Dear Jeb: that soundbite was not a gaffe
Jul10

Dear Jeb: that soundbite was not a gaffe

Sometimes you can’t avoid the 2016 presidential candidate blather. On Wednesday, the New Hampshire Union Leader published highlights of an interview with Jeb Bush. The soundbite that was quickly heard around the world was this: “… people should work longer hours …” Bush immediately back-pedaled, insisting that he meant we need fewer people working part-time. But that is not the context of his comment:...

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Eastern Washington town threatened by wild fire
Jun29

Eastern Washington town threatened by wild fire

2:05 am Pacific A fire that started around 2:30 p.m. in 108 degree heat on Sunday threatens homes and businesses in Wenatchee, WA. My initial photos from the brush fire threatening 60 homes near Sunnyslope https://t.co/jUcfMK2YBW #wenworld pic.twitter.com/NsavuKX9u5 — Reilly Kneedler (@reillykneedler) June 29, 2015 The #SleepyHollowFire has spread to more than 1,800 acres. According to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office,...

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Amazon sales provide insight into public sentiment
Jun23

Amazon sales provide insight into public sentiment

And it’s not pretty As of 7:30 pm Pacific, Tuesday 23, June … 14 of the top 20 Movers and Shakers in Amazon’s Patio, Lawn and Garden category are variants on the Confederate flag. The flag rocketing to the top of movers-and-shakers has increased sales 168,361%. Its sales rank was 239,216; now it’s 142. I have no words. Amazon’s ‘movers-and-shakers’ reflects the biggest gains in sales rank over...

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A southern daughter on cultural touchstones and social warts
Jun23

A southern daughter on cultural touchstones and social warts

Two months ago, I phoned my husband while driving through southwest Georgia’s red clay fields and tree-lined hills. “Remind me why I don’t want to live here,” I choked, eyes watered. “I mean, I know I don’t want to live here, but the pull of the land…” I couldn’t continue. “Why, land is the only thing in the world worth workin’ for, worth fightin’ for, worth dyin’ for,...

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Jeb Bush thinks an Apple watch can replace health insurance
May16

Jeb Bush thinks an Apple watch can replace health insurance

I am not making this up. Jeb Bush told some folks in Arizona that ObamaCare should be replaced with wearable tech like his Apple watch. Please, Jeb, tell us what it is about a federal health insurance system that is contrary to a “consumer-directed model, where people are engaged in making health care decisions for themselves.” Having a device that tells a diabetic “you just ate a butterscotch sundae — You’re a...

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Georgia teacher arrested for cruelty to autistic 2nd grader
May07

Georgia teacher arrested for cruelty to autistic 2nd grader

Police arrested a suburban Atlanta special education teacher after she held a special needs student upside down inside a trash can. The teacher, Mary Katherine Pursley, has been employed by the district for 21 years, according to Deputy Superintendent John Adams. She was released on a $5,000 bond, according to news reports. An employee at Mt. Bethel Elementary (Cobb County, Georgia) witnessed the incident, which occurred during the...

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Georgia official: we’ve “addressed” issue of teacher saying those who voted for Obama aren’t Christians
Apr04

Georgia official: we’ve “addressed” issue of teacher saying those who voted for Obama aren’t Christians

    After allegations that a school teacher told her students that “any parent who supports [Obama] is not a Christian,” officials insist that they have “addressed” the issue. Dublin City Schools Superintendent Chuck Ledbetter told NBC affiliate WMGT that “we’re always going to address our issues and learn and move forward and grow.” He did not tell either NBC or WMAZ what, if any,...

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Georgia teacher: If you voted for Obama, you’re not Christian
Apr02

Georgia teacher: If you voted for Obama, you’re not Christian

Dublin is a small town (16K) in central Georgia. And what’s brewing there may say more about the mindset behind Religious Freedom Restoration Act proposals and law than anything you’ve read or heard to date. Patricia Manson, representing the local chapter of the NAACP, has asked the Dublin School Board to investigate charges that a teacher has inserted her religious and political views into an elective middle school class....

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Retire the death penalty: the case of Glenn Ford
Mar22

Retire the death penalty: the case of Glenn Ford

In December 1984, a judge sentenced Glenn Ford to death for the November 5, 1983 death of a Shreveport, LA jeweler. In August 1988, Ford entered Angola’s death row, the nation’s largest maximum-security prison. On March 11, 2014, Ford walked out of the maximum security prison at Angola with an exoneration of his claims of innocence, after 30 years of insisting he was innocent. Oh, and he was accompanied by Stage 3 lung...

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Twitter turns nine today
Mar21

Twitter turns nine today

In celebration of Twitter’s ninth birthday today, Jack Dorsey thanked journalists for being the second group to adopt the platform. And he opined about the importance of journalism to a functioning democracy. 4/After the tech early-adopters, journalists were next to take to Twitter. They used it as a source, to break news, and to link their work. — Jack (@jack) March 21, 2015 3/Journalists play a critical role in our...

