In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...

Here is the text of President Obama's address to the United Nations General Assembly, laying out the rationale and plan for dealing with IS.

[Content Note: Police brutality; racism; death] After Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson apologized yesterday (YESTERDAY!) to the family of Michael Brown for his death (ON AUGUST 9!) and subsequent police handling of the case, there was a scuffle between police and protesters, and several protesters were arrested.

[CN: Terrorism; violence; misogyny] One of the hundreds of Nigerian girls and young women kidnapped by Boko Haram has been found: "It was not clear if the 20-year-old had escaped or been released by the militants after she was found 'heavily traumatized and not very stable' wandering in the bush in a remote region of the country near the town of Mubi in Adamawa state." I grieve for her, for what she has suffered, and I am angry for her.

In good news: "Workers at big hotels in Los Angeles have won one of the highest minimum wages in the United States after a campaign by unions and civil rights groups. The city council voted on Wednesday night to establish a minimum hourly wage of $15.37 for employees of hotels with more than 125 rooms, a decision expected to boost campaigns for better wages in other industries and cities."

[CN: Sexual violence; child abuse] In Oregon, a youth coach has been charged with sexual abuse of the members of the teams he coached. Rage. Seethe. Boil.

[CN: Misogyny; exploitation] This fucking guy: "Evan Thornley, an Australian tech executive and former politician, told a technology startup conference that when he ran a previous company, he was able to get talented women who were 'relatively cheap' because of the gender wage gap. ...'Call me opportunistic, I just thought I could get better people with less competition because we were willing to understand the skills and capabilities that many of these women had,' he said. ...He also drew blowback for including a slide that sarcastically said: 'Women: Like men, only cheaper.'" Wow.

In his final game for the Yankees, Derek Jeter continued to be awesome, one last time. Because of course he did.

And finally! I may just spend the rest of the day watching this gif of a brave(ish) baby elephant, lol.

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