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          Russia: The World No Longer Trusts (Trumps) the US to Lead…Newsweek      Comment   Translate Page      
Russia’s top diplomat has argued that the world is losing faith in the United States as a global leader and that the international community has sought a more diverse approach to global decision making. At an annual address to Moscow’s diplomatic academy, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hailed on Friday a new geopolitical era marked by […]
          Saturday night owls: 'Why the Highlander Attack Matters'      Comment   Translate Page      

Robin D.G. Kelley and Makani Themba at The Nation write—Why the Highlander Attack MattersThe arson attack on the Highlander Center, a longtime leader in racial and social-justice work, is not merely a hate crime—it’s an act of war: 

News of the March 29 arson attack on the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee, shocked and angered progressives across the country. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the blaze destroyed Highlander’s main office building, along with valuable organizational records and historic documents that had not been archived at the University of Wisconsin and other repositories. Yet, for the many familiar with its storied history of movement-building, research, radical education, and cultural work, the devastation goes much deeper than property loss. It’s as if a sanctuary was violated.

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And violated it was. Making crystal clear their terrorist intention, the attackers left their mark on the parking lot by spray-painting a symbol derived from the fascist Romanian Iron Guard during the 1930s that is commonly used by white supremacists. The same symbol was painted on one of the guns used in the recent murderous attack on two mosques in New Zealand, and scrawled alongside swastikas on the University of Tennessee Knoxville campus in November.

The attack on Highlander is the latest in a rising wave of racist terror targeting black, brown, and indigenous communities, immigrants, Muslims, Jews, and gender non-conforming folks. For Highlander’s co-executive directors, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson and the Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele, the attack was disheartening, frustrating, and terrifying, but hardly surprising. “Because of our history,” they wrote in a recent press release, “we are not surprised that this space, one where marginalized people working across sectors, geographies, and identities, show up consistently, has been repeatedly targeted over our 87 years of existence.”

The leadership, staff, and many activists associated with Highlander’s ongoing social-justice work understand the attack as not merely a hate crime by misguided individuals but an act of war. Situated on about 200 acres of land just east of Knoxville, Tennessee, Highlander has long been on the front lines of a protracted war on workers, poor farmers, people of color, and other marginalized communities. In a region ravaged by the worst excesses of capitalist and racist exploitation—plant closures, environmental catastrophe from coal mining, dispossession, opioid addiction, state-sanctioned violence—Highlander is one of the few progressive safe spaces where movements connect, dream, and build for the local, national, and global fight back. [...]

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On this date at Daily Kos in 2007Another glowing Reid piece:

While the GOP leadership is under assault from their incompetence and corruption, ours continues to get glowing praise.

There's nothing fancy about Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate. Sartorially, he is a symphony in brown. He hails from a Nevada eye-blink called Searchlight, but isn't at ease in the spotlight. "I would just as soon never have a press conference," he says. An amateur boxer in his youth, the 65-year-old Reid's idea of a good time is to watch reruns of famous bouts on ESPN Classic. A favorite was on the other night: the 1955 epic between Archie Moore and Rocky Marciano. "Moore flattened Rocky early," Reid said. "Had him down, almost out. But by patience and sheer determination Marciano came back, round by round, and won. Both guys were cut and bloody when it was over." [...]

Reid, with 37 years in politics, is prospering partly by doing what shrewd boxers do in the early rounds to survive: let the other guy overreach. Proudly unphilosophical, he thinks the Democratic Party needs no soul-searching. "I believe in simplicity," he says. "Health care, pensions, energy independence--that's my agenda." [...]

While Reid himself is low-key, the allies he organizes throughout the city--polltakers, consultants, liberal lobbyists--are not. He has commissioned virtual "war rooms," which coordinate the use of focus-grouped attack language in ads and speeches on two main issues. The first was Social Security. Now comes the war of words over the Senate's hallowed "filibuster rule," which allows a minority of 41 members to use the privilege of talking endlessly to kill any legislative action--such as a judicial nomination they don't like. Reid's poll-tested line of attack: ending the filibuster rule would destroy the separation of powers envisioned by the Founding Fathers. It's not clear whether Frist has the support—or the nerve—to press for a vote on ending the rule. His own advisers are divided. 

Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio.”


          Updated: 'Half of the South Side of Franklin destroyed' judge says, 9 minor injuries reported - KWTX      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Updated: 'Half of the South Side of Franklin destroyed' judge says, 9 minor injuries reported  KWTX
  2. EF-3 tornado strikes east Texas as severe weather slams Southeast  CBS News
  3. 2 children killed as storms lash Texas  CNN
  4. 2 Children Injured, Homes Destroyed as Tornado Rips Through Franklin, Texas  Newsweek
  5. Possible tornado leaves trail of destruction in Franklin, Texas  KVUE
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          Newsweek exposé: Ex-EPA chief accepted skeptical climate books while in office      Comment   Translate Page      


          Remains of the Day (04/12)      Comment   Translate Page      

ICYMI: Your afternoon workout with sex bomb Borna Coric -- plus his new mystery man

Washington Post: Mad Libs, but for democracy: the timeless intrigue of redactions

The New York Times: What are we waiting for -- why hasn't this white woman who opened a Chinese restaurant been executed yet? 

Twitter: Why is Larry's other brother Darryl on television?

Baseline: Keys, Stephens to lead U.S. Fed Cup team against Switzerland in Texas

Boy Culture: Like any rational person, Pete Buttigieg has a problem with religion being used as justification to harm people


This Mortal Coil: "The Farrows are not honest people. What else might they be lying about to preserve [their] image?"

Newsweek: "Piss Christ" artist launches Donald Trump exhibit

The Hill: Manafort associates sentenced to three years probation, but no jail time

The Fix: Rod Rostenstein defends Justice Department handling of Mueller report

The Daily News: Third figure in kept boy's killing of Joseph Comunale gets six months in jail for lying

Dlisted: Reality star's NFL hubby unclogs her milk ducts by sucking harder than he's ever sucked


True Sons: Has anyone tried this on their beard?

Metrosource: "Pose" returns for Season 2 on June 9; AIDS and "Vogue" to set the scene

BosGuy: Do you like your furry men bald?

The Randy Report: Instagram "influencers" are just as ridiculous as you thought they were

Greg in Hollywood: Did Andy Cohen and Chelsea Handler really defend Kevin Hart in his Oscar debacle? (I can't watch)

OMG Blog: Ricardo Pereira flaunts his ample ass in "Sunburn"


Hot Cat of the Day: Ariel the shorthair Maine Coon says smile!

