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Push for Gender Equality in Tech? Some Men Say It’s Gone Too Far

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[It's the growing divide of inequality that leads to this style of 'everybody against everybody else' politics. An "I've got mine, Jack" dystopia. See also: Lurid Lawsuit’s Quiet End Leaves Silicon Valley Start-Up Barely Dented‘It Was a Frat House’: Inside the Sex Scandal That Toppled SoFi’s C.E.O.Contentious Memo Strikes Nerve Inside Google and OutWomen in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment. *RON*]
Nellie Bowles, New York Times, 23 September 2017
After revelations of harassment and bias in Silicon Valley, a backlash is growing against the women in tech movement.

SAN FRANCISCO — Their complaints flow on Reddit forums, on video game message boards, on private Facebook pages and across Twitter. They argue for everything from male separatism to an end to gender diversity efforts.

Silicon Valley has for years accommodated a fringe element of men who say women are ruining the tech world.

Now, as the nation’s tec…

Oklahoma Is Imprisoning So Many People It Can’t Hire Enough Guards To Keep Up

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[The result of the combination of a corporate 'prisons for profit' system and letting millions of young black men rot in jail as felons for simple marijuana charges. *RON*]
Michael Arria, In These Times, 21 September 2017

In July of this year, some 150 prisoners at the Great Plains Correctional Facility in Tulsa, Okla., rioted. The riot reportedly developed after a fight between prisoners and lasted for about eight hours. Two prison guards were taken hostage before the prisoners were corralled and returned to their cells.

The incident immediately led to calls for a guard increase. In January, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections announced it had a shortage of correctional officers relative to the state's growing prison population. Oklahoma has the second highest per-capita incarceration rate in the country, and the highest rates of incarceration for both women and black men.

Oklahoma isn’t an isolated case. Despite recent pushes for …

Canada has too much clean electricity. Anybody want it?

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[Another kick in the pants for any remaining shred of a rationale for Site C. *RON*]

David Ferris, E&E News, 21 September 2017
Second of two stories. Read the first here.

Canada, a country that runs on almost 60 percent hydropower, has a problem: It has more clean electricity than it can use, and a whole lot more of it is on the way.

So, with a boldness that seems hardly Canadian, the country's utilities are hustling to sell it into U.S. markets. They are proposing to build new transmission lines and send many terawatt-hours (TWh) of low-carbon electricity a year into the United States — especially in the Northeast, where it may be key to helping states meet ambitious goals for clean energy.

At the same time, the Canadian electricity industry is working to soothe the protectionist anxieties of the Trump administration, which could upend the economics of electricity with changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

"Canada…

Dianne Watts announces bid for B.C. Liberal leadership

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[Real Liberals, read it and weep. Another Hard-core Harperian masquerading as a BC "liberal." *RON*]

Janice Dickson. iPolitics.ca, 24 September 2017

Conservative MP Dianne Watts made it official Sunday and announced she’s running for the leadership of the B.C. Liberals.

“Today we embark upon another journey together, a journey to create a vision for B.C., to celebrate our diversity and to reunite people,” said Watts, who’d recently been named employment, workforce development and labour critic by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.

“I will be resigning my seat as member of Parliament. I’ll be stepping down in my role as shadow minister and I’ll be dedicating 100 per cent of my time to the people of British Columbia … I’m committed and I’m all in.”

Watts, who represents South Surrey–White Rock, is the former mayor of Surrey. She entered federal politics for the first time in the 2015 federal election and beat the Liberal candidate by 1, 439 …

Angela Merkel’s election win eclipsed by surge of far right Alternative for Germany

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[Far-right anti-migrant party gains first seats in 50 years. See also Deutsche Welle AfD: What you need to know about Germany's far-right party: "Co-chairman Alexander Gauland said Germany should close its borders and said of an image showing a drowned refugee child: 'We can't be blackmailed by children's eyes.'" *RON]

David Charter, The Times, 25 September 2017


The far right stormed into the German parliament for the first time in more than 50 years yesterday as it capitalised on fears about the influx of migrants under Angela Merkel, who held on for a fourth term as chancellor.

More than five million voters ignored appeals from Mrs Merkel and other mainstream leaders not to back the Alternative for Germany (AfD) as it came third with 13 per cent of votes and about 90 seats in parliament. In the former East Germany it came second.
The party’s success showed that Germany was not immune from the nationalism sweeping Eu…