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CNN Anchor Tweets 'Hate Speech Is Excluded From Protection' Under the Constitution'...'Read It' | TheBlaze.com
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CNN ''New Day'' anchor Chris Cuomo drew plenty of Twitter ire Wednesday after saying that hate speech is not protected under the Constitution.
Twitter user Brett MacDonald tweeted at the ''too many people are trying to say hate speech =/= free speech,'' to which Cuomo replied, ''it doesn't. hate speech is excluded from protection. don't just say you love the constitution'...read it.''
As the Twitter masses descended, Cuomo defended himself, citing the 1942 Supreme Court ruling Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, which described ''fighting words'' that ''by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace'' and the punishment of which is not considered a First Amendment violation.
Cuomo's response to one user included a specific reference to the shooting that occurred at a Muhammed cartoon drawing contest in Garland, Texas, in which he acknowledged the event was ''easily [within the] law.''
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Robert Spencer (author) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Robert Bruce Spencer (born February 27, 1962) is an American author and blogger best known for his criticism of Islam and jihad.
As of 2014[update], he has published twelve books, including two New York Times best-selling books. In 2003 he founded and has since directed Jihad Watch, a blog which he describes as containing "news of the international jihad, [and] commentary" which is dedicated to "bringing public attention to the role that jihad theology and ideology plays in the modern world, and to correcting popular misconceptions about the role of jihad and religion in modern-day conflicts".
He has also co-founded Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) and the Freedom Defense Initiative with blogger Pamela Geller, with whom he also co-authored a book, The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America. His viewpoints have been described as anti-Islamic or Islamophobic. The UK Home Office has barred Spencer and Geller from travel to the UK for "making statements that may foster hatred that might lead to inter-community violence".
BackgroundSpencer is a member of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, the Eastern Catholic counterpart of the ancient Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch. It is a sui iuris church of the Catholic Church whose adherents are, according to Spencer, "mostly concentrated in Lebanon and Syria, also in Jordan and the Palestinian territories." His grandparents were forced to emigrate from an area that is now part of Turkey because they were Christians. According to a 2010 interview in New York magazine, Spencer's father worked for the Voice of America during the Cold War, and in his younger days, Spencer himself worked at Revolution Books, a Communist bookstore in New York City founded by Robert Avakian.
Spencer received an M.A. in 1986 in religious studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His masters thesis was on Catholic history. He has said he has been studying Islamic theology, law, and history since 1980. He worked in think tanks for more than 20 years, and in 2002''2003 did a stint as an adjunct fellow with the Free Congress Foundation, an arm of the Heritage Foundation. Spencer named Paul Weyrich, also a Melkite Catholic, as a mentor of his writings on Islam. Spencer writes, "Paul Weyrich taught me a great deal, by word and by example '' about how to deal both personally and professionally with the slanders and smears that are a daily aspect of this work."
CareerSpencer's first book on Islam was published in 2002.
Spencer has given seminars to various law enforcement units in the USA.
Views on IslamSpencer does not believe that traditional Islam is "inherently terroristic" but says he can prove that "traditional Islam contains violent and supremacist elements", and that "its various schools unanimously teach warfare against and the subjugation of unbelievers". However, he rejects the notion that all Muslims are necessarily violent people. He has said that among moderate Muslims, "there are some who are genuinely trying to frame a theory and practice of Islam that will allow for peaceful coexistence with unbelievers as equals." Spencer has also said that he would welcome any Muslim who renounces jihad and dhimmitude to join him in his "anti-jihadist efforts", but feels that anyone pursuing his called-for reforms will face a difficult task, because "the radicals actually do have a stronger theoretical, theological, and legal basis within Islam for what they believe than the moderates do." He has also argued that many so-called reformers are not interested in genuine reform, but instead are aiming to deflect scrutiny of Islam.
Spencer co-founded Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) and the Freedom Defense Initiative (FDI) with Pamela Geller in 2010. Both organizations are designated as hate groups by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Spencer has expressed criticism of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and numerous other Muslim advocacy groups that he claims are closely tied to allegedly jihadist organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood. He has also criticized CAIR for having employed persons who were later convicted of terrorism-related charges.
He has appeared with Ayn Rand Institute speakers on several occasions. In an interview with The Washington Post he was "...asked if he was being deliberately combative and provocative, Spencer chuckled. "Why not?" he asked. "It's fun."
Qur'an critic and secularist author Ibn Warraq has said that Spencer "tells the truth that few in the U.S. or Europe wish to face".Michelle Malkin says that Spencer "tells truths about jihadists that no one else will tell." Conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager has called JihadWatch, "one of the most honorable Web sites that I know of monitoring jihad in the world today."
Opus Dei Father C. John McCloskey called him: ''Perhaps the foremost Catholic expert on Islam in our country.''
Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto accused Spencer of "falsely constructing a divide between Islam and West". She said he was using the Internet to spread hatred of Islam by presenting a "skewed, one-sided, and inflammatory story that only helps to sow the seed of civilizational conflict". Spencer stated that the passage Bhutto cited was written by Ibn Warraq.
Karen Armstrong has criticized Spencer's work as showing "entrenched hostility" towards Islam, and his citations of Islamic scripture as cherry-picked, stating among other examples that "Spencer never cites the Koran's condemnation of all warfare as an 'awesome evil', its prohibition of aggression or its insistence that only self-defence justifies armed conflict..." She concludes that "His book is a gift to extremists who can use it to 'prove' ... that the west is incurably hostile to their faith." Spencer responds: "Yet the verse she quotes (2:217) actually says only that warfare during the 'sacred month' is an 'awesome evil', and adds: 'Persecution is worse than killing.'" Spencer accuses Armstrong of context-dropping by omitting the fact that this was a defense for Muhammad's war in response to his persecution.
Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called Spencer and Geller American anti-Muslim writers because their writings "promote a conspiratorial anti-Muslim agenda under the pretext of fighting radical Islam. This belief system parallels the creation of an ideological '-- and far more deadly '-- form of anti-Semitism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries." He continued, "we must always be wary of those whose love for the Jewish people is born out of hatred of Muslims or Arabs." The Institute on Religion and Democracy said about him: ''Spencer's comprehensive understanding of his Christian faith and Islam along with lucidly insightful writing give the lie to his international notoriety as a bigoted 'Islamophobe.'''
Dinesh D'Souza, of the Hoover Institution, wrote that Spencer downplays the passages of the Quran that urge peace and goodwill to reach one-sided opinions. He contends that Spencer applies a moral standard to Muslim empires that could not have been met by any European empire.
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) listed Spencer as a "Smearcaster" in an article in 2008, stating that "by selectively ignoring inconvenient Islamic texts and commentaries, Spencer concludes that Islam is innately extremist and violent".
ControversiesOn December 20, 2006, the government of Pakistan announced a ban on Spencer's book, The Truth About Muhammad, citing "objectionable material" as the cause.
In 2009, Spencer was asked to participate in an information session about Islam and Muslims designed for ethnic and multicultural librarians entitled "Perspectives on Islam: Beyond the Stereotyping", at the 2009 annual meeting of the American Library Association, which was sponsored by the ALA's Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT). After objections were raised by ALA members and the general public, the three other panelists withdrew in protest and the session was ultimately canceled.
In April 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office rejected the trademarking attempt of Robert Spencer's organization "Stop Islamization of America" to trademark SIOA because their application for a trademark disparages all Muslims as terrorists. The US Trademark Examining attorney refuted Spencer's claims by offering proof with articles found in the LexisNexis databases which document how the majority of Muslims view terrorists as illegitimate adherents of Islam.
In August 2010 The Washington Post cited Spencer, along with Pamela Geller, as conservative bloggers who have been influential in challenging the construction of the Park51 project, which he calls the "Ground Zero mosque". Spencer and Geller's organization Stop Islamization of America launched their first public protest outside of the Park51 location on June 6, 2010. See Park51 controversy article.
In September 2010, on ABC's This Week show, Reza Aslan said that SIOA is an offshoot of SIOE, which he said had been referred to as a Neo-Nazi organization by the European Union. Spencer later challenged Aslan to produce any evidence of his claim.
During Operation Protective Edge, Spencer was accused of spreading an anti-Palestinian misinformation video, originally published by Pamela Geller, by inaccurately claiming a video of an Egyptian die-in protest from Egyptian newspaper El Badil was a video of Hamas faking the number of casualties killed by Israel. Robert Spencer wrote ''as Muhammad said, 'War is deceit.' And so here is more 'Palestinian' victimhood propaganda unmasked. Not that the international media and the world 'human rights community' will take any notice. Video thanks to Pamela Geller.'' After El Badil had the video removed from Geller's YouTube account due to copyright infringement, El Badil wrote that Spencer and Geller's inability to distinguish a die-in protest from an Islamic funeral either makes them "incompetent to speak on Islam or they are professional liars."
In an October 2010 news article, an investigative report by The Tennessean described Spencer as one of several individuals who "...cash in on spreading hate and fear about Islam." Tennessean investigation concluded "IRS filings from 2008 show that Robert Spencer earned $132,537 from the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and Horowitz pocketed over $400,000 for himself in just one year".
Spencer was first invited to be a speaker at the Catholic Men's Conference of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester on March 16, 2013. The Bishop Robert Joseph McManus then decided to recind the invitation.
Ban from entering the UKOn June 26, 2013, Spencer and Pamela Geller were banned from entering the UK. They were due to speak at an English Defence League march in Woolwich, south London, where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed. Home SecretaryTheresa May informed Spencer and Geller that their presence in the UK would "not be conducive to the public good".
A letter from the UK Home Office stated that this decision is based on Spencer's statement that:
"....It [Islam] is a religion and is a belief system that mandates warfare against unbelievers for the purpose for establishing a societal model that is absolutely incompatible with Western society because media and general government unwillingness to face the sources of Islamic terrorism these things remain largely unknown."
The decision, which they cannot appeal, will stand for between three and five years. The ban followed a concerted campaign by the UK anti-extremism and civil rights organization Hope not Hate, which said it had collected 26,000 signatures for a petition to the Home Secretary.
Bruce Bawer said about his banning from Great Britain: "It should be a matter of national shame for Britain that when its government banned Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller from its shores, it was doing the bidding of the counter-counterjihadists of Hope Not Hate '' who, despite their manifestly Stalinist methods and sympathies, are treated by U.K. authorities as reliable ideological gatekeepers, even as the truth-telling Spencers and Gellers are tagged as anathema."
BibliographyBest sellersOther booksNot Peace But a Sword: The Great Chasm Between Christianity and Islam. Catholic Answers. March 25, 2013. ISBN 978-1938983283. Pamela Geller; Robert Spencer (July 27, 2010). The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America. Threshold Editions. ISBN 978-1-4391-8930-6. The Complete Infidels' Guide to the Koran. Regnery Press. September 21, 2009. p. 260. ISBN 978-1-59698-104-1. Did Muhammad Exist?: An Inquiry Into Islam's Obscure Origins, ISI Books, March 2012. ISBN 978-1-61017-061-1Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs. Regnery Press. October 28, 2008. ISBN 978-1-59698-556-8. Religion of Peace?: Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn't, Regnery Publishing, 2007, ISBN 1-59698-515-1The Myth of Islamic Tolerance: How Islamic Law Treats Non-Muslims (editor), Prometheus Books, 2005. ISBN 1-59102-249-5Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West, Regnery Publishing, 2003. ISBN 0-89526-100-6(with Daniel Ali) (2003). Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics: 100 questions and answers. Ascension Press. p. 197. ISBN 0-9659228-5-5. Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest Growing Faith. Encounter Books. October 25, 2002. p. 202. ISBN 1-893554-58-9. Robert Spencer (2014-04-14). The Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth about the War We're In. Regnery Publishing, Incorporated, An Eagle Publishing Company. ISBN 978-1-62157-204-6. See alsoReferences^ abcd"Robert Spencer Jihad Watch, Director Q & A with Brian Lamb". CSpan. August 20, 2006. Retrieved November 30, 2014. ^"Why Jihad Watch?". Jihad Watch. Retrieved June 17, 2011. ^"EDL Anti-Muslim Speakers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer Banned from Britain by Theresa May". Ibtimes. 26 June 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2015. ^http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/06/britain-capitulates-to-jihad.html^"About Robert Spencer". Jihad Watch. Retrieved October 29, 2010. ^Spencer, Robert (October 26, 2010). "Pope must condemn demonizing of Israel". Spero News. ^ abMark Jacobson (August 22, 2010). "Muhammad Comes to Manhattan". New York. Retrieved November 1, 2010. ^"The monophysite in the mirror, by Robert Bruce Spencer". Davis Library Thesis, Religion, 1986. UNC-CH Libraries. ^"Marines gather to honor, celebrate". Trib.com. 2005-10-26. Retrieved 2010-11-01. ^"About Robert Spencer". Jihad Watch. Retrieved 2010-11-25. ^ abRobert Spencer (December 19, 2008). "A Tribute: Paul Weyrich Has Died". Catholic Online. Retrieved December 16, 2010. ^Anti-Muslim speakers still popular in law enforcement training^ ab"The Last Patriot: Worse than Spencer's books!". www.jihadwatch.org. July 7, 2008. ^ abRobert Spencer (January 14, 2006). "What is a moderate Muslim?". Jihad Watch. ^"About Robert Spencer". Jihad Watch. ^ abJohn Hawkins. "An Interview With Robert Spencer". Right Wing News. ^"Backgrounder: Stop Islamization of America (SIOA)". Extremism. Anti-Defamation League. March 25, 2011 [August 26, 2010]. Retrieved February 16, 2012.^Pam Geller On 'Hate Group' Label: 'A Badge of Honor' | TPMMuckraker^"Pamela Geller & Stop Islamization of America". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 27 June 2011. ^Steinback, Robert (Summer 2011). "Jihad Against Islam". Intelligence Report, Issue #142. Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved June 27, 2011. ^"CAIR "unindicted co-conspirator" in Hamas funding case". Jihad Watch. June 4, 2007. ^Robert Spencer (May 27, 2008). "Cair's Continuing Mystery". Human Events. ^"Birds of a Feather". Ariwatch.com. Retrieved 2010-11-01. ^Boorstein, Michelle (2010-08-18). "In flap over mosque near Ground Zero, conservative bloggers gaining influence". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2010-12-15. ^ abThe politically incorrect guide to ... - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2010-11-01. ^Paula Zahn (July 31, 2007). "Koran in the Toilet: Hate Crime?; Political Bedtime Stories". CNN. ^C.J.McCloskey (July 6, 2013). "The Christian-Muslim Gulf". National Catholic Register. ^Benazir Bhutto, Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West, Harper, 2008, pp. 245-6^"Parting Words from Benazir Bhutto". ^Armstrong, Karen (April 27, 2007). "Balancing the Prophet". Financial Times. ^Spencer, Robert (May 5, 2007). "Book adheres to historical record". Financial Times. Retrieved March 6, 2012. ^"ADL: Norwegian Terrorist Motivated By Growing Extremist Ideology In Europe And The U.S.". Retrieved May 8, 2012. ^Foxman, Abraham H. (July 29, 2011). "Norwegian attacks stem from a new ideological hate". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 8, 2012. ^Cutting through Theological Confusion: Robert Spencer's Not Peace but a Sword Distinctly Divides Christianity from Islam^Dinesh D'Souza (March 2, 2007). "Letting Bin Laden Define Islam". Archived from the original on March 4, 2007. ^"Smearcasters: Robert Spencer". Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. Archived from the original on October 22, 2008. ^"Pakistan: Book Closed on Muhammad". ^Raya Kuzyk; Norman Oder (July 11, 2009). "ALA Conference 2009: Panelists Quit Session Featuring 'Islam Basher'". Library Journal. Retrieved June 11, 2011. ^http://tsdr.uspto.gov/documentviewer?caseId=sn77940879&docId=XSS20100420180730^http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/05/us-government-rejects-sioa-trademark----it-offends-islam.html^Michelle Boorstein (August 19, 2010). "In flap over mosque near Ground Zero, conservative bloggers gaining influence". The Washington Post. ^"Should Americans Fear Islam? pt.3". Retrieved June 18, 2011. ^Spencer, Robert (October 4, 2010). "Why is Reza Aslan taken seriously?". Jihad Watch. Retrieved June 18, 2011. ^Pamela Geller is transmitting hate against Palestinians by spreading misinformation, El Badil, (2014). http://elbadil.com/2014/08/24/pamela-geller-transmitting-hate-palestinians-spreading-misinformation/^Conservative Post, Gaza 'Corpses' Caught Moving When They Forget Cameras Are On Them, August 19, 2014 http://conservativepost.com/gaza-corpses-caught-moving-when-they-forget-cameras-are-on-them/^"Anti-Muslim crusaders make millions spreading fear". October 24, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. ^"David Horowitz Freedom Center's IRS Form 990"(PDF). June 3, 2009. Retrieved April 24, 2011. ^Catholic speakers: Conference disinvites Islam expert^Catholic Men's Conference opens ticket sales^"US bloggers banned from entering UK". BBC. June 26, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2013. ^Rawlinson, Kevin (June 26, 2013). "Anti-Ground Zero Mosque campaigners Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer barred from entering Britain to speak at an EDL rally". The Independent (London). 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The Negro Family: The Case For National Action - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The Negro Family: The Case For National Action (the 1965 Moynihan Report) was written by Assistant Secretary of LaborDaniel Patrick Moynihan, a sociologist and later U.S. Senator. It focused on the deep roots of black poverty in America and concluded controversially that the relative absence of nuclear families (those having both a father and mother present) would greatly hinder further progress toward economic and political equality.
Moynihan argued that the rise in single-mother families was not due to a lack of jobs but rather to a destructive vein in ghetto culture that could be traced back to slavery and Jim Crow discrimination. Though black sociologist E. Franklin Frazier had already introduced the idea in the 1930s, Moynihan's argument defied conventional social-science wisdom. As he wrote later, "The work began in the most orthodox setting, the U.S. Department of Labor, to establish at some level of statistical conciseness what 'everyone knew': that economic conditions determine social conditions. Whereupon, it turned out that what everyone knew was evidently not so."
BackgroundWhile "The Negro Family: The Case For National Action" was being written, Moynihan was employed at the U.S. Department of Labor. While analyzing various statistics concerning black poverty he noticed something unusual: Rates of black male unemployment and welfare enrollment '-- instead of running parallel as they always had '-- started to diverge in 1962 in a way that would come to be called "Moynihan's scissors."
When Moynihan wrote, in 1965, on the coming destruction of the black family, the out-of-wedlock birthrate was 25 percent among blacks.
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The report concluded that the structure of family life in the black community constituted a 'tangle of pathology ... capable of perpetuating itself without assistance from the white world,' and that 'at the heart of the deterioration of the fabric of Negro society is the deterioration of the Negro family. It is the fundamental source of the weakness of the Negro community at the present time.' Further, the report argued that the matriarchal structure of black culture weakened the ability of black men to function as authority figures. This particular notion of black familial life has become a widespread, if not dominant, paradigm for comprehending the social and economic disintegration of late twentieth-century black urban life. (pp. 218''219)
Moynihan generally concluded in the report: "The steady expansion of welfare programs can be taken as a measure of the steady disintegration of the Negro family structure over the past generation in the United States".
The Contents of the Moynihan Report, 1965, was given to the United States Department of Labor by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, hence the name of the report. In the introduction of his report, Moynihan states that "the gap between the Negro and most other groups in American society is widening." He also states that due to the failure of the family structure in the lower class that the gap between possibilities for Negroes and other groups will persist in being in-equal, and in favor of other groups. This was based on the continued existence of racism within society, despite the victory that Negroes had won within the context of Civil Rights.
ImportanceThe Moynihan Report has had long-lasting and important implications. Writing to President Lyndon Johnson, then-Assistant Secretary of Labor Patrick Moynihan argued that, without access to jobs and the means to contribute meaningful support to a family, black men would become systematically alienated from their roles as husbands and fathers. This would cause rates of divorce, abandonment and out-of-wedlock births to skyrocket in the black community (a trend that had already begun by the mid-1960s)'--leading to vast increases in the numbers of female-headed households and the high rates of poverty, low educational outcomes, and inflated rates of abuse that are associated with them.
Moynihan made a compelling contemporary argument for the provision of jobs, job programs, vocational training, and educational programs for the Black community. Modern scholars, including Douglas Massey, now consider the report one of the more influential in the construction of the War on Poverty.
Sam Tanenhaus wrote that Moynihan's fights with the New Left over the report were a signal that Great Society liberalism now had political challengers both from the right and from the left.
Reception and following debateFrom the time of its publication, the report has been sharply attacked by Black-American and civil rights leaders as examples of white patronizing, cultural bias, or even racism. The report has, at various times, been condemned or dismissed by the N.A.A.C.P., Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton. Among the complaints lodged at the "Moynihan Report" are the stereotyping of the black family and black men, inferences of inferior academic performance by Black-Americans, portrayals of endemic crime and "pathology" in the black community, and a failure to recognize both cultural bias and racism in standardized tests. The report was criticized for threatening to undermine the place of civil rights on the national agenda, leaving "a vacuum that could be filled with a politics that blamed blacks for their own troubles."
In 1987, scholar Hortense Spillers used the Moynihan Report as an starting point in her essay "Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: An American Grammar Book." In the essay, Spillers criticizes the Moynihan Report for its use of "matriarchy" and "patriarchy" when describing the African-American family. She argues that the terminology used to define white families cannot be used to define African-American families because of the way slavery has impacted the African-American family. She goes through the history of Africans in America, starting with the first time European and African met, and tracing the history of the slave trade. She argues that a slave is divested of his or her gender and becomes nothing more than a body. This also divests the slave of his or her name, lineage, and means the slave family can be broken at any moment. Due to this loss, the idea of patriarchy no longer applies to the African-American family because patriarchy is defined by the ability to pass down a family name through the line of men. Motherhood becomes a means of reinforcing and reproducing the slavery system and the father disappears entirely. Due to this loss of gender identity and the severing of mother and child, Spillers says that the female slave is in a category of her own, outside of what we think of as traditional female gendering. Therefore, we cannot define the African-American family as a matriarchy either, such as the Moynihan Report does.
African-American economist and writer Walter E. Williams has praised the report for its findings. He has also added in response, "The solutions to the major problems that confront many black people won't be found in the political arena, especially not in Washington or state capitols."
Political commentator Heather MacDonald wrote for National Review in 2008, "Conservatives of all stripes routinely praise Daniel Patrick Moynihan's prescience for warning in 1965 that the breakdown of the black family threatened the achievement of racial equality. They rightly blast those liberals who denounced Moynihan's report".
Sociologist Stephen Steinberg explained in 2011, that the Moynihan report was condemned "because it threatened to derail the black liberation movement."
View that Moynihan was attempting to divert responsibilityPsychologist William Ryan coined the phrase "blaming the victim" in his 1971 classic book Blaming the Victim, specifically as a critique of the Moynihan report. He said it was an attempt to divert responsibility for poverty from social structural factors to the behaviors and cultural patterns of the poor.
Feminist critiqueFeminists argue the Moynihan Report presents a "male-centric" view of social problems. A central concern is that Moynihan did not consider basic rational incentives for marriage; he did not account for the possibility that women had historically engaged in marriage in part out of need for material resources, such as adequate wages, otherwise denied via cultural traditions excluding women from most jobs outside the home. With the social revolution of the mid-1900s, women gained better access to government resources meant to ease family and child poverty. Women also increasingly gained access to the workplace. One result of these social changes was that more women were able to subsist independently.
Counter-responseDeclaring Moynihan "prophetic," Ken Auletta, in his 1982 The Underclass, proclaimed that "one cannot talk about poverty in America, or about the underclass, without talking about the weakening family structure of the poor." Both the Baltimore Sun and the New York Times ran series on the black family in 1983, followed by a 1985 Newsweek article called "Moynihan: I Told You So" and a 1986 CBS documentary, The Vanishing Black Family, produced by Bill Moyers, a onetime aide to Lyndon Johnson, who had supported the Moynihan report.
Moynihan responded to criticism in a 2001 interview with PBS, where he said: "My view is we had stumbled onto a major social change in the circumstances of post-modern society. It was not long ago in this past century that an anthropologist working in London '' a very famous man at the time, Malinowski '' postulated what he called the first rule of anthropology: That in all known societies, all male children have an acknowledged male parent. That's what we found out everywhere. ... And well, maybe it's not true anymore. Human societies change."
See alsoReferences^"I was Assistant Secretary for Policy Planning and Research." First Measured Century: Interview: Daniel Patrick Moynihan^Social Disruptions '' Ben Wattenberg, in The First Measured Century (PBS)^The Black Family: 40 Years of Lies -Kay S. Hymowitz^Daniel P. Moynihan, The Negro Family: The Case for National Action, Washington, D.C., Office of Policy Planning and Research, U.S. Department of Labor, 1965.^ abWalter E. Williams (18 November 2006). ""Black Progress" Through Politics?". Capitalism Magazine. ^Moynihan, Daniel. "The Negro Family: The Case For National Action". United States Department of Labor. Retrieved 1 May 2014. ^Moynihan, Daniel. "The Negro Family: The Case For National Action". United States Department of Labor. Retrieved 1 May 2014. ^Tanenhaus, Sam (2009-09-01). The Death of Conservatism. Random House Publishing Group. pp. 71''72. ISBN 9781588369482. Retrieved 18 October 2013. ^Patterson, Freedom Is Not Enough: The Moynihan Report and America's Struggle Over Black Family Life From LBJ to Obama (2010).^ abStephen Steinberg, "Poor Reason - Culture still doesn't explain poverty",Boston Review, January 13, 2011.^Spillers, Hortense. "Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: An American Grammar Book." Diacritics 17.2 (1987): 64''81. JSTOR. Web.^Heather MacDonald (April 14, 2008). "The Hispanic Family: The Case for National Action". National Review. Retrieved January 30, 2011. ^George Kent (2003). "Blaming the Victim, Globally". UN Chronicle online (United Nations Department of Public Information) XL (3). Archived from the original on Dec 24, 2003. ^Illinois state U. archives.^Ryan, William (1976). Blaming the Victim. Vintage. ISBN 0-394-72226-4. ^Jill Quadagno (1994). The Color of Welfare. Oxford University Press. pp. 119''120. ^Esping-Andersen, Gosta (2009). The Incomplete Revolution. Polity Press. pp. 20''25. ^Fuchs, V. (1988). Women's Quest for Economic Equality. Harvard University Press. ^McLanahan, S. and L. Casper, "Growing diversity and inequality in the American family", in R. Farley (ed.), State of the Union: America in the 1990s, New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1995, pp. 1''45.^The Black Family: 40 Years of Lies '' Kay S. Hymowitz in City Journal^"Daniel Patrick Moynihan Interview". PBS.Further readingGeary, Daniel. "Racial Liberalism, the Moynihan Report, and the Daedalus Project on 'The Negro American.'" Daedalus, 140 (Winter 2011), 53''66.Massey, Douglas S., and Robert J. Sampson, "Moynihan Redux: Legacies and Lessons," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 621 (Jan. 2009), 6''27.Patterson, James T. Freedom Is Not Enough: The Moynihan Report and America's Struggle Over Black Family Life From LBJ to Obama (Basic Books; 2010) 264 pages.Wilson, William Julius, "The Moynihan Report and Research on the Black Community," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 621 (Jan. 2009), 34''46.External linksBook review of Ryan's Blaming the Victim: Office of Policy Planning and Research, United States Department of Labor (March 1965) "The Negro Family: The Case For National Action"Office of Policy Planning and Research, United States Department of Labor (March 1965) "The Negro Family: The Case For National Action" '' Moynihan Report hosted by Department of LaborKristol, Irving (August 1971) "The Best of Intentions, the Worst of Results" The Atlantic - discusses Moynihan and his criticsHymowitz, Kay S. (Summer 2005) "The Black Family: 40 Years of Lies" City Journal '' this article argues that early rejection of the Moynihan Report caused untold, needless misery in inner city communities.Ferguson, Roderick A. (2004) Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique University of Minnesota Press. In chapter 4, Ferguson analyzes the Moynihan Report as a coalition of sociological canons, black nationalism, the civil rights movement, neoconservative resentment, and neo-racist tendencies to initiate a trend that sought to reaffirm heteropatriarchal normativity by suggesting that the problems that plagued nonwhites of the US are sourced primarily in their departures from hetero- and patriarchal- norms.
