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  • Gail Ciampa: Racial issues simmer in R.I. food community

    08/22/2017 2:17:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Providence Journal ^ | August 21, 2017 | Gail Ciampa, Journal Food Editor
    Bakery owners and a chef are pushing fairness, equity and hoping to change the status quo. Debates on racism are raging today. You’ve seen the images and read the stories of what’s happening around the country. Very close to home, in Providence, bakery owners and a chef are addressing difficult issues that are simmering in their businesses. The hospitality community, it seems, is hardly immune to many forms of racism. Last week, an argument between patrons at Seven Stars Bakery on Hope Street took on racial overtones that the store manager didn’t recognize and deal with. A woman of color...
  • Could the road from Charlottesville lead America toward civil war? (The Neoliberal viewpoint)

    08/20/2017 5:21:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Asia Times ^ | August 20, 2017 | Sabena Siddiqui
    The recent incident in Charlottesville, Virginia, marks a “white nationalist” resurgence in the US. Taking the world by surprise, this Ku Klux Klan/neo-Nazi revival sits very awkwardly with America’s liberal image, yet it may be just the beginning. Reeling from the shock, the average American is still trying to come to terms with the new reality of KKK members wearing the typical headgear and vowing to “take America back”. This metamorphosis is taking place even in top universities, where flyers are distributed by white-nationalist groups to organize rallies. Thought to be dead and buried in the 1960s, white nationalism has...
  • Dear white people: We don't need a torch to be part of the problem (You know where this is going)

    08/19/2017 9:28:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | August 15, 2017 | Marisa Novara
    Denouncing acts of blatant hatred and bigotry is easy. But those of us who are white people don't need to carry a torch to be part of the problem. The subjugation of people of color happens every day by those who would never march with citronella torches or drive a car through a throng of innocent protesters, by people who would recoil at being called racist. Subjugation occurs by white people across the Chicago region who protest public and affordable housing under the polite cover of parking and density concerns; by white people across the state of Illinois who, knowing...
  • Donald Trump voodoo dolls a big hit in Seattle: 'Harmless way to take out your pent-up feelings'

    08/19/2017 7:15:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Christian Today ^ | June 8, 2017 | Czarina Ong
    The U.S. election season has reached a whole new level of absurdity now that Donald Trump voodoo dolls are selling like hotcakes in Seattle. Voodoo dolls are effigies into which pins are inserted so that the person made into its likeness will suffer pain. It is commonly used in the occult. However, Sally Noedell, a Bainbridge Island woman, thought of making these dolls to earn some extra cash. "At first, I made a whole bunch of political figures, but Trump became the front-running doll really fast," Noedell told the Kitsap Sun. "This is the one most people most want to...
  • Let's Get Rid of Mount Rushmore (Beyond their normal screed)

    08/17/2017 5:57:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Vice ^ | August 17, 2017 | Wilbert L. Cooper
    Donald Trump says removing confederate statues is a slippery slope that could get out of control. Maybe he's right—would that be such a bad thing? More than ever, old monuments to famous white American men are being threatened in the name of progress. Naturally, this has become a rallying cry on the far right, with plenty of encouragement from the most powerful man in the world. At the same unhinged press conference in which Donald Trump again blamed both sides for the deadly violence in Charlottesville last weekend, he also painted a picture of a slippery slope where those fighting...
  • Al Sharpton: Defund the Jefferson Memorial

    08/17/2017 5:28:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | August 16, 2017
    New York activist Al Sharpton offered an emotional and personal case calling for the federal government to halt funding to Washington, D.C.'s Jefferson Memorial. Sharpton said America's third president and the author of the Declaration of Independence had several slaves. His iconic round-roofed memorial sits on the edge of Potomac River- the first of several monuments lining Washington's Ohio Drive. Sharpton also noted how Jefferson is said to have fathered a child with a slave named Sally Hemings. "People need to understand that people were enslaved," Sharpton told PBS' Charlie Rose. He said that his great-grandfather was a slave who...
  • Falcon 9 launches Dragon with heavy science payload

