[identity profile] brendala.livejournal.com
Considering the fact that the Democratic party now expects us girls to vote with our vaginas instead of our brains, I think this ad is timelier now than it was 4 years ago (the video can't be embedded. So you have to go to YouTube to see it)



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[identity profile] brendala.livejournal.com
This interview is a few years old. But I think it's worth posting here because the host embodies every stereotype we righties associate with smug, liberal douchebags. Seriously, he's so over the top he comes across like a right wing Colbert!

A recent post here got me thinking of a brave, amazing, and all around kick-ass lady named Ayaan Hirsi Ali. If you don't know who she is, this interview is a really good introduction to her and why she is one of the coolest people who will ever exist ever.

EDIT: The video doesn't seem to want to embed here. So here's the direct link to the interview on YouTube.


Awesomeness under the cut.... )

[identity profile] ohinternets.livejournal.com
Skewed China birthrate to leave 24 million men single by 2020.
BEIJING (AFP) – More than 24 million Chinese men of marrying age could find themselves without spouses in 2020, state media reported on Monday, citing a study that blamed sex-specific abortions as a major factor.

The study, by the government-backed Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, named the gender imbalance among newborns as the most serious demographic problem for the country's population of 1.3 billion, the Global Times said.

Rest of the story at the source link. The deafening decades-long silence of the women's rights international community on this issue is nothing short of morally reprehensible.
[identity profile] lucy-chronicles.livejournal.com
Pursuant to the transgender appointee discussion. The point missed by those uneducated (comparatively GOT by the FB community) is the problem w/ a seeming mandatory/quota system. To those who say prove who was passed over, give it a few days and a few bloggers to ferret out interviews on the ground. I sincerely doubt there WEREN'T others who were JUST as qualified if not moreso than the appointed person.

And on another note, at *least* a 'white male' can still be appointed by this administration in these times, beyond the token 'insurance' of Joe Biden!
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Hopwood v. Texas (1996)

In 1992, plaintiff Cheryl Hopwood, a White American woman, was denied admission to the School of Law despite being better qualified than many admitted minority candidates. Texas Monthly editor Paul Burka later described Hopwood as "the perfect plaintiff to question the fairness of reverse discrimination" because of her academic credentials and personal hardships which she had endured (including a young daughter suffering from a muscular disease).[3]

The case of Hopwood v. Texas (1996) was the first successful legal challenge to affirmative action in student admissions since Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978) ruled quotas were unconstitutional. The 5th Circuit ruled that the school "may not use race as a factor in deciding which applicants to admit in order to achieve a diverse student body, to combat the perceived effects of a hostile environment at the law school, to alleviate the law school's poor reputation in the minority community, or to eliminate any present effects of past discrimination by actors other than the law school."[

Source - general Wikipedia

UT has thereafter revised the entire admittance system to include essays, personal achievements and other criteria beyond merely grades to constitute admittance. (personal source and the previous Alum website as I am a Texas Ex.)

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