          LIVE: 2 children killed as tornadoes leave trail of horrific damage in southern US - AccuWeather.com      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. LIVE: 2 children killed as tornadoes leave trail of horrific damage in southern US  AccuWeather.com
  2. 2 children killed as storms lash Texas  CNN
  3. 2 Children Injured, Homes Destroyed as Tornado Rips Through Franklin, Texas  Newsweek
  4. 'It looks like a bomb' | Tornado in Franklin, Texas, causes widespread damage  KHOU.com
  5. Possible tornado leaves trail of destruction in Franklin, Texas  KVUE
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          2 children dead, several people hurt in strong Texas storms - KXXV News Channel 25      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. 2 children dead, several people hurt in strong Texas storms  KXXV News Channel 25
  2. The Latest: Mississippi university escapes storm damage  Fox News
  3. 2 children killed as storms lash Texas  CNN
  4. 2 Children Injured, Homes Destroyed as Tornado Rips Through Franklin, Texas  Newsweek
  5. The Latest: Possible Mississippi twister, no injuries  Fox News
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          Beto O’Rourke Says Trump’s 9/11 Tweet Is An ‘Incitement Of Violence’      Comment   Translate Page      

Beto O'Rourke speaks during a campaign rally.

During a campaign event in South Carolina on Saturday, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke accused President Trump of inciting violence, Newsweek reports.

O’Rourke described Trump’s September 11 tweet likening Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to Islamic terrorism as an “incitement of violence,” not only against Omar personally, but against all American Muslims.

“This is an incitement to violence against Congresswoman Omar, against our fellow Americans who happen to be Muslim.”

O’Rourke then went on to compare Trump’s tweet about Ilhan Omar to the president’s previous statements about Latin American immigrants.

“This is part and parcel of what we’ve seen from an administration that has described Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals,” he said.

As Newsweek notes, O’Rourke’s latest statements are much stronger than his initial condemnation of Trump’s rhetoric. The Texas Democrat faced criticism for making a more general statement and failing to directly defend Omar, but he has now, it seems, delivered.

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          Trump Campaign Member Says President ‘Never, Ever’ Incited Violence      Comment   Translate Page      

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters.

Trump campaign board member Steve Rogers said on Saturday that President Donald Trump has “never, ever” incited violence, Newsweek reports.

Rogers’ comments come in the aftermath of Trump’s inflammatory comments about Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the president tweeted a video montage of Ilhan Omar’s comments about the September 11 attacks, juxtaposing them with footage of the World Trade Center being hit by planes.

This was interpreted as a call for violence by many, given that Omar has already received death threats from Trump supporters. Some prominent Democrats have accused the president of inciting violence against the Muslim Congresswoman, who was merely discussing the post-9/11 crackdowns on civil liberties and the way they had affected the Muslim community in the United States.

But according to Trump campaign member Steve Rogers, the president has “never, ever” incited violence. During an appearance on CNN, Rogers defended the president, arguing that he is not responsible for the actions of other people.

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          Beto O’Rourke Says Trump’s 9/11 Tweet Is An ‘Incitement Of Violence’      Comment   Translate Page      

Beto O'Rourke speaks during a campaign rally.

During a campaign event in South Carolina on Saturday, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke accused President Trump of inciting violence, Newsweek reports.

O’Rourke described Trump’s September 11 tweet likening Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to Islamic terrorism as an “incitement of violence,” not only against Omar personally, but against all American Muslims.

“This is an incitement to violence against Congresswoman Omar, against our fellow Americans who happen to be Muslim.”

O’Rourke then went on to compare Trump’s tweet about Ilhan Omar to the president’s previous statements about Latin American immigrants.

“This is part and parcel of what we’ve seen from an administration that has described Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals,” he said.

As Newsweek notes, O’Rourke’s latest statements are much stronger than his initial condemnation of Trump’s rhetoric. The Texas Democrat faced criticism for making a more general statement and failing to directly defend Omar, but he has now, it seems, delivered.

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          Trump Campaign Member Says President ‘Never, Ever’ Incited Violence      Comment   Translate Page      

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters.

Trump campaign board member Steve Rogers said on Saturday that President Donald Trump has “never, ever” incited violence, Newsweek reports.

Rogers’ comments come in the aftermath of Trump’s inflammatory comments about Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the president tweeted a video montage of Ilhan Omar’s comments about the September 11 attacks, juxtaposing them with footage of the World Trade Center being hit by planes.

This was interpreted as a call for violence by many, given that Omar has already received death threats from Trump supporters. Some prominent Democrats have accused the president of inciting violence against the Muslim Congresswoman, who was merely discussing the post-9/11 crackdowns on civil liberties and the way they had affected the Muslim community in the United States.

But according to Trump campaign member Steve Rogers, the president has “never, ever” incited violence. During an appearance on CNN, Rogers defended the president, arguing that he is not responsible for the actions of other people.

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          Ace Swedish coder held by Ecuador was defender of Assange - Washington Examiner      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Ace Swedish coder held by Ecuador was defender of Assange  Washington Examiner
  2. WikiLeaks Confirms Julian Assange’s Cat is “Safe”  Slate Magazine
  3. What Happened to Julian Assange's Cat After Embassy Eviction? WikiLeaks Says It is Safe, 'Will be Reunited in Freedom'  Newsweek
  4. The Observer view on extraditing Julian Assange  The Guardian
  5. The Indictment of Julian Assange Is a Threat to Journalism  The New Yorker
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          CNN’s Don Lemon to tie the knot with Corcoran broker Tim Malone      Comment   Translate Page      
CNN host Don Lemon announced his engagement to Tim Malone, an agent with the Corcoran Group, via Instagram. Malone popped the question on his 35th birthday last Saturday by engraving the proposal into their two dogs’ collars, Newsweek reported. “How could I say no?” Lemon wrote in his Instagram post. So who is the lucky agent? Malone — who proposed during his 35th birthday celebration — is from Suffolk County, according to Newsweek. His current ... [more]
          Progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be the 'rock stars' of the Democratic House majority — but another group of freshman Democrats is reshaping Congress - Business Insider      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be the 'rock stars' of the Democratic House majority — but another group of freshman Democrats is reshaping Congress  Business Insider
  2. Ocasio-Cortez says Ilhan Omar's 'Life is in danger' after Trump tweets 9/11 video  AOL
  3. Corey Lewandowski involved in GOP 2020 campaign to dethrone Ocasio-Cortez  Fox News
  4. Dan Crenshaw Tells Fox News That Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Tweet To Him Is "Almost Not Worth Responding To”  Newsweek
  5. Study: Fox News is obsessed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  Philly.com
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          Spanier hilft seiner schwer kranken Frau bei Suizid und landet vor "Gendergericht" – News vom 14. April 2019      Comment   Translate Page      
1. Der Spanier Ángel Hernández half seiner schwer kranken Frau beim Suizid. Die Justiz seines Landes verfolgt ihn jetzt wegen "Gendergewalt". Damit bezeichnet der spanische Staat sämtliche Gewalttaten, die Männer an ihren Partnerinnen verüben. Der Fall ist jetzt vor einem Gericht speziell für diese "Gendergewalt" gelandet:

