Friday, September 30, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

German Banking Crisis

Will be felt here soon........right after the election

Gay pride flag launched into space


You will be glad to know.

This victim was overly mothered when growing up

A symbol of hate? Only to those that truly hate. 
A report released by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s “Hate Response Team” shows that more than 10 percent of reported hate incidents were determined to be fake or frivolous.
In fact, the report notes that 28 of 192 reports were found to be either completely fake or “not a bias/hate incident,” accounting for 14 percent of all incidents reported.
Meanwhile, of the reports that were legitimate, students complained about everything from images of the crucifix to a blog post about life on campus as a white student.
According to The La Crosse Tribune, one student reported feeling unsafe when discovering a Campus Crusade for Christ poster on campus, claiming that the cross represents “oppression and hate of the LGBT+ community.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The residents of the 19th Ward did it to them, don't you know

U.S. owes black people

reparations for a history of ‘racial terrorism,’ says U.N. panel

The history of slavery in the United States justifies reparations for African Americans, argues a recent report by a U.N.-affiliated group based in Geneva.
This conclusion was part of a study by the United Nations' Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a body that reports to the international organization's High Commissioner on Human Rights. The group of experts, which includes leading human rights lawyers from around the world, presented its findings to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, pointing to the continuing link between present injustices and the dark chapters of American history.
"In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent," the report stated. "Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching."
Citing the past year's spate of police officers killing unarmed African American men, the panel warned against "impunity for state violence," which has created, in its words, a "human rights crisis" that "must be addressed as a matter of urgency."
The panel drew its recommendations, which are nonbinding and unlikely to influence Washington, after a fact-finding mission in the United States in January. At the time, it hailed the strides taken to make the American criminal justice system more equitable but pointed to the corrosive legacy of the past.
"Despite substantial changes since the end of the enforcement of Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights, ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another, continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of African Americans today," it said in a statement. "The dangerous ideology of white supremacy inhibits social cohesion amongst the US population."

United Nations panel says U.S. owes reparations for slavery, mass incarceration

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Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France, chairwoman of a United Nations working group for people of African descent, reads findings about institutionalized racism after an official visit to the U.S. (Youtube/UN Human Rights)
In its report, it specifically dwells on the extrajudicial murders that were a product of an era of white supremacy:
Lynching was a form of racial terrorism that has contributed to a legacy of racial inequality that the United States must address. Thousands of people of African descent were killed in violent public acts of racial control and domination and the perpetrators were never held accountable.
The reparations could come in a variety of forms, according to the panel, including "a formal apology, health initiatives, educational opportunities ... psychological rehabilitation, technology transfer and financial support, and debt cancellation."
To be sure, such initiatives are nowhere in the cards, even after the question of reparations arose again two years ago when surfaced by the groundbreaking work of American journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Separately, a coalition of Caribbean nations is calling for reparationsfrom their former European imperial powers for the impact of slavery, colonial genocide and the toxic racial laws that shaped life for the past two centuries in these countries. Their efforts are fitful, and so far not so fruitful.
When asked by reporters to comment on the tone of the American presidential election campaign on Monday, the working group's chairman, Ricardo A. Sunga of the Philippines, expressed concernabout "hate speech ... xenophobia [and] Afrophobia" that he felt was prevalent in the campaign, although he didn't specifically call out Republican candidate Donald Trump.
"We are very troubled that these are on the rise," said Sunga.

Protesters march around the world in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

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The U.S. is reeling from a week of violence. Two police shootings of black men have sparked nation wide protests. Now thousands around the world are marching in solidarity with U.S. protesters and the Black Lives Matter movement. (Jennifer Hassan, Jason Aldag/The Washington Post)
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A disaster is looming for American men

Over the weekend, the Financial Times published my review of Nicholas Eberstadt’s important new book Men Without Work.  The core message is captured in the graph below:
Job destruction caused by technology is not a futuristic concern.  It is something we have been living with for two generations. A simple linear trend suggests that by mid-century about a quarter of men between 25 and 54 will not be working at any moment.
I think this likely a substantial underestimate unless something is done for a number of reasons. First everything we hear and see regarding technology suggests the rate of job destruction will pick up. Think of the elimination of drivers, and of those who work behind cash registers. Second, the gains in average education and health of the workforce over the last 50 years are unlikely to be repeated. Third, to the extent that

