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 Post subject: The Breaking News Thread
PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:33 pm 
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In an effort to not clutter up the Parlor with my topics, I'd like to create this thread where anyone can post breaking news that they find engaging. It's a place to post stuff that maybe doesn't need an entire thread devoted to it. I encourage you to post your news and reaction to the news as well.

I'll start off. I was really excited to read about the first strikes in Walmart's history. There will be protests at 1,000 stores on Black Friday. Let me repeat that. 1,000 stores.

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/20 ... day-strike

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I'm psyched. The labor movement is coming back. I can feel it.

What news are you reading?


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I will continue to post my sporadic fake "breaking news" threads.

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I will continue to post my sporadic fake "breaking news" threads.


Haha, please do. :)


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Someone else responded to this thread but it got deleted in the spam purge. So it looks like I'm responding to myself. Oh well.

Here's the great Glenn Greenwald on Obama's support for Israel's assault on Gaza. So glad we have a Nobel Peace Prize winner as president.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... -us-policy

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Someone else responded to this thread but it got deleted in the spam purge. So it looks like I'm responding to myself. Oh well.

Here's the great Glenn Greenwald on Obama's support for Israel's assault on Gaza. So glad we have a Nobel Peace Prize winner as president.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... -us-policy

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JonnyWoop wrote:
Someone else responded to this thread but it got deleted in the spam purge. So it looks like I'm responding to myself. Oh well.

Here's the great Glenn Greenwald on Obama's support for Israel's assault on Gaza. So glad we have a Nobel Peace Prize winner as president.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... -us-policy


I think it's utterly tragic that both populaces seem to be stuck in an endless cycle of electing myopic politicians who have no interest in finding a peaceful resolution.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:19 pm 
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Part of me feels like it's more honest this way.

"Obama considers corporate funding for inauguration"

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ick. maybe a petition is in order?

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I have a visceral "no way in hell" reaction to this, but then again, why the hell not. Everything else sells out. Isn't it usually private donations though anyway and not all taxpayer money?

One of my best memories is camping out by the Canadian embassy with my dad to watch the parade when Bush Sr was inaugurated. Later, we were able to find tickets on the ground and sneak into the gated stands immediately across from the dignitary viewing stand. It was pretty darn cool.

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I could maybe march with the gay band in the inauguration parade. Should I see if I can get the hook up or not?

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This is so inspiring. I wish more people were there.

Seven activists arrested for blocking prison construction



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http://occupywallst.org/article/Berkele ... pus-build/

Berkeley Students Occupy Campus Building To Defend Multicultural Education

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:27 am 
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I went to a UC and I have to say that in general, they are pretty diverse places. Versus the private school I went to prior to transferring to a UC that 'focused' on recruiting multicultral students.

Based on UC Berkeley's demographics:
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Race/Ethnicity
African American / Black 4%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 1%
Asian / Pacific Islander 43%
Hispanic 13%
White 33%
Race/Ethnicity Unknown 6%


For state of California:
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According to 2011 US Census Bureau estimates, California's population was 39.7% Non-Hispanic White, 6.6% Black or African American, 13.6% Asian, 1.0% American Indian, 0.4% Pacific Islander and 3.6% from two or more races. 74.0% of the total population are White persons and 38.1% of the total population are Hispanics or Latinos of any race.



So basically, they are more diverse in generally than the state itself. Blacks and Hispanics aren't as represented but honestly, I think that has a lot to do with the overall education system rather than recruitment.

I'm all for diversity, I'm all for promoting diversity, but I'm not sure such policy/demands should be placed by students in such a way especially when schools like UC Berkeley are having major budget cuts/challenges. It is more than the state of California doesn't place education as high as it should.

And I should add that I don't know how UC admissions work now days but when I went to school, they based it on your rank within your school for sake of some sort of fairness. That way generally if you went to a high school with little funding (generally schools that have more minorities), you still had a chance of getting in because you weren't competing against other schools, you were competing against other people at your school.

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 Post subject: Re: The Breaking News Thread
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On a lighter note, Jimmy Kimmel replaced premium Starbucks coffee with regular coffee and no one could tell the difference:

http://gawker.com/5963927/jimmy-kimmel- ... difference


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:24 pm 
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JonnyWoop wrote:
On a lighter note, Jimmy Kimmel replaced premium Starbucks coffee with regular coffee and no one could tell the difference:

http://gawker.com/5963927/jimmy-kimmel- ... difference

To be fair, they were both regular. So now we will never know if people actually prefer the fancy one! All they proved it that people *think* they like fancy coffee.


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An Act Of Kindness: Photo Of NYPD Officer Giving Barefoot Man Boots Goes Viral

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:38 pm 
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It's newsworthy because for once the cops aren't beating people up.


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JonnyWoop wrote:
It's newsworthy because for once the cops aren't beating people up.


Look, I grew up scared of cops but you know what, there are bad seeds in every profession where power comes into play. Whether it is a doctor, a politician, a copy, whatever.

Now I don't know if it is newsworthy for a cop to hand over boots to someone without shoes but there are kind people in the world, even in professions that have had a lot of bad publicity due to bad seeds. I'd say you get a lot further if you give people a chance rather than thinking the worst.

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It's newsworthy because for once the cops aren't beating people up.


Look, I grew up scared of cops but you know what, there are bad seeds in every profession where power comes into play. Whether it is a doctor, a politician, a copy, whatever.


It's totally true that not all cops are dicks. But I think their main job is enforcing property rights and the resulting economic inequality. So they're a reactionary force as a whole. And they broke my glasses at Occupy! But I was mostly being snarky.


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We can disagree on their main job because I don't think it is enforcing property rights unless you are considering yourself a property as well.

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Fast food workers strike in NYC!

No surprise, the corporate news is hostile:



Here's a more sympathetic take: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/11/29-2


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I would say the law's primary job historically is enforcing property rights - its role is obviously expanded at this point. BUT, cops on the beat are more involved with maintaining social order and that OFTEN involves a huge proportion of their job being positive interactions with people who are in a bad place. In New York many cops spend a lot of time working on getting homeless people to resources because that's their actual job and why they're on the street. It does not benefit anybody to have homeless, mentally ill, or addicted people starving or freezing to death on the streets.

I would imagine most cops would say they got into the profession because they wanted to help people.


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It does not benefit anybody to have homeless, mentally ill, or addicted people starving or freezing to death on the streets.


I'm not sure if this is true. Having a reservoir of unemployed people to draw from helps corporations by driving down the wages of everyone, who are easily replaceable. The threat of homelessness also serves as a deterrent against struggle. (ie. "Follow the boss' rules or you'll end up on the street.)


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There's unemployed and then there's living on the street. You're not exactly spare labor when you don't have clean clothes for an interview, a permanent address, or regular access to a shower. Or if you're off your meds. Corporations benefit a lot more from underemployed people in relatively stable situations who are willing to take second part time jobs without benefits for minimum wage.


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Ariann wrote:
It does not benefit anybody to have homeless, mentally ill, or addicted people starving or freezing to death on the streets.


I'm not sure if this is true. Having a reservoir of unemployed people to draw from helps corporations by driving down the wages of everyone, who are easily replaceable. The threat of homelessness also serves as a deterrent against struggle. (ie. "Follow the boss' rules or you'll end up on the street.)


Perhaps you have not had any exposure to homelessness, otherwise I don't think you would say such a thing.


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