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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 
3 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 
3 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 
7 days ago
Ethical Chocolate Companies — Slave Free Chocolate
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ethical  chocolate  child  slavery  free 
8 days ago
Full Fact
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8 days ago
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Hoaxes spread misinformation, waste bandwidth, and lessen the effectiveness of the Internet as a communication tool. Hoaxes circulate via email, social media, blogs, online forums, and fake-news websites. Hoax-Slayer helps stop the continued circulation of these hoaxes by publishing information about them. Hoax-Slayer allows Internet users to check the veracity of a large number of hoaxes. Information about new hoaxes is added regularly
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8 days ago
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Lead Stories uses the Trendolizer™ engine to detect and debunk the latest trending fake news stories and hoaxes found on known fake news sites & networks, prank generators and satirical websites. We believe fact checking and speed are the best weapons in the fight against untruths going viral.
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8 days ago
Truth or Fiction? - Seeking truth, exposing fiction
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TruthOrFiction.com is a non-partisan website where Internet users can quickly and easily get information about eRumors, fake news, disinformation, warnings, offers, requests for help, myths, hoaxes, virus warnings, and humorous or inspirational stories that are circulated by email.

TruthOrFiction.com is designed to be of value to the ordinary user of the Internet who wants to make sure that a email, post or story contains information, not misinformation.

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Every story on TruthOrFiction.com has either been personally researched by the TruthOrFiction.com staff or, in some cases, is known to be a classic rumor or urban legend that has stood the test of time. As much as possible, the sources of our information are included in the stories.
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8 days ago
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We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels.
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8 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.

Since our launch in 2007, we’ve received many questions about how we choose facts to check, how we stay nonpartisan, how we go about fact-checking and other topics.
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8 days ago
Snopes.com | The definitive fact-checking site and reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
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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8 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 
8 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 
9 days 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 
9 days 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 
9 days 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 
10 days 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 
11 days 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 
12 days 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 
12 days 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 
17 days 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 
17 days 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 
18 days 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% 
19 days 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 
21 days 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 
22 days 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 
22 days 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 
22 days 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 
22 days 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 
25 days 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 
25 days 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 
4 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 
4 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 
4 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 
4 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 
4 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 
5 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 
5 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 
6 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 
6 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 
6 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 
6 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 
6 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 
6 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 
6 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 
6 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 
7 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 
7 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 
7 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 
7 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 
7 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 
8 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 
8 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 
8 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 
8 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 
8 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 
8 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 
8 weeks ago
Judge: Oakland police still far from meeting civil rights reforms, 16 years later - Story | KTVU
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - When 119 Oakland residents sued the city because of a band of rogue officers who planted drugs and beat up citizens, the deal made at the time (2003) was this: The police department would pay the plaintiffs $11 million and agree to be placed under federal watch for five years. Orrick didn't go so far as to say that the department is backsliding. But he tempered OPD's successes, telling Chief Anne Kirkpatrick that he does not believe the department's problems have been solved, especially in terms of racial profiling. He also said he believes the end of the oversight, technically called the Negotiated Settlement Agreement, is a long ways off.

"I want to see actual progress and achieve constitutional policing," Orrick said. "I have not seen significant progress in critical areas of the NSA."

Kirkpatrick told the judge that she disagrees with this view, insisting "there has been progression, not regression… The message at OPD is clear. Enough is enough."

She added that in her opinion, her biggest challenge is not unconstitutional policing, but rather "the narrative that we are not moving forward." She then added: "We have failed in explaining our progress.

Orrick didn't appear satisfied with Kirkpatrick's answer. "I'm not interested in PR releases or status reports," he said.
Oakland  police  oversight  2019 
8 weeks ago
Donald Trump appears to have donated $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation - Business Insider
The Clinton Foundation's website shows "Donald J. Trump" under a list of individuals and organizations that donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the foundation.

The foundation recently came under fire after Trump accused his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, of running a "pay-to-play scheme" during her time as secretary of state that allegedly awarded donors with special treatment.

