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October 20, 2011

Brooklyn is running buses that force all the women to sit in the back

Women Required To Sit At The Back Of A Public Bus In Brooklyn | ThinkProgress
Segregated public buses may seem like a anachronism that went out with Rosa Parks, but women are still required to sit at the back on one New York City bus line. The New York World reports that while the B110 in Brooklyn is open to the public, a council of Orthodox Jewish leaders has control over its policies because the route serves a Jewish community in the city. And the rabbis on the bus’ consulting council have decreed that male passengers should ride in the front of the bus and female passengers in the back: The B110 bus travels between Williamsburg and Borough Park in Brooklyn. It is open to the public, and has a route number and tall blue bus stop signs like any other city bus. But the B110 operates according to its own distinct rules. The bus line is run by a private company and serves the Hasidic communities of the two neighborhoods. To avoid physical contact between members of opposite sexes that is prohibited by Hasidic tradition, men sit in the front of the bus and women sit in the back. . . . The rule is no mere formality. Women who ride the bus, even those who are not Jewish, report that they are ordered by male passengers to move to the back, and scolded when they ask questions. . . .

October 05, 2011

The "One Percent" is looting the banks

If you agree that the rage now being expressed toward Wall Street and the financial/banking industry is justified, then please find time to listen to this podcast. If you think I'm full of shit and the problem is slobs who took on to much debt, I demand you listen to the first 10 minutes of this podcast -- but I guarantee you won't want to stop. Harry Shearer on KCRW's Le Show interviews Yves Smith, a management consultant to the financial industry and blogger who has worked for Goldman Sachs and several other investment banks. Her basic story: Bankers are preserving fantastic bonuses while perpetrating wholesale fraud, destroying trillions in wealth. The One Percent is looting the banks.

September 14, 2011

Election Theft 2012 - Screwing Obama

The GOP's Genius Plan to Beat Obama in 2012 | Mother Jones
Republican state legislators in Pennsylvania are pushing a scheme that, if GOPers in other states follow their lead, could cause President Barack Obama to lose the 2012 election—not because of the vote count, but because of new rules. That's not all: There's no legal way for Democrats to stop them. The problem for Obama, and the opportunity for Republicans, is the electoral college. Every political junkie knows that the presidential election isn't a truly national contest; it's a state-by-state fight, and each state is worth a number of electoral votes equal to the size of the state's congressional delegation. (The District of Columbia also gets three votes.) There are 538 electoral votes up for grabs; win 270, and you're the president. Here's the rub, though: Each state gets to determine how its electoral votes are allocated. Currently, 48 states and DC use a winner-take-all system in which the candidate who wins the popular vote in the state gets all of its electoral votes. Under the Republican plan—which has been endorsed by top GOPers in both houses of the state Legislature, as well as the governor, Tom Corbett—Pennsylvania would change from this system to one where each congressional district gets its own electoral vote. (Two electoral votes—one for each of the state's two senators—would go to the statewide winner.) This could cost Obama dearly.

September 02, 2011

Nooses, Coons, And Busing Circa 2011

Nooses, Coons, And Busing Circa 2011 | Talking Points Memo
The Justice Department today announced that brothers Brian Wallis, 21, and James Lee Wallis Jr., 25, pleaded guilty to committing a hate crime by intentionally attempting to intimidate African-American students who were attending Beekman Junior High School in Beekman, Morehouse Parish, La. Tony L. Johnson, 30, previously pleaded guilty to the same offense. During their respective plea hearings, each of the three defendants admitted that they hung a dead raccoon in a noose from a flagpole located in front of Beekman Junior High School. They each further admitted that they were angered by the school's new busing policy, which had increased the number of African-American children attending the school, and that they wanted to scare the children into leaving the school.