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BREAKING! Ruth Ginsburg on Deathbed with Pneumonia, Set To Retire Reader 01/18/2019 (Fri) 16:25:21 Id: 2875fc [Preview] No. 13743 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has contracted pneumonia and is fighting for her life, according to reports.

In September, The Santa Monica Observer was the first to report that Ginsburg had developed cancer.

Left-leaning so-called ‘fact-checker’ Snopes immediately attempted to discredit the story, labelling it “false” and stopping its spread on social media. It turns out, Snopes was wrong.

Now that very same outlet has discovered that Bader Ginsburg is currently battling for her life after recently contracting pneumonia, fueling rumors that Ginsburg is set to retire before the end of this month.

The Santa Monica Observer reports: https://archive.fo/hv6ab

As any reader of the Santa Monica Observer knew last September, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed lung cancer. The 85 year old Supreme Court Justice had surgery as quietly as possible on December 22, 2018.

Following surgery, she has developed complications including pneumonia.

Pneumonia often afflicts elderly post surgery patients in the US, since antibiotics have resulted in Multi Resistant Strains of the lung infection.

The left and the main stream media have tried to put on a brave face as Ginsburg missed three straight days of argument this week, interviewing cancer doctors to say that she would recover.

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'McJesus' sculpture to be removed from museum after violent protest Reader 01/18/2019 (Fri) 02:03:56 Id: aabe07 [Preview] No. 13739 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Hundreds of Arab Christians demonstrated at the museum last week to call for the sculpture's removal, the Times of Israel and Associated Press reported. According to the AP, police said protesters threw a firebomb at the museum and stones that wounded three police officers. Police used tear gas and stun grenades in response, per the AP.

According to the Guardian,Arab Christians only account for 2 percent of Israel's population.

Museum director Nissim Tal told the AP that the backlash surprised him given that the exhibit had been on display for months. The work's loan began in June, per the agreement Kalisch Rotem tweeted.

The museum's website says the exhibit, called "Sacred Goods," "focuses on the responses of contemporary artists to issues of religion and faith in the contemporary global reality, which is dominated by the consumer culture."

The museum described Leinonen's work and others in the exhibit as "subversive" and "provocative works that address the collaboration between religious systems and the consumer culture."

The artist told the Jerusalem Post earlier this week that he didn't intend for the sculpture to be shown in Haifa.

The protests "came to me as an upsetting surprise, particularly because my work is in the exhibition against my wishes," Leinonen told the newspaper.

Leinonen also said that he had asked the museum to remove the work and that he supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement – aimed at pressuring Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian territories.

Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev had also called for the work's removal, but the museum had resisted, citing freedom of expression.

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>"Without any connection, we believe in freedom of speech as a cornerstone of democracy," Kalisch Rotem tweeted



How a Stroke Turned a 63-Year-Old Into a Rap Legend Reader 01/18/2019 (Fri) 01:26:45 Id: 803b4d [Preview] No. 13736 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
“He said he wanted to do a rhyme on the Holocaust,” Caldwell remembered. “I thought that was really insightful. I thought that it would be something good for the kids to hear.” This was unusual, but not against “da mutha f**ckin rulz” pinned to the door, which began: “PROJECT BLOWED IS PRESENTED FOR THE LOVE OF HIP-HOP ENTIRELY FOR BLACK PEOPLE.” The sign continued: “DO NOT GET VIOLENT BECAUSE THIS IS A BLACK-OWNED, BLACK-OPERATED BUSINESS.”

The entrance fee was $2 to perform, $4 to watch, and rappers were expected to “perform a polished piece of music,” wrote Jooyoung Lee in Blowin’ Up, a history of the club, adding: “The open mic is a lot like peer review.” Emcees with the skill to rap spontaneously—“freestyling”—enjoy the greatest respect. But when a rapper forgets his lines, stutters, or shows up unprepared, the crowd forces them offstage with a devastating chant:

“Please pass the mic!”

