Baltimore residents celebrated the lifting of the city’s curfew today, with hundreds of people gathering at city hall for a rally of prayers and song.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake earlier today announced the end of the citywide curfew that was instituted after riots erupted Monday following the funeral of Freddie Gray.
There were prayers and civil rights songs at the City Hall rally, but speakers also called on the crowd not to stop demanding change and that the six police officers charged in Gray’s death are punished.
“We’ve got to see this all the way through, until all six officers trade in their blue uniform for an orange uniform,” the Rev. Jamal Bryant said. “Let them know: Orange is the new black.”
When people say the two parties are exactly alike, don’t you believe them. Here are some highlights from their 2012 platforms. These quotes are pulled from
An independent web developer named Amit Asaravala combed both documents and made a side-by-side comparison of the stances of each party.
Commerce: Women [W]e are committed to passing the Paycheck Fairness Act…. [p.10]
Education: Sex Education
Democrats support evidence-based and age-appropriate sex education. [p.18]
We renew our call for replacing “family planning” programs for teens with abstinence education….[p.36]
President Obama has encouraged innovation to reach his goal of generating 80 percent of our electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. Democrats support making America the world’s leader in building a clean energy economy by extending clean energy incentives…. [p.7]
We support more infrastructure investment to speed the transition to cleaner fuels in the transportation sector. [p.7]
We will end the EPA’s war on coal…. Further, we oppose any and all cap and trade legislation. [p.16]
We call for timely processing of new reactor applications currently pending at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. [p.16]
As soon as possible, we will reverse the current Administration’s blocking of the Keystone XL Pipeline…. [p.47]
Environment: Climate Change
We affirm the science of climate change, commit to significantly reducing the pollution that causes climate change…. [p.20]
Democrats pledge to continue showing international leadership on climate change, working toward an agreement to set emission limits in unison with other emerging powers. [p.21]
We also call on Congress to take quick action to prohibit the EPA from moving forward with new greenhouse gas regulations….[p.19]
Foreign Policy: Foreign Aid [W]e will continue to respond to humanitarian crises around the globe. [p.29]
Limiting foreign aid spending helps keep taxes lower, which frees more resources in the private and charitable sectors, whose giving tends to be more effective and efficient.[p.46]
Gay Marriage & Rights
We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.[p.18]
We reaffirm our support for a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. [p.10]
And on and on—tell me again why any sane person would vote for Republicans?
(And that’s the comparison of the 2012 platforms—with the inmates running the asylum, I’m sure 2016 will see the right-wing additions to their platform going all the way over the cliff.
Ben Carson for President. For the Republican 2016 ticket, things somehow, someway, in some capacity just got nuttier.
I mean, it’s like saying and everyone recognizing that the Sun is hot. And then, an event happens that make you say, “Well, the Sun just got that much hotter.”
That kind of nuttier and loony.
Former president Jimmy Carter, wrapping up his three-day mission to Israel and the West Bank on Saturday night, said prospects for renewed peace talks were so distant that he didn’t even discuss the matter with the Palestinian leadership.
Carter said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “does not now and has never sincerely believed in a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.”
On the final day of his reelection campaign in March, Netanyahu said that as long as he serves as prime minister, there will not be an independent Palestinian state.
This is where your tax monies go, to a racist apartheid regime, warmongering and wanting to send your soldiers into a war with Iran.
Square Enix evoluciona la demo t’cnica Agni’s Philosophy con WITCH - Chapter 0 [cry]. Espectacular.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that if he becomes president in 2016, he will bring “a real political shake-up” that lifts the nation’s poorest while stemming the proliferation of millionaires and billionaires.
In other words, he said he wants to make America look more like Scandinavia.
During an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos asked the 73-year-old Vermont senator if it’s really possible for someone like him to be elected president. Sanders, who identifies as a democratic socialist, announced his White House run last week.
“Well, so long as we know what democratic socialism is,” he said. “And if we know that in countries, in Scandinavia, like Denmark, Norway, Sweden, they are very democratic countries, obviously. The voter turnout is a lot higher than it is in the United States. In those countries, health care is the right of all people. And in those countries, college education, graduate school is free.”
