How ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has become the meme of the resistance

May 29, 2017

Image: Christopher Mineses / mashable  Earlier this week, 18 women dressed up in red cloaks and white bonnets, stood in pairs in the rotunda of the Texas state capitol, and began chanting, “Shame!” in unison. They didn’t stop shouting for eight minutes. They call themselves the Texas handmaids. You probably first saw them back in March, when images of their original protest in Austin went viral. That’s when they sat silently in the Texas senate gallery, watching as …

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The Most Futile Fight In Washington: Authorizing Wars

May 27, 2017

WASHINGTON At a time when health care reform and Russia investigations are sucking all the oxygen out of Congress, two senators a Republican and a Democrat filed into a small press gallery on Thursday to try and shine a spotlight on another pressing matter: war. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced against the Islamic State, al Qaeda and the Taliban. It would give Congress new oversight over military action against those groups and over the countries in which U.S. …

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May 24, 2017

… construction of the stadium’s base. The groups, which include Rainforest Action Network, say it’s a “significant breach” of Tokyo’s commitment for a sustainable Olympics. ‘Great Bamboo Wall’ The Great (Bamboo) Wall by Kengo Kuma and Associates …

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Debt fears remain despite manifesto ‘breathing space’ plans – BBC News

May 23, 2017

… Consumer groups have consistently argued there should be an overdraft cap in place. The regulator estimates that 3.3 million people are in persistent credit card debt. The biggest focus in recent times has been on car finance deals. The value of finance deals used to buy new cars has soared to a new monthly record, according to latest figures, with motorists having spent 3.6bn on deals in March. ‘Dangerous’ The fear is that households, with a regular but stagnant salary, are using …

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Trump’s Budget Would Cut Planned Parenthood Out Of All Federal Programs

May 23, 2017

… managed to include a paid family leave program in the plan, but that relatively small consolation prize does not seem to be appeasing womens health groups. This is the worst budget for women and womens health in a generation, said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in a statement Monday. It guts programs designed to help women and their families put food on the table, get the medical care they need, and make ends meet.Gimmicks and misdirection …

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Trump’s doublespeak in Saudi Arabia

May 22, 2017

… responsibility for his own divisive rhetoric that radicalizes the political right in the United States. Indeed, over the past five years, extremist ideology from the right has risen at troubling levels. Accordingly, we should expect the continued use of “radical Islamic terrorism” in his speeches to American audiences and willful blindness to the rise in violence of the alt-right, right-wing militia groups, and the Ku Klux Klan. Finally, Trump stated that in “the scenes …

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Who gets hurt by GOP’s ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy

May 20, 2017

… — a number that rose after Texas defunded Planned Parenthood and poor women found it more challenging to access contraception and legal abortion. This bizarre definition of “pro-life” extends overseas, too. In what is largely seen as a gift to his anti-abortion base, Trump expanded the Gag Rule, and this week his State Department broadened the order, which strips US funds from any organization abroad that so much as mentions abortion as an option for women — even groups …

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Net neutrality is a pivotal moment in a broader movement for a healthy internet

May 19, 2017

… hundred thousand found that fewer than 1 percent were opposed to net neutrality enforcement, NPR wrote. Today, momentum is building even more quickly. Already just weeks since Pai introduced his proposal hundreds of thousands of citizens have contacted the FCC. And groups like the EFF, a nonprofit devoted to civil liberties online, are helping Internet users directly reach the FCC. At Mozilla, weve witnessed this momentum firsthand. Tens of thousands of people have added their signatures to …

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Superbug C. auris identified in 122 people across 7 states, CDC says

May 19, 2017

(CNN)The number of cases of an emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus in the United States has grown from seven to 122 over the past nine months, according to a field report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fungus, Candida auris, can cause severe illness with high mortality, especially among high-risk patients, including those in intensive care units, those with a central venous catheter and those who …

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Facebook and The Trevor Project hope to help prevent LGBTQ youth suicides

May 18, 2017

… support groups along with the ability to report concerning posts related to self-injury or suicide directly to Facebook. Back in March the site was even testing a pattern recognition system that would use AI to identify posts that include certain keywords pertaining to suicidal thoughts. Studies have shown that excessive social media us could increase levels of depression, so the more resources the better. If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text …

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Anti-vaccine groups blamed in Minnesota measles outbreak

May 9, 2017

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Here’s what you can do to fight global warming, beyond changing lightbulbs

May 8, 2017

… Look not just to D.C., but also to your local community its there that many of the most consequential battles will happen over the next four years, and its there that you can have outsized impact. Take part in sustained organizing, and also make sure you show up to flashpoints of unity and momentum like marches, rallies, and protests. Resistance groups like Indivisible and the Town Hall Project offer resources on how to effectively pressure elected officials. You may also be able to bring …

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Food for the soul: Resurrecting Cambodia’s forgotten cuisine

May 4, 2017

(CNN)It was while studying in France that Ly San, now 29, decided to resurrect traditional Khmer cuisine. Missing the tastes of his homeland Cambodia, he began to research traditional Khmer food but found that written accounts of the country’s native recipes and ingredients were hard to find. Cambodian farmers go organic He realized that much of this information had been lost during the civil war of the early 1970s and subsequent barbaric rule of the Khmer Rouge, which …

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Hillary Clinton slams ‘groups of men’ trying to strip away women’s health protections

May 3, 2017

New York (CNN)Hillary Clinton, speaking at the 100th anniversary gala honoring Planned Parenthood on Tuesday, slammed “groups of men” in Washington, DC who are deciding the future of women’s health protections — a not-so-subtle reference to the Trump administration. President Donald Trump’s White House drew the ire of groups like Planned Parenthood this year when it tweeted a photo of a meeting on health care between Vice President Mike Pence and more than a dozen …

