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Who Wants A Brand New Congress?

The Democratic Road

The Democratic Party is beset on all sides by aggressive cancers, some of which dare to use the term “Democrats” in their names.  Brand New Congress, a partner group of Justice Democrats, is another scheme to engage elected Democrats in primary battles for their seats in the upcoming 2018 election cycle.  This time the Sanders world is coming for almost the entirety of Congress with what one of the group’s organizers has referred to as an “exciting presidential-style campaign with 400 heads.” Rather than resulting in a Brand New Congress, as suggested by the name, this is more likely another attempted hostile takeover of the Democratic Party, if not to simply ruin the Party. Who wants a brand new Congress?  Probably many voters, but most obviously the Republican Party, who would then be empowered to run wild without those pesky Democrats around to act as a…

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Dear Microsoft: absolutely not.

monica byrne

And it has nothing to do with your software. It has to do with your new ad campaign, which I happened to see while I was at the gym last week. Here’s the gist: brilliant young girls express their ambitions to cure cancer and explore outer space and play with the latest in virtual reality tech. Then—gotcha!—they’re shown a statistic that only 6.7% of women graduate with STEM degrees. They look crushed. The tagline? “Change the world. Stay in STEM.”

Are you fucking kidding me?

Microsoft, where’s your ad campaign telling adult male scientists not to rape their colleagues in the field? Where’s the campaign telling them not to steal or take credit for women’s work? Or not to seriallysexuallyharasstheirstudents? Not to discriminate against them? Not to ignoredismiss, or fail to promote them at the same rate as men? Not to publish their work at a statistically…

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