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Pretty Cool How There Was So Little Coverage of the Women’s March After All These Trump-Supporter Pieces We’ve Been Getting

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Media Matters, an openly progressive nonprofit devoted to analyzing and tracking conservative misinformation in the media, recently took a look at the coverage for the 2018 Women’s Marches. Hundreds of thousands of Americans, in hundreds of cities across the country, turned out to march as a protest against Trump’s administration—and as a promise to show up at the 2018 polls.

But based on the media coverage, you’d never know that so many people, in so many locations, showed up to reaffirm their resistance to Trump’s regressive agenda. “Despite the worldwide impact of the marches,” Media Matters observed, “the major Sunday political talk shows—which include CNN’s State of the Union, ABC’s This Week, CBS’ Face the Nation, NBC’s Meet the Press, and Fox Broadcasting Co.’s Fox News Sunday—were nearly silent on the topic. These shows often set the tone and priorities for media coverage for the rest of the week.”

“The only significant discussion,” the article continues, “defined as a back-and-forth exchange between two or more people, of the weekend’s marches was on NBC’s Meet the Press, where panelists remarked on the event in a meager 20-second exchange.”

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the New York Times dedicated its entire editorial pages to letters from Trump supporters, “in the spirit of open debate.” Where was the editorial page of letters from marchers, explaining why they marched? Why is it only conservatives who are allowed to give their retrospective on this year, who are worthy to be heard?

Admittedly, it wasn’t like this for the 2017 march. That year, as Media Matters observes, “CNN and MSNBC extensively covered the first annual Women’s March, while Fox News’ minimal coverage was criticized.” And it’s true that the 2017 march was one of the largest in the history of the United States, so it merited more dedicated attention.

But why is it that progressives have to mount historic marches in order to deserve media coverage? Trump’s supporters didn’t turn out in “historic” numbers. Trump lost the popular vote and managed a thoroughly middling electoral college victory (46th of 58). This was by no means a sweeping victory, and yet they’re constantly dominating the news cycle.

The media’s fixation on right-wingers is more than annoying. It’s dangerous and counterproductive. It suggests that the so-called populist right represents the true groundswell of American democracy, the sole and truest populist movement in the United States right now. But that’s just not true. The left has been experiencing a massive grassroots mobilization. But if you were only reading the papers and watching the news, you’d think this was a political landscape of earnest, hard-scrabble Trump supporters on the right and rioting Antifa members on the left. You would hardly notice the get-out-the-vote efforts that won Alabama for Doug Jones. You wouldn’t know that SwingLeft and Flippable existed. You wouldn’t know that membership in the Democratic Socialists of America has more than quadrupled since Trump’s election.

You’d know a whole lot about xenophobes in Ohio, though!

And when mobilizing people can be the difference between an election victory and an election loss, a narrative which erases left-wing populism and resistance is genuinely dangerous. It tells left-leaning activists that they’re alone, that they’re outnumbered. It tells the left that they’re going to lose, because real Americans are moving towards racism, sexism, and other good old-fashioned values.

But we progressives outnumber the rising far-right. We outnumbered them in the presidential election. We outnumber them at marches. We are in fact the fabled “moral majority.”

It’s high time the media coverage reflected that.

(Via Media Matters; image: Kayla Reefer)

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Report: Woody Allen's Next Movie May Get Dumped by Amazon

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As the #MeToo movement continues to swell, familiar allegations against a prolific director have resurfaced — and this time, Hollywood is listening. Dylan Farrow recently gave her first television interview to reiterate longstanding accusations that her father, Woody Allen, sexually assaulted her when she was just seven years old. Farrow’s statements came on the heels of reports that several actors that had appeared in Allen’s films — both recent and in the past — had either denounced the director or donated their salaries to relevant charities in support of the Time’s Up movement. According to a new report, Allen’s time may finally be up as well. Continue reading…
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USA Gymnastics Board of Directors members resign amid backlash they enabled Nassar’s sex abuse

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On Monday, the executive leadership of the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors — Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder, and Treasurer Bitsy Kelley — all announced their resignations, effective January 21.

This comes after more than 100 sexual assault victims (and counting) have spoken over five days in a Lansing, Michigan courtroom in the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor.

More than 150 women and girls have accused Nassar of sexually abusing them under the guise of medical treatment over a 25-year span. John Geddert, a coach affiliated with USA Gymnastics, was told of Nassar’s abuse back in 1998. In 2015, Nassar’s abuse was reported to executives at USA Gymnastics, but they took five weeks to report his abuse to the FBI. They also did not notify Nassar’s other employers, MSU or Twistars, of the credible allegations of sexual abuse, and they allowed Nassar to portray his departure from USA Gymnastics as a retirement.

Nassar went on to abuse girls and women at MSU for more than a year, before IndyStar published an investigation into the culture of enabling sexual abuse within USA Gymnastics.

Many gymnasts, including Olympic champions Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, say that USA Gymnastics asked them to keep quiet about the abuse they suffered; USA Gymnastics even paid Maroney $1.25 million and had her sign a nondisclosure agreement to keep her allegations a secret.

Many have clamored for a complete overhaul of the board at USA Gymnastics, but until Monday, only former USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny had lost his job. He resigned under pressure last spring, with a $1 million severance package, just days after Parilla, Kelley, and Binder reiterated their support for him.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated with more information as it develops. 

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42 people now own the same amount of wealth as the bottom 3.7 billion people in the world

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Last year saw the biggest increase in the number of billionaires in history — a new one every two days — bringing the number of global billionaires to 2,043. Nine out of 10 of them are men, according to new report from Oxfam released Monday, which details the ways global inequality thrived in 2017.

