America’s Massive Retail Workforce Is Tired of Being Ignored

Retail workers get little attention in major discussions about employment in America. In part, this is because the jobs are widely seen as low-skill, temporary ones done by young people like Aguilera, on their way to something more prestigious. Why make the jobs better if they're just done by kids, or women who are looking for pocket money, or the unskilled?
Submitted by Disruptive Emotional-Support Pig at 2017-06-23 23:21pm to the The Economy forum.

Fifth GOP Senator says he won’t back AHCA

“In this form, I will not support it,” Heller said at a press conference Friday. Obviously that means his vote could change once the bill gets amended, but it might be slightly tricky considering his reason for opposing AHCA: Medicaid.

“You have to protect Medicaid expansion states,” Heller said. “That’s what I want. Make sure we’re taken care of here in the state of Nevada.”
Submitted by nocash at 2017-06-23 20:59pm to the Politics forum.

Road rage incident causes dramatic chain collision on California highway

Eyewitnesses Chris Traber Tim Morrison were driving to work on a highway in Santa Clara, when they noticed a car cut off a motorcycle while overtaking, reported Fox News.

The car's front carriage briefly erupted into flames, before spinning into the middle of the highway and colliding with a truck in the process, which flipped over.
Submitted by Tingleberries at 2017-06-23 20:06pm to the Crime forum.

Charmin Tried to Make Me Poop in a Van

A nice thing about working in Manhattan near Union Square is the endless cavalcade of branded vans offering free product. Cheerful young party promoters give away tacos, or candy, or tampons. Today they almost got me to poop in a van.

Charmin is currently promoting their two flagship toilet papers (“soft” and “strong”) through Van-GO, an on-demand mobile bathroom in central Manhattan. It’s a two-day promotion, but according to the van’s staff, this is a test run for a longer-term ...
Submitted by revdrew at 2017-06-23 20:00pm to the Arts forum.

'Ghostbusters II' actor dies after long battle with mental illness

According to a statement from his family, Deutschendorf had suffered from severe mental illness for the better part of the past decade. He had been diagnosed in August 2008 with schizoaffective disorder, which is a mixture of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

He was able to function and thrive as an instructor at the West Coast Martial Arts Academy he helped run with his brother.
Submitted by revdrew at 2017-06-23 19:51pm to the Movies forum.

Illinois Catholic bishop decrees no Holy Communion, funerals for same-sex couples

The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., is calling on priests there to deny Holy Communion and even funeral rites to people in same-sex unions unless they show “some signs of repentance” for their relationships before death.

The decree by Bishop Thomas Paprocki also said that people “living publicly” in same-sex marriages may not receive the sacrament of confirmation or be admitted to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a process by which many converts become ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-06-23 19:44pm to the Politics forum.

Minneapolis police asked to limit presence at pride parade

Minneapolis’ first openly gay police chief responded sharply Thursday to a decision by organizers of the Twin Cities Pride Parade to ask her department to minimize its participation in Sunday’s annual event due to tensions over the police shooting of Philando Castile.

They said in a statement that they’re trying to respect the pain that many people are feeling following last week’s acquittal of St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who killed the black school cafeteria worker ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-06-23 18:23pm to the Crime forum.

Oklahoma City Public Schools to participate in Pride parade

OKLAHOMA CITY - A school district at the center of one of America’s most conservative states plans to join a gay pride celebration this weekend.
According to, the annual festival represents the unity between the LGBTQ community and its supporters. For the first time, Oklahoma City Public Schools will be involved in the festival. Earlier this month, the school district passed a resolution to be a part of this year's Pride parade.

OKCPS plans to have a yellow school bus and staff, ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-06-23 18:21pm to the Education forum.

In US, 10.2% of LGBT Adults Now Married to Same-Sex Spouse

Two years after the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that states could not prohibit same-sex marriages, 10.2% of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) adults in the U.S. are married to a same-sex spouse. That is up from 7.9% in the months prior to the Supreme Court decision in 2015, but only marginally higher than the 9.6% measured in the first year after the ruling.
As a result of these shifts, Gallup estimates that 61% of same-sex, cohabiting couples in the U.S. are now ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-06-23 18:23pm to the Off Topic News forum.

San Francisco: White supremacist arrested after trying to run over ACA protesters

A few dozen people were staging a “die-in” early Wednesday afternoon on Seventh Street near Mission Street when the man on a red motorcycle appeared, said one of the protesters, 43-year-old Tracey Brieger of Emeryville.
hey had been lying in the street for about 7 minutes when a motorcyclist turned the wrong way on the one-way street and drove toward the protesters, witnesses said.
“He was revving and revving, he was gunning it, aiming at people who were laying down,” said ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-06-23 18:15pm to the Crime forum.

More Legal Fight Ahead Over Mississippi LGBT Law

Attorneys will try again to block a Mississippi law that would let merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples.

