Friday, January 2, 2009

From the Huffington Post

Krugman: GOP Has Become A "Party Of Whiners"

Homophobic bigots, too, but that's not really news...

(Lamentável, mas real...)

mais um de Marger...

Semana passada comprei um produto que custou R$ 1,58.
Dei à balconista R$ 2,00 e peguei na minha bolsa 8 centavos, para
evitar receber ainda mais moedas. A balconista pegou o dinheiro e ficou olhando para a máquina registradora, aparentemente sem saber o que fazer.
Tentei explicar que ela tinha que me dar 50 centavos de troco, mas ela
não se convenceu e chamou o gerente para ajudá-la. Ficou com lágrimas nos olhos enquanto o gerente tentava explicar e ela aparentemente continuava sem entender.

Por que estou contando isso?
Porque me dei conta das modificações do ensino de matemática desde 1950,
que foi assim:

Ensino de matemática em 1950:
Um cortador de lenha vende um carro de lenha por R$ 100,00.
O custo de produção desse carro de lenha é igual a 4/5 do preço de venda .
Qual é o lucro?

2. Ensino de matemática em 1970:
Um cortador de lenha vende um carro de lenha por R$ 100,00.
O custo de produção desse carro de lenha é igual a 4/5 do preço de
venda ou R$ 80,00.
Qual é o lucro?

3. Ensino de matemática em 1980:

Um cortador de lenha vende um carro de lenha por R$ 100,00.
O custo de produção desse carro de lenha é R$ 80,00.
Qual é o lucro?

4. Ensino de matemática em 1990:
Um cortador de lenha vende um carro de lenha por R$ 100,00.
O custo de produção desse carro de lenha é R$ 80,00.
Escolha a resposta certa, que indica o lucro:
( )R$ 20,00 ( )R$40,00 ( )R$60,00 ( )R$80,00 ( )R$100,00

5. Ensino de matemática em 2000:
Um cortador de lenha vende um carro de lenha por R$ 100,00.
O custo de produção desse carro de lenha é R$ 80,00.
O lucro é de R$ 20,00.
Está certo?
( )SIM ( ) NÃO

6. Ensino de matemática em 2007:
Um cortador de lenha vende um carro de lenha por R$100,00.
O custo de produção é R$ 80,00.
Se você souber ler coloque um X no R$ 20,00.
( )R$ 20,00 ( )R$40,00 ( )R$60,00 ( )R$80,00 ( )R$100,00

Obama Pledges Schools Upgrade in Stimulus

Obama Pledges Schools Upgrade in Stimulus

The Associated Press: "Barack Obama probably cannot fix every leaky roof and busted boiler in the nation's schools. But educators say his sweeping school modernization program - if he spends enough - could jump-start student achievement."



Media Contacts:
Pamela Brown, Policy Director, 510-384-3655,
Molly McKay, Media Director, 510-332-0872,

San Francisco, California:
"To win marriage equality, we must empower and enlist the grassroots in each community," said Molly McKay, Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) Media Director. "In the devastating aftermath of the passage of California's Proposition 8 campaign, MEUSA hosted community forums across the state to invite participants to constructively examine the campaign and provide input on where we go from here. MEUSA also created an on-line survey which collected responses from an additional 3,000 people across the nation to check the puls! e of where things stand within our national marriage equality movement following the November 15th Stonewall 2.0 revolution."

"Through both the community forums and on-line survey, MEUSA received input from thousands and thousands of voices throughout California, as well as from individuals in 45 other states and 15 countries," said Pamela Brown, MEUSA Policy Director. "Throughout the month of January, MEUSA will release a three part series of the 'collective wisdom' gathered by summarizing the main themes and sharing these perspectives and experiences collected. On Monday, January 5th, MEUSA will release the first of three reports that summarizes grassroots input on what we learned from the Prop 8 campaign. As a preview, today, we share MEUSA's 2009 resolutions based on the themes and wisdom collected from our grassroots input."

