Rouge Forum Dispatch: They Are Not Fit To Rule.

We Say Fight Back!

Heroic Rosa Parks arrested December 1, 1955.

WORKS AND DAYS 65/66,67/68,Vol.33&34, 2016-17
Shred of Truth: Antinomy and Synecdoche
in the Work of Ta-Nehisi Coates
Stephen C. Ferguson II and Gregory D. Meyerson
Labor cannot emancipate itself in the white skin where
in the black it is branded.
 Karl Marx
When I was in Washington last [Christ]mas, we should
have met and gone over one or two possible things to be
done in connection with my plans to leave Howard Uni-
versity. Perhaps it is just as well because my disgust with
the place is just about as great as yours and good riddance…
Harris to Alain Locke, May 10, 1947
People keep saying, ‘We need to have a conversation
about race…This is the conversation. I want to see a cop
shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back,..And I want
to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman.
Then when you ask me, ‘Is it over?’, I will say yes.
Toni Morrison
On August 9, 2014, 18-year old Michael Brown was gunned down by police officer Darren Wilson, in the suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Riots broke out a few days later, led primarily by working-class Black youth. The city was overtaken by “warrior cops,” the fog of tear gas, a hail of rubber bullets and military tanks. Days later, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) would appear, arguing that voting at the ballot box was the only legitimate manner to address the anger in the streets of Ferguson. These politicians hoped to transform the anger in the streets into a midterm election turnout that would favor the Democratic Party. President Barack Obama stated: “I won’t comment on the investigation [in the death of Michael Brown].” Only to add: “Cynicism is a choice, but hope is a better choice. Get those souls to the polls. If we do, I guarantee we’ve got
a brighter future ahead.”
#BlackLivesMatter Introduces a New Visa Debit Card, and Revives the Toxic Old Myths of Black Capitalism
By January 2015, “Black Lives Matter” was the rallying cry heard….
Coates has been lauded as a literary genius who unveils the gut wrenching truth about racial inequality in the United States. Coates’ book weaves together memoir, social commentary and political manifesto in order to explain the World to his 15-year-old son, Samori. Borrowing the epistolary form of Baldwin’s The Fire NextTime (1963), his book has created a fanfare, particularly after being lauded by Toni Morrison (“I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died”), then awarded the prestigious MacArthur “genius” grant in addition to the2015 National Book Award for nonfiction. He has become a celebrated Black public intellectual by both bourgeois liberals and partsof the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
The vast majority of reviews have been positive—with the occasional critic being disappointed with Coates’ pessimism. Given its literary success, the arguments and presuppositions of the book (and
affiliated writings) need to be subject to a critical evaluation. As Marxist literary scholar Barbara Foley has noted in another context,success in the U.S. book market is not just a question of literary excellence or authorial prominence. Often, there are literary figures whose success hinges on a text’s embodiment of normative assumptions about bourgeois civil society and self.
In this essay, we aim to examine the conceptual underpinnings of Coates’ analysis of race and racism, principally in his award winningbook but also in his well-known articles for The Atlantic
. We hope to clarify the differences between Coates’ anti-racist (essentially liberal-nationalist) analysis and a Marxist (class) analysis of racism. In brief,Coates conflates class and caste; conflates race and class(where ruling race becomes ruling class); and conflates two very different binaries: freedom and slavery and ruling and working class.

“the best evidence indicates that the wishes of ordinary Americans actually have… little or no impact on the making of federal government policy. Wealthy individuals and organized interest groups – especially business corporations – have…much more political clout. When they are taken into account, it becomes apparent that the general public has been virtually powerless…The will of majorities is often thwarted by the affluent and the well-organized, who block popular policy proposals and enact special favors for themselves…”

December 2 1859, John Brown Hanged


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The Little Red Schoolhouse

Armando Hart, Castro loyalist during Cuban revolution, dies at 87

Designated education minister shortly after the 1959 revolutionary triumph that put Fidel Castro in power, Mr. Hart was tasked with sending more than 100,000 volunteers across the island for the literacy campaign. He served six years in the post and then was organization secretary for the newly formed Communist Party. He was culture minister from 1976 to 1997. Cuba’s literacy rate is 99.7 percent.

Illiteracy in the United States: Eighteen percent of U.S. adults performed at the lowest level of the PIAAC literacy scale (at or below Level 1), which was higher than the international average of 16 percent.

Universities wage last-minute fight against grad student tax hike

University leaders and education groups are urging Congress to reconsider provisions in the House GOP tax bill that would mean huge tax hikes for graduate students — and that they warn could cripple graduate education in America.

