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Tax Day 2019: Where Your Personal Income Taxes Were Spent in 2018 - Institute for Policy Studies
Key Findings:

Pentagon & Military — the average U.S. taxpayer pays more to private military contractors than funds that directly support the troops
Nuclear weapons — the U.S. spends more on proliferating weapons of mass destruction than we do on foreign aid and diplomacy, the EPA, or CHIP
Education — the U.S. government spend as much taxpayer money separating families as it does on K-12 education
Health care — this is the taxpayer’s biggest tab, with Medicare and Medicaid providing health care for 1 in 3 people in the U.S.
Climate, Energy, & Environment — many more of your tax dollars go to disaster relief than to investments like renewable energy that could help prevent the worst disasters
Poverty and Low-Income — in the age of growing income inequality, the average taxpayer contributes more to private DoD contractors than to labor and unemployment programs

Download Full List of Tax Report Findings
taxes  government  spending  *** 
yesterday
(2) Len Raphael - Full disclure: about 40 years ago Hickenlooper and i...
John Hickenlooper--by Len Rafael
"To dismiss him as another old white guy is to fail to understand the value of his experience governing Denver and Colorado. It is to overlook his achievements in extending health coverage and enacting much tougher gun control laws in a pro gun state. "
John_Hickenlooper  2020  president 
4 days ago
The Exaltation of Anger ⋆ Atomic Junk Shop
Here’s the thing– they enjoy it. Rage is a recreational drug for them.
trolls  flamewars 
4 days ago
We’ve Learned Nothing From Election 2016 | Dame Magazine
We’re watching women fight for fair media coverage. We’re hearing dismissive, privilege-soaked comments from men. We’re hosting an extended discussion on the nuances of inappropriately touching women and breaching their personal boundaries. In this environment, the run-up to 2020 feels like a particularly noxious episode of déjà vu. Despite being told that these problems were the unique result of a particular candidate, we are seeing the same issues bedevil an entirely new set of women, diverse in background, accomplishment, experience and, tellingly, shortcomings.

The signs are unmistakable: Misogyny is still shaping our politics in 2019.
misogyny  sexism  politics  gender 
4 days ago
Why Senator Bernie Sanders Lost My Support - Teen Vogue
And despite his “progressive” statements on everything from bodily autonomy to a history of imperialist U.S. intervention abroad, Sanders has not always followed through on actions that actually align with those values, which is why my diminishing support for the senator has been a long time coming. He was among the 100 senators who signed a letter to the United Nations asking to improve its treatment of Israel in 2017, which I disagree with. The following year, he voted in favor of a package of legislation known as FOSTA-SESTA, which makes sex work considerably more difficult and dangerous. And when it comes to gender and race, his lack of solidarity speaks volumes.

From failing to denounce some of his supporters’ racist and sexist language to saying that white people who “felt uncomfortable” voting for black candidates Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum in the 2018 midterms are not “necessarily racist,” Sanders has continually flexed his privilege as a white man in politics — oftentimes, directly at the expense of people of color, especially women. In 2016 he refused to outwardly address allegations of gendered pay disparities and sexual harassment within his campaign.
Bernie_Sanders  2020 
4 days ago
Dogs in Elk
Elk. Elk are very big this year, because of the rain and good grazing and so forth. They aren't rolling. They are alternately napping and eating. They each have a ribcage. Other dogs are working on them from the outside. It's all way too primal in my yard right now. We tried the hose trick. At someone elses house, which is where they climbed in and began to refuse to come out. Many hours ago. I think that the hose mostly helps keep them cool and dislodges little moist snacks for them. hose failed. My new hope is that if they all continue to eat at this rate, they will be finished before the houseguests arrive. The very urban houseguests. Oh, god - I know it's funny. It's appalling, and funny, and completely entirely representative of life with dogs.

Kristen R. - 01:37pm Sep 9, 1999 PDT (# 1324 of 1332) I'm so glad I read this thread, dogless as I am. Dogs in elk. Dogs in elk.
dogs  elk  Jerry_Pournelle 
9 days ago
Tomato Nation » Viva La Roombalución!
Chapter 3: Flight of the Roomblebee

I follow all three of my pets into the kitchen. Hobey is treed on top of the microwave, which is on top of the fridge, and is hiding, hilariously, behind…an avocado. Whatever. Joe is tucked under the couch.

The Roomba is eating their food.

No, really. The Roomba is Roombashing into their bowl; the bowl is tipping from side to side; kibble is spilling out; the Roomba is sucking up the kibble.

I think the Roomba hates my cats.

I think I love the Roomba.
funny  cats  Roomba 
9 days ago
Joe Biden jokes about physical contact in first speech since allegations he made women uncomfortable - CNNPolitics
After his speech at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Conference in Washington, DC, Biden also said that while he was sorry he didn't understand more about the how his behavior made women feel, he made clear he was not apologizing for any of his intentions, telling reporters, "I am not sorry for anything that I have ever done -- I've never been disrespectful, intentionally, to a man or a woman."
Biden's comments were the most direct response so far to allegations he made women feel uncomfortable with the way he touched them.
Biden  not  apology  sexism 
12 days ago
What Was the Washington Post Afraid Of?
investigative reporter Amy Brittain and I, then a freelancer, had been working on a follow-up to our November front-page story about sexual-harassment allegations against Charlie Rose. In the wake of our story, Rose had been fired from his gigs as a CBS This Morning anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent, and his PBS show had been canceled.

This new article had 27 additional allegations against Rose and three instances in which CBS management had been warned about him, but it went further. Our editor, Peter Wallsten, had encouraged us to ask who had known about Rose’s conduct and protected him, and whether he’d been enabled by a culture — assuming we had the reporting to back it up, of course. Answering that question had led to the then–60 Minutes boss and former network chairman Jeff Fager, who had repeatedly championed Rose at the network. That was awkward because 60 Minutes had been the Post’s partner for a just-wrapped yearlong investigation of the roots of the opioid crisis.
#MeToo  Charlie_Rose  Jeff_Fager  60_minutes 
13 days ago
DCCC introduces No-More-AOCs rule / Boing Boing
The DCCC has announced that any vendor or consultant who works with a candidate mounting a primary challenge to an incumbent Democrat will be cut off from doing any business with the Democratic Party in 2020.

As Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has pointed out, this is a policy aimed at neutralizing candidates like her, who challenge long-term incumbent Dems in safe seats who run as Democrats, but govern like Republicans -- see also, say, Dan Lipinski, who literally inherited his seat from his father and is anti-gun-control, anti-abortion-rights, pro-deregulation of dangerous industries, awash in corporate money, but still (technically) a "Democrat."
Democrats 
13 days ago
The Senate is rushing to confirm this Trump nominee despite ethics concerns - The Washington Post
AccuWeather uses NOAA’s free weather data to make its own predictions, which it then sells to the public. AccuWeather has also argued that NOAA should reduce the amount of weather information it releases directly to the public — that is, much of the data generated by NOAA with our tax dollars would be available exclusively to private companies like AccuWeather that could then sell us forecasts based on that data. Myers himself has advocated that NOAA do less for America so AccuWeather can increase its profits.
weather  profit  corruption  NOAA  Accuweather 
13 days ago
(4) March for Science - Posts - Accuweather CEO corrupt
"When President Trump first nominated Barry Myers, then the CEO of AccuWeather and a fierce critic of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, to head the very agency he had spent decades attacking, many who care about government ethics sounded the alarm."

"When his nomination was first announced, we were concerned about whether Myers could be relied on to oversee an agency that can directly affect his family’s business. AccuWeather uses NOAA’s free weather data to make its own predictions, which it then sells to the public."

"AccuWeather has also argued that NOAA should reduce the amount of weather information it releases directly to the public — that is, much of the data generated by NOAA with our tax dollars would be available exclusively to private companies like AccuWeather that could then sell us forecasts based on that data. Myers himself has advocated that NOAA do less for America so AccuWeather can increase its profits."
weather  app  privatizing  public  information  Accuweather  corruption 
13 days ago
Oakland police chief defends officer discipline in Joshua Pawlik shooting – East Bay Times
By David DeBolt | ddebolt@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: April 4, 2019 at 10:18 am | UPDATED: April 4, 2019 at 8:40 pm

SAN FRANCISCO — Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick defended herself in response to criticism over the discipline she handed out to officers who shot and killed a homeless man, telling a federal judge on Wednesday she “personally reviewed all the evidence.”