Despite Hillary Clinton going on the record and denouncing any accusations of misconduct, Trump has called for an independent investigation into the matter in addition to demanding that the foundation be shut down entirely.
Trump  donate  Clinton  foundation 
8 weeks ago
Algonquin Water Song Phonetic Lyrics — Sing The Water Song
Algonquin Water Song Phonetic Lyrics
Sing four times, each time facing one of the four directions in this order:
East, South, West, North

Nee bee wah bow

En die en

Aah key mis kquee

Nee bee wah bow

Hey ya hey ya hey ya hey

Hey ya hey ya hey ya ho
song  lyrics  video  Algonquin  Native_American  water 
8 weeks ago
Sausalito agrees to desegregate schools after state attorney general's findings - SFGate
Just two taxpayer-funded schools serve the quaint town of Sausalito, California. There's a charter school where a plurality of the students are white, and a traditional district school where almost no one is.

That's no accident, according to California's attorney general, who alleges the school district knowingly created and maintained a segregated school, and starved it of funding needed for basic necessities while funneling extra money to the charter school.

On Friday, the Sausalito Marin City School District agreed to a settlement that orders officials to unravel the segregation, compensate graduates who were harmed by it and build a more equitable system. If the district fails, the charter school might lose its Sausalito campus.

"Every child - no matter their stripe or stature - deserves equal access to a quality education," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. "That's what we say, what we believe, and what's required under the law. But what we say isn't always what we do. Certainly, it's not what the Sausalito Marin City School District did when it chose to segregate its students."
race  segregation  Sausalito  Marin  schools  charter  CA  Attorney_General  Xavier_Becerra  2019 
8 weeks ago
Four Mass Shootings Have Been Thwarted Since the El Paso Massacre, Authorities Say – Mother Jones
All four individuals arrested since El Paso for allegedly plotting mass shootings were heavily armed young white men. At least three of the four appeared to harbor hateful far-right views, especially toward Jewish, African American, and LGBTQ people.
massacre  White  supremacy  solution  2019 
8 weeks ago
Oakland police ID suspect killed, officers involved in fatal shooting - Story | KTVU
Posted Mar 15 2018 10:14AM PDT

Updated Mar 15 2018 10:16AM PDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (BCN) - Oakland police identified a man that officers shot and killed near the MacArthur BART station as 32-year-old Joshua Pawlik.

Police also identified the officers involved in the fatal Sunday shooting as Sgt. Francisco Negrete, William Berger, Brandon Hraiz and Craig Tanaka.

Police said they received a report at 6:17 p.m. Sunday of a man down and armed with a gun. When they arrived, they said the man was lying on the ground holding a semi-automatic firearm in the 900 block of 40th Street between two buildings. Police said officers arrived on the scene and tried to develop a "peaceful resolution," asking Pawlik to put his gun down. He did not comply, according to police.
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Police said they decided that Pawlik posed an "immediate threat" to police with "the risk of death or serious bodily harm." The officers then opened fire on Pawlik. Police did not specify how many times he was shot.

Police said they treated him for his wounds but he died on the scene. The officers were wearing body-worn cameras at the time of his death, according to police.

Negrete has nine years of experience in the Oakland Police Department, Berger and Hraiz have four and Tanaka has two. Police released a photo of the firearm they said they recovered after the shooting.
Oakland  police  killing  Joshua_Pawlik  2018 
8 weeks ago
i exist – WIL WHEATON dot NET
About a year ago, my Internet friend, Ross, told me about an app that some friends of his developed. It’s called Exist.io, and it aggregates all the fitness and diet and exercise and mood trackers we have in our lives, so we can get a clear overview of how our choices affect our existence.

I was primarily interested in discovering how certain habits and inconveniences affected my daily life, and Exist will let me see correlations that I wasn’t necessarily making on my own. For example, I figured that sitting in traffic (that most Los Angeles of pass times) would have a uniformly negative impact on how I felt at the end of the day. I mean, I fucking hate traffic, so I presumed more traffic would equal more bad days. But after a year, I observed that it has no measurable impact, at all.