Under the House plan, H.R. 1 (115), tuition discounts that schools offer to graduate students would be taxed as income, on top of the stipends the students make working as teaching or research assistants. At some schools — where the tuition breaks run upwards of $40,000 — that could more than triple students’ taxable income, causing some to spend huge portions of their stipends on massive tax bills. The plan would also eliminate a lifetime learning credit worth about $2,000 that many grad students depend upon.

The Senate version does not include the provision.

The issue has emerged as a priority for many in higher education — especially at major research universities that rely on graduate students. University leaders, lobbying groups and unions are making a final push to convince the House to ditch the provision, but are seeing little traction.

“It will be devastating to graduate education,” said Steven Bloom, director of government relations at the American Council on Education, the leading higher education lobbying group.

Reactionary Hillsdale gets special break in GOP tax plan

Senate Democrats on Friday slammed a provision in the Republicans’ sweeping tax bill designed to give a special tax break to a conservative college in Michigan.

Democrats said the tax break was designed to help just one politically-connected school: Hillsdale College in southern Michigan.

“I can’t find anybody else in America who benefits from this particular provision. That doesn’t strike me as right,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. “There are so many deserving schools in Oregon and Pennsylvania and elsewhere who don’t get this special treatment.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said, “It feels like this is a very limited provision written for a very special person.”

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., acknowledged he sponsored the language and Hillsdale College would benefit from it.

Toomey defended Hillsdale as “a wonderful institution” and said other schools might qualify for the tax break, too. His provision would shield schools that receive no federal aid from language in the tax package that taxes the investment income of some colleges and universities.

Toomey said a school that declines federal funds saves taxpayers “a tremendous amount of money.”

“I do understand that my colleagues on the far left do not have fond opinion of Hillsdale. But I do. I actually think it’s a wonderful institution,” Toomey said.

Democrats complained that some well-known conservatives have connections to the school, including Trump administration Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Graduates include Erik Prince, who is DeVos’ brother and the founder of the government contractor once known as Blackwater, and former Rep. Chris Chocola of Indiana. Chocola once headed the conservative Club for Growth, an advocacy group that Toomey also once led.

Only 1 in 10 black students graduate from Wayne State in 6 years (Still)

Only one in 10 black students at Wayne State University earns a bachelor’s degree within six years of becoming a freshman, the lowest rate in the nation among public colleges with a population of 10,000 or more, according to a new study. 

By comparison, the average graduation rate for black students nationwide is four times higher, at 41%, according to the report from Education Trust, a nonprofit organization. At the University of Michigan, the graduation rate among black students is 79.2%. 

“Our performance gap is an embarrassment for our university, and we have a moral imperative to make it right,” Wayne State Provost Keith E. Whitfield wrote in an email to faculty and staff last week, adding that the “report raises legitimate concerns about our performance disparities.”

A part of a teacher’s, and parent’s, life

The International Hot War of the Rich on the Poor

They are Not Fit to Rule: The Military Caste

Idiot David Patraeus who wrote the failed Counterinsurgency Manual for the US military (how’s that going?) and who gave top secrets to his girlfriend, and who messed with the above too.

Death squad leader, McRaven.

McRaven today (the education agenda is a war agenda)

Moron McChrystal below parodied in “War Machine” and fired by the Obamagogue


Navy upbraids retired Benedict Arnold admiral caught up in ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal

The new Secretary of the Navy has censured a retired senior commander tangled up in the “Fat Leonard” Navy bribery scandal, saying he disgraced the service.

On Wednesday, Secretary Richard V. Spencer issued a letter of censure to retired Rear Adm. Kenneth “K.J.” Norton following a review that found the former commander of the carrier Ronald Reagan repeatedly and improperly accepted gifts from the now-defunct contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia between 2008 and 2010.

Spencer reached his decision after receiving a dossier compiled by Adm. Philip Davidson, the sole judge at the Navy’s Consolidated Disposition Authority, which was created in 2014 by former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to probe alleged violations of military law, ethics and regulations.

“The Navy has a long tradition of holding leaders accountable and commanding officers are placed in unique positions of trust and responsibility,” Spencer said in a written statement. “It is incumbent that they be held to the highest standards of both personal and professional behavior.

The scandal gets its name from the contractor’s owner, Malaysian tycoon Leonard Glenn “Fat Leonard” Francis. Arrested in a San Diego sting operation in 2012, Francis pleaded guilty three years later and awaits sentencing for bribing military officials to steer ships to his port services, defrauding the Navy of at least $35 million in bogus fees and overcharges.

