost to the health and longevity of lower- and, in many instances, middle-income white GOP supporters—and, ultimately, to the well-being of everyone else.”

Metzl digs deep into the material effects of various Republican policies in three GOP-run states: Kansas, Missouri, and Tennessee. These policies “gave certain white populations the sensation of winning, particularly by upending the gains of minorities and liberals.” It was about “owning” those groups, apparently. The author adds that “the victories came at a steep cost.”
White  racism  sabotage  health  education 
9 weeks ago
ST. FRANCES OF THE GRILL / No one ever went away hungry or mad at Ann's Cafe in Oakland - SFGate
ST. FRANCES OF THE GRILL / No one ever went away hungry or mad at Ann's Cafe in Oakland February 17, 2000
There is no one in Oakland with as many friends as Frances Bienati.

She's made them one at a time, just like the 100 pancakes, 15 dozen eggs and 50 to 60 pounds of potatoes she's grilled up at Ann's Cafe every day, five days a week for the last 42 years.

Every city has a place like this, a hole-in-the-wall breakfast spot that is heavy on atmosphere and legend, and the food is, well, it's filling.

The service and camaraderie are priceless. And that's what will be missed when Frances hangs up her spatula for the last time on Friday. She and her husband, Frank, are retiring and closing the doors to the Fruitvale Avenue cafe.

"It's just kinda down home, and everyone here is on a first-name basis," said Dave Arp, an Oakland police officer and an Ann's regular.

It's family all right, and Frances is everyone's adoring, and sometimes doting, Italian mother.

Three things are sure to happen anytime you pass through the door: You will be greeted and treated like a returning son or daughter. You'll be served so much food that you will not finish the meal, and if you're single, expect to be introduced or referred to someone Frances has chosen especially for you.
Ann  cafe  Fran  Fruitvale 
10 weeks ago
Instability of Classical Gender Roles in Postwar America - YouTube
Soon after the end of World War II, men returned home and eventually assumed their pre-war occupations that some women were occupying. This drove women out of the manufacturing and industrial trades they were holding and as the baby boomers boomed, women became full time homemakers. Women were now expected to stay at home and take care of the kids while the husband went to work to financially support the family.
As women were forced out of their wartime occupations and into the domesticity of the new American nuclear family, many women felt disenfranchised. Furthermore, the 1950s are often identified as the pinnacle of gender inequality as women were denigrated and portrayed as “stupid, submissive, purely domestic creatures.”
women  post  WWII  work 
10 weeks ago
The Nestlé Controversy: 5 Scandals That Show It's Time to Boycott Nestlé
S.E. Smith— 2015-05-15 11:30 am | Last updated 2019-01-09 08:27 am
There’s a Nestlé controversy brewing up this week as the firm comes under the gun for resolutely continuing to bottle water in California despite the state’s historic drought. While Governor Jerry Brown has instituted restrictions on water use and Californians—ironically—are being forced to buy bottled water because their own wells are running dry, Nestlé is pumping a shockingly unknown amount out of California aquifers....
In California, Nestlé bottles water in desert regions of the state that are already struggling with water shortages, and it refuses to disclose how much it processes at its facilities. In Wisconsin, the firm became involved in a protracted dispute over pristine water sources, while Nestlé has also made itself extremely unpopular in Oregon. Critics also accuse Nestlé of privatizing what should be a free public resource across the United States.

Reporting on the situation in California, David Dayen at Salon notes that Nestlé gets around water usage restrictions by pumping on reservations, which are not accountable to states because of their status as sovereign lands.
Nestle  evil  water  infant  formula  child  slavery  Union  palm_oil 
10 weeks ago
(2) Fluent Forever Language Learning Community
David Eason shared a link.
4 hrs
One Anki Note to Rule Them All - How I Use the Article: Three New Flashcard Types to Speed Up Flashcard Creation

I've posted something like this before, but I have tried to make things a little clearer, especially for myself so I don't keep procrastinating. Basically the idea is to use the "new flashcard types" for both old and new card types, which had been discussed in the post comments in the past. Keep in mind my target language does not have good online monolingual dictionaries; or rather there are two good ones, but the high frequency words seem to be missing. That shouldn't matter, I think. What follows is my interpretation of the article linked below, to use as a reference so I don't get confused while making Anki cards.
https://blog.fluent-forever.com/three-new-flashcard-types/
Spanish  Forever_Fluent  flashcards 
10 weeks ago
3 Flashcard Types to Speed Up Flashcard Creation | Fluent Forever Blog
Today, I wanted to show you three new types of flashcards that I’ve been using lately to learn Spanish, along with a new flashcard model for Anki that will let you create these three new flashcards really quickly.

