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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 25, 2011 It’s Science, but Not Necessarily Right
QUOTE: science fixes its mistakes more slowly, more fitfully and with more difficulty than Sagan’s words would suggest...Why? One simple answer is that it takes a lot of time to look back over other scientists’ work and replicate their experiments. Scientists are busy people, scrambling to get grants and tenure. As a result, papers that attract harsh criticism may nonetheless escape the careful scrutiny required if they are to be refuted.
New York Times Sep 05, 2009 Animal advocates howl over wolf killing
QUOTE: Recovered from “endangered” status, Rocky Mountain wolves are now being hunted. It’s a classic story of human interests versus a competing predator.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 26, 2009 Overworked, Overextended And Overstressed
QUOTE: Women are becoming more economically powerful while shouldering more than their share of the housework. But that ''vicious cycle'' is poised to change.
Forbes Aug 12, 2009 Can We Stop Saying Retarded Yet?
QUOTE: Yes, it's "intellectually disabled."
Slate Jul 14, 2008 Owning His Gay Identity -- at 15 Years Old: Youths Coming Out Sooner, but Protections Against Harassment Lag
QUOTE: Later that year, that boy called him an anti-gay slur. When Saro ran to tell the teacher, according to a letter his parents wrote to the school, he was told: "Well, you act like one, so you should be used to it by now." While children are coming out younger, studies show that they are doing so in schools where staff members have received little training in the area, where their fellow students use such language as "That's so gay" every day to express dislike, and where anti-bullying policies often don't exist or don't specifically protect students on the basis of sexual orientation.
Washington Post Jul 05, 2008 Burial Exposes Racial Rift in Texas
QUOTE: Black leaders in Waller County, northwest of Houston, say white county authorities deliberately sabotaged their efforts to have the woman’s unidentified body buried in one of two public black cemeteries. Judge Owen Ralston, the county’s top elected official and the man who decided where the woman would be interred, denies the accusation, insisting that cost — not race — led to her burial on Monday in a white cemetery.
New York Times Jun 30, 2008 Hundreds March in India for Gay Rights
QUOTE: Waving rainbow flags and chanting "Gay India does exist," nearly 1,000 gay activists and their supporters marched in coordinated parades in three Indian cities Sunday, demonstrating their growing confidence and hope for change on a subcontinent where homosexuality is illegal.
Washington Post Jun 30, 2008 Proud in New Delhi: India's uneasy relationship with gay pride.
QUOTE: The parades have become a regular part of the landscape in places such New York City, but in India's conservative society, participants in the parade and their audience are still getting accustomed to the celebration. Not everyone involved in the New Delhi march felt entirely comfortable bearing their faces to a frenzy of media cameras and busloads of police officers. Wearing a rainbow-colored paper mask, Ajay (he didn't want to give his last name), 26, said his gay friends in Delhi are quite open online, but that the situation on the streets is different. "We cannot hold hands in public or show affection," he said.
Newsweek Jun 28, 2008 In a Season of Discontent, Many Protests Sweep India
QUOTE: Nationwide protests also occurred in response to a 10 percent increase in the price of fuel on June 4. Trains were disrupted and schools closed. Rising prices for food and other essentials also led to scattered demonstrations in pockets of India. The most recent protests, in Jammu and Kashmir, touch on a particularly delicate subject, the status of Muslims in the state, the only one in India with a Muslim majority. Tens of thousands took to the streets on Friday night in Srinagar, Kashmir’s main city, demanding independence.
New York Times Jun 26, 2008 Russia Looks for Ways to End Isolation, Invisibility of Disabled
QUOTE: "This is an issue we did not talk about at all for a long time," President Dmitry Medvedev said last month at a meeting with government ministers and advocates for the disabled. "We have the . . . task of providing disabled people with comfortable living conditions and creating a developed rehabilitation system so that they can take a full part in life."
Washington Post Jun 25, 2008 Albania Custom Fades: Woman as the Family Man
QUOTE: “Back then, it was better to be a man because before a woman and an animal were considered the same thing,” said Ms. Keqi, who has a bellowing baritone voice, sits with her legs open wide like a man and relishes downing shots of raki. “Now, Albanian women have equal rights with men, and are even more powerful. I think today it would be fun to be a woman.”
New York Times Jun 23, 2008 New Outreach to Blacks as Border Patrol Grows
QUOTE: With 16,200 agents, the Border Patrol is the largest federal law enforcement agency. But only about 1 percent of its agents are black, and the agency is moving aggressively to recruit members of a group that officials acknowledge have often been overlooked or been difficult to attract and keep because of the lack of blacks in the agency and in the border towns where they work. The Border Patrol says it has no quota for recruiting blacks, but it says it wants their ranks to be more reflective of the civilian workforce, where they number 11 percent.
