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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

What makes a Harvey Weinstein moment? The now-disgraced Hollywood mogul is hardly the first powerful man to stand accused of having abused women. The Harveys who preceded Harvey himself are legion ... In the relatively recent past, a roster of prominent offenders would include Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, and, of course, Donald Trump. Throw in various jocks, maestros, senior military officers, members of the professoriate and you end up with quite a list ... In our post-Harvey world, men charged with sexual misconduct are guilty until proven innocent, all crimes are capital offenses, and there exists no statute of limitations ... Once a largely empty corporate slogan, "zero tolerance" has become a battle cry ... read more


Monday, January 22, 2018

Tucson Desert View High School chemistry teacher Jonathan Cadena wasn't supposed to be at school Thursday. ... At work that day, he was surprised with a $25,000 check and the Milken Educator Award. The award, created by Lowell Milken and the Milken Family Foundation, was created 31 years ago to honor top educators across the country. ... This year, 44 educators across the country have or will be presented the award ... "When I was in school, I was fortunate to have a number of outstanding teachers and I was always somewhat shocked by the fact that there was no mechanism, no opportunity for these teachers to be honored, celebrated and recognized," Milken said. Because of that, one of his top priorities when he started the Milken Family Foundation was to find a way to recognize educators. read more


The gap between the super rich and the rest of the world widened last year as wealth continued to be owned by a small minority, Oxfam has claimed. Some 82% of money generated last year went to the richest 1% of the global population while the poorest half saw no increase at all, the charity said. Oxfam said its figures -- which critics have queried - showed a failing system. It blamed tax evasion, firms' influence on policy, erosion of workers' rights, and cost cutting for the widening gap. Oxfam has produced similar reports for the past five years. In 2017 it calculated that the world's eight richest individuals had as much wealth as the poorest half of the world. read more


Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Bronx public school teacher whose social media was peppered with smiling snaps showing her laughing with friends or clutching a bottle of bubbly, was all scowls Saturday as she denied allegations she sexually assaulted a student. Dori Myers listened as prosecutors accused her of performing oral sex on a 14-year-old boy, and said a fellow teacher witnessed Myers massaging the victim. Myers, 29, a social studies teacher at The New School for Leadership and the Arts in Kingsbridge, was busted Friday night and charged with criminal sexual act in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child.


Bill Maher returned tonight with a new season of Real Time on HBO and delivered his closing monologue on the "#MeToo movement" and how it may be going too far. He said 'The Nothing Is Funny People' is trying to take over the world and we can't let them. ... Maher ripped Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York for turning #MeToo into '#MeCarthyism' for refusing to differentiate sexual harassment and sexual assault while declaring a line needs to be drawn that "none of it is okay." ... He complained that she is going "unchallenged" while laying out how there are different degrees of sexual misconduct ... Maher also responded to actress Mini Driver likening seeing a penis to rape... "This is madness," Maher said. "No one in the world would choose rape over seeing a penis." ... "We are losing the thread of thinking," he said. read more


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What does standing for the flag have to do with veterans?

#4 | POSTED BY TFDNIHILIST

Exactly

But American politics is so skewed toward dividing us, it was inevitable that douche-bag politicians would use patriotism and veterans as a wedge to divide everyday Americans over the issue of police unjustly killing black citizens.

The other day, Pence addressed the Israeli Knesset and was met by Palestinian protesters. Pence then said this ...

As the ushers finished clearing the MKs from the plenum, Pence continued his speech, saying he was "humbled to speak before such a vibrant democracy."

www.timesofisrael.com


So Pence is humbled to be in a vibrant democracy allowing such protests, but heaven forbid if right here in America kneeling NFL players protest during the national anthem to highlight abusive police treatment of African-Americans.

I'm an American, and I want a vibrant democracy right here, in America. And it doesn't help when politicians like Trump and Pence can so easily divide us.

Why do so many white Americans always fall for the old okey-doke????

Think teachers aren't paid enough? It's worse than you think.

www.washingtonpost.com

Everybody knows that nobody goes into teaching to get rich, but teachers don't expect to be penalized for their chosen profession. A new study finds that what is called the "teacher pay penalty" -- the difference between teachers and comparable public workers -- is bigger than ever.

Yet we as a country redistribute trillions of tax payer dollars to the wealthiest among us -- instead of using that money to strengthen the education system, from new schools to more teachers to paying these teachers -- we give all that money to people who don't even need it.

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