In 2007, the NAACP staged a mock funeral for the racial slur, and yet today, the word is as popular as ever, as the Washington Post concluded last year. But could the attention paid to the Confederate flag cause us to take another look at the n-word, and decide to put it away for good? After all, the parallels between the two powerful concepts, one a word, the other a symbol, are clear. Both have been used — often at the same time — to terrorize black men and women and to make the case for oppression. One might even say the Confederate flag is the n-word flying on a pole.
The word has power, and President Obama demonstrated that by using it — although in a non-gratuitous way — to make a point about racism, how America is not cured of it, and how racism goes beyond the n-word and overt discrimination.
What’s ironic is that backers of both the n-word and the flag use similar arguments to justify keeping these relics of hate active in our society today. Just as supporters of the n-word would say the slur has been transformed into a term of endearment, supporters of the Confederate flag argue the rebel battle emblem has come to represent Southern pride and heritage.
Yet again, scratch a fundy, find a grifter.
This is serious feces-fan stuff.
There’s been no shortage of absurd comments and ridiculous suggestions from Republicans following the Supreme Court’s decision which’legalized marriage equality in the United States. And when it comes to Republicans acting completely asinine following this ruling, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been one of the leaders of that pack.
At one point, Paxton told clerks issuing marriage licenses in Texas that they could refuse to do so, and the attorneys working for the state would be there to support any punishment or lawsuits they might face as a result of their actions.
Well, Paxton might want to move past his “outrage” over same-sex marriage pretty quickly; new information discovered by Texas Rangers might saddle him with a first-degree felony charge linked to securities fraud, which potentially carries with it a sentence of life in prison.
According to WFAA, the ABC affiliate for the Dallas-Fort Worth area:
The criminal investigation against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has taken a more serious turn, with special prosecutors now planning to present a first-degree felony securities fraud case against him to a Collin County grand jury.
Special prosecutor Kent Schaffer said Wednesday afternoon that the Texas Rangers uncovered new evidence during the investigation that led to the securities fraud allegations against the sitting attorney general.
“The Rangers went out to investigate one thing, and they came back with information on something else,” Schaffer said. “It’s turned into something different than when they started.”
What nonsensical claim has fake historian David Barton made this weak? In a recent clip found by Right Wing Watch, the peddler of pseudohistory claimed that retirement is a heathen concept, and thus is inherently wrong. The Almighty wants “good Christians” to work until the day they drop dead! Not having a job makes you lazy! I guess sloth really is one of the seven deadly sins.
People live an average of two point five years after retirement, because not working causes their bodies to shut down? Oh my, so if I were to quite working at anytime I would only have a few more years to live at most? Those people who retire at sixty five and live until they’re ninety must be extreme outliers. Lets get rid of social security, since retirement causes people to die from sloth!
Actually no it doesn’t. According to Chris Weller at Medical Daily,
Studies that argue life expectancy and retirement age work in tandem do not have a unified stance. Some studies have suggested that retiring later can offset a person’s risk for dementia, as more time spent involved with coworkers and meaningful tasks keeps the brain active, while other studies have shown early retirement keeps a person youthful.
Piggott and his team rejected both stances, opting instead for the more general truth that healthier people live longer. The team’s study looked at population data from the Norwegian government from 1990 to 2010. During the 1990s, a number of companies in Norway reduced their minimum age for pension access from 67 years old to 62. For those people whose companies didn’t adopt the switch, the age stayed at 67. Piggott and his team compared the two groups’ mortality rates against each group’s retirement ages.
The team found no difference in longevity between those who worked through age 67 to those who retired five years earlier — leading them to the conclusion that retirement age and longevity do not bear a correlation.
In other words when you retire has no effect on when you die. If Barton’s sources were correct, what we should see would be, the earlier people retire, the earlier they would die. We don’t see that. This data seems to show that retirement has no effect on how long you live. Even those studies that say otherwise often contradict each other. It doesn’t appear that the creator of the universe is sending people the message that Barton insists he is sending us.
It looks like Barton’s statement that people live an average of only two point five years after retirement is probably baseless, just like most of the things he says. Thankfully you’re not destined to die soon after you stop working.
Barton, it maybe easy for you to advocated that people should never retire. Your job of being a propagandist for the religious right, distorting history for their political agenda, isn’t that hard. Spouting nonsense about American history, including nonsense about our founding fathers, is easy. Making up stories about you being a translator for a Russian gymnastics team, can’t be that stressful, unless of course you’re constantly worried that people are going to find out that you’re lying.
Most people on the other hand, the average Joe, doesn’t have such a cushy job. Most people can’t make money as a conman like you. Try telling a senior citizen who is an electrician or better yet, a construction worker, that he should never retire. Why should any of those people, have to keep working, if they can afford to retire? Such jobs tend to get more difficult as people age anyway for an obvious reason. People should be able to live their lives to the fullest.
