Professors on Food Stamps? Yup.

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dolphin:

What we’re told by the mainstream media…and the reality of it all. Quite the gap between castles in the sky and life on Earth…

Originally posted on GFBrandenburg's Blog:

One way to see that this country is screwed up is to realize that an adjunct professorship doesn’t even pay minimum wage. In other words, a lot of college professors are on food stamps.

This article is not about the handful of mega-celebrity professors who earn millions from speaking gigs or business ventures.

We are talking about adjunct professors (not ‘assistant’ or ‘full’ professors) who teach a single college course for one to three grand per semester per course, with no benefits at all. It’s not unusual for such a professor to earn less than they would earn at the minimum wage (I calculate $7.50/hr x 40 hrs/wk x 50 wks/ year = $15,000. Obviously people who have adjunct or minimum wage jobs will earn varying number of hours per week, and varying number of weeks, so this is just a single comparison pont)

Don’t forget that the adjunct prof…

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‘Umbrella Revolution’ protests spread in Hong Kong

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‘Umbrella Revolution’ protests spread in Hong Kong

Originally posted on Global News:

WATCH: Protests have been building over recent weeks against the Chinese government’s control over Hong Kong’s elections. On Sunday, thousands of protesters turned out in Central Hong Kong to protest. Mike Armstrong reports.

HONG KONG – Pro-democracy protesters wearing masks and wielding umbrellas to protect against pepper spray and tear gas expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing’s decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub.

Riot police withdrew from the extraordinary scene of chaotic tear gas-fueled clashes that erupted the evening before and the government asked the student-led protesters to disperse peacefully.

But the demonstrators, whose use of umbrellas, plastic wrap and other improvised defences has led some to dub their movement the “Umbrella Revolution,” remained camped out on a normally busy highway near the Hong Kong government headquarters. Supporters were using the phrase on social media.

Police…

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Facebook relaunches Atlas, its stalker-ish ad platform

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Facebook relaunches Atlas, its stalker-ish ad platform

dolphin:

I’ve noticed this, too, when I don’t erase my history–ads of sites I’ve visited suddenly pop up. Even worse, yahoo has now made it their business to track me and show me articles their software has decided I want to see. Sorry, yahoo, f_cebook, and the rest–your software cannot read my mind and cannot begin to understand what or why I might look at a site. Your software makes a lot of assumptions…most of which are wrong.

Originally posted on PandoDaily:

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Facebook has relaunched Atlas, the advertising platform with the ability to track the service’s users across multiple devices, just as the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month. The hope is to entice advertisers with a network bolstered by Facebook’s vast trove of user data.

Atlas solves a technical problem that has frustrated advertisers since consumers flocked to mobile devices: the inability to see how ads viewed on one device influence purchases made on other devices because digital “cookies,” the Web’s little stalkers, can’t track smartphone activity.

I wrote about how sad it is that even this shred of privacy was viewed as a technical failing, after the Journal first revealed Facebook’s plans to bolster Atlas’ online tracking abilities:

Being able to browse around the Web without having to worry about advertisers connecting the dots between viewing an advertisement on a smartphone and purchasing something on a laptop was just a fluke…

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Jane Fonda makes shocking revelation at charity event

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Jane Fonda makes shocking revelation at charity event

dolphin:

The damage to women comes out in many ways…

Originally posted on Global News:

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Jane Fonda told an audience of activists and philanthropists that her mother had been sexually abused as a child before eventually committing suicide at 42.

Fonda shared the personal story at an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Rape Treatment Center, which provides comprehensive free treatment for sexual assault victims. She hosted the Rape Foundation’s annual fundraising brunch Sunday at billionaire Ron Burkle’s Greenacres estate in Beverly Hills.

Fonda said that while writing her memoirs, she reviewed her mother’s medical records and discovered she had been sexually abused when she was 8 years old. Frances Ford Seymour committed suicide when Fonda was 12.

“The minute that I read that, everything fell into place,” Fonda said from a small stage set up in Burkle’s sprawling backyard. “I knew why the promiscuity, the endless plastic surgery, the guilt, the inability to love or be intimate, and I…

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Glucuronidation: one of the body’s detox pathways

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I am forever in awe of our bodies and how they perform every day miracles of protecting itself from toxins.