Hernández war fassungslos. Er fühle sich als "gewalttätiger Machist" behandelt, sagte er in einem Fernsehinterview am Donnerstagabend. Fassungslos war auch die Staatsanwältin Pilar Martín Nájera, zuständig für Fälle von Männergewalt gegen Frauen. "Um als ein Fall von Gendergewalt verfolgt zu werden, muss es einen Kontext von Diskriminierung und Beherrschung durch den Mann geben", sagte sie.

Wahrscheinlich irrt sich die Staatsanwältin. Anfang dieses Jahres war ein Grundsatzurteil des spanischen Obersten Gerichtshofes bekannt geworden, das feststellte: "Wenn es eine Aggression des Mannes gegen die Frau gibt, ist das Gendergewalt." Ein "Dominanzverhalten des Mannes nachzuweisen" sei nicht nötig. So habe es der Gesetzgeber mit seinem Gesetz über Gendergewalt aus dem Jahr 2004 gewollt.




2. Eine Britin, die öfters mal betrunken Auto fährt und dabei andere Autos rammt, bleibt vom Gefängnis verschont, weil sie eine Frau ist.



3. Noch mal zurück nach Spanien: Dort zieht eine Schule "Rotkäppchen" aus dem Verkehr, weil es sich um sexistische Literatur handele. Darüber berichtet das US-Magazin Newsweek:

Eine Schule in Katalonien hat aus ihrer Bibliothek 200 klassische Kinderbücher wie "Dornröschen" und "Rotkäppchen" wegen der Darstellung sexistischer Stereotypen zurückgezogen.

Nach der Analyse der Inhalte der Bibliothek für Kinder bis zum Alter von sechs Jahren stellte die Leitung der Taber School in Barcelona fest, dass rund ein Drittel der Geschichten "toxisch" seien und nur ein Zehntel der Bücher aus geschlechtsspezifischer Sicht geschrieben wurde.

Anna Tutzó, die in der Kommission war, die sich die Bücher anschaute (befand), dass solche Geschichten mit Klischees spielten, die Männlichkeit mit Mut verbinden, und sie wollte, dass Kinder kritisch über die Geschichten nachdenken, die ihnen erzählt werden.

"Auch in gewalttätigen Situationen, auch wenn es nur kleine Streiche sind, ist es der Junge, der gegen das Mädchen vorgeht. Dies sendet eine Botschaft darüber, wer gewalttätig sein kann und gegen wen", fügte sie hinzu.

Andere Schulen in Barcelona wollen dem Beispiel folgen.




4. Zwei Tüftler haben ein Sexspielzeug erfunden, mit dem Männer endlich onanieren können, ohne sich schuldig zu fühlen: die "Ussy".



5. Der Deutschlandfunk sendet ein fast einstündiges Feature über den Alltag eines alleinerziehenden Vaters mit drei Kindern.



6. Der Südkurier fragt: Die Mehrheit der Deutschen lehnt eine gendergerechte Sprache ab. Warum kommt sie dennoch? Der Artikel von Uli Fricker ist in Gänze lesenswert.



7. Das liberale Magazin Sp!ked beschäftigt sich mit der Neudefinition, die der Europarat nach MeToo für Sexismus vorgenommen hat, und kommentiert:

Das ist eine problematische Entwicklung. Die Bedrohung durch Sexismus und seine Auswirkungen wird immer mehr hochgespielt. Schlimmer noch, der Europarat schlägt eine Art Strafe für diejenigen vor, die sich nicht an die vom Eurparat bevorzugte Art halten, über Frauen zu sprechen oder sich mit ihnen zu beschäftigen. Er fordert, "rechtliche und politische Rahmenbedingungen, Maßnahmen und bewährte Praktiken zu institutionalisieren, die sich mit Sexismus, sexistischem Verhalten, Geschlechterstereotypisierung und sexistischem Hassreden befassen, insbesondere im öffentlichen Raum, im Internet und in den Medien, am Arbeitsplatz, im öffentlichen Sektor, in der Justiz, im Bildungs-, Sport- und Kulturbereich sowie im privaten Bereich, einschließlich der Instrumente zur Meldung sexistischen Verhaltens sowie in Disziplinarverfahren und Sanktionen".

Eines der Hauptprobleme des Feminismus im Jahr 2019 ist das Verändern der Spielregeln beim Thema Sexismus. Sehr viel Verhalten und Sprechen wird jetzt unter dem Label "Sexismus" zusammengefasst. So wurden beispielsweise im vergangenen Monat deutsche Anzeigen für Fahrradhelme von Politikern als sexistisch verurteilt, weil sie einen Blick auf nackte Frauenkörper gestatteten. Dies geschah trotz der Tatsache, dass in den gleichen Anzeigen Männer in einem noch stärkeren Zustand der Nacktheit gezeigt wurden.

(...) Wenn immer mehr öffentliche Bilder, Redeformen und private Kommentare als "sexistisch" definiert werden und wenn der Europarat Sanktionen gegen diejenigen vorschlägt, die solche Dinge tun oder sagen, wird die Möglichkeit einer neuen Art von Autoritarismus sehr real.

