Once again…today’s thread will be a short one. Springing ahead…time change, is always a difficult one for me to handle. I wish Georgia would take a leap from Florida and make this latest time spring forward…the last.
Lawmakers in Florida are tired of the whole “fall back” and “spring forward” rigamarole. So they’ve approved a bill to keep Daylight Saving Time going throughout the year in their state.It took the state Senate less than a minute Tuesday to pass the “Sunshine Protection Act.” There were only two dissenters. (The House passed it 103-11 on February 14.)The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott — but it’s far from a done deal after that,Even if the governor approves, a change like this will literally take an act of Congress.But if all is approved, Floridians — who’ll set their clocks ahead one hour this Sunday when Daylight Saving Time begins — won’t have to mess with it ever again.
Act of Congress or not…Scott signed a bill last week bringing the legal age to buy a rifle in Florida up from 18 to 21. And now the NRA is suing.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is suing Florida after it passed a gun control law in the wake of a school shooting that left 17 people dead.
Governor Rick Scott, a staunch ally of the gun lobby, enacted the bill, which the NRA says violates the constitution.
The law raises the legal age for buying rifles in Florida, but also allows the training and arming of school staff.
It does not ban semi-automatic rifles like the one used in the 14 February massacre in Parkland.
But it does introduce a three-day waiting period on all gun sales and a ban on bump stocks, a device that enables semi-automatic rifles to fire hundreds of rounds a minute.
What’s in the new law?
- It raises the minimum age for buying rifles from 18 to 21 in the state – although 18, 19 and 20-year-old police officers and members of the security forces will still be able to buy rifles and shotguns
- It bans bump stocks – devices that raise the firing speed of semi-automatic rifles
- It introduces a three-day waiting period on all gun purchases (previously this only applied when people bought handguns)
- It makes it easier for police to confiscate weapons and ammunition from people who are deemed to pose a threat of violent behaviour (a measure that has been proposed by five other states in the last month, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence)
- It allows school staff to carry guns, with the agreement of their school district authorities and sheriff’s department. This is already allowed in the states of Wyoming, South Dakota, Tennessee, Georgia, Kansas and Texas
NRA filed a lawsuit within an hour from Scott signing the new law…you would think that the bloody bloodthirsty gun lobby would be ecstatic about that last part of the new legislation. The bit about school staff being able to carry and lock and load.
According to this article from The Tampa Bay Times, school districts are too big on arming their staff: Florida’s biggest school districts may skip out on armed ‘guardians’ program, even if Rick Scott signs it | Tampa Bay Times
“I believe the people carrying weapons should be law enforcement officers and not our employees,” said Seminole County school superintendent Walt Griffin, echoing comments of his large-district peers.
The Legislature’s new plan to arm school employees as a last line of defense to an active shooter might never get tested in Florida’s biggest school districts.
Officials in 10 of the state’s largest systems, which educate nearly 60 percent of all Florida school children, said they have no intention of giving teachers or other staff guns to carry into classrooms.
“I believe the people carrying weapons should be law enforcement officers and not our employees,” said Seminole County school superintendent Walt Griffin, echoing comments of his large-district peers. “I do not support our hard-working teachers having the responsibility of carrying a weapon.”
The Broward, Duval and Hillsborough county school boards adopted formal statements Tuesday opposing the idea of arming school personnel, and calling for adequate funding to support sworn officers in the schools instead. A day earlier, Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho made clear his district’s position, saying anyone who thinks arming educators is a solution is “absolutely out of their mind.”
Also this week, a majority of Pasco County board members have signaled their dissent, as have officials in Pinellas County.
“What’s the liability on that?” Pinellas board chairwoman Renee Flowers asked in an interview. “We’re here to educate our students. Everyone has their own area of expertise. Cafeteria workers, maintenance people, librarians. … That’s not what they were hired for.”
This is good to hear…I am glad that question on liability is being brought up.
Remember this victim of gun violence, from Alabama?
That “accidental” shooting?
A 17-year-old high school junior was charged Friday with manslaughter and illegal firearms possession in a classroom shooting that killed a fellow student at an Alabama high school.