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

NFL Opens Counseling Center To Help Bears Fans Cope With Devastating Loses

CHICAGO—In an effort to provide much-needed psychotherapy services and professional support to local Chicago communities, the NFL officially unveiled a new counseling center Thursday for Bears fans struggling to cope with devastating blowouts. “With this new facility, which is open 24 hours a day, fans will be able to come in and talk through feelings of severe depression, anxiety, grief, anger, and hopelessness with our highly trained staff in a supportive, confidential setting,” said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, noting that patients have the option of speaking to therapists one-on-one or joining a group session to help them come to terms with a disastrous Bears performance. “Of course, the center is not just for those suffering in the immediate aftermath of a particularly difficult or traumatic loss. Patients may also receive care when the team is mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, the front office offers a new contract to an underperforming player, or any other such issue arises within the Bears organization that causes significant emotional pain and mental anguish. Our message to depressed or suicidal Bears fans is clear: You are not alone, and help is here.” Aiello went on to say that while the NFL chose to place its flagship counseling center in the city of greatest need, plans are in place to soon open similar facilities in Jacksonville, Oakland, and Tampa Bay.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Trump edged her out!

Trump 32
Clinton 28

Protesters with nothing else to do hit O'Shea's office

I have been watching this school issue for a few weeks. I like the way it is being handled. Does anyone think Matt O'Shea would do anything contrary to the best interest of our neighborhood?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Is this true? Does anyone know if Bill Daley is on the board at Blue Cross?

Keeping retirement weird. Rahm screws city retirees on their health care.

A note from Jack Retired Water:
Fred, very sorry to hear about your friend. Speaking to that matter of health insurance the city of Chicago is dropping all retirees at end of year. They are offering a private bc/bs policy for a non medicare annuitant and spouse at 2600 a month. For some this could be entire paycheck.
Here is the skinny.
The City of Chicago is offering exactly zero dollars to city retirees to help subsidize health care.
Members of all four retirement plans will have to come up with $1400 for single coverage, $2600 for couples and $3600 for family coverage.
A month.
No subsidies.
I am told that the city never shopped it around to any other providers other than Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Why should it?
Bill Daley sits on the board of Blue Cross/Blue shield which is the only provider the city is offering retirees. (Note: I cannot confirm that Daley sits on the BCBS board).
Rahm’s folks will send out letters to city retirees saying they are canceling their insurance and then will send out another letter saying they can OPT in for this insurance at those rates.
 At rates no typical retired city employee can afford.

What is the story with this guy?

Mark Cuban, constantly in everyone's space, giving instructions and talking down to them. When will he stop? Never. 

Now he is injecting himself into the Trump-Clinton race. I don't want to hear it. He has nothing meaningful to say. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Obama seems to have signed on to the coverup effort.

WASHINGTON — President Obama vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act on Friday, setting up a major test for whether 9/11 families will get legislation they've long clamored for that will let them sue the Saudi Arabian government for its alleged role in funding the attacks.
"The United States has taken robust and wide-ranging actions to provide justice for the victims of the 9/11 attacks and keep Americans safe, from providing financial compensation for victims and their families to conducting worldwide counterterrorism programs to bringing criminal charges against culpable individuals. I have continued and expanded upon these efforts, both to help victims of terrorism gain justice for the loss and suffering of their loved ones and to protect the United States from future attacks," Obama said in a Friday afternoon statement.
"The JASTA, however, does not contribute to these goals, does not enhance the safety of Americans from terrorist attacks, and undermines core U.S. interests. For these reasons, I must veto the bill."
The bill is designed to give survivors and families of those murdered on 9/11 legal standing to sue the Saudi Arabian government in an attempt to bring justice to those who helped fund the terrorists, 15 of the 19 whom were Saudi nationals. Families, many from greater New York City, have fought for years to try to hold them accountable and receive financial compensation.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Another Dead Body Associated With Hillary Clinton! It’s Hazardous Knowin...

Hillary Clinton is a monster, say Secret Service agents

This information is not new (see, for example, my post of more than 3 years ago, “Hillary Clinton treated Secret Service like servants”), but it sure warrants repeating.

