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Gillette Is Feeling the Financial Burn Thanks to Their “Toxic Masculinity” Ad

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Proctor & Gamble are experiencing better than expected profits in every area…except the male grooming products section of Gillette, and few people should be surprised.

Before the Super Bowl, Gillette released an ad that insulted men with social justice/feminist based narratives about toxic masculinity. Even things such as wanting to talk to a pretty girl or boys wrestling in the yard were considered negative things that needed to be dealt with. Gillette finished the commercial by indicating that “some men” don’t do this and that we should all be like these “some.”

Needless to say, it didn’t go over well. Gillette received a well-deserved societal spanking for its sexism.

Now the numbers have come out, and Gillette seems to be the weakest link in P&G’s chain according to Market Watch:

> That raises the question of whether Gillette’s financial results are suffering because of its toxic-masculinity misfire. On Tuesday, Procter & Gamble (PG) beat earnings and revenue forecasts, but the stock fell 3% on a day the S&P 500 closed at a new high.

> The good news is that sales grew 5% organically—that is, without help from acquisitions or currency exchange—whereas the Street was looking for 3.7%. Products for skin, fabrics, and home led the way. But sales of grooming products, including Gillette, slipped 1%, continuing a long string of declines. Margins disappointed. The upside earnings surprise came from non-operating items, like a tax-rate change.
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Bernie Sanders wants less school choice

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Sen. Bernie Sanders will call for a ban on building certain charter schools in a major education policy address to be delivered Saturday in South Carolina, a senior campaign official for the 2020 presidential contender tells USA TODAY.

Additionally, Sanders will pledge to impose a moratorium on using taxpayer funds on charter school expansion in communities if he’s elected president, a position that the NAACP has been advocating.

The speech by Sanders comes one day after the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling handed down by the Supreme Court, which ruled segregation in public schools to be illegal.

“Our school system can no longer put up fences for black and brown children,” Sanders said in an op-ed in the Asheville Citizen-Times, part of the USA TODAY Network, published Friday.

Charters are publicly funded but privately run, and have grown in popularity around the country since their inception more than 25 years ago. Advocates say their relative independence – they face fewer instructional and bureaucratic regulations, and are largely free from collective bargaining – allow educators to innovate.

Advocates for charter schools blasted the Sanders’ proposal.

“Sanders’ call is out of touch—as usual—with what African Americans want,” said Amy Wilkins, the senior vice president of advocacy for the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools. “More disturbing, the senator—for personal political gain—would literally lock African American students into schools that have failed them for generations.”

The Vermont senator is the first major 2020 Democratic candidate to call for a ban on for-profit charters or a moratorium on expanding charters.

Nearly 3.2 million students attended nearly 7,000 charter schools nationwide last school year, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Enrollment was up 5 percent from the previous year.
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Bernie's mystery Soviet tapes revealed

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BURLINGTON, Vt. — It’s 1988 and newlywed Bernie Sanders is in the Soviet Union with his wife, Jane, handing out gifts to the mayor of a midsized city they’ve befriended. The mood is festive as the two bestow the items: A Beatles album, a red “Bernie for Burlington” button, “delicious Vermont candy” and a tape of tunes Sanders recorded himself with fellow artists from Vermont, among other goodies.

“I have met many fine mayors in the United States,” Sanders says, “but I want to say that one of the nicest mayors I've ever met is the mayor of Yaroslavl.”

At another point, a member of Sanders’ delegation hands a Russian woman a small American flag.

“If you’re wondering what’s wrong with capitalism, it’s made in Hong Kong," he jokes. "Sorry about that.”

The scene is part of 3½ hours of raw, never publicly seen footage of the trip Sanders took to the Soviet Union that year — his “honeymoon.” POLITICO viewed the tapes this week, along with a forgotten hourlong episode of a TV show created by Sanders that featured the same trip, at the offices of a Vermont government access channel.

Earlier this year, two minutes of the long-lost videos went viral when a staffer at Chittenden County’s Channel 17 posted a compilation of the station’s archival footage online. The clip featured a shirtless Sanders and other Americans singing “This Land Is Your Land” to their hosts after relaxing in a sauna. A few minutes later, Sanders doled out the gifts to his Russian friends with a towel wrapped around his waist.
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Julian Assange: Sweden reopens rape investigation

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>Swedish prosecutors have reopened an investigation into a rape allegation made against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange.

>The inquiry has been revived at the request of the alleged victim's lawyer.

>Assange, who denies the charges, has avoided extradition to Sweden for seven years after seeking refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012.

>The 47-year-old was evicted last month and sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching his bail conditions.

>He is currently being held at Belmarsh prison in London.