    08/15/2017 11:19:27 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    space news ^ | August 14, 2017 | Jeff Foust
    SANTA FE, N.M. — A SpaceX Falcon launched a Dragon cargo ship from Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:31 p.m. Eastern Aug. 14 with a pristine payload of physics, chemical and biological research, for the International Space Station. The mission designated SpX-12, will arrive on station early on Aug. 16. The Dragon is carrying 3 ton of cargo for the station, of which nearly 75 percent is science and U S Army, Kestrel Eye.
  • An Appeal to Fellow “Snowflakes”: Don’t Melt, Merge (Rant of the day)

    08/15/2017 2:59:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Los Angeles Progressive ^ | August 14, 2017 | Jaime O'Neill
    August 13th, another sad day in the not-so-United-States-of-America. This is the bleak day following those deaths and all that racist ugliness down in Charlottesville, Virginia, an ugliness amplified by the mealy-mouthed comments from Trump, the guy who has been emboldening racists and division for going on two full years, his voice, his opinions, his toxic narcissism poisoning the soul of this nation, his face everywhere, with no day passing without some new affront to the spirit from him, or from those who support him. Most every day has been sad since November 8, 2016, the day when yet another clouded...
  • Al Sharpton: In America, bias, hate and racism move from the margins to the mainstream

    08/15/2017 1:43:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 14, 2017 | Al Sharpton
    This weekend, the world watched tragedy unfold in Charlottesville, Virginia. A young woman, Heather Heyer, lost her life and at least 19 others were injured when a car rammed into a crowd of people gathered to counter white supremacist protesters. What occurred in Charlottesville is a horrific example of hatred unleashing itself on American streets in 2017. But what we must keep in mind is that Charlottesville is a symptom and we must deal with the cause: hate, bias and racism have been empowered and taken from the margins into the mainstream. Now we must come to terms with the...
  • White Nationalist Calls Trump’s Denouncement Of Hate Groups ‘Kumbaya Nonsense’

    08/14/2017 6:48:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | August 14, 2017 | Dana Liebelson
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. ― Richard Spencer, the 39-year-old white nationalist leader, said Monday that he did not take President Donald Trump’s statement denouncing hate groups seriously, and two of Spencer’s associates shared a somewhat similar sentiment with HuffPost. “The statement today was more Kumbaya nonsense,” Spencer said, speaking to reporters in his office and part-time home in Alexandria, Virginia. “He sounded like a Sunday school teacher. I just don’t take him seriously ... it sounded so hollow and vapid.” Trump’s statement Monday was technically his most direct denunciation of white supremacy in the wake of violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, over...
  • How Congress could dump Trump and get Pence as president (The Queen of the NeoCons)

    08/13/2017 9:55:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Bucks County Courier Times ^ | August 14, 2017 | Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post
    Republicans do not have to wake up each morning afraid of what the president has tweeted. They do not have to fret that the special counsel will find damning evidence of collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice or other criminal or impeachable behavior. They do not have to worry that they'll accomplish absolutely nothing before facing the voters in 2018. They do not have to dread that a presidential temper tantrum will get us into a war, or force a humiliating retreat. They need not fear that the president of their own party will attack them, or even back a...
  • Muslims Deserve President Who Defends Them When Attacked: Mosque bombed, Trump still silent

    08/12/2017 8:23:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Teen Vogue ^ | August 11, 2017 | Lincoln Anthony Blades
    President Donald Trump desperately needs us all to know how important the battle against terrorism is to him. He tells us in speeches that he's "working night and day to keep our nation safe from terrorism." He flexes his Twitter fingers after any act of terror allegedly caused by a Muslim person hits nearly anywhere around the globe. But when an act of extremism appears to have been carried out against the Muslim community in the United States, he serves up radio silence. At around 5 a.m. on August 5, a bomb exploded at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center...
  • Rob Reiner Rips Trump: ‘This Man Has Been Stoking Racism for Many, Many Years’

    08/12/2017 5:47:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 12, 2017 | Colby Hall
    When news breaks on a mid-August Saturday, cable news bookers have to get creative on who they can get on their show. Take for example today’s awful civil and deadly unrest in Charlottesville and MSNBC’s curious booking of movie director and actor Rob Reiner. Reiner is an entertainer at heart — and has long been a loud voice of progressive activism — so many viewers of MSNBC were likely delighted to hear what he had to say to host Joy Reid. Reiner went OFF, stating that “this man has been stoking racism for many, many years” before citing Trumps very...
  • You Can Thank Trump For The White Nationalist Rampage (That didn't take long)