Hillary Clinton what difference does it make
Deroy Murdock reports for the New York Post, Oct. 2, 2015, that a member of the uniformed Secret Service once made the mistake of greeting Hillary Clinton, “Good morning, ma’am.”
“F— off,” she replied.
That exchange is one among many that active and retired Secret Service agents shared with Ronald Kessler, author of First Family Detail, a book on the Secret Service charged with protecting America’s presidents and their families. Kessler was an investigative reporter with the Wall Street Journal and Washington Postand is the author of 19 other books.
In First Family Detail, Kessler writes flatteringly and critically about people in both parties, but Hillary is exposed as an epically abusive Arctic monster.
Kessler explains, “When in public, Hillary smiles and acts graciously. As soon as the cameras are gone, her angry personality, nastiness, and imperiousness become evident. Hillary Clinton can make Richard Nixon look like Mahatma Gandhi.”
Here’s more on Hillary from First Family Detail:
  •  Former Secret Service agent Lloyd Bulman recalls: “Hillary was very rude to agents, and she didn’t appear to like law enforcement or the military. She wouldn’t go over and meet military people or police officers, as most protectees do. She was just really rude to almost everybody. She’d act like she didn’t want you around, like you were beneath her.”
  • Another former agent remembers: “Hillary didn’t like the military aides wearing their uniforms around the White House. She asked if they would wear business suits instead. The uniform’s a sign of pride, and they’re proud to wear their uniform. I know that the military was actually really offended by it.”
  • Former agent Jeff Crane says, “Hillary would cuss at Secret Service drivers for going over bumps.”
  • Another former member of her detail recollects, “Hillary never talked to us . . . Most all members of first families would talk to us and smile. She never did that.”
  • Yet another Secret Service agent notes: “We spent years with her. She never said thank you.”
  • Former FBI agent Coy Copeland says that within the White House, Hillary had a “standing rule that no one spoke to her when she was going from one location to another. In fact, anyone who would see her coming would just step into the first available office.”
  • One former Secret Service agent states, “If Hillary was walking down a hall, you were supposed to hide behind drapes used as partitions.”
  • Franette McCulloch, who served at that time as assistant White House pastry chef, said that Hillary one day ran into a White House electrician who was changing a light bulb in the upstairs family quarters. She screamed at him, because she had demanded that all repairs be performed while the Clintons were outside the Executive Mansion. “She caught the guy on a ladder doing the light bulb. He was a basket case.”
  • White House usher Christopher B. Emery made the mistake of returning former first lady Barbara Bush’s phone call asking for computer troubleshooting. For that, Hillary sacked him. The father of four stayed jobless for a year.
  • While running for US Senate, Hillary stopped at an upstate New York 4-H Club. As one Secret Service agent says, Hillary saw farmers and cows and then erupted. “She turned to a staffer and said, ‘What the f - - - did we come here for? There’s no money here.’ ”
Kessler concludes:
“[Secret Service] agents consider being assigned to her detail a form of punishment. In fact, agents say being on Hillary Clinton’s detail is the worst duty assignment in the Secret Service. No one would hire such a person to work at a McDonald’s, and yet she is being considered for president of the United States.
Hillary foul-mouth
If this is said about a Republican first lady or presidential candidate, it would be all over the New York TimesWashington Post, and network TV news.

Rahm Speech

It is not often that Rahm is good but when he is good he is very good

Chicago Violence 'Corrodes Our Core,' Rahm Says In Major Policy Speech

By Ted Cox and Kelly Bauer | September 22, 2016 6:14pm
Rahm Emanuel gives a major policy speech on violence Thursday. 

CITY HALL — Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave a major speech addressing Chicago's violence Thursday night, saying the crisis in the city's streets this year "corrodes our core."

"Gun violence in Chicago is unacceptable," the mayor said, his voice cracking at times during the speech at Malcolm X College on the Near West Side.

The mayor recounted a number of high-profile crimes this summer, including the shooting of a 6-year old playing on her porch and the murder of a police officer's sonwho was home from college on summer break. His voice quavered as he described how Officer Arshell Dennis Jr. returned to work after losing his child.

The mayor also singled out the city's "heroes" — including Tamar Manasseh, who founded Mothers Against Senseless Killing, known as the "Army of Moms."

"For all the things that make Chicago great, for all the things that make us proud to call ourselves Chicagoans, the violence that is happening corrodes our core," he said. "It is not the Chicago we know and love."

For years, Emanuel has repeated a mantra on attacking street violence with what he calls "the four P's" — policing, punishment, prevention and parenting — and he fell back on those topics while expanding the debate to more wide-ranging social issues like employment and racial inequality Thursday.


Emanuel said residents are sick of the violence and want more police officers that are truly helping fight crime in their neighborhoods.

"They do not want more officers in cars, just driving through their communities," he said. "They want officers on the beat in their neighborhoods.

He said residents are tired of being prisoners in their own communities.

"There are too many senior citizens and good residents in Chicago who are sick and tired of having to walk several blocks out of their way when they leave their homes just to avoid the gangs and drug dealers on the street corner," he said.

"In too many communities parents cannot even let their children play outside for fear of a stray bullet. They have to teach their children how to react when they hear the all-too-common sound of gunfire."

The mayor said that the relationship between police and the community "has festered in this city for decades" and worsened after the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Emanuel said police department reforms, saying there were new protocols so police videos are released sooner and said the independent agency that investigates police shootings and misconduct is being replaced by an organization that will have "the tools to ensure real accountability when wrongdoing occurs."

While many residents want more police on the street that "respect" residents, the community needs to return that sentiment, Emanuel said.

"As I have said before, and I want to repeat today: Respect is a two-way street," he said.