Islamic State on Pamela Geller: ''We will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter'' | Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs: Islam, Jihad, Israel and the Islamic War on the West
Thu, 07 May 2015 02:03
This threat illustrates the savagery and barbarism of the Islamic State. They want me dead for violating Sharia blasphemy laws. What remains to be seen is whether the free world will finally wake up and stand for the freedom of speech, or instead kowtow to this evil and continue to denounce me. What's really frightening and astonishing about this threat is that the media in denouncing me is essentially allying with and even cheering on the Islamic State. I expected this from jihadists. I never expected it from my fellow Americans in the mainstream media.
Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem
''The New Era''
To our brothers and sisters fighting for the Sake of Allah, we make dua for you and ask Allah to guide your bullets, terrify your enemies, and establish you in the Land. As our noble brother in the Phillipines said in his bayah, ''This is the Golden Era, everyone who believes'... is running for Shaheed''.
The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a wiliyah in the heart of our enemy. Our aim was the khanzeer Pamela Geller and to show her that we don't care what land she hides in or what sky shields her; we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter. This will heal the hearts of our brothers and disperse the ones behind her. To those who protect her: this will be your only warning of housing this woman and her circus show. Everyone who houses her events, gives her a platform to spill her filth are legitimate targets. We have been watching closely who was present at this event and the shooter of our brothers. We knew that the target was protected. Our intention was to show how easy we give our lives for the Sake of Allah.
We have 71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack any target we desire. Out of the 71 trained soldiers 23 have signed up for missions like Sunday, We are increasing in number bithnillah. Of the 15 states, 5 we will name'... Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan. The disbelievers who shot our brothers think that you killed someone untrained, nay, they gave you their bodies in plain view because we were watching.
The next six months will be interesting, To our Amir Al Mu'mineen make dua for us and continue your reign, May Allah enoble your face.
May Allah send His peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhummad and all those who follow until the last Day.
''Abu Ibrahim Al Ameriki
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Pamela Geller (born June 14, 1958) is an American political activist and commentator. She is known for her anti-Islamic positions and opposition to Islamic activities and causes, such as the proposed construction of an Islamic community center near the former site of the World Trade Center. Her viewpoints have been described as anti-Islamic or Islamophobic. She says her blogging and campaigns in the United States are against what she terms "creeping Sharia" in the country. She is described as a critic of radical Islam and self-described as opposing political Islam.
She is currently the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative which she co-founded with Robert Spencer. The American Freedom Defense Initiative has been designated an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization known for tracking hate groups. The British government designated Geller's organizations hate groups and barred Geller's entry into the UK in 2013. She and Spencer co-authored the book The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America in 2010.
The Huffington Post has called her "far right", as have other media sources while others, such as the BBC contrast her right-wing support for small government with her socially liberal positions.
Personal lifeGeller is the third of four sisters born to the Jewish family of Reuben, a textile manufacturer, and Lillian Geller. She grew up in Hewlett Harbor, in New York's Long Island. She helped out in her father's business, where she learned to speak fluent Spanish. Two of her sisters became doctors, and the third became a teacher.
Geller attended Lynbrook High School and Hofstra University, though she left before completing her degree.
She was married to Michael Oshry from 1990 until the couple divorced in 2007, and is the mother of four children. As of April 2013[update] she was living in Hewlett, New York.
CareerGeller spent most of the 1980s working at the New York Daily News, first as a financial analyst and then in advertising and marketing. Subsequently she was associate publisher of The New York Observer from 1989 through 1994.
In a Village Voice interview, Geller attributed the advent of her political consciousness to the 9/11 attacks. She created a blog called Atlas Shrugs in 2004. The blog gained thousands of readers in 2006 when Geller reprinted the controversial cartoons of Muhammad originally published in the Jyllands-Posten. In 2007, her campaign against an Arabic-language public school in Brooklyn played "an important role" in the resignation of its principal, Debbie Almontaser.
In 2010 Geller co-founded the American Freedom Defense Initiative organization (FDI) with Robert Spencer. She also co-authored a book with Spencer, The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America (published in July 2010). The book criticizes the Obama administration's treatment of the free-market system, freedom of speech, and foreign policy. She is also a contributor to the conservative magazine Human Events.
Speaking on jihad at the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Geller criticized the Pentagon's report on the 2009 Fort Hood shooting for failing to talk about the religious motivations behind the attack. Geller, who had spoken at the annual CPAC convention four years previous, was forbidden to appear in 2013. Geller attributed her exclusion from the event to her having accused CPAC board members Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan of being "members of the Muslim Brotherhood and secret Islamist agents." Reacting to CPAC's decision to exclude Geller, Mark Steyn called her a "fearless fighter on free speech" and said that he took the board's action "personally."
In April 2013, Rabbi Michael White and Jerome Davidson, denouncing Geller as an anti-Muslim bigot, opposed her presentation on Sharia law at a Long Island synagogue, which was eventually canceled due to security concerns. Israeli journalist Caroline Glick argued that White and Davidson were wrong; Geller opposes jihadists, not all Muslims.
In May 2013, the Jewish Defense League of Canada invited Pamela Geller to speak in Toronto, Canada. Initially, Geller was invited by Rabbi Mendel Kaplan to speak at Chabad@Flamingo. Because Kaplan was a chaplain with the York Regional Police, the police's Hate Crimes Unit stated that Kaplan's invitation conflicted with "our long-held position of inclusivity". Kaplan consequently uninvited Geller, and she spoke at the Toronto Zionist Centre.
She is a supporter of the English Defence League (EDL) saying: "I share the EDL's goals ... We need to encourage rational, reasonable groups that oppose the Islamisation of the west." In June 2013, Geller was scheduled to speak at an EDL rally, but was barred from entering Britain by a Home Office ruling that describes her as having established "anti-Muslim hate groups". Cited as evidence for the ban were statements categorizing al-Qaeda as "a manifestation of devout Islam" and stating that jihad requires Jews as an enemy. Geller called the decision "a striking blow against freedom ... The nation that gave the world the Magna Carta is dead." Hope not Hate, which led a campaign to ban her, applauded the decision as a proper limit to "unfettered free speech".
ViewsGeller opposes both political Islam and radical Islam. Geller has said of herself that she has "no problem with Islam. I have a problem with political Islam." In particular, she says jihadism is a threat to civilization. After expressing her anti-jihad views in controversial subway ads she was called an anti-Muslim bigot and racist by Muneer Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Geller responded to such charges by noting that the ads weren't directed at all Muslims but "only those who engaged in what she characterises as 'Jihad'."
She was mentioned in Anders Behring Breivik's manifesto, however it later came to light that Breivik had intentionally portrayed himself as a counterjihadist and Zionist in order to trick the media into attacking these very people, and to cover up his true allegiance to ''nordicists'' and ''ethnocentric nationalists'' (i.e. neo-Nazis). In a 2014 letter, he stated "The idea was to manipulate the MSM [Main Stream Media] and others so that they would launch a witchhunt and send their media-rape-squads against our opponents. It worked quite well."
Critics believe she crosses the line from a focused criticism of Islamism to a broader hostility towards Islam in general. When she called for an official classification of Islam as "a political movement ... authoritarian and supremacist ... as well as a religion," the ADL responded that "[w]hile the threat of Islamic extremism is a legitimate concern, such a simplistic initiative fails to distinguish between the general Muslim population and extremists motivated by radical interpretations of Islam." Geller repeatedly denies that she is categorically anti-Muslim.Charles Jacobs says that Geller takes aim at "radical Islam," comes to the defense of victims of honor killings, and deals with Islamist antisemitism which the ADL and SPLC fail to address. She has been described as "far right" by The Huffington Post, British newspaper The Guardian, investigative journalist Gary Weiss, and human rights activist Leonard Zeskind. Zeskind also classified Geller as a radical right ideologue, racist, and Islamophobic.
Geller has said that "Islam is the most antisemitic, genocidal ideology in the world."  She holds the view that radical Islam is a bona fide variant of Islam, which she describes in a number of ways: "Muslim terrorists were practicing pure Islam, original Islam." Terrorists don't spring from "perversions of Islam but from the religion itself" "I believe in the idea of a moderate Muslim. I do not believe in the idea of a moderate Islam. ... I think a moderate Muslim is a secular Muslim." She quotes the prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, "... there is no moderate Islam; there is no extreme Islam; Islam is Islam." She argues that Islam must be secularized from within: "I believe most Muslims are secular. I don't believe that most Muslims subscribe to devout fundamentalist Islam by any stretch of the imagination. And we need the secular Muslims to win the battle for the reformation of Islam."
In economics she favors "right-wing" "small government" fiscal policies of cutting taxes and reducing budgets. She is "socially liberal" in her support of abortion legalization and same-sex marriages but she believes drug legalization goes "too far."Gary Weiss writes that Ayn Rand's philosophy of individualism is a major influence in her thought and life. Unlike Rand, Geller is a theist who defends the Judeo-Christian ethical tradition. In her rhetorical style, she shares Rand's "verbal excesses" accompanied by a "willingness to provoke and offend."
She encouraged Israel to "stand loud and proud. Give up nothing. Turn over not a pebble. For every rocket fired, drop a MOAB. Take back Gaza. Secure Judea and Samaria. Stop buying Haaretz. Throw leftists bums out." She is an ardent Zionist. She regards much of the Israeli media as "Jewicidal" and the kibbutz movement as a failed idea and a variety of slavery.
Stop Islamization of AmericaGeller and Robert Spencer co-founded Stop Islamization of America. Geller is a co-founder of Stop Islamization of Nations, an umbrella organization that includes Stop Islamization of America and Stop Islamisation of Europe. Both SIOA and FDI are described as exhibiting anti-Muslim bigotry by the Anti-Defamation League. The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies them as hate groups. According to the Center, Geller is the "anti-Muslim movement's most visible and flamboyant figurehead. She's relentlessly shrill and coarse in her broad-based denunciations of Islam." Geller has dismissed the SPLC as an "uber left" organization, and in 2015 stated "Who designated the SPLC as a legitimate authority? They are a radical leftist group who targets patriots, vets and even GOP presidential candidates. They have never named a jihadi group as a hate group."
Park51In May 2010, they began a campaign against the proposed Park51 Islamic community center and mosque, which Geller called the "Ground Zero Mega Mosque". She says that Park51 is viewed by Muslims as a "triumphal" monument built on "conquered land", and said, "I'm not leading the charge against the Islamic center near Ground Zero. The majority of Americans'--70%'--find this deeply insulting, offensive. To call it anti-Muslim is a gross misrepresentation and to say that I'm responsible for all this emotion, again a gross misrepresentation".
When asked in an August 17, 2010, interview on CNN whether she agreed "that the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 were practicing a perverted form of Islam, and that is not what is going to be practiced at this mosque", she responded "I will say that the Muslim terrorists were practicing pure Islam, original Islam."
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, criticized Geller, stating:
People say don't give her too much credit, she's a fringe character, but she is a fringe character who every day is on CNN, Fox, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. She is the driving force behind the Islamic center campaign. I would say that she is the queen of the Muslim bashers, I see her rise and the rise of these anti-Islam hate groups going hand in hand.
Eric Boehlert, a senior fellow at progressive watchdog group Media Matters for America, concurred with Hooper, remarking that "she's been instrumental, she has whipped up hatred in the right-wing blogosphere and now that's spilled out into the wider community" while Andrew C. McCarthy, writing in the conservative magazine National Review, criticized Hooper's remarks on the matter, citing his controversial comments about Islamism and the United States. Media Matters said "Geller's history of outrageous, inflammatory and false claims, particularly when it comes to issues related to Islam, demonstrate that she cannot be expected to make accurate statements and should not be rewarded with a platform on national television."
Paid ads on public transitStop Islamization of America has sponsored ads which carry messages such as "Fatwa on Your Head?" and "Leaving Islam?" in several cities, including New York City and Miami, pointing readers to a website called RefugefromIslam.com. Geller said the ads were meant to provide resources for Muslims who were afraid to leave the religion.
Geller and FDI/SIOA paid to run ads on the transit systems of New York City, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. The ad approved to run on the New York City Subway and San Francisco buses read: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."
New York's MTA initially refused to display the ads in the New York City Subway system. The authority's decision was overturned in July 2012, when Judge Paul A. Engelmayer of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that the ad was protected speech under the First Amendment, and that the MTA's actions were unconstitutional. The judge held in a 35-page opinion that the rejected ad was "not only protected speech '-- it is core political speech ... [which as such] is afforded the highest level of protection under the First Amendment."
Opponents argue that the ad implies Muslims are savages. Others argue the opposite, that it is insulting to assume Muslims will identify with violent jihadi. Some moderate Muslims argue that Geller's use of the word jihad is identical to Islamic extremists' and too common in general American usage. Some moderates seek to focus on the notion of jihad as a striving, but find "rebranding" difficult in today's culture.
The Jewish Council for Public Affairs called the ad "bigoted, divisive", and JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow said, "The fact that ads have been placed in the subway attacking Israel does not excuse the use of attack ads against Muslims". Israel Kasnett, editor for the Jerusalem Post, argued that Geller is right in her description of violent jihad. Jewish groups such as the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Anti-Defamation League "successfully persuaded the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to donate proceeds from the ads to the city's Human Rights Commission".
In 2013, Geller purchased ad space at 39 New York City Subway stations for a new ad that "links Islam to terrorism". Prompted by an ad critical of Israel on the subway, Geller said she is exercising her freedom of speech by showing a picture of the burning World Trade Center with a quote from the Koran. The ads went up in January 2013 and ran about a month.
In the fall of 2014, Geller paid $100,000 for a series of ads to run on the MTA again. They link Islam to the Islamic State, Hamas, Adolf Hitler, and the beheading of James Foley; the MTA is legally required to run the ads, but objected to it at first, prompting a lawsuit by Geller. RT.com (formerly Russia Today, opined "Islamophobic Hitler ads appear on San Francisco buses." In April 2015, the MTA banned these ads.
Curtis Culwell Center attackGeller helped to organize a "Draw the Prophet" cartoon contest on May 3, 2015, at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, the same site where a Muslim group held a "Stand With the Prophet" event in January 2015 after the Charlie Hebdo shooting. The same day, shots were fired at the event in Garland, resulting in the death of two suspects and the injury of one Garland Independent School District (ISD) police officer.
Atlas Shrugs blogGeller's blog, Atlas Shrugs, is named in homage to novelist/philosopher Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged. Rand's writings had a seminal influence on her thought. Geller was a frequent and prolific commenter on the blogLittle Green Footballs when, encouraged by a fellow commenter, she started her own blog in late 2004. She refers to her blog as "my living room and kitchen '-- a place where she can kick back and yell, like some people shout at their TV" in contrast to her books and published articles which are "more studied and more measured."
Her first "spike" in traffic came in early 2006. When thousands of Muslims worldwide protested '' sometimes violently '' over cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad printed in a Danish newspaper, Geller posted the cartoons on her blog. Consequently her hits increased dramatically to tens of thousands. By September 2010 she was attracting 184,000 visitors per month.
During the 2008 Presidential campaign she posted a number of critical articles on Barack Obama, including a campaign donation story that was picked up by the national media. She also published many controversial claims, some of which she later distanced herself from, including that Obama's mother was involved in pornography, that his "spiritual father" was a child rapist, that Obama "was involved with a crack whore in his youth", and that Malcolm X had impregnated his mother.
Critics say that many other claims that Geller has published in her blog are outrageous. For example, she has published articles that said black South Africans are engaging in a "genocide" against whites; that argued the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, one of Islam's holiest sites, should be removed; and that defended Slobodan MiloÅeviÄ and Radovan KaradÅ¾ic, perpetrators of the Bosnian War and genocide against Bosnian Muslims and Croats, denying the existence of Serbian concentration camps and arguing that the many Muslim war victims were murdered by their own people in order to bring condemnation on the Serbs. She denies supporting MiloÅeviÄ but has expressed skepticism of some accounts of the camps.
Media responseAccording to Cord Jefferson, writing in the American Prospect, "the media often craves controversy over substance" and paid "disproportionate attention" to the Park51 story. Citing Salon writer Justin Elliot as evidence that "the controversy was kicked up and driven by Pamela Geller ... whose sinister portrayal of the project was embraced by Rupert Murdoch's New York Post." Jefferson concludes that "... a small-time political blogger with an obsession was able to hijack the news cycle for months." The story was erroneously labeled "The Ground Zero Mosque" by "multiple conservative media outlets such as Fox News and drew national attention.
William McGurn, writing in the Wall Street Journal on the subway ads, says they were meant to provoke by being ambiguous. There were immediately taken as many as hateful and "racist". McGurn says "most Americans probably read it the way it is written: Israel is a civilized nation under attack from people who do savage things in the name of jihad." He points out that the word "jihad" is taken in a benign spiritual sense or as a violent militant sense. He finds the media is too quick to assume the ad is an attack on the religion and all Muslims.
The blog has been criticized by progressiveMedia Matters for America,. She was called "extreme" by Chris McGreal of The Guardian. Conversely, it has been praised by Caroline Glick, managing editor of The Jerusalem Post, who hailed the blog's coverage of Muslim "honor killings" and called her "an intrepid blogger".
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"Anti-Ground Zero Mosque campaigners Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer barred from entering Britain to speak at an EDL rally". The Independent (London). ^"Pamela Geller". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 10 April 2015. ^Terry Davidson (May 1, 2013). "York Regional Police threaten rabbi's role as chaplain over Pamela Geller speech". Toronto Sun. Retrieved May 5, 2013. ^ abMike Stone; Lisa Maria Garza (4 May 2015). "Police shoot dead 2 gunmen at Texas exhibit of Prophet Mohammad cartoons". Reuters. ^ ab"Contact". Stop Islamization of America. Archived from the original on August 17, 2010. Retrieved September 14, 2010. ^Yan, Holly (May 4, 2015). "Garland shooting: What is the American Freedom Defense Initiative?". CNN. Retrieved 4 May 2015. ^ abc"Pamela Geller: America's 'bigoted blogger'". BBC news. 5 May 2015. ^ abcCharles Jacobs (May 10, 2013). "Pamela Geller, Jewish heroine". The Jewish Advocate. Geller thinks Radical Islam is a threat to Western civilization and that our politically correct leaders who persist in being willfully blind are endangering us all. Having this view attracts detractors. Expressing it daily, with no holds barred, with gory photos of the victims of jihad and outrageous details of how our leaders betray us, has earned Pamela a baying herd of defamers. ^Gary Weiss, Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America's Soul, Macmillan, 2012 p. 136.^"Papa". Atlas Shrugs. June 21, 2009. Retrieved September 15, 2010. ^ abBart Jones (April 8, 2013). "Blogger involved in 'Ground Zero mosque' controversy to speak in Great Neck". Newsday. Retrieved February 21, 2014. ^ abcdeBurke, Daniel (May 25, 2011) . "Pamela Geller, 'Queen Of Muslim Bashers,' At Center Of N.Y. 'Mosque' Debate". The Huffington Post. Religion News Service. Retrieved January 12, 2012. ^"New Editor Named for Observer". The New York Times. May 10, 1994. 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December 14, 2010.External linksPersondataNameGeller, PamelaAlternative namesOshry, PamelaShort descriptionAmerican blogger, author, political activist, and commentatorDate of birthJune 14, 1958Place of birthHewlett Harbor, New York, U.S.Date of deathPlace of death
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The most racist places in America, according to Google - The Washington Post
Mon, 04 May 2015 19:34
Where do America's most racist people live? "The rural Northeast and South," suggests a new study just published in PLOS ONE.
The paper introduces a novel but makes-tons-of-sense-when-you-think-about-it method for measuring the incidence of racist attitudes: Google search data. The methodology comes from data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz. He's used it before to measure the effect of racist attitudes on Barack Obama's electoral prospects.
[Data suggest Republicans have a race problem]
"Google data, evidence suggests, are unlikely to suffer from major social censoring," Stephens-Davidowitz wrote in a previous paper. "Google searchers are online and likely alone, both of which make it easier to express socially taboo thoughts. Individuals, indeed, note that they are unusually forthcoming with Google." He also notes that the Google measure correlates strongly with other standard measures social science researchers have used to study racist attitudes.
This is important, because racism is a notoriously tricky thing to measure. Traditional survey methods don't really work -- if you flat-out ask someone if they're racist, they will simply tell you no. That's partly because most racism in society today operates at the subconscious level, or gets vented anonymously online.
For the PLOS ONE paper, researchers looked at searches containing the N-word. People search frequently for it, roughly as often as searches for "migraine(s)," "economist," "sweater," "Daily Show," and "Lakers." (The authors attempted to control for variants of the N-word not necessarily intended as pejoratives, excluding the "a" version of the word that analysis revealed was often used "in different contexts compared to searches of the term ending in '-er'.")
[An entrenched racial slur is now more prevalent than ever]
It's also important to note that not all people searching for the N-word are motivated by racism, and that not all racists search for that word, either. But aggregated over several years and several million searches, the data give a pretty good approximation of where a particular type of racist attitude is the strongest.
Interestingly, on the map above the most concentrated cluster of racist searches happened not in the South, but rather along the spine of the Appalachians running from Georgia all the way up to New York and southern Vermont.
[Three quarters of whites don't have any non-white friends]
Other hotbeds of racist searches appear in areas of the Gulf Coast, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and a large portion of Ohio. But the searches get rarer the further West you go. West of Texas, no region falls into the "much more than average" category. This map follows the general contours of a map of racist Tweets made by researchers at Humboldt State University.
So some people are sitting at home by themselves, Googling a bunch of racist stuff. What does it matter? As it turns out, it matters quite a bit. The researchers on the PLOS ONE paper found that racist searches were correlated with higher mortality rates for blacks, even after controlling for a variety of racial and socio-economic variables.
"Results from our study indicate that living in an area characterized by a one standard deviation greater proportion of racist Google searches is associated with an 8.2% increase in the all-cause mortality rate among Blacks," the authors conclude. Now, of course, Google searches aren't directly leading to the deaths of African Americans. But previous research has shown that the prevalence of racist attitudes can contribute to poor health and economic outcomes among black residents.
"Racially motivated experiences of discrimination impact health via diminished socioeconomic attainment and by enforcing patterns in racial residential segregation, geographically isolating large segments of the Black population into worse neighborhood conditions," the authors write, summarizing existing research. "Racial discrimination in employment can also lead to lower income and greater financial strain, which in turn have been linked to worse mental and physical health outcomes."
[White people are winning the 'war on whites']
Christopher Ingraham writes about politics, drug policy and all things data. He previously worked at the Brookings Institution and the Pew Research Center.
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Prince to play surprise concert in Baltimore Sunday - Baltimore Sun
Thu, 07 May 2015 14:50
May 6, 8:31 p.m. update: $122 tickets are back in circulation on Ticketmaster.
May 6, 5:58 p.m. update: Employees of Royal Farms Arena would not comment on sales figures or projections at this time. Based on our own searching of ticketmaster.com, it appears the first two tiers of tickets ($22, $122) have sold out. Other tickets ($197, $497) are still available.
May 6, 4:51 p.m. update: Ticketmaster, a subsidiary of Live Nation, has listed the price range for tickets: $22-$497 before fees. Tickets for the concert '-- which is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Sunday according to the Royal Farms Arena website '-- go on sale at 5 p.m.
Other ticket information to keep in mind:
' There is a two-ticket limit per household.
' Tickets are only available through ticketmaster.com and livenation.com. No tickets will be sold at the arena's box office, per Royal Farms Arena's website.
' There are only two delivery options for tickets: "Print at Home" or via "Mobile." No tickets will be left at will call.
Prince will play a surprise "Rally 4 Peace" concert at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore on Sunday, following the unrest last week over the death of Freddie Gray.
Other music stars are expected to join Prince and his 3RDEYEGIRL band at the Mother's Day concert, which they hope will be a "catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S.," the announcement said.
Tickets for the show, which was announced Tuesday night, go on sale at LiveNation.com Wednesday at 5 p.m.
"As a symbolic message of our shared humanity and love for one another, attendees are invited to wear something gray in tribute to all those recently lost in the violence," the announcement said.
According the press release, Prince will also take this opportunity to give back to the city hosting him. "A portion of the proceeds will be directed to the benefit of local Baltimore based youth charities," according to the announcement.
Prince is expected to debut his protest song, written last week, titled "Baltimore." The song has not been released, but the lyrics were posted online.
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Dave Goldberg, Silicon Valley Executive, Died of Head Trauma, Official Says - NYTimes.com
Mon, 04 May 2015 22:41
SAN FRANCISCO '-- Dave Goldberg, the chief executive of SurveyMonkey and husband of Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, died of head trauma Friday night after he collapsed at the gym at a private resort in Mexico, according to a Mexican government official.
Mr. Goldberg, 47, was on vacation with family and friends at the Four Seasons Resort near Punta Mita, close to Puerto Vallarta in southwest Mexico, according to a spokesman for the prosecutor's office in Nayarit State. Mr. Goldberg left his room around 4 p.m. on Friday, collapsed while exercising and died of head trauma and blood loss, said the spokesman. His brother, Robert Goldberg, found him on the floor of the gym at the resort at around 7 p.m., with blood around him. The spokesman said it appears ''he fell off the treadmill and cracked his head open.''
Mr. Goldberg was transported to Hospital San Javier in Nuevo Vallarta, with weak vital signs, and died there, said the spokesman, who added that the incident appeared to be an accident. Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook and a friend of the family, had said the death occurred while Mr. Goldberg was on vacation with Ms. Sandberg.
Mr. Goldberg's death was announced by his brother and by SurveyMonkey on Saturday, but no cause or details of where it occurred were disclosed at that time. The lack of information prompted a wave of speculation about what happened to Mr. Goldberg, who was well regarded as an entrepreneur and mentor and was the less famous half of one of Silicon Valley's most prominent power couples.
Ms. Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, has made no public statements about her husband's death.
The family is planning an invitation-only celebration of Mr. Goldberg's life on Tuesday at Stanford Memorial Auditorium. Men planning to attend were urged not to wear ties ''in keeping with Dave's lifelong hatred of ties,'' according to an emailed invitation sent to friends of the couple. The invitation added, ''Out of respect for the family, please do not take pictures or post to social media'' from the event.
The Walt Disney Company said it would move the time of its second-quarter earnings release on Tuesday so executives could attend the funeral. Ms. Sandberg is a Disney board member.
Mr. Goldberg, who had worked at Yahoo and at a venture capital firm before running SurveyMonkey, lived with Ms. Sandberg in Menlo Park, Calif. They have two children. He is also survived by his mother, Paula Goldberg.
SurveyMonkey, a start-up that makes web survey technology, has not yet named an interim successor to Mr. Goldberg. Selina Tobaccowala is the company's president, and Tim Maly is its chief operating officer and chief financial officer.
Vindu Goel reported from San Francisco and Randal C. Archibold from Mexico City. Paulina Villegas contributed reporting from Mexico City and Jodi Kantor contributed reporting from New York.
Correction: May 4, 2015
An earlier version of this article misstated the Mexican state represented by a prosecutor's office spokesman who gave details of Mr. Goldberg's death. It is Nayarit, not Jalisco.
