From Burnaby Now Canada: http://www.burnabynow.com/life/Parents+issue+doesn+belong+schools/4777642/story.html
By Alfie Lau, Burnaby Now
May 13, 2011
Carrying a sign that said ‘We want transparency,’ Long Xue wanted Burnaby school trustees to hear his soft-spoken, but forceful opinion.
“I need some time to digest this policy,” said the Chaffey Burke parent. “I don’t agree with the policy because it specifies one group out, and I don’t think there’s been any balance at all. … Trustees don’t have an open mind. They’ve only listened to one side.”
Xue was referring to the school district’s policy 5.45, a draft policy to support students and employees who are (or are assumed to be) lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit or queer (LGBTQ).
The policy’s objective is to ensure all school community members learn to work together in an atmosphere of respect and safety “free from homophobia, transphobia, anti-gay harassment and exclusion, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Xue said the key issue for him is he believes it’s a moral issue and believes it’s his parental responsibility to teach his own kids what is right and wrong.
And while he respects the rights of gays and lesbians, he doesn’t think a public classroom is the place for his kids to be learning about that.
Can we turn those mud ugly McMegachurches into gaybars, night clubs and homeless shelters?
Will they take poison like the cult in California, so they will be sure to get beamed up?
Inquiring minds want to know…
also if these pea brains sell off all worldly possessions, quit their jobs and give away all their shit can they sue this fraud if it isn’t “the end of the world as we know it”..
5/11/11 at 4:59 PM
We’ve followed with interest the Christian movement that believes Judgment Day will occur on May 21 — ten days from now. They’ve put up billboards, they’ve handed out fliers. Some of them have even burned through all of their savings, so convinced are they that the world is going to end on May 21 and they’ll no longer need it. That’s the most incredible part of this bizarre story — that these people are so sure about something so incredibly unlikely. How can that be? To find out, we went right to the source: Harold Camping, the gravely voiced, 89-year-old founder of Family Radio; the man who pinpointed May 21 as the exact date of the Rapture based on clues sprinkled throughout the Bible. He is very confident in his prediction.
How certain are you that world is going to end on May 21 — do you have any doubts?
God has given sooo much information in the Bible about this, and so many proofs, and so many signs, that we know it is absolutely going to happen without any question at all. There’s nothing in the Bible that God has ever prophesied — there’s many things that he prophesied would happen and they always have happened — but there’s nothing in the Bible that holds a candle to the amount of information to this tremendous truth of the end of the world. I would be absolutely in rebellion against God if I thought anything other than it is absolutely going to happen without any question.
But you were wrong the first time you predicted that the end of the world would take place in September of 1994. So you must think, in the back of your mind, that maybe you can’t actually predict when the end of the world will be.
In 1992, two years earlier than that, I had already begun to see that there was a good likelihood that 2011 would be the end, but at that time when my research in the Bible was not nearly complete — there were whole books of the Bible that I had not gone through yet very carefully — I thought that at that time that there was a possibility it might be 1994, and so I wrote a book, 1994?, but I put a big question mark after it, and in the book it also indicated that 2011 was also a good possibility. And so it was just a preliminary study that I’ve been able to complete during the last fifteen years.
Describe to me what exactly you expect to happen on May 21.
I know reporters don’t like to hear from the Bible, but the Bible has every word in the original language — it was written by God. Incidentally, no churches believe that at all, they don’t hold the Bible in the high respect that it ought to be. But every word was written right from the lips of God, and God declares: [Camping reads various passages from the Book of Revelation describing the Rapture.] In other words, when we get to May 21 on the calendar in any city or country in the world, and the clock says about — this is based on other verses in the Bible — when the clock says about 6 p.m., there’s going to be this tremendous earthquake that’s going to make the last earthquake in Japan seem like nothing in comparison. And the whole world will be alerted that Judgment Day has begun. And then it will follow the sun around for 24 hours. As each area of the world gets to that point of 6 p.m. on May 21, then it will happen there, and until it happens, the rest of the world will be standing far off and witnessing the horrible thing that is happening.
