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Friday, March 10, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked dozens of U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Obama to submit their resignations, the Department of Justice announced Friday. U.S. attorneys are normally replaced at the beginning of new administrations. Of the 93 U.S. attorneys, 46 remain from the past administration, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). ... The call for resignations applies to Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, the New York Times reported. The move is a surprise, as Bharara reportedly met with Trump after the election and agreed to remain in his position during the Trump administration. Sessions also asked him to stay, the prosecutor told The New York Times. read more


A residential advisor at Pitzer College sent a campus-wide email informing students -- white women, in particular -- that they should stop wearing hoop earrings.

Hooped earrings "actually come from a historical background of oppression and exclusion," wrote Alegria Martinez, according to The Claremont Independent. "Why should white girls be able to take part in this culture?"

The email was intended to serve as an explanation for the appearance of a message, "White girl take off your hoops!!!" on Pitzer's free speech wall. In her email to campus, Martinez identified herself as one of the authors of the message. read more


Thursday, March 09, 2017

The teachers' pension fund in Puerto Rico looks very much like a legalized Ponzi scheme -- one that might hold a warning for teachers across America.

Puerto Rico, where the money to pay teachers' pensions is expected to run out next year, has become a particularly extreme example of a problem facing states including Illinois, New Jersey and Pennsylvania: As teachers' pension costs keep rising, young teachers are being squeezed -- sometimes hard. One study found that more than three-fourths of all American teachers hired at age 25 will end up paying more into pension plans than they ever get back.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Clinton's message was devoid of policy discussions in a way not seen in the previous four presidential contests.

Other big lessons drawn in the paper include:

The impact of advertising may depend on the larger media environment and knowledge of the candidates. Ie. It's much more difficult for advertising to have an impact in a media environment that is saturated with sensational media coverage of the campaign -- and of two already well-known candidates -- but that does not mean that all advertising fails to work.
Message matters, and a message repeated endlessly does no good unless it resonates with a sufficient number of the right voters. Team Clinton's message that Trump was unfit for the presidency may not have been enough.
What happens at the presidential level does not always follow down ballot.

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Monday, March 06, 2017

The unfolding story of gender in sport is best understood against the backdrop of the past. Sex verification of female athletes began as a means to deter gender fraud in the 1930s and '40s. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) created a Medical Commission in 1961 to check sex according to chromosomes – females generally have two X chromosomes, and males an X and Y. The committee even granted ‘certificates of femininity' on the basis its genetic results.

But this binary code hasn't held up. Not all females have two X chromosomes. And there are individuals with an X and Y chromosome who look and live like females because of androgen insensitivity syndrome, which inhibits the impact of testosterone on the cells.

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If that's truly the case, you don't understand either aspect.
#11 | POSTED BY DANFORTH

Sure I don't, you can't describe it, but I don't understand it ;)

ACA main mantra even you said you self years ago, was cost cutting. More people on medicaid, and medicare, and idea of government run healthcare.

To save money eventually the government will want your DNA. If you are against the government owning your DNA you are against lowering the cost of healthcare. That the whole point of this.

The government storing DNA, IMO is a big problem, they could use it to kill people without any knowledge. We see this with the wikileaks CIA dump, imagine custom bacteria that will only kill you, without a trace. This isn't fantasy that is how bacteria works.

Collecting it for resale and denial purposes...not so much.
#13 | POSTED BY DANFORTH

I could see Data anonymization and reselling it for statistical analysis and future drug manufactures.
I could also see being denied certain tests given your genetics, which is where the huge savings will be. For instance, not all women need to check for BreastCancer.
I could see you being given certain test given your genetics.

IOW: It would optimize the testing.

"Would love to hear a small-government conservative take on being forced to submit your genetic information"

I am completely against it, I am against government running my healthcare which is what this is really about.

We are going down this path, of genetics being part of the equation. The question is who do you want holding that information?

Many people who know they had a potential to inherit genes that cause certain cancers, etc. choose not to have those tests. They simply don't want to know. - Danni

This is a good point, and the response is since you are putting the system at more risk to fund your healthcare, you should pay more. Regardless of whether you need too or not.

Without cultural appropriation there would be no jazz, no rock and roll, lots of other types of music, art, etc. It is fine to bring your culture to America but you don't own it.
#34 | POSTED BY DANNI

Perhaps, but that is not what is being taught in "universities" any longer.....

This is at Yale, imagine at smaller more "liberal" colleges .... its a sad state of affairs.....
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So we are conflating Federal uniforms and committing fraud with wearing hoop earrings?

I do find Snoofy entertaining, though he seems to suffer from a PragmaticLanguageImpairment; a literalist when reading, a generalist when he writing. A troll to boot, but entertaining nonetheless.

First they came for the Capitalist, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Capitalist.
Then they came for the cake bakers, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a cake baker.
Then they came for the Hoop-earrings, and I did not speak out --
Because I don't wear earrings.
Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me. - Snoofy

Americans aren't chomping at the bits to go work in the fields for less than minimum wage. Or even minimum wage. Those jobs will, for the most part, go unfilled.
#18 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK

Actually what happened here in Gilroy was the garlic producers paid better wages. ... what is the problem, win win I say?
www.thepacker.com

Nulli, why do you want lettuce farmers to suffer?
#17 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Why do you want women crossing the border to suffer? Better to suffer financial loss than being physically raped, at least thats my opinion.

80% Of Central American Women, Girls Are Raped Crossing Into The U.S.
www.huffingtonpost.com

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