The Good ol’ Boys strike again: Senate Republicans Block Bill on Equal Pay

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation meant to close the pay gap between men and women, framing an election-year fight between the parties over whose policies are friendlier to women.

It should be noticed that Senate Republicans didn’t just block the bill, they blocked a discussion about the bill. (Sorry about the picture…couldn’t resist.)

The Good ol’ Boys strike again: Senate Republicans Block Bill on Equal Pay

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation meant to close the pay gap between men and women, framing an election-year fight between the parties over whose policies are friendlier to women.

It should be noticed that Senate Republicans didn’t just block the bill, they blocked a discussion about the bill. 

(Sorry about the picture…couldn’t resist.)

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Why the #CockInASock Thing Is Vain Bullshit 
Last week, 2.6 million women sacrificed their makeup, raised their tired arms in the air, pouted, and took a #nomakeupselfie to raise awareness for breast cancer. This week, boys have found their own inane counterpart: the #cockinasock.
The cock-in-a-sock concept, though probably as old as socks themselves, was most memorably championed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and since then it has gone from strength to strength, appearing in American Pie and bringing the homoerotic LOLs far and wide, from boarding school dorms to stinking holiday flats in Tenerife. That is, until now, when it’s become the latest weapon in the fight against ball cancer.
If you’re wondering what putting a sock on your dick and posting a picture of it on the internet has to do with raising money for charity, the mechanism is the same as the #nomakeupselfie. Take your picture, text the word “BEAT” to 70099 to donate three bucks to fighting cancer, and then encourage the giggling co-workers on your Facebook page to do the same. It’s the kind of viral campaign that gacky brand marketers strive a lifetime to come up with.
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vicemag:

Why the #CockInASock Thing Is Vain Bullshit 

Last week, 2.6 million women sacrificed their makeup, raised their tired arms in the air, pouted, and took a #nomakeupselfie to raise awareness for breast cancer. This week, boys have found their own inane counterpart: the #cockinasock.

The cock-in-a-sock concept, though probably as old as socks themselves, was most memorably championed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and since then it has gone from strength to strength, appearing in American Pie and bringing the homoerotic LOLs far and wide, from boarding school dorms to stinking holiday flats in Tenerife. That is, until now, when it’s become the latest weapon in the fight against ball cancer.

If you’re wondering what putting a sock on your dick and posting a picture of it on the internet has to do with raising money for charity, the mechanism is the same as the #nomakeupselfie. Take your picture, text the word “BEAT” to 70099 to donate three bucks to fighting cancer, and then encourage the giggling co-workers on your Facebook page to do the same. It’s the kind of viral campaign that gacky brand marketers strive a lifetime to come up with.

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newsweek:

Lady Gaga’s Charity Spent Ten Times More on Social Media Than Charity Its First Year
ASSOCIATED PRESS Lady Gaga’s album-themed charity only gave out $5,000 in grants in 2012, after spending $1.85 million on lawyer, PR and social media fees. As the New York Post gleefully reported Wednesday, the Born This Way Foundation’s tax filings show several five- and six-figure fees for things like legal costs ($406,552), publicity ($58,678), social media ($50,000) and “philanthropic consulting” ($150,000). The tax forms don’t, however, say where the funds came from — and in 2011 Gaga announced that she would front the bulk of the money for the foundation when it launched the next year.

Not to blindly defend the Born This Way Foundation—I am not expert on the structure of the organization—but sometimes a NGO or non-profit measures success with something other than “Amount of money donated to charity”.
In the case of the Born This Way Foundation, their aims are to “create a ’braver, kinder world’ for youths; create safe-spaces, promote the learning of life skills, and provide opportunities to improve their local communities.” 
Not all those are require monetary donation, and are more focused on education.
Just our two cents. 

newsweek:

Lady Gaga’s Charity Spent Ten Times More on Social Media Than Charity Its First Year

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Lady Gaga’s album-themed charity only gave out $5,000 in grants in 2012, after spending $1.85 million on lawyer, PR and social media fees. As the New York Post gleefully reported Wednesday, the Born This Way Foundation’s tax filings show several five- and six-figure fees for things like legal costs ($406,552), publicity ($58,678), social media ($50,000) and “philanthropic consulting” ($150,000). The tax forms don’t, however, say where the funds came from — and in 2011 Gaga announced that she would front the bulk of the money for the foundation when it launched the next year.