Ein Thema, das sich durch die Empfehlungen des Rates und durch den heutigen Feminismus im weiteren Sinne zieht, ist die Auffassung, dass Frauen ständig bedroht sind. Es erscheint paradox, dass Beamte bei den Bemühungen, zumindest scheinbar die Gleichstellung der Geschlechter herbeizuführen, argumentieren, dass ein Geschlecht, das weibliche, die Welt in seinem Namen reinigen lassen muss, nur für den Fall, dass seine Mitglieder jemals auf eine fragwürdige Idee oder Aussage stoßen. Die eifrige Suche nach Sexismus überall sieht aus wie ein Versuch, den Feminismus relevant zu halten. Und es ist ein Beweis für den heutzutage unersättlichen Wunsch, Opfer und Schurken hervorzubringen.




8. Die Post. Einer meiner Leser schreibt mir heute:

Katie Bouman wurde in den vergangenen Tagen in den Medien als die Wissenschaftlerin gefeiert, die das "Foto", bzw. die Rekonstruktion des Schwarzen Loches möglich gemacht hat.

Langsam kam dann aber heraus, dass Katie nur ein Teil eines Teams von 200 Leuten ist, die alle einen mehr oder weniger wichtigen Beitrag zu dem Bild geleistet haben, und und sich vor allem durch zwei Dinge auszeichnet: Sie ist eine Frau und es gibt niedliche Fotos von ihr.

Es ist schwer zu sagen, ob sie es war, die sich in den Vordergrund geschoben hat, oder ob es die Medien waren, die sich gierig auf sie als weibliche Symbolfigur gestürzt haben. Ich vermute eher letzteres. Das ändert aber nicht daran, daß die Leute ihren Ärger über die Darstellung in den Medien nun nicht bei den Medien, sondern bei Katie abladen. Und den Medien erlaubt das nun wieder, über Katie als Opfer und die frauenfeindliche Wissenschaft zu schreiben.

          Report: Trump Calls Ivanka By A Pet Name In Meetings      Comment   Translate Page      

Ivanka Trump sits in a meeting

President Donald Trump regularly refers to his daughter and senior advisor Ivanka Trump as “baby,” even in official meetings, Newsweek reports. The information comes from an article in The Atlantic that profiled the family.

In an interview for the article, the president speaks highly of his daughter, indicating that although she has never shown any interest in following in his footsteps to become president, if she did choose to run, she’d be “very, very hard to beat.”

Trump, who has had a publicly close relationship with his daughter throughout his presidency, in the interview also showed some love to the other members of the family.

“Barron is young, but he’s got wonderful potential,” he said. “And Tiffany’s doing extremely well. Don is, uh, he’s enjoying politics; actually, it’s very good. And Eric is running the business along with Don, and also very much into politics. I mean, the children—the children have been very, very good.”

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          Report: Trump Calls Ivanka By A Pet Name In Meetings      Comment   Translate Page      

Ivanka Trump sits in a meeting

President Donald Trump regularly refers to his daughter and senior advisor Ivanka Trump as “baby,” even in official meetings, Newsweek reports. The information comes from an article in The Atlantic that profiled the family.

In an interview for the article, the president speaks highly of his daughter, indicating that although she has never shown any interest in following in his footsteps to become president, if she did choose to run, she’d be “very, very hard to beat.”

Trump, who has had a publicly close relationship with his daughter throughout his presidency, in the interview also showed some love to the other members of the family.

“Barron is young, but he’s got wonderful potential,” he said. “And Tiffany’s doing extremely well. Don is, uh, he’s enjoying politics; actually, it’s very good. And Eric is running the business along with Don, and also very much into politics. I mean, the children—the children have been very, very good.”

