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Obama Just Guaranteed Sick Days For More Than A Million Workers

FEED - The Huffington Post - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:47

President Barack Obama has often said he’ll use the power of the pen to thwart a gridlocked Congress. On Thursday, he used it to advance one of his favorite agendas: paid sick days.


Making good on an earlier executive order, the Labor Department published a final rule Thursday that will guarantee at least some paid sick leave for workers employed under federal contracts. The rule is the latest in a string of new regulations aimed at improving working standards for those on the bottom rungs of the economy.


Under the rule, companies that have contracts with the federal government starting in 2017 must allow workers on those contracts to accrue up to seven sick days per year. Workers get one hour of paid leave for every 30 they work, capped at 56 hours annually. The workers must be notified each pay period of how much paid leave they have banked, and they must be allowed to roll their time over into a new year.


Workers can use that time to care for themselves or a loved one, not just in the event of physical sickness or injury, but also mental illness, domestic abuse and other situations.


A lot of workers already have paid leave through their jobs, but many still do not. Just over a third of private-sector workers don’t get any paid sick days at all, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Naturally, these workers are disproportionately employed in low-wage service jobs, where skimpy benefits tend to accompany skimpy pay. Access to sick days has improved for those workers recently, but it still lags far behind that of higher earners.


Obama’s executive order probably won’t change things for, say, a well-paid defense contractor, who’s probably already got paid sick leave. But it could make a big difference for someone mopping floors or serving burgers inside a federal building.


For workers like that, getting sick ― or having a child get sick ― often means either working through illness or having to sacrifice a day’s pay in order to stay home.


Since some employers still don’t voluntarily offer paid leave to all workers, the Obama administration and many state and local governments have decided to start making them. Mandates like the one implemented by the White House have become increasingly popular, with proponents saying they are the only way to assure vulnerable workers get the same protections as their well-paid counterparts.


Business lobbies, unsurprisingly, have tried their best to beat back these campaigns, saying firms will cut back workers’ hours if they’re forced to provide sick leave. Republicans have carried their argument for them in Washington, criticizing the White House for placing new mandates on contractors. (Obama also signed an executive order raising the minimum wage under federal contracts to $10.10.)


But there is little the GOP can do to stop such an order, short of winning the White House and reversing Obama’s.


There is a long history of presidents using federal contracting power to improve working conditions, stretching back to at least the New Deal. Rules like the one released Thursday are inherently limited, since they only touch on federal contractors as opposed to all private-sector employers. In this case, the administration estimates the sick days mandate will impact 1.15 million workers. Regardless, it sends a message to the private sector at large about how the White House thinks employers should be treating their workers.


The sick days rule wasn’t the only executive action that Obama put to bed on Thursday. The White House also announced that it was releasing a final rule under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which will ramp up reporting requirements for large companies.


Employers with at least 100 workers will now have to provide pay data to the government broken down by race and gender. Not only could that data help the government enforce discrimination laws, the White House says, it could also prompt employers to take a closer look at their pay practices and help close any racial or gender pay gaps.

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Emergency smartphone alerts getting an upgrade

FEED - CNN - Top Stories - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:46
Your smartphone's emergency alerts are getting an upgrade.div class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=bj76bqeisg8:4Nq2rYjhabo:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=bj76bqeisg8:4Nq2rYjhabo:7Q72WNTAKBA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=bj76bqeisg8:4Nq2rYjhabo:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=bj76bqeisg8:4Nq2rYjhabo:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=bj76bqeisg8:4Nq2rYjhabo:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=bj76bqeisg8:4Nq2rYjhabo:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=bj76bqeisg8:4Nq2rYjhabo:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/cnn_topstories/~4/bj76bqeisg8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
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Candidates hurl insults and glasses on live TV

FEED - CNN - Top Stories - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:46
Candidates hurl glasses at each other during live debate brawl. CNN's Jeanne Moos has the blow-by-blow.div class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=Q2K104Z6uxQ:yAjM6ZOG2wI:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=Q2K104Z6uxQ:yAjM6ZOG2wI:7Q72WNTAKBA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=Q2K104Z6uxQ:yAjM6ZOG2wI:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=Q2K104Z6uxQ:yAjM6ZOG2wI:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=Q2K104Z6uxQ:yAjM6ZOG2wI:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=Q2K104Z6uxQ:yAjM6ZOG2wI:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=Q2K104Z6uxQ:yAjM6ZOG2wI:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/cnn_topstories/~4/Q2K104Z6uxQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
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Daily Meditation: With Devotion

FEED - The Huffington Post - World - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:46

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.


