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Senator suggests gender played into Obama-Warren spat
By SEUNG MIN KIM 5/12/15 4:17 PM EDT Updated 5/12/15 11:01 PM EDT
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown threw a grenade into the ongoing war of words between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and President Barack Obama, a war that reached new heights with Tuesday’s dramatic setback of Obama’s trade agenda in the Senate.
Brown, one of the top Democratic leaders of the uprising against Obama’s trade push, criticized the president for what the senator saw as “disrespectful” comments toward Warren and suggested that Warren’s gender may have played a role.

When asked how Obama was being disrespectful of the Massachusetts Democrat, Brown replied: “I think by just calling her ‘another politician.’” He continued, “I’m not going to get into more details. I think referring to her as first name, when he might not have done that for a male senator, perhaps? I’ve said enough.”
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 16: Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) speaks during the Senate Finance Committee hearing on Congress and U.S. Tariff Policy in the Senate Dirksen Office building on April 16, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Congressional leaders in the tax writing committees reached a deal that would allow President Obama 'fast track' authority on negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement.

The gender remark added a new dimension to the deepening feud over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of Obama’s top agenda items that has pitted most of the Democratic caucus — but especially progressives like Brown and Warren — against the president.
For weeks, Obama and Warren have volleyed back-and-forth in interviews about giving the administration so-called fast-track authority in negotiating trade deals, with Warren accusing Obama of secrecy and Obama calling Warren “absolutely wrong” in her criticisms.
Brown said Obama crossed the line.
“I think the president was disrespectful to her by the way he did that,” Brown told reporters during a news conference that came after nearly all Senate Democrats voted to block trade measures from proceeding on the Senate floor. “I think that the president has made this more personal than he needed to.”
Still, there have been times that Obama has referred to male senators by their first names, including Brown. During a 2012 AFL-CIO convention in Columbus, Ohio, the president introduced Brown — whom he called an “outstanding senator” — to the crowd and later called him “Sherrod.”
The White House did not comment on Brown’s remarks. Warren did not immediately weigh in on Brown’s comments.
The Obama-Warren spat is something of a reversal for the two Democratic heavyweights who, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, enjoyed a public alliance, especially on consumer protections.
Over the weekend, Obama took multiple digs at Warren in an interview with Yahoo News, saying: “The truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else.”

Warren then fired back in an interview with The Washington Post, defending her criticisms of Obama’s trade push. The liberal firebrand has blasted the administration for its alleged lack of transparency while negotiating the pending trade agreement and contends that an obscure measure in the TPP, the investor-state dispute settlement provision, could be an avenue that could eventually unravel the Dodd-Frank 2010 financial reform law. And passing the six-year fast-track authority that Obama seeks — which would give Obama and his successor the ability to submit trade deals to Congress for approval without amendments from lawmakers — means that it could “grease the skids” to dismantle Dodd-Frank, particularly under a Republican president, Warren has argued.
“The president said in his Nike speech that he’s confident that when people read the agreement for themselves, that they’ll see it’s a great deal,” Warren said during the interview. “But the president won’t actually let people read the agreement for themselves. It’s classified.”
Tuesday’s failed procedural vote — when nearly all Senate Democrats united to block the trade measures from advancing on the Senate floor — was a clear victory for those on Warren’s side of the fight who have put increasing pressure on the Obama administration over trade.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the liberal independent socialist meat puppet running for the Democratic presidential nomination, called the vote “an important first victory in what will be a long battle.” The Congressional Progressive Caucus boasted in a statement: “Today’s delay of Trade Promotion Authority is just a taste of the fierce opposition ‘fast track’ will face — if it is ever brought up for a vote.”
And Democracy for America, the liberal grass-roots group, vowed to battle TPP until “it’s dead, buried and covered with six inches of concrete.”
In an email to supporters on Tuesday, Obama touted the TPP as the “most progressive trade agreement” in U.S. history and vowed not to sign a trade deal that would undercut American workers. Obama added: “This is personal for me.”

