As the world discusses climate change, the elephant in the room is ignored: There is a prominent global wealth divide. | The US seems very willing to emphasize climate change and press developing nations on carbon emissions, very unwilling to provide funding or actual leadership on issue.
Ban-Ki Moon wants the world’s wealthiest nations to commit to aiding the world’s poorest with climate change. Surprise surprise: They won’t. (Hang your head in shame, USA.)
In news this blog finds both surprising and upsetting, Eric Holder, an effective champion of civil rights while working under the Obama Administration, will be resigning his position as Attorney General. Via NPR:
Holder most wants to be remembered for his record on civil rights: refusing to defend a law that defined marriage as between one man and one woman; suing North Carolina and Texas over voting restrictions that disproportionately affect minorities and the elderly; launching 20 investigations of abuses by local police departments; and using his bully pulpit to lobby Congress to reduce prison sentences for non-violent drug crimes. Many of those sentences disproportionately hurt minority communities.
Update on wording: This blog is still struggling to locate an acronym appropriate for the group referring to itself as the Islamic State and referred to by various governments as ISIS, ISIL, QSIS, and etc. The French government has recently made the move towards referring to the group as Daesh. Though all acronyms are utilized in the below depending on article referenced, it is likely that this blog will opt to use the most offensive title possible for the group, as this blog is very opposed to its existence.
Presidential elections will be here before we know it. Signs of 2016 lurk all around us: Robin Givhan returning back home to The Washington Post, former press secretary and now SKD Knickerbocker Vice President, Audrey Gelman being dubbed as a contributor for Marie Claire and Tim Gunn’s partnership with POLITICO Magazine’s “Campaign (Un)Chic.” Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times further supports this claim by pinpointing the recent surge in television characters inspired by former Secretary of State and anticipated presidential contender, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“Five years ago, the only successful television drama about a woman in politics was ‘The Good Wife,’ on CBS, and that was about the blindsided wife of a philandering governor. A few years before, ABC tried to make a go with Geena Davis as the first female president in ‘Commander in Chief.’ That show fizzled and was cancelled.
Texas textbooks tout Christian heritage. Your blogger hails from Texas, is Jewish in faith and practice, has thoughts about this.
Texas is also still trying to close all of its abortion clinics.
Ray Rice has been let go from his team. All that really matters is that he’s a perpetrator of violence against women and that the woman who married him and has suffered his abuse is being held accountable by the masses, which speaks to victim blaming, as well as to the value society places on the lives of black women. | #WhyIStayed. | The NFL knew.
A PBS documentary available now reveals the sacrifices made by Muslims to save the lives of Jews and others persecuted by Adolf Hitler during WWII.
Islamic, yet integrated — The Economist argues that today’s Muslims outside of the Muslim World are better off in the United States than in Europe.
Wendy Davis (this blog is a fan) has made national news by disclosing the stories of her own two abortions. ThinkProgress reminds us these are “good” abortions, and continue to highlight what we can and can’t talk about as a society.
The new UN Human Rights Commissioner has warned that ISIS is attempting to create a “house of blood.” He is the first Muslim to hold the position. | Americans want IS gone, and are willing to involve their country. | In a speech Wednesday night, the president implied that is in the works.
This has been a hard week for this blog’s personal life (at times the blues of long distance romance sadly eclipse the blues of the news, at least for the individual) but regardless, a happy belated Labor Day to those who had the day off (and to those who labored without relief as well). As we approach fall, let’s all hope that DC’s heat gives way to cooler weather and that those outside of the District find similar relief…
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Continuing to be the worst people in the world, the Islamic State executed journalist Steven Sotloff at an undisclosed time in recent history, and leaked a video of it. Thoughts and prayers with Sotloff’s friends and families, and with journalists risking their lives everywhere.
Sotloff had dual citizenship with Israel. His faith was kept under wraps by the press in order to prevent ultimate harm from coming to the journalist. He reportedly pretended to be sick in 2013 in order to fast for the height of the Jewish holy days, Yom Kippur.
In Texas and Louisiana, southern abortion advocates are fighting back.
BP may be fined up to $18 billion for its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This blog hails from the Gulf region and feels strongly that $18 billion will never compensate for the lives, livelihood, and overall damage lost and done to the region.