What I did learn, though, was surprising to me. The single most consistent factor in how I feel about myself and my day, on the 5-point scale, is how productive I am. If I fuck off for a whole day, I feel shitty about myself. If I’m not being creative, or doing something that makes me feel useful, I feel shitty about myself. When I do things that are productive, like writing, or getting a lot of adulting done around the house, I feel better about myself. So my newest challenge is to figure out a way to feel worthy and good about myself, even on the days when I can’t or just choose not to be productive.
depression  Wil_Wheaton  app 
8 weeks ago
Menu tree: Samsung Galaxy S10e | T-Mobile Support
Menu tree: Samsung Galaxy S10e

Use this page to view the menu settings and options available for the current software version of the Samsung Galaxy S10e.
cell  phone  GalaxyS10e  Samsung 
8 weeks ago
SYLLABUS: ELIZABETH WARREN, CHEROKEE CITIZENSHIP, AND DNA TESTING — Critical Ethnic Studies
The goal of this syllabus is to frame the recent claims to Cherokee ancestry by US Senator Elizabeth Warren as part of a longer history of cultural appropriation, erasure, and settler colonialism. Warren’s claims reveal the pervasive influence of biological essentialism--through the supposed certainty of DNA testing--in the globalized present. As is documented in this syllabus, the juncture of culture, genetics, and Indigenous sovereignty has become a crucial domain of discursive and political contestation. At stake is the ability of sovereign Indigenous nations to determine citizenship and belonging according to their own cultural beliefs and historical understandings of community. In compiling this syllabus, we underscore the work of Indigenous writers, scholars, and activists, and we have focused primarily on the historical position of the Cherokee Nation in these debates.
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American  Cherokee  identity  links  sources 
8 weeks ago
Is eating behavior manipulated by the gastrointestinal microbiota? Evolutionary pressures and potential mechanisms
Abstract

Microbes in the gastrointestinal tract are under selective pressure to manipulate host eating behavior to increase their fitness, sometimes at the expense of host fitness. Microbes may do this through two potential strategies: (i) generating cravings for foods that they specialize on or foods that suppress their competitors, or (ii) inducing dysphoria until we eat foods that enhance their fitness. We review several potential mechanisms for microbial control over eating behavior including microbial influence on reward and satiety pathways, production of toxins that alter mood, changes to receptors including taste receptors, and hijacking of the vagus nerve, the neural axis between the gut and the brain. We also review the evidence for alternative explanations for cravings and unhealthy eating behavior. Because microbiota are easily manipulatable by prebiotics, probiotics, antibiotics, fecal transplants, and dietary changes, altering our microbiota offers a tractable approach to otherwise intractable problems of obesity and unhealthy eating.
Keywords: cravings, evolutionary conflict, host manipulation, microbiome, microbiota, obesity
diet  health  mood  obesity  microbes  gut  brain 
8 weeks ago
Memo reveals a House Republican strategy on shootings: downplay white nationalism, blame left | Tampa Bay Times
Congressional Republicans recently circulated talking points on gun violence that falsely described the El Paso massacre and other mass shootings as “violence from the left.”

A document obtained by the Tampa Bay Times and sent by House Republicans provides a framework for how to respond to anticipated questions like, “Why won’t you pass legislation to close the ‘gun show loophole’ in federal law?” and “Why shouldn’t we ban high-capacity magazines?" The answers are boilerplate Republican arguments against tougher gun restrictions.

But it also included this question: “Do you believe white nationalism is driving more mass shootings recently?” The suggested response is to steer the conversation away from white nationalism to an argument that implies both sides are to blame.
gun  control  massacre  GOP  points  exposed  White  supremacy 
9 weeks ago
EXCLUSIVE Republican lawmakers are being told to... - Pamela Mays McDonald
Republican lawmakers are being told to indulge in "both-siderism" to counter gun control arguments in the wake of domestic terror incidents. They are being instructed to distract from questions about white supremacism with #whataboutism lies about non-right-wing organizations and individuals. Expect to see this strategy continue to unfold as these instances proliferate. You'll hear "But Planned Parenthood kills babies" or other classic defenses. Online "sock puppets," trolls and bots will amplify these messages to millions. We have already seen Trump call for Antifa to be labeled as terrorists over the weekend.

They are not going to do anything about the threat of white nationalist domestic terrorism.
White  supremacy  gun  control  whataboutism  data  trolls 
9 weeks ago
Description of the Masks of the Goddess Project by Lauren Raine MFA and Collaborators
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Masks in traditional societies are viewed as liminal tools, as “vessels for the sacred powers”. After studying mask arts in Bali I returned to the U.S. in 1999 to create 30 multi-cultural masks based on feminine deities throughout the world. Inspired by Balinese sacred mask traditions, I wanted to offer the collection as contemporary "Temple Masks", devoted to celebrating mythologies of the Divine Feminine. The Collection has grown and traveled throughout the U.S., used by dancers, choreographers, storytellers, ritualists, priestesses, and psychologists.

