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IronLionZion

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About Me

I was born in Brooklyn, Trump was born in Queens. The only thing that makes people think I'm an H-1b stealing jobs from Americans is that my Grandparents immigrated from India, while Drumpf's immigrated from Germany. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

Journal Archives

An Australian woman went to Syria to find her ISIS-raised grandchildren

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/04/15/an-australian-woman-went-syria-find-her-isis-raised-grandchildren/?utm_term=.013ee226e878



The fate of children raised by foreign fighters in the Islamic State has become an international issue following the collapse of the group’s caliphate over the past year.

Facing a slow government response to issues surrounding her family, an Australian woman decided to take matters into her own hands.

Karen Nettleton traveled to the Syrian refugee camp of al-Hawl to find three of her grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. When she finally embraced them after years apart, one of her granddaughters, Hoda Sharrouf, said that she couldn’t believe it.

“I’m pretty sure I’m dreaming,” 16-year-old Hoda said, according to footage aired on Monday, captured by an Australian television crew with ABC-TV’s Four Corners.

“You’re not dreaming. You’re not going to wake up,” Nettleton said in response.

https://twitter.com/4corners/status/1117747897758412800

Hoda and her siblings — 17-year-old sister Zaynab Sharrouf and 8-year-old brother Humzeh Sharrouf — live with Zaynab Sharrouf’s two young daughters in the camp. They are believed to be the only surviving members of a family that fled to Syria and gained infamy in Australia.

The family was brought to Syria by Khaled Sharrouf, an Australian fighter who sparked worldwide horror in 2014 after tweeting a photograph of a young boy, apparently his son, holding a severed human head in a town controlled by the Islamic State.

“That’s my boy!” a caption on the photo said.

Khaled Sharrouf, who Australian authorities said had a history of mental illness, went to the Middle East to join the nascent Islamic State in 2013. His wife, Tara Nettleton, and their five children soon followed.


The Australian government is surprisingly progressive in acknowledging that the terrorist had a history of mental illness. In the US, that is reserved for white mass shooters.

And they have shown tremendous compassion in allowing the children to return to Australia with their grandmother. If anyone is interested, the Trump administration has given a hard NO on allowing children of US citizen ISIS fighters/supporters back to the US.

There are videos at the link.

Sara Bareilles - Brave (Official Video)



So instead of Fight Song, Brave should be our party's song in the 2020 election and beyond

Lyrics:

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody's lack of love
Or you can start speaking up

Nothing's gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle 'neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave"

New Data Show H-1B Denial Rates Reaching Highest Levels

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2019/04/10/new-data-show-h-1b-denial-rates-reaching-highest-levels/#4aee419a797f

When U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced its H-1B Employer Data Hub skeptics assumed the agency hoped to generate negative attention toward companies and H-1B visa holders. However, it turns out analyzing the data in the hub reveals something USCIS might not have anticipated – evidence the agency is denying H-1B petitions at such a high level compared to previous years that it is clear to attorneys USCIS has acted without proper legal authority in restricting H-1B visas.

“Denial rates for H-1B petitions have increased significantly, rising from 6% in FY 2015 to 32% in the first quarter of FY 2019 for new H-1B petitions for initial employment,” according to a National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) analysis of USCIS data in the H-1B Employer Data Hub. “Between FY 2015 and FY 2018 the denial rate for new H-1B petitions quadrupled from 6% to 24%. To put this in perspective, between FY 2010 and FY 2015, the denial rate for initial H-1B petitions never exceeded 8%, while today the rate is 3 or 4 times higher.”

Table 1: Denial Rate of Initial H-1B Petitions
FISCAL YEAR DENIAL RATE
FY 2019* 32%
FY 2018 24%
FY 2017 13%
FY 2016 10%
FY 2015 6%
FY 2014 8%
FY 2013 7%
FY 2012 5%
FY 2011 7%
FY 2010 8%
FY 2009 15%
Source: USCIS H-1B Employer Data Hub, National Foundation for American Policy. *Through first quarter of FY 2019.