The DJ demanded Hershfield’s backing music. He handed over a cassette tape of Chopin. Piano music filled the room. Regulars in the audience, known as “Blowdians,” looked at one another.

“They all were going, ‘Uh hunh, uh hunh,’” Hershfield recalled, but they quickly tired of the classical music.

“Okay,” someone said. “Get rid of that music and let’s hear you rap.”

Alone on the stage, Hershfield gripped the mic and began:

“God, this is a tough thing to write

The feeling I got in my heart tonight

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Reader 01/18/2019 (Fri) 05:34:33 Id: ec4dc2 [Preview] No.13740 del
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>not providing the truth in your OP
I'll just fix that.
http://archive.is/TsyEO
https://holocaustdeprogrammingcourse.com/



How capitalists talk about climate change Reader 01/18/2019 (Fri) 01:38:45 Id: 20a9a3 [Preview] No. 13737 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
The world’s scientific community predicts up to two feet of sea level rise by just 2100, likely accompanied by a rising tide of climate refugees. So it’s worth dissecting how America’s dominant conservative media have swept the issue under the rug for two generations. To watch the evolution of climate change denial in action—and learn how to fight it—a great place to turn is the nation’s highest-circulation newspaper, the Wall Street Journal.

The most eminent U.S. conservative news source, the Journal’s reporters are among the best in the country, reflecting a common pattern among the business press, which is written for executives, investors, and managers who need reasonably accurate information in order to run the corporate economy. However, its op-ed page is essentially Fox News with AP English, and its long tradition of climate denial and more recently fatalism is the perfect window into what future generations are going to demand: a fucking explanation for how people were able to accept several decades of knowingly utterly wrecking the future environment, years after the science was settled.

The reality, as even the Journal recognizes, is that there has been a scientific consensus on climate change for some time. However few people have any idea what constitutes scientific consensus—broad agreement—about a phenomenon. However, climate researchers have examined this specific issue, and their findings are striking. For example, one research paper in Environmental Research Letters examined an amazing compilation of 11,944 climate-relevant paper abstracts, showing a high level of professional consensus. “Among abstracts expressing a position on [anthropogenic global warming], 97.1% endorsed the consensus positions that humans are causing global warming…we invited authors to rate their own papers…97.2% endorsed the consensus…Our analysis indicates that the number of papers rejecting the consensus on AGW is a vanishingly small proportion of the published research.”

Importantly, a fascinating research article published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences studied how the subject had become politicized. Applying an analysis algorithm to a giant number of texts discussing climate, it concluded “organizations with corporate funding were more likely to have written and disseminated texts meant to polarize the climate change issue.” More specifically, “corporate funding influences the actual thematic content of these polarization efforts,” so that rather than a non-partisan scientific subject the issue is treated like a “polarized” political issue, with corporate-driven talking points always present. The paper empirically highlights “the actual social arrangements within which large-scale scientific (mis)information is generated, and the important role private funding plays in shaping the actual ideological content of scientific information that is written and amplified.”

With this broad outline in hand of the scientific consensus on climate, as well as scientists’ own understanding of corporations muddying the water, let’s have a look at the history of the Journal’s foot-dragging on climate, remembering that this is business media–primarily capitalists talking to one another. It reveals an evolution from full denial to a heinous resigned fatalism, in the process creating right-wing tropes that became hugely widespread in reactionary media from Rush Limbaugh to South Park.

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/01/if-you-cant-deny-it-downplay-it



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Soldier: 76 Is Gay, but Overwatch Still Makes Fans Work for Queer Representation Reader 01/18/2019 (Fri) 01:13:08 Id: ffc8ea [Preview] No. 13735 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Overwatch received a new tie-in short story, titled “Bastet,” recently. However, bigger than new lore was that the story revealed Soldier: 76, the game’s grizzled Captain America-analog, as the second explicitly gay character in the game’s roster. The fast-paced shooter is clearly Blizzard’s diversity workhorse (with a roster of characters from all over a semi-realistic Earth), but it is still unclear if it’s doing a good job. Soldier: 76 being gay just serves to highlight the game’s — and its developer’s — strange attempts to grapple with storytelling and identity.