The charges against Michael Jerome Barber were announced after authorities interviewed witnesses and reviewed video in connection with the shooting at Huffman High School in Birmingham. Courtlin Arrington, 17, a senior who had dreams of becoming a nurse, was killed in the shooting.
Barber recklessly caused Arrington’s death after bringing a gun to school, prosecutors said. They did not release details of the shooting.
“Our hearts go out to the family of Ms. Arrington, all of her friends, and those whose lives would have been changed through her nursing dreams had this event not occurred. This is a parent’s worst nightmare,” Jefferson County District Attorney Mike Anderton said in a statement.
The shooting took place Wednesday as school was dismissing for the day. Police initially said it was possible the shooting was accidental.
It is so disturbing…
Arrington’s mother, Tynesha Tatum, was quoted by al.com as saying that she told her daughter she loved her and to have a “blessed day” as she left for school that morning. The next time she saw her was to identify her body at a Birmingham hospital.
Arrington was a caring and fashion-conscious teen who was determined to become a nurse, her mother said.
“Whatever she put her mind to, that’s what she was going to do,” she told the newspaper.
Her funeral will be held the same weekend as what would have been her senior prom.
Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Lisa Herring this week described Arrington as a bright student “lost to senseless gun violence.”
“She was friendly, energetic and well-liked by peers and teachers alike,” Herring said.
Barber is a junior who plays on Huffman’s football team and has posted recruiting videos online. Court records were not immediately available to show whether Barber had a lawyer to speak for him.
Huffman High School has metal detectors but they were not in use on the day of the shooting, school officials said.
Herring said the school has increased security and is reviewing safety procedures and protocols.
More on Courtlin Arrington here: Mom, family heartbroken after daughter’s promising life ended in shooting at Huffman High | AL.com
What a beautiful young woman, such a tragedy.
I am so glad that the students are standing up to the NRA and gun lobby lovers…
The survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Florida, have inspired us with their determination, grit, and relentless courage. We owe those brave students more than awe and admiration; this moment of national outrage must become a moment of national action. Right now, powerful special interests are betting against them and cynically speculating that the urgency will pass and America will return to business as usual. The National Rifle Association (NRA) underestimates the power of young people. In doing so, they are fools.
There is a new “old” language afoot….it is taking some fucked up folks by storm…I should say “stormfront.” Check this article out, By Ryan Lenz at Southern Poverty Law Center: White Nationalists Are Pushing for a ‘Blue-Eyed’ English | Alternet
They call it Anglish.
White nationalists have gone looking for a mothertung. No, that isn’t a misspelling; rather, it’s how the word would look for white nationalists obsessed with seeing Anglish in widespread use.
Anglish? I must mean English, right? Nope.
Derived from “linguistic purism,” an idea that dates to the 16th and 17th centuries, Anglish is the English language either expunged of words with Latinate or Greek origins, or with those words completely reimagined with deference to Germanic roots. In the 19th century, writers such as Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy favored the style, even introducing words like “birdlore” instead of ornithology and “bendsome” in place of flexible.
But in the last year, as the so-called “alt-right” has moved further into the mainstream, this old idea has seen some newfound enthusiasm. (Maybe racists have come to realize that if a white ethnostate can’t be built on a gene pool, grammar will do.)
As early as 2010, Anglish was casually discussed in places such as Stormfront, once the largest white supremacist website in the world. Last summer, someone with the username Hail Britain, lauded Anglish after someone posted a YouTube video exploring the question, “What if English were 100 percent Germanic.”
“Good to see this sort of thing circulating,” a user named Branmakmorn wrote. “Hopefully it’ll spur a few normies to start asking more questions about their white identity.”
More recently, last November, an author revisited the idea of Anglish in the Renegade Tribune, an online anti-Semitic newspaper that has dabbled in Holocaust denial and featured headlines such as, “The jewish [sic] Plans for 2018: Immigrant Invasion, Miscegenation, and White Genocide.”
“How is that White countries with languages derived from Latin fell easier to Jewish universalism than Germany? Of course language is not the main reason but it is certainly related to it, and it had its own contribution,” an author last opined last November for the Renegade Tribune.
He added, in a comment to his own post: “Latin is a slave language because it is intended to be universal, to facilitate the breeding together of different humans.”
While the idea is bizarre, there have been discussions about pushing Anglish into the mainstream on Reddit and online forums elsewhere dedicated to Anglish.