Attorneys and employers believe denials have increased because USCIS and its adjudicators have raised the standard of proof for approving an H-1B petition without any new law or regulation that would permit the agency to do so legally, notes the NFAP analysis. In April 2017, Donald Trump issued the “Buy American and Hire American” executive order, which attorney Vic Goel, managing partner of Goel & Anderson, said in an interview has been used to “upend years of established practice, including rescinding long-standing policies on what occupations qualify for H-1B visas.”

The statistics on H-1B denials, particularly the spike upwards in denials since 2017, raise both legal and policy questions. “One thing that is clear to me is that the data backs up what employers have been saying for the last two years: USCIS has raised the legal standard they use to decide whether enough evidence has been presented with petitions to approve them, without any legal authority to do so and without any notice to the public,” said William Stock, a founding member of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP, who reviewed the data at my request. “The rise in the denial rate for continuing employment, where existing H-1B workers whose petitions have been approved before, show that adjudicators are applying a new standard to people whose petitions have already been approved before.”


Buy American, Hire American? Then it's time to apply, Americans!

Lots of IT job postings at contracting firms all across America, but hardly any applicants. When companies can't find enough H-1Bs, they will be forced to hire some US citizens. That can be you. DUers should apply for these jobs today.

Get it DUers!

A New York restaurant promised 'clean' Chinese food, sparking claims of cultural appropriation

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/voraciously/wp/2019/04/09/a-new-york-restaurant-promised-clean-chinese-food-sparking-claims-of-cultural-appropriation/?utm_term=.4ac3a7629ca1&wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1



It wouldn’t be right to blame the disastrous opening day for Lucky Lee’s, an optimistically named Chinese American restaurant in New York, on bad luck. What happened was not an arbitrary curse from the universe. Rather, it was a series of missteps that led the restaurant into the bull’s-eye of America’s ongoing conversation about culinary appropriation.

Chef/owner Arielle Haspel, a nutritionist, set out to open a restaurant that pays tribute to the Chinese food she and her Jewish family ate growing up in New York — except she planned to make versions of popular dishes, such as lo mein and kung pao chicken, without gluten, wheat, refined sugar, genetically modified organisms, MSG or additives. She has described the restaurant as a “clean” Chinese restaurant for “people who love to eat Chinese food and love the benefit that it will actually make them feel good.”

Haspel later clarified on social media that she meant “clean” to indicate ingredients without additives, an accepted definition of the word in the holistic community but one that conjured up an ugly stereotype that immigrant restaurants are dirty. By positioning her restaurant as one that will “actually make [people] feel good,” she seemed to imply that other Chinese restaurants couldn’t do the same. Other posts alluded to the perceived unhealthiness of Chinese food: One post, since deleted, called lo mein a dish that “makes you feel bloated and icky the next day.” But Chinese food, with its abundance of vegetables, can be quite healthful. In fact, many of the less-healthful selections you find in Chinese restaurants are Chinese American dishes that were adapted to appeal to American diners’ predilections for sugar and fat.

The problems were compounded by the fact that Haspel named the restaurant after her husband, Lee, who is also white. Here is where the conversation about cultural appropriation gets tricky. The issue is not that a white person is making food outside their cultural heritage. San Francisco Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho has outlined the ways that cultural appropriation can be done right: primarily, when a creator gives credit to the people whose food they’re making and is deferential toward the group and its cuisine’s history.


There are kosher and other styles of American Chinese restaurants but this case is pretty blatantly offensive.

She went to the hospital for an infection. Doctors found four bees living in her eye, eating tears

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/04/10/she-went-hospital-an-infection-doctors-found-four-bees-living-her-eye-eating-her-tears/?utm_term=.675433f5a4ed



The 29-year-old woman had no idea why her eye was swollen shut. She was in unbearable pain and could not stop tearing up. The Taiwanese woman said she was confused about why an issue she thought was an infection kept getting worse, CTS News reported.

But when the woman, identified by her surname He, received treatment at Fooyin University Hospital in Taiwan, doctors didn’t find a bacterial infection. While looking at He’s eyes through a microscope, Hung Chi-ting, the hospital’s head of ophthalmology, witnessed something he hadn’t seen before.

Insect legs were wiggling from one of her eye sockets.

He yanked out a small bee, known as Halictidae, or a “sweat bee.” And it was alive.

