Memorandum — Establishing a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault | The White House


SUBJECT:  Establishing a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

The prevalence of rape and sexual assault at our Nation\’s institutions of higher education is both deeply troubling and a call to action.  Studies show that about one in five women is a survivor of attempted or completed sexual violence while in college.  In addition, a substantial number of men experience sexual violence during college.  Although schools have made progress in addressing rape and sexual assault, more needs to be done to ensure safe, secure environments for students of higher education.

via Memorandum — Establishing a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault | The White House.

Electronic Village: OURstory: Lynching in America

Some of the most graphic photographs that I\’ve ever seen in my life contained the images of Black men people being lynched. Collector James Allen uncovered an extraordinary visual legacy: photographs and postcards taken as souvenirs at lynchings throughout America. He published these photographs in his book Without Sanctuary. You can experience the images as a flash movie with narrative comments by James Allen, or as a gallery of photos. Please be aware before entering the site that much of the material is very graphic and very disturbing.

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Leaked records expose huge offshore tax havens used by families of CCP elite: Shanghaiist

A newly-published report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists reveals some 22,000 clients from mainland China and Hong Kong who are stashing their money away in offshore acounts in the British Virgin Islands and other locales. The clients include family members of many preeminent CCP elites, including Xi Jinping and Wen Jiabao.

Many of the holdings are managed by top international banks, including UBS, Credit Suisse, and Deutsche Bank, which have topnotch reputations for secrecy. These banks acted as middlemen for Chinese clients to establish trusts and companies in the British Virgin Islands, Samoa, and other islands whose primary reason for existence is the hiding of wealthy people\’s funds.

There are some big, big names involved in this case, as the ICIJ reports:

The confidential files include details of a real estate company co-owned by current President Xi Jinping’s brother-in-law and British Virgin Islands companies set up by former Premier Wen Jiabao’s son and also by his son-in-law. […]

Chinese officials aren’t required to disclose their assets publicly and until now citizens have remained largely in the dark about the parallel economy that can allow the powerful and well-connected to avoid taxes and keep their dealings secret. By some estimates, between $1 trillion and $4 trillion in untraced assets have left the country since 2000. […]

via Leaked records expose huge offshore tax havens used by families of CCP elite: Shanghaiist.


More Free Trade Zones for these folks to make hiding their money easier

Settlers uproot hundreds of trees near Ramallah | Maan News Agency

Israeli settlers uprooted over 600 recently planted olive and almond saplings in a village north of Ramallah on Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma\’an that a group of settlers from Givat Ariel and Maale Levona uprooted newly planted saplings in the village of Sinjil.

Daghlas said Israeli police opened an investigation into the incident.

The saplings were planted by the International Committee of the Red Cross to support Palestinian farmers, Daghlas said.

More than 70 families would have benefited from the trees, he added.

via Settlers uproot hundreds of trees near Ramallah | Maan News Agency.

Today in shitty treatment of women athletes

Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard just became the first woman from her country to advance to the semis of the Australian Open in over three decades. Way to go, Eugenie! What do you want to know about her history-making game? How she prepped before facing Ana Ivanovic? What she thinks put her over the edge in this match? How high she thinks she can rise in this tournament? Duh, of course not, you want to know what man she’d date if she could date any man in the whole wide world. Because that’s so relevant to tennis!

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BART officer accidentally kills fellow officer – Wire Nation/World – The Sacramento Bee

A shame and sad – A Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer accidentally shot and killed a fellow officer Tuesday, authorities said.

The officers were conducting a probation search at a home in the East Bay city of Dublin when the shooting occurred just after 1 p.m., BART officials said.

The officer who was shot was transported to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries.

via BART officer accidentally kills fellow officer – Wire Nation/World – The Sacramento Bee.

The Impact of Egypt’s Referendum on General Sisi


The Supreme Election Committee has finally announced the results of Egypt’s constitution referendum that stated a turnout was 38.6% of the 53 million eligible voters, 98.1% of whom approved the draft constitution. This result can seem perplexing to many outsiders, but it should not; it is an accurate reflection of the current trajectory in Egypt, following a painful three years of instability, polarization and the collapse of law and order. The outcome of the referendum should give all parties some food for thought, particularly, the army chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.  The result of the referendum indicates that his problem is not just the Muslim Brotherhood but also his weak, unsustainable coalition, particularly in the country’s much-neglected south and western regions.

The Turnout

Even the most optimistic of Sisi’s supporters admit that the turnout was less than ideal. Despite aggressive campaigning by state and private media as well as top religious…

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Move over, Bolt — Jamaica’s cool runners are back

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This article by Ian Chadband of The Daily Telegraph appeared in The Province.

Watts is booming the message over loud, clear and with an unstoppably infectious laugh. “Man, you should see me! Age is just a number. You’d never believe I was a man of 46. You’d say maybe 30, 35. I’m big, dark and handsome, like a 6-foot, 235-pound runnin’ back.”

His message from New York is this: Jamaica are going back to the snows, they are going to reheat one of the best Winter Olympic stories and the legend of Cool Runnings bobsleighers will ride once more in the safe hands of an old goalkeeper who is a proper athlete and properly cool, like Chris Gayle with a Calippo.

Watts has done his maths, he has calculated all the possibilities in the labyrinthine maze which is the Olympic bobsleigh qualifying process and has concluded that, barring some freakish…

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Rita Moreno curses, sings and gives greatest speech at SAG Awards

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Someone needs to cast this woman in a film. Rita Moreno wows the SAG Awards audience with dancing, singing and an F-bomb, reports.

With Morgan Freeman doing the introduction to the SAG Awards‘ Lifetime Achievement Award, Rita Moreno’s speech became the highlight of the entire show. She’s already the recipient of an EGOT — an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony — so this was just the icing on the cake.

When she first approached the stage after a standing ovation, the sassy Latina danced and thrust her hips before dropping an F-bomb.

She said, “I’m thrilled. I’m so f***ing thrilled.”

From there, the speech only got better.

She said, “I hope the man with the button was there on time,” in reference to the censors who were needed due to her colorful word choice.

The 82-year-old performer kept her former Electric Company co-star onstage with her while…

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