Vindu Goel reported from San Francisco and Randal C. Archibold from Mexico City. Paulina Villegas contributed reporting from Mexico City and Jodi Kantor contributed reporting from New York.
Dave Goldberg cause of death? I think it's suicide | Penelope Trunk Careers
Tue, 05 May 2015 01:51
First of all, let me say that I feel really bad for everyone who is losing Dave Goldberg in their life. I feel bad that he will not get to see his two kids grow up. His death is very sad. I have not had a spouse die or a parent die and I'm sure the experience is more awful than I could even imagine.
Still. I can't help but wonder how he died. It is completely standard in journalism to report the cause of death when the announcement is made. After the initial, cursory announcement of death, major publications frequently run an obituary when a famous person dies, yet the Wall St. Journal and the New York Times ran formal obituaries and still mention nothing of the cause of death.
If there were suspicion of murder, there would be a police report.
If there were some sort of complicated condition that Dave kept a secret, the death announcement could follow a time-honored tradition of being vague and uninformative, like saying ''heart condition'' or ''muscular complication'' or even ''degenerative disease''.
Let's say he has a terrible disease, like the one in Still Alice, where he will die early and so will his children. And let's say his children do not know and the family has chosen not to tell them. Fine. The announcement could use that same, vague language.
If the family does not want to talk about the cause of death, it seems that the most logical thing to do would be to announce some sort of vague cause that would stop people from asking questions. But surely the family knows there will be questions if they say nothing. Dave and Sheryl are the most vocal couple on the planet about how to have a dual-career marriage, and one half of that marriage is gone. Of course people will ask questions. The best way to stop the questions is to give a vague, boring cause of death.
So the only explanation I can see for being totally quiet on this topic is that he killed himself.
Why is this important? Why do I get to ask the personally invasive question about his death?
Because Sheryl Sandberg, who was married to him, is not only Facebook's COO, but she is also the author of the book Lean In. That book tells women that they should have a career like Sheryl's. And, most significantly for this post, that women should pick a spouse like Dave.
Sheryl has said over and over again that it is because of her spouse that she is able to Lean In (which, loosely translated, means work insanely long hours and have kids and have a great marriage).
I want to know, how can someone Lean In as a single parent? I wonder how someone will Lean In when there is no other parent to comfort a sad child.
If this sounds spiteful and ugly it is. But I think it is also appropriate, and whoelsewouldsayitbesidesme?
Most people have something in their life that prevents them from leaning in. I don't actually even think this is a gender thing. I coach hundreds of men whose earning power plateaus because they won't relocate or they won't work weekends, or they want to be home for spring break. It's not that we are victims of life, it's that at some point in most of our lives there comes a time when something else is more important than Leaning In.
I don't have any evidence that it was a suicide. All I have is someone notable died and no one is saying how. And however Sheryl's husband died is news, since she has been news for three years telling women their husband is instrumental into the process of Leaning In.
But really, I just want to know how Dave died. Because I think he killed himself. And if he did, this might tells us a lot about what happens when both people in marriage Lean In.
Update: A few hours after I published this post news outlets started reporting various other causes of death. Here is my response to those reports: Do we still have to lean in if Dave Goldberg is dead?
Hypovolemic shock: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia
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Hypovolemic Shock: Causes, Symptoms & Diagnosis
Tue, 05 May 2015 02:25
What Is Hypovolemic Shock?Hypovolemic shock, also called hemorrhagic shock, is a life-threatening condition that results when you lose more than 20 percent (one-fifth) of your body's blood or fluid supply. This severe fluid loss makes it impossible for the heart to pump sufficient blood to your body. Hypovolemic shock can cause many of your organs to fail. The condition requires immediate emergency medical attention in order to survive.
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What Causes Hypovolemic Shock?Hypovolemic shock results from significant blood and/or fluid losses in your body. Blood loss of this magnitude can occur because of:
bleeding from cuts or woundsbleeding from blunt traumatic injuries due to accidents or seizure activityinternal bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract or ruptured ectopic pregnancyIn addition to actual blood loss, the loss of body fluids can cause a decrease in blood volume. This can occur in cases of:
excessive diarrheasevere burnsprotracted and excessive vomitingexcessive sweatingWhen heavy bleeding occurs, there is not enough blood flow to the organs in your body. Blood carries oxygen and other essential substances to your organs and tissues. When these substances are lost more quickly than they can be replaced, organs in the body begin to shut down. As your heart shuts down and fails to circulate an adequate amount of blood through your body, symptoms of shock occur. Blood pressure plummets and there is a massive drop in body temperature, which can be life threatening.
According to the Mayo Clinic, hemorrhagic shock is the leading cause of death in people with traumatic injuries. (Mayo Clinic)
What are the Symptoms of Hypovolemic Shock?The symptoms of hypovolemic shock vary with the severity of the fluid and/or blood loss. However, all symptoms of shock are life threatening and should be treated as a medical emergency. Internal bleeding symptoms may be hard to recognize until symptoms of shock appear. However, external bleeding will be visible. Symptoms of hemorrhagic shock may not appear immediately. Older adults may not experience these symptoms until the shock has progressed significantly.
anxietyblue lips and fingernailslow or no urine outputprofuse sweatingshallow breathingdizzinessconfusionchest painloss of consciousnesslow blood pressurerapid heart rateweak pulseThe sign of external hemorrhaging is bleeding profusely at the site of injury.
Signs of internal hemorrhaging include:
abdominal painblood in the stoolblood in the urinevaginal bleeding (heavy, usually outside of normal menstruation)vomiting bloodchest painabdominal swellingIf you have any signs of hemorrhaging or of hemorrhagic shock, seek medical attention immediately. Have someone drive you to the hospital or call 911. Do not drive to the hospital on your own if you are bleeding profusely or if you have any symptoms of shock.
Emergency Care and First AidBecause hypovolemic shock is a medical emergency, call 911 immediately if you observe a person experiencing shock symptoms. Until responders arrive:
have the person lie flat with his or her feet elevated about 12 inchesrefrain from moving the person if a head, neck, or back injury is suspectedkeep the person warmrefrain from giving the person fluids by mouth because of the risk of chokingDo not elevate their head. Remove any visible dirt or debris from the injury site. DO NOT remove embedded glass, a knife, stick, arrow, or any other object stuck in the wound. If the area is clear of debris and no visible object is protruding from it, tie fabric around the site of injury such as a shirt, towel, or blanket to minimize blood loss. Apply pressure to the area. If you can, tie or tape the fabric to the injury.
What Complications are Associated with This Condition?Untreated hypovolemic shock will lead to death. A lack of blood and fluid in your body can lead to the following complications:
damage to organs such as your kidney or braingangrene of the arms or legsheart attackThe effects of hypovolemic shock depend on the amount and speed at which you are losing blood and/or fluids. The extent of your injuries can also determine your chances for survival. If you have chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or heart, lung, or kidney disease, these conditions can increase the likelihood you will experience more complications from hypovolemic shock.
How Is the Condition Diagnosed?There are often no advance warnings of shock. Instead, symptoms tend to arise only when you are already in the throes of the condition. A physical examination can reveal signs of shock, such as low blood pressure and rapid heartbeat. The person may also be less responsive when asked questions by the emergency room doctor.
While heavy bleeding is immediately recognizable, internal bleeding sometimes isn't found until someone shows signs of hemorrhagic shock.
In addition to physical symptoms, your physician may use a variety of testing methods to confirm you are experiencing hypovolemic shock. These include:
blood testing to check for electrolyte imbalances and kidney functionCT scan or an ultrasound to visualize body organsechocardiogram to measure heart rhythmendoscopy to examine the esophagus and other gastrointestinal organsright heart catheterization to check how blood is circulatingurinary catheterization to measure the amount of urine in the bladderOther tests may be ordered based on your symptoms.
How Is the Condition Treated?Once at a hospital, a person suspected of having hypovolemic shock will be given fluids and/or blood products via an intravenous line. Medications that increase the heart's pumping abilities also may be administered. These include dopamine, dobutamine, epinephrine, and/or norepinephrine.
Close cardiac monitoring, as well as monitoring of kidney function, will be done to determine the effectiveness of treatment.
Long-Term OutlookYour outlook will depend on the amount of blood you lost and the type of injury you sustained. The outlook is best in healthy patients who haven't had severe blood loss. Common complications of hemorrhagic shock include:
kidney damageother organ damagedeathSome people may also develop gangrene due to decreased circulation to the limbs. This infection may result in amputation of the affected limbs.
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SurveyMonkey CEO died of head trauma in exercise accident
Tue, 05 May 2015 02:18
MEXICO CITY - A Mexican state official says SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg died of severe head trauma in an exercise accident.
The official says Goldberg was found lying next to a treadmill on Friday at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita near Puerto Vallarta.
The official said family members went to look for him after he didn't return from exercising about 6:30 p.m. He was still alive when discovered and taken to a hospital, where he died.
The official said the cause of death was severe head trauma and hypovolemic shock, or bleeding.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak to the press.
By E. Eduardo Castillo, The Associated Press
6:30-7pm-Mexican Officials Say Dave Goldberg Died After Falling Off Treadmill
Tue, 05 May 2015 16:04
Sheryl Sandberg's husband, SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, reportedly died in a Mexican hospital this weekend after falling off a hotel gym treadmill and hitting his head.
According to the New York Times, Goldberg was on vacation with Sandberg and his brother at a Four Seasons in Punta Mita, Mexico, where he was discovered collapsed on the ground near a treadmill Friday.
Via the AP:
The official said he left his room at about 4 p.m. to exercise, and family members went to look for him after he didn't return. He was found at about 6:30 p.m. in one of the resort's gymnasiums lying by a treadmill in a pool of blood, with a blow to the lower back of his head. He apparently had slipped on the treadmill and hit the machine, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak to the press.
The official said Goldberg still had vital signs when he was discovered, but later died at a hospital in Nuevo Vallarta.
Goldberg's official cause of death was reportedly listed as severe head trauma and hypovolemic shock.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, treadmills cause more accidents than any other type of gym equipment, resulting in around 19,000 emergency room visits in 2009.
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FOUR SEASONS DENIAL-Tech executive Goldberg died after hotel gym accident: official
Tue, 05 May 2015 07:03
Mon May 4, 2015 7:22pm EDTSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - SurveyMonkey Chief Executive Dave Goldberg died Friday from a head injury while exercising at a hotel gym in Mexico, the local prosecutor's office said Monday.
Goldberg, the husband of Facebook Inc (FB.O) Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, fell off a treadmill at the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita and hit his head, the prosecutor's spokesman said.
Goldberg's brother found him on the floor of the gym showing signs of life, the spokesman said. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
No criminal investigation is planned as there were no signs of violence, the spokesman said.
The Four Seasons hotel at Punta Mita denied the reports.
The general manager at the Four Seasons said that Goldberg had not been a guest and that the accident had not taken place at the Four Seasons.
Goldberg's brother announced his death on Saturday morning via a Facebook post, and SurveyMonkey also put out a short statement.
One of Silicon Valley's most admired entrepreneurs, Goldberg was known for his low-key demeanor and the grace and good humor with which he handled being married to one of the nation's most recognizable executives.
Under his leadership, privately held poll-taking company SurveyMonkey grew into a $2 billion business.
A memorial service for Goldberg will be held on Tuesday at Stanford University, according to friends of the family.
(Reporting by Sarah McBride, Simon Gardner and Michelle Conlin; Editing by Richard Chang, Bernard Orr)
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Sandberg's husband died in gym at private resort Palmasola | New York Post
Thu, 07 May 2015 00:26
Popular Silicon Valley executive Dave Goldberg did not die while exercising at a Four Seasons Resort in Mexico '-- nor was he even a guest there, hotel officials said.
It was reported early Monday that Goldberg, who was the husband of Facebook second-in-command Sheryl Sandberg, had died after ''he fell off a treadmill and cracked his head open'' while working out at the private resort.
But the 47-year-old tech veteran had actually been exercising inside a gym at the Palmasola, which is a private resort next door to the Four Seasons Punta Mita, according to a spokesman for the prosecutor's office in Nayarit state.
Officials had told the New York Times that Goldberg died after he lost grip on the railings of a treadmill he was using at the Four Seasons, fell backward and hit his head. The local prosecutor's office then said that the accident happened in a workout room in the Palmasola, which they thought was owned by the Toronto-based resort.
Guests who stay in one of their nine adjacent beachfront villas are also granted full access to the Four Seasons' facilities, a spokesman said.
But officials at the Four Seasons eventually clarified that they do not in fact own the Palmasola '-- and shot down the possibility that Goldberg could have used a gym on their property.
''Four Seasons would like to clarify that, contrary to some media reports, the tragedy did not take place at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita,'' a spokesman said in a statement. ''I am able to confirm that the tragedy did not occur on-site at Four Seasons and that Mr. Goldberg was not in the Four Seasons gym.''
The resort added, ''Mr. Goldberg was not a registered guest at our resort, villas or residences.''
Goldberg, who was the CEO of the website SurveyMonkey, is said to have died from head trauma and blood loss at a hospital in Nuevo Vallarta. There will not be a criminal investigation as there were no signs of violence, the prosecutor's office said.
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Meanwhile, President Obama recalled Tuesday how Goldberg touched the hearts and lives of so many people before his tragic death on Friday.''David Goldberg embodied the definition of a real leader '-- someone who was always looking for ways to empower others,'' he wrote on the White House's Facebook page, in a message signed ''bo.''
''He was generous and kind with everybody, and cared less about the limelight than making sure that the people he worked with and loved succeeded in whatever they did,'' Obama added. ''His skills as an entrepreneur created opportunity for many; his love for his family was a joy to behold, and his example as a husband and father was something we could all learn from. We're heartbroken by him leaving us far too soon '' but we celebrate a remarkable legacy.''
The post struck a chord with Goldberg's friend and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who replied, ''Thank you for this beautiful tribute.''
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Resort Where David Goldberg Died Deletes Treadmill Photo From Its Site
Thu, 07 May 2015 00:23
After days of silence and misreporting, the Mexican resort where Sheryl Sandberg's late husband allegedly died in an exercise fatality has deleted this photo of its treadmill facility.
As of this morning, the website of the Palmasolaresort'--which states it is located ''at the Four Seasons'' in Punta Mita, Mexico'--hosted this photo, apparently taken on its premises:
It's unclear whether this is the exact treadmill upon which David Goldberg reportedly sustained a fatal head injury, but it is a photo of a treadmill nonetheless. A photo that is now completely gone:
We reached out to the Palmasola for comment and we will update if we hear back.
Update: I received this email from a Palmasola rep:
Unfortunately we've been made aware that a few media outlets used this photo without permission and in a way which we felt was insensitive to the family. Out of respect to the family we have removed the image from our website.
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Four Seasons Resort Denies David Goldberg Death Scenario
Thu, 07 May 2015 00:23
Late yesterday, the New York Times reported that David Goldberg, SurveyMonkey CEO and late husband of Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, had been killed after he slipped on a Four Seasons treadmill in Mexico. That's a strange way to go'--but even stranger is that the resort is now denying it.
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The Times report cited an anonymous Mexican state prosecutor, who specified the resort where Goldberg died (the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita), along with other details:
Mr. Goldberg left his room around 4 p.m. on Friday, collapsed while exercising and died of head trauma and blood loss, said the spokesman. His brother, Robert Goldberg, found him on the floor of a gym at around 7 p.m., with blood around him. The spokesman said it appeared ''he fell off the treadmill and cracked his head open.''
But a Reuters article on Goldberg's death includes a denial from this resort:
The Four Seasons hotel at Punta Mita denied the reports.
The general manager at the Four Seasons said that Goldberg had not been a guest and that the accident had not taken place at the Four Seasons.
An AP report echoes Reuters:
The Four Seasons, however, issued a statement saying the incident did not happen on any of its properties and that David Goldberg was not registered as a guest in any of the resort's rooms, villas or residences.
It's of course possible that this chain of super-luxe hotels and resorts wants to distance itself from a high-profile death involving its gym equipment, but to state outright that Goldberg was never even staying there is bizarre. Then again, so is not listing any cause in a high-profile death to begin with.
Update: The Times added this to their article from yesterday:
Correction: May 5, 2015
An earlier version of this article misstated Mr. Goldberg's location at the time of his death. He was at a private villa near the Four Seasons Resort, not at the Four Seasons itself
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Autopsy Report Paints Different Picture Of David Goldberg's Death CBS San Francisco
Wed, 06 May 2015 16:35
PALO ALTO (CBS SF) '-- Autopsy results offer a different idea about how SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg died.
According to CBS News, Goldberg had a heart arrhythmia that may have contributed to his death.
The 47-year-old died after a treadmill accident while on vacation with his family in Mexico.
Authorities in the Mexican state of Nayarit, where the villa is located, said an autopsy had ruled out foul play in Goldberg's death. They noted he suffered a blunt-force injury and a cut on the head but there was no sign of struggle.
There were 24,400 injuries in the U.S. associated with treadmill accidents last year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which said there had been 30 reported deaths from 2003 to 2012.
VIDEO: David Goldberg's Tragic Death Calls Attention To Dangers Of Treadmills
On Tuesday, people from Silicon Valley and beyond gathered at a Stanford auditorium for a private tribute to honor him.
U2 vocalist Bono sang before an audience of some 1,500 mourners that included Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, film director George Lucas and a host of tech company founders, executives and financiers.
Afterward, mourners emerged teary-eyed from Stanford University's Memorial Auditorium, many wearing Minnesota Vikings paraphernalia to commemorate the NFL team loved by Goldberg, a Minneapolis native.
Goldberg was the CEO of online startup Survey Monkey and the husband of Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook.
''Dave was my rock,'' Sandberg wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday. ''We had 11 truly joyful years of the deepest love, happiest marriage and truest partnership that I could imagine.''
Sandberg also said that as heartbroken as she is, she's grateful for every minute they had. And if someone told her that this day would come just 11 years after they married, she still would have walked down that aisle.
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The Blake School: Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient 2014
Tue, 05 May 2015 07:36
Dave Goldberg is the CEO of SurveyMonkey. As an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and industry executive, he has led and grown several online consumer businesses. Dave founded LAUNCH Media Inc. in 1994 and led the company through its acquisition by Yahoo! in 2001. Following the sale, Dave served as vice president and general manager of Yahoo! Music, where he directed the company's global music operation and built it into the Internet's most visited music destination. In 2006, Dave was named one of Billboard Magazine's top power players in digital music. From 2007 until he joined SurveyMonkey in 2009, Dave served as an entrepreneur-in-residence with Benchmark Capital, where he evaluated investment opportunities for the firm and advised portfolio companies. Earlier in his career, Dave was director of marketing strategy and new business development at Capitol Records in Los Angeles. Currently, Dave serves on the board of directors at Dashbox, Graham Holdings Company (formerly The Washington Post Co.) and the nonprofit New Schools Venture Fund. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and government.
Rob has spent many years building ideas into companies. He is currently the founder and CEO of Fresno Inc., a digital content studio. Prior to the creation of Fresno, Rob was the GM of Topps Digital Services, a business unit that was created when he sold the company he founded, GMG Entertainment, to the Topps Company in 2011. Prior to GMG Entertainment, Rob was the CEO of the entertainment marketing firm Gold Marketing Group. He spent seven years as an executive growing LAUNCH Media before it was sold to Yahoo! to become Yahoo! Music. Rob's entrepreneurial spirit began early when at age 22 he became founder and CEO of the llizwe Trading Company, a footwear and apparel company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Currently, Rob is an angel investor, and he and his wife are active supporters of several nonprofit organizations including OPCC and BringChange2Mind. Rob has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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RICO-SurveyMonkey Review: SurveyMonkey '' company took whatever money I had in my bank account - Complaints List
Tue, 05 May 2015 01:59
Last Updated On:October 21, 2014Filed On:October 2, 2012By:Victor MirandaReported Customer Loss =$1,190.00
A company by the name of Survey Monkey sent me a check for 1490.00, which I deposited into my account, waited two days to clear, on Monday the bank had cleared the funds of $1490, I than conducted my first assignment, which was to survey Western Union, there actions, knowledge, customer service skills, etc, and one of the task was to use the funds that they sent me to do a transaction, sending $1065.00 to a Joseph Emmanuel, pick up in Italy, Europe, transaction # 119-829-3048, on the 2nd of Oct my bank had called me and told me that the check was returned, and I had a zero balance, which money was also used to pay my rent, etc, tried to contact the company no answer, now Im in the position of over draft fee, insufficient funds, etc. person dealt with at that company was Lisa Ford
HumaneWatch | RICO Update: Lawsuit Against HSUS Moves Forward
Tue, 05 May 2015 02:08
We have another update in the decade-plus-long litigation drama involving several animal rights groups, including the Humane Society of the United States, involving their alleged racketeering scheme against Feld Entertainment, owner of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
You may recall that in late 2009, animal rights groups saw their legal offensive against the circus tossed out of federal court by United States District Judge Emmet Sullivan of the District of Columbia. Meanwhile, Feld filed a suit against the animal rights groups alleging injuries under the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the same law that's been used to bust mobsters. Very saucy. On July 9, Sullivan denied most of the requests for a motion to dismiss brought by the defendants. Feld's RICO suit will move forward.
Feld first took on the animal rights bullies when they found a plaintiff to sue Feld back in 2000. Tom Rider, a former Feld trainer, alleged elephant abuse by Feld in violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The basis of Feld's RICO suit is that the plaintiffs in the ESA lawsuit, the animal rights groups that are now defendants, were aware that Rider wasn't telling the truth. Feld also alleges that improper payments were made to Rider, the star witness and named plaintiff in the ESA action. The payments of $1,000 every two weeks added up to $190,000 in Rider's pocket, which was, as the court later found, Rider's ''sole source of income.''
Feld's other RICO allegations involve violations of the federal mail and wire fraud statutes and false testimony by Rider.
In 2009, almost a decade after the initial filing, Judge Sullivan threw out the ESA lawsuit, finding that the animal rights plaintiffs lacked legal standing to sue, and further finding that that Rider was ''essentially a paid plaintiff and fact witness who is not credible'' whose testimony was given no weight by the court. Again, Rider received a whopping $190,000 from the animal rights groups. All the while, Rider made claims that he had a ''personal attachment'' to the elephants and that he suffered ''aesthetic injury'' from the way they were abused'--claims that a judge found to be totally lacking credibility. The Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal. (The full opinion is here.)
What's been alleged here is an incredibly elaborate scheme, one that constitutes racketeering under federal law.
So where does HSUS stand in this legal mess?
First, you need to know that the Fund for Animals (FFA) was one of the original plaintiffs in the suit against Feld back in 2000. FFA has been accused of concealing payments to Rider and working with the other activist organizations to do so.
So why do FFA's actions matter? Feld alleges that HSUS and FFA acted as the same group after HSUS obtained most of FFA's assets in 2005, which, as the judge found here, could make HSUS liable for FFA's actions under a theory of de facto merger that gives the successor company liability. On top of that, Feld also alleges that the FFA/HSUS merged entity still participated in the improper payments to Rider. Because of this, Judge Sullivan denied the HSUS motion to dismiss the RICO lawsuit.
But let's not forget about two other defendants in this lawsuit: Jonathan Lovvorn and Kimberly Ockene. At the time of the original suit against Feld, Lovvorn and Ockene were partners at Meyer Glitzenstein and Crystal, the law firm that helped funnel money to Rider, according to Feld's suit. Today, Lovvorn and Ockene are attorneys for HSUS. The court found that both might be held jointly and severally liable for the actions of the partners and the firm.
Feld also claims that Lovvorn is directly liable for his alleged knowledge and discussion of payments to Rider and that he participated in at least some of the payments that FFA/HSUS made to Rider. Feld also claims that as a partner leading the ESA litigation, he may be liable as a controlling member of the RICO scheme. As for Ockene, Feld alleges that she might be indirectly liable for racketeering based on her ''provid[ing] misleading and/or false interrogatory answers in order to cover up the payments to Rider, and defend[ing] a deposition in which the deponent gave false testimony about the Rider payments.'' On all of these allegations, the court refused to dismiss these charges against them.
Legally speaking, this ruling merely clears the way for the case to move forward. A motion to dismiss is a typical action of any defendant. The standard of review for this motion is to assume that everything that the plaintiff alleges is correct, so there is a high bar that defendants must meet in order to stop the suit. Feld only missed that mark in a few instances, so the majority of the suit can still go forward.
As for the original suit that we updated you about in April: A quick look at PACER shows that Feld is still hoping to recover $20 million in attorney's fees, while the attorneys from both sides snipe at each other over their claims.
The RICO defendants now have until August 7 to respond to Feld's complaint, and so, barring an extension, we'll be able to give you an update next month.
When you really consider the assault on circuses, whether it's from Congress or from animal rights lawyers, it's a wonder that any group can survive. Thanks to Feld, others can now see that it is worthwhile to fight back and defend yourself. Unfortunately, it may be donors to HSUS'--who probably thought their money was going to help dogs and cats'--who end up paying Feld's legal bills or treble damages under RICO.
HumaneWatch | Why is SurveyMonkey Funding HSUS?
Tue, 05 May 2015 02:05
We're disappointed to see that SurveyMonkey, a web survey company, has given over $400,000 to the deceptive and manipulative Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Also disappointing has been the company's corporate-speak response, thus far, to inquiries.
For background, here's how SurveyMonkey works: Clients can hire SurveyMonkey to get people to take questionnaires about consumer products or some other topic. SurveyMonkey then offers an incentive to respondents: SurveyMonkey will donate 50 cents for each survey they take to a nonprofit of their choice. (If you sign up a profile from one of the emails HSUS sends to its communication lists begging people to take surveys at SurveyMonkey, your automatic choice is HSUS, though this can be changed.)
The problem is that HSUS isn't a reputable group to be a charity partner, for several reasons.
The American Institute of Philanthropy finds that HSUS spends as little as half of its budget on programs, blowing the rest on overhead'--which earns HSUS a ''D'' grade.HSUS is trying to end all animal agriculture, employing radical activists, including one former PETA activist who has absurdly compared farms to Nazi concentration camps.While polls show that the general public'--and HSUS's own donors'--think that money given to HSUS largely goes to pet shelters, only 1 percent of the money raised by HSUS goes to local shelters, and HSUS doesn't run a single pet shelter'--despite HSUS's deceptive advertising.HSUS and two of its employees are in federal court defending against a lawsuit brought under anti-racketeering (RICO) statutes.HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle has said ''I don't love animals or think they are cute'' and ''I don't want to see another cat or dog born.'' Pacelle also signed at least one check implicated in the scheme outlined in the RICO lawsuit.Congressmen have called for a federal investigation of HSUS for possible violation of its tax-exempt status.Does SurveyMonkey know how its money is being used? How about the survey takers?
SurveyMonkey raised over $700,000 for charity in the past year, with more than half of that going to HSUS. That's unfortunate given that there are other animal charities on SurveyMonkey's program, such as PetFinder, a website where users can look for adoptable animals near their location, or Red Rover, which performs animal rescue.
SurveyMonkey has two alternative choices already and more charities that it could partner with. There's no reason to keep HSUS on the roll.
Posted on 09/20/2013 at 4:42 pm by Humane Watch Team.
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Tue, 05 May 2015 04:38
The huge earthquake in Nepal has caused a lot of damage and suffering. Thousands of people are hurt and homeless. If you want to help the Nepalese, Charity Navigator has a list of screened charities that you can give to. A lot of people also want to help the animals in Nepal, whether personal pets, street ['...]
Please Don't Give to the US Humane Society if You Care About Pets | Douglas Anthony Cooper
Tue, 05 May 2015 04:37
Big-hearted people tend to have warm and truly fuzzy thoughts about the Humane Society of the United States.