New York Times Jun 21, 2008 Frustrated Burmese Organize Aid Forays: Ad Hoc Groups Formed In Cyclone's Aftermath, But Causes May Widen
QUOTE: Defying roadblocks and bureaucratic obstruction, volunteers have reached devastated villages in many parts of the Irrawaddy Delta, dropping off food, drinking water and other essentials and bringing back photos that contradict claims in the state media that life is returning to normal.
Washington Post Jun 16, 2008 Plan Seeks More Access for Disabled
QUOTE: The proposal would substantially update and rewrite federal standards for enforcement of the Americans With Disabilities Act, a landmark civil rights law passed with strong bipartisan support in 1990. The new rules would set more stringent requirements in many areas and address some issues for the first time, in an effort to meet the needs of an aging population and growing numbers of disabled war veterans.
New York Times Jun 09, 2008 N.Y. gay couples plan to dash to altar by way of Calif.
QUOTE: More than 12,000 same-sex couples from New York are expected to marry in California within the next three years, says a report today by UCLA's Williams Institute, which studies sexual orientation issues.
USA TODAY Jun 08, 2008 Albinos, Long Shunned, Face Threat in Tanzania
QUOTE: Discrimination against albinos is a serious problem throughout sub-Saharan Africa, but recently in Tanzania it has taken a wicked twist: at least 19 albinos, including children, have been killed and mutilated in the past year, victims of what Tanzanian officials say is a growing criminal trade in albino body parts.
New York Times Jun 04, 2008 Borrow a Muslim? A 'living library' to prick stereotypes: In 12 countries, people check out people for a 30-minute conversation to challenge their own prejudices.
QUOTE: Welcome to the Living Library. Here, you borrow individuals who represent stereotypes that often are the target of prejudice or hatred. At this east London library on a recent Saturday, there were 26 "books" available, including a Muslim, an immigrant, a transgender individual, a witch, and an Indian atheist. Readers borrow them for half an hour, hear their narrative, question them, even pry a little, and – so the theory goes – break down some of their preconceptions and stop "judging the book by the cover."
Christian Science Monitor Jun 02, 2008 When Disadvantages Collide (Department of Human Behavior)
QUOTE: The question of what to do when the interests of two groups that had long suffered discrimination clashed with each other split the feminist movement. In order to gain passage of the 19th Amendment, which in 1920 gave women the right to vote, leading feminists jettisoned issues important to African Americans to win support from women and politicians who would have nothing to do with people of color.
Washington Post Jun 01, 2008 Different State of Race Relations: With Few Blacks Living There, Utah Is Feeling Its Way
QUOTE: But also recognize, black residents say, the mix of ignorance, presumption and often an almost touching innocence that animate their stories about living in a place where most white people appear to be well-intentioned but simply do not know very many black people, and are not sure how to act.
Washington Post Apr 23, 2008 Food Crisis Is Depicted As 'Silent Tsunami': Sharp Price Hikes Leave Many Millions in Hunger
QUOTE: More than 100 million people are being driven deeper into poverty by a "silent tsunami" of sharply rising food prices, which have sparked riots around the world and threaten U.N.-backed feeding programs for 20 million children, the top U.N. food official said Tuesday.
Washington Post Apr 20, 2008 My China, My Tibet: Caught in the Middle, Called a Traitor
QUOTE: I understand why people are so emotional and angry; the events in Tibet have been tragic. But this crucifying of me is unacceptable...I haven't shriveled up and slunk away. Instead, I've responded by publicizing this shameful incident, both to protect my parents and to get people to reflect on their behavior. I'm no longer afraid, and I'm determined to exercise my right to free speech.
Washington Post Apr 20, 2008 In Maryland, A Plan to Tackle Bullies in Class
QUOTE: There is evolving research indicating that bullying is a potentially lethal form of abuse that affects people of all ages. It happens not only in schools but also increasingly on the Internet and via cellphones, in neighborhoods and summer camps, between siblings, as hazing among young adults, and in the adult workplace.
Washington Post Apr 18, 2008 Across Globe, Empty Bellies Bring Rising Anger
QUOTE: Haiti’s hunger, that burn in the belly that so many here feel, has become fiercer than ever in recent days as global food prices spiral out of reach, spiking as much as 45 percent since the end of 2006 and turning Haitian staples like beans, corn and rice into closely guarded treasures.