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          Newsweek Goes Right Along With Obama Plugging His Fake Basketball Career      Comment   Translate Page      
<p>Former President Barack Obama's fake basketball legend continues to grow with each passing season. Thanks to suck-up, Left-stream media enthralled with his obsession about something, like his presidency, that he was never much good at. <em>Newsweek</em> features a story that's more about Obama than the tribute he made to the Miami Heat's retiring guard Dwyane Wade. The friend to NBA players everywhere fudges on his own basketball "career" and <em>Newsweek</em> writer Dan Cancian let it slide right by.</p> <p> </p>
          Pete Buttigieg Kicks Off Presidential Campaign: Live Stream Rally, What Time, How to Watch - Newsweek      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Pete Buttigieg Kicks Off Presidential Campaign: Live Stream Rally, What Time, How to Watch  Newsweek
  2. SE Cupp has a message to GOP resisting LGBTQ progress  CNN
  3. 2020 Democrats: 7 hurdles facing rising Democratic star Pete Buttigieg's White House bid  USA TODAY
  4. Rob Smith: I’m gay and support Mike Pence – don’t believe Pete Buttigieg’s claim that Pence is anti-gay  Fox News
  5. An early spotter of 'Mayor Pete's' rising star  Los Angeles Times
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          (USA-CA-Canyon Country) Medical Assistant      Comment   Translate Page      
Overview: Responsible for performing patient-oriented procedures under the direction and supervision of a clinician, RN, or LVN to ensure safe and appropriate patient care; assists the clinician with minor surgical procedures; performs a broad spectrum of clerical and administrative duties related to the delivery of patient care assistance Essential functions: + Consistently exhibits behavior and communication skills that demonstrate DaVita Medical Group’s commitment to superior customer service, including quality, care, and concern with internal and external customers + Uses, protects, and discloses DaVita Medical Group patients’ protected health information (PHI) only in accordance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards. + Anticipates the clinician’s needs and carries out orders + Checks for patients' arrival status and escorts patients from waiting area to exam rooms. Escorts patients to ancillary services as needed. + Obtains, records, and reports vital signs and other pertinent patient information to RN, LVN, or clinician. + Performs various procedures such as ear lavage, ECG, spirometry, injections, peak flows, pulse oximetry, breathing treatments, suture removals, wound dressings, vision/hearing tests, urine pregnancy tests, urine dips, blood glucose testing, and blood hemoglobin (hemocue) testing. + Performs phlebotomy and processes lab specimens (i.e., 24 hour urine, wound cultures obtained by clinician, biopsy specimens obtained by clinician, etc.) and maintains lab specimen logs as appropriate. + Assists clinician with procedures (pap smears, laceration repairs, other minor surgical procedures) and may assists with more complex department specific specialty procedures (i.e. vasectomies, cystoscopies, thoracentesis, sigmoidoscopies, bunionectomies, joint aspirations, lance surgery, photo therapy, visual fields, pachymetry testing, etc.). + Performs medication administration within scope of practice and documents administration of medications and procedures. Ensures proper documentation of medication administration and documentation procedures. + Maintains and cleans exam/treatment areas, specimen processing areas, and medical equipment. Transports dirty equipment, performs autoclaving and cold sterilization, and maintains autoclave, cidex, and A-test logs. Cleans and stocks exam rooms, treatment/procedure rooms, specimen processing areas, and nursing stations. + Maintains various logs and tickler files and ensures confirmed EKGs are seen by clinician. Maintains cancer/melanoma patients' follow up appointments. + Instructs patient on lab, radiology, and other procedure/testing preparations. Participates in visit closure with patient and clinician by explaining next steps for lab, x-ray, RFS, DME, etc. + Facilitates the transfer of pertinent patient information between site and referred specialists, hospitals, Urgent Care Centers, and ancillary testing facilities, etc. + Forwards all pre-op information to hospital surgeon. Participates in scheduling specialty procedures (biopsies, minor surgeries, etc.). + Tracks specialty procedures/patient volume on a daily basis when indicated. + Verifies with DaVita Medical Group Connect for approved or denied appointments and follows up by scheduling patients. Enters "No shows", and performs "No Show" follow up procedures. Works bump list. + Assists with the completion of appropriate forms (DMV, disability, etc.). + Updates patient demographic information. + Performs patient record audits. + Answers, directs, and follows up on incoming calls. Calls patients as requested by clinician. + Distributes incoming correspondence (faxes, consult notes, test results, etc.). + Handles prescription refills as appropriate. + Completes Patient Communication form and responds to patient complaints when necessary. + Assists with Pay for Performance (P4P) research, Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCC) research, telephone call procedures, and patient follow up procedures. + Participates in Quality Improvement projects. + Participates in preparing department for internal and external site audits from SCAN, DHS, etc. + Participates regularly in skills competency evaluations. Participates regularly in site staff and department meetings. + Cross-trains into Care Team Member 1 and 2 positions when indicated. + May assist with site marketing activities (i.e. health fairs, senior Olympics, and other events). + Maintains an independent patient schedule under the direct supervision of a clinician. + Functions as the department mentor, trainer and resource by orienting new employees and coordinating staff schedules and department resources. + Identifies and resolves daily department issues and concerns and escalates to supervisor when necessary. + Participates in the development of department policies and procedures. Education: + Minimum: 1 or 2 years of post-high school education or a degree from a two-year college. + Minimum: Graduate of an accredited Medical Assistant program. + Minimum: Phlebotomy certificate. + Minimum: Basic Life Support for Healthcare providers” (AHA) or “CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer” (American Red Cross). + Preferred: Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) preferred. Experience: + Minimum: Up to and including one year of experience. + Preferred: 1 year of previous Medical Assistant work experience. + Preferred: Over 1 year of experience in a specialty field. 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Of Ilhan Omar, Anti-Semitism, and America By Sebastian Gorka|April 10th, 2019 It was only a matter of time. And in this case, it didn’t take long at all. After Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) made her racist remarks about the “evil” and “hypnotic” influence of Israel, the undue influence of the Jewish lobby in Washington, (“it’s all about the Benjamins”), and the dual loyalty of American Jews, Democrats were on track to censure her by name from the floor of the House. But it never happened. Nancy Pelosi proved too weak. After almost a week of wrangling, the committee that drafted the final statement on the scandalous freshman representative released a final text that never mentioned her by name, her statements, or any need for her to apologize for her bigotry. (Not coincidentally, Omar sits on this very committee.) In fact, the final language was such generic and anodyne boilerplate that it could have been issued at any time, by either party, for any reason or no reason at all. That the Speaker of the House was so timid in the face of such shocking behavior should surprise no one. Behold the face of the Democratic Party: minority, young, and racist. This is the fruit of identity politics. Be it Omar, who is on the cover of the current issue of Newsweek, Rashida Talib (D-Mich.) who signaled the need to obliterate Israel on her first day in office, or the leader of the pack, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y.), a proud supporter of the anti-Israel BDS movement, the “new faces” of the DNC constitute a united front in their hatred for our Semitic brethren. And no matter what Pelosi says, Omar will not be reined in. In the less than two months since the Democratic House leadership was forced to take its limp-wristed action, the immigrant saved from the hell that is “modern” Somalia has let her inner racist out once more, as this Monday she took her anti-Semitism to Twitter to attack a member of the Trump Administration. Stephen Miller, my former colleague in the White House, is a very intelligent but quiet young man. On those rare occasions when he does veer towards being outspoken, it is almost always within his special “lane” of immigration policy. He does not talk publicly about his family background or personal beliefs, nor does he feel especially compelled to share the fact that he is Jewish, though it’s no secret. That is why Omar’s Monday attack on him is all the more egregious. To call Stephen Miller a “white nationalist” is more than simply obnoxious, given that white nationalism is an ideology which targets those of color generally, and Jews specifically. Omar has yet to be sanctioned in any way by her party or the leadership in Congress for this newest act of hatred. This despite the fact that after her attack on Miller, a disturbing video surfaced on social media in which the congresswoman casually described the mass murder of 2,977 people by jihadists on September 11, 2001 as an event where “some people did something.” This was before she used 9/11 as the justification for the establishment of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Hamas-front founded in 1994. A federal court in 2008 designated CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorist-financing trial in American history. The FBI had to sever all ties with the group exactly because of its ties to the Holy Land Foundation and its leaders who were convicted in that trial for sending $12.4 million to Hamas from the United States. In less than four months in Congress, Omar has used ancient and modern Anti-Semitic slurs to attack Jewish members of the Trump Administration, her fellow Jewish members of Congress, and our closest and best ally in the Middle East, Israel. She has trivialized the greatest terror attack on American soil since the founding of our republic, and has spoken warmly of those directly implicated by a federal court for their support of one of the deadliest perpetrators of international terrorism. Freedom of speech is a right of all Americans. But so is our choice to denounce, call out, and recall racists. Ilhan Omar is the most flagrantly racist figure in politics today. Every day her vile beliefs and words are tolerated by Nancy Pelosi and her fellow partisans is a day that proves just how morally bankrupt and devoid of any legitimacy the Democrats have become. [Content created by the Center for American Greatness, Inc. is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a significant audience. For licensing opportunities for our original content, please contact licensing@centerforamericangreatness.com.] https://www.amgreatness.com/2019/04/10/of-ilhan-omar-anti-semitism-and-america/#.XLJgqWv0Wws.twitter
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          Millennials are building multimillion-dollar beauty empires on their massive Instagram and Snapchat followings, and it's disrupting a centuries-old industry      Comment   Translate Page      