This is, after all, the organization that operates shelters nationwide and saves hundreds of thousands of animals. This is the selfless organization that stands up for the voiceless and abused. Although there are countless alternatives, this is the charity you should be sending your money to if you care about pets. Right?
Wrong. This is a complete crock.
First of all, the Humane Society of the United States -- the HSUS -- has no connection whatsoever to your local Humane Society: the one that runs your local shelter. Second, even those local Humane Societies aren't generally all that humane: most operate high-kill shelters that routinely slaughter healthy dogs and cats. Third, although the HSUS does make a great show of standing up for abused animals -- and sometimes accomplishes good things, and sometimes very much the opposite -- there's nothing remotely selfless about this behavior. Why? Because, fourth, the HSUS just isn't all that charitable. Bear with me, and we'll hold a magnifying glass to their generosity, including their recent sorry report card from CharityWatch.
In fact, if you care about dogs, and cats, and bunnies -- as opposed to lobbyists -- it's your duty to toss a water balloon, mischievously, at this outfit. Preferably a water balloon the size of a small planet. One that initiates a tsunami, floats this pernicious organization out to sea -- safely, of course -- and strands them on a barren island, completely devoid of animal life, where they can do no harm.
Let's begin by addressing some popular misconceptions.
The Humane Society of the United States doesn't run any shelters. It has no veterinary clinics. That abused puppy whose photo they've published widely in an urgent bid for donations? That puppy was almost certainly rescued by someone else. It's certainly being cared for by someone else. And it won't see a penny of your donation. Okay, perhaps one penny out of every dollar. (Literally.)
But that doesn't stop the HSUS from working the cute puppy angle. Even though less than one percent of their budget goes to shelter animals, a full 85 percent of their fundraising propaganda features shelter animals. Cute ones.
The HSUS has a whole program aimed at kids. It also targets the people who influence kids: clever. I urge you to visit their web page, entitled "Resources for Parents & Educators." The first word at the top of the page is "DONATE," but that's perhaps a coincidence. Let your eyes wander down. Check out the not-very-random iconography. Let's see: a kid hugs a cute kitten in the banner. Another feeds a cute puppy next to the headline. A cartoony thumbnail advertises Kind News magazine: "Teach kids to be kind to animals with Kind News, our magazine for K-6 students."
"Kind" is an acronym for "Kids in Nature's Defense." That's sweet: They're hoping to seed a whole new generation of lobbyists. I assume this, because they're not much good at anything else. "Defense" -- for the HSUS -- is overwhelmingly a legal process.
Now, I have nothing against lobbyists in general. Or lawyers (since half of my DNA was supplied by one.) My issue is with lobbyists and lawyers who represent themselves as something else.
As a lobby, the HSUS have in fact done some good. They have made real strides in pushing anti-cruelty legislation (although this has been seriously undercut by their CEO's willingness to pal around with the most notorious animal abuser in the nation: see below.) Their efforts to prevent such activities as cockfighting are laudable. They've worked towards eliminating cruel farming practices. This is all work being done by other groups as well, who don't pay themselves HSUS-level salaries, but any contribution here is welcome.
On the other hand, much of what they do -- and much of what drives them -- is sickening.
Especially nauseating -- given how casually they lean on children's love of pets -- is that their CEO, Wayne Pacelle, has suggested that he would be happy to see pets wiped off the face of the earth: "We have no problems with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding." Pacelle has admitted to this quotation, but -- always suave and reasonable -- he insists that he said this a long time ago, and that it has been taken out of context and distorted. He was referring to "rare livestock breeds." Funny that he doesn't address another comment made the same year: "In fact, I don't want to see another dog or cat born."
Rare livestock breeds indeed: the dog; the cat. Now, his thoughts on these matters, he insists, have become "more nuanced." Great. I don't want nuance when it comes to extinction. I want to see a complete repudiation of an utterly revolting proposition.
Keeping all of this in mind, let's enjoy some more Kind News, shall we?
More pictures: kids hugging dogs, touching foreheads with a bird, and -- yes -- a smiling educator holding a kittycat. She looks as if she's just taken one of their special "online courses." Or perhaps a "certificate program." All of which is naturally free of charge, because the HSUS has a budget of 131 million dollars, funded mostly through donations. Oh, it's not free? Over a thousand dollars for a 3-credit course? Yes, it appears they make money even from training people to indoctrinate kids. (For what it's worth, Harvard charges this much for an online course. Which is four credits. And Harvard.) Do these guys do anything out of charity?
Not much, according to the people who track such things. CharityWatch has given the HSUS a grade of 'D'. This means what a D generally means: unsatisfactory.
Now, you can find all sorts of easy-going charity evaluators, who give high marks to even the worst delinquents. Just as you can purchase a really swank degree from the right people, even if you were kicked out of high school for cheating. CharityWatch, on the other hand -- which is the name now used by the American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP) -- is famously rigorous: the most stringent and neutral of the watchdog groups.
What you get from CharityWatch is what you deserve. And a 'D' from these guys is utterly damning. The Mafia could probably manage better than a 'D.' I joke. Okay, I sort of joke. Jim Matthews at Outdoor News Service writes:
In a little-reported ruling by a judge in the District of Columbia earlier this month, the HSUS is going to court to face charges under RICO statutes on racketeering, obstruction of justice, malicious prosecution and other charges.
Those are, yes, the statutes designed to facilitate the prosecution of organized crime: "RICO" stands for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The federal suit was filed by Feld Entertainment. If they get an 'F' in court, then Matthews suggests we may finally see the end of them: "This future lawsuit could easily bankrupt HSUS and put it out of business."
So. A 'D' in Charity. We can only wonder about their marks for "Faith" and "Hope" -- but let's at least hope that your children get better grades than this. Even an A+ kid can be swayed, however, by photos of her peers snuggling mountains of cuteness. You can see why a good, Kind-hearted child would be moved to send in her allowance.
One friend of mine admitted to me: "I actually did send them two dollars once, decades ago, in memory of a pet who had died. My birthday money from my grandmother. Back when two bucks was like $20 today." To be fair, back then the Humane Society may well have deserved her birthday money. They've changed a lot over the years.
Meanwhile, these days, Little Cindy's not sending the precious pennies from her birthday or her lemonade stand to the underfunded shelter workers around the corner; she's sending her donation to a massively wealthy organization composed of well-paid lawyers and lobbyists and fundraisers. And the HSUS isn't keen on sharing. As I've mentioned, local shelters dealing with real live animals see a bit less than one percent of it. Even if little Cindy's too young to do the percentage thing, she'll probably find this, conceptually, kind of gross.
A much greater proportion of Cindy's money goes towards fundraising. Not funds for abused puppies, but funds for the HSUS. Their budget for fundraising is staggering: they spend 39 percent of their yearly budget on filling the coffers. Explain to little Cindy that 39 percent of 131 million is 51 million dollars.
As far as manipulating children goes, this is slightly less appalling than PETA's "Your Daddy Kills Animals" garbage, but it's still just a bit heartbreaking. Kids in fact care about animals. A lot. They don't generally have strong feelings for lobbyists. They don't cry themselves to sleep over lawyers and fundraisers. I expect they wouldn't donate money to an organization that sees an abused puppy as little more than a photo op.
Frankly, I expect most adults wouldn't send in their donations, if they knew what the Humane Society of the United States actually was. In this sense, the HSUS is very much like PETA: a good deal of their funding comes from people who don't have the slightest idea of their real agenda.
The HSUS was a bit more open about their true nature until recently: They were "registered with the Secretary of the Senate as a 'Lobbying Organization' up until August of 2006."
Discerning agenda is a problem with both the HSUS and its enemies. Their most outspoken opponent is HumaneWatch, Richard Berman's organization, which tends to conceal its link to Big Agriculture. I try to avoid quoting them, not because they're inaccurate -- if they were, they'd be sued into dust -- but because they offer a facile ad hominem argument to HSUS apologists: "That can't be true; it comes from the meat lobby."
Now, I'm no vegan. Nevertheless, my allegiance is to shelter animals, not to cattlemen; and this is true of the No Kill movement in general, with which I'm explicitly aligned (a full disclosure offered proudly). I've made this abundantly clear in my writing about PETA.
You'll almost certainly find that some of what I say leads back to Berman: it's unavoidable -- he's everywhere. That, however, is not a refutation. A refutation requires proving that something is wrong. Having triple-checked everything, I am confident that you won't.
Meanwhile, the seriousness of the "Humane" bait-and-switch cannot be overstressed. Local Humane Societies have in fact been known to change their names to prevent the HSUS from luring away donations that should rightly be going to shelters.
As I say, local Humane Societies are often less than saintly, but they are the ones who run those shelters: They're the ones who see actual animals. And not one of them has anything to do with the Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS, which depends upon shelter porn for donations, doesn't really want you to know this.
One of the ugliest examples of this sleight-of-hand involved Fay, a pit bull rescued in a vast sting that exposed dogfighting rings in eight states. About 500 dogs were rescued, and Fay was a particularly harrowing case: she required reconstructive surgery to recreate her lips; the bone in her jaw was in such bad shape that her teeth were falling out. The photos alone made you want to reach for your wallet.
Which many did.
The HSUS sent out a newsletter: "Faye's a lucky survivor: She now sleeps in a warm bed in a safe place. To help save thousands of animals just like her in the new year, we're doing something we've never done before, and it's BIG: We're hoping to raise a million dollars online by December 31 for our 2010 Animal Survivors Fund."
Big is right. That's a lot of money. The problem was this: the dog's name was Fay, not "Faye." And the Humane Society caring for Fay was not the HSUS, but an entirely separate organization: The Humane Society of Missouri.
The HSUS, whose name is helpfully vague, was indeed trying to raise money by exploiting the efforts of a completely different Humane Society: one with a bona fide shelter. Yes, this title trick is pernicious. But it gets worse.
The organization trying to place Fay in a permanent home was Mutts-n-Stuff, a pit-bull rescue now called Phoenix Pack, and dedicated to the "loving memory of Fay." The HSUS, far from caring for Fay or any of the dogs involved in the sting, had been outspoken in its efforts to kill rescued pit bulls. Their attempt to have Michael Vick's pit bulls slaughtered ("euthanized") were notorious. Doubly so now that a supposedly reformed Michael Vick appears in HSUS propaganda, after a fund set up by the Philadelphia Eagles gave the HSUS a $50,000 grant. (I'll expand upon this charming non-transaction in a coming article.)
To recap -- the HSUS, a lobbying group, raised money by exploiting the misery of an abused dog: one that they hadn't rescued, and weren't caring for. An abused dog whose name they didn't even get right. The HSUS hoped that this repulsive tactic would bag them a million dollars. Chump change for these nice people, but still.
And they pulled this disgraceful stunt despite their stated preference, just a couple of years previously, for the slaughter of rescued pit bulls.
Let's put this in perspective, shall we? Young Cindy Lou Who has saved twenty dollars of her chore money, over the course of six months, and really wants to put it towards helping puppies in distress. Ads drenched in pathos, featuring dogs like Fay, inform her that the major player in the business of helping abused puppies -- the very Michael Vick of canine salvation -- is the Humane Society of the United States.
Cindy Lou, as well as her mom and dad, mistakenly assume that this big national Humane Society has something to do with those local shelters dotting the nation, since many of them are called "Humane Societies." Is the HSUS perhaps an umbrella group? National headquarters? The mothership?
Nobody tells them that this wealthy outfit has absolutely nothing to do with these not-very-wealthy shelters. Nothing whatsoever. Nada.
And so Cindy Lou's twenty dollars goes to the guy in rented Santa garb (which carefully conceals a bespoke pinstripe suit), instead of to the people who urgently need it: the ones in overalls doing their desperate best to save animals. Funny, huh? Thigh-slapping, really. Poor little Cindy Lou Sap, huddled over her Kind News magazine.
Stories of this sort, however, sometimes have a surprisingly happy ending. As far as justice goes, I have faith that there is hope for this charity. That judge, who has given the green light to "racketeering and conspiracy" claims against the HSUS and its allies? He has made an especially fair decision: the alleged victims can include "members of the public who may have been improperly induced to make donations."
In short, Cindy.
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Founded1954 (as National Humane Society)FounderFred Myers, Helen Jones, Larry Andrews, Marcia GlaserType501(c)(3)53-0225390FocusAnimal protection, Animal rights, Cruelty to Animals, Humane education, Animal Ethics, Animal law, wildlife conservationLocationCoordinates38°54'²14'"N77°02'²49'"W>> / >>38.904°N 77.047°W>> / 38.904; -77.047Methodpublic education, science-based analysis, training and education, grant-making,litigation, legislation, public policyKey people
Wayne Pacelle, Andrew Rowan, Michael Markarian, Holly Hazard, Roger KindlerRevenue
$125,763,492 (2012)Slogan"Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty"Websitehumanesociety .orgThe Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), based in Washington, D.C., is an American nonprofit organization founded by journalist Fred Myers and three others in 1954, to address what they saw as animal-related cruelties of national scope, and to resolve animal welfare problems by applying strategies beyond the resources or abilities of local organizations. In 2013, the Chronicle of Philanthropy identified HSUS as the 136th largest charity in the United States in its Philanthropy 400 listing, up from 145 in 2011. In 2011, HSUS was rated the number one high impact animal organization by 169 experts in the field, in a survey by Philanthropedia. The group's current major campaigns target five issues: factory farming, animal fighting, the fur trade, puppy mills, and wildlife abuse. The organization works on a full range of animal issues, including companion animals, wildlife, farm animals, horses and other equines, and animals used in research, testing and education.
The HSUS reported its revenue as US$125,763,492 and its net assets at over US$195 million for 2012.
HSUS pursues its global work through an affiliate, Humane Society International, which listed staff members in 17 nations for 2013. Other affiliated entities include the Doris Day Animal League, founded by the actress Doris Day, and the Fund for Animals, founded by the social critic Cleveland Amory. Together with its affiliate, the Fund for Animals, HSUS operates animal sanctuaries in five states.
The HSUS does not run local shelters or oversee local animal care and control agencies, but promotes best practices and supports such entities throughout the country with a range of services. In 2014, it claimed more than 11 million Americans among its members and supporters.
OverviewThe HSUS formed after a schism surfaced in the American Humane Association over pound seizure, rodeo, and other issue of policy. The incorporators of HSUS included four people'--Larry Andrews, Marcia Glaser, Helen Jones, and Fred Myers'--all of whom were active in the leadership of existing local and national groups, who would become its first four employees. They believed that a new kind of organization would strengthen the American humane movement, and they set up HSUS as the "National Humane Society," in Washington, DC to ensure that it could play a strong role in national policy development concerning animal welfare. HSUS's guiding principle was ratified by its national membership in 1956: "The Humane Society of the United States opposes and seeks to prevent all use or exploitation of animals that causes pain, suffering, or fear."
RationaleThe values that shaped HSUS's formation in 1954, came in some degree from the humane movement that originated in the 1860s in the United States. The idea of kindness to animals made significant inroads in American culture in the years following the Civil War. The development of sympathy for creatures in pain, the satisfaction of keeping them as pets, and the heightening awareness about the relationship between cruelty to animals and interpersonal violence strengthened the movement's popular appeal.
The most immediate philosophical influence on 1950s-era advocates, including those associated with HSUS, was the reverence-for-life concept advanced by Albert Schweitzer. Schweitzer included a deep regard for nonhuman animals in his canon of beliefs, and animal advocates laboring to give their concerns a higher profile were buoyed by Schweitzer's 1952 Nobel Peace Prize speech, in which he noted that "compassion, in which ethics takes root, does not assume its true proportions until it embraces not only man but every living being."
Myers and his colleagues found another exemplar of their values in Joseph Wood Krutch (1893''1970), whose writings reflected a deep level of appreciation for wilderness and for nonhuman life. With The Great Chain of Life (1957), Krutch established himself as a philosopher of humaneness, and in 1970, HSUS's highest award was renamed in his honor.
The growing environmental movement of the early 1970s also influenced the ethical and practical evolution of HSUS. The burgeoning crisis of pollution and wildlife-habitat loss made the public increasingly aware that humans needed to change their behavior toward other living things. By that time, too, the treatment of animals had become a topic of serious discussion within moral philosophy.
The debate spilled over into public consciousness with the publication of Peter Singer's Animal Liberation (1975). Singer's book sought to recast concern for animals as a justice-based cause like the movements for civil rights and women's rights.
Much of what Singer wrote concerning the prevention or reduction of animals' suffering was in harmony with HSUS's objectives. Singer's philosophy did not rest upon the rights of animals, and he specifically rejected the framework of rights in favor of a utilitarian assessment that focused on animal sentience. His principal concern, like that of HSUS, was the mitigation and elimination of suffering, and he endorsed the view that ethical treatment sometimes permitted or even required killing animals to end their misery.
The 1980s witnessed a flourishing of concern about animals and a proliferation of new organizations, many influenced by the emergence of a philosophy holding that animals had inherent rights. Those committed to the purest form of animal rights rejected any human use of animals. In this changing context, HSUS faced new challenges. As newer animal organizations adopted more radical approaches to achieve their goals, the organization born in anti-establishment politics now found itself identified - and sometimes criticized - as the "establishment" group of record.
HistoryIn 1954, HSUS's founders decided to create a new kind of animal organization, based in the nation's capital, to confront national cruelties beyond the reach of local societies and state federations. Humane slaughter became an immediate priority and commanded a substantial portion of the organization's resources. Myers and his colleagues also viewed this first campaign as a vehicle for promoting movement cohesion.
Humane slaughter legislationIn 1958, the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act passed, which required the proper use of humane slaughter methods at slaughterhouses subject to federal inspection. Only four years after HSUS's formation, Myers pointed out that the movement had united, for the first time in eighty-five years, to achieve enactment of federal legislation that would affect the lives of tens of millions of animals. He was encouraged that "hundreds of local societies could lift their eyes from local problems to a great national cruelty."
Regulation of experimentation upon animalsHSUS also made the use of animals in research, testing, and education an early focus. In the post''World War II era, an increasingly assertive biomedical research community sought to obtain animals from pounds and shelters handling municipal animal control contracts. Local humane societies across the nation resisted. HSUS sought to bolster the movement's strong opposition to pound seizure, believing that no public pound or privately operated humane society should be compelled by law to provide animals for experimental use.
HSUS took the position that animal experimentation should be regulated, and in the 1950s it placed investigators in laboratories to gather evidence of substandard conditions and animal suffering and neglect. The HSUS was not an anti-vivisection society, Myers explained in 1958. Rather, it stood for the principle that "every humane society '... should be actively concerned about the treatment accorded to such a vast number of animals."
Beginning in the 1990s, HSUS board member David O. Wiebers, a medical doctor associated with the Mayo Clinic, undertook efforts to lessen tensions between animal protection organizations and the scientific community, and to seek to identify areas of common agreement.
Companion animals and sheltersService to local animal shelters, with a special focus on solving problems and challenges of importance to every one of the nation's humane societies, was an early priority for HSUS. Its first brochure, "They Preach Cruelty," focused on the tragedy of animal overpopulation. HSUS and its state branches operated animal shelters in Waterford, Virginia, Salt Lake City Utah, and Boulder, Colorado, and elsewhere, during the 1960s, and part of the 1970s. From the early 1960s onward, HSUS worked to promote the most humane methods possible for euthanasia of animals in shelters, using its Waterford, Virginia animal shelter as a model for best practices in this area.
Under Phyllis Wright, HSUS was a driving force behind the shift to use of sodium pentobarbital for animal euthanasia, in opposition to the use of gas chambers and decompression, the standard shelter killing methods until the early 1980s.
In 1984, a General Accounting Office report confirmed HSUS allegations of major problems with puppy mills in the United States, setting the stage for proposed legislation to regulate mills in the 1990s.
Exposure of cruelty in the dog tradeIn 1961, HSUS investigator Frank McMahon launched a probe of dog dealers around the country to generate support for a federal law to prevent cruelty to animals destined for use in laboratories. The five-year investigation into the multilayered trade in dogs paid off in February 1966 when Life published a photo-essay of a raid conducted on a Maryland dog dealer's premises by McMahon and the state police. The Life spread sparked outrage, and tens of thousands of Americans wrote to their congressional representatives, demanding action to protect animals and prevent pet theft. That summer the U.S. Congress approved the Laboratory Animal Welfare Act (later renamed the "Animal Welfare Act of 1966"), only the second major federal humane law passed since World War II.
Goals and expansionOther broad goals during this time included a reduction in the U.S.'s homeless dog and cat population, the reform of inhumane euthanasia practices, and to regulate pet shops and to end the commercial pet breeding trade. HSUS and its state branches operated animal shelters in Waterford, Virginia, Salt Lake City Utah, and Boulder, Colorado, and elsewhere, during the 1960s, and part of the 1970s. Today, HSUS operates five animal sanctuaries in the states of California, Florida Massachusetts, Oregon, and Texas.
HSUS also worked, from the 1960s, to promote humane education of children in the schools. Much of this work was carried out under the auspices of an affiliate, the National Association for the Advancement of Humane Education. In the 1980s, HSUS sponsored several validation studies designed to demonstrate the value of humane education.
Relationship to animal rightsWhile HSUS welcomed and benefited from growing social interest in animals, it did not originally embrace the language and philosophy of animal rights. Rather, HSUS representatives expressed their beliefs that animals were "entitled to humane treatment and to equal and fair consideration." Like many of the organizations and individuals associated with humane work, HSUS did try to come to terms with the shift toward rights-based language and arguments. In 1978, attorneys Robert Welborn and Murdaugh Stuart Madden conducted a workshop at the HSUS annual conference, "Can Animal Rights Be Legally Defined?", and assembled constituents passed a resolution to the effect that "animals have the right to live and grow under conditions that are comfortable and reasonably natural... animals that are used by man in any way have the right to be free from abuse, pain, and torment caused or permitted by man... animals that are domesticated or whose natural environment is altered by man have the right to receive from man adequate food, shelter, and care." In 1980 the notion of rights surfaced in an HSUS convention resolution which, noting that "such rights naturally evolve from long accepted doctrines of justice or fairness or some other dimension of morality," called for "pursuit on all fronts... the clear articulation and establishment of the rights of animals"
In 1986, HSUS employee John McArdle declared that "HSUS is definitely shifting in the direction of animal rights faster than anyone would realize from our literature". The HSUS fired McArdle shortly thereafter, he alleged, for being an "animal rights activist.". At about the same time, former HSUS president John Hoyt stated that "this new [animal rights] philosophy has served as a catalyst in the shaping of our own philosophies, policies, and goals."
Position against the use of violenceSince 1990 at least, HSUS has expressed a clear opposition to "the use of threats and acts of violence against people and willful destruction and theft of property." In 2008, HSUS offered a reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of parties involved with the firebombing of two University of California animal researchers.
Recent historyIn the spring of 2004, the HSUS board appointed Wayne Pacelle as CEO and president. A former executive director of The Fund for Animals and named in 1997 as "one of America's most important animal rights activists," the Yale graduate spent a decade as HSUS's chief lobbyist and spokesperson, and expressed a strong commitment to expand the organization's base of support as well as its influence on public policies that affect animals. Under Pacelle's leadership, HSUS has undertaken several dozen ballot initiative and referendum campaigns in a number of states, concerning issues like unsporting hunting practices, cruelty in industrial agriculture, greyhound racing, puppy mill cruelty and animal trapping. In August 2014, Pacelle was again named to the NonProfit Times' "Power and Influence Top 50" for his achievements in leading HSUS, the fourth time he has been so recognized.
Since Pacelle's appointment, HSUS has claimed successes such as the adoption of "cage-free" egg-purchasing policies by hundreds of universities and dozens of corporations; the exposure of an international trophy hunting scam subsequently ended through legislative reform; a number of successful congressional votes to outlaw horse slaughter; progress in securing legislation at the state and federal level to outlaw animal fighting and the interstate transport of fighting implements; the enactment of internet hunting bans in nearly all of the states; announcements by Wolfgang Puck and Burger King that they would increase their use of animal products derived under less abusive standards; and an agreement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin enforcement of federal laws concerning the transportation of farm animals.
Animal Protection Litigation sectionHSUS launched an animal protection litigation section in 2005. The section works with several thousand pro bono attorneys around the country to pursue its docket of cases. Under section leader Jonathan Lovvorn, the animal protection litigation group has won approximately three dozen cases in its first decade of existence, taking a practical approach, which Lovvorn explained in a 2012 interview. "We look at cases that are going to have a concrete impact on animals but are winnable. You won't see us out asking for courts to declare animals persons. Or to file habeas corpus requests on behalf of animals, or other things that require judges to go way beyond what they're comfortable with." In 2010, the section estimated that it had filed more than 50 legal actions in 25 states, and won 80% of its cases, while booking 10,000 hours of pro bono attorney time for a total in-kind contribution of $4 million.
Canadian seal cull campaignOnce launched in 2005, The HSUS's campaign to end the hunting of seals in Canada secured pledges to boycott Canadian seafood from 300 restaurants and companies, plus 120,000 individuals. By 2014, the campaign claimed more than 6,500 restaurants, grocery stores and seafood supply companies were participants the Protect Seals campaign.
Corporate expansionThe corporate expansion forged by Pacelle included mergers with The Fund for Animals (2005), founded by social critic and author Cleveland Amory and the Doris Day Animal League (2006), founded by screen actress and singer Doris Day. This made possible the establishment of a separate campaigns department, an equine issues department, a litigation section, the enhancement of signature programs likes Pets for Life and Wild Neighbors, and an expanded range of hands-on care programs for animals. During the first 2½ years of Pacelle's tenure, overall revenues and expenditures grew by more than 50 percent. In early 2008, HSUS re-organized its direct veterinary care work and its veterinary advocacy under a new entity, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, formed through an alliance with the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR).
Corporate Social Responsibility OutreachEngagement with major corporations in an effort to persuade them to press for reforms in their supply chains has been a significant priority for HSUS in the last decade, and as a result of its efforts, more than 60 major food suppliers have used their leverage to change production level practices in the pork industry.
Shareholder resolutions play a part in HSUS campaigns to generate corporate reform.
Faith OutreachIn 2007, HSUS launched a program designed to advance relationships and awareness within the American faith community at all levels. The program provides speakers, produces videos and other materials, and works with faith leaders to lead discussion of animal issues within the broader religious community.
Humane Society Institute for Science and PolicyThe Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy (HSISP), founded in 2010, supports the application of scientific and technical analysis and expertise to animal welfare issues and policy questions worldwide. and HSISP is sustained by HSUS's own core group of academic, scientific, and technical experts in animal welfare, as well as outside scientists. HSISP is the manager of the Animal Studies Repository, a digital collection of academic and scientific resources related to animal studies and to animal welfare science. HSISP has held three conferences, the first on purebred dogs and genetic defects,the second on outdoor cats and associated management issues, and the third on sentience as a factor in determining animal welfare policy.
Hurricane Katrina animal rescueIn September 2005, when thousands of animals were left behind as people evacuated during Hurricane Katrina, HSUS joined other organizations in a massive search-and-rescue effort that saved approximately ten thousand animals, and raised more than $34 million for direct relief, reconstruction, and recovery in the Gulf Coast region. HSUS led the campaign that culminated in the federal passage of the PETS Act in October 2006, requiring all local, state, and federal agencies to include animals in their disaster planning scenarios. HSUS published updates on its spending for a number of years following the disaster; the last appeared in 2011. On the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, HSUS reported that it had spent or committed $7.3 million on direct response and efforts to reunite people and lost pets, $8.3 million on reconstruction grants for 54 humane societies in the Gulf Coast region, and $2.3 million on reimbursement grants to 130 humane societies from around the country that assisted in the response. The society also reported that it had committed $800,000 and $900,000, respectively, to shelter-medicine programs at the veterinary schools of Louisiana State University and Mississippi State University, and $600,000 to the construction of an emergency overflow shelter at the Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, Louisiana. HSUS reported that it had directed $2.76 million in in-kind contributions to the relief effort, and collected another one million dollars from other donors in grants to Gulf Coast societies. In August 2008, Pacelle appeared with Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell at a press conference marking the enactment of a law prohibiting cockfighting in Louisiana, the last state to do so. The prohibition resulted from a longtime campaign led by HSUS. The HSUS remains active in the Gulf region, funding a number of projects aimed at reducing the area's pet overpopulation problem, and improving access to pet care for the Gulf Coast residents. In August 2014, The Louisiana SPCA announced that it had received a grant of $250,000 from HSUS for continuing expansion of its New Orleans headquarters.