>Swedish prosecutors originally decided to drop the rape investigation two years ago, saying they felt unable to take the case forward while Assange remained inside the Ecuadorean embassy.

>But on Monday Sweden's deputy director of public prosecutions, Eva-Marie Persson, announced that the case would be reopened. "There is still probable cause to suspect that Mr Assange committed rape," she said.


Well, gents. Looks like this is the end of him. He had a good run, but now it's over. I just hope he doesn't get extradited to the US, where he could face the death penalty.
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Poll: Biden is only Dem candidate that beats Trump outside of margin of error

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is the only Democratic presidential candidate who leads President Trump outside the margin of sampling error in a hypothetical 2020 matchup, according to a new Fox News poll released Friday.

Biden leads Trump by 11 points among all registered voters in the new poll, with Biden receiving 49 percent of the vote from those polled and Trump receiving 38 percent.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) led Trump by 5 points in the poll and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) led the president by 2 points. California Sen. Kamala Harris (D) and Trump were tied in their hypothetical matchup and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg was 1 point behind the president.

The same poll also found Biden to be holding a significant lead among other Democratic presidential contenders for his party’s nomination.

Thirty-five percent of Democratic primary voters polled said they would vote for the former vice president. Seventeen percent said the same for Sanders, 9 percent for Warren, 6 percent for Buttigieg, 5 percent for Harris, 4 percent for Beto O’Rourke and 3 percent for New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (D).

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (D) tied with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) at 2 percent each, while the remaining party hopefuls — former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang — were tied at 1 percent each in the poll.

The Fox News poll was conducted between May 11-14. The platform polled 1,008 registered voters across the country by phone. The poll’s margin of error was 3 percentage points for all registered voters. The margin of error for Democratic primary voters was 4.5 points.
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Why Media/LE Cover up Hate Crimes when Blacks Do It?

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That black man threw that little white child off a balcony in a mall because his white mom ignored him. He did it as a Hate Crime against white people. Yet the media and law enforcement hid the agenda from the public AND his race only up until he plead guilty.
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YouTuber Jeffree Star deletes dozens of suggestive tweets to 17-year-old fan

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James Charles, 19, revealed last night in his video, "No More Lies," that Jeffree Star, 34, had sent harassing messages to James' little brother and best friend amid scandal. In the shocking message sent to James' friend, Star claims the 19-year-old is "a predator and a pedophile."

Since sending these harassing messages, Star has deleted 1,300 old tweets, including two-dozen suggestive tweets sent to a 17-year-old fan when Star was 27.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says GOP Is Basically Dwight Schrute From ‘The Office’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) swiped at Republicans on Sunday, likening them to “The Office” character Dwight Schrute, a power-hungry, mustard yellow shirt-wearing paper salesman who lives on a beet farm.

The remark capped off a Twitter thread started on Saturday in which the congresswoman explained her philosophy on what it means to raise taxes on the wealthy.

“When we say ‘tax the rich,’ we mean nesting-doll yacht rich,” she said. “For-profit prison rich. Betsy DeVos, student-loan-shark rich. Trick-the-country-into-war rich. Subsidizing-workforce-w-food-stamps rich. Because THAT kind of rich is simply not good for society, & it’s like 10 people.”

Backing up Ocasio-Cortez, Philadelphia-based attorney Max Kennerly chided those critics, noting that the 10 richest Americans collectively hold hundreds of billions of dollars of wealth. While his number was slightly higher than the under $700 billion that can be calculated with 2018 lists from Forbes and Money magazine, the general point stands.

Taking the math a step further, Kennerly added up the wealth of the 14 richest American families, saying that “they’re worth more than 60% of Americans combined.”

In a supportive retweet, Ocasio-Cortez shook her head at what she felt was Republicans’ inability to understand hyperbole, comparing commenters’ response here to how the party is responding to arguments on the urgent need to address climate change.

Only those with “the social intelligence of a sea sponge” would take statements about the “world ending in 12 years” seriously, she said.

“This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and ‘fact check’ it. ... But the GOP is basically Dwight from The Office so who knows,” she added.
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Air pollution in major cities

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Check your AQI at the EPA website, or just sniff the air outside

Step one: becoming aware of the way bad air makes you feel

Step two: understanding the toxic nature of that air and the way it makes your mind and body feel bad

Step three: talking about it. Telling people that the air is bad. No one is talking about it.

Step Four: Make plans to fight it. Vandalize diesel-burning vehicles parked in your neighborhood. Hold your breath near buses and do not exercise or stay outdoors around high volumes of vehicle traffic.

Step 5: write your fucking politicians

>see Source: Guardian. Additional sources including primary sources.
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