New York Times Apr 15, 2008 Sandwiches and Sensitivities: Asian Groups Fight to Change Eatery's Name
QUOTE: The problem is that the term "chink" is every bit as racist and hurtful to Asian Americans as "the n-word" is to African Americans -- so much so that some have taken to calling it "the c-word." "It's definitely a derogatory term," said Ginny Gong, national president of the Organization of Chinese Americans..."...Maybe there is this feeling that Asian Americans will not express some degree of outrage. But we are outraged that there is this comfort level."
Washington Post Apr 15, 2008 'Sports is My Life, My Passion': A Drive Toward the Goal Of Greater Freedom: Basketball Team Resists Saudi Restrictions on Female Athletes
QUOTE: Saudi Arabia is one of the few countries competing in the Olympics without a female delegation. Though the kingdom has come under increasing pressure from the International Olympic Committee to include women on its team, many in this deeply patriarchal and traditional society agree with the restrictions, believing that allowing female athletes could lead to Western-style independence for women and an erosion of established culture.
Washington Post Apr 12, 2008 Perfectly Legal Immigrants, Until They Applied for Citizenship
QUOTE: As applications for naturalization have surged, overburdened federal examiners, under pressure to make quick decisions and also weed out any security risks, prefer to err on the side of rejection, immigration lawyers and independent researchers said. In 2007, 89,683 applications for naturalization were denied, about 12 percent of those presented.
New York Times Apr 09, 2008 As many crack convicts are freed early, will crime rise? Of the 19,500 drug offenders eligible over the next 30 years to apply for early release, 3,417 have had their sentences reduced as of Monday.
QUOTE: In an effort to eliminate a legal inequity – one that has hit African-Americans especially hard – federal judges have begun reducing the sentences of thousands of crack-cocaine offenders. Some police groups and prosecutors, as well as US Attorney General Michael Mukasey, assert that in trying to right a historic wrong, violent criminals are headed en masse back to the streets.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 05, 2008 Overcoming Customs and Stigma, Sudan Gives Orphans a Lifeline
QUOTE: But in the last few years a radical shift led by an unusual coalition of government officials, Western aid organizations and religious leaders has taken place here. It has rescued many infants of Maygoma from a grim fate by transforming religious and legal attitudes toward children born out of wedlock in this deeply conservative society.
New York Times Mar 26, 2008 Affirmative Action Foes Push Ballot Initiatives: Activists, With Eyes on November, Focus on Five States
QUOTE: Sixteen months after voters in Michigan voted to kill affirmative action in the public sphere, opponents of preferences based on race and gender are pushing five more states to ban the practice.
Washington Post Mar 23, 2008 One Man's Personal Mission To End Slavery in Mauritania
QUOTE: Slavery has been perpetuated in Mauritania by the persistence of tradition, distorted notions of religious obligation and a reluctance by some law enforcement agents to apply the law, especially in rural areas. Slaves are unaware that they are entitled to equal rights and don't know how to seek justice, so their bondage continues, Messaoud said.
Washington Post Mar 22, 2008 On Culture: A Failure to See Shades of Gray in The Black Church
QUOTE: ...popular culture has largely reduced the black church to a caricature. It is often depicted as a historical set piece filled with saintly Negroes who turned the other cheek as they planned their dignified marches for civil rights. Or it's the Sunday morning party house -- a heated revival where the members fan themselves vigorously and shout "hallelujah," and the choir sways and sings.
Washington Post Mar 19, 2008 Female veterans report more sexual, mental trauma
QUOTE: Christensen says that she was sexually harassed by a superior while serving in Iraq and that the harassment added to the pressure created by just being in a war zone...The VA diagnosed 60,000 veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Of those, 22 percent of women suffered from "military sexual trauma," which includes sexual harassment or assault, compared with 1 percent of men.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 11, 2008 California Regents Sue Animal Activists: UC System Aims to Protect Researchers
QUOTE: Harassment by violent animal rights activists has climbed at universities across the country...where researchers have been victims of home visits or, in one case, found their windows slathered in glass-eating acid.
Washington Post Mar 10, 2008 Petroleum Feeds Patriarchy (Department of Human Behavior)
QUOTE: Our gas-guzzling ways have long been associated with a variety of problems, but disturbing evidence now points to a new dimension of our love affair with petroleum: Oil consumption and high oil prices hurt the political, social and economic development of millions of women in oil-producing nations.
Washington Post Mar 06, 2008 Md. Senator at a Loss for Words Over Same-Sex Marriage Bill
QUOTE: ...he is [Maryland State] Sen. Muse, a black Democrat whose commitment to civil rights leaves him uncomfortable with a reality in which partners in gay relationships are unprotected by the state's laws on inheritance, hospital visitation and property. "What I am for is trying to find a way to make sure every citizen is protected under the law, regardless of their lifestyles," he said...