“I know this is not the time or place to litigate the specifics of the (shooting) but I do want you to know that I did not simply sign off” on the case, the chief told U.S. District Judge William Orrick.

In recent weeks, the federal monitor expressed disappointment in how the internal investigation of the 2018 shooting of Joshua Pawlik was handled. For example, monitor Robert Warshaw was upset that a sergeant in the shooting did not face stricter discipline.

Kirkpatrick, who was joined by Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Administrator Sabrina Landreth, City Attorney Barbara Parker and several members of the OPD, also defended her department against claims it is sliding in its reform effort. Oakland is entering its 17th year of federal oversight, the longest such program in the country.
Oakland  police  murder  homeless  Anne_Kirkpatrick 
13 days ago
Press Advisory-The Coalition for Police Accountability Files Motion to Intervene in OPD Federal Oversight | Drake Talk Oakland
April 2, 2019

San Francsico, CA. Today Attorney Pamela Price representing members of the Coalition for Police Accountability, a broad based group representing Oakland’s diverse communities, filed a Motion to Intervene with federal Judge William H. Orrick in the class action case that arose out of the Riders’ scandal. That case resulted in the Negotiated Settlement Agreement [NSA] which was intended to be a process to reform the Oakland Police Department.

The NSA which was initiated in 2003, was to last no more than five years. Sixteen years and many police chiefs later, the Oakland Police Department still has not been able to comply with the tasks imposed by the court. The City has spent more than $29 million paying the court’s monitor and compliance director plus legal fees to plaintiffs lawyers. Despite this, OPD is backsliding on tasks to complete the agreement.

OPD’s execution style shooting of Joshua Pawlik, a sleeping homeless man, last spring and the resulting botched investigation and cover up by the police chief convinced members of the Coalition that another approach had to be taken to move the department forward. As a result, nine members of the group have joined in the Motion to Intervene at federal court.
Oakland  police  settlement  federal  oversight 
14 days ago
Police release body-cam video of Willie McCoy killing, showing him asleep in car | US news | The Guardian
Vallejo police have released footage of the killing of Willie McCoy at a Taco Bell, showing six officers shooting the 20-year-old who was sleeping in his car.

The disturbing body-camera videos show the young rapper had moved his hand to scratch his shoulder before officers opened fire. The footage is consistent with key claims of McCoy’s family, who watched footage earlier this month and said the officers “executed” him while he was not alert or awake. The videos, released after significant pressure, show:

The officers did not try to wake McCoy up or talk to him after they spotted a gun in his lap, and instead pointed their firearms at his head directly outside the car as he slept for several minutes.

One officer said: “I’m going to pull him out and snatch his ass.”
Vallejo  police  murder  Willie  McCoy 
14 days ago
(21) Matt Norris - Disapproving of people who aren't "Normal" went from...
People miss being socially rewarded for conformity.
People miss being socially rewarded for enforcing it.
People resent being punished for what they were once rewarded for.

The shift in public morals changed the rules on what it took to be seen as a good person.

It used to be about not doing anything weird, and looking down on anybody who did.

Now it's about not doing anything cruel, and looking down on anyone who does.

There used to be people it was not only OK to be cruel about, but REWARDED to be cruel about.

People fear the loss of unity that a loss of conformity-as-a-public-moral represents to them. They don't understand what that unity cost, and don't understand that it was a facade that was no more true then, than it was now, and just required a lot more people to hide, pretend, live unsatisfying inauthentic lives, and often suffer anyway, because the people who fear this were the ones conformity came easily to. They were the ones around whom the idea of "normal" was designed.
hate  homophobia  islamophobia  sexism 
15 days ago
Iron Deficiency Anemia Due to High-dose Turmeric
Turmeric is increasingly studied as an anti-inflammatory and anti-neoplastic agent. It binds to ferric iron in the gut and causes iron deficiency in mice. We report here a possible case of iron deficiency anemia in a human taking turmeric.

A 66-year-old physician treated himself for an osteoarthritis flare after steroids with six turmeric extract capsules (538 mg) daily, to help with inflammation. During this time, his hemoglobin never rose above 12 and his iron and ferritin levels were consistent with iron deficiency. Upper and lower endoscopy and Hemoccult™ studies were negative. Two weeks after stopping the turmeric and continuing his usual iron supplement, his hemoglobin had returned to normal, with normalizing iron studies.
turmeric  iron  deficiency 
15 days ago
Trump and Republicans Appeal to Men with Fragile Masculinity, Researchers Find
resident Donald Trump appeals to men with fragile masculinity, two researchers from New York University wrote in analysis published in The Washington Post. They also said Republican candidates facing a Democrat drew more support in areas with higher levels of fragile masculinity in 2018 House races.

The president has touted his masculinity since declaring he would run for office. After Marco Rubio insinuated the president had a small penis in 2016, Trump raised his hands and said "he referred to my hands -- 'if they're small, something else must be small.' I guarantee you there's no problem. I guarantee."

He frequently calls other political figures weak and has promoted his bravery, saying after the Parkland school shooting that "I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon." He espouses visions of toughness, like cheering hard football hits, and promotes shows of strength, like his proposed military parade.
Trump  fragile  masculinity 
21 days ago
(34) Oakland Now! Oakland police sliding backwards on reforms
This case from "2003 and stemmed from the Riders case of rogue officers planting drugs and beating West Oakland residents."

John Burris and Jim Chanin, plaintiffs' attorneys: "If this negative trend is not reversed in short order, (we) will have no choice but to consider additional measures such as those which force” a motion calling for increased oversight."

"Rashidah Grinage, of the Coalition for Police Accountability, said Burris and Chanin’s comments reinforce the need to remove Kirkpatrick."

Robert "Warshaw (the court monitor) in documents released this month, criticized Chief Kirkpatrick for her discipline of officers and commanders over the 2017 shooting of Joshua Pawlik. Kirkpatrick went against the recommendations of the Executive Force Review Board, which called for harsher punishments."
Oakland  police  reform  oversight 
22 days ago
Microsoft Word - OCA201107bEN.doc - oak031161.pdf How to file a claim with City of Oakland
Pursuant to California Government Code §§ 905 et. seq. commonly referred to as the “Tort Claims Act”, unless otherwise provided, a claim must be filed with the City if you are seeking money or damages from the City.
potholes  Oakland  damage 
22 days ago
(34) Cathy Leonard - Proclamation by the Coalition for Police...
Proclamation by the Coalition for Police Accountability (Yes on Measure LL Oakland) calling on federal court monitor Robert Warshaw to fire Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick.
Oakland  police  Anne_Kirkpatrick 
22 days ago
City of Oakland | Boards & Commissions
Boards & Commissions

The City of Oakland has over forty Boards and Commissions that play a vital role in City government. Boards and Commissions serve as a mechanism for the community members of Oakland to bring issues of concern to the attention of the general public and the City Council.
Oakland  City  boards  commissions 
22 days ago
FAQ City Charter Amendment Creating the Oakland Police Commission.pdf
ssued: October 10, 2017Revised:Issued by: Barbara J. Parker, Oakland City AttorneyI. INTRODUCTIONIn November 2016, Oakland voters overwhelmingly passed Measure LL, an amendment to the Oakland City Charter adding new section 604 to Article VI, which establishes a seven-member Oakland Police Commission (“Commission”) and the Community Police Review Agency (“Agency”). The Agency replaces the Citizens’ Police Review Board (the “CPRB”). Measure LL grants the Commission certain powers and duties related to the oversight of the Oakland Police Department (the “OPD”). Measure LL does not authorize the Commission to hold evidentiary hearings in matters related to police discipline. However, it does authorize the Agency to independently (and simultaneously with the OPD’s Internal Affairs Division) investigate certain complaints of police misconduct or failure to act, and to propose the Agency’s own findings and level of discipline.
Oakland  police  LL 
22 days ago
Dear Press, stop calling them “heartbeat” bills and call them “fetal pole cardiac activity” bills | Dr. Jen Gunter
The politicians know exactly what they are doing as a “heartbeat” bills is a way of making a 4 mm thickening next to a yolk sac seem like it is almost ready to walk.

Fetal cardiac activity can be detected as early at six weeks from the last menstrual period. The ultrasound below shows an image at 6 weeks and 1 day.