A 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Thursday reversed a judge's decision that blocked the law before it could take effect last July.

Robert McDuff is an attorney for some of the people who sued to try to block the law. He says that within two weeks, he will either ask the entire 5th Circuit to reconsider the panel's ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-06-23 18:21pm to the Politics forum.

Grilling Boomers: The Alt-Right Gets All Fired Up about BBQ (the Baby Boomer Question )

A series of conflicts at a Houston protest last Saturday between members of the Alt-Right and a slew of Texas based militia and “patriot” groups has reanimated a tired trope at the heart of the Alt-Right: baby boomers are responsible for every problem afflicting whites in modern America.

Baby boomers and the Jewish elites, rather.

Disdain for baby boomers is a foundational tenet of the Alt-Right that associates the post-WWII generation with warmongering, selfish capitulation to big ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-06-23 18:23pm to the Politics forum.

New York: Local child victim speaks out about Legislature’s failure to pass Child Victims Act

The New York State Senate struck down a bill Wednesday that would have loosened the statute of limitations of child molestation for the 11th year in a row.

“New York has the worst laws on the books anywhere in the country pertaining to the statute of limitations for crimes of child sexual abuse,” Senator and Bill Sponsor Brad Hoylman (D) said.

This year, the bill, called the Child Victims Act came closer than ever to passing. It received support across the aisle in both the Senate and ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-06-23 18:24pm to the Crime forum.

President Trump Says He Doesn't Want a 'Poor Person' in Cabinet Role

Contradicting rhetoric from his presidential campaign, President Donald Trump explained why he chose Wall Street billionaires for several of his Cabinet roles during a campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wednesday evening.
"So somebody said, 'Why did you appoint a rich person to be in charge of the economy?' I said, 'Because that's the kind of thinking we want ... because they're representing the country. They don't want the money. And they had to give up a lot to take these jobs."
"We ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-06-23 18:20pm to the Politics forum.

Germany finally clears gay men convicted under Nazi-era law

Germany's parliament voted Thursday to quash the convictions of 50,000 gay men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law which remained in force after the war and offer compensation.
After decades of lobbying, victims and activists hailed a triumph in the struggle to clear the names of gay men who lived with a criminal record under Article 175 of the penal code.

An estimated 5,000 of those found guilty under the statute are still alive.

The measure overwhelmingly passed the Bundestag ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-06-23 18:13pm to the The World forum.

Sen. Rand Paul: Health insurance should cost $1 per day

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Friday morning he believes consumers should be able to buy health insurance for $1 per day.

"What I'd like to do is legalize inexpensive insurance, and you should be able to get insurance for $1 a day. I mean, you really should," Paul said in an interview on MSNBC. "The insurance companies make all the money — all of this is predicated upon still propping up the insurance companies."

The Kentucky Republican was discussing the newly released Senate healthcare ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-06-23 18:11pm to the Horseshit! forum.

It’s Time for Goth Culture to Embrace the Gender Identities of All Its Members

Here’s a fun fact: It took me way longer to figure out my gender identity and sexual orientation than it did to fall in love with black lipstick and the Sisters of Mercy. By the time I realized I was queer and non-binary, I had called myself a goth for over a decade. Part of the appeal of the macabre subculture was certainly goth’s reputation for androgyny, its reclassification of tight black jeans and flowing shrouds as equal opportunity, and its campaign of eyeliner for all. But when ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-06-23 18:09pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Steve Scalise May Have Been a Victim of Political Violence But That In No Way Excuses Away His Bigotry

Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the House majority whip, was severely injured by Hodgkinson’s bullets. He was in critical condition for several days in a Washington-area hospital, but he is now in fair condition. It appears that he will recover. Two U.S. Capitol police officers on special detail to protect Scalise were also struck by Hodgkinson’s fusillade. Undeterred, David Bailey and Crystal Griner returned fire and killed the gunman. They likely saved Scalise’s life, as well as those ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-06-23 18:13pm to the Politics forum.

If We Want to Tell Authentic LGBTQ Stories, We Have to Show the “Bad” With the Good

The first piece I wrote that was ever published was titled, “I Came Out as Bisexual and Now Can’t Date Anyone Gay or Straight.” I wrote the piece for XoJane’s infamous “It Happened to Me” vertical, and much to my surprise, it went viral.

The piece wasn’t anything groundbreaking. It simply dispelled the trope that “it gets better” when you come out. After years of sleepless nights questioning my sexuality, blacked out unprotected sex with men, and feeling like a liar to every ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-06-23 18:06pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Indian toilet charity renames village after Trump

But locals said they were prepared to embrace the new title, Trump Sulabh Village in its full form, and any good things it brought with it.

"All our problems such as electricity and water will be addressed by renaming," said resident Mohammed Joharuddin.

Village head Shaukat Ali also played along, saying he was grateful for the charity's work.
Submitted by Tingleberries at 2017-06-23 18:08pm to the The Economy forum.