Indiana: Voters Need to Band Together to Fight Destruction of Community Public Schools

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Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Tony Lux, recently retired as superintendent of the Merrillville Community public schools, has written a blistering opinion article in the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.

He says that it is time for all supporters of public education to unite and vote for legislators who support public education.

Despite the fact that the voters of the state of Indiana overwhelmingly ousted State Superintendent Tony Bennett, an advocate of privatization, his policies continue.

Glenda Ritz, running against Bennett, received more votes than Governor Mike Pence, yet Pence has used the powers of his office to cut down the power of Ritz and to push ever more profit-making into the schools.

The only way to stop the total destruction of public education in the great state of Indiana is to vote for legislators who will support public schools against the entrepreneurs, privatizers, and profiteers.

Lux writes:

All public schools continue to be harmed financially [by…

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Apple all but confirms the Chinese government’s behind recent iCloud attacks

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Apple all but confirms the Chinese government’s behind recent iCloud attacks

Originally posted on PandoDaily:

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Apple has confirmed that it’s aware of “intermittent organized network attacks using insecure certificates to obtain user information” from its iCloud service, after reports indicated that the Chinese government was performing man-in-the-middle attacks on people in mainland China.

The attacks were first reported by GreatFire, a watchdog site devoted to China’s censorship and surveillance efforts, and later confirmed by the New York Times and other outlets. It seems that the attacks were timed to coincide with the iPhone 6 launch, making it seem more likely that the government delayed the launch to prepare its attacks and make sure foreign governments couldn’t spy on its citizens, as I wrote in a post about the attacks Monday.

Despite its confirmation, Apple has not given any indication as to where the hacking campaign is taking place. Maybe the company’s worried that the Chinese government will block sales of its new iPhones in the country…

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Indianapolis: Corporate Reform $$ Pours in to Gain Control of School Board

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Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Three incumbents on the Indianapolis school board have collectively raised about $6,000.

Their opponents have raised over $100,000 from corporate reformers who want to bring more charters to the district. Follow the money.

The challengers are heavily funded by groups like anti-teacher, anti-union, pro-privatization Stand for Children, the Chamber of Commerce, and big contributors from across the nation. Clearly, the corporate reformers want to hasten the pace of privatization.

Stand for Children has sponsored anti-teacher, anti-union legislation in Illinois and in Massachusetts.

Will voters in Indianpolis allow the corporate reformers to buy control of their public schools and turn them into privately managed charters? If you live in Indianapolis, defend your community’s public schools. Tell the corporate reformers they are not for sale.

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Breaking Bad action figures being removed

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I am just stunned.  Having not been in toy stores for awhile, I had no idea something like this was on the shelves.

WTH?

Good God, what were they thinking??  An action figure that deals in drugs and violence?    It’s bad enough this show was on the air so children could see it, now they’re glorifying it by an action figure?  What has the world come to?

My mind is reeling I can’t even type a half-way competent blog right now.

5 Years: What Reeva Steenkamp’s life is worth….

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Unbelievable.

The judge actually said:

‘I am of the view that a non-custodial sentence would send a wrong message to the community,’’ Masipa said after summarizing parts of the case and explaining why she reached her decision. ‘‘On the other hand, a long sentence would not be appropriate either as it would lack the element of mercy.’’

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Where was Pistorius’ concern for mercy for Reeva?  She was frightened by him and was probably going to leave him.  Classic domestic violence scenario where the woman is in the most danger when attempting to leave an abusive relationship.

I see no concern for Reeva in this piece–no quote from her parents or family members…only ones sympathetic to Pistorius.

See, folks, if you’re white and famous, you can get away with murder. Hell, you don’t even have to be famous.

If Pistorius were black, ala the NFL players, he would not be getting the sympathy he is now.

I just can’t believe this.  5 freaking years for poor little Oscar.

Meanwhile, I pulled up Reeva’s bio on Wikipedia, and even then, they’re taking jabs at her.  At the bottom, they have a blurb about another murder–a black woman–whom did not receive the same amount of press.  So…we should ignore what happened to Reeva?  Blame the press for the “white woman syndrome”, not Reeva.  White women may get the press, but little is done to correct the culture that promotes violence against women.