Today’s meditation features a song by vocalist Karnamrita Dasi. “Meerabai” honors Meera, a 16th-century Hindu mystic poet and devotee of the god Krishna. May we approach today’s mindfulness practice with a spirit of devotion.




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'Modern Family' hires transgender child actor

FEED - CNN - Top Stories - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:45
"Modern Family" has cast 8-year-old Jackson Millarker, who is transgender, as Lily's friend Tom on the show. The actor made his debut on an episode titled, "A Stereotypical Day."div class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=La587mRZ9CY:Jn1g4T7Ee60:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=La587mRZ9CY:Jn1g4T7Ee60:7Q72WNTAKBA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=La587mRZ9CY:Jn1g4T7Ee60:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=La587mRZ9CY:Jn1g4T7Ee60:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=La587mRZ9CY:Jn1g4T7Ee60:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=La587mRZ9CY:Jn1g4T7Ee60:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=La587mRZ9CY:Jn1g4T7Ee60:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/cnn_topstories/~4/La587mRZ9CY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
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UN rolls out aid package for cholera-hit Haiti

FEED - Bangkok Post - News Channel - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:45
UNITED NATIONS (UNITED STATES) - The United Nations will mobilize $181 million to shore up the emergency response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti and at least an equal amount for the victims and their families, a senior UN official says.
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Europe rookies ready for impact in Ryder Cup debuts

FEED - Bangkok Post - News Channel - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:45
CHASKA (UNITED STATES) - Half of Europe's 12-man Ryder Cup roster will be first-time players, but the newcomers are determined to keep the trophy out of American hands.
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Electric is king at 'post-dieselgate' Paris car show

FEED - Bangkok Post - News Channel - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:45
PARIS - Automakers at the Paris Motor Show on Thursday unveiled several electric cars with a range of up to 400km, a technological leap designed to turn the page on the "dieselgate" scandal that sullied the European industry's image.
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Electric is king at 'post-dieselgate' Paris car show

FEED - Bangkok Post - Breaking News - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:45
PARIS - Automakers at the Paris Motor Show on Thursday unveiled several electric cars with a range of up to 400km, a technological leap designed to turn the page on the "dieselgate" scandal that sullied the European industry's image.
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5-year-old trapped under collapsed building

FEED - CNN - Top Stories - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:44
A 5-year-old Syrian girl is rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building after an airstrike in Aleppo. She is the only survivor of the attack. CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports.div class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=4tarhYEJuFw:WfzpvLxKsDw:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=4tarhYEJuFw:WfzpvLxKsDw:7Q72WNTAKBA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=4tarhYEJuFw:WfzpvLxKsDw:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=4tarhYEJuFw:WfzpvLxKsDw:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=4tarhYEJuFw:WfzpvLxKsDw:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=4tarhYEJuFw:WfzpvLxKsDw:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=4tarhYEJuFw:WfzpvLxKsDw:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/cnn_topstories/~4/4tarhYEJuFw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
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Trump supporter verbally attacks CNN reporter

FEED - CNN - Top Stories - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:43
CNN's Randi Kaye speaks to Donald Trump supporters gathered at the airport in Melbourne, Florida.div class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=Oz3h39BkP28:ZPPVJ123NV8:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=Oz3h39BkP28:ZPPVJ123NV8:7Q72WNTAKBA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=Oz3h39BkP28:ZPPVJ123NV8:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=Oz3h39BkP28:ZPPVJ123NV8:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=Oz3h39BkP28:ZPPVJ123NV8:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=Oz3h39BkP28:ZPPVJ123NV8:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=Oz3h39BkP28:ZPPVJ123NV8:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/cnn_topstories/~4/Oz3h39BkP28" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
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4 Ways To Survive the Tech Bubble Burst

FEED - The Huffington Post - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:43
Every week, new speculations emerge of an impending collapse in Silicon Valley. When will the bubble give way? No doubt, recent years have been marked by feverish startup growth and the enormous valuations that accompany them. And any savvy investor knows this sort of pace can only last last for so long. Sooner or later, the bubble is bound to burst.