The doctor wasn’t done. Soon he extracted a second sweat bee. And a third.

And, finally, a fourth bee was pulled from the woman’s eyelid.

Craving salt, the bees had been feeding off He’s tears, the doctor said at a news conference last week, later describing the odd medical diagnosis as a “world first.” The insects had made a new home under He’s eyelid — that is, until they were all removed alive.


There's also a tweet at the link showing the bees in the eye if you want to see it.

The fight against white supremacy could learn something from America's first war on terror

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-fight-against-white-supremacy-could-learn-something-from-americas-first-war-on-terror/2019/04/08/e7b088da-5a0f-11e9-a00e-050dc7b82693_story.html?utm_term=.2b914a0a667c&wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1



One hundred forty-eight years ago this month, a member of Congress decried what he saw as a double standard regarding the protection of U.S. citizens from political violence. Overseas, Rep. Benjamin Butler of Massachusetts said on the floor of the House, “no nation . . . can unjustly lay its hand upon an American citizen in arrest or anger without calling down upon it the whole power of the republic.”

Yet at that very moment in the American South, Butler noted, a domestic organization, the Ku Klux Klan, was murdering blacks and whites who supported the post-Civil War program of racial equality known as Reconstruction, and the Klan was operating with virtual impunity.

“Can it be,” Butler demanded of those who insisted crime-fighting should be left up to the states, “that an American citizen is protected with the whole power of the government, everywhere, except on our own soil, under his own roof-tree, and covered by our own flag?”

Congress duly passed the Ku Klux Klan Act, and President Ulysses S. Grant signed it into law on April 20, 1871. The federal government could suspend the writ of habeas corpus in Klan-dominated areas and use federal marshals and troops to arrest Klan terrorists and bring them to trial in federal courts.

To this day, it remains arguably the toughest federal law ever aimed specifically at a white supremacist terrorist threat. It launched what might be called the first U.S. war on terror, including the use of covert operatives — detectives from the Secret Service — to infiltrate the Klan.

As if to mark the occasion, congressional Democrats, led by Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), have just introduced the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, whose premise, like Butler’s, is that terrorism is terrorism — whether it originates at home or abroad, on the racist right or the Islamist fringe.


After every white terrorist attack we see people on political forums tell us "he doesn't have a political agenda so it's not terrorism". There's a false sense of security in believing the threat is foreign and looks different. It's an uncomfortable thought to admit that dangerous people live among us and look like anyone else in our country. And it's an infuriating thought (to some people) to open any possibility of white guys with guns being treated the same as unarmed brown people in airports or unarmed black males anywhere.

If America isn't ready for police to stop and talk to white guys open carrying assault rifles or prosecute white mass murderers with terrorism laws, then we should try it anyway and see what happens.
Posted by IronLionZion | Tue Apr 9, 2019, 01:16 PM (5 replies)

Formal and casual White House photos show distance between Trump and increasingly diverse nation

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/politics/trump-white-house-photos-lack-racial-diversity/?utm_term=.7f353fbe2862

In picture after picture, emanating from the most exclusive corridors of American political power, Trump is seen with a team of aides and advisers that is almost exclusively white.



It is a triumphant image: President Trump, smiling and giving a thumbs-up to the camera, flanked backstage at a MAGA rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., by a team of confidants: oldest son Donald Jr., former campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, and Fox News host Pete Hegseth, once considered for a Cabinet post.

The president’s surrogates promptly posted the photo on Twitter last week — an emblem of nostalgia for Trump’s 2016 election and a projection of confidence ahead of 2020.

Yet the image also symbolized a subtext of the Trump presidency: In picture after picture, emanating from the most exclusive corridors of American political power, Trump is seen with a team of aides and advisers that is almost exclusively white — a vivid, if unspoken, statement of the distance between the president and wide swaths of a nation that is growing increasingly and rapidly more diverse.

To a degree, the photos are simply a reflection of what is already well known: Trump lacks racial diversity among his senior staff and Cabinet. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has been the only African American in the top ranks of the administration since the departure in December 2017 of White House senior adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former reality television star.

