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Name: Steven Leser
Gender: Male
Hometown: New York, NY
Home country: USA
Current location: NYC
Member since: Tue Jan 4, 2005, 04:36 PM
Number of posts: 23,874

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French teenager may become the first woman to play Major League Baseball

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/meet-the-french-teenager-trying-to-become-the-first-woman-in-mlb-192452046.html

Major League Baseball is one step closer to having its first female player. On Sunday, 16-year-old French teenager Melissa Mayeux became the first known female to be added to MLB's international registration list.

That means Mayeux is eligible to be signed by a club during the next international signing period, which begins July 2.

While anyone can attempt to register for the list, only players who have the potential to be signed actually make the cut. Even if Mayeux isn't signed by a club, the fact that she was accepted for the list solidifies her status as a legitimate baseball prospect.

Some within the game have been pretty impressed with her skills, according to MLB.com.
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Oldie but goodie From DKos: Someone finally polled the 1% (on various issues) and it's not pretty

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/29/1302820/-Someone-finally-polled-the-1-And-it-s-not-pretty

On May 22, The Campaign for America's Future gave a conference on The New Populist Majority. The keynote speaker was Elizabeth Warren. The conference confronted the meme that the US is a "center-right" country.

Most interesting to me was the fact that they obtained poll results from "the 1%." Typically, "upper income" in polling is considered "over $250K/yr" or even "over $150K/yr." Such people are rich compared to most, but they do not have enough money to buy elections with their spare change.

The poll results for this comparison came from the Russell Sage Foundation. "Elites" are defined as at or near "the 1%" in wealth with an average income of $1M/yr or more. The perspectives of this group are compared to responses from other polls such as Pew and Gallup.

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I'm not a Bernie fan, but at least DU is finally talking about antisemitic dog whistles in a serious

way and not summarily dismissing them.

Many of us in this group have only been trying for how many years now?

I got married today! :-)



That's my wife, our baby daughter and my daughter from a previous marriage.

FYI - Beware that Bernie supporters are mischaracterizing posts because they want to get a Hillary

supporter banned in retribution for SKP being banned.

See this: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=6789807 and the various subthreads around it.

and this thread http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=6782740 which culminated in this post http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026782652#post89 where I was laughing at her personal attack on me and threat to post a link, not about what happened to her son. Bernie supporters are spinning it as if I laughed at her son dying to try to get me banned and are harassing me about that in various posts.

Of course I would never laugh about someones child dying, but that is how they are trying to spin that.

If you are justifying use of the "C-word" because someone supports the candidate you support...

... you might have lost all perspective in your support of that candidate.

I find it additionally interesting that many who are doing this have accused me and other Obama supporters of being cult-like or worshippers in my/our support of the President.

It's probably also not coincidental that many of these same folks have criticized me for going on Fox News but have nothing to say about Greenwald, Sanders, and Warren going on Fox News. They tend to bring up my appearances on that network after several exchanges on a subject when they feel they are not getting the upper hand.
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HYPOCRISY
hy·poc·ri·sy
həˈpäkrəsē/
noun
noun: hypocrisy; plural noun: hypocrisies
the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense.
synonyms: dissimulation, false virtue, cant, posturing, affectation, speciousness, empty talk, insincerity, falseness, deceit, dishonesty, mendacity, pretense, duplicity; More
antonyms: sincerity

My appearance on Fox & Friends this morning discussing Carly Fiorina's Presidential bid

Gee I am so surprised. Another Putin opponent is mysteriously shot or poisoned...

No doubt he will blame Nuland or Psaki or Kerry or Obama or the CIA or all the above.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/putins-russia-dont-walk-dont-eat-and-dont-drink

Putin’s Russia: Don’t Walk, Don’t Eat, and Don’t Drink
BY MASHA GESSEN

Last Saturday, on a beautiful, sunny afternoon, a friend and I were in Moscow discussing precautions. I confessed to a fear of apartment-building entryways because two people I knew, the parliament member Galina Starovoitova and the journalist Anna Politkovskaya, had been shot dead on their way up to their apartments. “Ever since Nemtsov was killed,” my friend said, referring to the February shooting of a Putin opponent, “I don’t know anything about precautions anymore. What are you supposed not to do now—walk the streets?”

