If I Had a Dollar (Why I Am a Feminist)

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Because my mother was a painter and a beauty when artists had patrons and a woman like that needed a man to take care of her, so she married a money man.

Because my mother’s mother was a beauty and her mother was, too, and that’s what people said: “She was a beautiful woman,” as if that was the only remarkable thing.

Because I was born in 1966, the year Betty Friedan and others started the National Organization of Women and challenged an industry which required flight attendants to quit if they got married, pregnant, or reached the age of 32.

Because when my mother had me, she stopped painting and started cleaning house and throwing dinner parties and smoking too many cigarettes and crying in the mirror.

Because my mother never told me that I looked pretty because she did not want me to grow…

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Wants to Send Donald Trump to Space

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Donald Trump hates the media. Trump hates other rich and powerful people who think he’s a moron. But Amazon founder Jeff Bezos occupies a special place in Trump’s ire. Not only is Bezos a bleeding-heart Silicon Valley tech founder, but he owns the Washington Post — which makes him a media mogul of his own. To Trump, Bezos occupies a sweet space between those two loathed groups of people.

Trump lashed out at Bezos on Monday morning, calling him a shoddy business leader who owns two businesses that don’t profit.

Never mind Trump properties’ many bankruptcies. Never mind Trump’s admitted use of financial devices in order to manipulate his assets. He is right about one thing: Amazon has gone years without making a profit, because Bezos is wreaking havoc on the retail and shipping industries in the name of innovation. Investors are just fine with this.

Bezos, always a man who appreciates humor, basked in the recognition of finally receiving one of Trump’s many attempted digital smackdowns, and gave his own response:

 

 

That hashtag proposing we #sendDonaldtospace has inspired others to send Trump their own bon voyages, suggesting that the Republican presidential candidate shoot for the moon and land among the stars.

 

 

 

Bezos’ net worth is estimated to be close to $50 billion, which by some measures is anywhere from five to 10times the net worth of Trump.

 

 

Originally Written & Published by Jack Smith IV of Mic

Twitter Erupts to Trump’s Remarks with Trending Hashtag #TrumpIsDisqualifiedParty

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Tuesday said that Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States “disqualifies” him from serving as president.

“What Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as president,” Earnest said to reporters at the daily briefing.

He cited the presidential oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

“And for Republican candidates for president, to stand by their pledge to support Mr. Trump, that in and of itself is disqualifying.”

He also said that the Trump campaign was a “whole carnival barker routine.”

Twitter responded with the trending hashtag #TrumpIsDisqualifiedParty – ranging in participants from high-caliber celebrities to your local neighbors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Mayor Bans Trump
Rick Kriseman, the mayor of St Petersburg – a city of 253,000 in Florida, has suddenly found himself very popular.
His tweet was reposted over 13,000 times, and “liked” 15,000 times.
He seems to have struck a nerve…

 

Asking White People About America’s White Terrorism Problem

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 White terrorism is a huge problem in America. Since 9/11, more Americans have been killed in terror attacks by white supremacists than by Muslim extremists.
But while we hear a lot about Islamic terrorism, and all of the racial profiling, abuse, and harassment that Muslims in the U.S. face whenever a Muslim commits a violent act, we never hear about how white people feel when a fellow white person kills a bunch of innocent people in a Planned Parenthood clinic, or at a church in Charleston, or a home in North Carolina.
So we hit the streets to find out: what happens if you ask white people about America’s white terrorism problem?

 

 

 

 

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Chicago cops’ account of Laquan McDonald killing differed wildly from video footage

Protesters in Chicago prepared for a new round of action on Sundayafter the city released documents showing that at least five Chicago police officers told a story about the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald that is wholly unsupported by the notorious video footage of the incident.

McDonald was shot 16 times in 15 seconds while he was walking away from officers. Jason Van Dyke, the officer who shot him, has been charged with murder.

But, as the New York Times noted, that version of events differs markedly from the story that multiple officers told—something we know thanks to newly released police records:

[A]t least five other officers on the scene that night corroborated a version of events similar to the one Officer Van Dyke, now charged with murder in the shooting, gave his supervisors: that Mr. McDonald was aggressively swinging his knife and was moving toward the police, giving Officer Van Dyke no choice but to start shooting.

The revelation will only heighten the scandal swirling around the Chicago Police Department. Protests have rocked the city since the McDonald video was released. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has fired the department’s superintendent in response to the scandal. There is also the possibility of an investigation by the Justice Department into the department’s wider problems.

A Chicago Tribune report on Saturday detailed some of the ways in which the department has managed to evade the kind of public scrutiny it is currently facing:

Of 409 shootings since the [Independent Police Review Authority’s] formation in September 2007 — an average of roughly one a week — only two have led to allegations against an officer being found credible, according to IPRA. Both involved off-duty officers.

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Overall, police misconduct, including shootings and other wrongdoing, has cost taxpayers more than $500 million since 2004, according to officials.

The Chicago officers are far from the first to tell stories about police killings that wound up differing drastically from recorded footage of the events. Officers in the shootings of both Tamir Rice and Walter Scott, for instance, presented completely contradictory accounts of the incident.

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Sunday’s protests in Chicago are set to begin at 1:30 PM.

 

 

 

Originally Written & Published by Jack Mirkinson of Fusion