Sunday, June 18, 2017

Will Donald Trump Ever Experience Life Off the Clueless Top?

Paul Waldman, in an article in The Week, Donald Trump is described as a man who has spent his life defined by the fact that the rules do not apply to him. If he is faced with a situation when the rules do apply to him, he responds by becoming erratic, petulant, self-pitying, and in short, loses control.

Trump does not know how to follow the rules, as he has been given the immense privilege of the top of the hierarchy all his life. He has no idea how to cope with being treated even close to accountable, and is showing typical moves of people on top, who act that any nudge from below feels like a steamroller.

Waldman states, "Who is this joker to tell him what he can't and can't do? So what if there are 'rules' and 'laws'? He's Donald Trump!"

Will be see a man, so used to the privilege of the top, be required to experience even a glimpse of how most of the rest of the country lives? Time will tell.

http://theweek.com/articles/706156/trump-used-breaking-rules-impunity-that-undoing?utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_source=afternoon&utm_medium=06_17_17-article_1-706156


Steve Scalise Shooting - Will It Make Republicans Think?

In hierarchies, people at the top assume they will not be held accountable for their actions, and, their decisions that harm others do not have anything to do with the decision makers. They have long rationalized that problems in our country are caused by others, and have nothing to do with what people on top do, who have the power and resources to set policy and to make changes.

As Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise was shot while playing baseball, do any of us believe that Republicans will rethink their support of guns belonging in the hands of anyone and everyone?

Will Republicans change their minds when the problems with gun ownership adversely hurt one of their own?

Probably not, as instead, they will blame lower groups, and not themselves for being part of the problem.


Friday, June 9, 2017

Comey, Feel What It Is Like for Women with a Predator Boss?

In a wonderful article by Nicole Serratore in the New York Times entitled, "James Comey and the Predator in Chief,"  the author describes Comey's private dinner meeting with Donald Trump as "the experience of a woman being harassed by her powerful, predatory boss. There was precisely that sinister air of coercion, of an employee helpless to avoid unsavory contact with an employer who is trying to grab what he wants."

Comey was "stunned" to find himself in potentially compromising positions. 

Ms. Serratore comments that for a woman who has spent a lifetime wrestling with situations where men have power they can abuse, this was disturbingly familiar. That reaction — the choice of stillness, responses calculated to neither encourage nor offend. Comey said he wanted to avoid granting any favor while avoiding the risk of direct confrontation — a problem so deeply resonant for women.

She goes on to ask, "Mr. Comey, you are not alone. How many of us have played over and over in our minds an encounter that suddenly took a creepy, coercive turn? What did I say? Were my signals clear? Did I do something ambiguous? Did I say something compromising?...What woman has not tried to remain invisible from an unwelcome pursuer’s attentions?"

"Mr. Comey did not want to be left alone with his boss again. We’ve been there, Jim."

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/08/opinion/james-comey-and-the-predator-in-chief.html?_r=0

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Brooks: Trump Project Asserts That Selfishness if the Sole Driver of Human Affairs

In an opinion piece in the New York Times, David Brooks quoted two of Donald Trump’s top advisers, H. R. McMaster and Gary Cohn, “The president embarked on his first foreign trip with a cleareyed outlook that the world is not a ‘global community’ but an arena where nations, nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage.”

In other words, the purpose of our lives is to climb the hierarchy, according to two of Trump's top advisors. If you are a white, hierarchy-conservator, able-bodied, Christian, heterosexual U.S. born male, why not, you have all the advantages to get what you want in the U.S.  Looks like a good goal to them.

And Brooks responds, "That sentence is the epitome of the Trump project. It asserts that selfishness is the sole driver of human affairs. It grows out of a worldview that life is a competitive struggle for gain. It implies that cooperative communities are hypocritical covers for the selfish jockeying underneath."

Radical Republican commitment to hierarhcies all the way.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/opinion/donald-trump-poisons-the-world.html?smid=fb-share

Pence: Climate Change is an Issue of the Left for Some Reason

Vice President Mike Pence:
Aren't we glad that "the left" at least isn't more dedicated to wealth than the radical Republicans that now rule the GOP? Clueless at the Top, and reaping more benefits day by day. So typical of people on top, and wanting to stay there.

 http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/336070-pence-for-some-reason-climate-change-is-a-key-issue-for-the-left

Friday, June 2, 2017

Helen Carroll, LGBT Sports Advocate, Retires

Helen Carroll, the legendary coach, athletic director and advocate who has fought for LGBTQ equality in sports for much of the last 40 years, is retiring from the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Carroll ran the sports project for the National Center for Lesbian  Rights for 15 years. Before that, she was the head coach for women's basketball at UNC-Asheville, where she won the NAIA national title in 1984, the only national championship ever for the school. Later, Carroll was the athletic director for Mills College.

Carroll, along with Pat Griffin and Sue Rankin, were often referred to as the “godmothers” of the LGBTQ sports movement.

Best of luck in your new endeavors, Helen!!

http://www.outsports.com/2017/6/1/15723406/helen-carroll-nclr-lgbtq-sports-retire

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

40 Years Ago Car Racing Gender Barrier Broken with Janet Guthrie, But WIth Loads of Sexism

On May 14, 1977, forty years ago, Janet Guthrie saw a sign that might have been encouragement for any other driver trying to make the cut in the Indianapolis 500, but "JANET GRAB THAT POLE" was in the shape of a penis. Guthrie, now 74, put up with nasty sexist insults along the way to making a lot of cracks in racing's glass ceiling.

