2018-05-18: Social Media Postees

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Here's Why Sexting Needs to Be Included in Sex Education Curricula
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
Teens need to be prepared for the challenges of a digital age. | Sex education remains a fiercely debated topic, both in the media and among politicians. A recent controversial segment on Fox News' The Ingraham Angle discussed whether schools should teach students about "sexting" (sharing sexually explicit images or videos through electronic means). In Canada's largest province, the leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservative party recently vowed to repeal the sex-education curriculum if elected premier in next month's election. We cannot politicize the reality of sexual behaviours in youth. The reality is that almost half of youth in the United States have sex prior to leaving high school. Teen sexting is also common. A study of more than 110,000 teens suggests that one in every seven are sending sexts, and one in four are receiving sexts. This number is on the. . .

Classrooms, Not Computers: Stop Educating for Profit
Morna McDermott | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
Protect Public Education From Profiteering By Corporations Gathering Data From Students During the last few years, a lot of debate has been had over the promise and perils of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Many education advocates argued we must embrace ESSA because it promised to reduce the federal chokehold of high stakes standardized…

A Call to Secular Humanist Resistance
David Orenstein | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
The nonbeliever community has a long and noble history of resistance to oppression. Often, such activism is focused on the violations of civil rights and attacks on secular well-being. But our activism also includes fighting the attacks on science and science education and serves as a constant reminder that when we work together and with allied…

Israel Crosses a Line as IDF Snipers Murder Unarmed Protesters in the Ghetto of Gaza
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
Hong Kong. Sitting in this peaceful city on the far side of world from the United States can put some things in perspective. For one thing, the local papers, both Chinese-language and the English-language South China Morning Post today featured front-page images of dead Palestinian protesters lying on the ground in Gaza. Accompanying articles focused on them…

What's Wrong With the United States?
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
Despite the myth perpetrated by United States spokespersons, the country is not, and never has been, a beacon of peace and freedom, the 'land of the free and the home of the brave', or a democracy that is the envy of the word. It is, and always has been, a racist, imperialist society, an oligarchy…

Here's Everything You Need to Know About Right-Wing Theory That FBI Planted Spy in Trump Campaign
Grace Bennett, Media Matters | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
The claim relies upon the testimony of a co-founder of Fusion GPS. | In recent days, many on the right have pushed the claim that the FBI "infiltrated" President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign with a "mole. " The claim relies upon the testimony of a co-founder of Fusion GPS, the research firm that hired a former British agent who compiled an intelligence dossier about Trump's connections to various Russians. The claim also builds off of a recent squabble between the Department of Justice and the chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), over the release of classified information. Here is what you need to know about the story's origins: On January 2, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, the founders of the research firm Fusion GPS, claimed in an op-ed that the FBI had a source "inside the. . .

The (non-) Royal Wedding: Working-class love deserves a little celebration, too
Bernard Burton | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-18
British royalty in 1947 staged the lavish marriage of Princess Elizabeth to the scion of a wealthy, titled German family, Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh. The press devoted millions of words, entire pages, and front-page headlines to this event, just as is happening again this weekend for the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. …

The (non-) Royal Wedding: Working-class love deserves a little celebration, too

Politicians Dash Hopes for Justice in Tunisia
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-18
| Time is running out for justice in Tunisia. | The mandate of the Truth and Dignity Commission, set up in 2014 to investigate serious human rights violations of the past, is under threat and could be terminated at the end of May. The law founding the commission — known by its French initials IVD — gave it four years to get its job done, with the option to extend for one year at its own discretion, upon providing the reasons to parliament. The commission did just that in February, extending its mandate until December 2018, but that was rejected by an alliance of political parties in the chamber hostile towards the commission. | This vote, which occurred shortly after the commission transferred the first case to the specialized chambers created by the Transitional Justice law to try past…

US Suit Risks Cloaking Immigrant Detention Abuse
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-18
An immigrant takes food into a cell for incoming ICE detainees at the Adelanto immigration detention center, which is run by the Geo Group Inc (GEO.N), in Adelanto, California, U.S., April 13, 2017. © 2017 Reuters/Lucy Nicholson | (San Francisco, CA) — California has a clear interest in monitoring dire health and safety conditions in immigrant detention centers in the state, three human and immigrant rights groups said today in a friend-of-the-court brief. | Human Rights Watch, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and Freedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC) filed the amicus brief in a federal district court in the case of United States v. California. The lawsuit was brought by the United States Department of Justice against California to block three state laws aimed at protecting the rights of immigrants. In their brief, the…