Read the rest at the link above…I doubt the new “anguage???” will take hold…as it is way too difficult for these racist shitasses to learn something new.
Here is something to ponder: Colombia’s Farc: Choosing the ballot box over violence – BBC News
In the Colombian town of Fusagasugá, about two hours from the capital, Bogotá, Senate hopeful Julián Gallo Cubillos is on stage for the close of his campaign.
It is pouring down with rain but for a man used to living in the jungle, it is hardly a problem.
Better known by his nom de guerre, Carlos Antonio Lozada, he fought for three decades with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the left-wing rebel group better known as Farc.
I remember Farc, and Colombia and all the shit that was going down when I was in high school in 85/88 and college in the end of the 80’s and early 90’s and when I was getting my second degree in the mid 90’s. If any of you have seen the series Narcos…I am sure it will be fresh in your minds.
The Farc started life in the 1960s as a Marxist-inspired rebel group demanding land reform.
The guerrillas soon became a key player in a conflict involving the government, right-wing paramilitaries and other armed groups, which left an estimated 220,000 dead and millions displaced over five decades.
The turning point was the peace agreement signed between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the Farc in 2016.
As part of the deal, the Farc were given 10 seats in Congress up until 2026, regardless of how many votes they received.
Same name, different game
After the Farc rebels disarmed last year, the group announced its new party. It kept the acronym Farc but changed what the letters stand for to the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force.
“We had to maintain our name because it’s linked to our history of struggle and resistance,” explains Mr Lozada.
“It wouldn’t have been ethical to hide behind any other acronym.”
But the new political party is having trouble convincing the general public of its new role.
“How are we going to pardon a group who has spilt so much blood and is now expecting us to put them in power?” asked Alejandro Castañeda, who was walking through Bogotá’s main square, Plaza Bolívar.
It seems there aremany who feel this same way, but to them I would ask…how many deaths can be linked to a corrupt government that continued to propel a drug war and its devastating violence.
Colombians are not against the idea of peace but they are divided about how to go about it.
And for many, it is hard to forget the crimes the Farc committed during more than five decades of armed conflict.
One of the biggest criticisms of the deal was allowing Farc members to run for office without having to serve prison time first.
“They get seats with no votes and they aren’t facing justice,’ says 24-year-old Nicolás Ordoñez Ruiz, who is part of Colombia’s main opposition party, Democratic Centre. “It’s an irresponsible message. It will create more violence in the future.”
That, says conflict expert Jorge Restrepo, will be reflected on voting day. “People won’t want to vote for them because they were not punished,” he says.
“That lack of justice, that need for revengeful justice, has not been satisfied in Colombia.”
More at the link…I don’t know, I just find it all very fascinating.
Coming up to the end of the thread…just a few more links.
These next two video embeds are from Facebook. If you cannot see them, just click the links I’ve provided:
She’s a 91-year-old practicing physician, granddaughter of a slave, and one of the first doctors to treat women with opioid addiction. #InternationalWomensDay
Activist Fraidy Reiss On Ending Forced Marriage In AmericaChild marriage is still legal in all 50 states — but this activist doesn’t want any girl to go through what she experienced
Speaking of Child Marriage. I wanted to share this letter/email I received from Rachana this past week. I am so honored to be connected to this woman. The plans are shaping up for her school for girls…and now they are getting down to the point where they can begin the fund raising.