Blizzard has courted this kind of awkward, even hostile stance in the past in how it handles LGBTQIA+ communities in their audience, as well as how it celebrates related causes on social media. It doesn’t help that the company also has fairly opaque codes of conducts and punishment systems for their games and related forums. That often allows the widespread streak of homophobic toxicity that has been bred in the gaming community for decades to persist around Blizzard games.

This doesn’t just feel like a consequence of the company’s goals for its creative works, but indicates a conservatism about what their audience wants to see. Historically, queerness not only did not appear in the developer’s games at all, but the few times it did, it was to make a joke; most of which has taken place in World of Warcraft.

https://www.fanbyte.com/features/soldier-76-is-gay-but-overwatch-still-makes-fans-work-for-queer-representation/



Assassin's Creed Odyssey Director Says 'We Missed The Mark' With Controversial DLC Relationship Reader 01/18/2019 (Fri) 01:09:53 Id: e06450 [Preview] No. 13734 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
A day after apologizing for surprising Assassin’s Creed Odyssey players with a mandatory in-game relationship that seemed to contradict the game’s pre-release promise to let players define their character’s own sexuality, the game’s creative director offered a fuller apology and explanation of what his team was trying to accomplish and what they got wrong.

“Reading through player responses [to] our new DLC for Legacy of the First Blade, Shadow Heritage, we want to extend an apology to players disappointed by a relationship your character partakes in,” Odyssey creative director Jonathan Dumont said in a post on the game’s forums. “The intention of this story was to explain how your character’s bloodline has a lasting impact on the Assassins, but looking through your responses it is clear that we missed the mark.”

He went on to say that players will not have to continue the romantic relationship in the next installment of the game’s DLC, saying the developers wanted players to have the option of deciding that their character choice to procreate was a utilitarian decision rather than a romantic one.

The plot development occurs at the end of the second chapter of a three-part paid expansion and constitutes a spoiler for those who haven’t played the game.

At the end of the DLC, the player’s character decides to enter into a relationship with either the daughter (if they’re playing as Alexios) or son (if they’re playing as Kassandra) of the proto-Assassin Darius. They then have a child. As Kotaku writer Heather Alexandra noted yesterday after playing through the DLC, the player can rebuff the romantic advances of Darius’ kid but they’ll still wind up in a relationship and have the baby.

https://kotaku.com/assassins-creed-odyssey-director-says-we-missed-the-mar-1831818690



Executive Producers say 'Family Guy' to Phase Out Homophobic Jokes Reader 01/18/2019 (Fri) 01:03:26 Id: fc35d5 [Preview] No. 13733 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
https://www.nbcchicago.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/Family-Guy-Phasing-Out-Gay-Jokes-504377012.html

"Family Guy" executive producers Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin revealed they're phasing out gay jokes from the animated Fox comedy.

While speaking with TVLine about the Sunday, Jan. 13 episode that featured Peter Griffin in a bloody battle President Donald Trump the duo confirmed what Peter told the animated Trump, they are indeed phasing out gay jokes.

"If you look at a show from 2005 or 2006 and put it side by side with a show from 2018 or 2019, they're going to have a few differences. Some of the things we felt comfortable saying and joking about back then, we now understand is not acceptable," Sulkin said.



Spider-Man: Far From Home Is First Marvel Film to Cast Out Trans Actors Reader 01/18/2019 (Fri) 00:56:05 Id: e27063 [Preview] No. 13732 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
This trailblazing casting choice comes at a time when trans actors are being discussed more than ever. After Scarlett Johansson accepted, then withdrew from, a role as a trans man, the issue has become a major topic of conversation in Hollywood. Television has seen a rise in visibility for trans actors playing trans characters with FX's Golden Globe-nominated series Pose.