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Kraft Singles first food product to use “Kids Eat Right” logo
Mar15

Kraft Singles first food product to use “Kids Eat Right” logo

If you saw this logo on a package of cheese, would you think it was an endorsement by a group of nutritionists? Or would you think it was an invitation to visit the website of the nutritionists? This is not an academic question. The nation’s largest organization of nutritionists just licensed its Kids Eat Right logo to Kraft Singles, a fake cheese product. Kraft is the first company to use the logo, the identity of a program...

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Disturbing trend in death rates for women aged 15-54
Mar13

Disturbing trend in death rates for women aged 15-54

Death rates for non-Hispanic white American women aged 15-54 have risen substantially in 7 of 13 groups of causes. Why is this news? Because, until recently, life expectancy trends for women had been increasing, not decreasing. Moreover, the death rates for non-Hispanic black American women declined during the same period, 1999 to 2011. An Urban Institute report released this month provided the analysis. From the report (link below):...

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About #theDress
Feb28

About #theDress

Of course, you’ve heard of #theDress by now. I initially thought the Tumblr post was trolling. In other words, I thought the controversy was fake. But by late on Thursday night I was convinced it was real, and I shared it on Facebook. Of course, I shared it in an attempt to explain how it could be possible. Perhaps this all-in-fun story will help us understand that, literally, everyone does not see the world the same way. I know...

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How Selma and women’s inequality got tangled at the Oscars
Feb26

How Selma and women’s inequality got tangled at the Oscars

I am southern, southwest-Georgia-southern. My Oscar night boycott arose in part because of the Academy’s shameful treatment of Selma. But I have also grown weary of the uphill battle for equality for women of all colors. My husband and I saw Selma on the heels of the electrifying, Tony-award winning play, All The Way, which explored LBJ’s first year as president. Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan won the 2014 Tony Award...

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This., a new link-sharing network
Feb16

This., a new link-sharing network

Someone get me an invite to @THISdotcm already — Jessica Reed (@GuardianJessica) November 14, 2014 About nine months ago, Capital New York noted that Atlantic Media was entering the social network business. It had a link-sharing site in development. Heading the effort: Andrew Golis, who had been appointed general manager of The Wire in January. The project’s name, This., may be a nod to Twitter but it harks back to early days of...

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Ohio cop threatens journalist with arrest on Facebook
Feb16

Ohio cop threatens journalist with arrest on Facebook

In the “it’s too wild to be true but it is” department. In Xenia, Greene County, OH, panhandling is a 4th degree misdemeanor. Greene County Herald editor Virgil Vaduva deliberately violated ordinance 13-31 on Saturday, panhandling on the sidewalk in front of the Xenia City Hall. He raised $41.98 for charity. According to this screen capture from CounterCurrentNews, in a discussion of panhandling laws on the Green...

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U.S. Army pulls tweet for using the word “chinks”
Feb01

U.S. Army pulls tweet for using the word “chinks”

On Friday, the U.S. Army used the word “chink” to describe  intelligence community vulnerability to terrorist use of social media communication. Twitter exploded with cries of race baiting. The Army deleted the tweet. chink: (1) a small cleft, slit, or fissure <a chink in the fence>; (2) a weak spot that may leave one vulnerable <his lawyers found a chink in the law>; (3) a narrow beam of light shining through...

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GoDaddy pulls SuperBowl ad featuring puppy sold online
Jan28

GoDaddy pulls SuperBowl ad featuring puppy sold online

Just six days before the 49th SuperBowl, GoDaddy revealed its heavily teased “puppy ad” in an exclusive on the NBC Today Show. (An “ad” on a “news” show means free advertising. Well played, GoDaddy.) The response was immediate and negative. Shame on @GoDaddy for their absolutely reckless and heartless Super Bowl Commercial. #nodaddy — Aracely Vega Worley (@daytrippingmom) January 27, 2015...

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Seahawks mania grips Puget Sound
Jan17

Seahawks mania grips Puget Sound

Seattle is going a little bit crazy in preparation for Sunday’s playoff game, where the Seahawks play the Green Bay Packers, as these photos make crystal clear! From enterprising business employees (with creative tweaks to point-of-sale displays) to unusual flag locations … from individuals to groups … from landmarks to fantasy … these photos illustrate the depth of Seattle’s #12Man. Enjoy! [View the...

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What do the most popular news stories for 2014 say about us?
Jan17

What do the most popular news stories for 2014 say about us?

There were some awfully big news stories in 2014: Cuba, Ebola, Ferguson, ISIS, Malaysian Airlines, mid-term U.S. elections, Russia/Ukraine/Crimea, Sony/Korea, and the Winter Olympics. We landed a robot on a comet. High profile celebrities died (Philip Hoffman, Joan Rivers, Robin Williams). So what can we learn from this New York Times list of most visited digital content? Where the top five stories have nothing to do with world events...

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