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Funeral home refused to cremate gay man, lawsuit alleges

May 3, 2017

… the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. There’s no federal law that protects LGBT people from discrimination, leading Democrats to introduce the Equality Act of 2017 Tuesday. The bill is intended to override religious freedom measures such as the one Mississippi tried to enact in 2016 that would effectively legalize the treatment Zawadski said he experienced. Moreover, advocacy groups fear President Trump is considering an executive order that would create …

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The first 100 days in LGBT rights

April 29, 2017

(CNN)Even before US President Donald Trump took office, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans feared his administration would roll back gains they made in the Obama administration. Now, 100 days into Trump’s presidency, advocacy groups say their concerns have been realized through Cabinet appointments and policy decisions that undermine civil rights for LGBT Americans. Here’s a timeline of key actions affecting LGBT Americans from the first 100 days. …

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New Study Suggests U.S. Has A Lot Of ‘Closet’ Atheists

April 19, 2017

… in the U.S., which Gervais argued may lead people to tell pollsters they believe in God even if they dont. A January 2017 Pew survey asked respondents to rate different groups on a feeling thermometer ranging from 0 to 100. On average, atheists received a rating of 50, the second-lowest rating for a religious group, after Muslims. Given the centrality of religious belief to many societies, and the degree to which many equate religious belief with morality, there are profound social pressures …

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These 3 People Show Why Anti-Trump Tide Runs Against The GOP In Georgia’s Special Election

April 18, 2017

… support behind her in a June runoff. Before Trumps victory, Millers activism had been limited to presidential years and to community groups. Now, she founded a local indivisible group, protests at the local office of Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and even testified twice at the state capitol. The Ossoff race is to me just huge, way bigger than Kansas, said Miller, referring to a surprisingly close special election last week in Wichita in which Democrat James Thompson came within 7 points …

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Republicans Catch Up In Early Voting For Georgia’s Special Election

April 16, 2017

… special election, according to Cohn. The national Democratic Party and liberal grassroots groups have poured massive resources and energy into Ossoffs bid. Even Hollywood stars are chipping in, with Samuel L. Jackson taping a radio advertisement aimed at turning out black voters. The congressional seat became available when Trump tapped Tom Price to become Secretary of Health and Human Services. While Price won reelection in the district by 23 points in November, Trump won it by just 1.5 …

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Join an ‘Option B’ group before Sheryl Sandberg’s new book arrives

April 14, 2017

… share the burden at home, died of a cardiac arrhythmia two years ago. Lean In prompted the launch of “Lean In circles,” which encouraged women to join small groups to discuss their careers and lives. SEE ALSO: Sheryl Sandberg’s new book on grief and resilience is available for preorder Option B is instead including a wider group than just professional women. The book, and its community, encourage readers to share their stories of overcoming adversity, to join discussion …

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When Heroin Almost Took My Life, My Phone Saved It

April 10, 2017

… social media allows people to communicate freely and share information, it enables the creation of like-minded groups. If these groups are big enough, or driven enough, they have the potential to positively influence and shape cultural progress. Recent examples of this include the Green Revolution in Iran, Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, and #BlackLivesMatter protests. And, of course, the new grassroots movement to end the stigma of addiction. Our community, once marginalized and shamed into …

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An app that wants to help you make friends, not friends with benefits

April 9, 2017

… groups of three, called Tribes. You can then chat with your tribe and can see each others shared interests, traits, and goals. Image: me3 Why three? Well, as Ilson told us, “Two is a date. Three is a party.” A one-on-one meetup can be awkward, but with three, he says, “the expectation to contribute to the conversation is less, so you’re more relaxed and you can be yourself.” The best news is that theres no swiping around through endless options, dismissing …

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Trump’s online fans are ditching him after missile strike in Syria

April 8, 2017

… Middle East. So when that assumption proved incorrect, some of his most prominent supporters bailed or at least balked. The USA was not attacked. Why are we attacking Syria? I 100% don’t support this. Baked Alaska (@bakedalaska) April 7, 2017 Guys, I can’t vehemently oppose destabilizing the Syrian government for 6 years and then support it just because Trump did it. Sorry. Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 7, 2017 #Soros funded groups have reportedly staged …

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Syria’s Assad Is Still Attracting Support From Some Leftists And ‘Alt-Right’ Nationalists

April 8, 2017

… in Syria because it helps connect the crisis to Americans memories of oustingsecular dictators, like Saddam Hussein or Muammar Qaddafi, only to leave space for horrific groups like the so-called Islamic State. Defenders of Assads rule use the secular label to argue that he is better than any alternative in Syria, despite well-organized homegrown resistance to the dictator and differences between the situation in Syria and those in Iraq and Libya.Kucinich, a two-time Democratic presidential …

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Americans Persecuted By Egypt Regime Watch As Trump Embraces It

April 6, 2017

… of repression since he seized power in a 2013 military coup. They share the prisons with an estimated The Trump team has embraced el-Sissiclassifying eople dont know… that tax dollars are going to an authoritarian regime holding our American citizens, Soltan said. Working with fellow activists, he arranged for 2,500 posters to be plastered around the capital and created a display van that would advertise statements from groups like Human Rights Watch. Other Americans with imprisoned …

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Meadows ‘intrigued’ on Obamacare change after Pence meeting

April 4, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s administration had meetings Monday with two key groups of Republicans, whose split over health care policy caused GOP leaders to pull a plan last month to repeal and replace Obamacare. Emerging from a meeting Monday night with Vice President Mike Pence, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said his group was “intrigued” by an idea the White House floated to give states more flexibility to opt out of Obamacare regulations using a waiver …

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