He routinely plied commanders with cash gifts, “Thai SEAL team” prostitutes, lavish feasts, luxury resort stays, top-shelf booze and other pricey perks. Navy officials declined to specify what Norton received while skippering the Reagan.

Ongoing prosecutions and Consolidated Disposition Authority records have traced the tentacles of Glenn Defense as it reached into the highest levels of America’s military might in Asia, a rogue’s gallery of disgraced officials that now includes Norton, who retired in 2014.

Navy commander who leaked investigative leads to ‘Fat Leonard’ gets prison

A Navy commander accused of helping the namesake target of the “Fat Leonard” bribery scandal cover his tracks was sentenced Friday to 18 months in federal prison.

The sentencing of Bobby Pitts in San Diego federal court comes a little over three months after he pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino told Pitts during the hearing that he had “betrayed the Navy and betrayed the country,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Besides the prison term, the judge ordered Pitts pay a $20,000 fine and $7,500 in restitution to the Navy.

From 2009 to 2011, when the investigation into contractor Leonard Glenn Francis had intensified, Pitts was in the perfect position to gain privileged reports from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service — information he leaked to the target of the investigation.

Pitts led the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Industrial Supply Command in Singapore, overseeing the contracts given to companies like Francis’ that provide services such as water, trash removal and security to visiting Navy ships throughout Southeast Asia ports. At the time, Francis’ company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, was suspected of overbilling the Navy for its services — allegations that turned out to be true.

Francis, whose nickname refers to his large frame, has since admitted to defrauding the Navy out of $35 million and is awaiting sentencing in San Diego.

Pitts was among several Navy sailors and officers accused of accepting bribes of lavish meals, hotel stays and prostitutes to help Francis stay ahead of investigators and continue his scheme.

IG: Personal misconduct by senior military leaders spiked 13 percent

The number of personal misconduct complaints involving senior military leaders spiked 13 percent over the past three years, the Pentagon’s inspector general reported Tuesday, citing the issue as one of the top management concerns currently facing the military.

“Despite the proactive initiatives by DoD leaders and service [inspector generals], the DoD continues be confronted with high-profile misconduct cases,” the Department of Defense inspector general reported in “Top DoD Management Challenges – Fiscal year 2018.” The inspector general produces the annual report as a planning tool for the coming year’s work, identifying the department’s high-risk areas.

The inspector general reported that from fiscal 2015 to fiscal 2017, the number of allegations against senior military leaders jumped from 710 to 803 complaints.

“The most common allegations involved personal misconduct including improper relationships, improper personnel actions, misuse of government resources, and travel violations,” the inspector general said. “In the category of personal misconduct, there has been a steady trend in substantiated allegations of improper relationships and sexual misconduct.”

The Libya GamblePart 1

Hillary Clinton, ‘Smart Power’ and a Dictator’s Fall

The president was wary. The secretary of state was persuasive. But the ouster
of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi left Libya a failed state and a terrorist haven.

By the time Mahmoud Jibril cleared customs at Le Bourget airport and sped into Paris, the American secretary of state had been waiting for hours. But this was not a meeting Hillary Clinton could cancel. Their encounter could decide whether America was again going to war.

In the throes of the Arab Spring, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi was facing a furious revolt by Libyans determined to end his quixotic 42-year rule. The dictator’s forces were approaching Benghazi, the crucible of the rebellion, and threatening a blood bath. France and Britain were urging the United States to join them in a military campaign to halt Colonel Qaddafi’s troops, and now the Arab League, too, was calling for action.

President Obama was deeply wary of another military venture in a Muslim country. Most of his senior advisers were telling him to stay out. Still, he dispatched Mrs. Clinton to sound out Mr. Jibril, a leader of the Libyan opposition. Their late-night meeting on March 14, 2011, would be the first chance for a top American official to get a sense of whom, exactly, the United States was being asked to support.

In her suite at the Westin, she and Mr. Jibril, a political scientist with a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, spoke at length about the fast-moving military situation in Libya. But Mrs. Clinton was clearly also thinking about Iraq, and its hard lessons for American intervention.

Did the opposition’s Transitional National Council really represent the whole of a deeply divided country, or just one region? What if Colonel Qaddafi quit, fled or was killed — did they have a plan for what came next?..

Mrs. Clinton was won over. Opposition leaders “said all the right things about supporting democracy and inclusivity and building Libyan institutions, providing some hope that we might be able to pull this off,” said Philip H. Gordon, one of her assistant secretaries. “They gave us what we wanted to hear. And you do want to believe.”