From The Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-meyerson-europeans-20110515,0,3990894.story
By Harold Meyerson
May 15, 2011
The newest slumlord in Los Angeles is a pillar of German capitalism. Earlier this month, the city attorney’s office filed suit against Deutsche Bank, the world’s fourth-largest bank, for letting many of the more than 2,000 L.A. homes it has foreclosed on descend into squalor and decay.
A yearlong city investigation of the properties on which Deutsche Bank foreclosed turned up tenants compelled to live in crumbling apartments the bank would not fix, houses taken over by gangs, faucets from which water either wouldn’t flow or wouldn’t stop, and the occasional unidentified dead body. Nothing, in other words, that would be allowed to happen to bank holdings in Frankfurt, the neat-as-a-pin German city that is home to Deutsche Bank and much of the rest of German finance.
Deutsche Bank responded to the suit by blaming the loan servicers that were supposed to have maintained the bank’s properties. But City Atty. Carmen Trutanich insisted the blame belonged with the owner. “We are not going to allow them to play the shell and nut game,” he said.
But slumming in America is fast becoming a business model for some of Europe‘s leading companies, and they often do things here they would never think of doing at home. These companies — not banks, primarily, but such gold-plated European manufacturers as BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen and Siemens, and retailers such as IKEA — increasingly come to America (the South particularly) because labor is cheap and workers have no rights. In their eyes, we’re becoming the new China. Our labor costs may be a little higher, but we offer stronger intellectual property protections and far fewer strikes than our unruly Chinese comrades.
Don’t take my word for it. Check out the study released this month by the Boston Consulting Group, which concludes that when you compare China’s soaring wages and still-low levels of productivity with our stagnating wages and rising levels of productivity, the price advantage of manufacturing in China instead of the U.S. will shrink to insignificance by 2015. Investment in the U.S., says the group, “will accelerate as it becomes one of the cheapest locations for manufacturing in the developed world.”
Those investments are well underway. The auto companies of Europe and Japan have opened factories in the nonunion South over the last couple of decades. Not one of them has agreed to refrain from waging a union-busting campaign should their workers wish to organize. Their stance could not be more different from their attitude toward workers and unions in their home countries.
From The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/10/education/10swift.html?_r=1&ref=obituaries
By WILLIAM GRIMES
Published: May 9, 2011
Kate Swift, a writer and editor who in two groundbreaking books — “Words and Women” and “The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing” — brought attention to the sexual discrimination embedded in ordinary English usage, died on Saturday in Middletown, Conn. She was 87.
The cause was stomach cancer, her grandniece Corin R. Swift said.
Ms. Swift turned her attention to the issue of sexist language when she and Casey Miller, her companion, formed a professional editing partnership in 1970 and were asked to copy-edit a sex education manual for junior high school students.
The stated goal of the manual was to encourage mutual respect and equality between boys and girls, but Ms. Swift and Ms. Miller, who died in 1997, concluded that the author’s intent was being undermined by the English language.
“We suddenly realized what was keeping his message — his good message — from getting across, and it hit us like a bombshell,” Ms. Swift said in a 1994 interview for the National Council of Teachers of English. “It was the pronouns! They were overwhelmingly masculine gendered.”
The partners turned in a manuscript with suggestions that sex-identifying singular pronouns be made plural, or that pronouns be avoided altogether, and that word order be changed so girls preceded boys as often as the reverse.
“The publisher accepted some suggestions and not others, as always happens,” Ms. Swift said. “But we had been revolutionized.”
Now, they wrote in the preface to their first book, “Words and Women,” “everything we read, heard on the radio and television, or worked on professionally confirmed our new awareness that the way English is used to make the simplest points can either acknowledge women’s full humanity or relegate the female half of the species to secondary status.”
Continue reading at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/10/education/10swift.html?_r=1&ref=obituaries
In the 1970s we fought sexism. Since the 1980s they post-moderned sexism into the newspeak “gender” and gave “gender” all sorts of misogynistic priority in determining who is a woman or man.
To be a feminist means fighting against genderism the same way we fought against sexism. Because if gender becomes a reified into some sort of real thing rather than a chimera then women are in even a worse misogynistic hole than we were in in the 1970s.
By Janet Steffenhagen
12 May 2011
Homophobic and transphobic bullying are serious problems in Canadian schools that require broad remedial action, according to a study released Thursday by Egale Canada, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) human-rights organization.