As the founder of a webinar marketing platform , ON24, that's weathered and thrived in the wake of two major downturns -- the dot-com crash in 2000 and the financial recession in 2008 -- I've learned what it means to create a recession-proof business. In good market conditions, it's easy to forget how quickly things can change. From day one, every entrepreneur should build their company with the inevitable in mind, and a plan to survive it.

If you're beginning to map out the business plan for your startup or in the early stages of your endeavor, keep these four tips in your mind with every business decision you make.

1. Have a revenue model from day one.
The days of discovering your monetization strategy as you go are ending. Investors have had their fill of startups whose revenue streams never seemed to materialize. Today, investors want to see a business model capable of turning a healthy revenue from the start. Simply put, you have to sell something. No more giving your core product away for free in hopes of eventually coming up with a way to make money from it. Instead, develop your monetization strategy from the start. Know exactly how your business will make money and stay afloat. And if you absolutely have to give something away for free, give only enough to entice your customers to buy something further down the road.

2. Be willing to pivot.
Every entrepreneur is in love with their business idea. But you have to be married to the success of your company, even at the expense of your original idea. When you make the decision to start a business, be sure to check your ego at the door. I hate to break it to you but your idea is not perfect. And even if it was, the unforeseen events will occur, difficulties and challenges will arise, or new opportunities may surface. It's important that entrepreneurs are ready and willing to embrace changes to their ideas in order to ensure the success of their business. Years ago, we founded ON24 as a multimedia financial network. Today, ON24 is a webinar marketing platform that supports many of the largest businesses in the world. There's no way ON24 would have been successful if I was unwilling to change and pivot the business away from what was originally intended. As entrepreneurs, we have to be willing to adapt with the changing tides of the market.

3. Provide real, tangible value for your customers.
There's a reason funeral homes are said to be recession-proof -- there will always be a need. I don't mean to be morbid, but the example illustrates an important point: good businesses provide real value to their customers regardless of market conditions. When you're developing your company's product, keep this in mind. Solutions and products that provide abstract value are usually first to get cut. Consider the newly popular software segment of social media analytics. Chances are when markets turn, knowing the number of likes in social posts is no longer essential to a company survival and making the decision to cut the program is easy. Provide your customers with a product that's a need to have, not a nice to have and has a tangible impact on their bottom line.

4. Steer clear of Silicon Valley fads.
As we all know too well, Silicon Valley can fall victim to tech fads. Every year, new verticals of startups crop up each tackling a different problem in the same way. Consider on-demand services. Before Uber, this market was largely untapped. Now, you can get nearly any product you want delivered right to you all through a mobile app. But competition is steep, margins are slim, and long tail success is still questionable. Businesses built with only the latest trends in mind are usually the hardest hit during downturns. Before you decide to start your entrepreneurial venture, ask yourself if the company you want to create is simply an extension of a fad, or is it a truly unique solution that fills a real market void.

Whenever you start your business, just keep in mind: founding the company is the easy part. It's surviving and thriving over time that's more difficult, and will determine your business's success. Surviving a downturn is not rocket science, but it can be easy to forget in good times that things eventually will cool. With a little foresight and planning, you can not only business, but build a better business that will truly endure.

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How I Found My Village After The Deaths Of My Children

FEED - The Huffington Post - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:43


I never expected my life to take a dramatic turn. Bad things didn't happen to me. I was happily married with a successful career...life was good. But, it only takes an instant for your life to turn upside down. That happened to me in 2013, when two of my triplets died within two months of their birth.

Grieving the death of a child is a surreal experience. You are not supposed to outlive your child. Yet, just one week after giving birth I was sitting next to my husband at a funeral home, ordering our daughter's urn. Nearly two months later, we were in the same exact seats, picking out a matching urn for our son.

In the early days of my losses, I felt alone. It wasn't that people didn't reach out to offer support. Instead, I shut myself off from the world. I didn't want to explain the traumatic events that unfolded and I didn't want to talk about my children. I felt like a failure. I did everything by the book when it came to my pregnancy. But in the end, two of my three children had died, their premature bodies simply born too early to survive. The guilt overwhelmed me, while my sadness consumed me.

