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2468251960 5acb8fc5b9 boycott - Shaun King's Injustice Boycott: How Can I Help?
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What is the Injustice Boycott? Shaun King released the details of the Injustice Boycott yesterday, as part of ongoing actions to resist injustices in the Trump administration, and the three situations that he thinks are important and have significant opportunities for change are things I also strongly believe in. I only have the opportunity to share one of the actions, however, because I have long since moved all of my money out of large banks and into a local bank that I am quite pleased with. That leaves me with the task of sharing information about the boycotts on social media. What are the Specific Actions? The locations for each action are New York, San Francisco, and Standing Rock. The theme of all three is inappropriate criminal justice and/or police action. The actions include raising awareness on social media and divesting of all banking transactions with a short list of very large banks after a brief time for the governments of the affected areas to respond. It is interesting to me that King targeted the banks rather than proposing marches and rallies and boycotts against tourism in the various places. This suggests that he understands who is holding the purse

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free speech - Free Speech, Sea Lions, Sad Puppies, Comment Moderation and the Modern Day Salon
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I stuck my neck out not too long ago on the Sad Puppy debate, and got some criticism. Some people criticized my use of a psychological frame for what they saw as a social justice debate, others had trouble distinguishing between my identification of common psychological tropes evident in public actions of people involved in the debate with diagnosis of those people. I have addressed these issues privately with those involved, and will probably write a post about the importance of understanding underlying psychological issues to social justice arguments in the future. My website is now set to having comment moderation on at all times, which is new for me. I was unprepared for the influx of people, most of whom created new accounts specifically to comment on my blog, or in some cases to comment on the Sad Puppy issue in general, who, rather than debating in good faith, spent as much time as they could wasting my time, moving goal posts, insisting that their concerns be addressed (in an article that specifically addressed the issue of entitlement, no less) and generally acting like bad guests. Print PDF

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social justice "listen to the voiceless" on a wall
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From Wikipedia: Kyriarchy is a social system or set of connecting social systems built around domination, oppression, and submission. I’ve made a very personal and very uncomfortable decision this year: No matter what the cost, this year I will use my privilege to speak up every single time I hear a statement that is unthinkingly racist, misogynist, homophobic, ableist or otherwise bigoted toward a minority group. There is only one important exception, and some additional caveats. Print PDF

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338px police brutality svg - Black Lives Matter: The Role of Allies
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After the Ferguson grand jury decision came the Eric Garner grand jury decision. While disappointing, it was not surprising that the police officer that put him in a choke hold on camera that ended Eric’s life will not face charges. While it is widely said that a proscuter can “indite a ham sandwich, apparently it is impossible (or nearly so) to indict a police officer. Which means that not all pork products can be indicted. Statistics all over the United States back this up. While over 99% of people arrested for crimes are indicted, at least at the Federal level, this is not borne out when the accused is a police officer. Statistics show that police officers are largely immune to prosecution for excessive force, even when it leads to the death of an innocent person. This is not a matter of one bad cop, or one bad police station. This is a systemic issue that has repercussions throughout the United States. These repercussions fall mostly, but not entirely, on the bodies of black and brown people. Thus the hashtag #blacklivesmatter. Print PDF

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Ebola Virus
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View image | gettyimages.com Full disclosure: I’m strongly in favor of one source health care, preferably a simple expansion of Medicare with optional “gold” insurance add-ons but minimal copays even for the middle class and none at all for the poor. That said, the death of Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, Texas from Ebola is a perfect demonstration of why it is critical for public health that the remaining states that have not used the ACA (Obamacare) to expand Medicaid. Thomas Eric Duncan was turned away from the hospital with a high temperature (allegedly 103 degrees, according to his brother) because he didn’t have health insurance. This wasn’t an isolated incident, and this wasn’t a “hospital error” as some are trying to spin it now. It is policy at most hospitals, including public hospitals, not to admit people, even very ill people, unless they need immediate stabilization in order o survive. Because the hospital wrongly (but understandably) assumed Mr. Duncan had a bad cold, their actions were in line with common hospital practice throughout the United States. The US health system works very well for people who both have decent health insurance and either have no co-pays and deductibles or

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Workplace Respect Sign S 927814 - Women are People: Advice to the Lonely Young “Nice Guy” on my Facebook Who Will Remain Nameless
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Women are people. And this particular woman is really, REALLY glad Facebook wasn’t around when I was your age because I had a lot of the same problems with communication (and relationships) that you do (without the misogyny). And Facebook is forever (at least until it’s not). Dude, that young woman you meet someday that you hope will be the love of your life? Don’t let her read your Facebook. Or better, since that’s really just a dishonest start to a relationship, change so that the crap you’re writing in Facebook today isn’t what you’re bringing into a relationship. I see you only through your Facebook. That means I don’t get a whole picture of your life. But if what I see on Facebook is the edited version, your life is a hot mess, and it starts with two issues: You don’t respect yourself, and you don’t respect women. In a way, these are linked issues. Let me explain:  Print PDF

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