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A reminder to be careful about what you post online

Re: any personal info- I know that goes without saying but just a reminder

I'm saying this because I came across a really chilling right wing nut/ gun humper website that apparently watches DU. I'm not sure if its within the TOS to link it, so I won't. If it is I will post it. Anyhoo, as some of these ( what seems to me- fishy threads) start popping up - I started googling the content to see what I would find - one topic lead me to this wing nut gun humper site where they had posted the topic on that site and stated that DU was going crazy over it - there were some pretty disparaging remarks in that thread about DU and Liberals. Apparently the poster thinks its fun to watch DU for laughs.

Anyhoo, I wanted to see what the site was about. So I started to look at the other threads. Hate filled about liberals, immigrants, minorities, stock piling ammunition, weapons. It was jarring to think these people had an eye on DU. We need stronger gun laws for sure. I already know that. But those people posting on that site are a sure reminder.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Sun Jun 30, 2019, 11:54 PM (61 replies)

I'm incredibly impressed with our women

Specifically

Kamala Harris
Elizabeth Warren
Amy Klobuchar




As I was just listening to Zerlina Maxwell, I just thought about how incredible this moment in history is. Those 3 women are serious contenders to be president. They came off as well prepared, self assured, CONFIDENT. Elizabeth and Kamala won both of their debates but Amy had her moments when the men seemed to have no comeback. They are setting such wonderful examples for our young women and girls that are watching. So many young girls lack self esteem and confidence.

Here's an article from the Boston Globe

[link:https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/06/28/and-then-there-were-six/m9oQeRwCSeVMSXihrxCuYI/story.html|

Female candidates make history, waves in debate
By Stephanie Ebbert Globe Staff,June 28, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
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There was no Lazio moment. No woman was dubbed “nasty” or “likable enough,” at least while the mics were still hot.

The first presidential debate to feature multiple female candidates was notable for its lack of gendered gaffes, as well as the breakout performances of Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.

“It’s historic enough that we had six women over two nights of the debate,” said Betsy Fischer Martin, executive director of the Women & Politics Institute at the American University School of Public Affairs. “But to have, each night, one of the women rise to the top, I think was definitely something that was exciting.”

More women took the debate stage this week than had in all of American history, and their appearances gave viewers their first-ever array of alternatives in one election. Though some skeptics have misgivings about putting another female nominee up against President Trump after Hillary Clinton’s bruising experience in 2016, several female candidates beat back concerns, said Mary Anne Marsh, a Democratic strategist.

“Who can take on Donald Trump most effectively” is Democrats’ top priority, Marsh noted. “Out of these two debates, Warren and Harris are the two candidates who proved they could.”




Posted by tulipsandroses | Sat Jun 29, 2019, 01:03 PM (4 replies)

Homeless young father shamed by nosy woman on social media for sleeping between shifts at McDonald's

I hope this woman feels like the gum on the bottom of my shoe. What is astonishing is that after she complained to the supervisors and they told her they were OK with him sleeping in the booth, she was not ok with their answer and went ahead and posted the picture on social media. But her evil deed lead to the community rallying to his aid. Americans still care about one another.


Homeless young father shamed by nosy woman on social media for sleeping between shifts at McDonald’s job gets community support
[link:https://thegrio.com/2019/06/25/homeless-young-father-shamed-by-nosy-woman-on-social-media-for-sleeping-between-shifts-at-mcdonalds-job-gets-community-support/|

A nosy woman not minding her business posted a picture shaming a McDonald’s worker for sleeping in a booth before reporting him to his superiors.

But what Nosy Nancy didn’t know is that the man was getting some shut-eye between shifts since he’s homeless.

Simon Childs says he was hurt that he was put on blast when a woman posted his picture on social media and complained about the sleeping employee at the Fayette County, Georgia fast-food restaurant.

Now the community has rallied behind homeless dad and donations have poured from complete strangers who are giving him clothes for his kid and contributions for him to get a hotel room, WSBTV reports.

“I’ve been going through a hard time with my mom passing,” Childs told the outlet on Monday.

“Everything I do, I want to work for it,” the 21-year-old father said. He’s on his own and raising a young son.

But in just a matter of days, the tables turned in his favor. He came to work and was flooded with support from people donating diapers for his son, clothes and plenty of supplies.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Tue Jun 25, 2019, 07:01 PM (19 replies)

Elizabeth Warren's Takedown of Wells Fargo CEO

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Posted by tulipsandroses | Mon Jun 24, 2019, 01:28 AM (5 replies)

What Mayor Pete could learn from Bobby Kennedy

I mentioned that I was thinking about Bobby Kennedy as I watch Mayor Pete navigate this tragedy. This is a bit of a read. But relevant for these times.


The Most Trusted White Man in Black America

[link:https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/07/robert-f-kennedy-race-relations-martin-luther-king-assassination-214021|
Bobby Kennedy started out clueless on race, and yet he died a civil rights hero. His learning curve should inspire today’s leaders.



The best clue to where the participants at the historic gathering stood was where they sat. All 11 African-Americans lined up on one side of the Kennedy family drawing room overlooking Central Park, the five whites on the other. It was Harlem vs. Hickory Hill. The partition was a fitting one for the spring of 1963, when demarcation of the races was written into law across the American South and into practice in the rest of the land. But it was not an auspicious beginning to an urgent conclave that the black novelist James Baldwin had pulled together, at the request of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, to talk about why a volcano of rage was building up in Northern ghettos and why mainstream civil rights leaders couldn’t or wouldn’t quell it as summer approached.

A second sign that the meeting was ill-fated was not who had been invited but who had not. Baldwin assembled a motley collection of fellow artists, academics, and second-tier civil rights leaders, along with his lawyer, secretary, literary agent, brother, and brother’s girlfriend. Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t welcome, nor were the top people from the NAACP and the Urban League, because Bobby Kennedy wanted a no-holds-barred critique of their leadership. He also hoped for a sober discussion of what the Kennedy administration should do, with African-Americans who knew After feeding his guests a light buffet and settling them in chairs or on footstools, Bobby opened the discussion on tame and self-serving notes. He listed all that he and his brother John F. Kennedy had accomplished in advancing African-American rights, explaining why their efforts were groundbreaking. He warned that the politics of race could get dicey with voters going to the polls in just 18 months and conservative white Democrats threatening to bolt. “We have a party in revolt and we have to be somewhat considerate about how to keep them on board if the Democratic Party is going to prevail in the next elections,” said the attorney general. He had already implied that he was among friends by tossing his jacket onto the back of his chair, rolling up his shirtsleeves and welcoming everyone into his father’s elegant apartment. Now he wanted these friends to explain why so many of their African-American brethren were being drawn to dangerous radicals like Malcolm X and his Black Muslims.



Kenneth Clark, black America’s preeminent psychologist, came prepared to lay out studies and statistics to document that corrosive racial divide, but he never got the chance. Jerome Smith, a young activist who had held back as long as he could, suddenly shattered the calm, his stammer underlining his anger. “Mr. Kennedy, I want you to understand I don’t care anything about you and your brother,” he began. “I don’t know what I’m doing here, listening to all this cocktail party patter.” The real threat to white America wasn’t the Black Muslims, Smith insisted, it was when nonviolence advocates like him lost hope. The 24-year-old’s record made his words resonate. He had suffered as many savage beatings as any civil rights protester of the era, including one for which he was getting medical care in New York. But his patience and his pacifism were wearing thin, he warned his rapt audience. If the police came at him with more guns, dogs and hoses, he would answer with a weapon of his own. “When I pull a trigger,” he said, “kiss it goodbye.”

Bobby was shocked, but Smith wasn’t through. Not only would young blacks like him fight to protect their rights at home, he said, but they would refuse to fight for America in Cuba, Vietnam or any of the other places the Kennedys saw threats. “Never! Never! Never!” This was unfathomable to Bobby. “You will not fight for your country?” asked the attorney general, who had lost one brother and nearly a second at war. “How can you say that?” Rather than backing down, Smith said just being in the room with Bobby “makes me nauseous.” Others chimed in, demanding to know why the government couldn’t get tougher in taking on racist laws and ghetto blight. Lorraine Hansberry, who wrote the play A Raisin in the Sun, stood to say she was sickened as well. “You’ve got a great many very, very accomplished people in this room, Mr. Attorney General. But the only man who should be listened to is that man over there,” she said, pointing to Smith.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Mon Jun 24, 2019, 12:44 AM (1 replies)

Thank you Julian Castro for addressing terrorism against minorities

Yes I am calling it terrorism. I am sick of politicians afraid of addressing this issue. Afraid of police unions. I don't think he has a shot. But I am so glad someone brought it up.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Sat Jun 22, 2019, 11:40 AM (2 replies)

Black Harvard Students Want The University To Divest From The Prison-Industrial Complex

Black Harvard Students Want The University To Divest From The Prison-Industrial Complex

[link:https://www.essence.com/news/black-harvard-students-prison-industrial-complex/|

THE HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRISON DIVESTMENT CAMPAIGN FIGHTS FOR THE INCARCERATED, BUT HARVARD PRESIDENT LAWRENCE BACOW REMAINS UNMOVED.


Harvard University students are attempting to push the institution to divest from the prison-industrial complex. For a center of learning that claims to value truth above all else, these students say that Harvard’s significant investment in the suffering of others delegitimizes that stated value.

According to the students, the administration — led by Harvard President Lawrence Bacow —has been resistant to resolving concerns about the endowment’s large investments in the horrors of mass incarceration.

Poring through U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings pertaining to Harvard, the campaign says that they were able to determine that at least 3 million dollars of Harvard‘s 39.2 billion dollar endowment were being funneled into the prison-industrial complex. The students stress that they know the details of only a small portion of the endowment — 425 million dollars. It’s possible that Harvard has profited even more from this oppressive industry.

According to the Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign Website, through a Mid-Cap ETF Fund, the university is connected to private prison operators like Core Civic and the GEO Group. These companies own immigrant detention centers, where people are often subjected to human rights violations. Children have experienced sexual abuse, mental trauma, and many immigrants have died while in custody. Other detention centers have denied adequate health care to pregnant women.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Fri Jun 21, 2019, 11:15 PM (0 replies)

And another one - Baltimore Police Officer Charged With Assault And False Imprisonment

Baltimore Police Officer Charged With Assault And False Imprisonment After Brutal Arrest Is Caught On Camera

[link:https://blavity.com/baltimore-police-officer-charged-with-assault-and-false-imprisonment-after-brutal-arrest-is-caught-on-camera|


Police Sgt. Ethan Newberg was charged with assault, false imprisonment and misconduct after tackling and arresting a bystander.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said Sgt. Ethan Newberg has been charged with assault, false imprisonment and misconduct after bodycam video footage showed the officer tackling and arresting a man.
Newberg, 49, has been on the force for 24 years and The Baltimore Sun noted that he was the city's second highest paid employee in 2018. Through his work and overtime, he was able to rake in $243,000. In fact, he made more than the mayor last year.


Footage from the bodycam showed Newberg arresting another man on May 30 and forcing him to sit on the curb. Lee Dotson was walking by and asked the officers why they were leaving the man on the wet sidewalk.
Newberg immediately became enraged and tackled 30-year-old Dotson by the neck, hitting him while dragging him down. His partner joined him in holding him down by the neck and handcuffs him. As the incident unfolded, Dotson asked why he was being arrested.

"Because you don’t know how to act,” Newberg says in front of about eight officers." "Just go to jail and take your charge like a man.”

The other officers allowed Newberg to arrest Dotson and bring him to the station, where he was later released once prosecutors learned of the situation. Newberg initially lied on the police report and said Dotson was impeding his arrest of the other man by "creating a hostile crowd." Once the bodycam video was released, it was clear the officer's account was untrue.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Tue Jun 18, 2019, 10:44 PM (8 replies)

Why won't someone ask him for proof? He keeps saying companies are moving to the US

See this is the bullshit that his followers believe. I wish reporters would push him on this. What companies? Can you give us a name?
I have yet to read this anywhere. From what I have read, companies considering leaving China are not coming to the US, so still No US jobs!!! They are even considering Mexico!!! - Some of these companies were already planning to move before the tarrifs by the way. Why do they allow him to get away with lying.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Wed Jun 12, 2019, 03:06 PM (5 replies)

Better Schools Won't Fix America

Abigail Disney's discussion this morning on Stephanie Ruhle's Show made me think of this article I read yesterday.

Better Schools Won’t Fix America
Like many rich Americans, I used to think educational investment could heal the country’s ills—but I was wrong. Fighting inequality must come first.

[link:https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/07/education-isnt-enough/590611/|



Long ago, i was captivated by a seductively intuitive idea, one many of my wealthy friends still subscribe to: that both poverty and rising inequality are largely consequences of America’s failing education system. Fix that, I believed, and we could cure much of what ails America.

This belief system, which I have come to think of as “educationism,” is grounded in a familiar story about cause and effect: Once upon a time, America created a public-education system that was the envy of the modern world. No nation produced more or better-educated high-school and college graduates, and thus the great American middle class was built. But then, sometime around the 1970s, America lost its way. We allowed our schools to crumble, and our test scores and graduation rates to fall. School systems that once churned out well-paid factory workers failed to keep pace with the rising educational demands of the new knowledge economy. As America’s public-school systems foundered, so did the earning power of the American middle class. And as inequality increased, so did political polarization, cynicism, and anger, threatening to undermine American democracy itself.


Taken with this story line, I embraced education as both a philanthropic cause and a civic mission. I co-founded the League of Education Voters, a nonprofit dedicated to improving public education. I joined Bill Gates, Alice Walton, and Paul Allen in giving more than $1 million each to an effort to pass a ballot measure that established Washington State’s first charter schools. All told, I have devoted countless hours and millions of dollars to the simple idea that if we improved our schools—if we modernized our curricula and our teaching methods, substantially increased school funding, rooted out bad teachers, and opened enough charter schools—American children, especially those in low-income and working-class communities, would start learning again. Graduation rates and wages would increase, poverty and inequality would decrease, and public commitment to democracy would be restored.
But after decades of organizing and giving, I have come to the uncomfortable conclusion that I was wrong. And I hate being wrong.

What I’ve realized, decades late, is that educationism is tragically misguided. American workers are struggling in large part because they are underpaid—and they are underpaid because 40 years of trickle-down policies have rigged the economy in favor of wealthy people like me. Americans are more highly educated than ever before, but despite that, and despite nearly record-low unemployment, most American workers—at all levels of educational attainment—have seen little if any wage growth since 2000.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Tue Jun 11, 2019, 10:18 AM (2 replies)
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