Guthrie was welcomed to Charlotte Motor Speedway by a throng of men chanting, "No tits in the pits!" 

"The strangest thing was the rubber chicken hex," Dick Simon, Guthrie's former teammate, recalled two years ago, during the Indy 500's 100th anniversary celebration. "One of the Yellow Shirts [Indianapolis Motor Speedway track guards] that was positioned at the entrance to Gasoline Alley would shake this rubber chicken at Janet every time she passed by him. Just cursing at her and shaking that chicken. It sounds stupid, but his intent was very hateful."

Janet Guthrie holds the record for the best finish by a woman in a top-tier NASCAR race, a sixth-place finish at Bristol in 1977.

 http://www.espn.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/8963949/espnw-janet-guthrie-outraced-insults-make-auto-racing-history

Friday, May 19, 2017

Rachael Scdoris-Salerno Challenges Republican Greg Walden in Oregon

32-year-old Democrat Rachael Scdoris-Salerno has filed paperwork to run for Oregon's Second Congressional District seat. She will attempt to unseat Republican Greg Waldon.

Walden has faced much opposition for his support of Donald Trump, the Trump immigration ban, and voting against LGBT protections. Walden also received more money than any other congresspeople from internet companies, and led the fight to allow internet use data to be sold.

Scdoris-Salerno has competed in the Paralympics in tandem cycling and has worked much of her life at her father's sled-dog business at Mt. Bachelor. She bought the business from her father two years ago.

http://www.kgw.com/news/politics/national-politics/noted-sled-dog-racer-scdoris-plans-run-against-rep-walden/440150575


Transgender Person Allowed to Sue Under Disability Law

In a step in the right direction in breaking down the sexual orientation hierarchy, a judge has ruled that a transgender woman can proceed with a sex discrimination lawsuit under the American with Disabilities Act for gender dysphoria, even though the ADA explicitly excludes transgender people from protection. US District Judge Joseph Leeson avoided ruling on the constitutionality of the ADA, as the plaintiffs had sought, under the legal principle that courts should avoid decisions on constitutional grounds if possible.

Being transgender is not considered by the American Psychiatric Association as a disorder, but it can give rise to a type of anxiety that may require medical treatment, gender dysphoria.

The suit is being brought against the retail chain Cabela's Inc., for sex discrimination, as the plaintiff says she was fired after harassment that included denying her the use of the women's bathroom and temporarily forcing her to wear a name tag with her male name given at birth.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-lgbt-idUSKCN18F02X


Friday, May 12, 2017

Trump is Getting Rid of Anyone He Thinks Will Hold Him Accountable

Donald Trump places himself on top of all the hierarchies in this country, and surrounds himself with people who believe and support his right to do that. People on top expect not to be held accountable for how their actions affect anyone else, and he is working hard to make sure that happens.

According to Mother Jones, Trump fired Comey because Comey was investigating his and his associates' ties to Russia. And Jeff Sessions had recused himself from the investigation long enough to join in supporting the firing.

In an article entitled "There's No One To Hold Donald Trump Accountable," obviously that's the point.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/theres-no-one-to-hold-donald-trump-accountable-w481604


In Spain, Girls Win Boy's Soccer League, But Still Women Athletes Are Not Taken Seriously

"If you're technically better, you can compensate for being perhaps physically weaker," said Andrea Gomez, the top scorer of a girl's soccer team in Spain that won a boy's league.

In Spain, women's soccer remains a sideshow. Despite their first Women's World Cup appearance in 2015, the top women's league did not sign its first major corporate sponsorship deal until las summer, three decades after the league began. The country's most successful club, Real Madrid, does not field a women's squad.

We have a long way to topple the gender sports hierarchy, including in the United States.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/sports/soccer/girls-soccer-team-won-boys-league-spain.html?mwrsm=Facebook&_r=0



Andrea Gómez as the top scorer for her championship team.
The boys Gómez left in her wake, though, were not the first ones forced to retrieve one of her shots from their net. Gómez, 13, and her teammates had been confounding boys all season, playing so well that their girls’ team recently won a junior regional league in Spain over 13 boys’ teams.
“I always try to show that soccer isn’t just for boys,” Gómez said. “If you’re technically better, you can compensate for being perhaps physically weaker.”
In the United States and a handful of other countries, it is not uncommon for women to upstage their male counterparts when it comes to soccer success. But in Spain, women’s soccer, despite the country’s first Women’s World Cup appearance in 2015, remains a sideshow. Spain’s top women’s league did not sign its first major corporate sponsorship deal until last summer — three decades after the league began — and the country’s most successful club, Real Madrid, does not field a women’s squad.
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Top Thinks It Can Make Decisions for Everyone, Including Only Men Discussing Health Care

Thirteen men are proposed to make up the group of GOP senators who will craft the Senate health care bill. As so typical of a hierarchy, people on top think that they should be able to make decisions for everyone else involved, and believe they are qualified to do so.