“This survey has provided statistically-tested confirmation of what LGBTQ youth and youth perceived as LGBTQ, youth with LGBTQ parents and their allies as well as teachers and administrators working on anti-homophobia, anti-biphobia and anti-transphobia and intersectionality education have known for some time about the realities of life at school in Canada,” according to an executive summary.
This study lands in the midst of a fierce debate in Burnaby about a proposed policy intended to address discrimination against LGBTQ students. It’s being challenged by , a number of parents – many of whom are religious and culturally diverse – who say it was developed without their input and has not been adequately explained. They want details about how the policy will be applied in the classroom before trustees vote on it next month.
The Egale report was based on comments from 3,700 students between December 2007 and June 2009 – some responded to online questionnaires while others were attending the 15 school districts that participated in the study.
“Being harassed, insulted and told that their identities belong in the guidance office, not in the classroom, will not succeed in making LGBTQ students heterosexual and gender-conforming; it will only make them unhappy,” the study says. Find details here and read a Postmedia News story here.
Egale Canada is calling on provincial Education Ministers to require the inclusion of anti-homophobia, anti-biphobia and anti-transphobia and intersectionality measures in safe-school policies and programs. It also wants professional development workshops for school employees to help them understand how to address these issues in classrooms, hallways and at school-related events.
The managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was taken off an Air France plane at Kennedy International Airport minutes before it was to take off for Paris on Saturday and arrested in connection with the sexual attack of a maid at a Midtown Manhattan hotel, the authorities said.
Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 62, who was widely expected to become the Socialist candidate for the French presidency, was apprehended by detectives of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the first class section of the jetliner, and immediately turned over to detectives from the Midtown South Precinct, officials said.
The New York Police Department took Mr. Strauss-Kahn into custody, where he was “being questioned in connection with the sexual assault of a hotel chambermaid earlier this afternoon,” Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the department’s chief spokesman, said Saturday evening. “He is being arrested for a criminal sex act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment.”
A spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney’s office said prosecutors were investigating the matter and expected to bring formal criminal charges against Mr. Strauss-Kahn by early Sunday morning.
Reached by telephone, Benjamin Brafman, a lawyer, said he would be representing Mr. Strauss-Kahn with William Taylor, a lawyer in Washington.
“We have not yet been able to meet with our client and we may have more to say tomorrow,” said Mr. Brafman, who said he had been contacted late Saturday night. “He is being housed at special victims tonight.”
From Common Dreams: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/05/14
Florida’s Legislature has passed a bill that will require welfare applicants to take drug tests before they can receive state aid. Once signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Scott, which is likely, all adult recipients of federal cash benefits will be required to pay for the drug tests, which are typically around $35. In Maine, Republican lawmakers introduced two proposals that would impose mandatory drug testing on Maine residents who are enrolled in MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program for low-income and disabled residents. Under a similar bill that passed both the House and Senate in Missouri, recipients found to be on drugs will still be eligible for benefits only if they enter drug treatment programs, though the state wouldn’t pick up the tab for their recovery.
In Massachusetts — where about 450,000 households receive cash or food assistance — a bill introduced by state Rep. Daniel B. Winslow (R-Norfolk) would set up a program requiring those seeking benefits to disclose credit limits and assets such as homes and boats, as well as the kind of car they drive. His reasoning is “If you have two cars and a snowmobile, then you aren’t poor. If we do this, we will be able to preserve our limited resources for those who are truly in need and weed out fraud, because we know there’s fraud and we’re not looking for it.” State Rep. Daniel K. Webster (R-Pembroke) filed a budget amendment requiring the state to verify immigration status of those seeking public benefits. Webster made it clear that his proposal does not mean he dislikes poor people or immigrants, but “this is all unsustainable and the system is being abused.”
This is rather shocking because I can’t recall any Republicans or Democrats demanding that the CEO of Bank of America or JP Morgan disclose inventory of their vacation homes, private jets, and yachts before bailing them out in what amounts to corporate welfare. Nor did they insist that these CEOs submit to alcohol and drug screenings before receiving taxpayer money. No objections were made regarding the immigration status of the people running these companies or whether they happen to employ undocumented workers for cheap labor.
Continue reading at: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/05/14