Posted by IronLionZion | Tue Apr 9, 2019, 10:25 AM (4 replies)

Scientists just captured a record 17-foot-long python in Florida

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/07/us/florida-huge-python-captured-trnd/index.html



(CNN)The Burmese python is one of the largest snakes in the world. But even by python standards, this one was colossal.

Scientists caught a female python in the Florida Everglades that was more than 17 feet long, weighed 140 pounds and contained 73 developing eggs.

The snake is the largest python ever removed from Big Cypress National Preserve, a 729,000-acre expanse of swampland west of Miami in South Florida, according to a statement Friday on the preserve's Facebook page.

The picture with the Facebook post tells it all.
It shows a team of four researchers, standing apart from one another, holding up the gigantic reptile.

While pythons of all sizes have been found in the Everglades, most of them are between 6 and 10 feet long. The largest one was over 18 feet long and weighed more than 100 pounds, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Still, this latest find is impressive. Big Cypress' rangers credit research and new tracking technology with making it possible.
"Using male pythons with radio transmitters allows the team to track the male to locate breeding females," their statement says. "The team not only removes the invasive snakes, but collects data for research, develops new removal tools and learns how the pythons are using the Preserve."

The Burmese python is native to Southeast Asia, but in recent decades the big snakes have become a slithering menace in Florida. The Everglades is a vast area with a tropical climate perfect for pythons to hide and thrive.

State wildlife officials estimate there are as many as 100,000 pythons living in the vast swamps outside Miami. The snakes pose significant threats to native wildlife.


There's an even more dangerous python over at Mar-A-Lago that needs to be caught.

A woman is fined after bragging about poaching a deer to a game warden on a dating app

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/09/us/deer-poaching-dating-app-oklahoma-trnd/index.html

(CNN)One unlucky woman boasted about killing a deer on a dating app -- only to discover the man she was chatting to was an Oklahoma game warden.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation shared on Facebook screen grabs of a conversation between game warden Cannon Harrison and the unnamed woman, who said she was "pretty happy" about shooting a big buck.



After some digging by the warden, the woman admitted to shooting the animal outside rifle season at night with the aid of a spotlight, which is illegal according to the state's hunting regulations.

She even shared some graphic photos of the dead animal.
Wardens soon arrived at the property where she killed the deer and made what the department called an "illegal deer case," its Facebook post said.

Further investigation showed the woman committed another illegal act, which is harvesting only the deer's head and back-strap meat, according to the Tulsa World newspaper.
She and an accomplice pleaded guilty and paid $2,400 in fines, the Tulsa World reported.

Harrison told the paper that at first he couldn't believe the woman was for real. "You can't just ignore a broken law that falls right in your lap but was kind of a bummer," he said. "She said it was her first deer ever, too."




Posted by IronLionZion | Sun Apr 7, 2019, 02:40 PM (5 replies)

What the heck does Steve King do all day?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/what-the-heck-does-steve-king-do-all-day/2019/04/04/06d3d456-5560-11e9-8ef3-fbd41a2ce4d5_story.html?utm_term=.e28d36d6c472



What the heck does Steve King do all day?

Shunned by his party’s leadership, bounced from congressional hearings, removed from key parts of the legislative process, and serving in the House minority — the Republican from Iowa has less to do than any congressman in recent history. But he still must do something, right? Does anyone know?

“I’m not sure what he’s been up to,” said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the minority whip and man in charge of knowing what other Republicans are up to.

“I don’t see him as much as I did before. That’s one of the things I miss,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.), a friend of King’s who is best-known for the rambling speeches (“Terror babies!” “Bestiality!” “Barack Hussein Obama!”) he gives from the otherwise-empty House floor.

In January, House Republicans decided that King — a longtime promoter of white supremacy — had finally gone too far. “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” he asked in a cringe-filled interview with the New York Times. Those words brought punishment and King was stripped of his committee assignments; making him a congressman minus responsibility.

“From my point of view he used to be contributing negatively — but at least he was contributing,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, one of King’s former committee assignments.


Why is this asshole still in Congress? The people in his Iowa district can't find anyone better to represent them?
Posted by IronLionZion | Sat Apr 6, 2019, 01:34 PM (4 replies)
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