"There can be no permission slip for people taunting police officers trying to solve a crime in their community," he said. "And there can be no pass for officers belittling a citizen who has turned to them for help. Both of which we have seen in recent videos."

Emanuel recounted a number of initiatives he's undertaken, including a proposal to put nearly 1,000 more police officers on the streets.

He also said $36 million will be invested in mentoring programs over the next three years, with half of that coming from the city. The other half will come from corporations, philanthropies and individual donors, and about half of those funds have been raised so far.

One of the mentoring programs that will benefit will be Becoming a Man, which helps young men. BAM participants are only half as likely to be arrested for violent crime and are 20 percent more likely to finish high school on time, Emanuel said.

"That is why I am committing today to providing universal mentoring to these 7,200 young men," Emanuel said, referring to the number of teens in 8th, 9th and 10th grades that live in the 20 most crime-plagued neighborhoods in the city, according to the University of Chicago. "And this initiative is not just for a year. It will be a sustained effort."

Young people from throughout the city will be recruited to participate in mentoring programs like BAM, Emanuel said. He will also call on businesses to encourage their employees to become mentors.

"This will be an opportunity for individuals of good will and compassion to help change the course of a young person’s life and the future course of our city," Emanuel said. "I am confident Chicago will answer the call. If we want every boy to become a man, we need every adult to become a mentor."


If the city doesn't provide mentors, gangs will, Rahm say.

"We cannot afford to lose another generation to the gangs" like the Vice Lords, Gangster Disciples and Latin Kings, he said. "The deck has been stacked against the kids, and it's time we reshuffle that deck and put our kids on top."

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

H-1B, if you don't want this is, you soon will.

An iconic American company, McDonald’s, has quietly outsourced the jobs of 70 white-collar professionals in Ohio to foreign H-1B workers.

The H-1B outsourcing in the nation’s heartland showcases the growing corporate use of foreign H-1B workers to replace American white-collar professionals, and it comes after companies have used waves of legal and illegal migrants to slash blue-collar jobs and wages in Ohio and around the country.

Also, the 70 Ohio jobs that McDonalds outsourced to lower wage foreign graduates are not Silicon Valley technology and software jobs — they’re white-collar accounting jobs performed by graduates from mainstream business schools. That outsourcing of mainstream business jobs spotlights the growing movement of foreign workers into all corners of the nation’s white-collar professional economy.

White-collar outsourcing “is not just a Silicon Valley thing anymore, it is happening all over” the country, said Steve Camarota, head of research at the Center for Immigration Studies.

Nationwide, the foreign population of white-collar temporary workers, dubbed “guest-workers,” now

The Disease of Being Busy

I saw a dear friend a few days ago. I stopped by to ask her how she was doing, how her family was. She looked up, voice lowered, and just whimpered: “I’m so busy… I am so busy… have so much going on.”
Almost immediately after, I ran into another friend and asked him how he was. Again, same tone, same response: “I’m just so busy… got so much to do.”
The tone was exacerbated, tired, even overwhelmed.
And it’s not just adults. When we moved to North Carolina about ten years ago, we were thrilled to be moving to a city with a great school system. We found a diverse neighborhood, filled with families. Everything felt good, felt right.
After we settled in, we went to one of the friendly neighbors, asking if their daughter and our daughter could get together and play. The mother, a really

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Is this guy a wimp or what?

Hoping the public display of public disrespect just goes away. This guy is typical of what we are seeing in our public officials. No balls. Afraid to speak the truth. He stands for nothing. 

The truth is that the public should begin a boycott of the NFL for permitting such an insult to go unanswered. Their reluctance to act has become an an endorsement of of the misbehavior. 
MINNEAPOLIS — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will encourage players to use their voice to promote social change as the demonstrations during the national anthem started by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last month continue to spread to other teams.
Speaking before the Minnesota Vikings’ first regular-season game at their new stadium against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, Goodell told a group of reporters the movement from “protests to progress” is a positive sign.
“As I’ve said before, I truly respect our players wanting to speak out and change the community,” Goodell said. “We don’t live in a perfect society. We want them to use that voice. And they’re moving from protests to progress and trying to make things happen in the communities. And I admire that about our players, (being) willing to do that.
“Obviously, we want to respect people. We want to respect our differences. We want to respect our flag and our country, and our players understand that. So I think where they’re moving and how they’re moving there is very productive, and we’re going to encourage that.
Goodell said he hasn’t reached out to Kaepernick directly.
Kaepernick once again kneeled during The Star-Spangled Banner before the 49ers’ loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Members of the Miami DolphinsKansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers were among others demonstrating in different ways during the anthem. Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said in a radio interview his team will do some sort of demonstration before Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bears.