Since they believe their opinions and experiences to be superior to everyone else's, Republicans placing themselves on top see no problem with that idea.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/05/politics/senate-republican-health-care-men/index.html

Add Special Education Kids to the Bottom of the Republican Hierarchies

A coalition of school educators and advocacy organizations said efforts by Republicans to cut Medicaid payments would force states to “ration health care for children.”

"With all the sweeping changes the Republican bill would impose, little attention has been paid to its potential impact on education. School districts rely on Medicaid, the federal health care program for the poor, to provide costly services to millions of students with disabilities across the country. For nearly 30 years, Medicaid has helped school systems cover costs for special education services and equipment, from physical therapists to feeding tubes. The money is also used to provide preventive care, such as vision and hearing screenings, for other Medicaid-eligible children."

Apparently, Republicans don't care, as long as the rich pay less.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/us/politics/health-bill-medicaid-special-education-affordable-care-act.html

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Republicans – White Males Taking Away Benefits for Others Not Like Them

Republicans, almost all white male, are celebrating today the passage in the House of Representatives of the new GOP health care bill, that will gut health care for millions.

While there were a handful of female lawmakers present, many on social media pointed to the overwhelming presence of white men on hand to celebrate a bill that seeks to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood and make pregnancy significantly more expensive.

Here again are people on top of the hierarchy making decisions that negatively impact people who are not like them, who they push lower on their hierarchies rationalizing that lower people don't deserve benefits anyway. 

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/05/trump-house-republicans-rose-garden-obamacare-repeal-bill

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Young White Pro-Trump Males Form New Fight Club

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a "fraternity" of young, white, pro-Trump men are forming a new fight-club, supposedly to defend free-speech rights by "Alt-Right" leaders and engage in street fighting.

Kyle Chapman, a California activist arrested earlier this month in in Berkeley at a clash between anti-fascist protesters and pro-Trump demonstrators, is forming the Fraternal Order of Alt Knights (cleverly called “FOAK).

With an Internet meme “Based Stick Man,” Chapman says his new militant, highly-masculine group will be the “tactical defensive arm” of the Proud Boys, another group that shows up at pro-Trump rallies looking to rumble with counter-protesters.

These hierarchy supporters will be promoting and using a typical control tactic of hierarchies - violence.

https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/04/25/new-alt-right-%E2%80%9Cfight-club%E2%80%9D-ready-street-violence

Trump/Pence Presidency Inspiring Women to Run for Office

Emily's List president Stephanie Schriock said "it's a wave" when referring to the number of women, calling the number "unprecidented."During the 2016 cycle, her group spoke with about 900 women interested in running for school board, legislature, or Congress. This year the group has heard from over 11,000 women in all 50 states, with a few dozen seriously considering House races.

Schriock said that Republicans should sit up and take notice, because this is only the beginning. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trumps-presidency-has-inspired-11000-women-to-run-for-office_us_58fd863ae4b06b9cb917d111?gam&ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

Confederate Flag Removal – Fuels South Carolina Championship

In addressing the South Carolina Legislature, Coach Dawn Staley said that her women's basketball team at the University of South Carolina was fueled by the removal of the confederate flag from the state house. She said that the removal of the flag triggered a fan base that would be the largest in the country.

The momentum of the removal of the flag played a big part in the program's success, according to Staley.

http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-womens-basketball/article146622374.html

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dawn Staley - Great Coach and Player

A great player and coach, Dawn Staley has become the highest paid women's basketball coach in the SEC. Far cry from when Pat Summitt had to sell doughnuts in order to afford uniforms for her women's team at Tennessee.

South Carolina agreed on a new deal that runs through 2024-25, adds four years to her existing contract, making $1.45 million next season. Staley and her team won the national championship this year.

Women coaches do not make as much as men's coaches. The "Final Four" to most people means the Men's Final Four (in the hierarchy, we assume the top represents everyone, so the only real basketball tournament is the men's), whereas you have to say "Women's Final Four" to be clear, but is slowly progress is being made so we are headed in the right direction.

http://www.espn.com/womens-college-basketball/story/_/id/19212631/dawn-staley-gets-four-year-contract-extension-south-carolina-gamecocks-coach

Resources for the Top, Cuts for the Bottom

The Independent from UK points out that while Donald Trump is cutting food for the poor, he spends about 2.4 million dollars every weekend he goes to his privately-owned resort, Mar-a Lago.

Four programs that face elimination - tackling homelessness, unemployment of people over 55, participation in the arts, and helping the poor to access to higher education, could be maintained at the costs of Trump's trips to his resort over the course of four years.

The estimate cost of giving Trump a weekly vacation is $600 million, and the estimated costs of these services is $597 million.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-budget-cuts-mar-a-lago-nea-arts-poor-elderly-meals-on-wheels-florida-weekends-us-a7634551.html

Top: Takes Credit for Good, Assigns Blame for Bad

In an article in the Washington Post this morning, we who study hierarchies see another piece of evidence of how Donald Trump places himself on top of our nation's hierarchies.

When we live in hierarchies, we are all programmed to praise the top for whatever goes right, and blame people we push lower for whatever goes wrong.

According to Calvin Woodward and Jim Drinkard,  "One of the most consistent features of President Donald Trump’s public statements is his drive to take credit and assign blame. It’s a tendency that consistently lands him in trouble with history, either recent or long ago, and has been on display as he approaches his 100th day in office."