“I understand the skepticism about this, or any, trade deal,” Obama wrote to supporters. “I’ve met folks across the country who still feel burned by agreements of the past. Those are the people I came to Washington to fight for.”
Aside from Brown, few other Senate Democrats — even those who oppose the fast-track legislation — were willing to weigh in on the heightening Obama-Warren spat.
Sanders dismissed a question about the dispute between the two high-profile Democrats, arguing: “No one cares about clashes between the president and Elizabeth Warren.”
“This is not a personal issue. I like President Obama, and Elizabeth Warren is a good friend of mine,” Sanders said. But “on this issue, I believe Elizabeth Warren is right, I believe that I’m right, I believe Sherrod Brown is right, I believe all of us who are voting against fast track is right, I believe the president — who I have a lot of respect for, worked with on many occasions — is dead wrong.”
When asked whether he had a reaction to Obama’s comments about Warren, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), a liberal Democrat who opposes fast-track authority, responded: “I certainly do not.”
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat who’s nevertheless allied with Warren on financial policy issues, also declined to criticize Obama but praised the Massachusetts senator.
“I think whether you agree or not, she’s very sincere and compassionate in her beliefs,” Manchin said. “So whether you agree with her or not or whether philosophically you’re in a different place … Elizabeth, she believes in what she believes. There’s no gotcha moments with Elizabeth, OK?”


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/sherrod-brown-barack-obama-gender-role-elizabeth-warren-spat-117866.html#ixzz3ZzHCc5lx


TLDR: Uppity black man affronts lying Cherokee woman.
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The major parties are spending more time fighting each other at the moment. God bless non-election years.

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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post

Alternative assignments = more work for the professor and significantly increased grading complexity.


Stuff like this makes me feel old. When did the switch flip so that every personal difficulty or mental soft spot is everyone else's problem? If you're so emotionally vulnerable that you can't read classical mythology, you need to be in therapy and not trying to weasel out of assignments. Solve your own problems, don't expect accommodations in every facet of your stupid life.

You give millennials too much credit. Their shit is everyone's problem but their own.
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The House just passed the "Because Fuck You, That's Why" extension of the Patriot act.
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Originally Posted by Harold falcon View Post

The House just passed the "Because Fuck You, That's Why" extension of the Patriot act.

I'd give them some respect if they'd actually called it that.
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

You give millennials too much credit. Their shit is everyone's problem but their own.

I'm technically a millennial, so that's why this stuff makes me feel old. We really made this cultural shift in ten years?
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Does anyone really believe these kids are being traumatized? When they are done with class, they are playing Grand Theft Auto VI - Crips vs. Played-Out Honky Hookers. This trigger warning hysteria is actually about control of curriculum. Less Locke, more Marx. Less Bible, more Mapplethorpe. Less Newton, more Chomsky. Less Beethoven, more Village People.

The professors and faculty allow this; its really up to the other students to hunt down, isolate, mock, and shout down the political zealots.

In the meantime, I rather enjoy watching the Huron Statement professors being ripped apart by their young.
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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post

I'm technically a millennial, so that's why this stuff makes me feel old. We really made this cultural shift in ten years?

Yeah, it is scarey. I am also technically a millennial, but I don't relate to them at all.
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Originally Posted by Lighthouse View Post

Does anyone really believe these kids are being traumatized? When they are done with class, they are playing Grand Theft Auto VI - Crips vs. Played-Out Honky Hookers. This trigger warning hysteria is actually about control of curriculum. Less Locke, more Marx. Less Bible, more Mapplethorpe. Less Newton, more Chomsky. Less Beethoven, more Village People.

The professors and faculty allow this; its really up to the other students to hunt down, isolate, mock, and shout down the political zealots.

In the meantime, I rather enjoy watching the Huron Statement professors being ripped apart by their young.

I didn't know Calc and F=ma were triggering.
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

Yeah, it is scarey. I am also technically a millennial, but I don't relate to them at all.
I didn't know Calc and F=ma were triggering.

Calc and F=ma certainly are triggering. Mathematics is a construct developed by the hegemonic white male to control the other.
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Martin (2009b) brought race to the forefront of his analysis. Seeking to change the way that race is used as a means to categorize students in mathematics education research, he proposed that race be understood as a “sociopolitical, his-torically contingent construct” (p. 298). Further, his analysis included (re)conceptualizing the mathematics education goals of marginalized groups such as African Americans, Latinas/os, and Native Americans to adequately reflect race. By doing so, Martin called for a deconstruction of the racial hierarchy of mathematical ability that places Asian and White students at the top and African

it goes on. http://ed-osprey.gsu.edu/ojs/index.php/JUME/article/viewFile/163/104
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Dood can't even spell "his-torically"
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

Yeah, it is scarey. I am also technically a millennial, but I don't relate to them at all.
I didn't know Calc and F=ma were triggering.