Last year, the wealth of that elite group increased by $762 billion, enough to end global poverty seven times over, and between 2006 and 2015, according to Oxfam, ordinary workers saw their incomes rise by an average of just 2 percent per year. During that same time period, billionaire wealth rose six times as fast, about 13 percent per year.

According to the report, 82 percent of all growth in global wealth last year went to the top 1 percent, while the bottom half of people worldwide saw no increase at all. Oxfam also found that women provide about $10 trillion in unpaid care each year to support the global economy.

That means the richest 1 percent of people continue to own more wealth than the rest of humanity combined.

To put things in perspective, think of it this way: New York City has a population of a little more than 8.5 million people. Now double the number of people, and then double it again and again and again and again until you get 3.7 billion people — or about 400 New York Cities-worth of people.

Last year, in 2017, those 400 New York Cities made no progress toward greater economic security. The 3.7 billion people who make up those 400 New York Cities-worth of people gained zero percent of the wealth generated by the human race last year.

Meanwhile, 42 people — about one busy New York City diner full of people — now own the same amount of wealth as the bottom 3.7 billion people who make up those 400 New York Cities. Sixty-one people own the same wealth as the entire bottom 50 percent of humanity.

Such extreme wealth is rarely earned. According to Oxfam, approximately one third of billionaires become billionaires via inheritance, and another third are due to monopolies and chronyism. While some billionaires do make their fortunes in competitive markets, they often do so by driving down the wages and ignoring working conditions.

As the authors of the Oxfam report write, “At the same time, the poorest children, and especially the poorest girls, are condemned to die poor, as opportunities go to the children of richer families.”

There are ways to remedy this: governments around the world can commit to providing education, health care, and social protection for all — and pay for those necessities by ensuring rich individuals and corporations pay their fair share of taxes. Oxfam also recommends that governments work to implement policies aimed at ending all forms of gender discrimination, limit returns to shareholders, transition from minimum wages to living wages, publicly commit to achieving universal free public services, ensure worker representation on company boards, and use taxes to reduce extreme wealth.

“Governments have another key role to play in further reducing inequality by using taxation and spending to redistribute,” the report’s author’s write. “Far more can be done to use tax to redistribute the excessive returns currently enjoyed by the wealthy. Both rich individuals and rich corporations should pay more in taxation, and they must no longer be able to avoid paying the tax that they owe.”

In 2017, the United States, led by President Trump, did the opposite. The Trump administration’s crowning achievement last year was a tax overhaul that raises taxes on middle class people making between $40,000 and $50,000 a year by more than $5 billion, all while cutting taxes by more than $5.5 billion for people making more than $1 million a year. The plan punishes wage-earning employees, creates a litany of loopholes for corporations, and repealed the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, a move that will kill 10,000 people every year.




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Microsoft challenges Chromebooks with $189 Windows 10 laptops for schools

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Microsoft is making a bigger push to keep students and teachers using Windows this week. At the annual Bett education show in London, Microsoft is revealing new Windows 10 and Windows 10 S devices that are priced from just $189. The software giant is also partnering with the BBC, LEGO, NASA, PBS, and Pearson to bring a variety of Mixed Reality and video curricula to schools.

Lenovo has created a $189 100e laptop. It’s based on Intel’s Celeron Apollo Lake chips, so it’s a low-cost netbook essentially, designed for schools. Lenovo is also introducing its 300e, a 2-in-1 laptop with pen support, priced at $279. The new Lenovo devices are joined by two from JP, with a Windows Hello laptop priced at $199 and a pen and touch device at $299. All four laptops will be targeted towards education, designed to convince schools not to switch to Chromebooks.

Lenovo’s new $189 laptop for schools

Part of Microsoft’s school push is related to content for teachers to use with these laptops. Microsoft is planning to release a new Chemistry Update for Minecraft: Education Edition this spring. It will focus on experimentation like building compounds or tackling stable isotopes. It’s a free update for everyone using the Education Edition of Minecraft. Microsoft is also tweaking Word for Mac, Outlook desktop, and OneNote for iPad / Mac to include a new immersive reader that helps with reading and writing.

Microsoft is also making some Mixed Reality content available for both the HoloLens and the range of Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Pearson, the world’s largest education company, will start distributing a new curriculum in March that will work on Mixed Reality headsets and the HoloLens. Six new apps will include immersive experiences for students, and Microsoft is even discounting its HoloLens headsets by 10 percent to tempt schools into trying out its augmented reality headset. Windows Mixed Reality headsets will still be the cheaper option for schools, though.

Microsoft teams up with BBC Earth

Other partnerships include LEGO and BBC Worldwide. The BBC is releasing its Oceans: Our Blue Planet film to museums in March, followed by classrooms around the world. The film includes a variety of footage shot by the teams behind the BBC’s Blue Planet II series. Microsoft is also working with LEGO to let students build tools from LEGO bricks to measure topography in 2D/3D space.

All of these apps, experiences, and devices will be available throughout 2018, and they’re all a big part of a renewed effort at Microsoft to convince students and teachers that Microsoft is serious about education. The software maker has been losing out to Chromebooks in the US, as Google’s laptops have seen most of their traction in the education market. Windows 10 S was a response to Chromebooks, and now we’re starting to see more of how Microsoft plans to tackle keeping future generations using its software and services.

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The Women’s March was ‘made unsafe’ by TERFs’ transphobic signs and pussy hats

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"I felt very excluded while at the march."
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