Dearest JJI wish you a happiest day on this beautiful occasion of international women’s day. I wouldn’t lose this moment to think of women whose are special to me and who have potential to change the world. I’m blessed to be in touch with such an amazing, bold, creative, generous women over seas.I’m very grateful for what I have got and very optimistic for the future that will bring us together to fix things and fight for human rights.It’s been a long time I was trying to reach you out since my sister in law was in the hospital plans got changed.finally I managed to tell the things i was keeping in my heart.Hope you’re having good time there.Here i have a good news to share.Last week our team members have planed to open a kindergarten in Surkhet from May.The idea behind of opening a kindergarten1: provide childcare, good education2: to raise children in respectful, peaceful and in friendly environment.3: to generate young mothers, give them life skills, training, parenting skills and income opportunity4: to make healthy and happy livelihood5: to give second opportunity to child bride to continue their school and free time to set their carrier.6: to end violence against women and children.These are our goals to achieve from the small step towards changing the bad train by educating children and women.What do you think of It?I would like to invite you to Nepal someday to help in our plan. We need people to bring different ideas, methodology and strategies.For this difficult but beautiful missions we need money• To build the house• rent for the land• For furniture•For teaching materials• playing toys and children books• food and nutritionWe also need fund for organizing different events and activities for young mothers.What are your thoughts on this? Do you think can we make this mission as our mission? Can we be a part of this dream project? I feel there is something really connected with you. I get good vibes when I think of you.Could it be possible to donate us to make our dream come true?I’m passing this email holding my heart with big hope.I believe investing in education today will empower our next generation tomorrow.I wait for your responseOnce again happy women’s day.Cheers for us.Warmest thanks regards
It is thrilling to be a part of this movement in Nepal. I feel like this can be a chance to actually do some good and see it come to fruition. In a small village…for a small group of young girls, women and mothers. It will be an opportunity to give aid and watch the empowerment work through the daughters of this amazing corner in our world.
This is an open thread.
Which way do you go? That is one tough decision…
At any rate, things are getting bad over in the Northeastern United States. I mean, when sharks are becoming “sharkcicles,” it is time to take these cold mutthafukken temperatures for serious.
It’s so cold, sharks are washing up on beaches
In Massachusetts, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy found three thresher sharks washed up in Cape Cod, “stranded due to cold shock,” which can cause cardiac arrest in animals.
The conservancy collected tissue samples from the sharks that will be examined “once they thaw.”
“We hauled the shark off the beach and it is currently thawing at NOAA Fisheries Service to be dissected later,” the group wrote on Facebookabout the latest shark discovery. “A true sharkcicle!”
Other cold weather related news bits at that Quartz link above.
Actually, all should pay attention, the next cold blast is something frightening:
This thing is expected to have a barometer as low as Hurricane Sandy, and bring cold air from…Siberia, Greenland and the North Pole down into the East Coast.
Unforgiving cold has punished the eastern third of the United States for the past 10 days. But the most severe winter weather yet will assault the area late this week.
First, a monster storm will hammer the East Coast from north Florida to Maine with ice and snow. By Thursday, the exploding storm will, in many ways, resemble a winter hurricane, battering easternmost New England with potentially damaging winds in addition to blinding snow. Blizzards warnings have been issued for the Virginia Tidewater and eastern Massachusetts and Maine, and could be extended to other portions along the eastern seaboard, presently under winter storm warnings.
“This rapidly intensifying East Coast storm will produce strong, damaging winds – possibly resulting in downed trees, power outages and coastal flooding,” the National Weather Service tweeted Wednesday morning.
Forecasters are expecting the storm to become a so-called “bomb cyclone” because its pressure is predicted to fall so fast, an indicator of explosive strengthening. The storm could rank as the most intense over the waters east of New England in decades at this time of year.
National Weather Service hurricane hunter aircraft are even flying into the storm to gather data and refine the forecast given the possible severe impacts in coastal areas.
That article is being updated as the new information comes in, so be sure to check it out. Lots of info there.
Yesterday, I went on Facebook, and this was the “notification” that greeted me:
Isn’t it fucking depressing?
The whole thing is filled with a comical disparity.
Meanwhile tRump is going off on Twitter…
I bet you…like something YUGE is going to be coming out in the next few days. If the Orange Caligula is threatening nuclear war while referencing the size of his dick…it has got to be some pretty bad news.
Geez. I can’t take this shit.
On to a bit more bad news…Peggy Cummins passed away in the last week of December. She was one of those actresses that was too good for Hollywood. Her role in Gun Crazy is one of the best performances, ever.
The actress died of a stroke, her friend, Dee Kirkwood told the Associated Press.
Cummins started her career in theater when she was 13 years old, taking the stage in London and quickly landing roles in British films, including “Old Mother Riley Detective” and “English Without Tears.” Darryl F. Zanuck, who was then-head of 20th Century Fox, brought her to the U.S. in 1945, where she starred in “Moss Rose” and “Escape.”