Investigation into "faux" furIn late 2006, HSUS broke the story of its investigation into the sale of coats trimmed with real fur but labeled "faux" or fake. Laboratory testing found that the fur came from purpose-bred raccoon dogs in China that were sometimes beaten to death and skinned alive. The story of fur animals beaten to death and skinned alive is disputed by a fur industry trade group. The investigation reportedly prompted several retailers including Macy's and J.C. Penney to pull the garments from the sale floor. Legislation was introduced in the U.S. Congress to require that all fur jackets be properly labeled, and to ban raccoon dog fur.
In 2014, HSUS accused Kohl's department store of selling a men's jacket made with real animal fur as "faux," and issued a warning to consumers.
Investigation of Westland Meat Packing CompanyIn February 2008, after an undercover investigation conducted by HSUS at the Westland Meat Packing Company alleged substantial animal abuse, the USDA forced the recall of 143 million pounds of beef, some of which had been routed into the nation's school lunch program. HSUS had been a longtime advocate for the elimination of downer animals from the nation's food supply, and the undercover investigation led to the USDA adopting the policy. In November 2013, the Justice Department reached a $155 million settlement with the firms that operated the plant.
Petland puppy mills campaignIn the fall of 2008, HSUS also launched a campaign to expose the reliance of the pet store chain Petland on puppy mills where animals are raised under inhumane conditions. However, Jessica Mitler from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the government agency that regulates dog breeders, provided the following response to the HSUS investigation: "The agency has received no complaints from the Humane Society about a particular kennel or Petland; so they have not investigated this specifically." On November 24, 2008, Petland responded to the HSUS campaign video footage of the Petland investigation by stating: "Petland is outraged that HSUS would intentionally use video footage of unrelated kennels in the report to try to mislead the general public into believing these facilities have a connection to Petland." In another statement dated February 19, 2009, Petland stated they turned over death threats and threats of kidnapping generated from the HSUS campaign against Petland to the proper authorities for further investigation. Petland continued by asking HSUS to cease and desist in any actions that may promote malicious intent (directly or indirectly).
On March 17, 2009, HSUS launched a class action suit against Petland on behalf of patrons who allegedly purchased sick animals from the chain, under the alleged pretense that the animals had come from the nation's finest breeders. On August 8, 2009, the case was dismissed by a United States District Judge for lack of facts concerning the case. Petland responded to the dismissal by stating: "The Humane Society of the United States touted the lawsuit in furtherance of its fundraising and media campaign seeking to end the sale of animals through pet stores. Petland denied that it had done anything unlawful, and it believes strongly that consumers have the right to purchase and keep pets." The HSUS does not oppose the ownership of pets, but maintains that the desire for profit in commercial pet stores undermines proper care of companion animals.
Political and legislative initiatives against animal abuse and crueltyDuring 2013, HSUS helped to pass 109 animal protection laws at the state level. In 2006, HSUS helped to secure the passage of 70 new state laws on behalf of animals. Two successful November 2006 ballot initiatives conducted with its support outlawed dove hunting in Michigan and, through Proposition 204, abusive livestock-farming practices in Arizona. In 2008, HSUS helped to pass 91 state animal-welfare laws, including Proposition 2 in California. HSUS was a leader in the Proposition 2 campaign in California, which gained eight million votes on Election Day 2008, more than any other initiative on the ballot. The measure, which prohibits certain intensive confinement practices in agriculture beginning in 2015, passed by a 63.3 to 36.7 percent margin, winning in 46 of 58 counties, and gaining support throughout the state's urban, suburban, and rural areas. It garnered votes from Democrats, Independents, and Republicans alike, as well as among Caucasians, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Latinos. Nearly 800,000 Californians signed petitions to place the measure on the ballot.
HSUS was also a participant in a ballot initiative campaign focusing on inhumane treatment of farm animals in Ohio. The livestock-agriculture initiative was withdrawn from the ballot after a compromise was brokered between HSUS, Ohioans for Humane Farms, the Ohio Farm Bureau, and Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.
HSUS led a campaign against puppy mill cruelty in Missouri in 2010. The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, known as "Prop B", was narrowly passed by Missouri voters.
United Egg ProducersFor several years, HSUS cooperated with the United Egg Producers to secure federal legislation to phase out barren battery cages for all laying hens in the United States. Discussion between HSUS and the United Egg Producers concerning a national standard for egg production began with a meeting between Jerry Crawford, an Iowa resident with ties to the egg production industry, and HSUS's Wayne Pacelle. Crawford recommended a further meeting with the United Egg Producers' Chad Gregory. The context for the meeting was HSUS's commanding win in Proposition 2 in California, and a shared belief that open warfare would serve no one's purposes. Additional negotiations produced the agreement to pursue federal legislation, the Egg Products Inspection Act of 2013, to support a shift to cage-free housing systems for laying hens, like enriched colony cages. The proposal failed in the Congress, and was not taken up in the 2014 Farm Bill, as a result of opposition by livestock production groups concerned over the precedent of federally-mandated standards for housing. Hog producers in particular recognized their vulnerability in reference to gestation crates
Positions and Program WorkAnimal fightingIn July 2007, HSUS led calls for the National Football League to suspend Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in the wake of allegations that he had been involved with dog fighting activity. Vick was prosecuted and convicted under state and federal laws. HSUS has backed upgrades of the federal laws concerning animal fighting in 2007, 2008, and in relation to the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, from 2011 to the present.
Animals in research, testing, and educationIn 1988, HSUS played a role in the revision of the Holt, Rinehart and Winston laboratory manual, Modern Biology, so that it would include information on alternatives to dissection. In 1990, HSUS and the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the USDA to compel inclusion of mice, rats, and birds used in research within the protective orbit of the Animal Welfare Act.
Beginning in the 1990s, HSUS board member David O. Wiebers, a medical doctor associated with the Mayo Clinic, undertook efforts to lessen tensions between animal protection organizations and the scientific community, and to seek to identify areas of common agreement. The announcement by the NIH that it would no longer fund experiments that relied on Class B dealers marked the end of a long campaign by HSUS and other organizations to halt this channel for the supply of animals 
Animals in sports and entertainmentHSUS opposes greyhound racing, animal fighting, and works to limit the use and abuse of animals in certain display and spectacular contexts like zoos, circuses, aquariums, and roadside zoos.
HSUS has been active in anti-greyhound racing campaigns in Florida.
HSUS has long opposed the keeping of marine mammals in captivity and played a key longterm role in the campaign to end captive orca performance at SeaWorld. HSUS opposed the Georgia Aquarium's application to the National Marine Fisheries Service to import 18 beluga whales from Russia, an application the NMFS denied.
Animals used for foodBasic PolicyHSUS opposes cruelty in the raising and slaughter of animals used for food, and has done so since its inception in 1954. HSUS's policy of the 3 Rs encourages its constituents to reduce their consumption of meat and to choose products from humanely raised animals instead of factory farm products.
Support for humane farmers and farmsFormer chief executive officer John Hoyt once declared, "We are not a vegetarian organization, and as a matter of policy do not consider the utilization of animals for food to be either immoral or inappropriate -- a position that, as you might expect, earns us a great deal of criticism from various animal rights organizations." In the 1990s, HSUS published a guide to the purchase of humanely raised meats. HSUS is a supporter of Certified Humane, managed by Humane Farm Animal Care, one of the programs that aims to certify that farm animals have been humanely treated. HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle is a board member of the Global Animal Partnership, which recognizes humane producers with an animal welfare ratings standard that measures and rewards commitment to high welfare approaches. Pacelle frequently speaks with the agricultural press to reinforce HSUS's criticism of contemporary factory farming and related issues. Pacelle has toured family farms operating on humane principles as part of building solidarity against factory farming interests.
In recent years, HSUS has sought to build bridges with small farmers raising animals under humane conditions. One of those farmers is Joe Maxwell, who has worked for HSUS as vice president for rural affairs. In recent years, farmers committed to raising animals in humane conditions have received greater attention and public support. Via Maxwell and other staff members, HSUS has also forged ties with the global Slow Food Movement in connection with discussion of the sustainability of contemporary meat production.
Proposition 2 in CaliforniaHSUS was involved in the ballot initiative campaign to enact California Proposition 2 (2008), enacted as the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, a law requiring that eggs sold in California be laid by hens raised in cage-free settings. An HSUS-led coalition also pressed for the passage of a California foie gras band that took effect in mid-2012.
Gestation crate campaignIn January 2014, in response to a long-running HSUS campaign to end the use of gestation crates in the pork industry, Smithfield and Tyson both announced their commitment to relevant reforms. These announcements by major industry players came after a year in which dozens of other entities had pledged to remove pork from gestation crates in their supply chains. In a January 2014 letter to the National Pork Board, Pacelle challenged that entity to end its resistance to reforms relating to pig housing and to the use of blunt force trauma to kill piglets. In the summer of 2014, HSUS announced its success in helping to influence Heinz, Nestle, and Unilever in their decisions to make substantial commitments to animal welfare, in the form of shifts to cage-free egg purchases and a move away from gestation crates in their supply chains.
Ag Gag legislationWith other animal groups, HSUS played a role in the defeat of Ag-gag, anti-whistleblower laws in a number of states during 2013.
King Amendment to Farm Bill in 2014HSUS also fought against passage of the King Amendment to the farm bill, promoted by Representative Steve King of Iowa. The King Amendment was struck from the compromise bill considered by the U.S. Congress in late January 2014. The Wall Street Journal credited HSUS as having led the campaign to defeat the King Amendment, with arguments that it would nullify dozens of state laws addressing animal welfare and other concerns.
Veal calf investigationa 2009 HSUS investigation resulted in the USDA's closing of a Vermont slaughtering plant at which days-old dairy (bob veal) calves were dragged, kicked, shocked and cut by workers.
Downed animalsHSUS has also worked on the plight of the so-called Downer (animal), an animal unable to walk. In early 2014, HSUS revealed the results of its undercover investigation of a Collingswood, New Jersey slaughtering plant, which resulted in the operation's immediate suspension by the USDA. HSUS called for the closure of a regulatory loophole that permits the slaughter of "downed" calves, those too weak or ill to walk on their own.
Koster lawsuitIn October 2014, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by six states, initiated by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, challenging California's ban on the sale of eggs laid by hens housed in cages smaller than those approved by California's electorate in a 2008 referendum. The ballot measure, Proposition 2, setting standards for the treatment of farm animals in California, has also survived three legal challenges by California egg producers. On October 14, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to California's ban on foie gras, made by restauranteurs who argued that the law violated the U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause. The Supreme Court let stand the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' rejection of that argument. HSUS, which supported the original ban in 2004, filed a brief in the case. A DesMoines Register article noted that the rejection of the Koster and foie gras challenges should give agricultural producers pause to reconsider the value of litigation and to embrace instead legislative solutions aiming for national, uniform standards ike those embodied in the failed HSUS/United Egg Producers agreement to seek passage of the Egg Products Inspection Act of 2013, scuttled in the U.S. Congress by beef and pork producers.
Perdue legislationOctober 2014 was also the month in which Perdue Farms and HSUS settled litigation in which HSUS accused the chicken producer of using the term "humanely raised" in a misleading way on its Harvestland product packing. Perdue rejected the allegations but agreed to drop its use of the phrase, which HSUS dropped the two lawsuits it had filed in the matter.
Antibiotics in animal agricultureAs a member of the Keep Antibiotics Working coalition, HSUS campaigns against the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture out of concern for its possible effects on the use of antibiotics in human medicine.
Meatless MondayHSUS is a supporter of the Meatless Monday campaign.
Whistleblower reward programIn 2014, HSUS launched a whisteblower reward program, to incentivize the reporting of incidents of cruelty and neglect at livestock auctionsin slaughtering plants, and at sites of intensive animal farming.
2014 lawsuit on feed additivesIn November 2014, HSUS joined the Center for Food Safety, and the United Farm Workers of America in suing the United States Food and Drug Administration to vacate its approval of several livestock feed products widely used to add weight to farm animals. The groups claimed that beta-agonists based on ractopamine are dangerous to animals, workers, wildlife, and American waterways.
Bear BaitingHSUS has long opposed the baiting and killing of bears over bait, most recently through a ballot initiative, Maine Question 1, 2014, in the state of Maine. Question 1 seeks to end the baiting, trapping, and hound hunting of bears.
ChimpanzeesIn March 2008, HSUS released the results of a nine-month undercover investigation of the NIRC laboratory in Louisiana, alleging widespread mistreatment of chimpanzees and other primates. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack ordered an immediate investigation of the facility.
In 2013, HSUS worked closely with the Arcus Foundation and other partners in the successful effort to persuade the U.S. government to transfer the remaining chimpanzees it owns to sanctuary over time, and for an end to chimpanzee use in research, testing, and education. Since 2007, HSUS has pressed corporations still using chimpanzees in research to commit to policies of non-use. In 2011, the Institute of Medicine, part of the United States National Academies, recommended the curtailment of chimp use in testing. The IOM said that while genetic similarity made chimps valuable for medical research, such research raised ethical issues and carried a "moral cost." In 2014, Merck, the world's third largest pharmaceutical company, became the largest multinational corporation to make such a commitment.
Companion AnimalsThe HSUS has an entire department devoted to pets, and to services for companion animals. It also has sections working to end dog-fighting, and to provide rescue and emergency services to animals at risk in animal fighting, hoarding, puppy mill enterprises and disasters. The HSUS Pets for Life program uses community-level outreach in a number of American cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia,to raise retention levels and to improve the lives of companion animals and those who care for them, by providing veterinary services in zones where convenient and low-cost care is lacking. The HSUS is a strong supporter of "pets in the workplace" programs.
HSUS publishes Animal Sheltering, a bi-monthly magazine for animal sheltering professionals. HSUS distributed the magazine to more than 450,000 people in 2009. It also operates the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, which provides free veterinary services for animals in impoverished communities.
In 2013, The HSUS gave its Henry Spira Corporate Progress Award to the Consumer Specialty Products Association to recognize the antifreeze manufacturing industry's commitment to add a bittering agent to products so that animals would not die poisonous deaths, the subject of a long-running campaign by The HSUS.
HSUS believes that, in general, wild animals are not suitable as pets, and opposes the general traffic in wild animals.
Exotic petsHSUS, in addition to its ongoing lobbying against the pet industry, has taken a strong stance against the private ownership of any exotic pet, regardless of species. It has campaigned for legislation banning ownership of exotic pets in the few states that have not yet made it illegal. In the summer of 2011, the HSUS negotiated with Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and leaders of 8 agricultural commodity organizations in the state for improved animal welfare legislation. One of the points in the law that was passed prohibits owning exotic pets.[unreliable source?] The HSUS also heavily lobbied for the passing of HB 4393 in West Virginia, which generated a large amount of controversy when its restricted animal list was originally drafted and made illegal the private ownership of common and harmless exotic pets, such as hamsters, hedgehogs, turtles, tortoises, pufferfish, sugar gliders, salamanders, alpacas and domestic hybrid cat breeds, among several other species.
In recent years, HSUS has expressed a clear opposition to the keeping of constrictor snakes by private citizens, pressing for laws to limit possession of such animals to zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and sanctuaries accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries (GFAS). In December 2013, the United States Association of Reptile Keepers, a reptile trade group and opponent of the HSUS, sued the federal government to overturn its national ban on the importation and interstate transportation of five large constrictors species, specifically Python bivittatus; Python natalensis; Python molurus; Python sebae and Eunectes notaeus, as the government labels these reptiles a threat to the ecosystem of the Florida Everglades, and is a ban HSUS supports. (See below.)
Feral catsWhile initially opposed to Trap-Neuter-Return programs, HSUS reversed its position in March, 2006, endorsing "community-based Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs with on-going responsible management as the most viable, long-term approach available at this time to reduce feral cat populations.". The HSUS offers many resources to individuals, organizations and public officials, for helping feral cats and ultimately reducing their numbers in the community. The Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy convened a conference on outdoor cat issues in December 2012, bringing together stakeholders from a range of interested perspectives.
Horse racingHSUS has taken a careful but critical stance concerning practices commonly found in the horse racing industry. On occasion, HSUS has taken a position against particular practices associated with horse racing, such as the use of corticosteroids.
Horse slaughterHSUS has long opposed the use of horses for food, and campaigned against their slaughter via litigation and public policy approaches. It has pursued both legislative and litigation channels as part of its campaign to prevent horse slaughter plants in the United States from resuming their operations.
Horse soringHSUS has campaigned against the soring of horses since its earliest years. In recent years, it has made the end of soring a priority for investigation, public awareness.
In 2013, in the aftermath of an investigation carried out by HSUS, former hall of fame Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Jackie McConnell pleaded guilty in a Tennessee circuit court to 22 counts of animal cruelty after being caught on tape beating horses with wooden sticks and shocking them with electric cattle prods. McConnell was prohibited from owning or showing horses for twenty years
Marine mammal protectionSince the 1970s, The HSUS or its international affiliate Humane Society International has campaigned against commercial whaling by Iceland, Japan, Norway, and other parties. Humane Society International works within the International Whaling Commission and other entities to defend the global moratorium on commercial whaling.
Pigeon shootsThe HSUS has fought for many years to secure legislation to prohibit pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania, without success.
Puppy millsHSUS has been an active opponent of the domestic and global puppy mill industry, and helped law enforcement agencies to confiscate more than 35,000 animals from purported puppy mills since 2007. HSUS has also pressed anti-puppy mill bills in states like Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The number of dog breeders licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture declined from 3,486 in 2009 to 2,205 in 2011.
HSUS led the effort to secure adodption of a United States Department of Agriculture rule to prohibit the importation into the United States of dogs from foreign countries for resale unless the animals were in good health, vaccinated and at least 6 months old.
Dog breeders opposed another measure supported by HSUS, to regulate the sale of dogs over the Internet.
Shark FinningThrough its efforts in the United States, and globally through its affiliate Humane Society International, HSUS has helped to achieve prohibitions on shark finning in state and national legislatures and through administrative action here and abroad.
WildlifeHSUS opposes the hunting of any living creature for fun, trophy, or sport. HSUS only supports killing animals for population control when carried out by officials and does not oppose hunting for food or subsistence needs. As a practical matter, HSUS has generally campaigned against abuses found in the treatment of wildlife. Its ballot initiatives focus on things like shooting bear over bait, hunting with hounds, and other forms of hunting the organization believes are unsporting.
Together with its global affiliate, Humane Society International, HSUS has waged a decade-long fight to end the Canadian seal hunt. In late 2013, the World Trade Organization upheld the European Union ban on trade in products of commercial seal hunts, rejecting the Canadian and Norwegian challenge.
Wildlife contraceptionHSUS is a funder and supporter of contraceptive research for use in regulating animal populations. In 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency approved an immunosterilant contraceptive for wild horses called ZonaStat-H, developed with funding from HSUS.
Wild horsesHSUS is critical of the Bureau of Land Management's horse roundups, and has called for reforms within the agency and a stronger commitment to fertility control technologies.
Wildlife exclusionIn June 2007, HSUS launched Humane Wildlife Services, a program to encourage and provide humane wildlife-removal services when wild animals intrude on human dwellings.
WolvesHSUS has waged campaigns on behalf of wolves since the 1970s. In recent years, HSUS has campaigned against the killing of wolves via ballot initiatives, and'--with other partners'--in litigation.
ZoosHSUS first took a policy position on zoos in 1975, its board of directors concluding that it would be neither for nor against zoos, but would work against roadside menageries and regular zoos that could not improve. In 1984, HSUS adopted a policy that animals should not be taken from the wild for public display in zoos.
Governance and expensesA nonprofit, charitable organization, HSUS is funded almost entirely by private membership dues, contributions, foundation grants, and bequests. HSUS is governed by a 27-member, independent board of directors. Each director serves as a volunteer and receives no compensation for service. For 2012, HSUS reported its revenue as $125,763,658. In late 2013, a Rolling Stone article reported HSUS's annual budget to be $181 million.
For 2012, HSUS's program expenses composed 75% of its budget, fundraising expenses 22% of its budget, and management and general costs 3% of its budget. Such financial efficiency ratios exceed the BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBBWGA) standards which require that program expenses as a percentage of total expenses be 65% or greater. HSUS meets all 21 BBBWGA financial and administrative standards, and all 20 of the BBB's Standards for Charity Accountability. HSUS is a 2014 top-rated nonprofit by GreatNonprofits. In 2010, Worth Magazine named The HSUS as one of the 10 Most Fiscally Responsible Charities. In 2012, President and CEO Wayne Pacelle received $347,675 in compensation.
GrantmakingHSUS gave grants to 260 other organizations in the U.S. and abroad during 2011, totaling $6.5 million.
According to its IRS Form 990, HSUS makes grants to organizations that meet its mission criteria, and typically to those groups which it has researched, with which it has an existing relationship, or with which its staff members have interacted at events and through other channels. HSUS lists all grants of $500 or more, with details, although the IRS Schedule F requires only that grants surpassing $5000 need be reported.
Affiliated and related entitiesHumane Society InternationalFounded in 1991, Humane Society International (HSI) seeks to expand The HSUS's activities into Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. HSI's Asian, Australian, Canadian, and European offices carry out field activities and programs.
Humane Society Veterinary Medical AssociationThe Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA) formed in 2008 to encompass both veterinary advocacy and veterinary clinical services work conducted by The HSUS, and to provide a political alternative to the American Veterinary Medical Association for veterinarians of a strong animal welfare orientation.
Humane Society Wildlife Land TrustAs an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States since 1993 HSWLT, alone or in partnership with other conservation groups, has participated in the protection and enhancement of more than 3.6 million acres of wildlife habitat in 38 states and nine foreign countries. HSWLT has taken both large and small properties under its protection, through title donations, consrevation easements, and formal agreements, to provide sanctuaries for a variety of animal species. In recent years, HSWLT has also sponsored anti-poaching awards as part of its commitment to public awareness and law enforcement work. Its website, http://www.hswlt.org/, carries press releases and updates about its sanctuary, conservation partnerships, and anti-poaching work.
Doris Day Animal LeagueThe Doris Day Animal League, established in 1987 by the actress Doris Day, is a 501(c)(4) organization that focuses the spaying and neutering of companion animals and the development of national, state and local legislation that will minimize the inhumane treatment of animals. The League launched its annual observance of Spay Day USA in 1994, to bring attention to the pet overpopulation problem in the United States.
The Fund for AnimalsThe Fund for Animals, founded by the social critic Cleveland Amory in 1967,worked for many years on wildlife issues. Today, it is an entity that manages animal care facilities as an affiliate of HSUS. Its sanctuaries include the Ramona Wildlife Facility, the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, the Duchess Horse Sanctuary, and the Cape Wildlife Center.
The South Florida Wildlife CenterThe South Florida Wildlife Center provides direct care to owls, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, ducks, reptiles and other indigenous South Florida wildlife, injured or orphaned.
Humane Society Legislative FundThe Humane Society Legislative Fund is a 501(c)(4) organization formed in 2004. The group supports the passage of animal protection laws at the state and federal levels, educates the public about animal protection issues, and supports humane candidates for office. In the 2014 cycle, the Humane Society Legislative Fund has endorsed 38 Republicans and 240 Democrats in races across the country 
Board membersHSUS board members of prominence have included:
Leslie Alexander (businessman)
Raºl H(C)ctor Castro
Franklin M. Loew
John Mackey (businessman)
Charles Thomas McMillen
Richard L. Neuberger
Headquarters and regional officesThe Humane Society's national headquarters are in Washington, D.C. For 2012, it reported having 684 employees, with field representatives in 44 states. Its international arm, Humane Society International (HSI), has offices in half a dozen nations and a broad range of international animal protection programs. HSI focuses on international treaties, animal birth control, humane slaughter education, and an end to the Canadian seal hunt.
Celebrity supportersColbie Caillat
Mary Tyler Moore
CriticsCenter for Consumer FreedomThe Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), an organization that lobbies on behalf of the food and beverage industry, has criticized HSUS for many years. Experts on non-profit law question CCF's non-profit status. while commentators from Rachel Maddow to Michael Pollan have characterized CCF as an astroturfing group. CCF's founder Richard Berman refuses to disclose its funders, and in 2013 Charity Navigator issued a donor advisory concerning the group. CCF has produced several advertising campaigns alleging various improprieties by HSUS and accusing HSUS of misrepresenting itself to supporters and donors. HSUS has rejected CCF's accusations as "falsehoods and distortions" by "a flack agency and industry front group for tobacco, alcohol, and agribusiness interests." Non-profit groups operated by Mr. Berman's public relations firm paid Berman and Company $15 million from 2008 to 2010, an arrangement that may violate Internal Revenue Service rules that prohibit executives from profiting off of the non-profit entities they run. CCF carries out its attacks on HSUS via advertisements and direct mail campaigns targeting HSUS donors and supporters. CCF takes this approach in criticizing HSUS: in 2009, HSUS reported assets of over US$160 million, despite only 1% of their budget going to shelters.
Nathan WinogradNathan Winograd, a No Kill advocate, has been critical of HSUS. He has accused the organization of aiding animal abusers by thwarting legislation designed to curtail abuse. He made such claims in a Huffington Post article entitled: "Putting Abusers Before Animals Is Business as Usual at the HSUS." Winograd's general claims concerning HSUS and animal sheltering work have been disputed or qualified by other parties.
Protect the HarvestProtect the Harvest is an organization founded by trucking magnate Forrest Lucas, of Lucas Oil who uses the group to defend industrial animal agriculture and puppy mills, on whose behalf he has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in Missouri. Protect the Harvest is a 501(c)(4) organization explicitly engaged in political action, and in 2014, announced its plan to form the Protect the Harvest Political Action Committee, to elect and defeat candidates for office. Executive Director Brian Klippenstein has singled out HSUS as a target of his organization's political activities and as treasurer of Protect the Harvest PAC he and Lucas campaign against candidates the two groups consider aligned with HSUS.
The United States Association of Reptile KeepersThe United States Association of Reptile Keepers, or USARK, is a 501(c)(6) organization, founded by Andrew Wyatt and currently operated by CEO Phil Goss, that lobbies on behalf of the captive bred reptile industry, which is made up of both pet owners and professional breeders of captive reptiles, as well as supporting zoos and sanctuaries. USARK has argued against a national ban that HSUS has lobbied for since its writing in 2009, which was originally intended to ban the import and interstate transport of nine constrictor snake species. However, due to pressure from the reptile keepers association, the U.S. government lessoned the ban to include only four of the original nine species. As a response, Wayne Pacelle wrote on his blog in response that "these large constricting snakes are not suitable as pets," continuing with "they suffer from capture in the wild and long-distance transport for trade; they can injure and kill people who possess or interact with them; and they can wreak havoc on our natural resources as an invasive species, killing native wildlife, including endangered animals." 