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  • From Rihanna to Emily Weiss, more young women are disrupting the beauty space with cosmetic lines that thrive on social media.
  • While millennials are leading the way with the industry's disruption, other generational outliers — notably 21-year-old Gen-Zer Kylie Jenner and 62-year-old Anastasia Soare — are also key players in the trend.
  • Over time, beauty industry marketing has evolved from word-of-mouth and traditional ad campaigns to Instagram tutorials and user-generated content, making it easier than ever to launch a new brand.
  • This has opened the door for celebrities and influencers to create their own beauty brands and sell them to their strong social media followings, transforming fanbase numbers into revenue.
  • This has given rise to a new generation of wealthy women, who sit on top of beauty empire fortunes they created with their own digital prowess.
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Social media has minted a new type of money maker: the "selfie-made billionaire."

That's what Natalie Robehmed of Forbes dubbed Kylie Jenner, the world's youngest self-made billionaire ever. 

Jenner's $1 billion net worth comes largely from her eponymous cosmetics line, Kylie Cosmetics, which launched in 2015. Three years later, revenue was an estimated $360 million, the company worth $900 million, Robehmed reported. 

While Jenner may be one of the more extreme examples, she isn't an anomaly — a long history of women have accrued wealth by building beauty empires. The first female self-made millionaire, Madam CJ Walker, built her fortune off a line of hair care products she developed in 1905, according to Isis Madrid of Broadly. Beauty mavens Estée Lauder and Bobbi Brown started their brands decades before the millennium.

In 2018, Jenner was a newcomer to Forbes' richest self-made women list, along with Forbes' other "Instagram-savvy makeup moguls" — Anastasia Soare, Huda Kattan, and Kim Kardashian West, who all also have their own beauty lines.

Then there's Emily Weiss, founder and CEO of cult beauty brand Glossier. On March 19, the direct-to-consumer beauty brand hit unicorn status with new funding that put its value at $1.2 billion, reported Katie Roof and Yuliya Chernova of The Wall Street Journal

While these women aren't the first of their kind to build wealth by tapping into the beauty industry, they are part of a growing number of women who have successfully done so by leveraging social media. What's changed isn't the idea of starting a cosmetics line, but how millennials are disrupting the process in today's technological age while propelling fast company growth and amassing personal fortune.

Read more: Meet the 7 women who made Forbes' richest self-made women list for the first time, including almost-billionaire Kylie Jenner

Estée Lauder and Bobbi Brown got their start through word-of-mouth

"Getting a brand known has from the beginning involved word-of-mouth and getting attention from an influential journalist," Geoffrey Jones, a professor at Harvard Business School and author of the book "Beauty Imagined," told Business Insider.

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Consider Estée Lauder: "She gave away 80 of her lipsticks as table gifts for a charity luncheon in the Waldorf-Astoria," Jones said. "The rich guests then walked over to the nearby Saks Fifth Avenue to ask for it."

In 1947, Lauder received her first major order for $800 worth of products from Saks. She grew her business with traditional print advertising and word-of-mouth campaigns, believing that women who liked her products would spread the word. In 2018, the company reported $13.68 billion in net sales and Bloomberg estimated the Lauder family to be worth $24.3 billion.

The beauty behemoth now has nearly 30 brands in its portfolio; in 1995, it acquired Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, making the line's namesake founder a millionaire, reported CNBC's Catherine Clifford

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Being bought by a big firm is a sign of success, Jones said. Bobbi Brown, who told Inc. she began the line with $10,000, also favored a word-of-mouth strategy. By talking to strangers and friends, she found a business partner, landed a mention in Glamour magazine, conducted market research, connected with a Bergdorf Goodman cosmetics buyer, and secured regular appearances on The Today Show, according to Clifford.

But that was before the disintegration of traditional distribution channels, which Jones said has happened over the past decade.

Anastasia Soare

Look no further than Soare's Anastasia of Beverly Hills line to see this shift in action. According to Forbes, it's one of the first beauty companies to use a successful social media strategy — but Soare didn't begin that way.

The aesthetician first became a celebrity favorite in the early 1990s for perfecting the eyebrow. In 2000, she took the traditional route, launching her first line of products in 20 Nordstrom stores, reported Forbes. But it didn't really take off until Soare took to Instagram in 2013 with a viral social media campaign, which helped land her products in Sephora.

Today, the company's Instagram has 19 million-plus followers, and the company has a Forbes estimated value of $1.5 billion. Soare herself is worth an estimated $1 billion, making her one of the world's richest self-made women.

Read more: This self-made billionaire built her fortune after fleeing communism in Romania in the 80s and building a salon beloved by Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian

A shift to digital means brands can make the consumer an influencer

As Soare's success indicates, "Social media has become the new door-to-door," Jensen said, adding it "allows consumers to research, investigate, and gather information on everything from ingredients to brand values to see if they align to their own. The brands that use social media well are leveraging it to build a two way street of communication with their followers and because of that, they get buy-in to the brand."

Consider Weiss, who realized that social media was "transforming the way beauty products were talked about and bought," and intended to disrupt the industry, wrote Amy Larocca of The Cut, hailing her as the millennial Estée Lauder.

"There are a handful of beauty conglomerates, and it's difficult for them to innovate," Weiss, who uses social media as market research, previously told Business Insider. "Beauty has really gone online, because that's where the customer is."

In 2010, she launched the blog Into the Gloss. It soon became popular among beauty mavens, amassing 10 million page views per month, according to Alyssa Goacobbe of Entrepreneur — a solid platform on which to launch the first four Glossier products in 2014.

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Instead of aiming at wholesale, Weiss intended to crowdsource — through social-media platforms, affiliate sponsorships and links, and gossip, wrote Larocca. As Gaby Del Valle of Vox puts it, Glossier's success lies in treating its customers like influencers.

To market a new blush, Cloud Paint, Weiss hired makeup artists to use it on Oscar-attending celebrities and post the results on social media, Giacobbe wrote — regrams resulted in 1,700 user-generated images in one week; by one month, Instagram had 6,368 Cloud Paint images.

In a recent podcast interview, Weiss said that Instagram "has been an incredible tool to show a lot of user-generated content." 

