29 Sep 2011
This is from the UK
Dress witches in pink and avoid white paper to prevent racism in nuseries, expert says
… white paper – has also been questioned by Anne O’Connor, an early years consultant who advises local authorities on equality and diversity.
Children should be provided with paper other than white to drawn on and paints and crayons should come in “the full range of flesh tones”, reflecting the diversity of the human race, according to the former teacher.
Finally, staff should be prepared to be economical with the truth when asked by pupils what their favourite colour is and, in the interests of good race relations, answer “black” or “brown”.
If children develop positive associations with dark colours, the greater the likelihood that the attitude will be generalised to people, it says.
The advice is based on an “anti-bias” approach to education which developed in the United States as part of multiculturalism.
I hope they did not get this from us.
And then there’s this.
What we want for future generations is a sense of self that does not deny everyone else’s sense of self.
She added that helping to develop empathy in children should be central to the curriculum and not an add on or tick box exercise.
“People who are feeling defensive can say ‘well there’s nothing wrong with white paper’, but in reality there could be if you don’t see yourself reflected in the things around you,” she said.
“As an early years teacher, the minute you start thinking, ‘well actually, if I give everyone green paper, what happens’, you have a teaching potential.
I needed a good laugh today. Thanks UK.
29 Sep 2011
Bank of America to charge $5 debit card fee
Bank of America plans to start charging customers a $5 monthly fee for using their debit card for purchases.
The fee will be rolled out starting early next year.
Anne Pace, a Bank of America Corp. spokeswoman, said Thursday that customers will only be charged the fee if they use their debit cards for purchases in any given month. Customers won’t be charged if they only use their cards at an ATM.
The fee will apply to basic accounts and will be in addition to any monthly fees
customers are already being charged.
The return of the check book is near.
Or maybe there’s another option.
29 Sep 2011
Federal government inflated census figures for same-sex married couples
The 2010 census overestimated the number of households with same-sex married couples by more than 160%, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Tuesday.
The inconsistency apparently occurred because residents may have checked the wrong box when responding to questions about their relationship to the householder and the sex of each person living there.
The 2010 census first reported that there were 349,377 same-sex married-couple households and 552,620 same-sex unmarried-partner households across the country.
On Tuesday officials said they had revised the count to 131,729 same-sex married-couple and 514,735 same-sex unmarried-partner households.
It’s always someone else’s fault, isn’t it?
13 Sep 2011
US Labor Department files complaint against Colorado-based cheese producer for discriminating against minority job applicants at California facility
This is Jesse Jackson shakedown tactics on steroids.
A competency test was given involving “math, workplace observation and information location skills related to the essential functions of on-call laborers.” 72% of whites pass the competency test. 49% of minorities pass the same test. Therefore, the test is racist – so the government sues.
The government can sue because the company has a $5 million contract with the government supplying mozzarella cheese to the Farm Services Agency.
The government is using Executive Order 11426, signed in 1965 by President Johnson, as the basis for this lawsuit. The order “prohibits federal contractors and federally assisted construction contractors and subcontractors, who do over $10,000 in Government business in one year from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”
So is this the way the government is handling high minority unemployment? By funneling minorities into jobs they may not be qualified to do?
More attacks on business. More division of interests where minorities are put against non-minority interests. Instead of creating an environment where more businesses can exists, the administration tries to favor his supporters and punish others.
12 Sep 2011
Debunking the 9/11 Myths: Special Report
The following content is from an in-depth investigation of the conspiracy theories surround the attacks of 9/11, which was published in the March 2005 issue of Popular Mechanics. That cover story was expanded and published in August 2006 as a book titled Debunking 9/11 Myths. The fully revised and updated 2011 edition of the book is now on sale.
Just posting for information.