This is a delayed post since I missed this important article when it first appeared. It’s about a study confirming that reductions in air pollution improve children’s health. Of the things moms worry about in our modern society their efforts are still best focused on reducing water and air pollution.
For the first time, researchers have shown that reducing air pollution leads to improved respiratory function in children ages 11 to 15, a critical period of lung development.
Scientists have long known that air pollution is linked to smaller lung capacity and compromised breathing in children. But it had not been clear whether, and to what extent, a reduction in air pollution over the years might prevent these problems.
Environmentalists have maintained that federal emission standards are not stringent enough to safeguard health, while some conservatives criticize the regulations as overly restrictive and expensive. The new study, conducted in Southern California and published on Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, provides evidence that better air quality, a result of stricter regulation, improved health among children, experts said.
The larger implication, he said, was that the latest group of children may have a jump-start on longevity compared with children who grew up breathing more polluted air. Absent factors such as smoking or asthma, normal lung function slowly begins to decrease in early adulthood.Morton Lippmann, a professor of environmental medicine at New York University School of Medicine, said the research would be influential and predicted that within the next few years, when federal emission standards are due for review, “this kind of information will play a major role.”
Bryan details not just the Williams debacle and susequent mishandling, but also the series of missteps taken after the Comcast merger. This is a recommended long read for you this Sunday — you could read this instead of watching “Meet the Chuck” with John Boehner or something…
It had been a tumultuous period for NBC’s news division, as had the entire four years since the Philadelphia cable/phone/Internet giant, Comcast, took over NBCUniversal, as the company is officially known. There was Ann Curry’s tearful flameout on Today; David Gregory’s long slide to his exit from Meet the Press; the strange firing after less than three months on the job of Jamie Horowitz, an ESPN executive brought in to fix Today; not to mention ratings declines at several of the division’s centerpiece shows, including Today and Meet the Press.
But that afternoon, after a long presentation to 200 NBC advertising salespeople, Turness was feeling better than she had in months. When she had been hired she knew she was stepping onto a troubled ship; finally, she felt, the organizational changes she had made were showing results. Meet the Press’s ratings were edging up; Nightly News seemed to be stabilizing. “Things,” she told Fili, “feel like they’re in a really good place.”
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Her sense of relief, however, lasted mere minutes. As she left Fili’s office around 3:30, Turness learned the startling news: the most important person at the network, the face of NBC News, its anchorman Brian Williams, had apparently been exaggerating an anecdote about coming under fire in a U.S. Army helicopter during the Iraq war in 2003. A reporter from the military newspaper Stars and Stripes had called about it that morning. Williams was supposed to talk to him off the record in an effort to determine what the reporter planned to write. Instead, to the dismay of NBC’s P.R. staff, Williams had gone on the record and admitted he hadn’t been telling the truth, not only on a Nightly News broadcast the previous week but also over the years at public appearances and on talk shows.
While this is a puff piece for a line of Steelcase furniture some true facts lie herein. In tech businesses where the workforce is paid a living wage they cut costs elsewhere, but remain tied to past paradigms. Juxtaposing a communal team environment with the need for individual focus and isolation to get things done will probably drive some changes. The most likely outcome I see will be team on site communal days coupled with work at home days - teams will be at the office some days, but working from home (or anywhere) most others.
Innovations in the world of office furniture design have tended to serve one of two purposes. Some are designed to help the corporations who pay for them — open-plan offices are supposed to make workers more collaborative, for example, and cubicles or “hotel” desks help save on real estate costs. Then others are designed to help improve workers’ health — like ergonomically designed office seating, balance ball chairs and the current obsession with standing desks.
Yet increasingly, companies and furniture designers are considering a third purpose: helping workers concentrate and focus in the cavernous, noise-filled open offices that have become practically de rigeur in today’s workplace.
With roughly 70 percent of U.S. workplaces adopting an open-office environment, while in the meantime research piles up on how ineffective and stressful open plans can be, there’s a growing recognition that workers need some sort of refuge to concentrate at work (beyond putting on headphones and hoping for the best).