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  • Trump’s Idiocracy: The New Paradigm Of Fools Last November, the Electoral College (not to be confused with the majority of voters—which of itself should not be confused with the majority of eligible voters) didn’t elect a new president; they elected a new paradigm of “Rule by Fools,” otherwise known as an idiocracy. They put into the Executive Office a model of buffoonery ...
  • A Community Terrorized: Immigration Crackdown Could Destroy The Social Fabric Of The U.S. In this week’s episode of Scheer Intelligence, Robert Scheer interviews Victor Narro, an immigration and labor attorney who is the project director at the UCLA Labor Center. Narro tells Scheer about the climate of fear that has engulfed undocumented communities since President Trump took office. Although California has a progressive immigration policy, Narro and others are ...
  • With A Little Luck, Trump And His Cronies Will Disrupt Their Own Plans Even in the Age of Trump we’re seeing limits to the Far Right’s exercise of unchecked power. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and the House Republicans squared up what they thought was going to be a slam dunk, only to suffer an ignominious defeat when their attempt to repeal of the Affordable Health Care ...
  • To The Guy Who Took My Picture Without My Permission You took my picture tonight without my permission. You stood five feet away from me in a crowded bar while I watched USC lose in the Final Four. You thought you were being sneaky with your phone, but my friend saw you and alerted me. You pretended not to hear me when I asked you, “Hey did ...
  • Gender Non-conforming Kids Caught In The Crosshairs Of Hate Thanks to the Quist app, I was reminded of this week’s 20-year anniversary of the Teletubbies. I remember so clearly breathing a sigh of relief that my kid Harry was already seven when Teletubbies premiered on PBS in 1997. Clearly the gibberish spoken by the four bright-colored creatures with TV screens in their stomachs and ...
  • 9 Bad Manager Mistakes That Make Good People Quit It’s pretty incredible how often you hear managers complaining about their best employees leaving, and they really do have something to complain about—few things are as costly and disruptive as good people walking out the door. Managers tend to blame their turnover problems on everything under the sun, while ignoring the crux of the matter: people ...
  • All The News That’s Fit To Buy “Fake news” comes in many different forms. Before the 2016 presidential election, the term was used to describe modern day yellow journalism―false or misleading news stories widely shared on social media platforms. The term was later co-opted by President Donald Trump and his rabid defenders to describe any news story not favorable to his corporatist, ...
  • My Quest To Become A Queer Crippled Hero: How My Origin Story Shaped Who I Am As A Queer Disabled Man Everybody loves a good origin story, right? We love that moment the hero learned who they really were – the struggles that they went to to get where they are today. Somehow, they become more human, and we can connect with their experience that much more and cheer them in their ultimate adventure. I want ...
  • What ‘Land Day’ Means March 30, 1976 was a transformative moment in Palestinian history. On that day, Palestinian citizens of Israel organized and implemented a nation-wide strike to protest the Israeli government’s plans to confiscate thousands of acres of Palestinian-owned land in the Galilee region. The confiscations were designed to provide for the expansion of the Jewish population in ...
  • It’s Brinner Time! 12 Easy Breakfast-For-Dinner Recipes Brinner, Brinner, Breakfast for Dinner! Breakfast is arguably the best meal of the day, but normally it’s too rushed to enjoy. That’s why I love breakfast for dinner — from Blueberry Pancakes to Spinach & Cheese Strata, your happy taste buds will have no idea what time it is. 1. Blueberry Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup Calling ...
  • Friday Talking Points — A Fool’s Paradise Will tomorrow be any different at the White House? Since we all seem to now be living in Bizarro World, wouldn’t that tend to make you think that we’d get no foolishness from our president on April Fool’s Day? I mean, in an April Fool’s Year, shouldn’t one day be set aside for nonfoolery? Maybe ...
  • Weekend Roundup: With Cyber, There Are No Front Lines In War Or Peace “There are no front lines in war or peace,” the late Israeli leader Shimon Peres told me in an interview way back in 1995 when the influence of the internet was first being felt. “Science knows no borders, technology has no flag, information has no passport. The new challenges transcend the old notion of boundaries.” Global ...
  • My Trans Identity Is Not A Fetish This piece by Charley Reid originally appeared on The Establishment, an independent multimedia site founded and run by women. Identity — gender, sexual orientation, or the connection to one’s own race or ethnicity — plays a pivotal role in all our lives. But it is especially crucial to those who have to earn the right to express it. The right to one’s own identity ...
  • My Love Note To Male Feminists Note to male feminists: We don’t need you to be a “Champion for Women” during Women’s History Month. We need you to be a champion for humans every day. We need you to fight for equal rights for all women, men, and gender-nonconforming individuals. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do. Since the beginning of ...
  • 44 Stories From Trans Residents Of Western Pennsylvania In Honor Of The Trans Day Of Visibility   Today, March 31, is the International Transgender Day of Visbility which celebrates the lives of transgender neighbors while also raising awareness of discrimination. It was established in 2009 to focus on the celebration of our wonderful and amazing trans neighbors and friends. Earlier this month, we organized a fundraiser to support the local #TDOV vigil event ...
  • Trump Builds A Watergate All His Own It’s déjà vu all over again. As the Trump-Russia story continues to stutter forward, comparisons to Watergate are everywhere — and justifiably so. The revelations and denials, the slow unraveling of deception, the critical role of a free and independent press challenging the cover-up and digging for the truth are all very familiar, especially to those ...
  • What’s Missing In The Coal Debate While this latest flurry of news stories, Nobel laureate commentaries and late-night “Daily Show” mockery has exposed the fallacies of the Trump administration’s union-busted coal miners pageant, the media continues to overlook a crucial part of the great coal debate: Coal miners do not work in a vacuum. Call it: the reckoning. Or, the true cost of ...
  • What It’s Like To Come Out As Trans To Strangers function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The process of coming out as trans can be daunting. There are many stories that serve as inspiration or listicles that offer tips for the difficult conversation but the task is difficult, no matter how you slice it. Summoning the courage to reveal your true self is a hard ...
  • Mike Pence Is Why We Have To Stop Excusing Religious Sexism The Internet is on fire after an in-depth Washington Post profile of Vice President Mike Pence’s wife, Karen Pence. The article revealed that Pence explained, in 2002, that unless he is with his wife, he won’t eat alone with a woman or attend an event where alcohol is served, a spin on what evangelicals call ...
  • Truth That Bears Repeating: A Budget Is A Moral Document “A budget is a moral document.” That was my opening statement at a news conference and prayer vigil of church leaders Wednesday across from the steps of the U.S. Capitol. We represented a wide spectrum of the Christian families of America — Protestant, Catholic, evangelical, African-American, Hispanic, Pentecostal, Orthodox. We were there to commit ourselves ...