Cash Incentives for Charter School Recruitment: Unethical Bribe or Shrewd Marketing Technique?
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2018-05-18
In cash-strapped school districts, where traditional public schools and charters compete over funds, schools face acute financial pressure to attract and retain students. In recent years, some charter schools have discreetly turned to a controversial recruitment strategy: offering low-income families cash stipends or other prizes in exchange for drawing new students into their schools. | The practice is a not-much-discussed part of the school choice debate, and it's not well-known how widespread it is either. This is in large part because schools are typically under no obligation to report it. Critics say these incentives amount to unethical bribes targeting primarily low-income families, though defenders say they're just shrewd marketing techniques. | The KIPP charter network is one of the largest and most prestigious charter school networks across the country. In December 2016, KIPP Adelante, a San Diego charter, sent a newsletter out…

Surgery Conference Cuts Intersex Patients Out
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-18
| This weekend when urologists from around the world gather in San Francisco for the American Urological Association's (AUA) annual conference, dozens of patient advocates will participate — yet a key group of people will be missing. | The intersex community — the nearly 1.7 percent of people born with bodies that fall outside society's definitions of typical "male" and "female" — will be absent. Their repeated requests to engage with the AUA have been met with bluster and denial. | interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth wants one thing from the AUA: evidence- and ethics-based standards of care. This means ending medically unnecessary "normalizing" surgeries on intersex children who cannot give informed consent. | Based on a theory popularized in the 1960s, some doctors continue to operate on intersex children claiming to make it easier…

Why a Prized Indiana High School Goes Against the Grain of Education Reform
Jon Jeter | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-17
The yawning gap between the kind of schools that America's ruling class chooses for its own children, and the curriculum it increasingly imposes on other people's children provides compelling evidence that the plutocrats and policymakers do not view education as a ladder to help lift up the masses, but rather as a tool for reproducing inequality. | The post Why a Prized Indiana High School Goes Against the Grain of Education Reform appeared first on MintPress News.

Why a Prized Indiana High School Goes Against the Grain of Education Reform

Millennial Women Say Dismal Economy is Preventing them from Having Children
Nicole Karlis, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-17
An historic drop in the fertility rate was partly due to millennial and GenX women struggling to make ends meet | The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released updated statistics regarding the country's fertility rate — the pace at which American women in their childbearing years are having children — and according the data, it has reached a record low for the second year in a row. The U. S. fertility rate decreased to 60. 2 births per 1,000 women in 2017, a 3 percent decrease from 2016. The report also showed that birth rates — the number of live births per 1,000 people — declined for nearly all age groups under the age of 40, though increased for women in their early 40s. As Pew Research Center has previously explained, this is not exactly a cause for concern for economists. It is also. . .

Israel Commemorates Nakba with Mass Murder at the Gaza Fence
Ajamu Baraka | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-17
One of the essential features of European colonialism were the boundaries drawn between Europeans and so-called Western civilization and everyone else. Even during the European enlightenment, the accepted philosophical justifications for human inequality in Western liberal thought meant that women, the colonized, the enslaved and non-property holders occupied different rungs on the ladder of humanity and were excluded from demanding same inherent rights as the White, male bourgeoisie.

'An All-Out Propaganda War': CNN Analyst Dissects the Trump Team's Dirty Tactics to Undermine Mueller
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-17
"I think it's hurting our democracy to erode public trust in these institutions. " | CNN analyst David Gergen delivered a searing critique of President Donald Trump and his allies' efforts to undermine the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation Thursday night. "This is an all-out propaganda war," Gergen said. "Hand-to-hand conflict, conducted by one side, conducted by the White House and, as you say, by the president's allies, who are doing everything they can to discredit the investigation, to discredit the institutions of the FBI and Justice Department in order to drive public opinion in the president's direction. "Gergen also bemoaned the fact that there has been no corresponding voice going in the opposition direction. Mueller's team, after all, does not appear to leak and has rightfully stayed out of the press, but it has become vulnerable to attack. At the same time, no Democrat. . .