In the summer of 2014, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service reopened its admission of comments on whether to list the five remaining species of snakes on the Lacey Act, including Boa constrictors. The HSUS then called upon its proponents to send in replies and letters to support further restriction of the trade in the reptiles. In response, USARK has accused the HSUS of directly telling its advocates to lie to the U.S. government: the reptile keepers association stating on their website that "HSUS President Wayne Pacelle is even asking HSUS followers to join in and lie to the U.S. Government by sending their sample letter." They continue their argument with "Their deceptive campaign continues because there is not valid, peer-reviewed science to support their claims. They lack credible arguments and instead focus on sensationalized propaganda." HSUS has always been against the keeping of snakes in captivity, stating that they are a "threat to public safety" and that the welfare of the snakes themselves are at risk, as they "[require] specialized expertise and care."  The HSUS is also against the keeping of other reptiles in captivity, such as turtles and iguanas, which is in direct opposition of USARK's interests.
Specific criticismAllegations of misappropriation of donations for Hurricane Katrina rescuesIn 2006, the Attorney General of Louisiana opened an inquiry into the American Red Cross and HSUS after complaints about the misuse of funds raised in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This inquiry was part of a wide-ranging effort to ensure that charities providing relief for the victims of the hurricane did not profit from the incident. Neither Attorney General Charles Foti nor his successor Buddy Caldwell took any action, and the inquiry focusing on HSUS ended in early 2008. AR-HR's analysis of the HSUS's 2005, 2006, and 2007 tax returns claimed that 48% of the $34.6 million donated to the HSUS for the purposes of helping animals after Hurricane Katrina was then unaccounted for. For a number of years, HSUS published updates on its Gulf Coast spending, the last of which appeared in in 2011.
Allegations of misleading fundraising materialsCritics including the CCF, AR-HR, and Nathan Winograd have accused HSUS of misleading donors into thinking that their donations directly support local animal shelters, when HSUS has no affiliation with or control over local humane societies. HSUS states on its website that it is not affiliated with local animal shelters, and that the organization's role is to supplement and support the work of local shelters, not duplicate them. The fundraising materials of HSUS do not make the claim that HSUS runs local shelters, or that donations will be applied directly to local animal shelters.
Allegations of financial malfeasanceAccording to the "Pennies for Charity" report issued by the New York State Attorney General, of the $1.95 million raised in 2008 by fundraisers, only 5.29% went to HSUS. The average return for charities in the report was 39.5%. HSUS actually incurred a net loss of $5,358 (-0.32%) in 2007. Those figures in 2006 and 2005 numbers were more positive, with 7.27% and 19.99% of contributions going to HSUS.
Animal rights agendaUSA Today, The International Herald Tribune and The San Francisco Chronicle have described HSUS as devoted to "animal rights", as opposed to "animal welfare". Shortly after Wayne Pacelle joined HSUS, he stated in an interview with the Animal People newspaper that his goal was to build "a National Rifle Association of the animal rights movement". The IHT describes HSUS as the "least radical" of animal rights groups.Feedstuffs, an agribusiness newspaper, has leveled the charge that HSUS is pursuing a vegetarianism and veganism agenda instead of animal welfare. In 2010, one journalist in Oregon also claimed that HSUS "primarily works on animal rights legislation."
Charity NavigatorIn June 2014, Charity Navigator replaced its rating of HSUS with a "Donor Advisory" citing a $15.75 million settlement of a lawsuit. A Charity Navigator representative told The Washington Examiner that a Donor Advisory indicates "extreme concern."
Charity WatchThe American Institute of Philanthropy, now called Charity Watch, has been critical of the HSUS. Charity Watch gave the HSUS a "C-" in 2013. Charity Watch believes that HSUS spends an insufficient percentage of donations on programs, and an inordinately high percentage on fundraising. Using different estimates of fundraising expenses and efficiency, the American Institute of Philanthropy AIP's rating system heavily penalizes charities for possessing large assets or maintaining more than three years' operating expenses in reserve. Only Charity Watch among all charity evaluation groups believes that organizations should not write off some of their fundraising costs as program expenses. Other evaluators agree with the approach taken under Generally accepted accounting principles, which permit such joint allocation of expenses.
Feld Entertainment litigationFeld Entertainment sued HSUS and other animal-rights advocates and advocacy groups under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Feld asserted HSUS wrongdoing in relation to litigation brought by animal rights activists against Feld alleging abuse of animals in the circus. This litigation was dismissed in 2009, with the judge finding that animal-rights groups had paid the key witness, a former Feld employee, at least $190,000. HSUS's merger and combination with The Fund for Animals drew HSUS into the case. In December 2012, the ASPCA settled the Feld suit and agreed to pay $9.3 million. In May 2014, HSUS and the remaining co-defendants (which included two HSUS employees, the HSUS affiliate Fund for Animals, and parties unaffiliated with HSUS) agreed to pay $15.75 million to settle the litigation.
IRS complaintIn November 2013, a complaint was filed with the Internal Revenue Service against HSUS by the Center for Consumer Freedom. According to Bloomberg News, the IRS complaint alleges that HSUS "violated IRS rules by listing as contributions the $17.7 million value of air time for its public service announcements to promote pet adoption. The net effect is to raise the ratio of program expenses to total expenses, which the independent assessor Charity Navigator uses to rank the effectiveness of charities." According to Bloomberg News, a tax attorney claims that the ''Humane Society shouldn't count the public service air time as contributions.''
Meat packing investigationUS Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer questioned the way HSUS handled its Westland/Hallmark Meat Packing Company investigation, stating that HSUS "sat on four months of production that went out into the marketplace that's now being recalled". More recently, the debate over forcing animal welfare organizations to release information about cruelty within a specified period of time has prompted criticism from editorial boards and journalists skeptical of the motivations for such calls.
Michael Vick controversyThe football player Michael Vick was sentenced to prison for running a dogfighting ring; he was found to have buried dogs alive, drowned them, beaten them to death, and pulled out their teeth without anesthetic. After he had completed his sentence, Vick offered to volunteer his time to an HSUS campaign against dogfighting. Pacelle's acceptance of Vick's offer and willingness to appear in public and be photographed alongside Vick caused outrage and led one organization with the words "Humane Society" in its name to stress its non-affiliation with the HSUS.Sports Illustrated magazine published a major investigative cover story about Michael Vick's dogs, and what happened to them after they were seized. The writer, Jim Gorant, was highly critical of the HSUS's immediate call for the pit bulls to be euthanized. Gorant went on to document the animals' rehabilitation, and how one went on to become a therapy dog in a hospital. In 2010, during an interview, Wayne Pacelle pointed out that Vick could own a dog "two or three years down the line" after his sentence was completed. Pacelle toured schools with Vick, in the HSUS campaign against dogfighting, and was quoted as saying, "I have been around him a lot, and feel confident that he would do a good job as a pet owner." Vick's sentence did not include a lifetime ban on owning pets, and Pacelle issued a blog post explaining his stance on Vick as a potential dog owner. In October 2012, Michael Vick acquired a pet dog, purchased from a breeder. Additional controversy surrounded the report that HSUS had received a $50,000 grant from Michael Vick's team, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles' donation was made as part of the 2009 launch of its "Treating Animals With Kindness" (TAWK) program, which provides grants to animal welfare organizations to protect animals: HSUS received a $50,000 grant, used to launch anti-dogfighting and community intervention programs in Philadelphia. In April 2011, Vick joined HSUS in denouncing the android App "Dog Wars," which involved a simulation of animal fighting. In July 2011, he lobbied on Capitol Hill for passage of the Animal Fighting Spectator Provision Act. Animal fighting experts generally agree that since the Vick case, there has been a significant strengthening of anti-cruelty laws at the state level,making it easier to prosecute wrongdoers.
Some have accused HSUS of a misleading fundraising pitch in relation to the Michael Vick dog fighting case. Fundraising material on HSUS's website one day after Vick's indictment states that donations will be used to "help the Humane Society of the United States care for the dogs seized in the Michael Vick case" and that donations would be "put to use right away to care for these dogs." It was later revealed that the dogs were not in the care of HSUS and that the group recommended the dogs be euthanized. The donation pitch was altered to remove references to caring for Vick's dogs one week after the initial pitch.
Misrepresentations of Canadian seafood boycott participationIn 2006, CCF conducted an informal poll of restaurants listed as boycotting Canadian seafood in protest of the slaughter of seals. CCF claims that 62% of the chefs and restaurant managers they spoke to on the phone were unaware that their companies were listed as "boycotters" on the HSUS website. In its report, CCF excluded those restaurants that were boycotting Canadian seafood prior to the HSUS boycott, and restaurants that serve any Canadian seafood (regardless of the type or quantity), and drew the conclusion that 78% of the interviewees were not actively participating in the boycott. CCF quotes Loyola Hearn, Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, as saying: "Some animal rights groups have been misleading the public for years... it's no surprise at all that the richest of them would mislead the public with a phony seafood boycott."
Oklahoma Attorney General Issues AlertIn March 2014 Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a consumer alert regarding HSUS and other national animal organizations. Pruitt stated that his office had received complaints about HSUS misleading donors following a May 2013 tornado disaster.
Position on horse slaughterVeterinarians for Equine Welfare (VEW) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) have criticized HSUS and other organizations who lobbied for an end to horse slaughter in the United States, stating that instead of making things better "horses are being abandoned in the United States or transported to Mexico where, without U.S. federal oversight and veterinary supervision, they are slaughtered inhumanely."
Other criticisms1% of the group's budget goes directly to shelters, and in recent years, HSUS has taken criticism for not dispersing enough money, in ratio to what it receives from memberships and donations, to local humane societies and shelters for which it claims to be an umbrella organization. and is the largest nonprofit organization advocating animal rights in the world.[a] Unlike its founding vision which strictly revolved around animal welfare, HSUS has evolved to work towards establishing a broad range of animal rights legislation, including those involving companion animals, wildlife, farm animals, horses and other equines, and animals used in research, testing and education.
See also^The organization's policy statements make clear that The HSUS does not oppose all uses of animals, so it does not fit within the strict animal rights category of organizations from either a philosophical or a practical perspective; rather, it is classified that way by some parties because in everyday parlance, those individuals and groups that advocate for more protections for animals are described as supporting animal rights or being animal rights advocates.References^"About Us: Overview : The Humane Society of the United States". Humanesociety.org. Retrieved 2011-03-30. ^ ab"Form 990"(PDF). Humane Society of the United States. 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2014. ^ abcUnti, Bernard (February 16, 2005). "Fred Myers: Co-Founder of The HSUS". Washington, D.C.: The Humane Society of the United States. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 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SurveyMonkey's relationship with the Humane Society
Tue, 05 May 2015 04:26
Feb. 17, 2014
February 17, 2014
David Goldberg, Chief Executive OfficerSurveyMoney285 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 500Palo Alto, CA 94301
Dear Mr. Goldberg:
Our association recently became aware of SurveyMonkey's relationship with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) from our Pork industry contacts. We are disappointed in your ongoing support of the organization through the SurveyMonkey Contribute program.
You may or may not be aware that HSUS portrays itself in television ads as supporting local pet shelters, but in reality, spends less than 1% of its funding with local shelters. In reality, HSUS spends a majority of funding on their administration and a well orchestrated smear campaign against agricultural food production systems of today- systems that are based in family farmers who work really hard to provide safe, affordable food.
Businesses and organizations are defined by the company they keep. SurveyMonkey has made a distinct choice in aligning charitable giving with an essentially anti-agriculture organization. SurveyMonkey clearly makes a choice as to which charities it will feature and which ones it will not. We urge you to do your own research and evaluate your HSUS choice. We believe you will be surprised. We also believe that if your customers understood the true nature of the HSUS, they, too, would reconsider their support.
You have a great survey tool and we have used SurveyMonkey for many years, but with your donation to HSUS, we are no longer interested in using your services. We hope, as you re-evaluate your SurveyMonkey Contribute program giving to HSUS, that we will be able to once again utilize your services.
Roger Zylstra, President Iowa Corn Growers Association
GOLDBERG-Lynton SONY music bizz wikileaks
Thu, 07 May 2015 14:45
Great- I will plan on it- just let me know where is best.
From: Lynton, Michael [mailto:Michael_Lynton@spe.sony.com]Sent: Monday, August 18, 2014 4:52 PMTo: Dave GoldbergCc: Diamond, DavidSubject: Re: Music strategy-confidential
11th is my anniversary so that would be tough, but breakfast on the 12th works perfectly.
On Aug 18, 2014, at 3:50 PM, Dave Goldberg wrote:
Would dinner on Sept 11th or breakfast on the 12th work for you?
From: Lynton, Michael [mailto:Michael_Lynton@spe.sony.com]Sent: Monday, August 18, 2014 6:59 AMTo: Dave GoldbergSubject: Re: Music strategy-confidential
Many thanks. It is going to be a bit of a rush this week. We have to get to Chicago etc. Next week works except Monday. And then I am wide open
On Aug 17, 2014, at 3:45 PM, "Dave Goldberg" wrote:
I am so sorry to hear that. Please give Jamie my condolences.
We can find a time when you get settled- no rush.
From: Lynton, Michael [mailto:Michael_Lynton@spe.sony.com]Sent: Sunday, August 17, 2014 2:37 PMTo: Dave GoldbergSubject: Re: Music strategy-confidential
Jamie's dad just passed away so I have to go to Chicago this week for the memorial. Let me check when and come right back. It looks like this will make the 19th tough.
On Aug 12, 2014, at 11:32 AM, "Dave Goldberg" wrote:
Just checking back on this- I can also look at dates in September if next week doesn't work.
From: Dave GoldbergSent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 11:38 PMTo: Lynton, Michael Subject: RE: Music strategy-confidential
Great- let me know if the evening of Aug 19th would work in LA and I can make that happen.
From: Lynton, Michael [mailto:Michael_Lynton@spe.sony.com]Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 3:00 PMTo: Dave GoldbergSubject: Re: Music strategy-confidential
I am still east on those days. Back August 18 and good any time after that except the 25th. Yeah the only person who can really scare me is Jamie and with good reason.
On Jul 31, 2014, at 4:22 PM, "Dave Goldberg" wrote:
You don't get scared easily!
I am happy to have the longer discussion. Is dinner the best time for you? I could come down and do dinner in LA on either Aug 12th or 13th if either of those worked for you.
From: Lynton, Michael [mailto:Michael_Lynton@spe.sony.com]Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:58 AMTo: Dave GoldbergSubject: Re: Music strategy-confidential
This is hugely helpful. Many many thanks for taking the time. This will remain between us, and I would love to discuss this further with you. Great to see you and lets try and get together very soon.
On Jul 25, 2014, at 3:48 PM, Dave Goldberg wrote:
As we discussed Saturday, I thought I would send you a longer email with my thoughts about the strategy, what the risks are with it and the reasons it hasn¹t been done to date. I obviously don¹t have access to any internal data but I think Sony is close enough to WMG or EMI (where I have seen the data) to make reasonable assumptions.
If you still want to discuss this after you digest this, I am happy to find a time to come down to talk about it more. I think this amount of reinvention has rarely been done inside a public media company and it would be tough for Sony as a company to stomach the complaints from artists, employees and related parties (RIAA budget would be slashed, as an example). We would have to really decide if it was possible if you agreed with my thesis. I would also want to do a lot of actual work prior to implementing to validate the data behind the assumptions and understand the sequencing. I think it is a two-three year project to shrink the company down to the end state with a lot of noise in that period.
Core strategic assumptions:
Music is becoming a purely digital product. A digital- only recorded music company will be a much more profitable one after one-off restructuring costs. It will have lower revenue and higher margins. Its revenue will be very stable and grow with the overall digital music market growth. It will be a much more valuable company with its revenue base solidly coming from subscription and ad revenue. It will be valued like music publishing companies or cable channels, not like recorded music companies today. Margins for recorded music should eventually be above 40% on that lower but growing revenue base.
Catalog provides 50% of the revenue and 200% of the profits of recorded music. This has generally been the case for the other recorded music companies when the analysis was correctly done. The correct analysis requires including reissues, live albums, greatest hits releases in catalog. Catalog needs to be defined much more broadly to include all music that hasn¹t been created in the last 2 years- EMI used to call the Beatles releases ''new music'' even though they clearly weren¹t under a new album contract. In addition, streaming revenues tend to be more heavily weighted to catalog. Pandora and Spotify are probably 65% catalog under this definition. Licensing and synch revenue are mostly catalog as well. Therefore, if Sony Recorded Music (ex-Japan) is doing $250MM in EBITDA today, catalog is probably generating approximately $500 MM and the new release business, which is 98% of the headcount, is losing $250MM per year. The catalog is also primarily generating this revenue off ''deep'' catalog that is at least 5 years old or older. The great classics of pop music are stable earners, much like the consistent songs that generate most of the music publishing revenues.
With catalog providing the base profits, new releases need to be cut back dramatically to the point where the new business either breaks even or loses a small amount of money (justified by the long term catalog income stream of those songs). Thus, if the new release business is oriented towards building new deep catalog, it changes the entire process from trying to pick big hits to safely getting some good music out that has longevity. This will bias new releases to genres like rock and country that typically have had strong catalog. These also happen to be the genres that don't have expensive producers so more music can be created for the same A&R dollars. The record company needs to act like a music publisher for new releases- putting up very little money but not trying to hold artists for long contract periods or to keep as much of the revenue. Advances would be $50k with a 40% revenue share after the advance. Losses in new releases are generally driven by expensive fixed headcount and built-in marketing costs for new releases that don't pay off. The new release business budget, employees and capital need to be ring-fenced from the catalog so that it stands on its own with a Lifetime Value assessment of the capital deployed. Most fixed headcount in new releases will need to be eliminated, artists will need to be paid quickly and transparently, deals will need to be simple and fair and catalog replenishment is the only goal of the new release business. Artist contracts that have large fixed marketing costs will need to be restructured or sold off as there will no longer be headcount to do the work. New releases will be tested on consumers before added money is spent to ensure that it isn't wasted. In short, the new release business will become like an independent label. Publishing and recorded music A&R should be combined to ensure that all recorded music releases had a combined publishing deal and that you can capture the publishing value from the catalog you create. Not all new publishing writers would be on recorded music contracts but all new recorded music contracts should be combined with publishing.
Physical distribution is going away- it doesn't need to be eliminated prematurely but it needs to follow digital and not drive it. The record company will want to milk the physical CD business but not worry about supporting retailers with credit to make quarterly numbers. Jamming product into the channel needs to be eliminated and the digital business needs to be the priority.
Internationally, most local repertoire will probably have to be eliminated. The record company will want to sell off the local repertoire or spin out the local labels and focus on English language repertoire globally, unless there is some country that has managed to be profitable on its local repertoire (i.e.Japan). This is a huge part of the cost base with very little value. Digital distributors do not need local new release labels to work with as they are all regional or global players. International local publishing repertoire will need to be evaluated but much of that cost and infrastructure shouldn't continue either.
Digital licensing strategy needs to change dramatically. The record company and the publishing company need to understand the economics and the ecosystem of the DSPs and work to help them grow profitably but also to ensure that there are multiple providers. Pandora should be incentivized to build a subscription business, Spotify to enter the radio space, new entrants to have an advantage in the beginning and much more international access to digital content. The simplest way to start would be to offer Pandora, Spotify, Google, Amazon and others a new three year deal. This would be a 10-15% premium over their expected payment for the 3 years but they would get unlimited use of the music during that period. This would incent them to heavily invest in growing their user and revenue bases because they would see improved margins on each incremental sub. Additionally, the record company would make licenses transparent and simple for all new entrants while removing the price setting constructs from on-demand subscription. If Netflix wanted to pay 200 MM per year to give all of its 40MM subs a music subscription- that should be encouraged, not scoffed at. The goal for digital is for subscription and ad based services to become the predominant means for people to access music. These services need margin to attract capital to make the investment to grow their user bases. This should help build more stable long-term revenue streams for both recorded music and publishing.
Publishing needs to extract itself from the tax of the PROs (ASCAP, BMI). The technology is available today to enable direct licensing of public performances for radio and TV- if the costs of the PROs was shared equally between broadcasters and publishers, this could result in an incremental 7%-9% revenue increase to publishers on the same base of content. In addition, record companies should be able to get a US performance right for analog radio by pushing hard to move as many listeners to digital radio as quickly as possible.
Headcount reductions will take time but after the restructuring period, it should be possible to run Recorded Music with a few hundred people and the same for publishing. More investment will be needed in technology for royalties, reporting and licensing content and revenue will certainly come down on the recorded music side but the absolute and relative margin improvements should make up for it.
It should be easy to double margins without much change- Warner now has an 18% OIBDA margin on a lower revenue and publishing based compared to Sony's 11%. But the goal is to get to a 40% margin on the combined Sony Music business, albeit on lower revenue. This should be a growth business that grows with the digital business and gets a substantial premium on its valuation because of the margin, the stability of the cash flow and the growth. If the whole business had $587MM of OIBDA on $5.4 B of revenue last year, it should get to $1.6B of OIDBA on $4B of revenue in 3 years. This would be an almost 3X improvement in absolute earnings but would be a 4-5x increase in valuation because of the margins and the growth tied to digital. The new business would be growing 10-20% annually with high margins.
Treadmill Manufacturers and Fitness Center Involved in Personal Injury Legal Claim
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Treadmill death brings words of advice from Inland, U.S. experts | Reporting on Health
Tue, 05 May 2015 00:33
Despite the national media attention over the strangulation of boxer Mike Tyson's 4-year-old daughter by a treadmill cord, an Inland expert said child injuries involving exercise equipment are rarely fatal.
Dr. Lance Brown, chief of pediatric emergency medicine at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital, said he seldom sees children who have been injured by exercise equipment, probably because most injuries are rather minor.
"I cannot recall a single time in my career that I've encountered a child who died from exercise equipment," Brown said by phone.
Tyson's daughter, Exodus, died Tuesday after being strangled by a cord connected to a treadmill in her Phoenix home. The machine was not running at the time, authorities have said.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission does not have any data on fatalities related to treadmills, but about 2,600 children younger than age 5 are injured by treadmills each year in the United States, spokeswoman Arlene Fleche said. The majority of the accidents occurred while the parent was using the treadmill, she said.
"Usually there are cuts and bruises to the fingers or toes," Fleche said by phone.
Dr. Rodney Borger, chairman of the emergency department at Arrowhead Regional Medical Department in Colton, said children sometimes put their hands behind or underneath the treadmill.
"They get a bad burn or crush injury. That's something we see several times a year," he said by phone. "I haven't ever seen a strangulation injury."
Some studies have reported burns are so severe that children needed skin grafts and even plastic surgery.
The Australian state of New South Wales has introduced a new safety standard -- that will take effect today -- requiring all new treadmills to carry a prominent sticker warning parents to keep children away from the machines when they are in use.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled a number of treadmills over the years, but mainly for hazards to the treadmill operator -- such as unexpected acceleration -- rather than hazards to children specifically, according to a review of commission records.
Although manufacturers have added safety features to children's toys, cribs and household items such as window blinds, exercise equipment don't have those features, Brown said. But the Tyson case could prompt changes, he said.
In the meantime, the product safety commission recommends that parents create a safe zone around exercise equipment so children can't get at it when it is being operated, Fleche said. When not in use, parents should store or lock the equipment in a secure location, she said.
Parents can set up protective barriers around the equipment to keep out toddlers who haven't learned to walk yet, Brown said. But those would not keep a 4-year-old out, he said.
Brown questioned the storing or locking up of treadmills, noting that they are furniture-size equipment that might require another room.
"Most of us don't have those kinds of resources," he said. "It's really impractical."
Instead, parents could create certain areas in the household that are free for children to roam about, Brown said, and place other areas off-limits.
GMG Entertainment - Press
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:20
GMG ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES EXCLUSIVE GAMESCAMPUS AND TOPPS COMPANY, INC FREE COLLECTIBLECARD OFFER IN TARGET STORES NATIONWIDELOS ANGELES, CA - February 18, 2010
GMG Entertainment, the leading publisher of digital currency cards for the digital gaming and online entertainment industries, announced today an exclusive promotion with the free-to-play games portal GamesCampus and the internationally recognized creator of collectible trading cards and entertainment products, Topps Company, Inc. Through the promotion, consumers who purchase a $10 GamesCampus prepaid card between February 14 and March 27, 2010 at a participating Target retail location will receive a free package of Topps baseball cards. The announcement was made today by GMG Entertainment Founder and CEO, Rob Goldberg.
''By bringing the online popularity and engagement of GamesCampus properties together with Topps' sought after cards, we are offering consumers a chance to supplement their entertainment experiences. This promotion is a terrific way to bridge the online and offline worlds of play in a truly unique way,'' said Goldberg.
Chris Ahn, Marketing Specialist for GamesCampus, stated, ''We believe this joint promotion is a great event for our avid baseball fans that play GamesCampus games. The new baseball season is just around the corner, and our baseball game is better than ever to match the excitement of the upcoming 2010 season.''
GMG Entertainment's content partners appeal to a wide-range of consumers. In November 2009, the company announced the launch of ''The Biggest Loser Club'' card, offering discounted membership to the online weight-loss club. Additionally, among many other offerings, GMG's prepaid cards may be used to enhance game play or upgrade a premium user with access to the site's special features.
About GMG EntertainmentGMG Entertainment is the leading currency card publisher in the virtual goods marketplace, an industry expected to earn $1.6 billion in revenue in the United States in 2010. Founded by CEO Rob Goldberg in 2002, GMG works on behalf of the leading online games and entertainment creators to grow their revenue and build their brands through individually branded products sold at the world's top retailers. In doing so, GMG delivers one of a kind entertainment-based ideas and experiences for end users and digital content creators through traditional retail sales and consumer marketing.
About GamesCampusGamesCampus.com is a thriving Free-to-Play games portal, operated by OnNet USA serving the western gaming market. Based in California, OnNet USA was founded in 2006 with the launch of its highly successful golf simulation game, Shot Online. Games Campus' diverse game portfolio includes MMOs ranging from sports titles such as Shot Online and MLB Dugout Heroes, to fantastic fantasy MMOs and 3rd person shooting games like Asda Story and Manga Fighter. All of GamesCampus.com titles are completely free to play, and can be accessed at http://gamescampus.com.
About ToppsFounded in 1938, Topps is a leading creator and marketer of sports and related cards, entertainment products, and distinctive confectionery. Topps entertainment products include Major League Baseball, UFC, NHL and other trading cards, sticker album collections, and collectible games. The Company's confectionery brands include "Bazooka" bubble gum, "Ring Pop," "Push Pop," "Baby Bottle Pop" and "Juicy Drop Pop" lollipops. For additional information, visit www.topps.com.
' Source: Official Press Release
Trading Card Company Topps Buys Facebook's Gift Card Provider '' AllThingsD
Tue, 05 May 2015 15:33
Topps, the company known for the trading cards from childhood, is expanding into digital goods with the purchase of GMG Entertainment, the gift card provider for Facebook.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
GMG is a publisher of digital currency cards and works closely with Facebook to manage, distribute, market and manufacture the cards.
The cards, which are sold at major retailers including Best Buy, RadioShack, Target and GameStop, are good for Facebook Credits, which is the digital currency used inside all games on the social network.
The digital currency market is growing as more games are played online for free and give players the option of buying virtual goods inside the game. Rather than having to enter a credit card number online, game cards can be conveniently purchased in cash and redeemed online. Another big player in the industry is Atlanta-based InComm.
Topps, which was acquired and taken private by Michael Eisner's Tornante Company and Madison Dearborn Partners in 2007, says it will leverage the acquisition to enter the digital currency market, while bringing manufacturing, design and collectibility skills to digital currency cards.
Rob Goldberg, the CEO of GMG, will become the VP and general manager of the digital currency business, reporting to Topps CEO Ryan O'Hara. GMG will represent the company's third business division in addition to trading cards and confections, such as Bazooka bubble gum.
GMG's other executives, Tim Pechmann and Jeff Mickeal, will also join Topps.