Washington Post Mar 05, 2008 Definition of Marriage Is at Heart of California Case
QUOTE: The state ban on same-sex marriage is based on a law...that defined marriage as being only between a man and a woman. The question before the court is whether those laws violate provisions of the state Constitution protecting equality and fundamental rights.
New York Times Mar 04, 2008 Latinos Looking Over Shoulder: Pr. William Begins Checking Suspects' Immigration Status
QUOTE: Police officials pledged to enforce the law fairly and to not stop and question individuals based on their racial or ethnic appearance, but many Hispanic residents said they feared they would be stopped without reason and deported for such violations as driving without a valid license or having a broken taillight.
Washington Post Feb 23, 2008 Boy’s Killing, Labeled a Hate Crime, Stuns a Town
QUOTE: The law center is working...to push for a legislative review of anti-bias policies and outreach efforts in California schools. According to [a 2005 survey], junior high school students in the state are 3 percent more likely to be harassed in school because of sexual orientation or gender identity than those in high school.
New York Times Feb 08, 2008 Iraqi women must cover hair, skip blush -- or else
QUOTE: "Politically active women, those who did not follow a strict dress code, and women [who are] human rights defenders [are] increasingly at risk of abuses, including by armed groups and religious extremists," [according to Amnesty International].
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 04, 2008 Mass. disparity in social services for children
QUOTE: When it comes to care for vulnerable children, the inequities between eastern and western Massachusetts include the availability of psychiatric treatment, of group homes and especially, of alternatives to foster care...And the reason seems to be cost, not what is best for the children.
Boston Globe Feb 02, 2008 Amazing Racism: A study that shows the true stupidity of discrimination
QUOTE: Employing stupid white men when you could be employing smart black women is not a profitable human-resources policy. Employers might nevertheless do this, either because they do not realize that their prejudices are costing them money, or because they do not care.
Slate Jan 31, 2008 Saudi Women See a Brighter Road on Rights: Group Says King May Lift Driving Ban by Year's End
QUOTE: Buoyed by recent advances in women's rights, advocates for the right of women to drive in Saudi Arabia...say they believe the ban will be lifted this year. But... many believe that allowing women the right to drive could lead to Western-style openness and an erosion of traditional values.
Washington Post Jan 30, 2008 Police Shooting of Mother and Infant Exposes a City’s Racial Tension
QUOTE: Black people in Lima,[Ohio]...complain that rogue police officers regularly stop them without cause, point guns in their faces, curse them and physically abuse them. They say [their town has] a long-running pattern of a few white police officers treating African-Americans as people to be feared.
New York Times Jan 28, 2008 Vetoing History’s Responsibility
QUOTE: President Bush’s threat to veto a bill intended to improve health care for the nation’s American Indians is both cruel and grossly unfair.
New York Times Jan 27, 2008 A Hidden Crime
QUOTE: the term ["elder abuse"] actually encompasses a far broader spectrum of trouble, including physical and psychological abuse, neglect and financial exploitation...Which brings us to this question: How do we as individuals and as a nation measure the value of life in old age? And why have we not done more to protect and defend our most vulnerable elders?
Washington Post Jan 26, 2008 Montgomery Bill Seeks To Protect Domestic Help
QUOTE: [A new bill proposal] would require employers to negotiate with prospective employees and then specify in writing...existing workers' rights under state and county law. [A study done last year] found that many domestic workers in Montgomery are underpaid, lack health benefits, don't get paid vacation or sick leave, and work long hours without collecting overtime...
Washington Post Jan 26, 2008 Gender and the politics of hate
QUOTE: IT WAS probably to be expected that the first presidential race in which a woman emerged as a serious contender would raise issues of sexism and misogyny in politics...But can facts themselves be sexist?
Boston Globe Jan 25, 2008 Court: Ask boy, 12, if he wants to be circumcised
QUOTE: A 12-year-old boy should get a say in whether he gets circumcised, the Oregon Supreme Court has ruled...[the boy's father says] that as a Jew and the primary caregiver, he has a First Amendment right to practice his faith as he sees fit for his child.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 23, 2008 A Youthful Throng Marches Against Abortion
QUOTE: Many of the participants in the March for Life were young people, many from religious clubs and church-run schools...The march has been held each year since 1974 to protest the Supreme Court's Jan. 22, 1973, decision that most laws against abortion violate a constitutional right to privacy.
Washington Post Jan 13, 2008 In Texas, Weighing Life With a Border Fence
QUOTE: ...official maps of the Texas third of the 370-mile intermittent pedestrian barrier from Brownsville to California have provoked widespread alarm among property owners fearful of being cut off from parts of their own land or access to the Rio Grande for livestock and crops.
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