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Scientific breakthrough: Homeless people can turn invisible

AT&T and ALEC Unite to Fight You

Yes, all these telecommunications corporations are going to unite to fight things like municipal broadband. It goes against their business model and threatens their existence. This is like health insurance corporations fighting universal healthcare coverage.

AT&T is waging a war against rural communities across America. Using the powers of the secretive lobbying group ALEC, AT&T is lobbying state legislators directly and through ALEC to make it illegal for communities to offer broadband, even when Big Telecom refuses to provide service in their areas.
Now even AT&T’s shareholders are asking questions, and the largest proxy advisor– a firm to help shareholders vote on issues in the company – is advising shareholders to demand AT&T come clean about its spending on politics and lobbying at AT&T’s upcoming annual meeting. 
Maybe the telcos need to take a better approach to all of this. Rural communities can really benefit from municipal wi-fi. It allows a local government to build out a network of connectivity for its citizens who may be living in remote areas. The telcos could still operate in the cities.

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Protesting Luxury Housing in NYC

It’s about time that communities demand more from real estate developers than the status quo of gentrification and the displacement that comes with it. What’s worse is when this displacement is subsidized with tax payer money.

Take a look at what’s happening in hipster-laden, gentrified Brooklyn:

“We’re here for affordable housing, good jobs, and responsible development,” Local 79 organizer Lenny Anselmo said, as about 100 people assembled in front of the 42-story Avalon Fort Greene building. “If they’re going to use taxpayers’ money, they should use union labor, and people should be able to afford to live here. I make a decent living, and I can’t afford to live in these places.

This is happening all over the country, even in Arlington, VA where I live currently. On Columbia Pike all developers like B.M. Smith seem to be building is luxury apartments. They’re about to shut down a local coffee shop so that they can raise it’s building to put yet another luxury apartment complex on its grounds.

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The institutional racism of John Hopkins Hospital

I’m not sure if the institution itself is cognizant of what it has done to the Baltimore area. Take the example of the current strike by hospital workers who are also members of the SEIU Local 1199.  

“Hopkins says they don’t have the money [to lift union wages] but they own most of the community,” charged union member Michelle Horton at an April 9 solidarity meeting of strikers and local supporters. Horton’s comment touched on another raw spot in Hopkins’ relationship with Baltimore’s African-American community: The hospital and related institutions are currently engaged in a long-term effort to re-develop and gentrify the low-income residential neighborhoods that surround the hospital, prompting charges of racial discrimination and unfair dislocation.

They just spent a billion dollars to construct a new hospital building. How about investing some of that money in human capital?

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These workers made the ultimate sacrifice

PA: This judge, principal and police force attacked a 15 yr old

I hate bullying. It’s one of my “issues” you could say. I’ve experienced it first-hand as a adolescent and teenager growing up in that horrible and nasty NYC borough they call the Bronx. Thank goodness my mother moved us out of there when I was 17, as I don’t know how much more I could have taken. Bullying ruined me. I still cannot find myself attractive and am still pretty much alone in my mid-thirties. I think I’m intelligent but I disdain how I look. I don’t think that will ever change for me, but I want this to change for young people someday.

During your adolescent and teen years you are extremely vulnerable and are forming views about yourself that will stay with you forever. This is why stories like this that deal with bullying trouble me so.

From Think Progress:

A 15-year old boy with ADHD, comprehension delay disorder, and an anxiety disorder recorded classmates bullying him in school. But instead of reprimanding the tormentors, school officials targeted the boy for wiretapping — and he was later convicted of disorderly conduct by a district judge.

The boy recorded his classmates abusing him because he had run out of ways to get the pathetic school administration to notice. But instead of helping the real victim they become all thug-like. Bullying can be a thing of the past. It takes educating children and young adults about the effects of bullying. You reach out to those who do the bullying with patience and understanding and you get them to change their ways. You reach out to those who are prone to be bullied with support and understanding too. After all, these are young people we’re talking about here.

What I don’t like is how the district judge, principal and police officer acted in this situation. Even these people need to know that the decisions they make can have good or bad consequences. If they want to act like this then they have to also know that people are going to hold them accountable.

Contact all of these people and express your outrage:

District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet-

295 Millers Run Rd Bridgeville PA 15017
(412) 221-3353

South Fayette High-

Administration Building
3680 Old Oakdale Road
McDonald, PA 15057-3544
412-221-4542, Ext. 411

South Fayette High Principal Scott Milburn

smilburn@southfayette.org 

This is the local police station in McDonald, PA-

(724) 926-2105

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Why are these British Muslims so happy?

Oh look, they’re regular people just like you and me. Imagine that.

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Torrents of rain could not stop them from fighting for Ukraine

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These people are true fighters for freedom from Putin.

What Cosmos would look like if conservatives created it

Creationist Cosmos from Funny Or Die

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