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  • Exclusive: Inside the Corrosive Workplace Culture of the Dallas Mavericks

    02/21/2018 5:49:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    SI ^ | February 20, 2018 | Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther
    It was an hour or so before tip–off. The Dallas Mavericks were hosting a nationally televised game during the 2010–11 NBA season. And, deep inside the American Airlines Center, a recently–hired Mavericks support staff employee was eating dinner in the media dining room. As the woman sat down, the team president and CEO, Terdema Ussery, asked if he could join her. She grew nervous, not because Ussery was her boss’s boss, or because he was one of the most prominent figures in the Dallas sportscape. It was because his reputation as a serial sexual harasser of women preceded him. At...
  • Miami media goes into "protect Democrat sheriff" mode regarding shooting

    02/21/2018 5:49:03 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Various | 2/21/18
    Just started seeing it today go on full bore. The LACK OF CURIOSITY was there from almost the moment it was discovered that Broward LEOs were called 30+ times to killer Nikolas Cruz's home. The FBI hasn't done much to stop killer Nikolas Cruz either. Now, Broward sheriff Scott Israel, good friend of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has issued a statement saying HE will handle any problem in his department. Local Miami media is apparently satisfied with that. Now, back to attacking the Constitution, the NRA, Rick Scott and Donald Trump.
  • Did Russia's Social Media Campaign To Discourage Black Voters Cost Clinton The Election?

    02/21/2018 3:29:46 AM PST · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | February 20, 2018
    Russia’s effort to discourage minorities from voting for Hillary Clinton — described in a federal indictment released Friday — revives the mystery of why turnout among black voters declined so substantially from 2012 to 2016. The indictment of 13 Russian trolls lays out a surprisingly sophisticated social media campaign to turn minorities, and black people in particular, against Clinton. Details of the campaign show that Russians understood both the significance of those voters in the election and the language of black social media. “Russians understood how important minority voters were to Hillary Clinton’s chances in this election. They were able...
  • 'Making a Murderer' subject Brendan Dassey asks Supreme Court to review his case

    02/21/2018 1:20:24 AM PST · by BBell · 4 replies
    Lawyers for a Wisconsin inmate featured in the "Making a Murderer" series on Netflix asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to review a federal appeals court decision that held his confession was voluntary. Brendan Dassey's legal team told the high court in their petition that the case raises crucial issues that extend far beyond Dassey's case alone and that long have divided state and federal courts.
  • Student arrested with cell phone case that looked like gun

    02/21/2018 1:10:34 AM PST · by BBell · 14 replies ^ | 2/20/18 | David Harris
    A 15-year-old DeLand High School student was arrested Tuesday after he was caught with a cell phone case that looked like a gun, according to police. A student told school administrators that he saw with a pink backpack and what looked like a pink pistol in his pocket. The school was placed on lockdown and police started searching for the student. Officers found the student about 45 minutes and he was taken into custody.He told officers he ordered the cell phone case online for him and his girlfriend.
  • In a major change to Irish education, secondary school students no longer “have to” study religion

    02/20/2018 7:28:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Irish Central ^ | February 20, 2018 07:45 AM | Freya Drohan
    The Minister for Education, Richard Bruton has confirmed the change in a circular released today, stating that it is a constitutional right for students who chose not to participate in religion class to be offered an alternative, meaningful program. Community and ETB (Education and Training Board) schools will now offer students a different subject, should they opt out of studying religion. Previously, students who chose not to partake in religious education — which required parental consent and approval from the school principle (sic) — were forced to sit at the back of the class or in the library with no...
  • Texas Jail Guard Thanks Inmates for Saving His Life During Massive Heart Attack

    02/20/2018 3:04:42 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 6 replies
    People ^ | 02/20/2018 | Caitlin Keating
    A Texas jail guard nearly died from a massive heart attack two years ago while on the job, but thanks to the inmates, he survived. “I just slumped and went out,” Gary Grimm told WHAS11 about what he remembers from the day it happened on June 23, 2016. “Next thing I remember is looking up at the ceiling in the ER.” Sitting across from at least eight men who were behind a locked gate, the inmates at first thought he was kidding, according to the news outlet. They began to shout and bang the cell’s siding as Grimm had fallen...
  • A British woman left this nasty note on an ambulance. Turns out, that's a crime.

