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It happened again. Another violent guy shot and killed his wife — and went on to gun down six other women unfortunate enough to be in his path before committing suicide. Four women are now dead; three others are in critical condition. And some media outlets (such as the AP story on Yahoo! News, “5 dead after shooting in Miami-area restaurant,”) are still failing to report this as a gender-based hate crime… echoing previous journalistic failures.
Friend of Viva la Feminista, Jennifer Pozner has been writing about the gender imbalance in school, now mass, shootings since Jonesboro in 1996. Heck, one of my first pseudo-blogs back then was the keep a running photo memorial to the women killed in the shootings from Jonesboro to Columbine. Yet time again, shooting after shooting, the media scoffs aside the fact that MEN do most of the killing.Is there anything new to add to this conversation?
Part One: Is this person Hispanic or Latino? (Must choose one)See how in part two, one can be any or all of these, but none of them reflect my heritage as a Mexican-American. The lack of Hispanic/Latino in part two is moving researchers to look into how we see ourselves. Yet, I fear that the researchers aren't quite getting it either. In a recent article about Latinos seeing themselves as White they said:
Part Two: Select one or more of the following categories that apply to this person.
- Hispanic or Latino
- Not Hispanic or Latino
- American Indian or Alaska Native
- Black or African American
- Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
However, in the New Immigrant Survey used in this study, participants were not given the option of choosing “some other race.”
As a result, in the New Immigrant Survey, more than three-quarters of respondents (79 percent) identified themselves as white, regardless of their skin color.
“This shows that Latino immigrants do recognize the advantages of a white racial identity. Most are attempting to push the boundaries of whiteness to include them, even if their skin color is darker,” Frank said.
About 14 percent of the sample refused to identify with any of the listed races, even though this was not an official option in the survey. (emphasis mine)
For instance, Chicago is the only major U.S. city that doesn't disinfect wastewater before pumping it into waterways. As a result, wastewater pouring out of the district's North Side Treatment Plant contains bacteria levels that are more than 400 times higher than those in disinfected wastewater that Philadelphia pumps into the Delaware River.While Chicago officials are looking up "should" and "could" they should also look up SHAMEFUL because I think their pictures are being installed there. One reason why the river shouldn't cleaned up, according to Chicago officials, is that people will drown!
Levels of microscopic organisms in the Chicago River also are significantly higher than what Illinois allows in other waterways. Until now, though, pollution standards have been less strict for the Chicago River because it was assumed that people wouldn't come near it.
After five years of study and two years of debate, the federal EPA concluded the river can be restored and made more pleasant for people. "All of us want to see this environmental turnaround continue," the agency said in a statement. [link]
Richard Lanyon, the district's general superintendent, also cited the death last month of Cashmere Castillo, an 8-year-old boy who tumbled into the river while playing a game of tag. Cashmere could not swim.Shameful to use the name of a boy just lost to the river to prop up a dumb idea that if we cleaned the river it would lead to more deaths. The murkiness of the river led to rescuers at the momenet Cashmere fell in from finding him once he slipped into the water. The murkiness of the river lead to the lengthy recovery of his body. Yet, a clean river would be dangerous.
"The EPA's misguided advocacy would place additional lives at risk because the waterways are not safe for swimming," Lanyon said.
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