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A Tweet Or Two

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55 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two”


  1. August 7, 2014 at 8:51 pm

  2. August 7, 2014 at 8:55 pm

  3. August 7, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    If I ever come on here announcing I’m single, this is why.

  4. August 7, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    In the United States, new parents aren’t guaranteed any paid time off. Instead, if they have worked for a certain amount of time at a company with 50 or more employees, they are guaranteed the ability to take 12 unpaid weeks off for the arrival of a new child.
    That leaves us in lonely company. Out of 185 countries, the United States is one of just three that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave, the others being Oman and Papua New Guinea. Over half of the countries that provide leave give at least 14 weeks off. Here’s how that stacks up to other countries around the globe:

    Fathers are similarly not guaranteed paid time off for a new child in the United States, but 70 countries also offer paid paternity leave. In the U.S., just 12 percent of workers have access to paid family leave through their employers. Worse, less than half of all workers are covered by unpaid leave, giving them few options when they have a new child. A quarter of women either quit their jobs or are let go when a new child arrives, and of those who get only partial pay or nothing at all, a third borrow money and/or dip into savings while 15 percent go on public assistance…continued

  5. August 7, 2014 at 9:02 pm

  6. August 7, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Bill Moyers and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) meet to share experiences and revelations about the momentous March on Washington both attended 50 years ago. Their discussion takes them to the spot in front of the Lincoln Memorial where Lewis, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bayard Rustin, Roy Wilkins, and others famously spoke about freedom and justice, creating critical momentum for both the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. While there, Moyers and Lewis attract the attention of schoolchildren, and conduct a spontaneous living history lesson.

    The March on Washington is largely remembered for King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The 23-year-old Lewis, newly named to lead the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was the youngest of the featured speakers, but among the most defiant. Now a 14-term congressman from Georgia, Lewis shares new insight into how the event unfolded — including last-minute conflicts over his own manuscript. He also discusses the continuing challenges to racial and economic equality, and his unwavering dedication to nonviolence and brotherly love as a means toward a more just end — even when facing inevitable violence and brutality.

    “To look out and see the best of America convinced me more than anything else that this is the product, this is the work of the movement,” Lewis tells Bill. “Sometimes you have to not just dream about what could be — you get out and push and you pull and you preach. And you create a climate and environment to get those in high places, to get men and women of good will in power to act.”

    Threading rarely-seen documentary footage into their conversation, Bill — who was deputy director of the newly-created Peace Corps at the time — also shares his own memories of the day. He concludes with an essay about how the goal of equal rights and opportunities for all Americans — so championed at the March on Washington — continues to elude us. “But for a few hours that day,” Bill says, “we could imagine what this country might yet become.”

  7. August 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm

  8. August 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm

  9. August 7, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Smiling Young White People Make App for Avoiding Black Neighborhoods
    Sam Biddle

    Today 3:37pm

    Is there any way to keep white people from using computers, before this whole planet is ruined? I ask because the two enterprising white entrepreneurs above just made yet another app for avoiding non-white areas of your town—and it’s really taking off!

    Crain’s reports on SketchFactor, a racist app made for avoiding “sketchy” neighborhoods, which is the term young white people use to describe places where they don’t feel safe because they watched all five seasons of The Wire:

    SketchFactor, the brainchild of co-founders Allison McGuire and Daniel Herrington, is a Manhattan-based navigation app that crowdsources user experiences along with publicly available data to rate the relative “sketchiness” of certain areas in major cities. The app will launch on the iTunes on Friday, capping off a big week for the startup, which was named as a finalist in the NYC BigApps competition.

    According to Ms. McGuire, a Los Angeles native who lives in the West Village, the impetus behind SketchFactor was her experience as a young woman navigating the streets of Washington, D.C., where she worked at a nonprofit.

    [...]

    After meeting Mr. Herrington, an electrical engineer who was taken with the SketchFactor idea, the two quit their Washington D.C.-based jobs and decamped to New York City with funding from family and friends.

    As one of the finalists in the BigApps competition, SketchFactor is poised to receive more attention when it launches.

    http://valleywag.gawker.com/smiling-young-white-people-make-app-for-avoiding-black-1617775138/+sambiddle

    • August 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Before I was a regular at TOD (I know, what was I thinking), I followed a lot of MSM “reporters” and they tweeted a lot about The Wire. I’ve never subscribed to HBO (or Showtime, whichever network aired that show) and had no idea why it was so popular with these white non-working elitist. Perhaps the mask has slipped?

