A Strike for Racial Justice and Democracy in Little Rock Schools

The teachers’ strike wave shows no signs of ebbing anytime soon. Chicago’s school workers struck in October, teachers in Sonoma walked out this Wednesday, and now 1,800 educators in Little Rock, Arkansas are striking today.

Though every walkout is unique, Little Rock’s action is particularly exceptional: it’s a strike for democracy and racial justice, in a town that stood at the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement’s fight for school desegregation and which today is confronting a ...
Submitted by crote at 2019-11-14 18:20pm to the Education forum.

Bestselling Authors Band Together to Dunk on a College Student

A local news item out of Aberdeen, South Dakota has sparked outrage from a slew of famous authors, who are infuriated by a quote from a recent college graduate who does not care for the work of YA author Sarah Dessen.

In a completely innocuous article about how Common Read books are chosen at Northern State University, the Aberdeen News quoted Brooke Nelson, who served as a volunteer on the selection committee her junior year of college: “She’s fine for teen girls,” the 2017 Northern ...
Submitted by crote at 2019-11-14 18:16pm to the Books forum.

Republicans Propose Automatic Cuts to Critical Programs—and Democrats Help Them

The past couple weeks in Democratic politics have focused relentlessly—beyond all reason, I would say—on financing for universal programs and an expanded welfare state. Fiscal deficits have taken precedence over the deficits of health care and savings and equality.

You can see this period as a preview for how the political discussion will go if any Democrat with a modicum of ambition reaches the White House. Suddenly, the profligate spending on military weapons and tax breaks of the ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-11-14 17:46pm to the Politics forum.

Russia blames fatal plane crash on pilots, including one who lied to get license

The Boeing 737-500 aircraft was operated by the now-defunct Tatarstan Airlines, which later had its license revoked by Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsiya.

The plane from Moscow had been trying to abort its landing when it nose-dived into the runway and burst into flames. All 44 passengers and 6 crew members were killed.

The son of the president of the oil-rich province of Tatarstan and the regional head of the FSB intelligence service were among those killed. The dead ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-11-14 17:44pm to the The World forum.

The Innocent Pleasure of Trespassing

I first discovered the joys of trespassing one night several years ago when I was living in Saigon. The dry season was coming to an end, and the air was warm and pleasant. We were sipping watery Bia Saigon and chain-smoking cheap local cigarettes at a street food restaurant, as we did most Saturday nights, when my friend Ed asked, “Hey, do you wanna see the best view of the whole city?”
Submitted by nocash at 2019-11-14 17:38pm to the The World forum.

The Soundtrack to Hell

It was one man against the noise of multiplying faceless machines near his Arizona home — until his neighbors eventually noticed the pervasive hum emanating from CyrusOne, a data center that used massive, thrumming chillers to cool its servers. As Bianca Bosker reports at the Atlantic, when residents banded together to demand peace in the neighborhood, at first CyrusOne went silent, but only metaphorically speaking.
Submitted by nocash at 2019-11-14 17:21pm to the The World forum.

Instagram’s rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Shame

Earlier this year, Cleveland songwriter Sean Richardson woke up to a Facebook notification from another musician in the local scene. “Dude… how come I just found out about this and how long ago was it?” the post said, attaching a self-shot video for a metalcore song Richardson wrote under the name Seanny Whiplash called, “I Love You But I Don’t Miss You.”
Submitted by nocash at 2019-11-14 15:52pm to the Music forum.

The Veterans Day Freebie Anti-PTSD Diet

Armed with the VA's list of discounts and deals, one vet tried to turn the tables and consume this holiday that was consuming him, year after year.
Submitted by nocash at 2019-11-14 15:57pm to the Food forum.

'Simpsons' Episode Featuring Michael Jackson Kept Off Disney+

"Stark Raving Dad," the 1991 episode that kicked off the Fox cartoon's third season, is absent from the newly launched streaming platform.

The full Simpsons library is available to stream for the first time in the show's history thanks to Disney+, but a once popular (now infamous) episode was not included.

"Stark Raving Dad," the 1991 installment that kicked off the Fox cartoon's third season, is absent from the newly launched streaming platform. The season now begins with "Mr. Lisa ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2019-11-14 15:55pm to the Television forum.

How America's Most Hateable Cable Provider Could Squash Civil Rights Protections

Comcast is making a hairy argument over the interpretation of section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, a federal law which states that all people will have the same right to “make and enforce contracts” under the same conditions enjoyed by white citizens. Comcast interprets this to imply a “but-for” causation, meaning that the law applies only if Allen can prove that the channels were rejected if not for his race. The 9th Circuit court disputed this, saying that Allen only needed ...
Submitted by nocash at 2019-11-14 15:46pm to the Television forum.