There we have it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/ap-fact-check-when-trump-takes-credit-and-assigns-blame/2017/04/22/02bd29e0-275d-11e7-928e-3624539060e8_story.html?utm_term=.f77af3a67496

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Looks Like Boys Will Be Boys, Utah Judge Praises LDS Convicted Rapist

Men on top of the hierarchy have for centuries have taken sexual assault by men as a joke, something for fun and games.

Utah Judge Thomas Low allegedly held back tears as he sang the praises of Keith Vallejo, a former bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints found guilty of sexually abusing two women in separate incidents dating back to at least 2013

“The court had no doubt that Mr. Vallejo is an extraordinarily good man,” Low told the courtroom Wednesday moments before sentencing Vallejo.

Kristen Houser, the chief public affairs officer for the National Sexual Violence Research Center, said the judge’s choice of words could “definitely leave the wrong impact” on a rape victim.

As usual, lower groups, in this case women, are ignored and assumed to be to blame.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rape-survivor-utah-judge-lds-bishop_us_58f0f350e4b0da2ff860352e?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Republicans – Building Hierarchies by Treating Lower Groups As "Other"

In hierarchies, lower groups are considered "other" by those on top.

In an article in the Huffington Post, "Seven Keys To Sean Spicer's Very Republican Holocaust Gaffe," Richard Eskow describes Sean Spicer's comments about the lack of use by Hitler of chemical agents, as, "By saying that Jews, gays, Romany, and others murdered in the camps were not Hitler’s 'own people,' Spicer seemed to suggest that a nation is only reflected by its dominant social group. Religious and other minorities are always the 'other,' no matter how integrated they may be by law and rights."

Republicans – the political and social group in the United States most currently championing hierarchies. Great title to sum it up.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/7-secret-keys-to-sean-spicers-very-republican-holocaust_us_58ed8532e4b081da6ad00900

Republicans Can't Let Go on Same Sex Marriage

Republican lawmakers hold so ever tightly to the sexual orientation hierarchy they love so dearly. In North Carolina Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill to outlaw same sex marriage even though it is the law of the land.

In their bill, the quoted the Bible, and entitled the bill, the "Uphold Historical Marriage Act." Yes, we agree that in history, hierarchies were very strong, but we are in the process of breaking down a lot of them, with Trump and Pence as our motivation.

When are these hierarchy conservators going to get a clue? Maybe in their next lifetimes, but maybe not.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-north-carolina-same-sex-marriage-ban-20170412-story.html

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Sexual Assault is a Joke to Trump

Again proving himself to disregard women, and see them as pawns to be used by him, Trump said he doesn’t think Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who has been accused of sexual harassment by several women, did anything wrong.

Of course it is the privilege of any person on top of the hierarchy, in this case men, to gain from lower groups in any way they please. And any harm done to a lower group, in this case women, is not important.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-bill-oreilly-harassment_us_58e51f1ee4b0917d347635f9

Pulling Money From Women and Girls OK with Republicans

While Republican policies help those white males on top of our hierarchies with more resources, those lower, such as women and children suffer from their support for the top.

The Trump administration's decision to pull support from a United Nations family planning agency hurts some of the world's most desperate women and girls, advocates said Tuesday.
The State Department announced late Monday that it was yanking money from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which focuses on family planning, help for pregnant women and new babies.

Of course we all know this wouldn't happen if men could get pregnant.
 
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/trump-administration-hits-women-s-health-fund-n742631

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sexual Harassment – Rate Hasn't Changed Much Since 1976

A new survey shows that 80% of women have experienced sexual harassment at work — which is only a marginal improvement since 1976, when 90% of women reported receiving unwanted attentions at work.

In 2016, Redbookmag.com asked readers to take the same survey published in the magazine's January 1976 issue  and 500 online readers responded — the majority of whom are married, in their 20s to early 30s, with office jobs, earning $30,000 to $50,000 a year.

In 1976, 92% of women said sexual harassment was a problem, a majority of them describing it as a serious one; today, that number is up to 99%. The most common behaviors, then and now? Sexual remarks or teasing, with 64% of today's survey respondents reporting experiencing those behaviors from male coworkers, followed by leering and ogling (51%), subtle sexual hints or pressures (43%), and actual touching, brushing against, grabbing, or pinching (34%). 

Much more information is available in the article, including commentary on why we shouldn't be surprised.

http://www.redbookmag.com/life/money-career/a49220/sexual-harassment-in-the-workplace/

Trump and Russian Business Associates

According to USA Today:

"To expand his real estate developments over the years, Donald Trump, his company and partners repeatedly turned to wealthy Russians and oligarchs from former Soviet republics – several allegedly connected to organized crime."

Ole Donald won't stop at anything, including leading our country to ruin. Whatever benefits him and others at the top of hierarchies, that is what he supports.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/28/trump-business-past-ties-russian-mobsters-organized-crime/98321252/

Rebublicans - Hierarchy Builders All

In Michelle Goldberg's recent article in Slate, she states that many Republicans are shocked and appalled by Trump, but refuse to do anything about him.

She says yes, Republicans are eager for massive tax cuts, the end of Roe v. Wade, and the opportunity to exploit natural resources without oversight from environmental regulators.

She continues, "Shouldn’t we be able to count on jingoist pride from politicians who’ve spent decades beating their chests about patriotism? As cliché as it sounds, I have continually wondered through the first two months of this administration: Have they no shame?"