      This is more my cup of tea — saw a preview on an NBC show I watched on the Internet (alas, the volume was muted) but I liked what I saw — reminded me of a Merchant and Ivory film, a production company that I sorely miss.

  10. 26 hopefruit2
    August 7, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    HEADS UP:

  11. August 7, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    It’s official:

  12. 33 yardarm756
    August 7, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    > Saul Alinsky . .
    >
    >
    > Born: Saul David
    > Alinsky, January 30, 1909, Chicago, Illinois
    >
    >
    > Died: June 12, 1972,
    > Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
    >
    >
    > Education: University of
    > Chicago, Ph.B. 1930, University of Chicago Graduate School,
    > criminology, 1930–1932.
    >
    >
    > Occupation:
    > Community organizer, writer, political
    > activist
    >
    >
    > Notable works: Reveille for
    > Radicals (1946); Rules for
    > Radicals (1971)
    >
    >
    > Saul David Alinsky(January 30,
    > 1909 – June 12, 1972) was an American community organizer
    > and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of
    > modern community organizing. He is often noted for his
    > book Rules
    > for Radicals.From that book here are Saul’s
    > thoughts on how to create a social state:
    >
    >
    > There are 8
    > levels of control that must be obtained before you are able
    > to create a social state. The first is the most
    > important.
    >
    >
    > 1) Healthcare
    > – Control
    > healthcare and you control the people
    >
    >
    > 2) Poverty
    > – Increase the
    > Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to
    > control and will not fight back if you are providing
    > everything for them to live.
    >
    > 3) Debt
    > – Increase the
    > debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to
    > increase taxes, and this will produce more
    > poverty.
    >
    >
    > 4) Gun Control
    > – Remove the
    > ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way
    > you are able to create a police state.
    >
    >
    > 5) Welfare
    > – Take control of
    > every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and
    > Income)
    >
    >
    > 6) Education
    > – Take control of
    > what people read and listen to – take control of what
    > children learn in school.
    >
    >
    > 7) Religion
    > – Remove the
    > belief in the God from the Government and
    > schools.
    >
    >
    > 8) Class Warfare
    > – Divide the
    > people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more
    > discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy
    > with the support of the poor.
    >
    >
    > Any of this
    > sound familiar?

  13. 34 hopefruit2
    August 7, 2014 at 9:12 pm

  14. August 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    PBO Statement at 9:30 EST

  15. 36 Nena20409
    August 7, 2014 at 9:14 pm

  16. August 7, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Not on whitehouse.gov yet. Hopefully it will be.

  17. 38 hopefruit2
    August 7, 2014 at 9:14 pm

  18. 39 Nena20409
    August 7, 2014 at 9:15 pm

  19. August 7, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    9:30 EDT: President Obama to make a statement on Iraq

  20. August 7, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    You see? McDonalds and Burger King! :)

  21. 42 Nena20409
    August 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

  22. August 7, 2014 at 9:19 pm

  23. August 7, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Media Alert:

    Black Jesus on the Cartoon Network, tonight at 11 pm EST

  24. 45 Nena20409
    August 7, 2014 at 9:21 pm

  25. 46 amk for obama
    August 7, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    what toddler?

    • 47 Nena20409
      August 7, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      • 48 amk for obama
        August 7, 2014 at 9:25 pm

        “We were going to wait until he learned to talk to question him,” Secret Service Agent Edwin Donovan said in a statement, “but in lieu of that he got a timeout and was sent on way with parents.” :)

      • 49 Nena20409
        August 7, 2014 at 9:25 pm

        Now that Post and the Guy with Machine Gun of some kind……I know Nothing about Guns, forgive me. But the picture and then a Toddler………..Unfortunately the security of any POTUS is Job number ONE!

  26. 50 hopefruit2
    August 7, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I see some emoprogs on Twitter asking “but why the US didn’t drop humanitarian aid in Gaza.?” I feel that Gaza is going to become the emo’s newest object of grudging against PBO….

  27. August 7, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    re: spiders vs. house (@pourmecoffee tweet)

    This happens every few years — people blow up their homes by setting off too many bug bombs in too small a space. :(

  28. 53 hopefruit2
    August 7, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    But the whitehouse.gov feed is not up yet….

  29. August 7, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Neo progs are going to be pissed! :)


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