While Weiss' net worth is unknown, the $1.2 billion value of Glossier says enough.

Read more: This beauty startup has become so popular that it has 10,000 people on a waitlist for lipstick

A social media following equals revenue for celebrities foraying into beauty

"Having a large social media following equates to sales," Jensen said.

A strong social media presence is so directly tied to revenue that it can lay the whole foundation for a beauty empire's success — those with stardom and a following already have a fanbase with built-in customers, and nowhere is that more visible than in Kylie Jenner's and Rihanna's respective beauty empires.

"It's the power of social media," Jenner told Robhemed. "I had such a strong reach before I was able to start anything."

Jenner launched Kylie Cosmetics to 50 million Instagram followers on her personal account, reported Sarah Grossbart for E! News. Nearly four years later, that number has more than doubled. "With more than 100 million Instagram devotees, she need only post a selfie touting her shade of the day and her young followers clamor to add it to their carts," Grossbart wrote.

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Dubbed "Cosmetics Queen" by Forbes, Jenner continues to push direct-to-consumer Kylie Cosmetics by sharing products, announcing launches, and previewing new items to her 175 million-plus followers across Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, Robhemed reported

"I don’t pay for advertisements," Jenner told Fast Company. "I don’t do commercials. Social media is the only way I push it: Snapchat, Instagram."

She didn't sign her first distribution deal until three years later, with Ulta, which she pushed with her "usual social media," Jenner told Robhemed — it sold an estimated $54 million worth of products in the first six weeks.

Read more: How Kylie Jenner became the world's youngest self-made billionaire, from starring in a reality TV show at age 9 to running a $900 million cosmetics empire at 21

Similarly, Rihanna, who has an estimated $260 million net worth and nearly 69 million Instagram followers, launched Fenty Beauty at New York Fashion Week in 2017 — and she first alluded to with an Instagram teaser. In just one month, it made $72 million in earned media value (the potential value it would have earned if paid for all exposure on social media platforms), outpacing Kylie Cosmetics according to a Tribe Dynamics' Cosmetics report released by WWD.

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About 132 million people watched Fenty beauty tutorials in the first month of its launch, reported Janice Williams of Newsweek. Within its first 40 days, Fenty brought in $100 million in sales, according to Vogue.

"Fenty Beauty’s social media game has had a clear impact on its success," Williams wrote. "While Rihanna's social media handle flooded Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube with photos, videos and tutorials, millions of people used their own social media accounts to show off their products and offer testimonials."

In its first year alone, Fenty made $566 million, reported the Business of Fashion, citing an LVMH report — it took Estée Lauder 10 years to earn $500 million, according to WWD.

Read more: Rihanna is reportedly launching her own line with one of the biggest luxury companies in the world as her fashion empire continues to grow

Youtube creators translate their personalities into beauty brands

Not every beauty influencer is a celebrity — some gained notoriety because of YouTube or Instagram, and successfully translated their social media personalities into massive beauty brands and multimillion-dollar net worths.

Huda Kattan, called one of the most influential beauty bloggers in the world by The New York Times, began sharing makeup tutorials, how-to videos, and tips on Instagram and YouTube in 2010. Her following grew so much that when she launched synthetic and faux mink lashes in 2013, they sold out on her first day. Today, she has over 577 million Instagram followers between her personal and private accounts and 3.1 million YouTube subscribers.

Huda Kattan

Kattan told CNN Instagram was the turning point. "It was the catalyst that changed everything," she said. "It changed the dynamics in which people not only communicate but are inspired as well."

Retail sales for Huda Beauty hit $1.5 million the first year — revenue for 2018 was expected to be $300 million, according to ForbesForbes valued her company at $1 billion and Kattan herself worth $500 million, based largely on their "valuation of her stake in the company." 

It's a similar success story for influencer Michelle Phan, who got her start sharing beauty tutorials and guides on YouTube — 40,000 people watched her first video the first week; the now defunct channel has nearly 9 million subscribers.

Michelle Phan

Phan, reportedly worth $50 million, parlayed that success into the cosmetics industry with makeup subscription company Ipsy in 2011, valued at $800 million with more than 1.5 million subscribers just five years later, according to Yahoo. In 2013, she launched her own cosmetic line for L'Oreal called EM Cosmetics. 

"Influence is the new power — if you have influence you can create a brand," Phan told Forbes.

Beauty is booming

It's easy to see why more influencers and celebrities are entering the beauty space — and the effect they're creating when they do. The beauty industry has grown exponentially over the last three decades, Jones said. As of 2010, the beauty industry had global sales of $330 billion worldwide, according to "Beauty Imagined."

"In the past, luxury brands sold through department stores and mass brands sold through drugstores," Jones said. Now, though, "the whole market has fragmented, providing the opportunity for the launch of many new brands."

Over 1,000 beauty brands have entered the prestige market since 2015 because it's lucrative, healthy, and profitable, Larissa Jensen, beauty analyst at The NPD Group, told Business Insider.

It's also easier than ever before to create and launch a brand, Jennifer Walsh, co-founder of retailer Beauty Bar, consultant, and brand marketer, told Business Insider. And the power of digital has made it even easier to reach consumers.

"For decades, we had to rely on print media and TV to introduce a brand or products," she said. "Now, we can have our own channel online. If you have a great product, beautiful packaging, and are good at storytelling, you can truly get your message/product out to others quickly."

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          Daenerys Targaryen vagy Cersei Lannister kormányzott jobban?      Comment   Translate Page      

A Trónok harca már régen túlmutatott önmagán: egyrészt milliók várják április 15-ét, amikor végre elstartol a befejező évad, melyben - sok más mellett - végre talán kiderül, kié lesz a Vastrón (bár, mint Stemler Miklós, a könyvciklus fordítója-szerkesztője interjúnkban elmondta, ez a sorozat fő kérdése, és nem a regényeké), ezzel együtt viszont a sorozat kitörölhetetlenül a populáris és politikai kultúra része lett - hogy utóbbi mennyire nem légből kapott, arról csak annyit, hogy korábbi anyagaiban például a CNN és a Newsweek is a párhuzamosságokat taglalta. A Trónok harcának hatalmi intrikái és színfalak mögötti kompromisszumai és szövetségei (vagy éppen ellenségeskedései) sok esetben nagyon jól megfeleltethetők a kortárs politika kavarásainak, és az analógiáknak köszönhetően remekül lehet modellezni vagy éppen magyarázni azokat.