As my surviving triplet grew stronger, so did my inner strength. I couldn't dwell on the past and live my life wondering, "why me?" My bubbly, positive personality had been hidden long enough. It was time to figure out how to live life after loss. I poured through my voicemail, emails and other messages and found a support system that spanned the globe. What surprised me the most was the number of people who, like me, experienced a loss. Strangers shared their experience of having to bury a child. Childhood friends reached out to me to share their devastating losses from miscarriage and stillbirth. I quickly realized, I am not alone.



There is an entire community of parents forced to balance the grief of losing a child with the challenge of moving forward in life. It's a club no parent ever wants to be a part of, but it's a resource that I am forever grateful to have. It's because of these fellow child loss parents that I am able to find happiness after the most difficult days of my life. These parents reached out to me, sharing their heartache, each story unique and one of a kind. Yet, we all carry this common bond: we each lost a child. Knowing other stories helped me realize that my grief was natural and normal.

As the years pass by, my grief has changed and matured over time. It will never go away, but the pain and heartache has become less difficult. These days I find myself in a good place; full of happiness and love as I look at my beautiful daughter, while finding ways to honor and remember her brother and sister who passed. My life is completely different from what I pictured a decade ago, but in a way, it's better than I ever could have imagined. Through my losses, I have found new purpose in life. Much like those people who helped me through my devastation, I am able to lend a shoulder for newly bereaved parents to lean on.

There is no loss that is the same, yet we are all connected through our grief. Because of this club that no parent wants to be part of, new friendships have formed and old friendships have blossomed. This common bond goes much deeper than the surface. We get each other. We understand each other in a way that only someone who has experienced the gut-wrenching, earth-shattering loss of a child can truly understand. I would give anything to have my two children here with me today, to watch my triplets play together as I always pictured in mind. But, rather than spend my days in a dark hole of sadness, I choose to live life to the fullest. It's takes a village to raise a child and an even larger village to get through the loss of one. We are joined together under difficult circumstances, but the child loss community is one of the positive things to come out of tragic chapter of my life.

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Tom Hanks crashes a wedding photo shoot

FEED - CNN - Top Stories - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:43
Tom Hanks came across a couple taking wedding photos in New York's Central Park and took a selfie with the newlyweds.div class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=O7-eFhNicok:j_6FRaFkhlY:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=O7-eFhNicok:j_6FRaFkhlY:7Q72WNTAKBA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=O7-eFhNicok:j_6FRaFkhlY:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=O7-eFhNicok:j_6FRaFkhlY:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=O7-eFhNicok:j_6FRaFkhlY:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=O7-eFhNicok:j_6FRaFkhlY:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=O7-eFhNicok:j_6FRaFkhlY:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/cnn_topstories/~4/O7-eFhNicok" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
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Creating Comics With Kazimir Lee Iskander

FEED - The Huffington Post - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:43
Sometime around 1994, I really wanted to get into comic books. The X-Men, toting female characters on the covers, seemed more accessible to me than Batman or Spiderman. When I asked my neighbor, an avid comics fan, where I should start, he retorted, "You can't read comics--you're a girl."

On the other side of the globe, in Malaysia, Kazimir Lee Iskander was given a stack of X-Men comics by a family friend. He began reading comics and was becoming increasingly enamored with the art form, but--with the scantily clad women on the covers--he worried that his parents wouldn't take it seriously.

Twenty years later, I began teaching comics to children and teens--with just as many girls in my classes as boys. Kazimir is now a cartoonist, animator, and illustrator with a strong interest in activism. We recently talked about his work, representation of diverse stories in comics, how comics have evolved since we were kids, and what we can do to ensure that we continue to make progress.

‪How did you start incorporating themes of representation in your work?

‪Only very recently. Until the last year of my undergrad in 2008, pretty much every character I created was straight and white.‬ ‪I think reading creators like Alison Bechdel helped me understand that needn't always be the case. Having people in my life to talk to about not being white, mostly other POCs and immigrants, really helped. But it's a big process for me, and it's still happening. ‬

You produce work ranging from journalistic to horror--what role do you think genre plays in conveying these ideas?