Just a reminder that these extremist jihadi thugs are the enemy of every decent, law abiding person, regardless of race, religion, or nationality. They kill rich & poor, men & women, elderly & children, and Christian & Muslim with equal abandon.
Witnesses who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals said the explosion at Yantaya Mosque in Jos came as a leading cleric who preaches peaceful co-existence was addressing a crowd during the holy month of Ramadan. At least 29 people were killed.
Another bomb exploded at Shagalinku, a restaurant patronised by elite politicians. Mark Lipdo of the Christian Stefanos Foundation says at least 15 people died there.
Forty seven others were wounded in the twin Jos attacks.
Jos has been targeted in the past by bomb blasts claimed by Boko Haram that have killed hundreds of people.
Earlier on Sunday a suicide bomber entered the Redeemed Christian Church of God in the Jigawa area on the outskirts of Potiskum and detonated his explosives.
Four worshippers died instantly with a fifth succumbing to her injuries shortly afterwards in hospital. “The victims included a woman and her two children, the pastor and another worshipper,” said a police officer, who helped remove the bodies.
Some of the “biggest and baddest” black holes around are buried under thick blankets of gas and dust. These monsters in the middle of galaxies are actively devouring material, but their hidden nature makes observing them a challenge.
NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) recently caught a glimpse of five of these secluded beasts. While hidden from view from most other telescopes, NuSTAR can spot them by detecting the highest-energy X-rays, which can penetrate through the enshrouding gas and dust.
The research, led by astronomers at Durham University, United Kingdom, supports the theory that potentially millions of supermassive black holes exist in the universe hidden from view. The findings were presented today, July 6, at the Royal Astronomical Society’s National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno, Wales.
The scientists pointed NuSTAR at nine galaxies where supermassive black holes were thought to be extremely active but largely obscured. Five of these candidates were found to contain hidden supermassive black holes, feasting on surrounding material. What’s more, the objects were observed to be more active than previously thought.
Such observations were not possible before NuSTAR, which launched in 2012 and is able to detect much higher-energy X-rays than previous satellite observatories.
“Thanks to NuSTAR, for the first time, we have been able to clearly identify these hidden monsters that are predicted to be there, but have previously been elusive because of their surrounding cocoons of material,” said George Lansbury of Durham University, lead author of the findings accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal.
“Although we have only detected five of these hidden supermassive black holes, when we extrapolate our results across the whole universe, then the predicted numbers are huge and in agreement with what we would expect to see.”
Daniel Stern, the project scientist for NuSTAR at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, added: “High-energy X-rays are more penetrating than low-energy X-rays, so we can see deeper into the gas burying the black holes. NuSTAR allows us to see how big the hidden monsters are, and is helping us learn why only some black holes appear obscured.”
The research is funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
NuSTAR is a Small Explorer mission led by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, also in Pasadena, for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The spacecraft was built by Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, Virginia.
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Amazon has a new plan to win goodwill with Amazon Prime customers: Massive, one-day discounts. On Wednesday, July 15, Amazon is holding Amazon Prime Day to celebrate the ecommerce site’s 20th anniversary.
According to the company, Prime Day will include thousands of “Lightning Deals” along with seven special sales in the United States and other major international markets. The company says it will offer more sales on July 15 than it did on Black Friday.
ablet shipments are expected to decline in 2015 as the market loses momentum amid saturation among consumers in developed regions, according to analysts.
International Data Corp. (IDC) forecasts that shipments of tablets and 2-in-1 devices will decline to 221.8 million this year, down 3.8% from 2014.
Other market research firms are similarly pessimistic about the tablet market in 2015. IHS Technology predicts that the tablet market will decline in 2015 and remain flat in 2016 before returning to growth in 2017.
The legislation, approved 15-0 in a closed-door hearing, remains “classified.” The relevant text is contained in the 2016 intelligence authorization, a committee aide told Ars by telephone early Monday. Its veil of secrecy would be lifted in the coming days as the package heads to the Senate floor, the aide added.
The proposal comes as the Islamic State and other terror groups have taken to the Internet to gain converts across the globe, including in the United States. The FBI issued a public warning in March about American teens being susceptible to the Islamic State’s online recruitment tactics. And the Brookings Institute estimated in March that there were as many as 70,000 pro-Islamic State Twitter accounts. Twitter has removed tens of thousands of these terror propaganda accounts, which violate its terms of service.
“Our nation is facing more threats every day. America’s security depends on our intelligence community’s ability to detect and thwart attacks on the homeland, our personnel and interests overseas, and our allies. This year’s legislation arms the intelligence community with the resources they need and reinforces congressional oversight of intelligence activities,” Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, a Republican of North Carolina, said in a statement about the bill that was privately approved by the committee.