Stevens was later killed in Benghazi, in a CIA safe house that Sy Hersh says was there to smuggle weapons to Syrian jihadists.

The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city.

A convoy included some of IS’s most notorious members and – despite reassurances – dozens of foreign fighters. Some of those have spread out across Syria, even making it as far as Turkey.

The deal to let IS fighters escape from Raqqa – de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate – had been arranged by local officials. It came after four months of fighting that left the city obliterated and almost devoid of people. It would spare lives and bring fighting to an end. The lives of the Arab, Kurdish and other fighters opposing IS would be spared.

But it also enabled many hundreds of IS fighters to escape from the city. At the time, neither the US and British-led coalition, nor the SDF, which it backs, wanted to admit their part.

Has the pact, which stood as Raqqa’s dirty secret, unleashed a threat to the outside world – one that has enabled militants to spread far and wide across Syria and beyond?

Great pains were taken to hide it from the world. But the BBC has spoken to dozens of people who were either on the convoy, or observed it, and to the men who negotiated the deal…

Back in May, US Defence Secretary James Mattis described the fight against IS as a war of “annihilation”.“Our intention is that the foreign fighters do not survive the fight to return home to north Africa, to Europe, to America, to Asia, to Africa. We are not going to allow them to do so,” he said on US television.

But foreign fighters – those not from Syria and Iraq – were also able to join the convoy, according to the drivers. One explains:

There was a huge number of foreigners. France, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Yemen, Saudi, China, Tunisia, Egypt…”


Pentagon tried to block independent report on child sex among Afghan forces, Senate office says

The Pentagon tried to block an independent assessment of child sex abuse crimes committed by Afghan soldiers and police, instead insisting on the creation of its own report offering a far less authoritative review of human rights violations perpetrated by U.S. allies, according to an aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

Although the report released Nov. 16 by the Defense Department Inspector General’s office (DODIG) reached the grim conclusion that, for years, U.S. personnel have been inadequately trained to report such crimes, a parallel investigation by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) is thought to contain a much more detailed accounting of the problem’s severity.

But the results of SIGAR’s unreleased inquiry, which was requested by 93 members of Congress in 2015, remains classified at the Pentagon’s direction, raising questions about the military’s transparency and the extent to which it is complying with laws meant to curb such abuse.

The Pentagon responded with “resistance” when Congress tapped SIGAR to conduct the probe, said Tim Rieser, an aide to Leahy, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee whose namesake legislation, known as the Leahy Law, requires the U.S. military to halt assistance to foreign military units found to have committed gross human rights violations. (washington post)

So Long, Pals: US cutting off its supply of arms to Kurds fighting in Syria

The United States will cut off its supply of arms to Kurdish fighters in Syria, a move by President Donald Trump that is sure to please Turkey but further alienate Syrian Kurds who bore much of the fight against the Islamic State group.

In a phone call Friday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump said he’d “given clear instructions” that the Kurds will receive no more weapons — “and that this nonsense should have ended a long time ago,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. The White House confirmed the move in a cryptic statement about the phone call that said Trump had informed the Turk of “pending adjustments to the military support provided to our partners on the ground in Syria.”

The White House called the move “consistent with our previous policy” and noted the recent fall of Raqqa, once the Islamic State group’s self-declared capital but recently liberated by a largely Kurdish force. The Trump administration announced in May it would start arming the Kurds in anticipation of the fight to retake Raqqa.

US faces uphill battle recouping arms from Syrian Kurds

 The Donald Trump administration plans to ask Kurdish fighters in Syria to return US weapons loaned for the fight against the Islamic State (IS), but the administration is not ending all support despite growing pressure from NATO ally Turkey.

The message from White House and Pentagon officials on Monday appeared to walk back assertions from Turkey’s top diplomat that Trump had promised to cease support to Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Turkey considers the group’s Kurdish faction, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), to be a terrorist group.

“Once we started winning the campaign against [IS], the plan and part of the process is to always wind down support for certain groups,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a briefing on Monday. “Now that we’re continuing to crush the physical caliphate … we’re in a position to stop providing military equipment to certain groups. But that doesn’t mean stopping all support of those individual groups.”

The International Economic War of the Rich on the Poor

Kim Jong Un Fears That G.O.P. Tax Bill Makes His Plan to Destroy U.S. Redundant

Kim Jong Un is concerned that his long-standing plan to destroy the United States has been made totally irrelevant by the Republican tax bill moving through the Senate, a source close to the North Korean dictator said on Friday.