Well, no, they have no shame. Their support of hierarchies 100% overshadows that.


http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/03/tons_of_washington_republicans_hate_trump_but_none_have_the_courage_to_stand.html

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sesame Street's New Muppet Has Autism

As it seems the people in office are doing everything they can to discourage the power of diversity, good news comes from Sesame Street. Meet Julia, a girl with autism.

Sherrie Westin, executive vice president of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop, says of Julia. “It will help kids with autism be able to identify with a character and it will also play an important role in destigmatizing autism."

Julia’s puppeteer is a 38-year-old woman named Stacey Gordon, who has a 13-year-old son on the autism spectrum.

http://people.com/human-interest/meet-sesame-streets-first-muppet-with-autism-julia-and-the-brilliant-puppeteer-behind-her/

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Effect of Trump: WInning Middle School Robotics Team Told to Go Back to Mexico

In Indiana, home of Mike Pence and his hierarchical Republican agenda, Pleasant Run Elementary students had just won a robotics challenge at Plainfield High School,  with students new this year to the  competition. this year. Two of the team members are African American and three are Latino/a.  The team is made up of 9- and 10-year-olds.

“Go back to Mexico!” two or three kids screamed at their brown-skin peers and their parents, according to some who were there. This verbal attack had spilled over from the gymnasium. While the children were competing, one or two parents disparaged the Pleasant Run kids with racist comments — and loud enough for the Pleasant Run families to hear.

“They were pointing at us and saying that ‘Oh my God, they are champions of the city all because they are Mexican. They are Mexican, and they are ruining our country,’ ” said Diocelina Herrera, the mother of PantherBot Angel Herrera-Sanchez.

Here is a steamroller effect of people who support hierarchies. People in lower groups get a little, and the top group feels they are taking over.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2017/03/17/robotics-competition-racism/99301384/

Monday, March 13, 2017

Trump/Pence Republican Travel Ban – Girl Guides from Canada Will Not Travel to US

In a move indicative of their inclusive organization, Girl Guides of Canada have suspended all troop and individual trips to the United States, and have suggested, instead, that girls and their leaders stay in Canada.

The Girl Guides do not want any trouble at the US border because one or more of their members might not be allowed into the United States, leaving a potential situation that would be difficult for entire troops.

When Republicans work so hard to build one type of hierarchy, it affects many more.

http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/world/girl-guides-of-canada-cancel-us-trips-over-trump-order/article_23660bc4-b8ce-5654-afea-c26b3937c306.html

Friday, March 10, 2017

Republican Representative Asks Why Men Have to Pay for Prenatal Care

Hierarchy-supporting men are amazing at denying they have responsibility for their actions. No where is this so obvious as in having sex and babies, including demonizing women's bodies, their periods, and refusal of care to women who want to control their reproductive health – like women get pregnant on their own. These men think "hump and dump" is their game, and whatever consequences occur are not their concern.

If men were the ones to bear children and give birth, the support story would be very different.

Now Republican Representative John Shimkus has asked why men have to pay for prenatal coverage in a health care bill.

"What about men having to purchase prenatal care," Shimkus said. "I'm just... is that not correct...And should they?"

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-john-shimkus-prenatal-care-20170309-story.html

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

GOP Health Care Bill - 60 Billion Tax Cut for RIch

Of course we aren't surprised that anything coming from the Republicans will represent the top getting even more. Such as the new health care bill they are proposing that will give an extra 600 billion to the wealthy, not like they will ever notice it.

The main answer, for Republicans is Congress, is that it also contains $600 billion in tax cuts — tax cuts that would save the wealthiest 0.1 percent of Americans nearly $200,000 each in a single year, according to a batch of analyses released by the Joint Committee on Taxation on Tuesday.

Will losing health insurance increase the possibility of having many of the people who voted Trump into office get a clue as to the person they voted for? Wonder what it will take to open their eyes?

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/3/7/14844362/ahca-ryancare-trumpcare-tax-cut-rich

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Meet Mack Beggs, Texas Trans Male Who Won the Girls State Wrestling Championship

Mack Beggs, a 17-year-old high school wrestler who has transitioned to male, is interviewed about his life and his chosen sport, wrestling. He talks with Tisha Thompson of Outside The Lines about the challenges he's faced in this ESPN interview.

http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=18807289

Friday, March 3, 2017

White Males and the Russian Link

If we would like to see a common link in the picture of the web between US people and Russia in the Trump administration, we can't help but see that everyone in the picture of the web is a white male.

WACCHUMs, white able-bodied Christian Conserve-Hierarchy heterosexual US born males dominate the decision-making and policy-making roles in our hierarchies.

Just look at the picture.
               


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/03/03/the-web-of-relationships-between-team-trump-and-russia/?utm_term=.f3ed077a9096

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Frommers: US Tourism Down After Trump's Muslim Ban

Frommers is reporting that a "Trump Slump" in international travel is real. There is a large drop in tourism by international markets to the United States. 

"The prestigious Travel Weekly magazine (as close to an “official” travel publication as they come) has set the decline in foreign tourism at 6.8%. And the fall-off is not limited to Muslim travelers, but also extends to all incoming foreign tourists. Apparently, an attack on one group of tourists is regarded as an assault on all."


On the web, flight searches for trips heading to the U.S. out of all international locations was recently down by 17%.

