“Though blacks and Hispanics typically have lower incomes than white borrowers, income differences do not explain the disparities — very-high-income blacks and Hispanics were more likely to receive subprime loans than very-low-income whites. In fact, very high income blacks were 3.8 times more likely to receive subprime loans for home purchases than very low income whites, and 1.9 times more likely to receive subprime refinance loans.”—
Twin Cities in Crisis: Unequal Treatment of Communities of Color in Mortgage Lending
Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen thought he had his bell rung against the Bills in Week 15 last season. He played through the injury and double vision, but two days later found out he’d suffered a stroke on the field. A dead spot in his brain means he’ll never play football again
But, at least the Jags won that game, right? They lost? Oh.
But Robert James Talbot, Jr. gets arrested for terrorism and I don’t see a thing about it until days later, until this weekend when I happened upon this article from the Southern Poverty Law Center. So weird! In fact, most of the other articles I’ve been able to find are from local Texas news sources. Very few national outlets have even bothered with the story.
Talbot is a white, radical right-wing conservative who was arrested by the FBI on charges of “attempted interference with commerce by robbery, solicitation to commit a crime of violence and possession of an explosive material.”
“We praise people for being “naturally” smart, too, “naturally” athletic, and etc. But studies continue to show, as they have for some time now, that it is generally healthier to praise schoolchildren for being hardworking, than for being naturally gifted. We know now that to emphasize a child’s inherent ability places pressure on that child to continue to be accidentally talented, which is something that is hard for anyone to control. When the children who are applauded for their natural skills fail, they are shown to take the failure very personally. After all, the process of their success has always seemed mysterious and basic and inseparable from the rest of their identity, so it must be they who are failing as whole people. When students are instead complimented and rewarded for their effort and improvement, they tend to not be so hard on themselves. When they fail, they reason, “Well, I’ll work harder next time.” They learn that they are capable of success, rather than constantly automatically deserving of it, and they learn simultaneously that they are bigger and more complex than their individual successes or failures.”—Kate of Eat the Damn Cake, The Stupidity of “Natural” Beauty (x)
This seriously makes such a big difference in helping kids who are struggling with school. They often call themselves stupid, but you tell them it isn’t about stupid, it’s about hard work. Because even though plenty of kids will say they are stupid, I don’t hear many say they are lazy. Why? Lazy you can control. Stupid you just give up on. Nope. Never.
“Maybe we could sell our state to tourists, corporations, and young professionals better if our own newspapers didn’t act like 8 football games a year, plus one bigger football game every 25-30 years, is the best we have to offer.”—StarTribune commenter, ollie3, explaining to the StarTribune’s editorial board why their constant NFL #wilfare lobbying is idiotic.
I missed an important point in my previous post criticizing Paul Ryan and his supporters. Paul Ryan is a guy who never met a market he didn’t want to french kiss. But the moment he starts talking poverty, suddenly it’s a fuzzy culture thing.
Don’t look for actual economic causes of systemic…
As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.
One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”
Reasons why I laugh when people say he wasn’t a real musician.
let us remind ourselves what we are talking about when we talk about the minimum wage: We are talking about a floor– what we as a society have said is the bare minimum an employer can pay a worker and still be considered an ethical, responsible company. Bare. Minimum. If the legislature passes the highest number anyone has talked about — $9.50 an hour — that annual salary puts the average person still well below the federal poverty level. People cannot sustain themselves or a family on these wages. And, as our economy as transferred wealth from working and middle classes to the wealthiest, the myth of minimum wage workers being just teenagers is–just that– a myth. Minimum wage is the new normal for millions of Americans.
Great post. Take a few minutes to see where your MN state senator stands on raising and indexing the state minimum wage. Patricia Torres Ray, my senator, has stated that she supports both.
“There is no circumstance under which the Senate is going to do inflation. They can sit there until the snow melts — it’s not going to happen. We have checked with our members and we don’t have the votes for that.”—
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk
Members of the House and Senate minimum wage conference committee traded offers Tuesday evening, with the issue of indexing the wage to inflation emerging as the key sticking point in negotiations.
Working with the City’s Communications Department, I was able to implement a policy change to post all Council and Committee meeting videos on YouTube, and also end the practice of taking down videos after two weeks. This change will result in meetings being easier to find and share, as well as…