GMG works with about 45 clients, including the NFL and game companies like THQ.
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Race Baiting Al Sharpton Headlines Another White House Meeting With President Obama '' ''My Brother's Keeper'' Initiative'... | The Last Refuge
Thu, 07 May 2015 03:14
WHITE HOUSE '' Top White House officials had an hour-long meeting with a group of scholars and activists calling for the inclusion of girls of color in President Obama's signature racial justice program known as My Brother's Keeper.
The meeting included the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has championed MBK, and top activists and academics who signed a letter criticizing the initiative for focusing on boys and young men of color without a corollary for girls of color.
Sharpton, reached via e-mail, described the meeting as ''constructive.''
A White House official sent She The People this readout from the meeting:
Today, Valerie Jarrett, Tina Tchen and Broderick Johnson met with a group of stakeholders to discuss how they could work more closely with the White House Council on Women and Girls (CWG) to increase opportunities for girls and young women of color. During the meeting, the officials walked through the Administration's accomplishments on issues critical to women and girls of color. The group also discussed ways in which stakeholders could become more engaged with the CWG and My Brother's Keeper. At the conclusion of the meeting, everyone agreed to continue the productive discussion and to work together to provide opportunity for all young people of color.
Announced in February, MBK is a $200 million dollar public-private partnership, that will direct resources and attention to boys of color, who statistically have high incarceration and drop-out rates. The White House released a 60-page task force detailing some of the barriers and difficulties young men of color often face. Obama first announced his intention to address the social problems of young men of color in the wake of the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, which sparked anger among many, particularly African Americans. (read more)
Obama-Inspired Nonprofit to Set Own Rules on Fundraising - Bloomberg Politics
Thu, 07 May 2015 03:08
President Barack Obama won't be involved in setting fundraising rules for a new nonprofit organization he unveiled Monday to help minority boys and young men.
The celebrities and corporate executives serving on the board of the My Brother's Keeper Alliance, which Obama announced during an event at Lehman College in the Bronx, will determine if foreign governments or registered lobbyists can contribute to the project, the White House said.
''The Obama administration will have no role in deciding how donations are screened and what criteria they will set at the alliance,'' White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters traveling aboard Air Force One to New York.
''I'll be done being president in a couple of years and I'll still be a pretty young man.''
President Barack Obama
My Brother's Keeper Alliance suggests a post-presidency career for the nation's first black president: steering money and resources into poverty-stricken urban communities. While the nonprofit is born from a White House program Obama began about a year ago, Earnest said he didn't know the extent to which the president will be involved after he leaves office.
The group, inspired by a White House task force, will ensure that the work of trying boost educational and economic opportunities for minority youths can continue ''long after I've left office,'' Obama said at the rollout.
Baltimore ProtestsThe unveiling of the nonprofit group was scheduled before the unrest in Baltimore following the death of a black man from injuries he suffered while in police custody. Obama made reference to the protests and violence there as well as in other cities after the deaths of black men in encounters with police.
''There's a tragic history in this country that's made it tougher for some,'' Obama said. ''Those opportunity gaps begin early, often at birth, and they compound over time, becoming harder and harder to bridge.''
Obama also paid tribute to police officers who face deadly risks on the job, including a 25-year-old New York officer who died Monday after being shot while on duty over the weekend.
''They've got a tough job,'' Obama said of police officers, adding that they are being asked to solve deep-seated and long-festering problems in many communities.
$80 MillionMy Brother's Keeper Alliance will be headed by Joe Echevarria, the former chief executive at Deloitte LLP, and has already received $80 million in commitments from firms including American Express Co., Ariel Investments LLC, and PepsiCo Inc., according to the White House.
Corporate donations will fund some of its early initiatives, including as much as $7 million in grants for programs to support troubled youths and $3 million to build infrastructure in as many as nine communities, according to a White House statement. The White House's My Brother's Keeper Task Force will continue while Obama's in office.
The organization is drawing on star power for its board, including singer John Legend and former NBA star Alonzo Mourning. Corporate leaders including the chief executives of BET Holdings LLC, Sprint Corp., Prudential Group Insurance, Sam's Club, the Libra Group and Legendary Entertainment will also be part of the alliance's leadership.
Earnest said many of the board members helping to steer the alliance ''are well aware of the priority the president has placed on transparency.''
Clinton's QuestionsHillary Clinton, Obama's former secretary of state and the leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, is facing questions about donations to her and her husband's philanthropy, the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
''It's a hard tightrope to walk,'' said Aaron Dorfman, executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, a watchdog group in Washington.
The president, who will be 55 when he leaves office, already has the Barack Obama Foundation, which was created in January 2014, to prepare for the philanthropic work that he and first lady Michelle Obama plan to pursue. During his second term, Obama has put an emphasis on helping minority youths stay in school, find jobs and avoid violence.
''This will remain an issue for me and for Michelle, not just for the remainder of the presidency but for the rest of my life,'' Obama said.
In the twilight of his presidency, Obama faces a country in which income inequality and violence in urban communities increasingly dominate public discourse, punctuated by protests and sometimes unrest in cities such as Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore and New York City.
Obama also is burnishing his political legacy while in New York, raising money for the Democratic National Committee at two events. He'll meet about 60 supporters contributing $10,000 each at the home of Loida Lewis, the widow of financier Reginald Lewis. A second event at the home of Advent Capital Management CEO Tracy Maitland will raise as much as $33,400 each from about 30 donors.
He also is taping an appearance on CBS's ''Late Show with David Letterman.''
Grants Roundup: Funds Pour Into My Brother's Keeper Alliance - The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Thu, 07 May 2015 03:06
President Obama speaks at an event at Lehman College launching the My Brothers Keeper Alliance, a new nonprofit group, in New York.
Corporate donors and foundations have already committed over $85 million to My Brother's Keeper Alliance, the new nonprofit spinoff of President Obama's My Brother's Keeper effort to support young minority males. President Obama formally announced the new effort May 4.
Companies including American Express, Deloitte, Discovery Communications, and News Corp. have pledged support. The first round of grants will include $7 million for intervention programs supporting troubled youths and a grants competition offering up to $25 million in awards to as many as nine communities for infrastructure development.
Other groups are also mobilizing around the president's call to action.
Jobs for the Future, a grantee of the Social Innovation Fund, and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions will together award $6 million to organizations working to improve education and employment for young people ages 16 to 24 who are neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor market.
Other notable new grants compiled by The Chronicle include:
Sam's Club and the Sam's Club Giving ProgramThe retailer and its charitable arm awarded a total of $13.6 million to eight national nonprofit organizations that support small-business growth among underserved communities including women, minorities, and veterans.
The grants kick off Sam's Club's Small Business Economic Mobility program, a five-year investment that seeks to promote small businesses by providing education about lending process and increasing access to capital.
Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty CorporationThe nonprofit college-readiness and -affordability group awarded $4.2 million in total grants to nine Midwestern programs that will provide two years of extra instruction in math and English to prepare more than 800 high-school juniors for college courses.
Recipients include Prepare2Nspire, a Saturday math program at The University of Minnesota that seeks to boost ACT scores, and the Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence, a tutoring program at the University of Wisconsin.
Northrop Grumman FoundationThe foundation is accepting submissions for its Fab School Labs contest, which will award grants of up to $100,000 to five public middle schools to help build state-of-the-art STEM science labs. The goal is to drive students' interest in science through access to the latest learning technologies.
Teachers, principals, and school administrators can apply online for their schools through June 12.
Texas Instruments FoundationThe foundation awarded a $2.2 million grant to Educate Texas, a public-private effort of Communities Foundation of Texas, to support the development of Lancaster Independent School District as a STEM district.
This is the second grant from the foundation for the district's STEM efforts. In 2012, the foundation awarded $4.8 million to increase students' awareness and exposure to STEM college and career paths.
Citi FoundationThe foundation announced a $2.6 million commitment to promote economic advancement for young people in New York City. The grants, which are part of the foundation's $50 million Pathways to Progress career-readiness program, will focus on creating summer jobs and promoting entrepreneurship, mentorship, and service by supporting local partners, including the AmeriCorps Vista program.
The effort includes $500,000 to create the New York City Center for Youth Employment as part of a collaboration with Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray. The center aims to connect 100,000 young New Yorkers to summer jobs, mentorships, and internships each year by 2020.
John Templeton Foundation The foundation awarded two grants totaling $4.5 million to the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago to support training for hospital chaplains. The money is going to the center's Training Research-Literate Chaplains as Ambassadors for Spirituality and Health project, which includes a paid fellowship for 16 chaplains to complete a two-year master of science or master of public health degree.
The foundation also awarded $3.5 million to Fenggang Yang, a sociology professor at Purdue University, who will study religion in China.
Hildebrand FoundationThe grant maker pledged $10 million to the Houston Parks Board for its $220 million Bayou Greenways 2020 project, a public-private partnership that will add 1,500 acres of park space in the city and 80 miles of hiking and biking trails.
The project is being funded by $100 million in city bonds and $120 million in private funds.
Read more about the trend of giving to parks and public spaces.
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Email from Broderick Johnson on the My Brother's Keeper Alliance | White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Thu, 07 May 2015 03:05
Today, I will join President Obama as he travels to Lehman College in the Bronx, NY to speak about the importance of expanding opportunity and to applaud a new private-sector entity '-- the My Brother's Keeper Alliance.A group of private-sector leaders and other prominent private citizens, led by Joe Echevarria (the former CEO of Deloitte LLP) have come together to form this new, independent non-profit. Joined by a diverse range of philanthropic, community, and private-sector partners, leaders of the Alliance are pledging to work to expand opportunity for youth, strengthen the American workforce, and fortify the economic stability of communities across America.The Alliance will join other private-sector organizations all across America to focus on expanding opportunity and tearing down barriers facing our youth so that we can truly say the American Dream is available to all.
Meanwhile, at the White House, the work of the President's My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Task Force, which it is my honor to chair, will continue to move forward on the work the President has charged us with. We will continue '-- with great urgency '-- to disseminate best practices, strengthen federal policy, and implement strategies to support communities in their efforts to expand opportunity for all youth.
When President Obama first announced the My Brother's Keeper initiative from the East Room of the White House in February 2014, he framed it as a call to action for every American to recognize that ''my neighbor's child is my child'' '-- that each of us has an obligation to give every child the same chance this country has given so many of us.
Over the past year, foundations, corporations, small business owners, educators, philanthropies, law enforcement, artists, athletes, and all levels of government from across the country have responded with remarkable energy and resolve, and they have announced an array of fresh initiatives to attack the challenges facing our youth in new ways.
Over the course of the Administration, we have made consistent progress on important goals, such as reducing high school dropout rates and lowering unemployment and crime.
Yet persistent gaps in employment, educational outcomes, and career skills remain, barring too many youth from realizing their full potential, and creating harmful social and economic costs to our nation.
Over the past year, we already have made progress addressing the central goals originally laid out by the President's MBK Task Force to ensure that all young people enter school ready to learn, all young people are reading at grade level by the third grade, all youth are graduating from high school ready for college and career, all youth are completing postsecondary education or training, all young people are successfully entering the workforce, and all young people are safe from violence and provided the second chances they deserve.
Here are some examples on how we are working to achieve these goals:
Beyond the work of the President's MBK Task Force, there are now more than 200 communities that have accepted the President's My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge, committing to launching Local Action Plans with bold goals and strategies to produce results that will bridge opportunity gaps.
And, since the President's call to action in February 2014, nearly $500 million in grants and in-kind resources have been independently committed by the private sector to attack the challenges facing our youth in new ways and expand opportunity, including a $100 million announcement just last week from Equal Opportunity Schools and its partners to increase enrollment of low-income and minority students in advance courses.
For so many of us, the My Brother's Keeper initiative is deeply personal. As a proud son of Baltimore, this week's announcement comes at a time of unique and special resonance for me.
As the country reflects on our shared responsibility to ensure that opportunity reaches every young person, I urge everyone to look at their own capacity to make a difference. Whether it's taking time to mentor, tutoring young people in your neighborhood, or creating new internship or apprenticeship opportunities for young people in your community '-- everyone can play a role in building a brighter future.
The President's My Brother's Keeper Initiative is about recognizing that our young people are not the problem, but rather the solution. And it's about each of us seeing our neighbor's child as our own. Their futures as individuals, and as members of a shared community and economy, are forever tied together.
As we move further into the fourth quarter of President Obama's time in office, our entire team is following his lead and preparing to accomplish as much as we possibly can with the MBK Task Force. And as leaders like Joe Echevarria, MBK Alliance honorary chair John Legend, and their colleagues take initiative to respond to the challenges facing our youth in new ways '-- big and small, locally and nationally '-- I share the President's confidence that we will begin to see a future come into focus that is increasingly inclusive, empowering, and rich with opportunity for all Americans.
We welcome the newly organized My Brother's Keeper Alliance to this work, and look forward to the progress they will help build.
Broderick Johnson Chair, My Brother's Keeper Task Force The White House
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Presidential Memorandum -- Creating and Expanding Ladders of Opportunity for Boys and Young Men of Color | The White House
Thu, 07 May 2015 02:57
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 27, 2014
MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
SUBJECT: Creating and Expanding Ladders of Opportunity for Boys and Young Men of Color
Over the course of my Administration, we have made consistent progress on important goals such as reducing high school dropout rates and lowering unemployment and crime. Yet as the Congress, State and local governments, research institutions, and leading private-sector organizations have all recognized, persistent gaps in employment, educational outcomes, and career skills remain for many boys and young men of color throughout their lives.
Many boys and young men of color will arrive at kindergarten less prepared than their peers in early language and literacy skills, leaving them less likely to finish school. Labor-force participation rates for young men of color have dropped, and far too many lack the skills they need to succeed. The disproportionate number of African American and Hispanic young men who are unemployed or involved in the criminal justice system undermines family and community stability and is a drag on State and Federal budgets. And, young men of color are far more likely to be victims of murder than their white peers, accounting for almost half of the country's murder victims each year. These outcomes are troubling, and they represent only a portion of the social and economic cost to our Nation when the full potential of so many boys and young men is left unrealized.
By focusing on the critical challenges, risk factors, and opportunities for boys and young men of color at key life stages, we can improve their long-term outcomes and ability to contribute to the Nation's competiveness, economic mobility and growth, and civil society. Unlocking their full potential will benefit not only them, but all Americans.
Therefore, I am establishing the My Brother's Keeper initiative, an interagency effort to improve measurably the expected educational and life outcomes for and address the persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color. The initiative will help us determine the public and private efforts that are working and how to expand upon them, how the Federal Government's own policies and programs can better support these efforts, and how to better involve State and local officials, the private sector, and the philanthropic community.
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct the following:
Section 1. My Brother's Keeper Task Force. (a) There is established a My Brother's Keeper Task Force (Task Force) to develop a coordinated Federal effort to improve significantly the expected life outcomes for boys and young men of color (including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans) and their contributions to U.S. prosperity. The Task Force shall be chaired by the Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary. In addition to the Chair, the Task Force shall consist of the following members:
(i) the Attorney General;
(ii) the Secretary of Agriculture;
(iii) the Secretary of Commerce;
(iv) the Secretary of Defense;
(v) the Secretary of Education;
(vi) the Secretary of Health and Human Services;
(vii) the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development;
(viii) the Secretary of the Interior;
(ix) the Secretary of Labor;
(x) the Secretary of Transportation;
(xi) the Director of the Office of Management and Budget;
(xii) the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers;
(xiii) the Director of the Office of Personnel Management;
(xiv) the Administrator of the Small Business Administration;
(xv) the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service;
(xvi) the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement;
(xvii) the Director of the Domestic Policy Council;
(xviii) the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy;
(xix) the Director of the National Economic Council; and
(xx) the heads of such other executive departments, agencies, and offices as the Chair may, from time to time, designate.
(b) A member of the Task Force may designate a senior-level official who is from the member's department, agency, or office, and is a full-time officer or employee of the Federal Government, to perform the day-to-day Task Force functions of the member. At the direction of the Chair, the Task Force may establish subgroups consisting exclusively of Task Force members or their designees under this subsection, as appropriate.
(c) The Deputy Secretary of Education shall serve as Executive Director of the Task Force, determine its agenda, convene regular meetings of the Task Force, and supervise its work under the direction of the Chair. The Department of Education shall provide funding and administrative support for the Task Force to the extent permitted by law and within existing appropriations. Each executive department or agency shall bear its own expenses for participating in the Task Force.
Sec. 2. Mission and Function of the Task Force. (a) The Task Force shall, consistent with applicable law, work across executive departments and agencies to:
(i) develop a comprehensive public website, to be maintained by the Department of Education, that will assess, on an ongoing basis, critical indicators of life outcomes for boys and young men of color (and other ethnic, income, and relevant subgroups) in absolute and relative terms;
(ii) assess the impact of Federal policies, regulations, and programs of general applicability on boys and young men of color, so as to develop proposals that will enhance positive outcomes and eliminate or reduce negative ones;
(iii) create an Administration-wide, online public portal to identify and disseminate successful programs and practices that improve outcomes for boys and young men of color;
(iv) recommend, where appropriate, incentives for the broad adoption by national, State, and local public and private decisionmakers of effective and innovative strategies and practices for providing opportunities to and improving outcomes for boys and young men of color;
(v) consistent with applicable privacy laws and regulations, provide relevant Federal data assets and expertise to public and private efforts to increase opportunities and improve life outcomes for boys and young men of color, and explore ways to coordinate with State and local governments and non-governmental actors with useful data and expertise;
(vi) ensure coordination with other Federal interagency groups and relevant public-private initiatives;
(vii) work with external stakeholders to highlight the opportunities, challenges, and efforts affecting boys and young men of color; and
(viii) recommend to the President means of ensuring sustained efforts within the Federal Government and continued partnership with the private sector and philanthropic community as set forth in this memorandum.
(b) The Task Force shall focus on evidence-based intervention points and issues facing boys and young men of color up to the age of 25, with a particular focus on issues important to young men under the age of 15. Specifically, the Task Force shall focus on the following issues, among others: access to early childhood supports; grade school literacy; pathways to college and a career, including issues arising from school disciplinary action; access to mentoring services and support networks; and interactions with the criminal justice system and violent crime.
(c) Within 30 days of the date of this memorandum, each member of the Task Force shall provide recommended indicators of life outcomes for the public website described in subsection (a)(i) of this section, and a plan for providing data on such indicators.
(d) Within 45 days of the date of this memorandum, each member of the Task Force shall identify any relevant programs and data-driven assessments within the member's department or agency for consideration in the portal described in subsection (a)(iii) of this section.
(e) Within 90 days of the date of this memorandum, the Task Force shall provide the President with a report on its progress and recommendations with respect to the functions set forth in subsection (a) of this section. Additionally, the Task Force shall provide, within 1 year of the date of this memorandum, a status report to the President regarding the implementation of this memorandum.
Sec. 3. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law or Executive Order to an agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
(d) The Secretary of Education is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.
FOXNEWS-What is 'My Brother's Keeper Alliance'? (+video) - CSMonitor.com
Thu, 07 May 2015 02:52
New York '-- In a deeply personal response to outbreaks of racially motivated protests, President Barack Obama on Monday blamed a lack of opportunity in minority communities and harsher treatment of black and Hispanic men by police for fueling a sense of "unfairness and powerlessness."
The country's first black president called for a nationwide mobilization to reverse inequalities and said the cause will remain a mission for the rest of his presidency and his life. "There are consequences to indifference," Obama said.
Helping launch a foundation to assist young minorities, Obama said the catalysts of protests in Ferguson, Mo., and in Baltimore were the deaths of black young men and "a feeling that law is not always applied evenly in this country."
But he said a broader sense of hopelessness is at the root of the periodic eruptions in poor communities.
"We ask police to go into communities where there is no hope," he said. "Eventually, something happens because of the tension between society and these communities, and the police are just on the front lines of that."
The new organization, My Brother's Keeper Alliance, is an outgrowth of Obama's year-old My Brother's Keeper initiative, which has focused on federal government policies and grants designed to increase access to education and jobs.
As The Christian Science Monitor reported in February 2014:
From the earliest days of his presidency, Barack Obama has faced high expectations from African-American leaders '' and a persistent question: What about a black agenda?
High unemployment. High incarceration rates. High dropout rates. These and many other pathologies have long plagued communities of color. But for the nation's first African-American president, dealing with the ''black'' issue has been tricky. ''I'm not the president of black America,'' President Obama has said many times. ''I'm the president of the United States of America.''
But increasingly, Mr. Obama has been addressing minority issues more directly. On Thursday, he will focus on the challenges of young black and Latino men when he unveils ''My Brother's Keeper'' '' an initiative named for a biblical phrase he uses regularly, conveying a belief that society must help those facing challenges. It aims to keep young minority men out of what is often called the ''school-to-prison pipeline.''
While the Brother's Keeper effort predates the tensions in Baltimore that erupted after the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, the significance of the new private-sector alliance has been magnified by the spotlight the riots in the city placed on low-income neighborhoods.
Over the past year, Obama has been called on to respond to what he last week referred to as the "slow-rolling crisis" of police relations with minority communities. The friction has been highlighted by Gray's death last month and Michael Brown's death last summer in Ferguson. Gray died after sustaining a spinal cord injury while in the custody of Baltimore police. Six police officers were charged last week in connection with his death.
Still, he praised police officers for putting their lives on the line and singled out Brian Moore, a 25-year-old New York City police officer shot in the head over the weekend while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun.
"He came from a family of police officers," Obama said. "And the family of fellow officers he joined in the NYPD and across the country deserve our gratitude and our prayers, not just today but every day. They've got a tough job."
Obama alluded to his own youth raised by a single mother and said the plight of young minority men is personal to him.
"I grew up without a dad. I grew up lost sometimes and adrift, not having a sense of a clear path," he said, noting that he was lucky because he had an environment where people cared for him.
"Really that's what this comes down to, do we love these kids?" he said.
With high-profile names and an ambitious focus, the alliance is a possible building block for Obama's post-presidential pursuits. With less than two years left in Obama's presidency, the new institution would likely sustain its work well after he leaves the White House. But White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the new alliance wouldn't necessarily be the vehicle for what Obama chooses to do.
Earnest said decisions about who could give to the group and the reporting of donations would be made by the board of directors. He was responding to a question about whether the group's financing might spark some of the same controversies surrounding Bill and Hillary Clinton's family foundation.
"The White House will not be involved in determining what their fundraising policies should be," Earnest said. He said that the board would be "well aware of the priorities the president has placed on transparency."
The new alliance will be led by Joe Echevarria, the former chief executive of Deloitte, the giant accounting and consulting firm. The alliance already has obtained financial and in-kind commitments of more than $80 million from such companies as American Express, Deloittte, Discovery Networks, and Fox News parent company News Corp., the White House said.
The alliance board is a who's who of the sport, corporate and entertainment world. Singer songwriter John Legend is the alliance's honorary chairman; former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning is a member of the board. The alliance's advisory council will include former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Attorney General Eric Holder and Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, the mayors of Indianapolis, Sacramento and Philadelphia, as well as former NFL player Jerome Bettis and former basketball standout Shaquille O'Neal.
While in New York, Obama was also taping an appearance on The Late show with David Letterman and attending Democratic Party fundraisers.
Kuhnhenn reported from Washington D.C.
Obama launches My Brother's Keeper Alliance to help young men of color - The Washington Post
Thu, 07 May 2015 02:49
During a speech made at the launch of the "My Brother's Keeper Alliance" in New York, President Obama talked about how protests in Ferguson and Baltimore stemmed beyond the tragic deaths of two young men, but the sense of "unfairness" and "powerlessness" felt by the members of those communities. (WhiteHouse.gov)
NEW YORK '-- President Obama on Monday announced the formation of a corporate-backed nonprofit organization to help boys and young men of color, describing it as a group that will outlast his presidency and advance his administration's goal of achieving greater racial and social justice.
The organization will focus on improving early childhood education, keeping black and Latino boys out of the criminal justice system, and on preparing young men to be more successful when entering the workforce, he said.
Speaking a week after riots scarred Baltimore, Obama said decades of disadvantage had sowed discontent in minority communities. Righting those conditions, he said, will take a ''sustained'' effort far exceeding the 20 months he has left in office.
''These kids are all our kids. We will profit by or pay for whatever they become,'' Obama said. ''This will remain a mission for me and for [first lady Michelle Obama], not just for the rest of my presidency, but for the rest of my life.''
[Obama's trip offers hint at post White House life]
The organization, My Brother's Keeper Alliance, follows a public-private partnership by almost the same name that Obama has used to attract more than $300 million in donations over the past year. That group, he said, has studied key points in the lives of young black men at which greater engagement could make the biggest difference. That's where the alliance will focus, he said.
On Monday, the White House announced a lengthy list of corporate donors, including the chief executives of Sam's Club, Deloitte Consulting, PepsiCo and Sprint, who would be founding members of the board and had committed $80 million in ''in-kind and financial donations'' to get the alliance off the ground.
Also in attendance on Monday were the board's honorary chairman, singer John Legend, and board member and former NBA star Alonzo Mourning.
Before the alliance's first board meeting, however, the White House on Monday faced a growing list of questions about how the administration would keep transparent its work on behalf of the organization '-- and vice versa '-- and how the companies that underwrite the president's favored initiative would not gain special access or favor during the remainder of his term.
[Obama's My Brother's Keeper group raises $300 million]
The launching of the alliance comes as questions continue to mount over whether contributions to the foundation created by former president Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton, front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, influenced her work and advocacy efforts as secretary of state.
Asked about the potential pitfalls of the relationship, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama would not be on the organization's board and would not be involved in decisions about contributions, or the alliance's policies regarding them.
''The Obama administration will have no role in deciding how donations are screened and what criteria they will set at the alliance for donor policies because it is an entirely separate entity,'' Earnest said.
He cast Obama's work in helping the alliance as a ''different way the president can wield his authority,'' Earnest said. ''The president has a pretty substantial platform to advocate for the kind of changes that he would like to see in the country.''
''This is one example of, essentially, the president using his phone to mobilize the business community in support of national priorities,'' Earnest said.
Earnest cast it as no different from the first lady's ''Let's Move!'' campaign, or job training efforts sought by the administration that businesses have volunteered to implement.
Regardless, My Brother's Keeper Alliance seems certain to play a large part in Obama's life after the White House.
[Obama launches My Brother's Keeper]
Standing on a stage at a mostly minority college in the Bronx on Monday, Obama repeated a call he made last week for national ''soul searching'' on the issues of racial and social justice after the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.
Citing the unrest again Monday evening at a $10,000-a-plate Democratic fundraiser at a private home on Manhattan's Upper East Side, Obama said, ''this is not a project that stops after a certain point in office. .'.'. This is something we have to sustain.''
But it will be corporations that fund the work, not government.
Speaking before Obama took the stage in the Bronx, Joe Echevarria, the interim head of the alliance and the recently retired chief executive of Deloitte LLP, applauded the businesses that agreed to help launch the organization.
''The companies that have agreed to contribute and participate are all sitting in this room; there is a press kit that tells you who they are,'' Echevarria said. ''Those people not only bring their money, their brand, their persons, but they also bring their passion.''
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VIDEO-Marilyn Mosby Gave A Fiery Speech About Freddie Gray | The Daily Caller
Thu, 07 May 2015 03:32
Two days before the Baltimore police department concluded its investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, Marilyn Mosby, the Maryland state's attorney for the city, gave a fiery speech in which said she planned to ''pursue justice by any and all means necessary.''
Mosby entered the national spotlight on Friday after she announced charges against six Baltimore cops involved in Gray's April 12 arrest. Many believe that Gray, who died on April 19, was the victim of police brutality or negligence.