    02/20/2018 2:55:35 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/20/2018 | Lindsey Bever
    A woman in the United Kingdom has pleaded guilty to a public order offense after she was accused of leaving what paramedics called a “vile” note on an ambulance that was responding to an emergency call. The woman, identified by police as 26-year-old Kirsty Sharman, was in court Tuesday on charges relating to the incident. Authorities said she verbally abused paramedics and left a profane note on an ambulance Sunday morning that was in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England, responding to a call about a person experiencing breathing problems. After the call, when the paramedics returned to the emergency vehicle, they...
  • Poll: Dems lead GOP by 15 points in generic House ballot

    02/20/2018 2:48:54 PM PST · by SMGFan · 52 replies
    MSN / The Hill ^ | February 20, 2018
    Democrats hold a 15 percentage point lead over Republicans in a generic House ballot, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll released Tuesday. A majority of those polled, 53 percent, said they would like Democrats to win control of the House in this year's midterm election. Thirty-eight percent said they would like the GOP to keep control of the lower chamber, while nine percent said they did not know or did not provide an answer. The 53 percent is up from the 49 percent who said earlier this month they would like the Democrats to take control of the House....
  • Diversity: A Managerial Ideology (the supremacy of "Managerialism")

    02/20/2018 1:53:07 PM PST · by pabianice · 17 replies
    Quillette ^ | 2/20/18 | Paul
    Managerialism’s ideal is a society in which every individual has an equal chance to develop and realize his merit and be rewarded by society for it. This is a process of individual transformation and empowerment. Networking and mentoring programs build personal skills toward increasing personal value, self-affirmation, and self-realization. Diversity training is a transformative educational experience which both explores the self and creates cultural competencies. Even white men can gain marketable interpersonal skills and realize multicultural character ideals through diversity.
  • Sean Hannity on Rumors of George Clooney Presidential Bid: "Run, George, Run!"

    02/20/2018 1:34:56 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 23 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | February 20, 2018 | Jeremy Barr
    Fox News host and reliable Donald Trump supporter Sean Hannity is all in favor of the actor George Clooney running for president in 2020, a possibility floated by The Drudge Report on Tuesday under the banner: "Clooney 2020 Vision?" (Drudge linked to an article about Clooney and his wife, Amal, donating $500,000 to a planned student march on Washington, D.C. to advocate for gun control.) "My attitude is, 'Run, George, run,'" Hannity said on his radio show on Tuesday afternoon. "If George Clooney wants to run, I'm all for it." Hannity compared Clooney to another entertainer who has been bandied...
  • Guilt over Aboriginals can lead to teaching children untruths. It's happening in Canada

    02/20/2018 1:06:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | February 20, 2018 | Peter Shawn Taylor
    Peter Shawn Taylor: We are following in the footsteps of Australia by misrepresenting past wrongs in order to exaggerate feelings of remorse, says historian What do Australia and Canada have in common? Both are modern multicultural societies borne of British roots. Both are heavily reliant on resources and trade. Both have a passion for globally obscure professional sports. Both are largely empty in the middle. It’s a long list. Here’s another: both display the same worrisome tendency to misrepresent past wrongs done to Indigenous people in order to exaggerate present-day feelings of guilt and shame. In this case, however, Australia...
  • Why Yoga Pants Are Bad for Women

    02/20/2018 12:36:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 87 replies
    New York Times ^ | FEB. 17, 2018 | Honor Jones
    It’s a new year and I’ve got a new gym membership. I went the other morning. It was 8 degrees outside. And every woman in there was wearing skintight, Saran-wrap-thin yoga pants. Many were dressed in the latest fashion — leggings with patterns of translucent mesh cut out of them, like sporty doilies. “Finally,” these women must have thought, “pants that properly ventilate my outer calves without letting a single molecule of air reach anywhere else below my belly button.” Don’t get me wrong. I have yoga pants — three pairs. But for some reason none of them cover my...
  • The resurgence of Afrofuturism goes beyond ‘Black Panther,’ to Janelle Monáe, Jay-Z and more

