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Dr. Mae Jemison on the need for science literacy 22.6.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Physician, astronaut and engineer Dr. Mae Jemison says everybody needs to be "science literate" to think their way through the day, and be a contributing member of society.
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Why the South Still Has Such High HIV Rates 21.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Increased funding, targeted prevention efforts and better treatment have helped to slow down the HIV epidemic in the United States. The number of new HIV-positive cases has  decreased  significantly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the number of new HIV diagnoses declining by 19 percent from 2005 to 2014. This is not the case in many parts of the country, however. As AIDS and public health researchers, we are among those who are alarmed by areas in the southern United States where the numbers of cases have not declined and even more by the areas in which increases have occurred. In particular, we have seen some disturbing trends in Prince George's County, Maryland, where we do research on AIDS and health disparities. These are similar to trends in other nonurban settings in the southern United States where a majority of African-Americans live. Southern Nonurban Black Communities in Crisis In Prince George's County, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC, the number ...
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Former FCC Commissioner: Net Neutrality Is a First Amendment Issue 21.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
In just a few short months, the Trump wrecking ball has pounded away at rules and regulations in virtually every government agency. The men and women the president has appointed to the Cabinet and to head those agencies are so far in sycophantic lockstep, engaged in dismantling years of protections in order to make real what White House strategist Steve Bannon infamously described as "the deconstruction of the administrative state." The Federal Communications Commission is not immune. Its new chair, Republican Ajit Pai, embraces the Trump doctrine of regulatory devastation. "It's basic economics," he declared in  an April 26 speech at Washington's Newseum . "The more heavily you regulate something, the less of it you're likely to get." His goal is to stem the tide of media reform that in recent years has made significant progress for American citizens. Even as we rely more than ever on digital media for information, education and entertainment, Pai and his GOP colleagues at the FCC seek to turn back the ...
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Why the White Worker Theme Is Harmful 21.6.2017 American Prospect
This article appears in the Summer 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  “After all, if every economic issue is framed as a struggle between a hard-working white middle class and undeserving minorities, then workers of all shades will be left fighting for scraps while the wealthy withdraw further into their private enclaves.”  —Barack Obama, Farewell Address, Chicago, January 2017 After three losses to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, a trifecta last accomplished by Presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover, there was much hand-wringing among Democrats about the loss of the South and the vanishing loyalty of Southern whites. William Galston and Elaine Kamarck at the Progressive Policy Institute argued that the electoral math made the South the true presidential battleground; that Democrats could not win by being more liberal or hoping to motivate black and poor voters to increase their voter participation. Thomas Edsall and Mary Edsall similarly warned in the pages of The ...
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Book review: ‘Daring to Drive’ illuminates Saudi woman’s life 21.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Beset by traffic, smog and other distractions, it’s easy to forget that driving a car is an act of free will, in theory transcending race, class and gender. Then imagine what life would be like if American women weren’t allowed to drive. Need to go to the hospital? No. Pick up kids after work? No. Visit family or friends? No. The only options are call a driver or wait for a male relative. Manal Al-Sharif illuminates the insidious nature of that reality in Saudi Arabia. “Daring to Drive” is a bra...
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Should This College Operator Run a Key Federal Oversight Panel? 20.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
For some people engaged in the world of higher education politics, watching Arthur Keiser ascend the dais at a Washington, DC, hotel Tuesday morning as the new chair of the US Department of Education's National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) -- the group of experts charged with advising the Department on the performance of college accrediting organizations -- might be a bit like watching Donald Trump get sworn in as President of the United States: hard to fathom. In fact, Keiser has some things in common with Trump, besides that both own properties in Florida. And these things are part of what makes Keiser's ascendancy to the NACIQI chairmanship troubling. Keiser University's Record First, both Keiser and Trump have run universities bearing their family names -- and both have settled cases with the government, cases charging that their schools engaged in fraud. Trump University was unaccredited, and thus not eligible for federal student aid dollars, but Keiser's ...
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In the Midst of This Week’s Shootings, A Look Back to the ’54 Carnage. 19.6.2017 The Moderate Voice
Historic Quote: “I’ve had all the shooting I can take for one day.” – Iowa Congressman Ben Jensen to his Tennessee colleague Clifford Davis. The two had been sharing a hospital room after being wounded in the U.S. Capitol shooting and were arguing over whether they should listen to “Raw Hide” on the radio (as ...
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Young American women are poorer than their moms and grandmas, and more likely to commit suicide 19.6.2017 LA Times: Nation

Young American women are poorer than their mothers and grandmothers were when they were young, more likely to commit suicide and be shut out of high-paying tech jobs — an overall demise in well-being since the Baby Boom generation, according to a new report.

The report by the Population Reference...