Watch the Racist Lawyer Who Attacked Spanish Speakers in NYC Cafe Literally Run from NBC Reporter
AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-17
This is the best video you'll see all day. | Aaron Schlossberg, the New York City attorney who has reportedly been filmed at least three times making bigoted attacks on strangers, is finally facing a bit of justice. The lawyer is no longer welcome at his own office building, where security told the press he'd be booted from the premises if he showed his face. Now that his identity is known, reporters understandably have some questions. Schlossberg isn't answering them. NBC News received an unintentionally hilarious response when Schlossberg was about to face some tough questions on the street. Spoiler alert: He bolted like a professional sprinter. Watch the video below. The lawyer who threatened to call immigration enforcement on workers at a Manhattan cafe earlier this week sprinted away from an NBC News reporter earlier today t. co/BCsW1WSWDG pic. twitter. com/rb5A6XZBXF– NBC New York (@NBCNewYork)

US And Europe Face An 'Increasingly Loveless Marriage' After Trump's Iran Deal Withdrawal
Garret Martin | iranian.com | 2018-05-17
Beyond its potentially dramatic consequences for Middle East stability, Trump's May 8 decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal has also damaged the United States' relations with its European allies. France, Germany and the United Kingdom worked with the Obama administration to barter the United Nations-approved Iran agreement in 2015. Now, the three European signatories must figure out […] | The post US And Europe Face An 'Increasingly Loveless Marriage' After Trump's Iran Deal Withdrawal appeared first on The Iranian.

This Republican Congressman Seriously Suggested Sea Levels Are Rising Because of Falling Rocks
Hunter, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-17
"Every time you have that soil or rock or whatever it is that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise [. . . ]" | One of the worst duties of being a top-level American scientist or researcher is that you get summoned before House Republicans so they can explain why, in their minds, the entire collected research that you and tens of thousands of others have participated in is probably wrong because of Shit They Just Made Up. It might help to imagine Woods Hole Research Center President Philip Duffy as having wandered into a local bar, and Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks as a sloshed-out-of-his-mind patron regaling him with Drunk Guy ideas about the real causes of sea level rise. For example, says Brooks, maybe it's not thermodynamics or melting ice sheets causing our oceans to rise, Maybe it is. . .

Republican Congressman Offers Mind-Numbing Explanation for Rising Sea Levels
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-17
In 2015, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., set the bar for Republican climate denialism when he presented a snowball on the Senate floor as evidence that global warming is, in fact, a hoax. Three years later, the GOP may have found a new standard-bearer. | During a House Science Committee hearing Wednesday on how technology can be used to address climate change, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., hypothesized that rising sea levels were not a product of climbing temperatures but of fragments of earth tumbling into the ocean. | "Every time you have that soil or rock deposited into the seas, that causes the sea level to rise, because now you've got less space in those oceans, because the bottom is moving up," he explained. "What about the white cliffs of Dover, Calif., where time and time again you're having the waves crash…

Central African Republic: Crucial Court For Victims
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-17
Congolese Special Prosecutor Toussaint Muntazini (R) and the five other judges of the Special Criminal Court (SCC)–which is to investigate and prosecute crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the Central African Republic since 2003–sit at the National Assembly in Bangui, having been sworn in on June 30, 2017. | © 2017 Saber Jendoubi/AFP/Getty Images | (Nairobi) — Recent violence in the Central African Republic makes the country's new Special Criminal Court especially important as a means to offer justice to victims of brutal crimes committed during the country's conflicts, Human Rights Watch said today. A new report by Human Rights Watch finds that the court will need more support from the United Nations and government donors to prosecute grave crimes, including widespread killings, rape and sexual violence, and destruction of…

Justice Department IG finishes report on Clinton email case, Comey & Co. brace for impact
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-17
The Justice Department Inspector General has finished its report into law enforcement's handling of the Hillary Clinton email case. Officials named in the report will now review it, and many have a lot at stake. …