In terms of genre, I'm always attracted to ones that are more 'low' art because I feel like there's a lot of room for evolution and truly subversive ideas. In erotica, horror, and children's fiction, a lot of big concepts can fly under the radar--even today all the queer stuff in Steven Universe is an excellent reminder of how low art genres are quietly changing norms.

Why do you think comic storytelling is a good medium to talk about body politics and activism?

On a purely visual level, comics have been used as propaganda or recruitment tools by everyone from Chinese Communists to Jack Chick, but I also think comics can be a truly exciting mix of cinematic language, illustration, and literature. Disrupting the structure of the media we consume can be really good if you're trying to effect systemic changes.

Raising awareness about these issues and addressing inclusivity is not just a responsibility for people of color or comic creators. What role do you think audiences and publishers have in making sure we continue to make progress in representing diverse stories?

Writing more stories about POCs is important, but a lot of publishers need to understand that their ability to comprehend the experiences of 'the other' is not always perfect. I'd like to see publishers and studios understand when it's necessary to step aside and let POCs tell their own stories, even though that can be a difficult and humbling space to inhabit. Audiences want many different things, and there are demands for as many deeply oppressive messages as there are liberating ones. Media makers need to understand their ability to feed or starve our appetites for certain kinds of narratives.

I wanted to get your thoughts on Hollywood whitewashing, particularly since that has been a big issue for Asian American actors and activists. ‬

I‪n the filmmaking process there doesn't seem to be a lot of 'staying in one's lane.' There is this idea of Hollywood not as a white, capitalist, dude-run institution, but as this purveyor of universal dreams for all of humanity‬--‪which is a bizarre and dangerous thought. ‬It's even more disappointing when it comes from an Asian creator. It would be easier if there was an evil corporate businessman behind the scenes holding a gun to the heads of directors, forcing them to write white characters, but I feel like a lot of racism is really internal, and really wrapped up in people's creative impulses.‬

Your mention of internalized racism also reminded me that, not only are we backed into a corner by the external status quo, but also the one we have inside. ‪What are some strategies for creators of color to take back their work? ‬

‪Setting up safe spaces where it's okay to criticize white supremacy, colonialism, and homophobia is really important. ‬I'd also say within the community of creators of color, there needs to be less sort of unreal expectations about our humanity. There is sometimes this burgeoning idea that because we're activists or victims of oppression, there can't also be abuse and mental illness, sexism, and oppression of its own sort. I think there needs to be ways to discuss those failings healthily, rather than us absorbing the unhealthy (and externally-imposed) dichotomy that we're all either oppressors or victims.‬

‪I think POC creators need to accept that they need to do what they need to do to survive. Even if that involves working with people who might perpetuate oppression, even if that involves acting more 'white' for certain crowds. Ideally, that wouldn't be necessary, but I'd like to imagine that survival, getting enough to pay rent, getting access to healthcare and therapy, should always be a priority next to making art. Give yourself the space to feel the weight of white supremacy, and don't let anyone tell you that you're whining.‬

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'Making A Murderer' Convicted Killer Steven Avery On Falling In Love From Prison

FEED - The Huffington Post - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:42

Convicted killer Steven Avery’s new fiancée, Lynn Hartman, and, in a surprise phone call to her, Steven Avery himself, speak out and answer questions about their engagement and new details surrounding Avery’s infamous case that was exposed in the Netflix documentary “Making A Murderer.” In her first sit-down interview, airing Monday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 4, Hartman describes to Dr. Phil how she found true love with one of America’s most notorious convicted killers.


“The first time he told me he loved me was the first time we spoke on the phone,” says Hartman, a legal secretary who says she began writing Avery earlier this year and met him face to face two weeks ago.


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Avery, who was convicted in 2007 for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach and is currently serving life in prison at the Waupun Correctional Institute in Wisconsin, calls Hartman from prison in what turns out to be his first television interview since the documentary was released.


“I haven’t been in love my whole life. It’s not the same as the others. Everything is all different with her,” Avery says of Hartman. He also discusses their pending nuptials, his infamy and his hope that actor Brad Pitt will portray him in a film about his life.


Asked about a possible wedding date to his fiancée, Avery says, “I want to wait until I’m out and I don’t think that’ll be too long; right around the corner.”


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Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey was also convicted in Halbach’s murder and after the release of the documentary in December 2015, hundreds of thousands of outraged viewers questioned both men’s convictions. Dassey recently had his conviction overturned, and Avery, who maintains his innocence, tells Dr. Phil, “The truth is coming out and sooner or later, all the truth will come out.”