I don't have a feel for this generation, since basically all my peers got winnowed through a pretty rigorous selection process. The special flowers don't survive this shit (and are probably off complaining on Tumblr about how unfair the STEM education process is for them), and so I've never been exposed to them. Also I feel like the culture in STEM departments is different, even on college campuses. The social stuff got lost in the "I need to do my damn work, leave me alone" necessities of it all.

Even my students when I was teaching weren't like this. They were just typical whiny young people. Maybe it's not as bad in the South?

I know this attitude isn't really as common as it's made out to be (not the mainstream at least), but it's not just the purview of Internet social cripples anymore. That article Lighthouse posted about "human veal" really seems to be reflective of how many people expect to be able to live their 20s, totally uncalloused or exposed to "real life." More that they expect real life to bend to them, and damn if it's got to be harsh reckoning when they have to deal with it.

My cousin is one of those types, although less the "social justice" and more the "I've given up on life because shit is hard and Mommy enables me." It's painful to watch.
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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post

I don't have a feel for this generation, since basically all my peers got winnowed through a pretty rigorous selection process. The special flowers don't survive this shit (and are probably off complaining on Tumblr about how unfair the STEM education process is for them), and so I've never been exposed to them. Also I feel like the culture in STEM departments is different, even on college campuses. The social stuff got lost in the "I need to do my damn work, leave me alone" necessities of it all.

Even my students when I was teaching weren't like this. They were just typical whiny young people. Maybe it's not as bad in the South?

I know this attitude isn't really as common as it's made out to be (not the mainstream at least), but it's not just the purview of Internet social cripples anymore. That article Lighthouse posted about "human veal" really seems to be reflective of how many people expect to be able to live their 20s, totally uncalloused or exposed to "real life." More that they expect real life to bend to them, and damn if it's got to be harsh reckoning when they have to deal with it.

My cousin is one of those types, although less the "social justice" and more the "I've given up on life because shit is hard and Mommy enables me." It's painful to watch.


National Review is running a story about "feral parenting" or some such thing. That is how everyone of my generation grew up. In the summertime, it was outside in the a.m., listen for the lunch whistle, then back out until dark. I suppose all of us raised this way were abused by modern standards, but I'm sure glad we were.
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So some American lady had a baby in Hong Kong and she won't or can't pay for the hospital fees, so they won't give her a birth certificate and she can't leave without papers for the baby. Okay, whatever.

Then I see that she named the baby "Kyuss." And the "health insurance" the article says won't pay turns out to be Medicaid (she can't pay for her own healthcare but she's somehow traveling the world). Maybe they should keep her.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/15/asia/hong-kong-us-mother-baby-stranded/index.html
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Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post

So some American lady had a baby in Hong Kong and she won't or can't pay for the hospital fees, so they won't give her a birth certificate and she can't leave without papers for the baby. Okay, whatever.

Then I see that she named the baby "Kyuss." And the "health insurance" the article says won't pay turns out to be Medicaid (she can't pay for her own healthcare but she's somehow traveling the world). Maybe they should keep her.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/15/asia/hong-kong-us-mother-baby-stranded/index.html

 

She and her husband are self-employed, so they don't have employer-provided insurance. Without an employer-sponsored plan, they likely have to pay a decent amount for their health insurance. It's not uncommon for these plans not to cover pregnancy or certain pregnancy-related expenses.

 

As I'm sure you're aware (or maybe not?), Medicaid has eligibility criteria aside from income. One of these eligibility criteria is pregnancy. It's not uncommon for women to use Medicaid as a secondary insurance to pay for pregnancy-related expenses when their plans do not cover them. In fact, Medicaid pays for almost half of all births in the U.S., so it's not particularly unusual or surprising that a pregnant woman would be using Medicaid.

 

As for her traveling, she was going to her sibling's wedding.

 

So, could she have paid thousands of extra dollars in premiums to purchase a health insurance plan that covered the cost of an unexpected two month premature birth while she was traveling through Hong Kong on the way to China to see her brother get married? Yeah, I suppose she could have. Not doing so doesn't make her an irresponsible person, though, just someone who had some shitty luck.

 

I'm a very cynical person, but not everything that happens is always because a person is a bad person who makes terrible life choices. Sometimes shitty things just happen to people.

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All qualifying health plans are required to cover maternity care and birth. If they don't have private insurance, it's not because her pregnancy wasn't covered.
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