New York City Easing Off Pot Arrests
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-17
| New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday that the New York City Police Department will "overhaul" and reform its marijuana enforcement policies. | Human Rights Watch has analyzed drug policies and their impact on human rights and racial justice for more than a decade and advocates decriminalizing the personal use and possession of drugs. | The mayor's announcement came days after the New York Times reported that black people were arrested on low-level marijuana charges at eight times the rate of white, non-Hispanic people over the past three years and Hispanic people at five times the rate of white people. The Manhattan District Attorney also announced a new "Decline to Prosecute" policy. And the NYC Comptroller issued a report concluding that legalizing adult-use of marijuana could bring in US$336 million a…

US Police Week and a Lifetime of Fear
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-17
Demonstrators gather outside City Hall to protest the police shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, California, U.S., March 30, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | This is Police Week. While many police "protect and serve," that's not the full story of policing in this country. | I grew up hearing about police harassment my father suffered, a black man who grew up in segregated Williamsburg, Virginia, and turned 18 the day Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered. Once a police officer stood on my dad's back so long that he had a cowboy boot imprint for days. | I worry about my partner every day he leaves the house and about our son, when he becomes an adult black man. | Women of color around the country are grieving loved ones killed by police.

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim Finally Freed
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-16
Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim, who was granted a royal pardon, arrives to speak to supporters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 16, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, twice imprisoned on politically motivated sodomy and corruption charges, walked free from prison today with a full pardon. It was a day for celebration — for his family, his supporters, and for long-suppressed advocates of human rights in Malaysia. | It was also, perhaps, a day that will mark a new beginning for the rule of law in that country. | The release of Anwar, a former deputy prime minister and head of the opposition People's Justice Party until his imprisonment, is the first tangible result of the unexpected election victory last week of a coalition that saw Ibrahim's party align with Mahathir…

Ukraine: Radical Groups Disrupt LGBTI Event
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-16
Kyiv police waiting outside the venue where an Amnesty International event was disrupted by members of radical groups. Kyiv, Ukraine. May 10, 2018. | © Tanya Cooper/Human Rights Watch | (Kyiv) — Members of radical nationalist groups violently disrupted a May 10, 2018 discussion in Kyiv about LGBTI rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Despite the intruders' aggressive behavior and threats of violence, the Kyiv police did not remove them from the event or the premises, and the owner of the site canceled the event. | A Human Rights Watch researcher was due to speak at the event, which was open to the public, and was there during the incident. | "It was clear from the way the police responded that nationalists can get away with this kind of violent and disruptive behavior in Ukraine,"

Max Thunder 2018: US military drills threaten to derail Korea peace talks
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-15
North Korea has called off talks with South Korea and warned the US that the Singapore summit might be next, citing 'Max Thunder,' a military exercise in the south featuring US strategic bombers and stealth jets. …

No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer Defends Israeli Military Actions in Gaza
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-05-15
Amid a growing chorus of condemnation of Israeli violence by American lawmakers this week, the House's second-highest ranking Democratic, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, defended Israel's violence against Palestinian protesters and stood by the Trump administration's controversial decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. | "Israel's in a tough situation. It's trying to defend its borders," Hoyer said in response to a question from The Intercept at a pen-and-pad session on Tuesday with reporters on Capitol Hill. "All the world would hope that it would be done so in a peaceful manner, but when you have a terrorist organization in front of you, that is historically and continuing to use violence, that makes it very tough." | Hoyer, the minority whip, was referring to a threat he claimed Israel faces from Hamas. But it was unarmed civilian protesters, not militants,…

'All people can live in peace,' says Jared Kushner as Israel kills dozens of Palestinians
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-14
Jared Kushner's speech at the US Embassy opening ceremony in Jerusalem claims both sides of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal could gain more than they give, as Israeli forces shot dead 55 protesters on Monday. …

US opens Jerusalem embassy on 'great day for peace' as dozens of Palestinians shot dead
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-14
The US has opened its embassy in Jerusalem following the highly-divisive decision by President Donald Trump last December. Pledges of peace during the ceremony came as dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israelis in protests. …

Date from hell: Woman arrested for stalking, threats, and 65,000 texts to online dating match
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-11
Jacqueline Claire Ades took to online dating to find love and settle down. After obsessive stalking, threats, and 65,000 text messages to her match, she's now imprisoned in Arizona awaiting trial. …

Trump & Bolton call for regime change in Iran even as they speak of peace
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-10
White House National Security Adviser John Bolton says the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal is not a step towards a policy of regime change in Tehran. His own record and President Donald Trump's words suggest otherwise. …

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