''[The criminal justice system] has historically and disproportionately affected so many communities of color, and what we're seeing right now when we turn on the news and we open up the newspaper is that frustration,'' Mosby told the Multicultural Prayer Movement group during a brief speech Tuesday morning.
The night before saw widespread rioting, looting and arson in Baltimore sparked by outrage over Gray's death.
Mosby, 35, did not mention Gray by name during her remarks, but the prayer group described her as speaking about ''stepping forward with the Freddie Gray Case.''
''And it's not just Baltimore City,'' Mosby continued. ''That's every urban city across America. We're seeing the frustration of this system, and recognizing that'...I couldn't listen to the naysayers.''
Seemingly hinting at what course of action she would take in a surprise announcement three days later, Mosby told the audience of local clergy: ''We will pursue justice by any and all means necessary.''
Mosby echoed that sentiment during her press conference on Friday, less than 24 hours after police concluded their investigation.
''To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for 'No justice, no peace,''' she said. ''Your peace is seriously needed as I seek to deliver justice to this young man.''
''As young people, our time is now,''she added.
Mosby slapped Caesar Goodson Jr., a black officer who drove Gray from the arrest site to central booking, with the toughest charges. He faces a second-degree depraved-heart murder charge and manslaughter charges. Three other officers face involuntary manslaughter and other charges. The two officers who helped arrest Gray face second-degree assault charges. (RELATED: Baltimore Police Release Mugshots Of Six Officers Charged In Freddie Gray Case)
Mosby's decision was denounced as a ''rush to judgement'' by the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police. And a report from the Baltimore Sun published on Saturday described police investigating Gray's death as ''stunned'' that Mosby had determined charges less than a day after being handed the case. (RELATED: Law Professor: Baltimore Officers Were Overcharged, Charges Will Likely Be Dropped)
While Mosby has captured the hearts of many because of the aggressive charges and her tough talk, she has also been accused of bias for both her political relationships and her social justice activism.
Mosby's husband is Nick Mosby, a Baltimore city councilman who represents the area where Gray was arrested. The Fraternal Order of Police expressed concern that Nick Mosby's position would put pressure on his wife to throw the book at the officers.
Mosby, who is the youngest state's attorney of any major city in the U.S., said on Friday that Gray's arrest was illegal and that he was not properly restrained in the police van. She also alleged that the officers did not provide Gray with medical attention even though he asked for it.
Other alleged conflicts of interest include the $5,000 in campaign contributions Mosby received from Billy Murphy Jr., the attorney representing Gray's family. Mosby appointed Murphy Jr. to her transition committee after being voted into office. (RELATED: Marilyn Mosby Accused Of Conflicts Of Interest)
Mosby, who ran on a tough-on-crime and police reform platform to unseat incumbent Gregg Bernstein, has been outspoken about other high-profile cases involving young black men.
She rallied in protest of the July 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman. She also criticized how St. Louis Co. prosecutor Bob McCulloch handled the grand jury process in the case of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown last August.
In a homecoming speech last October at her alma mater, Tuskegee University, Mosby lamented that Wilson had not been indicted for killing the 18-year-old Brown, who she said was ''a boy.''
During her remarks Tuesday, Mosby slammed commentators who had used the word ''thugs'' to describe the rioters and looters who tore up parts of the city the night before.
''Our young people, I know that they're called 'thugs,''' Mosby said, her cadence rising. ''Those are young people crying out. There's a sense of hopelessness in this city.'' (RELATED: Obama Refers To Baltimore Rioters As 'Criminals And Thugs')
While many others criticized the use of the word ''thugs'' to describe rioters '-- they claimed it had racist connotations '-- the two most high-profile officials to do so are black. Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake used the word on Monday. President Obama, to the surprise of many, used it on Tuesday.
''Our time to do it, and I've been saying this for the past two years, this is a bubbling up, a culmination of that hopelessness.''
Mosby did not respond to The Daily Caller's request for comment.
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Thu, 07 May 2015 03:25
More in the cross-post on the MRC's NewsBusters blog.
In an interview with Bill Clinton aired on Monday's NBC Today, correspondent Cynthia McFadden pressed him on the scandal swirling around the Clinton Foundation, but she quickly moved on to gush over the "heartwarming stories"of the charity's work in Africa.
McFadden, traveling with former president in Africa, began the segment by declaring: "Bill Clinton is making no apologiesas he tours some of the African programs his foundation has raised billions to help fund." Clinton proclaimed: "I don't think there's anything sinister in trying to get wealthy people and countries that are seriously involved in development to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor people and lifts them up."
VIDEO-Soledad O'Brien, Formerly of CNN: 'Thug' a 'Proxy' for the 'N-Word' | MRCTV
Thu, 07 May 2015 03:19
Former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien, now CEO of Starfish Media Group and a correspondent for Al Jazeera America, on the May 4 Reliable Sources:
''Listen, I think what the Baltimore city councilman, Carl Stokes, was trying to tell Erin Burnett is that thug is a proxy, it is a word we use instead of the N-word. And I think that's really true. I can't think of a situation where there's ever been a headline or someone has called a white young person who's in the middle of a violent protest, demonstration, whatever, a 'thug.' We use it all the time when we're talking about people in the inner city.''
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VIDEO-MSNBC's Roberts Lets SPLC's Potok Compare AFDI to Klan | MRCTV
Thu, 07 May 2015 03:17
Video cross-posted here at NewsBusters. In the wake of an attempted mass shooting at a free speech event hosted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) over the weekend, on Monday MSNBC's Thomas Roberts hosted Mark Potok of the far left Southern Poverty Law Center and allowed him to equate them with a ''Klan group that decides to hold a cartoon contest satirizing black people.''
VIDEO-CNN's Berman Wonders If Muhammad Cartoon Group is 'Looking For More Violence' | MRCTV
Thu, 07 May 2015 02:42
[More in the cross-post on the MRC's NewsBusters blog.]
On the 5 May 2015 edition of CNN's At This Hour, John Berman wondered if American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), which organized the Muhammad cartoon conference that was attacked by two Islamists on Sunday, was only provoking more terrorist violence by planning to hold similar events in the future. Berman asked AFDI vice president Robert Spencer, "By holding more events, then, I suppose you could continue to say, are you looking for more violence to keep on making this point?"
Co-anchor Kate Bolduan also spotlighted how "the question has been posed...if the intent was to serve as bait, it worked. Is that what you guys were intending?" However, to her credit, Bolduan later underlined that she didn't want to "debate...if you have a right to be holding this event. You have the right to be holding this event. We're not going to debate here...if violence is okay in light of this event. Absolutely not! I don't even want to debate...the line between free speech and provocation."
VIDEO-Matthews and Guest Blame the Victim: AFDI 'Caused' or At Least 'Incited' Attack in Garland, Texas | MRCTV
Thu, 07 May 2015 02:12
Read more at NewsBusters | Taking a classic blame-the-victim posture on his May 4 Hardball program, host Chris Matthews joined terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann in blaming The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) for the would-be terror attack at the Garland, Texas, event on Sunday.
VIDEO-Huckabee Tells Former Clinton Flack Stephanopoulos How to Beat Hillary | MRCTV
Thu, 07 May 2015 01:38
Video cross-posted here at NewsBusters. During an interview on Wednesday's Good Morning America to discuss his newly formed presidential campaign, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee detailed to George Stephanopoulos, Bill Clinton's former communication director, how he will be able to defeat the Clinton machine.
VIDEO-Obama Administration: Times Square Must Remove Iconic Billboards CBS New York
Wed, 06 May 2015 23:33
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) '-- You can call it a bureaucratic blunder '... or a Washington blooper.
But any way you slice it a move by the federal government to make the city remove Times Square's iconic billboards falls in the category of ''whose bright idea is this?''
It is known as the ''Crossroads of the World,'' the ''Center of the Universe'' and ''the Great White Way,'' but Times Square could become like the ''Black Hole of Calcutta'' if the federal government has its way, CBS2's Marcia Kramer reported Tuesday.
The feds say many of Times Square's huge and neon-lit billboards must come down or the city will lose about $90 million in federal highway money.
Obama Administration: Times Square's Iconic Billboards Must Be Removed Or Else''We're going to let outsiders who sit in a cramped room and have nothing to do with our city as far as partaking in it on an everyday basis change something that means something to the whole entire world? That makes total sense, just like everything else the federal government does,'' said Keith Watson of Flushing.
The edict comes from a 2012 law that makes Times Square an arterial route to the national highway system. And that puts it under the 1965 Highway Beautification Act, which limits signs to 1,200 square feet. It took the feds until now to realize that Times Square was included, Kramer reported.
''I love the signs. I think they're just fantastic and they're a part of New York. It would be really, really bad for New York if they were down,'' Midtown resident Fran Weisfeld said.
New York residents and tourists alike say highway beautification shouldn't apply to Times Square, where the innovative, in-your-face billboards personify New York City, itself.
City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg agrees.
''The signs in Times Square are wonderful. They're iconic. They're not only a global tourist attraction, they're important to the economy,'' Trottenberg said.
She said she's not going to let it happen.
''We're not going to be taking down the billboards in Times Square. We're going to work with the federal government and the state and find a solution,'' Trottenberg said.
There are some who say that if the feds really wanted to beautify Times Square they might try getting rid of some of the Elmos, Kramer reported.
Among the options the city is considering is to attempt to get an exemption from the federal government, Kramer reported.
VIDEO-Sheriff Clarke Blasts Liberal Media 'Propagating..False Narrative' In Baltimore | MRCTV
Wed, 06 May 2015 19:41
Video cross-posted here at NewsBusters. On Tuesday night's Hannity, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke slammed the''liberal mainstream media'' for''propagating this false narrative about how law enforcement treats black males and people in the black community'' in places like Baltimore and Ferguson.
VIDEO-Germanwings Co-Pilot Appears to Have Rehearsed Fatal Dive, Report Says - NYTimes.com
Wed, 06 May 2015 19:09
Continue reading the main storyVideoPlay Video|0:47Co-Pilot Found to Have Rehearsed Dive
Co-Pilot Found to Have Rehearsed DiveR(C)mi Jouty, the director of the French Bureau of Investigations and Analyses, discussed the findings of the preliminary report into the crash of the Germanwings Airbus A320.
By AP on Publish Date May 6, 2015.Photo by Yves Malenfer/Agence France-Presse '-- Getty Images.PARIS '-- Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot suspected of deliberately flying a German airliner into the French Alps, appears to have rehearsed the plane's fatal dive during an earlier flight on the day of the crash, the French authorities said in a preliminary report published on Wednesday.
The initial findings by the Bureau of Investigations and Analyses, known by its French abbreviation B.E.A., show that the co-pilot repeatedly set the Germanwings plane's altitude to 100 feet during its outbound flight to Barcelona, Spain, from D¼sseldorf, Germany, on March 24.
The maneuvers, which were captured by the plane's flight data recorder, took place while the flight's captain had left the cockpit temporarily.
''To us, it is clear that this was some kind of rehearsal,'' R(C)mi Jouty, the director of the B.E.A., said in a telephone interview. ''We see the same actions being taken in the same circumstances, at a moment when the co-pilot was alone in the cockpit.''
The new information contained in the 29-page report provides further evidence suggesting that the 27-year-old co-pilot crashed the Airbus A320 intentionally after locking the captain out of the cockpit, killing himself and 149 others, on its return leg to D¼sseldorf.
Continue reading the main storyDocument: Preliminary Report on the Germanwings Flight 9525 CrashAn initial analysis of a cockpit audio recording retrieved from one of the plane's so-called black boxes just days after the crash led a French prosecutor to declare that Mr. Lubitz had acted deliberately.
Investigations by the German police later revealed that Mr. Lubitz had a history of severe depression dating from at least 2009, and that he had scoured the Internet for methods of committing suicide in the days before his final flight.
The French report indicates that Mr. Lubitz's trial run was so fleeting that it went undetected by air traffic controllers, who had already given instructions for a moderate descent to 35,000 feet from 37,000 feet. The flight's captain, Patrick Sondenheimer, also apparently did not notice the maneuvers, which occurred about 20 minutes into the flight and while the captain was out of the cockpit for roughly five minutes.
The report says that the co-pilot selected a target altitude of 100 feet ''several times'' for durations ranging from a few seconds to up to three minutes during the captain's absence.
French investigators did not try to explain Mr. Lubitz's actions, but they were unambiguous about his role in the crash.
''We cannot presume what was going on in his mind,'' Mr. Jouty said. ''But based on all the information that we have gathered so far, we can affirm, categorically, that this crash was the result of an intentional act, a series of steps that, taken together, all point in the same direction.''
The report notes similarities between his control inputs on the two flights and, in its analysis of the second, ill-fated flight, supports the French prosecutor's initial conclusions. The co-pilot ''intentionally modified the autopilot instructions to order the airplane to descend until it collided with the terrain,'' according to the report.
''He did not open the cockpit door during the descent, despite requests for access made via the keypad, the cabin interphone and knocks on the door,'' it said.
In the wake of the crash, Germany established a task force of aviation, medical and government experts to study the circumstances that led to the fatal descent and how it might have been averted.
Continue reading the main storyMapMaps and timeline of what is known about the crash.
Last month, two working groups met to discuss possible changes to cockpit door security systems and to review the standards for monitoring pilots' mental health. The group expects to publish its initial findings before the summer.
The European Commission in Brussels is also expected in the coming days to announce the formation of a high-level working group that will propose rules intended to prevent similar disasters. Although Mr. Lubitz is the highest-profile example of pilot suicide, his was not an isolated case. Over the past two decades, a series of fatal airline crashes have been attributed to deliberate actions by the pilot.
The B.E.A. investigation is limited solely to determining the facts of the case and to making recommendations to safety regulators with the intent to reduce the risk of a similar episode. Unlike the separate criminal inquiry being conducted by French prosecutors, it will not seek to apportion legal responsibility for the crash.
France is one of a handful of countries that routinely seek criminal indictments in air accidents, regardless of whether there is clear evidence of criminal intent or negligence. Such indictments typically target the airline, legal experts said, but they can include individuals.
Any criminal case against Germanwings and its parent company, Lufthansa, will hinge on whether prosecutors can prove that the airline was negligent in its oversight of Mr. Lubitz.
Evidence uncovered by German prosecutors after the crash indicates that Mr. Lubitz had sought treatment for psychological issues in the months before the flight, but that he had hidden his illness from his employer.
Lufthansa has admitted that Mr. Lubitz informed the company of a previous episode of severe depression, which had led him to interrupt his pilot training for several months in 2009. Mr. Lubitz was reinstated after an evaluation by a flight doctor found him fit to return to the cockpit. But the airline does not appear to have imposed any special monitoring of him beyond the minimum required for any pilot who had a flagged health issue.
The French report says that Mr. Lubitz started his basic training at the Bremen campus of Lufthansa's prestigious flight school in September 2008, but suspended it just two months later for ''medical reasons.''
He did not resume his training until late August 2009.
PhotoAndreas LubitzCredit Foto Team Mueller, via Agence France-Presse '-- Getty ImagesDuring his absence, Lufthansa's flight doctors twice refused to certify Mr. Lubitz as fit to fly, citing his depression and the medicine that had been prescribed to treat it.
According to the French report, a Lufthansa doctor informed Germany's Federal Aviation Office, which licenses pilots, that Mr. Lubitz had been denied medical clearance on July 14, 2009.
But two weeks later, he received a valid ''Class 1'' medical certificate that noted that he had a medical condition, although it did not specify whether it was related to a psychological issue. The flag instructed flight doctors to contact the aviation office before evaluating Mr. Lubitz for his required annual physical.
Barbara Sch¤dler, a Lufthansa spokeswoman, declined to comment on the French report. A spokeswoman for the German regulator did not immediately respond to telephone calls or emails requesting comment.
Because of Germany's strict privacy laws, the details of Mr. Lubitz's condition and of his treatment were never shared with Lufthansa managers. Flight doctors who examined him after his reinstatement reported no signs that his depression had returned '-- something that would have set off an alert to the airline and to German regulators.
But documents made public last week showed that Mr. Lubitz's depression did catch the attention of American regulators. The Federal Aviation Administration raised questions about his fitness to fly in 2010, when he sought a student pilot's license to continue his training at a Lufthansa-owned flight school in Arizona.
According to the documents, the F.A.A. ultimately granted Mr. Lubitz a license after a doctor in Germany certified that he had recovered fully and was no longer taking antidepressants.
The French report indicates that Mr. Lubitz was in Arizona for four months, from November 2010 until March 2011, before returning to Germany. He continued his flight training while also working under contract as a Lufthansa flight attendant for another two years, significantly longer than the 11 months that the airline had previously disclosed, before being hired by Germanwings.
He did not become a fully licensed commercial pilot until February 2014, barely more than a year before he crashed the plane into a mountainside.
Given the worldwide attention the crash has received, French prosecutors are widely expected to move ahead with a criminal indictment, despite some diplomatic pressure to transfer the case to a German court. Brice Robin, the prosecutor in Marseille who is in charge of the investigation, is expected to reach a formal decision about whether to proceed before the summer.
''I cannot imagine that the prosecutor would close this case,'' said St(C)phane Gicquel, secretary general of Fenvac, a French association that represents the families of accident and disaster victims. ''It is too high-profile.''
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VIDEO-MSNBC's Brzezinski Says 'There Are Certain Words You Can't Say,' Won't Name Them | Mediaite
Tue, 05 May 2015 16:07
During a discussion on the blurry line between free speech and hate speech in the wake of the Garland, Texas shooting of Muhammad Art contest, Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski said that even in America ''there are certain things you can't say,'' and proved it by not saying them.
''There are certain things you're not allowed to do even though it's free speech,'' Brzezinski said. ''There are certain words you can't say, there are certain things you can't do, that you would be kicked out of society if not more would happen to you. And so where is the line?''
Bloomberg Politics editor John Heilemann took exception to that. ''There are things you're not supposed to say ''''
''No, there are things you can't say, Heilemann,'' Brzezinski insisted.
''There really aren't,'' Heilemann said.
''Yeah, there are, and I can't say them,'' Brzezinski said. ''I'll perhaps share it with you in the break. They will get you into very big trouble.''
''They will get in you in trouble,'' Heilemann said. ''But we had a case in Skokie, Illinois where Nazis marched through Skokie and Supreme Court said that's protected speech, you're allowed to do that. Can people you at you, yes; can people be upset with you, yes; can you be castigated, can you be spurned, yes. But we allow that to happen. It's the glory of the freedom of speech, which is that people can do the most offensive things and not be thrown in jail.''
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VIDEO-Watch John Oliver Explore Insanity of Standardized Testing | Rolling Stone
Tue, 05 May 2015 05:53
With the school year winding down around the United States, John Oliver dedicated a segment of Sunday's Last Week Tonight to exposing the insanity of standardized tests, "the fastest way to terrify any child with five letters outside of just whispering the word 'clown.'"
Sidebar20 Things You Learn Hanging Out With John Oliver >>The host opens the segment by highlighting schools' absurd methods of pumping up students for the exams '' from test-hyping parody songs to pep rallies (like one in Texas that featured the Funky Monkey mascot). But nobody's laughing about standardized tests, which often put unfair pressure on teachers and students.
The anxiety is so real that "official instructions for test administrators specify what to do if a student vomits on his or her test booklet," Oliver says. "And something is wrong with our system when we just assume a certain number of kids will vomit. Tests are supposed to be assessments of skills, not a rap battle on 8 Mile road. Eminem, why did your mom make you spaghetti? She knew tonight was rap battle night."
The standardized test explosion dates back to the Nineties and early 2000s. On his third day in office, George W. Bush announced his No Child Left Behind program, which "increased the number of federally mandated tests from six to 17." President Obama campaigned that he would de-emphasize the heavy testing '' but he's pushed his own initiatives like Race to the Top, which emphasizes the Common Core state standards. These concepts are sound in principle but difficult to implement, leading to many states using "value-added analysis," which ties teacher pay to student test scores.
The system is flawed in every aspect. Many of the tests are impossibly challenging, fail to reflect ability in a practical sense, include error-laden questions and are graded with shady scoring tactics. "At this point, you have to ask yourself: If standardized tests are bad for teachers and bad for kids, who exactly are they good for?" Oliver says. The tests are operated by companies like Pearson Education, which had 40 percent of the testing market cornered as of 2012. "The only test they have no hand in is the HPV test you might take in college," the host jokes.
The U.S. has seen over a decade of standardized testing, but studies prove the achievement gap hasn't been narrowed. Don't worry, though '' Oliver has the cure. "If all this pressure is making you feel nauseous, like you might vomit at any second, then don't worry," he says, bringing in everyone's favorite standardized test mascot. "I've got four words for you that will make you feel better: Here comes the monkey!"
VIDEO-Treadmills: Danger at our feet - CBS News
Tue, 05 May 2015 00:31
Treadmills are the single most popular piece of exercise equipment. More than 50 million Americans use them, up nearly 40 percent in the last ten years.
But "Early Show" consumer correspondent Susan Koeppen cautions that you can run into some pretty serious risks on treadmills.
According to federal statistics, they're the single most dangerous piece of exercise equipment.
Julie Osborne knows.
She never imagined that her daily workout could be hazardous to her health.
"I've never experienced any kind of pain like that before," she told CBS News.
Julie was running on her home treadmill when she hopped off to grab her water. The belt was still rolling when she tried to get back on.
"I lost my balance, put my hand down to try and stabilize myself, and my three fingers got stuck between the frame and the running track," she recalls.
The belt rolled over her hand and sheared off skin.
"When my hand came out, I could actually see exposed bone," she says.
Eight-year-old Annabelle Ford was on her family's treadmill when she was seriously injured...
Her mother, Cindi Ford, told CBS News, "Her hand was caught under the mat, and as it kept going around, it kept scraping off skin and burning her fingers."
Annabelle suffered severe burns and a broken middle finger.
CBS News found plenty of videos on YouTube of people falling on treadmills. They crash into walls. They hit their heads - hard.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says treadmills sent an estimated 19,000 people to the emergency room in 2009, including almost 6,000 children. Among the injuries: broken bones, amputated fingers, and concussions. In 2009, former boxer Mike Tyson's four-year-old daughter died after being strangled by a cord on a treadmill in his home.
"A moving belt is like falling off a bicycle at 10 miles an hour," points out fitness and treadmill expert Ed Trainor. "A treadmill requires focus and responsibility."
"So we think it's so easy to be on a treadmill," Koeppen said, "but just talking to you, I've noticed I stepped off the belt a couple times."
"It's the distractions that occur while you're on the treadmill that cause most injuries," Trainor noted.
Osborne still suffers from pain in her right hand. Annabelle is healing, and her mom says they've learned a lesson.
"It's important to know," Cindi Ford stresses, "that these things can cause some serious damage."
The Sporting Goods Manufacturers' Association told CBS News treadmills are safe, but they "deserve 100 percent attention, focus, and concentration" when they're being used."
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VIDEO: Geert Wilders Speaks at Free Speech Conference in Garland, Texas Before Shooting | Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs: Islam, Jihad, Israel and the Islamic War on the West
Tue, 05 May 2015 00:19
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VIDEO-They Asked This Sheriff "Is America A Racist Nation", His Response Took Me By Surprise
Mon, 04 May 2015 21:02
When you stop to think about the divisions in this nation, you realize that the issue of color is one of the most heated and most divisive. There's people protesting in Baltimore, the town known internationally by just its first name of ''Ferguson'', and more and more dissension popping up every day.
But down in Florida, there is a Sheriff who has something he wants to say. Sheriff David Morgan oversees the county of Escambia, Florida, where his words ring strong and true in a culture that is suffering from so much division.
Morgan says that its not OK to use the term ''African American'' because we're all just Americans and those sorts of terms are divisive in nature. He says on record that this is ''not a racist nation.''
''We must work the right end of the problem. The right end of the problem, I will tell you as a law enforcement officer, is not to build larger jails; it's not to hire more law enforcement officers; it's to get into our families, our school systems, and yes, our churches and start to bring back the training of character and integrity into our communities. Because we have raised an asocial generation.''
Bravo Sheriff Morgan. You are a great patriot and we thank you for speaking out and working to bring more unity, peace, and safety to our country!
VIDEO-Bill Clinton Defends Foreign Donations, $500K Speeches: 'I Gotta Pay Our Bills' | MRCTV
Mon, 04 May 2015 19:34
In an interview with NBC News, former president Bill Clinton defended taking millions in foreign cash for his foundation.
He argued that the Clinton Foundation has ''never done anything knowingly inappropriate'' with the foreign money.
''There is no doubt in my mind that we have never done anything knowingly inappropriate in terms of taking money to influence any kind of American government policy,'' he said. ''That just hasn't happened.''
Mr. Clinton noted that, if his wife Hillary is elected President in 2016, he would consider stepping down as head of the charity.
''If it's the right thing to do, I will," he said. "I might if I were asked to do something in the public interest that I had an obligation to do. Or I might take less of an executive role.''
''But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it,'' Clinton added.
One thing he won't stop doing if Mrs. Clinton is elected is giving speeches. He justified charging $500,000 for his speeches as a necessity to pay the bills.
''I gotta pay our bills,'' Clinton said. ''And I also give a lot of it to the foundation every year.''
He insisted that the high price point is reasonable because he spends hours researching and practicing:
''I work hard on this. I spend a couple of hours a day just doing the research,'' Clinton said. ''People like to hear me speak.''
''We do our best to vet them,'' Clinton said of the groups that pay for his talks. ''And I have turned down a lot of them. If I think there's something wrong with it, I don't take it.''
Similarly, he said that he has, on occasion, turned down money offered to their charity:
''Since I turned it down, I don't need to talk about it,'' Clinton said. ''We've got over 300,000 donors and 90 percent of them have given $100 or less.''
On the controversy surrounding his wife and their foundation's undisclosed donations from foreign governments, Bill Clinton said he trusts that the American people will "figure it out" that critics are simply practicing ''politics'' and ''selective nondisclosure.''
''People should draw their own conclusions. I'm not in politics,'' the former president said.
''All I'm saying is the idea that there's one set of rules for us and another set for everybody else is true.''
''The people who have attacked the foundation have practiced selective nondisclosure,'' Clinton argued.
''I really trust the American people to figure it out. I always have. And so far, I haven't been disappointed.''
Unapologetic for their wealth, their charity taking in foreign donations, and their charging half a million in fees per speech, Clinton defended his and his wife's work as impactful and life-saving:
''The lives we save and the impact we've had, I'm proud of it,'' Bill Clinton said.
To watch the interview, check out the video below.
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VIDEO-Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning statues unveiled in Berlin
Mon, 04 May 2015 00:19
By Adario Strange2015-05-04 00:00:29 UTC
Following the brief display of an Edward Snowden statue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn last month, a new Snowden statue has popped up in Berlin.
But this time, Snowden's statue is accompanied by statues of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.
Created by Italian sculptor Davide Dormino, the life-size, bronze statues were unveiled on Friday in the Alexanderplatz public square in Berlin, Germany.
The statues are part of an art project Dormino calls "Anything To Say." Each figure is standing on a chair, while a fourth chair sits empty, which the artist says "is for you [the public]." On the website for the project, a message states:
"Thanks to Assange, Snowden and Manning, you know the limits of freedom. You know you are spied on every hour of every day. You know how governments kill and torture alleged enemies'... We will honour their courage by erecting a monument'..."
However, the mobile display is not permanent. The statues will begin touring other areas soon, with the next stop being Dresden, Germany.
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Topics: art, Berlin, Chelsea Manning, Chelsea Manning, edward snowden, germany, julian assange, Politics, privacy, World, WikiLeaks
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Thu, 07 May 2015 03:47
May 6, 2015Elton John and Rick Warren were among the four witnesses at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on State Department global health programs.
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