The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that Kim fears that his scheme to turn the United States into an uninhabitable hellhole has been to a large extent upstaged by a similar proposal from congressional Republicans.

“You have to understand, destroying America is something that Kim and his family have been plotting for decades,” the source said. “To see the Republicans swoop in at the last second and basically steal that idea—it’s got to hurt.”

According to the source, Kim has been watching C-SPAN non-stop, praying that the Republicans’ plan to end life as Americans know it might come undone at the last moment, but he is “not getting his hopes up.”

“After having such a wonderful missile test, he should be on top of the world this week,” the source said. “Instead, he’s afraid that all his hard work has been for nothing. He now understands why so many Americans despise the Republicans.”

They are not fit to rule: A Historic Tax Heist

With barely a vote to spare early Saturday morning, the Senate passed a tax bill confirming that the Republican leaders’ primary goal is to enrich the country’s elite at the expense of everybody else, including future generations who will end up bearing the cost. The approval of this looting of the public purse by corporations and the wealthy makes it a near certainty that President Trump will sign this or a similar bill into law in the coming days.

The bill is expected to add more than $1.4 trillion to the federal deficit over the next decade, a debt that will be paid by the poor and middle class in future tax increases and spending cuts to Medicare, Social Security and other government programs. Its modest tax cuts for the middle class disappear after eight years. And up to 13 million people stand to lose their health insurance because the bill makes a big change to the Affordable Care Act.

Yet Republicans somehow found a way to give a giant and permanent tax cut to corporations like Apple, General Electric and Goldman Sachs, saving those businesses tens of billions of dollars.

In the midst of the Depression of 2008, Dimon was approached by Hank Paulson, Treasury Secretary who said, “Jamie, we need some help from JP Morgan to fend off a complete financial collapse.” Dimon’s reply, “Hank, I would do anything for the United States, but not at the expense of JP Morgan.” Your patriotism should end now.

The Emergence of Fascism as a Popular Mass Movement and The War on Reason

The F.B.I.’s Dangerous Crackdown on ‘Black Identity Extremists’

An F.B.I. report leaked in October and scrutinized during an oversight hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday warns of an emergent domestic terror threat sweeping the nation and threatening the lives of law enforcement officers: the “Black Identity Extremist” (“B.I.E.”) movement. This designation, just recently invented by the F.B.I., is as frightening and dangerous as the bureau’s infamous Cointelpro program of the 1960s and ’70s, under which J. Edgar Hoover set out to disrupt and destroy virtually any group with the word “black” in its name. Today, entirely nonviolent black activists face violations of their civil liberties and even violence if they’re deemed part of B.I.E.

The 12-page report, prepared by the F.B.I. Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit in August, and later made public by, both announces the existence of the “Black Identity Extremist” movement and deems it a violent threat, asserting that black activists’ grievances about racialized police violence and inequities in the criminal justice system have spurred retaliatory violence against law enforcement officers. It links incidents of violence by a handful of individual citizens like Michael Johnson, who shot 11 Dallas police officers in July 2016, to “B.I.E. ideology” and predicts that “perceptions of unjust treatment of African-Americans and the perceived unchallenged illegitimate actions of law enforcement will inspire premeditated attacks against law enforcement.”

This is fiction. Daryl Johnson, a former Department of Homeland Security intelligence agent, when asked by Foreign Policy in October why the F.B.I. would create the term “B.I.E.,” said, “I have no idea” and “I’m at a loss.” Michael German, a former F.B.I. agent and fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice’s liberty and national security program, said the “Black Identity Extremists” label simply represents an F.B.I. effort to define a movement where none exists. “Basically, it’s black people who scare them,” he said.

White House Begins Christmas Season With Ceremonial Lighting Of Cross

Thousands scatter after 3 people shot outside of DIA during Noel Night in Detroit

Steve Nearing Photo

Three people were shot outside of the Detroit Institution of Arts on Saturday evening during the 45th annual Noel Night, a popular festival that attracts thousands of people to Midtown in Detroit.

Terrified people spilled out of the DIA around 8 p.m. after at least six shots rang out behind the world-class museum at John R. and Farnsworth.

Police confirmed three people were shot and rushed to the hospital in non-life-threatening condition.

Helicopters and dozens of police from multiple agencies swarmed the area as crowds scattered.

The scene was chaotic as people fled the area, many of them families with children.

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Police sending everyone home but not directing traffic. It’s a nightmare.