This two-part exclusive interview airs on Dr. Phil Monday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 4. Check here to see where you can watch.

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Medieval castle made of trash

FEED - CNN - Top Stories - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:42
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Onlookers stop filming cop to help make arrest

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Onlookers who thought they were filming police brutality in Plano, Texas, ended up running to a struggling detective's aid to help him make an arrest.div class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=AjtYVIquxGE:6yFe79HKFSo:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=AjtYVIquxGE:6yFe79HKFSo:7Q72WNTAKBA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=AjtYVIquxGE:6yFe79HKFSo:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=AjtYVIquxGE:6yFe79HKFSo:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=AjtYVIquxGE:6yFe79HKFSo:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=AjtYVIquxGE:6yFe79HKFSo:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=AjtYVIquxGE:6yFe79HKFSo:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/cnn_topstories/~4/AjtYVIquxGE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
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Wells Fargo CEO Should Pay Back All Scam-Inflated Pay

FEED - The Huffington Post - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:41
After being raked over the coals for one of the biggest scams in Wall Street history, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf has agreed to forfeit $41 million in compensation.

Astoundingly, this is the first time a Wall Street banker has had to disgorge any of his ill-gotten pay.

But don't get out the Kleenex box quite yet. In the past three years, Stumpf pocketed nearly $200 million in compensation. And of this, $165 million was in stock-based pay that was artificially inflated by illegal conduct.

Since at least 2011, Wells Fargo employees who were under extreme pressure to meet sales quotas created accounts without customers' consent, making these customers vulnerable to overdraft and other fees. A new Public Citizen report suggests this behavior might've started even earlier, since Wells Fargo's push to boost the number of accounts per customer, called "cross-selling," began as early as the late 1990s.

After a federal agency exposed the scam this past August, Wells Fargo fired 5,300 lower-level employees while leaving Stumpf and other top brass unscathed.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) pointed out in a blistering attack during a September 20 hearing that Stumpf regularly touted the bank's aggressive sales practices in earnings calls with shareholders. His rosy, but completely false reports of increased accounts per customer boosted the Wells Fargo stock price, which increased by about $30 per share over the past four years.

This, in turn, inflated the value of Stumpf's stock-based pay. Just over the past three years, he pocketed $165 million in stock options and stock grants - all of it artificially bloated by the scam.

What's even more outrageous is that most of this scam-inflated stock-based pay was subsidized by taxpayers. Under a loophole in the tax code, companies can deduct unlimited amounts of executive pay from their federal income taxes, as long as it is so-called "performance-based" pay. As we documented in our annual Institute for Policy Studies "Executive Excess" report, $154 million of Stumpf's pay qualified for this write-off between 2012 and 2015.

The $41 million Stumpf has agreed to forfeit in the wake of the scam revelations is unvested stock - in other words, it was granted over the past several years but has not yet come into the CEO's possession. And by the time of the stock's original vesting date, who knows how much the bank's stock will be worth.

Wells Fargo stock dropped six points between September 1 and September 29. And we may be seeing only the beginnings of the scandal's repercussions for the bank's bottom line. The California state government has just announced it will cut off business relations with Wells Fargo for at least a year because of its fraudulent activities. Specifically, the bank will no longer handle the lucrative business of underwriting California's state debt and handling the state government's banking transactions.

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has also threatened to cut off that city's business with the bank and withdraw investments from the firm unless top executives are held accountable.

In a House Financial Services Committee hearing today, Stumpf tried to tamp down public outrage by promising a full investigation into the scam and eliminating sales quotas. But we already know the illegal behavior inflated the bank's stock price. And Stumpf, who is ultimately responsible, benefited immensely from this crime.

Senator Warren is right in demanding that Stumpf resign and be prosecuted. And at a minimum, he should also give back all bonus and stock-based pay that was pumped up by crime. Over the past four years, Stump also enjoyed an annual salary of $4 million. That should be plenty to cover the cost of the high-priced legal counsel he'll no doubt be enlisting to help get him out of this mess.

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Video shows injured deer attack driver

FEED - CNN - Top Stories - Thu, 09/29/2016 - 23:41
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