The casting of Barack and Cunningham in this major studio enterprise makes headway for diversity in big-budget films. Although the gender identity of their characters is currently undefined, the anticipated gobal release of the film will provice extremely rare visibility of trans people (actors and/or characters) on screens around the world -- including in countries where transphobia is rampant.

This Spider-Man installment will follow Peter Parker and fellow students as they travel to Europe on vacation, hoping to avoid supervillians for the summer. When Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) shows up and puts their sightseeing plans on the backburner, Parker realizes he has to take his crime-fighting work with him, and Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio is introduced.

https://www.advocate.com/film/2019/1/15/spider-man-far-home-casts-trans-actors



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How workers are winning $15 an hour: by acting like a union Reader 01/18/2019 (Fri) 00:47:19 Id: 4ca5e6 [Preview] No. 13730 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Unions have historically empowered working people to have a voice on the job and a say in how they’re treated, making it possible to win decent pay and benefits that could support a family and lift communities. The periods in American history when the most workers had unions on the job – the 1950s and 1960s – were also the years when the country’s middle class was the biggest.

Over the past three decades, however, powerful companies and politicians have aggressively stripped away workers’ unions in an effort to cut pay and cut jobs. And unsurprisingly, economic inequality has ballooned during this time, with corporate profits soaring as wages flatline.

It’s this crisis of inequality that inspired workers in the Fight for $15 to take bold action and walk off the job, coming together in a movement even without the formal protection of a union. And against big odds, they raised their voices about what they need to support themselves, they went on strike, and they stuck together.

The results have been historic.

After 200 fast-food workers walked off the job for the first time in November 2012, strikes soon spread nationwide, first to Chicago and then to other cities in the midwest, and within a few years walkouts were hitting hundreds of cities across the country.

Now it seems like we’re living in an entirely different world from the one that existed six years ago. A $15 minimum wage is in place or planned in Seattle, Washington DC, Minneapolis, St Paul, California, New York state and Massachusetts. Major private sector employers like Facebook, Target and Amazon have pledged to increase their minimum wages to $15 an hour.

All told, more than 22 million workers have won more than $68 billion in raises since the Fight for $15 started. One-fifth of the country is now covered by plans for a $15 minimum wage.

The Fight for $15 has proven that sticking together and acting in union is the only way to challenge the rigged economy that keeps working people of all backgrounds – black, white and brown – behind.

But to really make a dent in inequality, elected leaders in Congress and across the country need to do more than raise the minimum wage – they also need to reverse decades of attacks on workers’ unions and give all working people the opportunity to join together in a union, no matter where they work.

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Generation Z Looks a Lot Like Millennials on Key Social and Political Issues Reader 01/18/2019 (Fri) 00:41:49 Id: f345ad [Preview] No. 13729 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Only about three-in-ten Gen Zers and Millennials (30% and 29%, respectively) approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president. This compares with 38% of Gen Xers, 43% of Boomers and 54% of Silents. Similarly, while majorities in Gen Z and the Millennial generation say government should do more to solve problems, rather than that government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals, Gen Xers and Boomers are more evenly divided on this issue. For their part, most Silents would like to see a less activist government.

When it comes to views on race, the two younger generations are more likely than older generations to say that blacks are treated less fairly than whites in the United States today. And they are much more likely than their elders to approve of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem as a sign of protest.

The younger generations are also more accepting of some of the ways in which American society is changing. Majorities among Gen Z and the Millennial generation say increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the U.S. is a good thing for society, while older generations are less convinced of this. And they’re more likely to have a positive view of interracial and same-sex marriage than their older counterparts.

As a recent Pew Research Center report highlighted, Gen Z is the most racially and ethnically diverse generation we have seen, but this isn’t all that’s driving the attitudes of this generation when it comes to issues surrounding race and diversity. There are significant, if more modest, generational differences on these issues even among non-Hispanic whites.
http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2019/01/17/generation-z-looks-a-lot-like-millennials-on-key-social-and-political-issues/