Wonder if any of those Trump supporters will be affected? Something has to open their eyes.

http://www.frommers.com/tips/miscellaneous/the-travel-press-is-reporting-the-trump-slump-a-devastating-drop-in-tourism-to-the-united-states#.WK0EEWTtX3M.facebook

Monday, February 20, 2017

Schwarzenegger – Gerrymandering Can Be Permanently Terminated

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says that Congress is so unpopular that lawmakers "couldn't beat herpes in the polls."

Republican Schwarzenegger blames the unpopularity on the practice of gerrymandering, where "politicians now pick their voters, instead of the voters picking their politicians." He says they "fixed it" by taking the redistricting process away from the state legislature in California, and gave the power back to the people.

He added, "We've proven that gerrymandering can be permanently terminated."

http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/319678-schwarzenegger-rips-gerrymandering-congress-couldnt-beat-herpes

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MILCK and the 1300-Voice Choir Sing "Quiet"

Singer MILCK and a 1300-voice choir gathered in Toronto to sing "Quiet," the song that became the anthem of the January Women's March.

The drop-in choir's directors, Nobu Adiman and Daveed Goldman, had already planned to sing the song at the choir's regular Tuesday and Wednesday night sessions at a tavern, but great interest gave them the idea to book the Phoenix Concert Theatre instead, where they sold more than 1,000 tickets with proceeds going to the American Civil Liberties Union. MILCK joined them.

Watch at:
 http://torontolife.com/culture/music/choir-choir-choir-milck-cant-keep-quiet-donald-trump-protest-song/

Menstrual Equality

Congresswoman Grace Meng has introduced a bill into Congress as the first legislation to deal with menstrual hygiene product access, called the "Menstrual Equity for All Act of 2017."

Her bill would require each state to give female inmates and detainees as many tampons or pads as they need, whenever they need them—at no cost. "If Congress has to deny states certain federal funds to get their prisons to change their current horrendous practices, then so be it," Meng states.

"Homeless shelters should be able to use federal grant money to purchase tampons or pads," she also insists.

Meng's bill currently has 21 sponsors, but they are all Democrats. Are we surprised?

http://www.marieclaire.com/politics/news/a25464/congresswoman-grace-meng-menstrual-equity-bill/

Monday, February 13, 2017

Trump-Supporting Farmers in the Central Valley are Now Worried

In the Central Valley of California, many bet their farms on Donald Trump's election, taking in his message of reducing regulations and taxes. As for his promises about cracking down on illegal immigrants, many assumed Mr. Trump’s pledges were mostly just talk.

Jeff Marchini said that as a businessman, Mr. Trump would know that farmers had invested millions of dollars into produce that is growing right now, and that not being able to pick and sell those crops would represent huge losses for the state economy. “I’m confident that he can grasp the magnitude and the anxiety of what’s happening now.”

It is too bad for the farmers that they did not think of this before they supported Trump.

 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/us/california-farmers-backed-trump-but-now-fear-losing-field-workers.html

Husbands More Deadly Than Terrorists

"Last year Americans were less likely to be killed by Muslim terrorists than for being Muslim, according to Charles Kruzman of the University of North Carolina. The former is a risk of approximately one in six million; the latter, one in one million.

"The bottom line is that most years in the U.S., ladders kill far more Americans than Muslim terrorists do. Same with bathtubs. Ditto for stairs. And lightning.

"Above all, fear spouses: Husbands are incomparably more deadly in America than jihadist terrorists.
And husbands are so deadly in part because in America they have ready access to firearms, even when they have a history of violence. In other countries, brutish husbands put wives in hospitals; in America, they put them in graves."

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/opinion/sunday/husbands-are-deadlier-than-terrorists.html?smid=tw-share

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Conservatives More Likely to Believe Lies Than Liberals

The Los Angeles Times is reporting a study that shows why conservatives are likely than liberals to believe false information about threats.

False claims are more readily embraced by those who endorse conservative political causes than by those people whose views are traditionally liberal.

The report also shows that when it comes to fabricating fake news for profit, stories aimed at liberal audiences were less likely to go viral than those stories designed to draw in conservatives.

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-conservative-believe-false-threats-20170202-story.html

Monday, February 6, 2017

Trump Supporters – The Most To Lose With Trump's Policies

In hierarchies, the people at the bottom are programmed to send their resources to those at the top, and to follow the dictates of the top. Those on top come up with elaborate schemes to make sure they stay there.

In the last presidential election, many poorer and rural people voted Trump/Pence believing it would benefit them. A recent article discusses why they were fooled.

The article states that his most ardent supporters could be in for a surprise. "I think you're going to get a disproportionate impact on people who supported Donald Trump but maybe don't realize that his policies may end up hurting them instead of helping them," said Michael O. Moore, a professor of economics and international affairs at George Washington University.

The author of the article, Mary C. White, points out possible upcoming ramifications in the areas of income, sizes of cities and rural areas, and the fact that half of the Republicans have Obamacare.

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/trump-voters-stand-suffer-most-obamacare-repeal-trade-war-n717491

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Wheaton College Announces Full Scholarship for Refugee from Trump's Seven

Now is the time that it is so important to stand up to the people on top of our hierarchies in any way we can. Hold them accountable in our particular realm.

