Dave Lindorff is an award-winning US journalist, former Asia correspondent for Business Week, and founder of the collectively-owned journalists' news site ThisCantBeHappening.net. Since its heyday in the early 20th Century, socialism in the US struggled to win even a tiny following. Now candidates are openly calling themselves socialists and winning elections. Philadelphia – Last month, a major earthquake shook the bedrock of New York City politics, sending shockwaves that were felt across the US as 28-year-old Brooklyn-born Puerto Rican socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez trounced Rep. Joe Crowley, a 10-term House of Representatives member who was widely presumed to be the likely successor to long time House leader Nancy Pelosi. A socialist winning an important House race in a country that just elected billionaire capitalist Donald Trump as president, and handed control of both houses of Congress to the Republicans – a party dedicated to unfettered capitalism? How can … [Read more...] about Did Bernie Sanders break down doors for new US socialist movement?
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A retired secondary school English teacher has corrected a letter she received from US president Donald Trump and sent it back to the White House. Yvonne Mason, who lives in Atlanta and was a teacher for 17 years, said the letter would have barely passed and corrected its numerous grammatical errors. This included 11 examples of incorrect capitalisation of words such as “president” and “state”. “If it had been written in middle school, I’d give it a C or C-plus. If it had been written in high school, I’d give it a D,” Ms Mason told South Carolina’s Greenville News. She chose not to attach a grade to the corrected letter, which included Mr Trump’s signature, and posted back to the White House. Ms Mason argued the note – which was a reply to a note she had written about the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Florida which left 17 dead – was “stylistically … [Read more...] about Retired English teacher receives letter from Trump, corrects mistakes and sends it back to White House
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest How generous are teacher benefits and do they make up for lower pay? One argument is that despite pay that is lower than similarly skilled professions, teachers receive much more generous benefits than many other professions. Is that true? Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 16 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs USA Today Network David Carrig, USA TODAY Published 11:47 p.m. ChT May 16, 2018 | Updated 11:56 p.m. ChT May 16, 2018 CLOSE We take a look at a typical West Virginia teacher's household budget. It’s no wonder why they protested. Here are the numbers, broken down. Just the FAQs CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 16 COMMENT EMAIL … [Read more...] about How generous are teacher benefits and do they make up for lower pay?
Managers of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and the New York State Common Retirement Fund said they oppose divesting from controversial companies because it doesn’t change corporate behavior.“Divestment hasn’t made the world a better place,” Christopher Ailman, chief investment officer of CalSTRS, the second-largest U.S. pension fund with about $225 billion in assets, said Tuesday at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California.Read More: Ailman Says Facebook Crisis Fueled by Zuckerberg Star StatusAilman and Vicki Fuller, CIO of the New York fund, said they face increasing political pressure to divest from companies including those in oil and banking, as well as gun retailers and others.“If we divest from guns, we don’t change the equation,” said Fuller, whose fund has about $192 billion in assets.They said the goal is to engage with companies to adopt corporate governance, environmental and social … [Read more...] about Divestment Doesn’t Change Company Behavior, Pension Managers Say
A hundred years ago a Hipperholme man was president of the Singer Manufacturing Company, the world-famous sewing machine producer. He was Douglas Alexander, born in July 1864 at Hipperholme, probably in Bramley Lane, where his family lived in 1871. He was the fifth of the nine sons of Andrew Alexander (1832-1914), of Errol in Perthshire, and his wife Harriet, who came from Suffolk.Andrew is described as “a schoolmaster at Bramley Lane and Elland” and at the time of the 1871 census the family was living at Binns Top, not far from Cromwell Bottom.The following year the Alexanders emigrated to Ontario, Canada, settling at Hamilton, where Andrew continued teaching. He was a noted botanist and horticulturist, becoming president of the Hamilton Horticultural Society.His son, Douglas Alexander, was educated at Hamilton Collegiate Institute and later studied law in Toronto, receiving his degree from McMaster University, Hamilton, and being called to the bar in 1886. Having … [Read more...] about Douglas Alexander, teacher who became boss of the world’s biggest sewing machine company