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The fetal pole is between the two markers and is a thickening at the end of the yolk sac (the yolk sac is the circular blob) and contains the earliest ultrasound evidence of cardiac activity. I know some have wondered why not use the term embryo, but as it’s the fetal pole that is being measured I think the term “fetal” is technically fine.

However, when most people think of a heartbeat they don’t think of a 4.3 mm thickening next to a blob they think of something like this…
The pro-life version of am embryo

Anti-choice “embryo”

The image above is a anti-choice version of an embryo, obviously not a faithful representation of size or appearance. If you want a real picture for comparison check out this link.
abortion  heart  beat  facts 
23 days ago
Privately-Owned Public Open Space and Public Art | SF Planning
Privately-Owned Public Open Space and Public Art

Privately-owned public open spaces (POPOS) are publicly accessible spaces in forms of plazas, terraces, atriums, small parks, and even snippets which are provided and maintained by private developers.
SF  public  open_space  art  parks  map  todo 
23 days ago
The East Cut Open Space Inventory Is Now Available! - The East Cut : The East Cut
The East Cut Open Space Inventory Is Now Available!

Spring is here and we can now enjoy spending more time outside! For those living and/or working in dense urban areas, public open spaces are ideal for enjoying a cup coffee, grabbing lunch with coworkers, having informal meetings, and much more!

If you wonder where else you can go beyond the plaza by your office building or the alleyway behind your home, and if you do not really know what spaces are open to the public and what spaces are off-limit, The East Cut Community Benefit District has just the right thing for you.

The East Cut district possesses the richest network of urban public open spaces in San Francisco and each space offers workers, neighbors, and visitors occasions to appreciate the neighborhood in different ways.

To help you master open spaces in the district and experience your neighborhood like never before, The East Cut Community Benefit District has put together The East Cut Open Space Inventory, featured on San Francisco Chronicle!
SF  parks  open_space  public  todo 
23 days ago
Activist LaNada War Jack of the Bannock Nation Details Her Time Occupying Alcatraz - Teen Vogue
for Native Americans today, Alcatraz represents a crucial moment in history as the site of an occupation that captured mass attention at a time when their livelihoods and cultures were badly threatened by ongoing “termination” policies. From 1953 through 1964, the federal government terminated the status of more than 100 tribes, withdrawing aid and services and confiscating millions of acres of Native land.

The prison shut down in 1963, and six years later, Alcatraz was claimed by Lakota activists under an 1868 treaty allowing Natives to appropriate surplus federal land. In 1969, a group of Native students stormed the island by boat, launching a 19-month occupation that sparked a chain reaction of Indigenous activism throughout the country. Often, men like Richard Oakes and Adam Nordwall have been credited with taking Alcatraz, yet women were vital every step of the way. Teen Vogue sat down with LaNada War Jack of the Bannock Nation (formerly LaNada Means) — who one Alcatraz vet called “the real leader of the occupation” — to dig deeper on this story.
Alcatraz  Native_American  women  occupy  occupation 
23 days ago
Ravenox Offers Great Prices on Soft Cotton Rope | Twisted Cotton Rope
Ravenox now offers our 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" diameter cotton rope in customized colors! Pick 3 colors (one per strand) to combine into your own unique super soft cotton rope. Custom color rope is ideal for events, parties, weddings, crafts, school colors, and so much more. Additional processing time is 2-3 days and rope spools vary by diameter.

1/4-inch: 600 FT Spool

3/8-inch: 1,000 FT Spool

1/2-inch: 640 FT Spool

Made in the United States, our soft, supple, triple-strand twisted cotton rope is perfect for any use. Rope dress, adornment, restraint-this is absolutely THE softest rope out there. With a variety of colors and lengths to choose from, you'll have a natural, vintage look every time.

Since Ravenoxs' cotton rope is so easy to tie in knots and splice, it's one of the most versatile and useful materials for the do-it-yourselfer, outdoorsman, and everyday homeowner. Our rope can be made into anything from horse leads to a cozy hammock. And cotton, the softest of natural fibers, avoids the discomfort caused by other types of rope. Available in a wide range of vibrant colors, our twisted cotton rope adds a personal touch to whatever project you have in mind. Simple restraints, pet toys, wedding decorations-the possibilities are endless.
rope  cord  wicca  shopping 
26 days ago
Why Are So Many People Choosing Not to Vaccinate? - Vision Launch
This is Part 1 in the 12 part series: A Comprehensive Review of Vaccines

Part 1: Why Are So Many People Choosing Not To Vaccinate?

Part 2: A Closer Look at Pharmaceutical Companies

Part 3: Vaccine Policymakers and Conflicts of Interest

Part 4: How The CDC, FDA and WHO Lost the Trust of Vaccine Skeptics

Part 5: Are Vaccines Safe & Effective?

Part 6: What Are The Real Risks of Not Vaccinating in the U.S.?

Part 7: Herd Immunity, Shedding and the Questionable Science Behind Vaccines

Part 8: Did Vaccines Really Eradicate Infectious Diseases in the 20th Century?

Part 9: The Conclusive Evidence Linking Vaccines and Autism

Part 10: Why Don’t We Hear The Whole Story About Vaccines?

Part 11: What Are Independent Experts Telling Us About Vaccines?

Part 12: Vaccines: The Greater Good or Greater Greed? – Conclusion
vaccination  vaccines 
27 days ago
Jared Kushner uses WhatsApp to talk with foreign leaders, claims Cummings / Boing Boing
House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings says Abbe Lowell has confirmed that President Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House advisor Jared Kushner has been using the encryptable/disappear-able messaging WhatsApp to communicate with leaders of foreign nations.
...

southpaw @nycsouthpaw

-Jared used WhatsApp to communicate with foreign persons, probably including MBS
- Ivanka still uses a home brew server she shares with Jared for emails about official business
- KT McFarland used an AOL email to participate in Flynn’s shady nuclear deal https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000169-a11b-dbd1-a5eb-e5df7a170001
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10:57 AM - Mar 21, 2019

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Kushner's the tip of the iceberg -- the House attention to this is about a number of additional White House senior staff communicating in the same manner. If true, we are talking about many people committing violations of federal record-keeping laws. If they're doing so to hide their involvement in other possibly criminal shenanigans, we are talking even more serious business.
email  Jared_Kushner  WhatsApp  crime 
27 days ago
Vanishing Violence: Tracking California’s remarkable collapse in youth crime
Possible reasons include a decline of lead poisoning in children, which reduced the toxic effects on young brains, and pivotal shifts in the street drug trade, including diminishing demand for crack cocaine and strict laws that sent dealers who might recruit young people away for decades.

In San Francisco, said Gascón, prosecutors moved away from incarcerating children for low-level offenses like truancy or petty theft as research showed that even one stint in juvenile hall led to a higher likelihood of recidivism.

“We recognized that actually institutionalizing people, especially young people for low-level offenses, actually has the reverse impact,” Gascón said. “It doesn’t deter them.”

The transition from a lock-’em-up mentality toward home- or community-based alterna
juvenile  deliquent  crime  prison  california  drop 
28 days ago
Sanders Promised Civility but Hired Twitter Attack Dog - The Atlantic
Bernie Sanders emailed his supporters, urging them to “do our very best to engage respectfully with our Democratic opponents—talking about the issues we are fighting for, not about personalities or past grievances. I want to be clear that I condemn bullying and harassment of any kind and in any space.”

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What he didn’t include was that one of the people already advising him and helping him write those launch speeches is one of his most famously aggressive supporters online.

Since December, David Sirota has, on Twitter, on his own website, and in columns in The Guardian, been trashing most of Sanders’s Democratic opponents—all without disclosing his work with Sanders—and has been pushing back on critics by saying that he was criticizing the other Democrats as a journalist. He centered many of his attacks on Beto O’Rourke, but he also bashed Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Joe Biden, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet, John Hickenlooper, Mike Bloomberg, and even Andrew Cuomo.
Bernie_Sanders  attack  Democrats  David_Sirota  twitter 
29 days ago
Calif. senator calls for audit of Alameda County Sheriff's Office, jail after 2 Investigates report - Story | KTVU
Sheriff Gregory Ahern said he welcomes any audit while the president of the board of supervisors, Richard Valle, expressed concerns about the cost of a full audit to taxpayers.