Wheaton College, a private liberal arts college in Norton, Mass. is waiving its $60 application fee, and a providing a full scholarship that will cover all the costs associated with attending to a student who is a refugee from one of the seven countries Trump has put on his banned list of coming to the United States.

 “We call on our colleagues at institutions of higher education across the country to join us in making a clear statement about the importance of diversity and openness on our campuses,” said Wheaton president Dennis M. Hanno. “By providing scholarship support to refugees from these countries, we extend the hand of opportunity and friendship to those who need it most and offer a model to our nation for more constructive engagement with the world.”

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2017/01/31/wheaton-college-scholarship-refugees/

Friday, February 3, 2017

3.5% Can Topple Trump/Pence

Erica Chenoweth, co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict says that it might take only 3.5% of the population of the United States to be involved in nonviolent resistance to stop the brutal regime of Donald Trump and Mike Pence. She points to the successes of political movements of the past. 

"In the US on Tuesday, dozens of lawmakers have said they will boycott confirmation votes for Trump nominees. Numerous police departments countrywide have announced that they will not comply with unethical federal policies (particularly regarding deportations). And the federal government employs more than 3 million civil servants – people on whose continued support the US government relies to implement its policies. Many such civil servants have already begun important conversations about how to dissent from within the administration. They, too, provide an important check on power." 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/01/worried-american-democracy-study-activist-techniques

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Nordstrom - No to Trump Empire

There are plenty of ways to stand up to Trump, and retail giant Nordstrom is doing it their way.

They announced today they will no longer be carrying Ivanka Trump label for the new season, indicating it didn't sell well.

Either Nordstrom realizes that the Seattle-based company has customers who would object to a Trump label, or the Ivanka Trump label is not selling like it used to since her father has attacked everyone who is other than white, male, able-bodied, heterosexual, and Christian.

"We've said all along we make buying decisions based on performance. We’ve got thousands of brands – more than 2,000 offered on the site alone. Reviewing their merit and making edits is part of the regular rhythm of our business," the statement says.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2017/02/02/nordstrom-plans-drop-ivanka-trumps-fashion-line/97425498/

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Positive Fallout from Trump: Scientists are Organizing to Run for Office

Due to Trump's cluelessness and insistence on staying that way, a group of scientists has gotten together to encourage scientists to run for office, and is teaching them how to do that and access financial support.

Called 314 Action, the organization is named after the first three digits of pi. It is a political action committee that was created to support scientists in running for office.  It is similar to Emily’s List, which focuses on pro-choice female candidates, or VoteVets, which backs war veterans, but the science version.

“A lot of scientists traditionally feel that science is above politics but we’re seeing that politics is not above getting involved in science,” says founder Shaughnessy Naughton. “We’re losing, and the only way to stop that is to get more people with scientific backgrounds at the table.”
 
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/01/thanks-to-trump-scientists-are-planning-to-run-for-office/514229/?utm_source=atlfb

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Netherlands: Help Set Up International Fund In Light of the "Mexico City" Policy

People on top of hierarchies believe they have the right to control the lives of everyone below. When Trump signed the executive order reinstating the ban on contraceptive assistance to anyone even discussing the option of abortion, there were eight men in attendance, all white. No women.

Now the government of the Netherlands says it wants to help set up an international abortion fund to help families across the world after US President Donald Trump reinstated the so-called Mexico City policy.

Dutch official Lilianne Ploumen said that the lack of financial support will lead to "dangerous backroom procedures and higher maternal mortality. This decision has far-reaching consequences above all for the women it affects, who should be able to decide for themselves if they want a child, but also for their husbands and children and for society as a whole," Ploumen, the Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation, said in a statement. "Banning abortion does not reduce the number of abortions."

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/25/politics/netherlands-trump-global-gag-rule/

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Republicans: White Males are on the Bottom of the Totem Pole

In hierarchies, people at the top expect so much more that when they lose a little, it feels like they are losing a lot. Also, they feel that people in lower groups deserve so little, that when lower groups get a little more, it is going overboard.

In a poll, Republican men were the only ones who think that it is a better time to be a woman than a man. 82% of women said sexism is a problem in today's society, and 41% said that they had felt unequal because of gender. Meanwhile, men underestimated the sexism that women experience in their lives.

Just over half of Republican men thought it a good time to be a woman while only 41 percent thought it was a good time to be a man. Here is a quote from one Dennis Halaszynski:

"It's easier being a woman today than it is a man. The white man is low person on the totem pole. Everyone else is above the white man."

Looking at who the Trump/Pence administration is appointing doesn't appear to back that up, including Trump/Pence themselves. White males everywhere, including Congress, in much bigger proportion than their part of the population.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/17/upshot/republican-men-say-its-a-better-time-to-be-a-woman-than-a-man.html?mtrref=www.facebook.com&gwh=1B6F2C1C4389AB6894E8EF5D5DF40103&gwt=pay

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Lewis a Hierarchy–Buster, and Trump a Hierarchy Builder. A Comparison of Their Lives

Donald Trump as a clueless hierarchy-builder didn't start any time recently.

John Lewis from the beginning was a hierarchy-buster, suffering even a broken skull in the process.

"About the time Trump was more focused on female conquest and winning squash matches than his studies during his years at Fordham University, John Lewis is on the ground, his hands covering his head as he’d been trained, while an Alabama state trooper beats him with a baton. Lewis, who would be arrested more than 40 times for his civil rights work, came away from that encounter with a fractured skull."

