Wednesday Reads: Cowboys, Cowgirls, Indians and New OrleansPosted: September 9, 2015
Wow did I oversleep. Just waking up so this is very late indeed.
The post today will have your usual stuff…but as the title indicates, it will have some very cool old autochrome pictures of Cowboys, Cowgirls, Indians and New Orleans.
You can see a lot more of these cool images at the link above?
Since it is so damn late, let’s just make this a quick dump.
The pictures are something to see.
Do you remember this case from a couple of years ago?
Con Edison has quietly settled a huge sexual harassment lawsuit by agreeing to set aside $3.8 million for up to 300 women employees.
The settlement was reached with state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of female field workers who say they’ve been subjected to harassment, passed over for promotion or paid less than less qualified male workers.
“This case should send a clear message to employers across New York state: All women — especially those working in male-dominated workplaces — deserve respect and equal treatment,” Schneiderman said.
All 300 are entitled to a $5,000 payment from a pool of $1.65 million, and Con Edison has set aside more for employees for payments ranging from $30,000 to $150,000 for repeat cases of harassment, denied promotion or retaliation based on gender bias.
The investigation began in 2007 after women workers charged Con-Ed “failed to address widespread harassment of women by male co-workers” and tolerated “a hostile work environment.”
In a statement, the utility said it does “not tolerate discrimination in any form in the workplace,” and that the deal “resolves these investigations without any findings of wrongdoing on the part of Con Edison.”
“With this agreement, Con Edison is reaffirming its commitment to maintaining a workforce that promotes diversity and equal opportunity. We will further enhance training of our employees and management to help ensure that those principles are upheld,” the statement said.
Federal scientists may have found a link between the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and a decline of herring and pink salmon populations in Prince William Sound.
In a study published Tuesday in the online journal Scientific Reports, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found that embryonic salmon and herring exposed to even very low levels of crude oil can develop heart defects.
Herring and pink salmon juveniles that were exposed to crude oil as embryos grew slower and swam slower, making them vulnerable to predators, said John Incardona, a research toxicologist at NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, in a prepared statement
“These juvenile fish on the outside look completely normal, but their hearts are not functioning properly and that translates directly into reduced swimming ability and reduced survival,” Incardona said. “In terms of impacts to shore-spawning fish, the oil spill likely had a much bigger footprint than anyone realized.”
Can you imagine the impacts the BP Gulf spill will have on fish and sea life years down the line? “Much bigger footprint” is a frightening phrase if you ask me….
Scientists plan to reanimate a 30,000-year-old giant virus that has been found preserved in the frozen wastelands of Siberia, one of several pre-historic viruses to have been unearthed in the last 15 years. But while the researchers believe the finding will be of great scientific interest, they warned that the effects of climate change were likely to unearth more such microscopic pathogens, a reality which could pose an increased threat for the spread of disease.
Reporting this week in the flagship journal of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, French researchers announced the discovery of Mollivirus sibericum, the fourth type of pre-historic virus found since 2003 — and the second by this team.
Before waking it, researchers will have to verify that the bug cannot cause animal or human disease. “A few viral particles that are still infectious may be enough, in the presence of a vulnerable host, to revive potentially pathogenic viruses,” one of the lead researchers, Jean-Michel Claverie, told AFP.
To qualify as a “giant,” a virus has to be longer than half a micron, a thousandth of a millimeter or 0.00002 of an inch. Mollivirus sibericum — “soft virus from Siberia” — comes in at 0.6 microns, and was found in the permafrost of northeastern Russia.
The regions in which these giant microbes have been found are coveted for their mineral resources, especially oil, and will become increasingly accessible for people intent on industrial exploitation as more of the ice melts away.
“If we are not careful, and we industrialize these areas without putting safeguards in place, we run the risk of one day waking up viruses such as small pox that we thought were eradicated,” Claverie added.
Next up, the opening paragraph on this post was too good to pass up:
In my 36 years I have seen some ridiculous things. I’ve seenBattlefield:Earth. I’ve seen adult human beings dump ice on their heads in honor of a motor-neuron disorder. I’ve seen Carrot Top live (I was 16, come on). I’ve seen three black lesbians karaoke “Dam That River” by Alice in Chains. I’ve seen a Chicago Transit Authority bus driver freestyle-A cappella a song about a woman who broke his heart in a bar and after that I have seen them trying to buy the best karaoke machine so they can keep signing. I’ve seen people wait in a three hour queue to eat at Olive Garden. And I deal regularly with 19 year old American college students. So I’ve seen some shit that left me scratching my head.
Video of the rally at the Gin and Tacos link….also read the rest of the post…it is damn good.
From News Corpse, Outsider is a term that is being…”overused.”
These outsiders have been granted broad leeway to do and say things that ordinarily would sink any other campaign. And in today’s environment the most admirable response when caught making a formerly fatal faux pas is to double down and, by no means, apologize. Notable among the remorseless on the right is Donald Trump who has insulted Latinos by calling them criminals and rapists; dishonored veterans by saying that POWs are not heroes; pretends to be pious while insisting that he doesn’t have to ask for forgiveness because he never does anything wrong; and displays blatant misogyny aimed at any woman who challenges him. In all of these, and many other, incidents he has refused to apologize or even acknowledge that his words or actions may have been inappropriate or hurtful.
But Trump is not alone. Many of the Republican candidates are guilty of this. Mike Huckabee refused to apologize after a despicable and insensitive Holocaust reference that Obama’s deal with Iran “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” Ben Carson never apologized for likening ObamaCare to slavery. Jeb Bush repeatedly used the pejorative term “anchor baby” without lament (which he got from Trump). In the last presidential race Mitt Romney actually published a book titled “No Apologies.”
So it is rather disingenuous now for Republicans, and most of the media, to be obsessed with whether or not Hillary Clinton will apologize for having used a private email address. In just the past week she has been asked this question by NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and again by the Associated Press. She responded that she was sorry that the subject was so confusing and expressed regret that she hadn’t decided to use separate emails, but since she did nothing wrong or illegal there was no other reason to apologize. She told the AP that “What I did was allowed. It was allowed by the State Department. The State Department has confirmed that.” These responses were then relayed to the rest of the media that continued to play up the same angle.
It’s interesting that every time a Republican refuses to apologize for their actions they are hailed as people of strong character who stand by their principles. The GOP voters drool all over themselves with ever-expanding esteem for their unyielding commitment. They are venerated for refusing to buckle under to pressure by those who would have them show remorse or even sympathy for those they malign. But when Clinton has the audacity to dismiss the need to apologize, and offers a rational explanation for her stance, she is assailed as arrogant, imperious, or out-of-touch.
This is emblematic of the right’s hypocritical approach to pretty much everything political. Inexperienced candidates are considered a threat to the nation, unless they are inexperienced Republicans like Trump or Carson. Wealthy candidates, like Clinton, are elitists who can’t relate to the common citizen, unless they are wealthy Republicans like Trump or Bush. Religious candidates like Jimmy Carter are belittled and demeaned, unless they are religious Republicans like Huckabee or Cruz. And this goes on and on with other matters including education, military service, and business experience. In every case Democrats are criticized for the same things for which Republicans are praised.
That is all I have for you, sorry it is so late!