To End Homophobia, We Must Not Practice It. As Harvey Milk once said "they'll vote for us two to one if! they get to know one of us." The LGBTI community must be visible in our campaign to secure marriage equality because we know our real images and stories are the only way to replace stereotypes. We must share our stories through earned media, door to door canvassing, and other visibility actions.

We Must Focus on our Families. We will never allow LGBTI families to be pushed into the closet. Our families are raising children and serve as our front line ambassadors with other families. Our lives and experiences, including the fear and harm their children face from these anti-gay campaigns, like Prop 8, must be shared to increase understanding and support. We must work with family-focused organizations, both LGBTI and other family-focused groups.

We Must Challenge Institutionalized Privilege within LGBTI Organizations. It's not just about outreach; it's about inclusion in our marriage equality movement. We will promote, support, involve and fund leaders and organizations of color and create messages and messengers that reflect all communities as a priority, early and often, not as an afterthought.

We Must Engage in all 50 States and in California, in all 58 Counties. Just as it was wrong to exclude the transgender community from the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, it was wrong to exclude the Central Valley from California's No on Prop 8 campaign. Same-sex couples live everywhere; therefore we must campaign in every community and not ignore less supportive communities where there is so much room to gain and where the marriage equality outreach and education is essential.

We Must Empower Communities of Faith. We believe faith leaders and faith communities, not focus groups or consultants, should determine the messages and the best way to engage other people of faith in this movement. We can't oversimplify and restrict our faith ! leaders and other faith based allies to talking points that don't adequately give space to reflect their diverse beliefs or limit their participating to phone banks that keep these leaders out of the public eye. We need these faith leaders to be visible and vocal in building bridges to other faith communities. They are uniquely situated to respond to some of our most ardent opponents.

We Must Ensure our Straight Allies Have a Larger Voice in our Movement. Our marriage equality movement must not be restricted to the LGBTI community. We must embrace and incorporate our straight allies as leaders in our movement by providing outlets and invitations for them to join us in fulfilling our collective Constitutional promise of equal justice and treatment for all people.

We Must Recognize the Interconnectedness of our Lives and the Broader Social Justice Movement. We cannot just ask for support for LGBTI equality and not step up ! for other social justice movements. Our goals and our opponents are similar and by participating as good coalition partners, we can support the broader progressive movement for equality and justice.

We Must Commit to a National Grassroots Infrastructure and Strategy. We must have a proactive, sustained marriage equality educational movement and national dialogue to create the environment necessary to be able to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act and promote support for marriage equality nationwide. When these ballot measures arise, each state should not reinvent the wheel or have to start from scratch. We need to create effective modes of communication within the grassroots structure and share good ideas and practices. By capitalizing on technology, we can allow every state or volunteers in supportive communities to effectively participate in building our national vision.

We Must Provide a Place and a Space in t! his Movement for Everyone. Our community must be invited to do more than check writing and organizing house parties. We must be engaged in organizing and educating our communities, being visible, contributing our voices and sharing our unique talents and resources to assist the movement. We will allow anyone of any educational background and economic class to participate to the extent they are interested and we will provide materials, training and assistance to maximize and plug in all available talents and resources to promote volunteer-grassroots leadership and participation during this watershed civil rights movement for LGBTI equality.

As the first of three reports, MEUSA's summary of grassroots input on the No on Prop 8 campaign will be released to the media on Monday, January 5th and available for the general public via MEUSA's home page (

Founded in 1998, Marriage Equality USA is a national grassroots organization whose mission is to secure legally recognized civil marriage equality for all, at the federal and state level, without regard to gender identity or sexual orientation. For more information go to

Portland's Gay Mayor Sworn In

Portland, Oregon's new openly gay mayor Sam Adams was sworn in shortly after midnight yesterday with his partner and mother looking on. Portland is now the nation's largest city with an openly gay mayor.

Courtesy of JMG.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Interactive database: See who is laying off workers

9,000 Californians targeted for layoffs in 2009

About 140 companies have already scheduled layoffs for the new year that will affect 9,000 California workers, according to the newest state-mandated warning notices filed by their employers. Search The Bee's updated layoff database to see these companies - and hundreds of others - who have announced large layoffs since the beginning of 2007. Read More



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