Solidarity for Never

FBI plants bull’s-eye on GM, Ford as UAW scandal widens

The FBI’s probe into financial shenanigans by UAW and auto executives has extended to General Motors and Ford, which join FCA in a growing scandal that has charged four individuals so far and has more indictments in the pipeline, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

At the heart of the probe is whether funds that were meant to train autoworkers at all three companies were instead secretly funneled — through charities — to union officials and auto executives who were scheming together to line their own pockets.

Moreover, federal investigators are trying to determine whether auto executives sat by for years and let this happen to benefit the bottom line. They are also scrutinizing charities that are controlled by union officials and get funding from the training centers — a practice that the UAW prohibited in the wake of the investigation.

Since the probe surfaced four months ago, criminal charges have been filed against four individuals, including  ex-FCA Vice President Alphons Iacobelli and Monica Morgan-Holiefield, the widow of late UAW Vice President General Holiefield. The pair, along with two others, are accused of siphoning millions of dollars from a UAW training center and spending it on themselves, buying everything from luxury vehicles to $35,000 Mont Blanc ink pens. Two other defendants pleaded guilty in the case, including an FCA financial analyst and a former senior UAW official.

Scott Courtney resigns from SEIU

Scott Courtney, an SEIU Executive Vice President and leader of the union’s (false flag)“Fight for $15” campaign, has resigned his position at the union, according to BuzzFeed News and Bloomberg News. In addition, another staffer was fired and a third was placed on administrative leave. Here are links to the news coverage:

Why didn’t unions stop sexual harassment?

Where were the unions?

Many of the revelations about sexual harassment — and worse that tumbled forth in recent weeks centered on two heavily unionized industries: Hollywood and the news media. Why didn’t their labor unions stop Harvey Weinstein and the others?

The reasons, according to interviews with union officials, women’s advocates, and legal experts, include the “gig” nature of much Hollywood employment; a reluctance by victims to report abuse to anyone, including union reps, for fear of retaliation; and the labor movement’s own male-dominated culture, itself no stranger to sexual harassment.

“They’ve had a checkered history, just like employers have a checkered history,” said Joe Mastrosimone, an associate dean at the Washburn University School of Law, who specializes in labor law.

In Hollywood, organized labor operates on the craft union model.

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The Vatican’s child abuse response

The UN has accused the Vatican of “systematically” adopting policies allowing priests to sexually abuse thousands of children.

Pope Francis has said that dealing with abuse is vital for the Church’s credibility, and that “sanctions” must be imposed against perpetrators.

But the Church has been accused of failing to address some allegations properly.

The sexual abuse of children was rarely discussed in public before the 1970s, and it was not until the 1980s that the first cases of molestation by priests came to light, in the US and Canada.

In the 1990s, revelations began of widespread abuse in Ireland. In the new century, more cases of abuse were revealed in more than a dozen countries.

…In the US, the Boston Archdiocese has been worst hit, with the activities of two of its priests, Paul Shanley and John Geoghan, causing public outrage. Cardinal Bernard Law resigned over the scandal in 2002.

In Mexico, the founder of the Legion of Christ order, Marcial Maciel, long admired by Pope John Paul II, was disciplined by the Vatican in 2006 over the abuse of boys and young men over a period of 30 years. The Legion insisted his was an isolated case, but seven more priests of the order have been investigated.

The bishop of the Belgian city of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, resigned in 2010 after admitting that he had sexually abused a boy for years….

What does the UN say?

The UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) said the Vatican should “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers.

In a strongly worded report, it lambasted the Holy See’s “practice of offenders’ mobility”, referring to the transfer of child abusers from parish to parish within countries, and sometimes abroad.

It complained that the Holy See had not acknowledged the extent of crimes committed and had not taken the measures necessary to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children.

The Best and Worst Things in the History of the World

Irish Dancers In English Shopping Centre

This is insane 😱😱😱

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Baby Rides On Roomba

How to keep your kid entertained for hours 😂🙌Newsflare

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This is part of the Karakoram highway passing from Pakistan to China- now recognized as 8th wonder of the world it connects China and Pakistan through the Khunjerab Pass, at an elevation of 15,397 ft. The road is one of the scariest in the world. 810 Pakistani and 82 Chinese workers lost their lives, mostly in landslides and falls, while building the highway. The route traces one of the many paths of the ancient Silk Road. The road has a length of 800 miles, started in 1959 and was completed in 1986.

Posted by Bill Manns on Sunday, November 26, 2017

So Long

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