    08/12/2017 4:36:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | August 12, 2017 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Contributor
    The GOP would cut its throat if it denounced its racists and racism and really meant it. It was hilarious and telling to see No. 45 Trump tweet that he condemns “all that hate stands for” following the racial-fomented violence by white nationalists in Charlottesville, VA. (TWEET-AT-LINK) The hilarity is that one would have to reach back to presidential candidate George Wallace in 1964, and maybe toss in GOP presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, to find someone who aspired to sit in the Oval Office who so blatantly, nakedly and shamefully pandered to racial bigots to snatch the office as Trump...
  • Remove Trump From Office Before He Removes Us from Earth (Look at who the author is)

    08/11/2017 11:43:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 12, 2017 | Joy-Ann Reid, MSNBC
    Did Donald Trump really just walk us to the brink of war with North Korea on a whim this week, or has this all been a figment of our lurid imagination? It seems crazy to contemplate that the world now stands on the edge of disaster because the American president simply lacks self-control. And yet that’s exactly the discussion on the table. Trump’s bizarre statements about “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” coupled with the follow-up press conference in which he declared a “whole new ballgame” and doubled down on his apparently extemporaneous threats against the North...
  • 15 Teenagers Treated for Rabies After Engaging in Bestiality with Donkey

    Rabat – Fifteen minors who sexually assaulted a donkey in the small rural town of Sidi Kamel in the communal providence of Sidi Kacem have been treated for rabies infections received from the animal. The sexually frustrated children and teenagers stayed at the Mechraa Belksiri Hospital for one week to receive rabies vaccinations after the animal transmitted the disease to them, explained Moroccan daily Al Akhbar in its August 10 edition. The incident has put the families of these fifteen young people into distress and horror, reports the daily.
  • UN Panel Decides America Owes Black People Reparations for 'Racial Terrorism' of the Past

    08/11/2017 2:19:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | July 31, 2017 | William Vaillancourt
    A 2016 report by a U.N.-affiliated group found that the United States's history of slavery and racial segregation warrants reparations for African Americans. The United Nations' Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent concluded that “the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent.” The group drew comparisons between lynchings of earlier decades and contemporary police killings. It recommended “urgent action” through “improving the reporting...
  • Pro-Hillary TV Personality Suggests Military Coup To Depose Trump

    08/11/2017 12:11:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 11, 2017 | Chuck Ross
    Chelsea Handler suggested on Friday that U.S. generals should carry out a military coup to replace President Trump, who she called “our idiot-in-chief.” “To all the generals surrounding our idiot-in-chief…the longer U wait to remove him, the longer UR name will appear negatively in history,” the TV personality wrote on Twitter. (TWEET-AT-LINK) Handler’s comments come as the Trump administration, including the Defense Department, are on heightened alert over a rhetorical battle between President Trump and North Korea. Handler, a Hillary Clinton supporter who cried when the Democrat lost in November, frequently makes controversial statements about Trump. Earlier on Friday she...
  • A Black Lives Matter founder on its evolution, future — and Trump

    08/11/2017 12:36:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Metro ^ | August 10, 2017 | Nikki M. Mascali
    In four years, Black Lives Matter went from a hashtag about social injustice to a full-fledged global civil rights movement. Metro spoke with Patrisse Cullors, who cofounded Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi in 2013, about its evolution, fighting racism in the age of Trump, her upcoming memoir and what saying “all lives matter” really means. What is the biggest misconception you find people have about Black Lives Matter? Patrisse Cullors: That we just started a hashtag. That it isn’t a sophisticated set of ideas that would lead to a larger strategy to build out, a powerful...
  • MSNBC Guest: ‘For Some, the Word Trump Is Becoming a Modern-Day Swastika’

    08/08/2017 5:19:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 8, 2017 | Aidan McLaughlin
    Dean Obeidallah, host of a SiriusXM talk show and Daily Beast columnist, appeared on MSNBC Monday, telling host Ali Velshi that to some “the word Trump is a modern-day swastika.” (Full disclosure: Obeidallah is a Mediaite contributor.) Velshi asked Obeidallah about the recent attack on a mosque in Minnesota: during prayers at the Bloomington mosque on Saturday, someone threw an improvised explosive device through a window of the Islamic center, in what the state’s governor declared an “act of terrorism.” The bomb detonated, but no one was injured. Obeidallah wrote a column in The Daily Beast following the attack, decrying...