K GUYS LET’S CLEAR SOME THINGS UP
Russia has invaded the Crimea in Ukraine, which is this part:
The Crimea is an autonomous region of Ukraine which has historically been pretty close to Russia—in fact, it was ceded to Ukraine in 1954 by Russia. The Russians still keep their Black Sea Fleet there and it is believed that the soldiers seen around the city are from the Fleet. There haven’t been any violent confrontations, and though the soldiers are active, there is question whether this should be considered an “invasion and occupation” (the Ukrainian government has argued that it is, while the leader of Crimea has called upon Putin for help). This is an infringement on Ukraine’s sovereignty, though not tantamount to an invasion of mainland Ukraine. What is concerning is that the Russian Parliament has approved Putin’s request for the use of military force in Ukraine (definitely an infringement of sovereignty), but we remain to see whether he will use it. President of the U.S. Barack Obama has denounced this action, and the
UN security council is going to meet on Mondayis meeting to discuss the new development.
Please stop spreading misinformation that Ukraine has been invaded or that Russia has declared war or that this is going to turn into a World War. There is the possibility of war and Ukrainian troops are on high alert but NO ONE wants to see this escalate.
GAP is raising its minimum wage to $10 an hour.
Dear International Editor: Listen and understand. The game changed in Venezuela last night. What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudden.
What we have this morning is no longer the Venezuela story you thought you understood.
Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsored paramilitaries on motorcycles roaming middle class neighborhoods, shooting at people and storming into apartment buildings, shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting. People continue to be arrested merely for protesting, and a long established local Human Rights NGO makes an urgent plea for an investigation into widespread reports of torture of detainees.
Venezuela’s domestic media blackout is joined by a parallel international blackout, one born not of censorship but of disinterest and inertia. It’s hard to express the sense of helplessness you get looking through these pages and finding nothing. Venezuela burns; nobody cares.
Let me put this clearly. Y’all need to step it up. The time to discard what you thought you knew about the way things work in Venezuela is now.
Pray for Venezuela too, same horrid stuff of nightmares is happening there… and international media fails to report on that.
Spread the word.
This is important and just as important as what’s happening in Ukraine. Signal Boosting.
"My name is Sara Wolff. I am a 31 year-old from Moscow, Pennsylvania, who happens to have Down syndrome but that doesn’t stop me from achieving “my” better life. I work as a law clerk and also at Keystone Community Resources in the Office of Advocacy. I am a board member of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). I’m calling on Congress to pass the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (S. 313/H.R. 647), a bill that will help individuals with disabilities to save for their futures.
I’m 31 years old, and I happen to have Down syndrome. I have two jobs, and lead an independent life, however, when my mom died suddenly last year, things got a lot harder for me and my family. I want to support myself and save money for my future, but if I save more than $2,000, I’ll lose the benefits I depend on like Medicaid and Social Security.
That’s because of a law that says that people with disabilities like me can’t have more than $2,000 in assets or we risk losing the benefits we need to live. For me, living on my own, that means I can’t even save enough to put down rent and a security deposit on an apartment. This law keeps me dependent on other people, and that’s really scary now that my mom is gone.
But, there is a solution: the ABLE Act.
When the ABLE Act passes into law this year, it will change my life forever. I lost my mother this past year, Connie, to a sudden, rapid illness. With my whole life ahead of me, I need an ABLE account to plan for my future. And, I am not alone, like most individuals with disabilities, people with Down syndrome and other conditions are out living their parents.
Families, like mine, need to rest assure that they can equally care for their children and adults with disabilities, just like they can for their other children and family members. Just because I have Down syndrome, that shouldn’t hold me back from achieving my full potential in life. I can work a full-time job, be a productive member of society, and pay taxes – but because of these outdated laws placed on individuals with disabilities, we hold people like me back in life. This is the year, we call on leaders in Congress to put an end to the inequities that exist for people with disabilities by passing the ABLE Act and allowing individuals and families to save for the future and break down the barriers to employment for these individuals.
I spoke last week during the NDSS gala in New York City about my personal lobbying efforts on the ABLE Act – before a large audience, I declared that I will be standing right next to President Obama when he signs the ABLE Act into law this year!
The ABLE Act would amend Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The bill aims to ease financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities by making tax-free savings accounts available to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing, and transportation. The bill would supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurances, the Medicaid program, the supplemental security income program, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources.
An ABLE account could fund a variety of essential expenses for individuals, including medical and dental care, education, community based supports, employment training, assistive technology, housing, and transportation. The ABLE Act provides individuals with disabilities the same types of flexible savings tools that all other Americans have through college savings accounts, health savings accounts, and individual retirement accounts. The legislation also contains Medicaid fraud protection against abuse and a Medicaid pay-back provision when the beneficiary passes away. It will eliminate barriers to work and saving by preventing dollars saved through ABLE accounts from counting against an individual’s eligibility for any federal benefits program.
Please sign and signal boost this. It is already hard enough for disabled people to earn a living wage, since we can legally be paid as little as 22 cents an hour, but we deserve the right to be able to plan and enjoy our lives just as abled people - particularly in light of the enormous cost of the medical expenses we often face, caregiver’s salaries, accessible living and transportation, and so much more. We deserve our rights.
Today, women make up half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong. And in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. Women deserve equal pay for equal work.
She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job. A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or a sick parent without running into hardship. And you know what? A father does too. It is time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode."
PRESIDENT OBAMA, during the State of the Union.
Amen and Amen…
I shed a tear when he said this!! This man is everything!
an abridged list of things that jkr should actually regret about the hp series, feel free to add ur own
- albus severus potter’s name
- no queer representation / outing dumbledore after the series was over and expecting that to be enough
- attempting to make snape a sympathetic character and erasing the awful things he did in the name of ‘true love’
- ginny and mrs weasley slut shaming fleur
- remus and tonks’ relationship and not acknowledging the questionable/gross way that they got together
- villainizing all slytherins
- letting s.p.e.w. and hermione’s white savior complex go unexamined
- using white people or magical creatures as metaphors for racism and other real world issues in general
- lyncanthropy being an allegory for hiv/aids / erasing the queer history associated w/ hiv/aids
- enforcing the belief that the only way to have a happy ending in life is to be straight, married, and have 2.5 kids
- the entire epilogue
- umbridge getting raped by centaurs subplot/text plan of hermione’s to get rid of their (admittedly awful and abusive and ignorant) teacher
Obama to increase minimum wage
USA Today: President Obama will announce he is signing an executive order to raise the minimum wage for some federal workers to over $10 an hour.
He will also pledge to work with Congress on plans to increase the federal minimum wage for all workers from $7.25 to $10.10
Photo: President Obama working Monday on the State of the Union speech.(Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP)
The United States gets a truly embarrassing ‘D’ in reproductive rights. Where does your state rank?