It would also be prudent now to stop eating and drinking. On Wednesday, Vladimir Kara-Murza, a thirty-three-year-old opposition journalist, was hospitalized in critical condition after he collapsed at his office in Moscow. He was diagnosed with renal failure that had resulted from acute intoxication. Put more simply, the problem was poison.

It is not clear when and how Kara-Murza may have been poisoned, but Russian activists and journalists who get enough death threats and take them sufficiently seriously to hire bodyguards are also usually careful about what they ingest.
Soon after the chess champion Garry Kasparov quit the sport to go into politics full time, in 2004, he hired a team of eight bodyguards, who not only accompanied him everywhere but also carried drinking water and food for Kasparov to eat at meals shared in public. Three years ago, Kasparov told me that what he liked most about foreign travel was being able to shed his bodyguards for a while. A year after that, threats drove him to leave Russia permanently.

Attacks by poisoning are possibly even more common in Russia than assassinations by gunfire. Most famously, Alexander Litvinenko, a secret-police whistle-blower, was killed by polonium in London, in 2006. Last week, British newspapers reported that a Russian businessman who dropped dead while jogging in a London suburb in 2012 had been killed by a rare plant poison. He had been a key witness in a money-laundering case that had originally been exposed by the Moscow accountant Sergei Magnitsky, who was tortured to death, in 2009, in a Russian jail.


L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers. Thoughts?

I'm inclined to give organized labor the leeway and benefit of the doubt to do this but I have to admit I am not a huge fan. The reason might be that labor might want to offer firms a slightly lower wage in favor of a bigger benefits package. I'd prefer that labor find other ways to collectively bargain that doesn't involve a lower wage.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-los-angeles-minimum-wage-unions-20150526-story.html

Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces.

The push to include an exception to the mandated wage increase for companies that let their employees collectively bargain was the latest unexpected detour as the city nears approval of its landmark legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.

For much of the past eight months, labor activists have argued against special considerations for business owners, such as restaurateurs, who said they would have trouble complying with the mandated pay increase.

But Rusty Hicks, who heads the county Federation of Labor and helps lead the Raise the Wage coalition, said Tuesday night that companies with workers represented by unions should have leeway to negotiate a wage below that mandated by the law.
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Person accused of rape by mattress hauling Columbia student had a prior accusation (at least one)

http://jezebel.com/i-am-not-a-pretty-little-liar-1705996719

At this point, I should be used to seeing backlash against Emma Sulkowicz, but I still wasn’t fully prepared for what came this week: endless tittering of people around me in real life and in my social feeds saying they “weren’t sure” about Emma’s choice to carry her mattress to Columbia’s graduation; the insistence that Emma’s alleged assailant Paul Nungesser had been “proven innocent” by Columbia and exonerated by the NYPD; the posters someone put up around Columbia with Emma’s picture on them, calling her a “PRETTY LITTLE LIAR.”

Every time I read another version of this narrative—that Nungesser merely “picked the wrong friends,” that the complaints against him were a calculated vendetta—my stomach flopped. Don’t forget: before he appealed away the conviction, Paul Nungesser was found responsible for sexually assaulting a woman at Columbia. And I’m writing this because that woman was me.

When I filed the complaint against Paul, I didn’t know it would turn into a national event. It was over a year before Emma started carrying that weight, months before what happened at Columbia helped sparked a national dialogue about rape on college campus. I was just trying to do the right thing.

The incident happened my junior year at Columbia, when Paul followed me upstairs at a party, came into a room with me uninvited, closed the door behind us, and grabbed me. I politely said, “Hey, no, come on, let’s go back downstairs.” He didn’t listen. He held me close to him as I said no, and continued to pull me against him. I pushed him off and left the room quickly. I told a few friends and my boyfriend at the time how creepy and weird it was. I tried to find excuses for his behavior. I did a decent job of pushing it out of my mind.
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