Her big break came with the thriller “Gun Crazy,” where she played Annie Laurie Starr, a sharpshooter in a traveling carnival who seduces Barton Tare (played by John Dall) to marry her and join her in a life of crime. The film was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry in 1998 because of its significance. “Gun Crazy” went on to inspire “Bonnie and Clyde” and the French new wave.
More on Cummins death from Eddie Muller:
With that, here are your cartoons:
That should get the party started…
One more thing, about resolutions…
I have decided to become more vocal and advocate for ending child marriage. Every year I donate money each month to Planned Parenthood and ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Association, but this year I am going to put that into something that has grabbed my attention.
I think we all are aware of the impact of child marriage throughout the world. Over the holiday I saw a repeat of a report by CBS news called The Lost Girls.
Nepal has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Correspondent Reena Ninan travels to a rural Nepali village to follow one woman in her controversial fight to end child marriage.
Please watch the video, it is only twenty minutes…
During Ninan’s stay, Rachana stopped a wedding by calling the police. And overnight, her mother’s worst fear came true — an angry mob confronted Rachana at her home. But she didn’t let the incident prevent her from losing sight of her main goal.
“If a girl hears my story, and how I started my journey, at least I’m giving hope to them,” she added. “There are some people who don’t like the work I am doing. If I die for this reason, I know my sisters will be inspired and they will carry on.”
“If I lose hope, if I give up, nobody will dare to take this issue ahead,” she continued. “I’m happy to put my life at risk.”
Shortly after filming, Rachana stopped another three weddings. Her work has spurred a movement to end child marriage in her home district of Surkhet by 2020, ahead of the government’s 2030 target to wipe out the practice nationally.
She recently started an NGO called Sambad, which means “dialogue” in Nepalese, to help boys and girls alike discover their self-worth. She’s been fighting to empower the youth to focus on the importance of education. But in this conservative society, change isn’t easy. For some, this is the only education they will ever receive. For others, it’s the only place they’ll ever feel loved.
Rachana Sunar (center behind the second child from left in the front row) with children at the Saturday school-children’s center she runs. Image courtesy to Rachana Sunar.
Her activism was going door-to-door in her village, trying to convince families that any appeal child marriage may have in the short run was no match for its long-term harm. She also would stop weddings by calling the police, sometimes even on wedding day. By thwarting weddings and changing minds, she has stopped over 50 weddings and increased awareness of the pernicious effects of child marriage among Nepalis, including by educating over a thousand children on avoiding child marriage.
She started a NGO called Sambad, which translates to “dialogue,” with the support of the Stromme Foundation and Kirdarc Nepal. There, she worked as a social mobilizer discussing various issues with the wider community. Although the original Sambad program ended after a year, Sunar and others who worked at Sambad continued the program, which works to empower children and transform society.
Sunar also runs a Saturday school-children’s center facility for 59 children called Baalbagaicha Gayankunj. When she hears the innocent laughter of the children at the facility, she feels more compelled than ever to help provide them with peace and love, and to educate them into better people. She hopes to open a school for needy children and girls at high risk of being married too early, giving them free education up to high school and providing counselling on the harm of child marriage.
“[S]chool will empower [the children] to. . .be independent,” Sunar says. She absolutely believes that “empowered girls. . .will [become the] future leader[s] of the nation.”
When the Prime Minister of Nepal visited an area close to her home village, she presented him with a framed letter on the topic of ending child marriage and asked him to support her and the other activists working on the issue, which he agreed to. In the video of that encounter (part of the CBSN documentary), she was visibly excited at not just having met the prime minister but also getting an important endorsement for the issue closest to her heart.
…she is full of hope and optimism about the positive effects her work will have in the long-term. Her aim is to eradicate child marriage in Nepal by 2030. For her, the strength to keep going in her activism stems from seeing girls start getting more equal opportunities.
“When more than 100 girls in my community called me a big sister and when they thanked me for my guidelines[, I] feel proud of being their big [sister] who always takes care of [the] younger sisters,” she asserts.
Rachana is truly an inspiration, I would love to get in touch with her and find out if there was any way to assist her in her efforts. I guess the connection with Sky Dancing and Dakini and Nepal so near to Tibet…it just seems like a good outreach for me to follow. At any rate, that is my thought process going forward.