In a Feb. 15 letter to Valle, Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) noted the 2 Investigates’ reporting in November, which found that at least 29 women have sued the sheriff, alleging abuse and mistreatment, since 2014.
photo
A female inmate and an Alameda County sheriff's deputy walk outside at Santa Rita Jail. Sheriff Gregory Ahern said “I think we’re the best big jail in the nation.” November 2018

Women sue Santa Rita over humiliating treatment; sheriff says facility is 'best big jail in the nation'

The sheriff has said in the past his department is a target of lawsuits from inmates and attorneys seeking money from the county.

“We can no longer excuse such conduct as an isolated incident,” Skinner wrote. “A strong performance audit will generate crucial evaluative data that can thoroughly assess all the current practices and policies while provide lifesaving recommendations for implementation.”

Skinner also told 2 Investigates she is extremely skeptical of how the sheriff’s money is being spent. As the jail population has decreased significantly, the sheriff’s budget has grown by $144 million in the last decade. The sheriff’s budget this year is just over $440 million.

Skinner’s letter came at the urging of the Ella Baker Human Rights Center in Oakland, where senior organizer Jose Bernal has closely watched the sheriff’s office and the jail.
police  sheriff  Ahern  Nancy_Skinner  California  audit  Ella_Baker_Center  solutions 
29 days ago
Prison Culture » A Love Letter to the #NoCopAcademy Organizers from Those of Us on the Freedom side…
Here’s what I know… Rahm and his cronies were hoping to ram through a proposal for a $95 million police “training” academy under the cover of darkness with no community input. A group made up mostly of young Black and brown people decided that this was wrong for a number of reasons. You then spent the better part of 18 months SHOWING people in Chicago and beyond through your actions that the power structure in the city would be in for a titanic fight to resist their plans. How did you do this? You researched their plans and proposals, you learned about zoning laws on the fly, you litigated when you were excluded from public meetings, you mobilized thousands, you engaged in political education, you developed the leadership of hundreds of new young organizers, you truly centered the ideas of young people of color, you conducted participatory action research, and you SHUT SHIT DOWN. Through your actions, people quite literally the world over expressed their solidarity with your fight. They saw themselves as directly implicated in the vision of the world you have so beautifully inhabited all these months. All of these are wins.
police  solution  Urban_Shield  Chicago 
29 days ago
(10) Last night I attended a meet and great with... - Patrick McCollum
atrick McCollum
March 17 at 8:50 AM ·

Last night I attended a meet and great with Tulsi Gabbard who is running for President. I am so honored to be able to help steer her campaign as she works her way into the primaries. As I shared early on, I have followed Tulsi’s work for some time time, but was concerned about a couple of things being said about her. My concerns were regarding statements that others had made about her participation in a conversion therapy program that her father ran many years ago, and a political ad that said that she supports Assad in Syria. After researching both, and speaking to Tulsi directly, I no longer have any concerns about either of these. It is crystal clear that Tulsi simply worked for her father when she was young as many people do, and that it was he, not Tulsi, who believed in conversion therapy and such. Tulsi’s father was a devout Catholic, but Tulsi is a committed Hindu, and support of diversity is her biggest platform. She sees all of life as sacred and honors each persons choice to be who they are. Her voting record clearly shows that, and she has a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign.

And as for supporting Assad, that’s ridiculous! Tulsi never said that she supports Assad.
2020  President  Tulsi  politics 
29 days ago
Your New Bicycle-Beto, childcare, and the cool
There are other candidates in the race, whose stories and priorities look more like mine. Kirsten Gillibrand, who’s running on family leave, brings her children along to speeches and provides free childcare at her events. Elizabeth Warren, who’s campaigning on universal childcare, has spoken about the fact that her career would not be possible if not for the childcare she picked up from her aunt. She can get on stage and talk about being unable to afford child care, or unable to find a reputable provider on her budget, can remember the funny smell at the day care or mention her “then-husband’s” lack of help with an instantly legible glare.

But neither Gillibrand nor Warren has the option of being cool: Free, loose, unentangled. They can’t cruise through life, Beto O’Rourke style, on their bikes, haplessly falling into punk bands and/or the Presidency, surprised by yet accepting of their own charisma.
misogyny  politics  2020  president  Warren  Gillibrand  Beto 
29 days ago
Australian Aboriginals to get billions in compensation for land & spiritual loss in landmark case — RT World News
Aboriginals in Australia have won a ground-breaking case that paves the way for billions of dollars in compensation claims for colonial land loss, as well as loss of spiritual connection.

The High Court of Australia ruled in favor of the Ngaliwurru and Nungali groups from the Northern Territory in the biggest ‘native title’ ruling on indigenous rights to traditional land and water in decades on Wednesday.

It said the Northern Territory government was to pay $2.53mn in damages to the Ngaliwurru and Nungali groups for an earlier federal court ruling which found the NT government “extinguished” their native title rights when they built infrastructure on their land in the 80s and 90s.

Around $1.3 million of the damages was awarded for spiritual or cultural harm, which both the Northern Territory and federal governments argued was excessive.

The High Court ruled on Wednesday that the $1.3mn “was not manifestly excessive and was not inconsistent with acceptable community standards.” It was the first time the high court considered the monetary value of the removal of land rights, including economic loss and loss of spiritual connection.
Australia  Aboriginal  indigenous  land  spiritual  rights 
4 weeks ago
How Inuit Parents Raise Kids Without Yelling — And Teach Them To Control Anger : Goats and Soda : NPR
What Briggs documented is a central component to raising cool-headed kids.

When a child in the camp acted in anger — hit someone or had a tantrum — there was no punishment. Instead, the parents waited for the child to calm down and then, in a peaceful moment, did something that Shakespeare would understand all too well: They put on a drama. (As the Bard once wrote, "the play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.")

"The idea is to give the child experiences that will lead the child to develop rational thinking," Briggs told the CBC in 2011.

In a nutshell, the parent would act out what happened when the child misbehaved, including the real-life consequences of that behavior.

The parent always had a playful, fun tone. And typically the performance starts with a question, tempting the child to misbehave.

For example, if the child is hitting others, the mom may start a drama by asking: "Why don't you hit me?"

Then the child has to think: "What should I do?" If the child takes the bait and hits the mom, she doesn't scold or yell but instead acts out the consequences. "Ow, that hurts!" she might exclaim.

The mom continues to emphasize the consequences by asking a follow-up question. For example: "Don't you like me?" or "Are you a baby?" She is getting across the idea that hitting hurts people's feelings, and "big girls" wouldn't hit. But, again, all questions are asked with a hint of playfulness.
Inuit  children  parenting  anger  psychology 
4 weeks ago
'The Case Is Finally Over': Charges Dropped Against All Remaining J20 Defendants
Charges against the remaining J20 protesters with no plea deals who were awaiting trial were dropped Friday with prejudice—meaning proscecutors can't try them again for the 2017 protest.

Hundreds of anti-Trump protesters were arrested on Jan. 20, 2017, for protesting the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The prosecution of the group—using felony charges against protesters and journalists—has been criticized by rights groups and failed miserably in court. Friday's ruling by D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Robert Morin, which ordered the charges dropped with prejudice, shuts the door completely on the case.
protest  arrest  trial  judge  dismissed  dropped  charges  Trump  president  inauguration 
4 weeks ago
The News Surrounding Rep. Omar Has Left Jews Tired – The Forward
I am absolutely, unambiguously furious about what this attention reveals. There is a sniff test that a lot of Jews do regarding criticism of Israel. We ask if that criticism is proportional. If not, we ask why Israel is receiving such undue attention while other things in other places go unnoticed.

Arguably, it’s a sort of whataboutism, but one rooted in self-preservation, because so often someone who is utterly, frothingly obsessed with Israel often proves to have issues with Jews in general.

Not always. Maybe not even most of the time. But often enough.

What is so special about Omar that she merits this amount of hand-wringing when, after all, she didn’t prompt the Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation massacre, nobody on the left did.

The prompt came from the President of the United States. It came from him wielding exactly the same sort of tropes Omar is accused of, but to an audience that is armed and actively white nationalist. That seems, proportionally speaking, like a vastly bigger deal.
jews  anti-semitism  Ilhan_Omar  Trump 
4 weeks ago
GOP and Democrats on Ilhan Omar Isn't About Anti-Semitism
So let me get this straight: The president of the United States has called neo-Nazis “very fine people”; retweeted neo-Nazis; told an audience of Jewish-Americans that Israel is “your country”; and indulged in viciously anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. While running for office, he tweeted an image of Hillary Clinton inside a Star of David, next to a pile of cash; told an audience of Jewish donors, “You want to control your politicians, that’s fine”; and put out a campaign ad that attacked three rich and powerful Jewish figures. While a private citizen, he insisted only “short guys that wear yarmulkes” should count his money and kept a book of Adolf Hitler’s speeches on his bedside table.

