Monday, December 26, 2016

Poor People in Lead-Tainted Homes

Science. No known cure for someone who has compulsion to tweet reply to all criticism of any kind by anyone in the world. 12 step program available if it gets in way of your job.

If you gifted me a luxury car for Christmas, please contact your dealership.  There seems to be a problem with delivery. 

Survey.  Anyone else trip and fall over their life alert apparatus?

My father was always trying to give me life lessons.  For instance, in stores, he often told me "Put that down! It's expensive."


H&R Block's new advertising campaign, with the actor Jon Hamm, has a more aggressive pitch:

Brands Start Planning for Unexpected Criticism by Trump


Donald J. Trump is not shy about criticizing companies that draw his ire. Now, marketing experts say, brands must be ready if it happens to them.


Oregon Professor Causes Firestorm Over Black Face Costume Worn At Party Off-Campus

by jonathanturley
shurtz-nancyThere is a controversy at the University of Oregon that embodies our long debate over the free speech rights of employees over statements and conduct in their private lives. Law professor Nancy Shurtz triggered a firestorm after she wore blackface to a Halloween party. She was dressed as Dr. Damon Tweedy, the author of Black Men In A White Coat. The school launched a formal investigation and found that, while there was no "ill intent", Shurtz violated the school’s anti-discrimination policies. That has caused a debate over the extension of such rules to the conduct of faculty or students off campus and off hours.


by jonathanturley
Freedom_of_SpeechThe Obama Administration and many Democratic leaders have made "fake news" a rallying cry for more government and private regulation of the Internet -- as well as a rationale for the devastating loss of Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump. Below is a column exploring the dangers of this new justification for speech regulation, which are already becoming evident in various countries around the world. I recently discussed the issue as part of an interesting segment with Ted Koppel. 
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Published Saturday, December 24, 2016 11:00:00 AM GMT
Ben Liebenberg has worked as a photographer with the NFL for the past ten years. In this behind the scenes look, he tells us what goes into covering the Super Bowl, and how his team can get a photo online before the replay has even ended on the broadcast. Read more




Drexel Professor Under Fire For Tweeting That “All I Want For Christmas Is White Genocide”

by jonathanturley
drexel27n-1-webDrexel University professor George Ciccariello-Maher has caused a firestorm of controversy by tweeting how "All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide." He then followed up with a taunting clarification that "To clarify: when the whites were massacred during the Haitian revolution, that was a good thing indeed." Drexel has said that it respects the professor's right to free speech but has called him into for a meeting. Ciccariello-Maher maintains that he was using satire to taunt white supremacists.



Housing construction last week on the outskirts of Ramat Shlomo, a Jewish housing development in East Jerusalem.
Defying U.N., Israel Prepares to Build More Settlements


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his response to the Security Council's condemnation, saying that Israel does not "turn the other cheek."


Kendra Harrell's home, second from left, in West Baltimore. Many houses in Baltimore were built when lead paint was common during the first half of the 20th century.
Seller-Financed Deals Are Putting Poor People in Lead-Tainted Homes


The contracts relieve the true owner of the home of the responsibility for fixing it, and the result is more children with dangerous lead poisoning.


Kayla and Heather

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