Masks have so much transformative power. One might say that they are like cups, waiting to be filled. The Masks of the Goddesses were created to re-claim and re-invent these important stories, as well as empowering women to explore each archetype within herself. What does the story of Sedna , ocean mother of the Inuit, have to teach us about ecology and reciprocity with the Earth? What is the Gnostic Christian "Mirror of Sophia"? How is the "Descent of Inanna" a potent story of psychological death and rebirth, the journey toward wholeness? How is Spider Woman, the great native American Weaver, an important metaphor for our time?
Goddess  mask  Lauren_Raine 
9 weeks ago
Forest management company returns 50,000 acres of land to Yurok Tribe | KRCR
KLAMATH, Calif. — Green Diamond and Western Rivers Conservancy have agreed to return tens of thousands of acres of ancestral lands to the Yurok Tribe.

On Monday, Aug. 19, the Yurok Tribe, Green Diamond Resource Company and Western Rivers Conservancy will celebrate a decade-long, hard-won effort to preserve and place into tribal ownership approximately 50,000 acres of forest surrounding four salmon sustaining streams, including Blue Creek, according to tribal leaders.

“It is a good day for the Yurok people,” Joseph L. James, the Chairman of the Yurok Tribe said. “On behalf of the Yurok Tribe, I would like thank Green Diamond and Western Rivers for assisting us in the reacquisition of a significant part of our ancestral territory and putting us in a position to permanently protect the Blue Creek watershed, which is the crown jewel of the Klamath River. These organizations have stood by us every step of the way during this 10-year project.”

A celebration will be held Monday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Yurok Headquarters at 190 Klamath Blvd.
Klamath  CA  Yurok  Indian  land  return  Native_American 
9 weeks ago
Forest management company returns 50,000 acres of land to Yurok Tribe | KRCR
KLAMATH, Calif. — Green Diamond and Western Rivers Conservancy have agreed to return tens of thousands of acres of ancestral lands to the Yurok Tribe.

On Monday, Aug. 19, the Yurok Tribe, Green Diamond Resource Company and Western Rivers Conservancy will celebrate a decade-long, hard-won effort to preserve and place into tribal ownership approximately 50,000 acres of forest surrounding four salmon sustaining streams, including Blue Creek, according to tribal leaders.

“It is a good day for the Yurok people,” Joseph L. James, the Chairman of the Yurok Tribe said. “On behalf of the Yurok Tribe, I would like thank Green Diamond and Western Rivers for assisting us in the reacquisition of a significant part of our ancestral territory and putting us in a position to permanently protect the Blue Creek watershed, which is the crown jewel of the Klamath River. These organizations have stood by us every step of the way during this 10-year project.”

A celebration will be held Monday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Yurok Headquarters at 190 Klamath Blvd.
Native_American  California  Yurok  land 
9 weeks ago
Honoring and Empowering Tribal Nations and Indigenous Peoples
Honoring Promises Legislation to Fulfill Trust and Treaty Obligations

On December 20, 2018 — the day the Civil Rights Commission released its report — then-Congresswoman-elect Deb Haaland called on Congress to respond to its stark assessments with “a spending package to directly and immediately address critical unmet needs in Indian Country to ensure Native Americans get the full equity we’ve been fighting for.” Congresswoman Haaland and I have been working closely with each other and with partners in Indian Country to develop this legislation. We have released a legislative proposal for this effort as the kickoff to a public consultation period that will allow Tribal governments, citizens, experts, other stakeholders, and the public to offer input and suggestions in advance of the introduction of a final product in Congress. We will call it the Honoring Promises to Native Nations Act.
Elizabeth_Warren  Native_American  Indigenous  plan 
9 weeks ago
Elizabeth Warren publishes a massive, detailed plan for addressing the injustice of US relations with indigenous American peoples / Boing Boing
Warren's plan is a top-to-bottom reimagining of how the US relates to indigenous peoples: American Indians, Alaska natives and native Hawai'ians, from broadband plans to criminal justice reform to nation-to-nation treaty negotiations to finance reform to curriculum reform and much, much more.

From creating a permanent, cabinet-level post for nation-to-nation negotiating with indigenous peoples to addressing the systematic problems that gives rise to the epidemic of missing and murdered native women to making budget allocations for indigenous peoples automatic and nondiscretionary, Warren's plan is thoughtful and bold.

