NBA champion coach whose dad was assassinated by terrorists destroys Trump’s fake patriotism – Shareblue

“We stand for the things we think our country should stand for — inclusiveness, equality, diversity, joy and love. It sounds corny, but that’s what we stand for.”Kerr does not come by his deep sense of patriotism and love of country lightly. His stance against Trump’s hateful rhetoric against athletes, just as his previous public opposition to the Muslim travel ban, is in part informed by personal tragedy.In 1984, when Kerr was just 18 years old, his father, Malcolm, was killed by Islamic extremists in a terror attack on the American University of Beirut, where Malcolm was president.With that painful part of history, Kerr was clear that Trump’s ban was exactly the wrong thing to do.“I would just say that as someone whose family member was a victim of terrorism, having lost my father, if we’re trying to combat terrorism by banishing people from coming to this country, by really going against the principles of what our country is about and creating fear, it’s the wrong way of going about it,” he said in January.The tragic loss of his father to hate-driven violence informed Kerr’s outspokenness on many thorny topics, from Middle East policy to gun control. Rather than turn him sour on other people, it gave him a broader outlook.It’s crucial to “put yourself in someone else’s shoes and look at it from a bigger perspective,” Kerr said.One person who could benefit mightily from such a worldview would be Trump. And the whole nation would be better off for it.

Source: NBA champion coach whose dad was assassinated by terrorists destroys Trump’s fake patriotism – Shareblue

Myanmar: How the military still controls the country, not Aung San Suu Kyi – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Finally a bit of truth about who is in control of what in Myanmar!

While Ms Suu Kyi’s party can easily pass normal legislation, the army bloc makes it almost impossible to amend the constitution.Importantly, that constitution makes sure the military keeps control of the three key ministries — Defence, Border and Home Affairs.Unlike Australia, where the Prime Minister is the commander-in-chief, Myanmar’s army operates completely independently of the Government.The guns and the borders are the exclusive realm of the Generals.Then there’s the Home Ministry.

Source: Myanmar: How the military still controls the country, not Aung San Suu Kyi – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Push for Gender Equality in Tech? Some Men Say It’s Gone Too Far – The New York Times The Tech Equivalent of the KKK – “Keep the Women Down to Protect Male Privilege!”

Their complaints flow on Reddit forums, on video game message boards, on private Facebook pages and across Twitter. They argue for everything from male separatism to an end to gender diversity efforts.Silicon Valley has for years accommodated a fringe element of men who say women are ruining the tech world.Now, as the nation’s technology capital — long identified as one of the more hostile work environments for women — reels from a series of high-profile sexual harassment and discrimination scandals, these conversations are gaining broader traction.One of those who said there had been a change is James Altizer, an engineer at the chip maker Nvidia. Mr. Altizer, 52, said he had realized a few years ago that feminists in Silicon Valley had formed a cabal whose goal was to subjugate men. At the time, he said, he was one of the few with that view.

From the Shadows of Men to the Roots of Human beings

Good on you!

nadiaharhash

After a year of publishing in the Shadows of Men, I was honored to present in in Haifa at Haifa’s Cultural Club. I have been introducing and discussing the book consecutively throughout the year, and I admit that each time the event was a new one, and inspiring by all means. This time, however, I was because I have been doing this for more than a year, I am about to publish my next book, and maybe this book has taken its portion of publicity in Palestine. I did not expect that this experience will make me in a whirlpool to the starting point. IT felt as if this book is being written by every person that reads it. It was such an honor to be presented and hosted by four individuals that humbled me with speeches that made e think: Wow, how far did these words go?
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TBS Friday! Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinds Obama-era guidelines on campus sexual assault – LA Times

“Those documents have led to the deprivation of rights for many students – both accused students denied fair process and victims denied an adequate resolution of their complaints,” the department’s acting assistant secretary for civil rights, Candice Jackson, said in a letter Friday. (Poor guy babies – raping and abusing females forever and getting away with it – one guy maybe falsely accused and the world has to stop being better? Total BS pimping for rightwing white guy votes!)

Source: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinds Obama-era guidelines on campus sexual assault – LA Times

NorCal Police Chief Abruptly Retires After Offensive Facebook Posts Come To Light: SFist

A recently hired police chief in the town of Seaside, in Monterey County, has fallen victim to what’s becoming a strangely common pitfall of public figures with insufficient social media skills and controversial views.

Source: NorCal Police Chief Abruptly Retires After Offensive Facebook Posts Come To Light: SFist

Voter Fraud? A Trump Nominee Looks as if He Cast an Illegal Ballot – The New York Times

The Senate Finance Committee, which has been considering Mr. Gerrish’s nomination, was briefed on the matter on Tuesday, including the fact that Mr. Gerrish had almost certainly voted illegally, according to three Democratic congressional aides familiar with the briefing. Public records back up that notion.Given Mr. Trump’s intense focus on alleged widespread voter fraud in last year’s election — the president has claimed that millions of people voted illegally, without evidence — Democrats are likely to pounce on the misstep to try to sink Mr. Gerrish’s nomination.Julia Lawless, a spokeswoman for the committee’s chairman, Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, said she could not comment on Mr. Gerrish’s voting history, but that the committee would continue to examine his record.

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