He has never apologized for any of this. Nor has he been censured by Congress.
anti-semitism  Jews  Trump  Ilhan_Omar 
4 weeks ago
Berkeley zoning has served for many decades to separate the poor from the rich and whites from people of color — Berkeleyside
“Protection against the disastrous effects of uncontrolled development” with the “so-called zone system,” will prove “of vital importance to every citizen of Berkeley,” McDuffie said in a March 1916 address that was written up in the Berkeley Civic Bulletin. “The fight against the Chinese wash-house [in Los Angeles] laid the basis for districting laws in this State.”

For McDuffie, strategic zoning had the potential to solidify the racially restrictive neighborhoods in which he had a monetary stake. He feared that without this tool, the sanctity of the more affluent, eastern sections of Berkeley would be overrun by development. That might jeopardize the specific character of the residential parks that was so key to their marketability.

“In the United States, private profit as a result of zoning ordinances that preserved and enhanced ‘investment values’ was not only fully expected, it was a major zoning goal,” according
race  real_estate  housing  zoning  deed  restrictions  discrimination 
5 weeks ago
(75) Gan Golan - Sometimes you have to put your "Official Jew" hat on...
Sometimes you have to put your "Official Jew" hat on and say some things: 1) Rep. Ilhan Omar does not have an anti-Semitic bone in her body, and nothing she has ever said even remotely suggests that, in fact, quite the opposite; 2) Like many Jews I agree with her criticisms of AIPAC. AIPAC does not represent all Jews. It does not even represent all Israelis. It represents a coalition of extreme Right Wing Israelis (think MAGA Trumpsters) and their strange bedfellows, Christian Zionists (evangelicals who think Israel must exist just so it can be destroyed in the Second Coming - it's batshit crazy but true). 3) Criticizing AIPAC or the policies of the State of Israel is not anti-Semitic. Lots of Jews do it, too; 4) Her criticisms of the brutal mistreatment of Palestinians under Israeli Occupation is motivated by the same care for universal human rights that motivated her criticism of Saudi Arabia, and other regimes;
anti-semitism  Ilhan_Omar  Jewish  Palestine 
5 weeks ago
Cory Doctorow: Terra Nullius – Locus Online
The Europeans – staunch Lockeans – had a problem: they wanted to harvest the bounty of a new continent but absent the agreement of the people who already lived there, this would be theft, by Lockean lights.

To solve the conundrum, they deployed a bit of Aloha Poke logic: they declared the ancient, communally held thing to be owned by no one. They called it terra nullius (“nobody’s land”) and proceeded to “improve” it to make it into property. Many of these “improvements” involved acts of genocide against the indigenous people. After all, if something is owned by nobody, then the people on the land must be “nobody.”

Both the venality of Aloha Poke and the genocidal brutality of Terra Nullius reveal a deep problem lurking in the Lockean conception of property: all the stuff that’s “just lying around” is actually already in relation to other people, often the kind of complex relation that doesn’t lend itself to property-like transactions where someone with deep pockets can come along and buy a thing from its existing “owner.”

The labor theory of property always begins with an act of erasure: “All the people who created, used, and improved this thing before me were doing something banal and unimportant – but my contribution is the step that moved this thing from a useless, unregarded commons to a special, proprietary, finished good.”
colonialism  copyright  Indigenous 
5 weeks ago
First ever: 40+ Jewish groups worldwide oppose equating antisemitism with criticism of Israel
First ever: 40+ Jewish groups worldwide oppose equating antisemitism with criticism of Israel
17 July 2018 Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions/Press Release
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The United States has witnessed increasing legislative efforts to criminalize the boycott of illegal Israeli settlements and repress advocacy for Palestinian human rights by defining such acts as antisemitic, with two bills currently under discussion in US Congress. Such efforts are mirrored at the state level, where more than 25 state legislatures have considered or enacted various forms of targeting advocacy for Palestinian rights.

Of particular concern is the usage of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, intentionally worded such that it equates legitimate criticisms of Israel and advocacy for Palestinian rights with antisemitism, as a means to suppress the former.

A similar approach is being employed across Europe. In France and Germany, the bank accounts of BDS groups were closed and campaigns promoting the boycott of goods from illegal Israeli settlements were convicted of incitement to hatred. The UK has witnessed an ongoing battle about the legality of local government boycotts against Israeli settlements.
Jews  Palestine  anti-semitism 
6 weeks ago
Many Anti-vax Posts on Facebook Come From Seven Pages - The Atlantic
the top 50 Facebook pages ranked by the number of public posts they made about vaccines generated nearly half (46 percent) of the top 10,000 posts for or against vaccinations, as well as 38 percent of the total likes on those posts, from January 2016 to February of this year. The distribution is heavy on the top, particularly for the anti-vax position. Just seven anti-vax pages generated nearly 20 percent of the top 10,000 vaccination posts in this time period: Natural News, Dr. Tenpenny on Vaccines and Current Events, Stop Mandatory Vaccination, March Against Monsanto, J. B. Handley, Erin at Health Nut News, and Revolution for Choice....
Among the most prominent anti-vax pages is Natural News, an Infowars-like conspiracy site
....
Natural News has kept up a steady drumbeat of posts about how the site is going to be “silenced” or “censored” by the tech platforms. The site’s owner, Mike Adams, has claimed that Apple (among other tech companies) is defending “satanism” by asking Natural News to make changes to its app in the App Store. “This is the first time that a dominant tech company has overtly come out in defense of Satanism while threatening to censor a prominent publisher that exposes the evils of Satanic influence,” Adams wrote in a recent post. He refers to the tech companies as “techno-fascists.”(Natural News did not respond to a request for comment.)
vaccination  fake  news 
6 weeks ago
Sharron Davies: Former British swimmer says transgender athletes should not compete in women's sport - BBC Sport
Davies - a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist - says it is important sports' governing bodies debate the issue.

"We need to come up with something that works for everybody and everybody agrees with, rather than having all sorts of diverse rules," she added.

"We need to come up with a unified set of rules that is clear, concise and fair."
trans  women  sports  competition  rules 
6 weeks ago
SENDING YOU LIGHT by Melanie DeMore performed with Julie Wolf - YouTube
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This is one of the most heartfelt performances I have ever had the honor of documenting. As my video partner, D.j. Rockaway (Tina) stated, this song puts you in a trance. "Sending You Light" by Melanie DeMore, piano by Julie Wolf is an alchemical healing. Send it to everyone you love, and they will feel your message. Most of us today could use this offering of peace and compassion. Film at our beloved Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA. Video by Irene Young and Tina Silano.
Melanie_DeMore  Julie_Wolf  piano  video  youtube 
6 weeks ago
Black Panther and the myth of Kirby vs the KKK – Matt Kamen – Medium
Here are the actual facts:

Yes, Jack Kirby — along with writer Stan Lee — created Black Panther, who first appeared in the pages of Fantastic Four #52–54, in 1966.
However, Black Panther’s first solo stories were published in Jungle Action, starting in #6 in 1973. (Technically #5, though that was a reprint of a Panther-focused issue of The Avengers.)
The series was written by Don McGregor, and pencilled by Rich Buckler and Billy Graham.
Jungle Action, incidentally, saw the first appearance of Erik Killmonger, the antagonist of the Black Panther movie.
The comic was, at different points, edited by Roy Thomas and Marv Wolfman.
‘The Panther vs the Klan’ was a storyline, by McGregor and Graham, beginning in Jungle Action #19.
Jungle Action #21 featured this still-shocking cover:
Black_Panther  comic  KKK  facts 
6 weeks ago
Naked in the Mountains 100 Years Ago, She Invented the Advanced Selfie
nne Brigman was turning up her selfie prowess about 100-years before the rest of us. For one, she was never the stoic, buttoned-up type, and felt more at home on a mountaintop than with a roof over her head. When Brigman stepped inside the lens of her camera, the result was a ‘selfie’ that looked like an Old Master’s painting come to life– and, might we add, with some serious ‘special effects’ long before Photoshop was available. She’d melt her body into the heart of a lightning-blasted pine tree, or twist like the limb of a cracked oak, all through the magic of photo manipulation before the digital age, when tricking the human eye was a feat of magic. Put yourself in the shoes of a human from 1907, and you can see why Brigman’s gauzy finishes, high contrast, and ethereal surroundings transformed her into a Pagan goddess amongst mortals…
photography  photos  art  women  nature  womenshistory 
6 weeks ago
Phone Companies Can Filter Out Robocalls, They Just Aren’t Doing It
There are a number of ways to use technology to reduce the number of annoying robocalls you receive, but U.S. phone companies have generally left it up to consumers to defend themselves against the telemarketing onslaught, rather than implementing ways to prevent most robocalls from getting through in the first place.
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Telemarketing Guard, which Primus Canada has made available to its customers for free since 2007.
The Guard is a filter that aims to head off blacklisted numbers so that they never ring on your end. If a number has been identified by some users as a robocaller, but the verdict is still out, the number is greylisted, which has two facets. First, the caller is asked to press a number and say their name before the call is put through. If that happens, then the recording of the caller’s name is played for the recipient, who then can decide to answer the call, block the number, or have it go to voicemail.
Primus says the Guard has not just cut down on annoying calls to consumers who use it, but that offering the service has made good business sense for the company because nearly 9-in-10 Primus Canada customers have cited the Guard as the main reason to retain their service.
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NOMOROBO

Nomorobo was the winner of the FTC’s first competition to create a viable service for blocking robocalls.
phone  robocalls  AT&T 
6 weeks ago
Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives | Season 33 Episode 4 | American Masters | PBS
American Masters
Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives

Season 33 Episode 4 | 53m 51s

Experience the power of song in the struggle for equality through the story of feminist singer and activist Holly Near, who for the last 40 years has worked on global social justice coalition-building in the women’s and lesbian movements. Directed by Jim Brown Directed by Jim Brown (American Masters — The Highwaymen: Friends Til The End; American Masters – Pete Seeger: The Power of Song).

Aired: 03/01/19

Expires: 03/29/19

Rating: NR
Holly_Near  anti-war  women  womenshistory  womens_movement  singing  video 
6 weeks ago
Grand Lake Theater Marquee photos
pictures of the political marque by Alan Michaan
GrandLake  theater  political  photos 
6 weeks ago
Satanic Panic 2.0: The Momo Challenge hoax [TW: Self-harm/suicide] / Boing Boing
According to reports from gullible parents' organizations, police departments, and media outlets, Kids on the Internet are spreading memes featuring an image of "Momo" (actually a sculpture called "Mother Bird" created by Keisuke Aisawa for the Japanese SFX studio Link Factory) that includes explicit self-harm and suicide instructions (the "challenge" in "Momo challenge" is allegedly to get kids to hurt or kill themselves).

It's a hoax, though. There are no verified sightings of Momo Challenge memes in the wild, and this isn't even the first time this hoax has gone around; it circulated in September 2018 as well.

As Taylor Lorenz writes in The Atlantic, this is part of a genre of hoaxes that rely on parental anxiety about kids' use of technology to spread incomprehensible cultural ideas, from the Satanic Panic over backmasked secret messages in heavy metal lyrics to the "eating Tide Pods" hoax to the fictional deaths linked to the "cinnamon challenge."
hoax 
6 weeks ago
Improbably, a Black activist is now the owner and leader of the "National Socialist Movement," which he is turning into an anti-racist group / Boing Boing
The National Socialist Movement is one of America's oldest and most influential Holocaust denial/neo-Nazi movements, proprietors of one of the world's most prominent Holocaust denial websites and defendants in a case over members who participated in racist violence at the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally.

James Hart Stern is a Black civil rights activist who has previously -- through very unlikely circumstance -- become head of a prominent KKK organization, which he took over in order to dissolve it. Stern was able to do this because he became a confidant of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Edgar Ray Killen while they were cellmates, while Killen was imprisoned for murder and Stern was imprisoned for mail fraud. Killen ended up giving Stern power of attorney, which Stern used to take over the Klan and shut it down.

Jeff Schoep was the longterm president of the NSM, credited with reinvigorating it and growing it. He became acquainted with Stern through Stern's connection to Killen. He claims that he sought Stern's advice on his legal exposure from the Unite the Right suits, and that Killem convinced him that he should sign over control of the NSM to him in order to protect himself, and that Stern tricked him into signing over control.
Black  man  Nazi  KKK  shutdown 
6 weeks ago
Elizabeth Warren's new promise: No fundraisers, phone calls with wealthy donors - CNNPolitics
(CNN)Sen. Elizabeth Warren is laying down a new rule for her presidential campaign: No fundraisers, dinners, receptions or phone calls with wealthy donors.
Warren's bid for the White House has been defined since its start by themes of fighting corruption and money in politics. The Massachusetts Democrat took that to the next level on Monday, blasting out an email to supporters vowing to forgo any "fancy receptions or big money fundraisers only with people who can write big checks," as well as phone calls to wealthy donors.
"For every time you see a presidential candidate talking with voters at a town hall, rally, or local diner, those same candidates are spending three or four or five times as long with wealthy donors -- on the phone, or in conference rooms at hedge fund offices, or at fancy receptions and intimate dinners -- all behind closed doors," Warren wrote. "When I thank the people giving to my campaign, it will not be based on the size of their donation."
Warren's announcement Monday is an implicit challenge to -- and perhaps even criticism of -- some of her competitors in the Democratic field who have courted big-dollar donors and bundlers.
Elizabeth_Warren  2020  PAC 
6 weeks ago
Sanders Asks Campaign Surrogates To 'Engage Respectfully' With Democratic Rivals | HuffPost
en. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called on surrogates representing his 2020 presidential campaign in the media to “respectfully engage” his opponents in the Democratic presidential primary, encouraging them to focus on policies rather than personalities.

In the Saturday email to over 100 campaign surrogates obtained by HuffPost, Sanders also preemptively admonished supporters against “bullying and harassment of any kind.”

“As we engage with our opponents in the Democratic primary, we will forcefully present our views and defend ourselves against misrepresentations,” he wrote. “But, let us do our very best to engage respectfully with our Democratic opponents ― talking about the issues we are fighting for, not about personalities or past grievances. I want to be clear that I condemn bullying and harassment of any kind and in any space.”
Bernie_Sanders  misogyny  bullying 
6 weeks ago
Open Letter to the Editors on the Recent Coverage of Amy Klobuchar
We previously worked for Senator Klobuchar and some of us were among the former staffers contacted by the New York Times and other media outlets to share our experiences about working in her office. Unfortunately, the positive anecdotes and stories we experienced have not been fully reported by the Times and other media. We do not believe these reports adequately describe our thoughts on Amy Klobuchar, many of which we shared with the authors.
Amy_Klobuchar  sexism  nedia 
6 weeks ago
The Real Ice Queens: Women Who Conquered the Cold Wearing Corsets
Josephine Diebitsch Peary, aka, the “First Lady of the Arctic”. This 19th century explorer traveled farther North over the ice fields than any woman recorded in history before. And I say « ‘recorded in history’ because, let’s not forget the countless Inuit women who would have also travelled into the Arctic unrecorded, saving the fate of numerous expeditions thanks to their expertise in tailoring and food preparation. Male explorers often failed to mention these women in their expedition diaries, their names obscured by the prejudices of the day. ...she fell in love with Robert Edwin Peary, an American Navy officer who had discovered a passion for exploring the mysteries of the Arctic and would become the first white man to do so. Within a few years of their marriage, Josephine found herself swapping white gloves and champagne glasses for seal gloves and a rifle. She accompanied her husband on six of his Arctic expeditions; on the second of which, she was eight months pregnant.
arctic  explore  women  antarctic 
6 weeks ago
For White Teachers Teaching White Boys in the Suburbs
That said, I’ve also got a whole bunch of White boys, and the behavior issues I see in my class, the disengagement I get during lessons is coming from them and is not evidence of oppression, but rather the result of entitlement.
I Won’t Give an Inch to Let White Boys Make My Class Unsafe, But I’ll Support Their Growth

I spend a lot of my days worried about White boys.

I worry about White boys who barely try and expect to be rewarded, who barely care and can’t stand being called on it, who imagine they can go through school without learning much without it impacting in any way the capacity for their future success, just because it never has before. White boys who expect privilege to carry and protect them, because that’s what it does, without ever stopping to wonder if it works the same for everyone else.