Not to blindly defend the Born This Way Foundation—I am not expert on the structure of the organization—but sometimes a NGO or non-profit measures success with something other than “Amount of money donated to charity”.

In the case of the Born This Way Foundation, their aims are to “create a ’braver, kinder world’ for youths; create safe-spaces, promote the learning of life skills, and provide opportunities to improve their local communities.” 

Not all those are require monetary donation, and are more focused on education.

Just our two cents. 

And since conservatives can’t bring themselves to acknowledge the reality of what’s happening to opportunity in America, they’re left with nothing but that old-time dog whistle. Mr. Ryan wasn’t being inarticulate — he said what he said because it’s all that he’s got.

Krugman indicts conservatives, and Paul Ryan in particular, of ignoring the facts of jobs and livable wages in the U.S.

That Old-Time Whistle | Paul Krugman

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Leaked Ralph Lauren Employee Discount Code Causes Twitter Flurry

I bought 5 leathers, 10 shoes, 4 sneakers, 4 jackets, 12 polos, 2 sweaters, 3 hoodies, 2 backpacks, 1 duffel, 4 dog sweaters, and an object. — Just Blaze (@JustBlaze) 


Ralph Lauren when he find out this employee discount got out tomorrow morning pic.twitter.com/alMrAhry0x — Dakari Antoine (@Kari_Sheen)


the power of twitter: crashed the Ralph Lauren website at 2 in the morning and made it trend. because of a leaked discount code. — Trey (@trreeey)

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Leaked Ralph Lauren Employee Discount Code Causes Twitter Flurry

I bought 5 leathers, 10 shoes, 4 sneakers, 4 jackets, 12 polos, 2 sweaters, 3 hoodies, 2 backpacks, 1 duffel, 4 dog sweaters, and an object. — Just Blaze (@JustBlaze) 

Ralph Lauren when he find out this employee discount got out tomorrow morning pic.twitter.com/alMrAhry0x — Dakari Antoine (@Kari_Sheen)

the power of twitter: crashed the Ralph Lauren website at 2 in the morning and made it trend. because of a leaked discount code. — Trey (@trreeey)

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think-progress:

What Ryan gets for saying that poverty is caused by men in “our inner cities” are “not even thinking about working." 

think-progress:

What Ryan gets for saying that poverty is caused by men in “our inner cities” are “not even thinking about working.

breakingnews:

Search expanded for Malaysia Airlines plane missing for 24 hoursNBC News: Authorities expanded search and rescue operations Sunday after the 24-hour mark passed for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.Despite searching overnight, officials said they are no closer to finding the missing plane. Marine rescue teams from several countries have joined the search. Authorities are also investigating terrorism concerns after it was discovered that two people boarded the plane with stolen passports. An official told the Los Angeles Times that FBI personnel will review video of passengers at the Malaysia Airlines ticket counter before flight disappeared.Follow frequent updates on this story at BreakingNews.com.(Photo: Mark Ralston / AFP - Getty Images)

breakingnews:

Search expanded for Malaysia Airlines plane missing for 24 hours

NBC News: Authorities expanded search and rescue operations Sunday after the 24-hour mark passed for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Despite searching overnight, officials said they are no closer to finding the missing plane. Marine rescue teams from several countries have joined the search. 

Authorities are also investigating terrorism concerns after it was discovered that two people boarded the plane with stolen passports. An official told the Los Angeles Times that FBI personnel will review video of passengers at the Malaysia Airlines ticket counter before flight disappeared.

Follow frequent updates on this story at BreakingNews.com.

(Photo: Mark Ralston / AFP - Getty Images)