Today, I learned another term from the wonderful mercury support group: glucuronidation.  It’s apparently another chemical reaction in the body that helps the detox pathways to work properly.  Isn’t this fascinating?

Note how your everyday drugs can interfere with the body’s own design to take care of itself.

I’ve recently started taking ibuprofen to head off a migraine.  It worked a couple of times last month, and I took some this morning because I felt another one coming on.  It’s the only time I will take it anymore–because it can cause damage to the intestines, and it damages kidney cells.  So I have to really feel that  migraine is coming on in order to risk the harm to my body.  I figure that a migraine is much, much more harmful and devastating.  I feel so weak afterwards, it has to be doing some damage…especially when I lose five pounds with them (and then gain it back).

I cringe at the thought that I used to take ibuprofen almost on a daily basis, back in the day.  With being exposed to mercury via coal dust, and amalgam in baby teeth, and being gluten intolerant, I  had been taking ibuprofen for symptoms that would go away with proper detox.  It’s that slippery slope–where the body is damaged, resulting in pain, and the man-made drugs help for a time, but with interfering with detox pathways, make everything worse–and the person takes more of the drugs to relieve the increasing symptoms…and on…

Now, with the glucuronidation knowledge, there is even more reason not to take these FDA approved drugs unless there is an overwhelming reason to do so.

And Big Pharma thinks it’s quite all right for you to get worse on their drugs…more profits for them.

Hope my dear readers find this as fascinating as I do.  Isn’t the body wonderful?

Domestic abuse without raising a hand…

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Order of the White Feather has a sobering post up on using technology to continually abuse and control a partner seeking to get away from her abuser.  It is just astounding that someone could think up this sh*t (probably an abuser himself), and then be able to sell it without worry of prosecution.

The companies market the tools as “safety features” to monitor your kids….it always starts out that way–marketed for something good when it’s used for something evil.  I don’t buy mSpy’s assertion that they have no knowledge or responsibility for their product being used for abuse.

Here’s why:

MSpy has a step-by-step guide — with screenshots — on how to download the app onto an iPhone or Android device, how to activate it, and then how to delete any visible trace of it. It’ll just hang out in a hidden folder, with a nondescript name like “Android.sys.”

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Why would you need to hide it if you were using it for innocent reasons?  I don’t understand the parents-as-stalkers mindset, either.  Good Grief, the poor children with such controlling parents, monitoring every single thing they do!  Suffocating.

And the online banking thing…one of the reasons I will not do it is because of security.  I had to close my free account recently because the bank insisted on a $500 balance, or I could switch to online banking and not deal with the humans at all (putting another person out of work is not my idea of doing unto others as I would have done to me…).

This story drives that point home–no matter how much they would like to assure us that technology = security…the facts speak differently.  Paper is still more secure, with less ability of someone gaining access to information that is none of their business.

And in this case, someone’s life depends on it.

In this rape culture, women are still seen as extensions of men.  As objects to be owned and possessed.  The domestic abuse represents that sense of  entitlement.

 

 

 

 

Remembering Rachel Corrie: Letters from Palestine.

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dolphin:

Rachel Corrie’s words reflect her passion and the utter destruction of Gaza by the Israelis. After being denied access, denied food, denied a way to make a living, watching an eight year old be killed by Israelis…violence was inevitable. What’s sad, when I read Rachel’s posts is that she understood white privilege, but misunderstood that she was not invincible by her whiteness. In the end, Israel did to her what they had done to the people of Gaza…white skin or no.

Originally posted on middle east revised:

Rachel Corrie was an American peace activist and a member of the International Solidarity Movement. She was killed in 2003 (at the age of 23), by an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) armored bulldozer in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, during the height of the second Palestinian intifada.

After her death, Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner edited and directed the play My Name Is Rachel Corrie, based on Corrie’s diaries and e-mails home. The play was censored (put off stage) several times by some theaters. “Rachel Corrie lived in nobody’s pocket but her own. Whether one is sympathetic with her or not, her voice is like a clarion in the fog and should be heard,” Rickman said then.

In his article for The Independent Robert Fisk wrote:

“An American heroine, Rachel earned no brownie points from the Bush administration which bangs on about courage…

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