I worry about White boys who say, who believe, that it is very, very hard to be a White boy right now. They see Black Lives Matter and Black Panther as evidence that White boys are the enemy, simply because they are slightly less likely to be shown as the hero. There are White Boys who feel like even learning about different people is somehow an attack against them.

I’m trying. I am. But you know how the saying goes: You can lead a White male to anti-racism, but you can’t make him think.

there are so, so many White Boys looking hard for a better path to walk.But then, there are so, so many White Boys looking hard for a better path to walk.
White  boys  privilege  learning 
6 weeks ago
On Likability | Tin House
I think, perhaps, one reason — maybe the primary reason — that the world tries so hard to pressure us to be likable (and to punish us when we aren’t) is because they are afraid we will realize that if we don’t need anyone to like us we can be any way we want. We can tell any story. We can tell the truth.
women  likeable  power  rape  politics 
6 weeks ago
Alameda County supervisors vote to to scale back, shift focus of Urban Shield – Oakland North
But the training has long been controversial for teaching law enforcement agents aggressive military tactics rather than de-escalation. Activists consider the training to be a highly-militarized weapons expo that leads to police violence against people in communities of color.

“The committee’s recommendations ultimately reflect what community members, disaster survivors and preparedness experts have voiced for years: that effective disaster preparedness is community-based and centered on de-escalation rather than militarization,” said John Lindsay Poland, a member of the committee, explaining why he believes the training needs to change.

But many first responders and law enforcement officers feel that any changes to Urban Shield would be a loss, diminishing their ability to be prepared for a wide range of emergency scenarios. Hayward Police Captain Will Depledge spoke in favor of the focus on terrorism. “It would be irresponsible to not plan and prepare for when that day comes,” he said.
Urban_Shield  police  emergencypreparedness 
6 weeks ago
Federal Judge Appoints Outside Attorney to Examine Oakland Police Shooting | KQED News
In an unusual decision today, U.S. District Judge William Orrick appointed Edward Swanson, an independent attorney, to re-examine an officer-involved shooting of a homeless man in Oakland last year.

The judge's order indicates that there could be differences ofopinion between the Oakland Police Department and its court-appointed monitor regarding whether or not police officers involved in the shooting violated department policies or the law, and whether any of them should face discipline.

The department has yet to disclose what its final findings are.

On March 11 of last year, Joshua Pawlik, 31, was lying on the ground between two houses in West Oakland when a police officer spotted him. Pawlik was reportedly unconscious and holding a pistol. Several officers surrounded Pawlik and took cover behind an armored vehicle.

When Pawlik woke up, officers repeatedly shouted commands to drop the gun. According to body-camera video released by the OPD eight months after the shooting, Pawlik attempted to lift himself off the ground when four officers opened fire, killing him.
Oakland  police  shoot  kill  sleeping  Joshua_Pawlik  independent  exam  court 
6 weeks ago
California keeps a secret list of criminal cops, but says you can't have it
Their crimes ranged from shoplifting to embezzlement to murder. Some of them molested kids and downloaded child pornography. Others beat their wives, girlfriends or children.

The one thing they had in common: a badge.

Thousands of California law enforcement officers have been convicted of a crime in the past decade, according to records released by a public agency that sets standards for officers in the Golden State.

The revelations are alarming, but the state’s top cop says Californians don’t have a right to see them. In fact, Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned two Berkeley-based reporters that simply possessing this never-before-publicly-released list of convicted cops is a violation of the law.

The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training — known as POST — provided the information last month in response to routine Public Records Act requests from reporters for the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and its production arm, Investigative Studios.
police  murder  domestic_violence  shoplifting  embezzlement  porn  First_amendment 
7 weeks ago
How New Orleans Reduced Its Homeless Population By 90 Percent | Here & Now
On how the city afforded housing

"Actually, this is a very cost-effective approach, because when you think about it, it is costing the taxpayer a tremendous amount of money to leave people on the street. They're constantly cycling in and out of jail on charges that wouldn't even be relevant if they had an apartment, things like urinating in public, ....They're being taken by ambulance to the emergency room constantly. Those are huge charges.
homelessness  solutions 
7 weeks ago
How Marie Kondo Helped Me Sort Out My Gender - them.
The book arrived, and after weeks spent suggesting he read it, I finally decided to live by example. I did as Marie Kondo prescribed: I emptied my closet and bureau into a pile on the living room floor, separated their contents into a peak of jackets and a peak of dresses. One by one, I picked items up and asked myself whether they sparked joy. If they didn’t, into the discard pile they went.

I didn’t take me long to see it, what the discard pile was. It was only the skirts, only the dresses, only the flowers and lace and sparkles. It was everything I’d bought hoping that some colleague might say: Isn’t that cute?

I burst into tears, shame filling me entirely, and then I laughed about the fact that this book had made me cry, this silly, stupid cleaning book.
gender  Marie_Kondo  tidy 
7 weeks ago
My Gender Stuff – Sandy Allen – Medium
I’m bad at makeup. I’m bad at girly things. But the thing that’s good about Sephora is you can theoretically try a couple of things on.

I’ve always been a tomboy. When I went to college, I taught myself to wear a dress. Nothing stresses me out more than having to affect femininity. It’s only been very recently that I’ve starting being honest with myself and others that these attempts at affecting femininity are just that, for me, performances.
gender  Carrie_Fisher  Bugs_Bunny  transvestite  pronoun 
7 weeks ago
19EB91A5CF1C8211EF585179F7BB0E73.2019.02.22-climate-change-resolution.pdf
Draft Climate Change ResolutionOffice of Senator Dianne FeinsteinFebruary 22, 2019
Green  New  Deal  summary  climate  climatechange 
7 weeks ago
The neuroactive potential of the human gut microbiota in quality of life and depression | Nature Microbiology
The neuroactive potential of the human gut microbiota in quality of life and depression

Article | Published: 04 February 2019
The neuroactive potential of the human gut microbiota in quality of life and depression

Mireia Valles-Colomer, Gwen Falony, Youssef Darzi, Ettje F. Tigchelaar, Jun Wang, Raul Y. Tito, Carmen Schiweck, Alexander Kurilshikov, Marie Joossens, Cisca Wijmenga, Stephan Claes, Lukas Van Oudenhove, Alexandra Zhernakova, Sara Vieira-Silva & Jeroen Raes

Nature Microbiology (2019) | Download Citation
Abstract

The relationship between gut microbial metabolism and mental health is one of the most intriguing and controversial topics in microbiome research. Bidirectional microbiota–gut–brain communication has mostly been explored in animal models, with human research lagging behind.
microbes  research  legit 
7 weeks ago
Links between gut microbes and depression strengthened
Much of what we know so far is based on studies showing correlations between specific gut bacteria, their metabolites and neurological symptoms. But these correlations do not prove cause and effect. Many studies use animal models, which don’t accurately mirror human traits or behaviours. Human studies have been limited: they’re usually based on relatively small numbers of people, and might not control for a wealth of confounding factors — such as unusual diets, antibiotics or antidepressants — that can affect the microbiota.

Read the paper: The neuroactive potential of the human gut microbiota in quality of life and depression

A study published this week in Nature Microbiology tackles some of these issues (M. Valles-Colomer et al. Nature Microbiol. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-018-0337-x; 2019). The authors used DNA sequencing to analyse microbiota in the faeces of more than 1,000 people enrolled in Belgium’s Flemish Gut Flora Project. The team then correlated different microbial taxa with the participants’ quality of life and incidence of depression, using self-reported and physician-supplied diagnoses. The researchers validated the findings in an independent cohort of 1,063 individuals in the Netherlands’ LifeLines DEEP project. Finally, they mined the data to generate a catalogue describing the microbiota’s capacity to produce or degrade molecules that can interact with the human nervous system.
microbes  depression  research 
7 weeks ago
East Oakland gunman Jesse Enjaian investigated for stalking during law school | abc7news.com
He went to Fremont's American High School where he was on the swim team and competed as a varsity shot-putter on the track team. A spokesperson for the school district says some of his instructors remember him as a good student who was a member of the computer club.

After high school, he spent two years at Ohlone Community College in Fremont. He went on to UCLA, where he did ROTC and graduated magna cum laude in 2008 with a degree in Economics. The then earned a law degree at the University of Michigan in 2013, but while there, he had some problems.