I’ll start by showing you what the cards look like, and then I’ll show you how to make them using the new card model.

(And before we do THAT, a quick note about why this is useful: it lets me make more flashcards faster, so I can learn more with each sentence. It’s a more efficient and faster route to fluency.)
Spanish  Fluent_Forever  flashcards 
10 weeks ago
Child poverty report: food, housing, and money, not work requirements, work best - Vox
That group has now, more than three years later, produced its exhaustive, 600-page report.

The report estimates that child poverty costs us $800 billion to $1.1 trillion every year due to increased crime, worsened health, and lower earnings when poor kids become adults. There is no one approach to reducing it, the committee concludes, but it did outline four separate options policymakers could pursue — two of which would cut child poverty in half in the next decade.
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A “universal supports and work poverty reduction package,” which includes a bigger increase in the EITC than the first three packages, includes a minimum wage increase to $10.25 per hour and makes the Child Tax Credit refundable, offers various anti-poverty programs to legal immigrants who are currently barred, and, most importantly, includes a child allowance of $2,700 per year, as well as a $1,200 per year publicly funded minimum child support payment for single parents entitled to child support from their former partner (oftentimes, these partners aren’t able to regularly pay child support). This plan also cuts child poverty by half: the rate falls from 12.6 percent to 6.1 percent, lifting 4.8 million kids out of poverty. It would cost about $111.6 billion per year.
child  poverty  solutions 
10 weeks ago
Yurok Tribe Reacquires 50,000 Acres of Forest - Native Business Magazine
For decades, the Yurok Tribe witnessed the degradation of their ancestral territory. Their solution to protect one of the most biologically rich areas on Earth? To own it.

The Tribe has purchased approximately 50,000 acres of forest surrounding four salmon sustaining streams, including Blue Creek, the lifeline of the Klamath River. The acquisition contributes to the Yurok Tribe’s efforts to increase resiliency to climate change through carbon sequestration and sustainable forest management.
Yurok  land  purchase  protect  California  Native_American 
11 weeks ago
Read the text of Elizabeth Warren’s speech to Native American group - The Boston Globe
I get why some people think there’s hay to be made here. You won’t find my family members on any rolls, and I’m not enrolled in a tribe.

And I want to make something clear. I respect that distinction. I understand that tribal membership is determined by tribes — and only by tribes. I never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead. I never used it to advance my career.

But I want to make something else clear too: My parents were real people.
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American 
11 weeks ago
Elizabeth Warren Has Spent Her Adult Life Repeating A Lie. I Want Her To Tell The Truth. | HuffPost
Elizabeth Warren, apologizing to Native leaders on Monday, said, “I know I’ve made mistakes. I am sorry for harm I have caused.” For many people, that apology put the issue to rest.

But many Native advocates, myself included, were not satisfied. Warren still has work to do, and demanding she do what’s left is beyond reasonable. In all of her apologizing, Warren has never let go of her family story. After spending her entire adult life repeating a lie, I simply want Warren to tell the truth.
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American 
11 weeks ago
Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter: Elizabeth Warren is not a friend to Indian Country
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Elizabeth Warren is not a friend to Indian Country
I have serious concern over Elizabeth Warren's claim that she is a non-enrolled Native American, "proved" by DNA. My concern is best explained with the words of anthropologist Michael Lambert, a citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. He described Cherokee identity politics as a "battle over sovereignty":
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Those who insist Warren's DNA test legitimizes her claim are not taking a pro-Indian position either. DNA doesn't define who is or is not an Indian. Only tribes can do that. To say anything else, including DNA, determines who is or is not Indian is a political attack on tribal sovereignty. The three Cherokee Indian nations who have government to government relationships with the United States have said Warren is not Cherokee. That should be the end of it. Unfortunately Warren refuses to let it go.
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American 
11 weeks ago
Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Elizabeth Warren is not a friend to Indian Country
I have serious concern over Elizabeth Warren's claim that she is a non-enrolled Native American, "proved" by DNA. My concern is best explained with the words of anthropologist Michael Lambert, a citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. He described Cherokee identity politics as a "battle over sovereignty":
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American 
11 weeks ago
CAPTURED: People in Prison Drawing People Who Should Be
we asked people in prison to paint or draw people we felt should be in prison–the CEOs of companies destroying our environment, economy, and society.

Here are the results. Click on the images to see the crimes committed by both the companies and the artists.

We present this project to help expose crimes masquerading as commerce.
CEO  corporations  crime  portrait  prison  artists 
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