Southern Poverty Law Center won't voluntarily recognize employee union

Southern Poverty Law Center management said Tuesday they would not voluntarily recognize a union organized by employees at the civil rights nonprofit and have hired a Virginia law firm whose website boasts about victories over labor organization attempts.

Submitted by WootFuxor at 2019-11-14 13:44pm to the Politics forum.

Hillary Clinton Says Trans Issues Pose ‘Legitimate Concern’ for Women

Hillary Clinton has continued her unlikely TERF rebrand this week by claiming that trans issues pose a “legitimate concern” for cisgender women.

The former Secretary of State stopped by BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday to promote The Book of Gutsy Women, a profile of 100 extraordinary women co-authored with daughter Chelsea. After the Clintons sparred over transgender rights in an October interview with the U.K. newspaper The Sunday Times, in which the former stateswoman said we must be ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-11-14 6:03am to the Politics forum.

Puppy with extra tail on his head rescued

A 10-week-old abandoned puppy with a secondary tail, in the middle of his head, has been taken in by an animal rescue centre in Missouri.

Staff at Mac's Mission, which is predominantly for animals with special needs, have called the puppy Narwhal.

They had been told there was "no medical need to remove" the extra tail as it caused him no pain, they said.

And the popularity of photos of Narwhal on Facebook had helped raise awareness of the rescue centre's work.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-11-14 4:30am to the Science forum.

Feral hog boss to be appointed amid threat of African swine fever

A new feral-pig supremo will be appointed to tackle Australia's growing wild pig population as the threat of African swine fever creeps closer to the nation's borders.

Federal Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie has announced the position of national feral-pig coordinator as the federal government readies for a potential outbreak of the disease that threatens to wipe out more than 200 million pigs in China alone by the end of the year.

There is an estimated 25 million feral pigs roaming ...
Submitted by Double The Fist at 2019-11-14 3:00am to the The World forum.

More than a third of millennials approve of communism, YouGov poll indicates

More than a third of millennials in the US now approve of communism, while the popularity of capitalism has plummeted since 2018, according to YouGov polling.

The survey found just 57 per cent of 23 to 38-year-olds believe the Declaration of Independence better “guarantees freedom and equality” than the Communist Manifesto, with only 50 per cent viewing capitalism favourably.
Submitted by Disruptive Emotional-Support Pig at 2019-11-14 0:09am to the The Economy forum.

Where Wild Turkeys Are So Bold They Knock on the Door for Food

There was a time when Don Kliem enjoyed feeding sunflower seeds and millet to the wild turkeys that wandered near his ranch-style house in Toms River, N.J., a coastal town about 75 miles south of New York.

“But then they got very bold,” said Mr. Kliem, 81. “They would knock on the door — peck on it to get our attention.”

There would be no more snacks.

The turkeys amble in large groups across roads, stubbornly unaffected by a chorus of car horns. They perch on rooftops, make ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2019-11-13 22:17pm to the The World forum.

AOC Reveals Her League of Legends Ranking, Which is Actually Higher Than Rick Fox's

A decade ago, there was still some novelty in finding out that a famous person or politician enjoys playing video games. As the industry's expanded and more generations have grown up with games, it's almost become more surprising to hear that [insert public figure here] doesn't play games. Today, though, we've got to stop and take note: U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) outranks former NBA player and embattled esports team owner Rick Fox in League of Legends.

That's right: ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-11-13 21:15pm to the Video Games forum.

The Rise and Fall of the Leeches Who Could Predict the Weather

In Victorian England, was there anything leeches couldn’t do?
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-11-13 20:52pm to the Science forum.

The Cop-Attacking Chilean Dog Who Became a Worldwide Symbol of Protest

Widely regarded as a champion of the working class, Matapacos first showed up in 2010, just as students began organizing for free education. The young radicals knew him as a faithful comrade who endured tear gas and water cannons, and who only ever attacked or barked at pacos (Chilean slang for cops). Over the next few years, he became ubiquitous at events that brought together groups from the Central University of Chile, the University of Santiago de Chile, and the Metropolitan University of ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2019-11-13 20:25pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Experience: my face became a meme

My wife hated Hide the Pain Harold – until I got paid
Submitted by katheudo at 2019-11-13 20:00pm to the Health & Beauty forum.