    02/20/2018 12:02:06 PM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 17, 2018 | Sonia Rao
    The long-awaited “Black Panther” will dominate the pop culture scene over the next few weeks, and amid praise for the cast and Ryan Coogler’s astute direction, you’re likely to hear one word quite often: Afrofuturism. The term, coined by cultural critic Mark Dery in his 1994 essay “Black to the Future,” refers to an aesthetic that infuses science fiction and fantasy with cultures of the African diaspora. It shakes up our preconceived notions of history and race by envisioning an often utopic future shaped by black technological innovation. Elements of it predate the term, going as far back as the...
  • Chicago’s Hijab Billboard Campaign Seeks To Educate

    02/20/2018 11:51:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | February 19, 2018 | Staff
    A billboard campaign seeks to educate Chicago-area drivers about a traditional garment worn by some Muslim women. For six weeks, billboards along the Tri-State Tollway and I-55 will feature women wearing the hijab, a veil covering the head and chest.
  • Where did Q Go?

    02/20/2018 11:10:46 AM PST · by CincyRichieRich · 108 replies
    2-20-18 | Self
    So I'm a big follower of Q, not, imitations, though some post good stuff...Q seems tied closely to PDJT's inner circle...but, Last night, posts from Feb 17, 18, 19 disappeared, then what was left was Feb 16th posts... Right after that, the website was unreachable... This website, a Twitter one, follows Q. Does anyone have any insights?
  • Turkey should again consider criminalizing adultery, Erdogan says

    02/20/2018 9:56:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 20, 2018 11:42 AM | Gulsen Solaker
    Turkey should again consider criminalizing adultery, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, revisiting an issue that caused outrage among secular Turks and warnings from the European Union when his party raised it more than a decade ago. The Islamist-rooted AK Party floated the idea in 2004, two years after it first came to power, as part of a broad overhaul of the Turkish penal code. But the proposal caused a backlash from the secular opposition and EU officials said it could jeopardize Turkey’s efforts to join the union. […] Turkey decriminalized adultery for women in the late 1990s. It had...
  • Will Automation Kill Our jobs? (Or are they creating jobs faster than they are destroying them?)

    02/20/2018 9:53:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/20/2018 | Walter Williams
    A recent article in The Guardian dons the foreboding title "Robots will destroy our jobs — and we're not ready for it." The article claims, "For every job created by robotic automation, several more will be eliminated entirely. ... This disruption will have a devastating impact on our workforce." According to an article in MIT Technology Review, business researchers Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee believe that rapid technological change has been destroying jobs faster than it is creating them, contributing to the stagnation of median income and the growth of inequality in the United States. If technology is destroying jobs...
  • Forget tourism: Pyeongchang's legacy probably debt and anger

    02/20/2018 9:35:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    AP ^ | February 20, 2018 | Foster Klug and Kim Tong-Hyung
    The equation was supposed to be simple. To build a world-class ski destination, simply add the Olympics and wait. But even as South Korea basks in the glow of daily competition and global attention, hope is fading that Pyeongchang will do what was promised during its successful 2011 Olympics bid and turn an ignored, impoverished backwater into a premier Asian ski hub.
  • Not watching the Winter Olympics, either

    02/20/2018 9:26:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/20/2018 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    We keep hearing about NBC's ratings problems, as we see in this report: At the halfway point of the XXIII Winter Olympics, things are certainly feeling a little chilly for both Team USA and NBC. As last night's primetime coverage displayed, even with the surprise silver in the short-track speedskating that John-Henry Krueger scored, both the medal count for America's athletes and the ratings for the broadcaster are struggling to gain traction in the PyeongChang games. Currently, Team USA is in sixth place with 10 overall medals, just behind the Russian competitors, and tied for third in gold medals with...