More timeline comparisons, in an article published by The Hill today.

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/314413-trump-shouldve-googled-john-lewis-before-he-tweeted

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Ron Wyden: Why We Need to See Trump's Tax Returns

As in any hierarchy, the top feels that it should not be held accountable. No where is this more obvious than with our incoming president Donald Trump. Apparently, as we see with his tweets, everyone is accountable to him, but he is accountable to no one.

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, in a New York Times op-ed, discusses that without Trump's tax returns, we can not know if he is enriching himself and his family with his position, and whether a policy he proposes benefits Americans or the Trump family. We also don't know if he is telling the truth about his ties to Russia.

Trump of course lies all the time, and expects not to be held accountable for what he does or says. Typical of the top, but hopefully for the good of our country, his unabashed insistence will eventually bring him down.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/opinion/why-americans-care-about-trumps-tax-returns.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

Friday, January 13, 2017

Utah Schools – Misogynistic Lessons with Separate Dating Guides for Girls and Boys

Utah schools have been teaching girls and boys how to go out on a very sexist date. With separate instructions to boys and girls, the instructions tell girls, "Be feminine and lady-like," “Don’t keep checking in the mirror combing hair,” “Don’t fish for compliments,” “Don’t criticize his driving” and “If you think you’re too fat etc, keep it to yourself.”

Over what some said was an example of misogynistic lessons common in the state, the handouts outline guidelines for a "$5 date" and provide separate instructions for boys and girls.

Gender hierarchy strong in Utah, supporting gender-biased norms.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/12/utah-dating-homework-gender-bias-highland-high-school

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Make America Great Again? – Great Video That Shows That Reality

Progressive group MoveOn.Org has sponsored a competition to depict with humor what it would really mean to 'make America great again" and go back to the old days of the 1950's. They found some great takers “to find the funniest and smartest comedians to take on Donald Trump and the GOP’s politics of hate.”

Two women created a musical number which not only brings back the stereotype of what Trump would like us to think was great, but what was the reality for people who were not white middle class and higher heterosexual men.

This video brings up many hierarchies, and demonstrates that we need to come together with a common language to fight and conquer a common enemy.

http://www.iagreetosee.com/portfolio/make-america-great-again-song/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=promoted+post&utm_term=maga+song&utm_content=Agree+Fans




Saturday, January 7, 2017

Kitchen Tools for People with One Arm – We All Appreciate Expanding What We Can't Do Alone

We all know Donald Trump's supporters don't have a problem with his making fun of people with disabilities,. But there are plenty of the rest of us who know everyone is equal in that we all enjoy tools that enable us to do what we can't do alone.

Loren Lim has come up with an award-winning design of kitchen attachments that can allow a person with one arm wash dishes, chop vegetables, and bag items, etc. He is an industrial design student at the National University of Singapore. He is in talks with companies to market his ideas. 

Called Oneware, one of his most unique ideas includes a perforated silicone layer that grips dishes so users can apply pressure while scrubbing one surface.

http://mashable.com/2016/09/30/oneware-one-arm-kitchen/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link#4nwKu7_SVPqm

Restaurants in DC Donating Profits from Inaugural Business to Anti-Trump Causes

In Washington, D.C., a call for chefs all over the country to donate sales made during Donald Trump's inauguration is gathering steam. The idea is to donate profits to groups that are "fighting hate." At least 15 area restaurants have agreed to do so.

Trump is fueling an effort like never before in people who want to stop the hierarchies he and his Republican cohorts are trying so desperately to build and maintain. Yes, maybe we lost this battle, but with efforts and unity like this, we will win the war.

So some of the Trump supporters maybe will unknowingly support causes their leader Trump opposes.

http://www.grubstreet.com/2017/01/dc-eateries-donating-inauguration-profits-to-anti-trump-causes.html

Friday, January 6, 2017

Illinois Provides Training for Hairstylists to Spot Domestic Violence

Hairstylists in Illinois have stepped up to become a force for domestic violence prevention. In a new first-in-the-nation law, the unique relationship between a woman and her hairdresser is recognized as a possible information source for people who are victims of domestic abuse. Salon workers will be required to take one our of training every two years to recognize the signs of abuse and assault and will have a list of resources to which they can refer clients for help.

For women living with abuse, oftentimes a salon is one of the few places she can go where her abuser is not present nor does he question her need to be outside the home.

With Donald Trump acting as a role model for men who sexually assault women, and his macho hierarchical attitudes toward women being praised by his supporters, we are glad to see domestic violence prevention take a progressive step.


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/us/hairdressers-domestic-abuse-sexual-assault-illinois.html?_r=2

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bernie – Example of How to Hold Trump Accountable

The top group of hierarchies, specifically Donald Trump whose policies along with the GOP have supported hierarchies for decades, is not used to being held accountable.
But Bernie Sanders has done a great job today of using Trump's own words to try to hold him accountable.

A tweet from Trump states, "I was the first and only GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid." Bernie brought a large poster of the tweet to the Senate floor. Sanders said that if Trump plans to cut them now, he should admit he was lying.

http://gizmodo.com/bernie-just-printed-a-gigantic-trump-tweet-and-brought-1790767297?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow