"We want fewer young men in jail. We want more of them in college. We want fewer young men on the streets. We want more in the boardrooms. We want everybody to have a chance to succeed in America. And it’s possible if we’ve got the kind of team that we set up today.” —President Obama
My superintendent is in the second row off Obama’s left shoulder. We are the 6th poorest city in the U.S.
The Violent Xenophobic Racism in Ireland
At 9pm last Tuesday, 44-year-old Chinese doctor, Wu Youzhong, went to investigate the sound of breaking glass outside his home in Coleraine, County Londonderry, in Ireland. When he arrived at his front door, he saw that the window had been smashed. An intruder then attacked him so violently that he had to be admitted to hospital for several days, and required consultation from an eye specialist. Dr Wu’s wife, Luo Ruoyin, said, “I heard he was just screaming in pain and I was scared. He was just holding his head and covering his eyes and blood was just running down everywhere.” The police are treating the attack as racially motivated; the couple, who have a two-year-old daughter, are reported to be intending to move away from the area.
The Chinese community in Ireland has long been a target of racial discrimination. Anna Lo, an Alliance Party politician born in Hong Kong who was elected to the Ireland Assembly in 2007, was the first politician from an ethnic minority at national level in Ireland, as well as the first East Asian to be elected anywhere in Britain. Her campaign was dogged by violent racism – including death threats – to the extent that she had to carry a panic alarm as a precaution. One far-Right website published pornographic images of Chinese women, alongside derogatory references to Anna Lo. “People from ethnic minorities are very frightened,” she said. “I have never seen ethnic minorities so fearful in Ireland.”
the crumbling myth of white supremacy. white supremacy is violent. white supremacy is destructive. white supremacy is pervasive. white supremacy kills.
Whoah….. I knew the Scots were bad but not the Irish. The Scots just dislike anyone who isn’t a Scot.
Paul Wellstone would be 70 years old today. We continue to be inspired by his words, his work, and his legacy.
Thanks to Wellstone Action for the graphic. http://ift.tt/1zYA0XG
And I’ve Got to Protect Myself (#315: March 20, 2014)
For over 20 years, the state of Indiana hoarded the blood of newborns without their parents’ consent. If your child was born in Indiana after 1991, chances are his or her blood sample is one of an estimated 2.5-million specimens currently stored in a warehouse, the location of which state officials have not disclosed.
Anyone who knows me well knows my unreasoning loathing of Indiana. The following is just grist for the mill.
But how do we talk libertarians out of thinking and acting like four-year-olds…
The counterpoint to that asinine “Have the homeless man cut your lawn for money” story.
I could not have said it better myself.
In a survey of scientists engaged in field research, the majority — 64 percent — said they had personally experienced sexual harassment while at a field site, and 22 percent reported being the victim of sexual assault.
Most of the people reporting harassment or assault were women, and the vast majority were still students or postdocs.
And for female victims, the perpetrator was more likely to be a superior, not a peer. “This is happening to them when they are trainees, when they are most vulnerable within the academic hierarchy,” says evolutionary biologist Katie Hinde , an author on the study in PLOS ONE. Hinde and her colleagues say this could be a factor in the large number of women who enter scientific fields but don’t continue.
Students work at an archaeological dig near Silchester, England.
In/outside and on/off the field, this is utterly disturbing and unacceptable.
Respect women, respect your students. They are scientists.
Wow. Just wow. No technocracy for me if it would include rape.
They’ve extended the deadline, *and* the hilarious Comic Sans PowerPoint you’ve been secretly working on about this whole thing can probably be sent as an attachment to their email. Let’s do this thing, people!
Our face if you’ve done the thing: (◡‿◡✿)
Our face if you have not done the thing yet: ಠ_ಠ
This guy is trying to cancel his Comcast service. This is 8 minutes of bullshit - he started recording after 10 minutes of this, so almost 20 minutes total of argument from this Comcast rep. How he keeps his calm is beyond me.
(Source: Gizmodo / ryan.block)