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Black students walk out over school official’s tweet: ‘Every white girl’s father's worst nightmare'

Students at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia walked out of class on Monday to protest a school official’s Twitter message that referred to young black men as a “nightmare” for white fathers.

According to WVEC, the Twitter post was made in June by the school administrator, but students only recently noticed it.

The tweet was a reposting of a message from an account called @OrNahhTweets. It showed a photograph of seven white girls in prom-style dresses with seven African-American young men in tuxedos. The caption on the photo read, “every white girl’s father’s worst nightmare or not.”

Over a dozen African-American students walked out of classes with protest signs on Monday after they said that school officials and the school board refused to respond to their complaints.



Who Won The Civil War? Tough Question.

Recently PoliTech, a group of politically engaged students on the campus of Texas Tech University, posted a video titled "Politically Challenged — Texas Tech Edition" in which they quiz contemporary students about history and politics.

On-screen reporter Courtney Plunk tosses the simplest of questions at random passersby "to see just how much our fellow students know about their country."

Question: Who won the Civil War? Answers: "The South?" and "The Confederates?"

Question: Who is our vice president? Answers: "I have no idea" and "Is that a trick question?"

Question: Who did we gain our independence from? Answer: "I couldn't tell you."


President Obama's climate agreement already paying off, as China announces cap on coal use by 2020

President Obama's bold international diplomacy is paying big dividends:

The Chinese government announced Wednesday it would cap coal use by 2020. The Chinese State Council, or cabinet, said the peak would be 4.2 billion tonnes, a one-sixth increase over current consumption.

This is a staggering reversal of Chinese energy policy, which for two decades has been centered around building a coal plant or more a week. Now they’ll be building the equivalent in carbon-free power every week for decades, while the construction rate of new coal plants decelerates like a crash-test dummy.

The 2020 coal peak utterly refutes the GOP claim that China’s recent climate pledge “requires the Chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years.” Indeed, independent analyses make clear a 2020 coal peak announcement was the inevitable outcome of China’s game-changing climate deal deal with the U.S. last week, where China agreed to peak its total carbon pollution emissions in 2030 — or earlier.


Canadian woman hit with $950K medical bill after unexpectedly giving birth in US hospital

A Canadian woman was hit with an unexpected medical bill of nearly $1 million after going into labor early while vacationing in Hawaii.

Jennifer Huculak-Kimmel was six months pregnant when she was cleared by her doctor to leave the country on vacation.

She and her husband purchased travel insurance before flying from their home in Saskatchewan to Maui.

But two days after arriving, her water broke and she went into labor nine weeks early.

the rest:

Blaming the victim: CNN Host Tells Joan Tarshis How She Could Avoid Being Raped

CNN Host To Accuser: Why Didn’t You Bite Cosby’s Penis To End Rape?

CNN's Don Lemon took it upon himself Tuesday night to explain how a woman who accused actor Bill Cosby of rape could have avoided the situation -- explicitly, that she should have used her teeth as a weapon.

Lemon sat down Tuesday night with Joan Tarshis, a former actress who said this week that Cosby raped her in 1969. The two had this extremely awkward exchange:

LEMON: Can I ask you this, because -- and please, I don't mean to be crude, OK?


LEMON: Because I know some of you -- and you said this last night, that he -- you lied to him and said "I have an infection, and if you rape me, or if you do -- if you have intercourse with me, then you will probably get it and give it to your wife."


LEMON: And you said he made you perform oral sex.


LEMON: You -- you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn't want to do it.

TARSHIS: Oh. Um, I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn't even enter my mind. Now I wish it would have.

LEMON: Right. Meaning the using of the teeth, right?

TARSHIS: Yes, that's what I'm thinking you're --

LEMON: As a weapon.

TARSHIS: Yeah, I didn't even think of it.

LEMON: Biting. So, um --


LEMON: Yes. I had to ask. I mean, it is, yeah.

TARSHIS: Yes. No, it didn't cross my mind.

more insults, plus video:

NYT accidentally publishes unedited Keystone XL story 1 hour before vote scheduled to take place

New York Times accidentally publishes unedited Keystone XL story with two different ledes & lots of journalistic jargon.

the New York Times on Tuesday accidentally published an unedited version of a story about the Senate's vote on the Keystone pipeline at about 4:40 p.m. ET -- or about an hour before the vote was scheduled to take place.


Naming Names: "Democrats" Who Voted For Keystone

Here are Democrats who voted for the bill: Sen. John Walsh and Jon Tester of Montana; Joe Manchin III of West Virginia; Mary Landrieu of Louisiana; Tom Carper of Delaware; Joe Donnelly of Indiana; Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota; Michael Bennet of Colorado; Mark Begich of Alaska; Mark Pryor of Arkansas; Mark Warner of Virginia; Kay Hagan of North Carolina; Claire McCaskill of Missouri; Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.


Irony, pure and simple.

screenshot from the front page of The Detroit News this afternoon:


New York City Will Turn Every Payphone Into A Free WiFi Hotspot

New York City Will Turn Every Payphone Into A Free WiFi Hotspot

New York City announced plans Monday to reconfigure all of the city’s decrepit payphones into WiFi hot spots starting in 2015, a move that reinforces President Obama’s net neutrality proposal: That internet access is a basic right, not a privilege.

The LinkNYC plan replaces the city’s payphones with up to 10,000 standalone towers that offer passersby free WiFi and nationwide calling, and a charging station. The conversion plan has not been approved by the city’s Franchise and Concession Review Committee, a city regulator that ensures city plans comply with laws and regulations.

If approved, City Bridge and a team of New York-based companies, including the city’s biggest payphone operator Titan, will start the digital migration next year.

Twenty percent of New Yorkers don’t have high-speed internet access at home and 11 percent don’t have a computer, according to 2013 Census data. Nationwide, one in four U.S. households don’t have a paid internet subscription, and another 16 percent don’t have Internet access at home, work or school, or on mobile devices, according to Census data. And those Americans without access are overwhelmingly minorities and seniors.
Minorities disproportionately use mobile devices as a primary means to access the Internet. Only 62 percent of African Americans have a broadband Internet connection at home, compared to 87 percent of white households, Pew found. But while only half of African-Americans and Hispanics own smartphones, they’re significantly more likely to use the devices to access the Internet over their white counterparts.


Cry WHY WON’T HE LEAD, and let slip the thinkpieces of bipartisanship fetishism.

Enter Several And Various Villagers
Posted by Zandar at 10:22 am

Ladies and gentlemen and various pets of the assembled, I give to you the Washington Post Editorial Board on President Obama’s executive action.

He is vowing to go it alone on immigration. On Iran, he is reportedly designing an agreement that he need not bring to Congress. He already has gone that route on climate change with China.

The legal or constitutional case for each is different, but the rationales overlap: Congress is broken, so Mr. Obama must act. Two-thirds of Americans did not vote in the midterms, and the president must represent them, too. He has tried compromise, and the Republicans spurned him.

We will not relitigate that last contention except to note that behind the legislative disappointments of the past six years lies fault on both sides.



Six years into this farce where the Republicans met before the President took office and decided to try to destroy him and it’s still Both Sides Do It! It’s the fault of both sides the way serial arson is the fault of both the arsonist and the flammable objects that allow themselves to be immolated. And it always will be, now and forevermore, as the ashes swirl into lurid and provocative shadows dancing in front of the flames of the Republic, or something. Alas, and probably alack as well.

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