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Szerencsére hasonló írásokért, tanulmányokért már nem kell messze menni. Az Athenaeum Kiadó a könyvfesztiválra időzítve jelentet meg egy olyan esszékötetet, amely egyebek között a Star Wars, a Star Trek,Deadpool vagy a Harry Potter-széria mellett számos népszerű sci-fi, horror, fantasy és disztópia tudományos szempontú elemzésére vállalkozik. A merítésből természetesen nem maradhatott ki a Trónok harca sem, így például Tóth Csaba a westerosi kormányzás legmélyebb bugyraiban merült alá.

A kötet szerzői: Bokor Nándor, Filippov Gábor, Flach Richárd, Gáspár Attila, Hraskó Gábor, Miyazaki Jun, Lápossy Attila, Nagy Ádám, Orosz László, Pirkhoffer Ervin, Pongrácz Máté, Radó Péter, Torbó Annamária, Tóth Csaba, Vancsó Éva, Vinkó József, Zsótér Indi Dániel. 

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Hogyan építsünk a Szolgálólány alapján egy életképes diktatúrát?

Elpusztíthatja-e holnap egy aszteroida a Földet? Lehetünk-e fiatalabbak a saját gyermekünknél? Megjósolható-e a jövő a tudomány segítségével? Vannak-e jogaik a majmoknak? Hány neme lehet egy földönkívülinek? Hogyan építsünk életképes diktatúrát? Gazdasági hiba volt-e a Birodalom presztízsberuházása, a Halálcsillag megépítése? Cersei Lannister vagy Daenerys Targaryen kormányzott-e jobban? Na és mitől leszünk szerelmesek?

Érdemes elolvasni a teljes esszét, mi most kedvcsinálóként kiragadtunk pár pontot:

  • A Trónok harca világánál alaposabban kidolgozott, jobban felépített és politikailag realistább fantasztikus univerzumot keveset ismerünk.
  • A sorozat nem idealizálja sem világát, sem pedig a szereplőit.
  • Kiderül, hogyan bújtatja Tywin Lannister politikai ideológiai köntösbe mondandóját és tanítja (ha úgy tetszik: manipulálja) ezáltal az unokáját Tommen Baratheont, valamint, hogy mi köze a bölcs uralkodásnak a szakértői kormányzáshoz.
  • Westeroson nehéz lenne igazi demokráciát találni.
  • Összesen három uralkodó felelt meg a hatékony kormányzás alapfeltételeinek – hogy kik voltak ők, ahhoz olvassátok el Tóth Csaba esszéjét:

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Robin D.G. Kelley and Makani Themba at The Nation write—Why the Highlander Attack Matters. The arson attack on the Highlander Center, a longtime leader in racial and social-justice work, is not merely a hate crime—it’s an act of war: 

News of the March 29 arson attack on the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee, shocked and angered progressives across the country. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the blaze destroyed Highlander’s main office building, along with valuable organizational records and historic documents that had not been archived at the University of Wisconsin and other repositories. Yet, for the many familiar with its storied history of movement-building, research, radical education, and cultural work, the devastation goes much deeper than property loss. It’s as if a sanctuary was violated.

And violated it was. Making crystal clear their terrorist intention, the attackers left their mark on the parking lot by spray-painting a symbol derived from the fascist Romanian Iron Guard during the 1930s that is commonly used by white supremacists. The same symbol was painted on one of the guns used in the recent murderous attack on two mosques in New Zealand, and scrawled alongside swastikas on the University of Tennessee Knoxville campus in November.

The attack on Highlander is the latest in a rising wave of racist terror targeting black, brown, and indigenous communities, immigrants, Muslims, Jews, and gender non-conforming folks. For Highlander’s co-executive directors, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson and the Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele, the attack was disheartening, frustrating, and terrifying, but hardly surprising. “Because of our history,” they wrote in a recent press release, “we are not surprised that this space, one where marginalized people working across sectors, geographies, and identities, show up consistently, has been repeatedly targeted over our 87 years of existence.”

The leadership, staff, and many activists associated with Highlander’s ongoing social-justice work understand the attack as not merely a hate crime by misguided individuals but an act of war. Situated on about 200 acres of land just east of Knoxville, Tennessee, Highlander has long been on the front lines of a protracted war on workers, poor farmers, people of color, and other marginalized communities. In a region ravaged by the worst excesses of capitalist and racist exploitation—plant closures, environmental catastrophe from coal mining, dispossession, opioid addiction, state-sanctioned violence—Highlander is one of the few progressive safe spaces where movements connect, dream, and build for the local, national, and global fight back. [...]

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While the GOP leadership is under assault from their incompetence and corruption, ours continues to get glowing praise.

There's nothing fancy about Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate. Sartorially, he is a symphony in brown. He hails from a Nevada eye-blink called Searchlight, but isn't at ease in the spotlight. "I would just as soon never have a press conference," he says. An amateur boxer in his youth, the 65-year-old Reid's idea of a good time is to watch reruns of famous bouts on ESPN Classic. A favorite was on the other night: the 1955 epic between Archie Moore and Rocky Marciano. "Moore flattened Rocky early," Reid said. "Had him down, almost out. But by patience and sheer determination Marciano came back, round by round, and won. Both guys were cut and bloody when it was over." [...]

Reid, with 37 years in politics, is prospering partly by doing what shrewd boxers do in the early rounds to survive: let the other guy overreach. Proudly unphilosophical, he thinks the Democratic Party needs no soul-searching. "I believe in simplicity," he says. "Health care, pensions, energy independence--that's my agenda." [...]

While Reid himself is low-key, the allies he organizes throughout the city--polltakers, consultants, liberal lobbyists--are not. He has commissioned virtual "war rooms," which coordinate the use of focus-grouped attack language in ads and speeches on two main issues. The first was Social Security. Now comes the war of words over the Senate's hallowed "filibuster rule," which allows a minority of 41 members to use the privilege of talking endlessly to kill any legislative action--such as a judicial nomination they don't like. Reid's poll-tested line of attack: ending the filibuster rule would destroy the separation of powers envisioned by the Founding Fathers. It's not clear whether Frist has the support—or the nerve—to press for a vote on ending the rule. His own advisers are divided. 

Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio.”

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Mac Margolis is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering Latin and South America. He was a reporter for Newsweek and is the author of “The Last New World: The Conquest of the Amazon Frontier.”


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