In 2012, campus police investigated him for stalking a fellow law student. The woman complained that he wouldn't stop emailing, texting and trying to contact her. Police served a search warrant and confiscated Enjaian's computers but he was never charged with a crime.
Oakland  shooter  stalking  women  Ohlone_College  ROTC  Fremont 
8 weeks ago
Jesse Enjaian: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com
A University of Michigan law school graduate has been accused of shooting at police officers in Oakland. The suspect in the sniper standoff that took place on the morning of February 17 has been named as Jesse Enjaian, 32. CBS San Francisco reports that officers came under fire from a high-powered rifle after receiving reports of shots fired along Las Vegas Avenue in the city. A nearby highway was shut down and a high school was locked down as a result of the standoff. Enjaian eventually surrendered and was taken into custody by police.
Oakland  White  shooter  wounded  stalking  woman 
8 weeks ago
Rapper Willie Bo shot 25 times in his car by 6 police after falling asleep in Taco Bell drive-thru / Boing Boing
Nold also called into question the officers' version of events in which they said the doors to McCoy's Mercedes-Benz were locked when they first considered retrieving the gun from his lap before he woke up.

Even if the doors were locked, the front passenger's side window was already broken and had a sheet of plastic covering it, which could have been removed, Nold said. Video of McCoy's car being towed in the aftermath from the scene shows plastic over the open window and several bullet holes in the windshield.

His car was in the drive-thru at Taco Bell when he was killed by police.

Six officers "fearing for their safety" opened fire in about four seconds, police said.

NBC News: California rapper killed in car was shot by police about 25 times, lawyer says
Vallejo  police  killing  sleep  Black  Willie_McCoy 
8 weeks ago
California rapper killed in car was shot by police about 25 times, lawyer says
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California rapper killed in car was shot by police about 25 times, lawyer says
Bullets struck the center of Willie McCoy's face and throat and blew off part of an ear, the family's attorney said, adding that "overkill is an understatement."
Video appears to show police opening fire on Calif. rapper in car
Feb. 14, 201900:54
Feb. 19, 2019, 11:13 AM PST
By Erik Ortiz

A young California man fatally shot by police after they found him unresponsive in his car with a gun in his lap was hit about 25 times — with bullets striking the center of his face and throat and blowing off part of his ear, a lawyer for his family said.

Oakland attorney Melissa Nold, who said she examined the body of Willie McCoy, 20, last week, told NBC News that he also sustained injuries to his shoulders, chest and arm, during the Feb. 9 encounter with six officers.

"Overkill is an understatement," Nold said of his wounds and the number of times he was struck.
Image: Willie McCoy was fatally shot by California police officers on Feb. 9, 2019.
Willie McCoy was fatally shot by California police officers on Feb. 9, 2019.Courtesy of David Harrison

A coroner's report has not been released and Vallejo police have declined to comment further during an active investigation.
police  killing  Valejo  Willie_McCoy  sleep  gun  murder  Willie_Bo 
8 weeks ago
(9) Jessica Ring - I would like to make a formal statement affirming...
the way Sean starts the predation process with women is through trauma bonding. This trauma bonding is powerful, because he has stolen the language of the women he has hurt in the past, and casts a spell of commonality, a hypnotic poetry of compassion and understanding, a feminine verse on the goddess and reclamation. It was deeply moving, and healing for me, to meet a man who walked the forest and seemed to understand completely where my sorrows had seeded from. I was oblivious to the danger of this….I saw signs and red flags, heard rumors, but had bonded so deeply with this sensitive man, in alliance to heal our good green forests, that I could not fathom that the stories could be true.
herbalist  writer  Sea_  Donahue  social  predator  sexual 
8 weeks ago
(5) An Amazing Development: Greetings Friends,... - Patrick McCollum
During our meeting, they have asked me to join them in leading an effort to unite all of the tribes of The Heart Of The World to form an alliance to protect the sacred waters; the animals, the fauna and flora, and the Indigenous Peoples and their cultures who live there. They shared that they have an ancient prophesy that a white spiritual brother would one day come to the Amazon, and that he would join them to stand against the destruction brought about by his people who would destroy the Heart of the World for greed. For whatever reason, these Elders have decided in all sincerity that I am the person in the prophesy. They shared that Creator had spoken to each of them directly and has told them this, and that they recognize me through a series of ancient ways of knowing.

Needless to say, I am overwhelmed by the thought that I might be expected to take on such an unimaginable responsibility, and I find myself far from qualified to address such a task. I came to India to try to help my brothers and sisters connect with the Hindus and like minded Indigenous Peoples, not to save the Amazon! That said, after deep conversation with the Elders, who fully believe that I can accomplish this, I have agreed to step forward to do what I can.
Patrick_McCollum  prophecy  jaguar  condor  Amazon  spiritual  Indigenous 
8 weeks ago
‘Sustained and ongoing’ disinformation assault targets Dem presidential candidates - POLITICO
Recent posts that have received widespread dissemination include racially inflammatory memes and messaging involving Harris, O’Rourke and Warren. In Warren’s case, a false narrative surfaced alleging that a blackface doll appeared on a kitchen cabinet in the background of the senator’s New Year’s Eve Instagram livestream.

Not all of the activity is organized. Much of it appears to be organic, a reflection of the politically polarizing nature of some of the candidates. But there are clear signs of a coordinated effort of undetermined size that shares similar characteristics with the computational propaganda attacks launched by online trolls at Russia’s Internet Research Agency in the 2016 presidential campaign, which special counsel Robert Mueller accused of aiming to undermine the political process and elevate Donald Trump.
disinformation  politics  Russia 
8 weeks ago
(12) Oakland Now!
Yesterday the independent Oakland Police Commission held its first public hearing on the topic of “Policing in the Homeless Community” at the Taylor Memorial Church. It was awesome! Over 150 community members, more than one half of them from our “curbside communities” came to testify before five sensitive, attentive police commissioners. Also listening and hearing were Council members Fortunato -Bas and McIlheny, as well as staff members from the offices of three other Council members Kaplan, Thao and Gallo.
Members of the Coalition for Police Accountability transported our unsheltered neighbors from many of the city’s seventy (70) encampments to tell of their difficult personal experiences and suggestions for improving policing practices. Volunteer men and women from the Skyline UCC and Plymouth UCC churches made yummy, healthy lunches for all. More volunteers provided professionally supervised child care for any children who accompanied their parent to the event.
Oakland  Police  Commission  homelessness  Measure_LL 
8 weeks ago
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8 weeks ago
How Organizing for Justice Helps Your Mental Health
this triangle. And we would put the problem they were presenting with, let’s say depression or anxiety, in the middle of the triangle, whatever they said, whatever words they used to describe their problem. And then, we would talk about the personal, the cultural, and the institutional factors that were influencing their problem.

Personal are the things that you traditionally think about, like development or any kind of illness, or abuse, or loss, trauma, things like that. But then the more complex part of it is the second two parts of the triangle.

What were the messages people received that would be influencing their problem? What kind of messages do we get about aggression? What kind of messages do we get about how boys are supposed to behave? What kind of messages do we get about if you have problems, do you seek out other people? Do you try to find and fix it yourself? Individualism, racism, classism, consumerism, professionalism, what we call dominant worldview messages, how do they influence the problem?

And finally, we talk about the institutional factors that influence their problem. All of these different toxic ideas influence the kind of institutions we have right in this country … the housing system or the court system, or the healthcare system. And we explain to people that the factors are not mutually exclusive, that they drive each other.
mental  health  institutional  societal  oppression 
9 weeks ago
Sending you Light Melanie DeMore
This is one of the most heartfelt performances I have ever had the honor of documenting. As my video partner, D.j. Rockaway (Tina) stated, this song puts you in a trance. "Sending You Light" by Melanie DeMore, piano by Julie Wolf is an alchemical healing. Send it to everyone you love, and they will feel your message. Most of us today could use this offering of peace and compassion. More good news is that another version of this song is on the "Awakening Joy" CD, produced by Eve Decker with Julie Wolf. It is filled with music performed during author, James Baraz "Awakening Joy" course, lauded by Bill Gates and Jack Kornfield, and featured in O! The Oprah Magazine. Includes songs by Eve Decker, Jennifer Berezan, Betsy Rose, Lisa Ferraro, Adrienne Shamszad, and James Baraz. Available on CD Baby.
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