The plan covers physical and mental health provision, addiction treatment, community health for chronic disease, physical infrastructure improvements (including broadband provision), free postsecondary education, and a program of reparations for broken treaty promises and centuries of abuse.
Native_American  Indian  Indigenous  Elizabeth_Warren  plan 
9 weeks ago
Fox: New Evidence Hillary Killed Lincoln | The New Yorker
In what may be the most serious allegation ever made against the former Secretary of State, Fox News Channel reported today that Hillary Clinton was involved in the conspiracy to murder President Abraham Lincoln.

The latest charge against Mrs. Clinton was reported by Fox host Sean Hannity, who said that the evidence of her role in the Lincoln assassination came mainly in the form of e-mails.
Hillary  conspiracy 
9 weeks ago
Civil rights attorneys: Oakland police situation is 'intolerable,' department 'backsliding' - Story | KTVU
Federal monitor calls Oakland chief's findings 'disappointing,' 'myopic'

Here are some of the highlights:

Use of force: Oakland had been in compliance with its use of force policy and reporting since 2015. But in 2018, the court "re-activated" this task because there were concerns that the department was mishandling its recent use of force case and investigations. Between 2012 and 2017, the department's data showed a 75 percent drop in use of force cases, and in October 2018, those reported use of force cases dropped another 23 percent. An audit was launched to find out if this sharp drop was really true.
It turned out, they weren't, at least according to a "damning report" released last month by the police department's Office of Inspector General, Chanin and Burris wrote. The audit found that police have been "systematically" underreporting cases and not turning on their body cameras to support their positive statistics.

City response: "Some findings were disappointing," the city conceded in its court filing. But the city also noted that the inspector general's audit shows that the department "caught and swiftly corrected a reporting problem stemming not from failing structures or corrupt culture, but from policy and training ambiguities. As when the (Independent Monitoring Team) looked at this issue, OIG's findings did not show that officers used unwarranted force."
Oakland  police  OPD  racism  violence  monitor 
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Proposition 13 treats all California property taxes the same. Voters could change that in 2020 - Los Angeles Times
Schools would receive most of the new tax revenue, estimated at least $7 billion a year under the earlier version of the ballot measure. That money would be in addition to the funds K-12 schools and community colleges currently receive, estimated at $103.4 billion in the state budget enacted last month. Local governments also would receive a share of the new property tax revenue.

The focus on schools isn’t accidental . Baldassare noted that public support for the idea of loosening the property tax limits on businesses increases in polls by as much as 10 percentage points if voters are told the money will go to education.
Prop13  reform  corporations  taxes 
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LAPD chief among nation's top cops who ask Congress to ban assault weapons - Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he supports tougher gun measures.

“I believe in universal background checks, banning all detachable magazines, and banning the manufacture, import and sale of semi-auto rifles with detachable magazines,” Villanueva said in a statement Thursday. “Our congressional delegation is in support of common sense gun legislation. Average citizens should be able to keep what they already lawfully own, grandfather them in.”
police  sheriff  support  gun  laws  bans  legislation 
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songs  Earth  planet  patriot 
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How Prison Abolitionists Acquired a Former Baby Store in Oakland's Temescal District | KQED Arts
Where months ago the building’s blue facade advertised toys and car seats, now murals and slogans promote a world without incarceration. An image of a white dove ascends from brown hands, and a woman blows the word “Libertad” from a conch shell. Window banners mark local campaigns against police conferences and gang injunctions, and lettering above the 7,000-square-foot corner storefront’s entrance announces the new occupants’ intentions: “Building People Power.”

This will be the new national offices of Critical Resistance. The prison abolitionist group, cofounded 20 years ago by the activist and scholar Angela Davis, recently acquired the $3.3 million real estate through a young supporter who’s vowed to “radically redistribute” her inherited wealth, and is building offices and gathering space to share with allied groups. It’s an improbable fate for commercial property in an area synonymous with the city’s influx of young professionals.

And the unlikely deal required even more surprisingly interlocked interests: The Cabellos, who ran Baby World for decades, sold the building to Critical Resistance after rejecting offers from developers and corporate retailers (including one they blame for helping drive them out of business). They wanted to mitigate gentrification in North Oakland, and were endeared to the nonprofit’s politics by their harrowing experience of the United States-backed coup in their native Chile.
Oakland  baby  store  prison  abolition  donation 
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