Republicans skeptical of colleges’ impact on U.S., but most see benefits for workforce preparation | Pew Research Center

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/07/20/republicans-skeptical-of-colleges-impact-on-u-s-but-most-see-benefits-for-workforce-preparation/

58% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say colleges and universities have a negative effect on the way things are going in the country, while just 36% say their effect is positive, according to a survey conducted last month by Pew Research Center. Just two years ago, attitudes were the reverse: a 54% majority of Republicans and Republican leaners said colleges were having a positive effect, while 37% said their effect was negative.

States Are Rolling Back Worker Wages and Rights – Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/07/20/states-rolling-back-worker-rights/

federal minimum wage hasn’t been raised since 2009. Over the last few years, dozens of city and county governments have passed minimum wage ordinances. So far, 27 states have passed laws requiring cities to abide by statewide wage minimums. The most recent to do so, Missouri, will roll back a $10-an-hour minimum wage to $7.70 an hour, to take effect next month. Iowa just rolled back wage increases in the spring.

Brooks Rainwater of the National League of Cities said, “People within cities, where the cost of living oftentimes can be higher, needed a raise, and city leaders have responded to that.” However, he notes that states are undermining city governments on this and other worker issues, including paid sick leave.

Reports: Cyberattacks breached at least a dozen power plants, including nukes | Utility Dive

Source: Reports: Cyberattacks breached at least a dozen power plants, including nukes | Utility Dive

  • Cyberattacks from a foreign government recently breached a dozen or more U.S. power plants, including conventional and nuclear generators, multiple media outlets report.
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued a report noting the Wolf Creek Nuclear station in Kansas was among facilities targeted, according to the New York Times. The report is said to contain an urgent amber warning, the second-highest threat rating.
  • Bloomberg reports that Russia is a chief suspect in the hacking, though other outlets did not name a potential source of the attacks and some analysts warn attribution is premature.

Stalin Reloaded? | Berlin Policy Journal – Blog

http://berlinpolicyjournal.com/stalin-reloaded/

legacy of Stalinism is deeply rooted in family memories and private archives, as almost every Russian family was affected by Stalinist terror in one way or the other. Due to the work of civil society organizations such as the Moscow-based International Memorial, a tremendous amount of sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) has been preserved, documented, and published. Every year on October 29, the national day to commemorate the victims of political repression, thousands of citizens cue in front of the Lubyanka, the former KGB headquarters and prison, now home of the FSB. They join MEMORIAL for the public reading of 30,000 names of Muscovites who became victims of Stalin’s “Great Purge” in 1937-38. 

Last Tango In Paris Butter Rape Scene Nonconsensual Sex

http://www.refinery29.com/2016/12/131807/last-tango-in-paris-butter-rape-scene

scene in which Brando’s character, Paul, rapes Schneider’s Jeanne, using a stick of butter as a lubricant, was planned without the actress’ knowledge or consent. According to the director, he and Brando came up with the idea without involving Schneider. 

“The sequence of the butter is an idea that I had with Marlon in the morning before shooting,” he said during an event at Paris’ La Cinémathèque Française. Bertolucci explained that he wanted her “reaction as a girl, not as an actress.” In other words, he wanted her to actually experience the rape. 

“I wanted her to react humiliated,” he continued. “I think she hated me and also Marlon, because we didn’t tell her…to obtain something, I think you have to be completely free. I didn’t want Maria to act her humiliation, her rage, I wanted her to Maria to feel…the rage and humiliation. Then, she hated me for all of her life.”

Though he offered that he felt bad about the decision “in a way,” he expressed no regret. 

In a 2006 interview, Schneider said she “cried real tears” during the scene. She also claimed that her co-star Brando complained of feeling “raped and manipulated” by Bertolucci, conveniently glossing over his role in Schneider’s sexual assault.
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Guidelines for Temporary Travel Ban Predictably a Chaotic Overreach – Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/06/30/guidelines-temporary-travel-ban-emerge-expected-lack-cohesive-rationales/

being filed by the state of Hawaii overnight, alleging that the implementation of the SCOTUS order violates and overreaches on its intentions.

One of the areas left unclear in the Supreme Court’s court directive lifting lower court stays affecting the order, for instance, was the definition of “close family.” As reported in the Washington Post, “The administration’s new rules do not allow grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, cousins, and fiancés. They do allow sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, and stepchildren.” As it happens, the ban on affianced persons was lifted right before the ban went into effect last night, providing little confidence in the clarity of the rationales behind the rules.

The administration also announced that even with existing agreements in place with refugee resettlement agencies, refugees will not be allowed to enter the country without a close family member in the U.S.