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Dept Of Education’s Candice E. Jackson Is A Fraud 19.6.2017 Crooks Liars
The New York Times just reported that the Department of We Don’t Need No Education has decided that the United States no longer needs to have much of a civil rights office. A memorandum written by Candice E. Jackson, acting head of the civil rights division, has effectively removed federal oversight in all civil rights matters and will allow individual states to decide how to deal with their cases. You know, because there’s no such thing as racism, sexism or prejudice in Trump’s America anymore. During the Obama presidency, the department attempted to identify and address systemic issues in education whether it was racial, gender, gender identity etc. This in-depth approach and a lack of funding from Congress caused a backlog of cases. With Trump’s budget proposal to starve the department and further cut 46 more full time positions, Betsy DeVos has decided to do what all rich, entitled white people do and simply walk away from the problem, pretending it doesn’t ...
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The State Department just broke a promise to minority and female recruits 19.6.2017 Washington Post
The State Department just broke a promise to minority and female recruits
Rural Indian girls get discrimination-fighting tool: soccer 18.6.2017 AP Top News
HUTUP, India (AP) -- The aging bus meanders through the narrow streets of a tiny village in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, the smell of manure wafting through the air. A thick darkness blankets the neighborhood ahead of the early morning sunrise....
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Rural Indian girls get discrimination-fighting tool: soccer 18.6.2017 Washington Post: World
The aging bus meanders through the narrow streets of a tiny village in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, the smell of manure wafting through the air. A thick darkness blankets the neighborhood ahead of the early morning sunrise.
This week at progressive state blogs: Graphs show how much VA Dems won; open letter to black America 18.6.2017 Daily Kos
This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Let me know via comments or Kosmail if you have a favorite state- or city-based blog you think I should be watching. Here is the May 27 edition. Inclusion of a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—or endorsement of—its contents. lowkell at Blue Virginia writes— Two Graphs Show How Badly VA Dems Trounced VA Republicans Tuesday : I might add a few more graphs later, showing some key House of Delegates districts as well, but for now, check these out (below). Note that for both governor and Lt. Governor, Democrats’ first-place finishers demolished Republicans’ first-place finishers — by over 70,000 votes for governor (Northam over Gillespie) and by over 100,000 (!) votes for Lt. Governor (Fairfax over Vogel).   Also worth noting is that Democrats’ second-place finishers trounced the Republicans’ first-place finishers — by 79k votes for ...
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Pakistani rape survivor Mukhtar Mai comes to L.A. to see justice, if only onstage 17.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

On Thursday night, Mukhtar Mai went to the opera for the first time in her life. And though the experience might have been new for the Pakistani educator and activist, the opera’s plot was wholly familiar.

Mai came to Los Angeles from her home in Meerwala, Pakistan, to attend the West Coast premiere...

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Trump Takes Aim at Obama's Détente With Cuba 16.6.2017
President Donald Trump speaks about US-Cuba relations at the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami, June 16, 2017. Trump announced Friday that he was reversing crucial pieces of the Obama-era policy of engagement with Cuba. (Photo: Al Drago / The New York Times) Trump has rolled back some of Obama's steps toward normalization of US-Cuba relations, citing Cuba's human rights record. This rationale is spurious, considering Trump's own dealings with Saudi Arabia, which has a horrendous human rights record. Trump's cutbacks will only hurt ordinary Cubans and Americans and the several businesses established after Obama's détente with Cuba. President Donald Trump speaks about US-Cuba relations at the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami, June 16, 2017. Trump announced Friday that he was reversing crucial pieces of the Obama-era policy of engagement with Cuba. (Photo: Al Drago / The New York Times) HAVANA -- Making good on his deal with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-Florida), President Donald ...
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Shooting heightens lawmakers' security fears amid growing partisan rancor 16.6.2017 LA Times: Nation

The voice-mail messages left at Arizona Republican Rep. Martha McSally’s office were explicit: “Our sights are set on you. Right between your [expletive] eyes.” Another said, “Your days are numbered.”

A female caller recently warned Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) that he would soon know her name...

Why do men harass women? New study sheds light on motivations 16.6.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Researchers interviewed 4,830 men in the Middle East and came to some surprising conclusions.
How Trump has made the Department of Health and Human Services a center of false science on contraception 16.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Contraception policy may not be the biggest target of the anti-science right wing — climate change and evolution probably rank higher — but it’s the field in which scientific disinformation has the most immediate consequences for public health.

So it’s especially disturbing that President Trump...

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New York art collector sells painting for $165 million to start fund to end mass incarceration 13.6.2017 Daily Kos
The New York art scene is known for a variety of things but racial and social justice don’t necessarily come to mind when thinking about its collectors and patrons. However, Agnes Gund  is intent on changing that—one expensive art piece at a time. In January, amid many rumors, she sold her 1962 piece entitled “Masterpiece” by Roy Lichtenstein for $165 million—one of the highest known prices ever paid for a piece of art. Ms. Gund is confirming that sale now, revealing that she parted with the painting (for what was actually $165 million, including fees) for a specific purpose: to create a fund that supports criminal justice reform and seeks to reduce mass incarceration in the United States. This new  Art for Justice Fund  — to be announced Monday at the Museum of Modern Art, where Ms. Gund is president emerita — will start with $100 million of the proceeds from the Lichtenstein (which was sold to the collector Steven A. Cohen through Acquavella Gallery). In addition to her own donation, Gund has ...
Suit aims to force Education Department to release information about campus sexual assault investigations 13.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The National Women’s Law Center filed suit Monday against the Education Department to force the release of information about federal enforcement of Title IX, a law that governs how schools handle campus sexual harassment and assault. In Utah alone, three schools — the University of Utah, Brigham Young University and Westminster College — are under investigation for potentially mishandling sexual-assault complaints. In addition, a Dixie State University student has filed a complaint ...
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