Fri, 02/06/2023 - 20:10

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) has called further strike action as part of a long-running, bitter dispute with train operating companies over pay, job losses and cuts that would destroy the railway as we know it.   The dispute has gone on for almost a year, costing the British economy northwards of £1.25 billion […]

Fri, 02/06/2023 - 11:55

US citizen Gonzalo Lira faces a long prison term in Ukraine for criticizing the country’s government. Shunned by the US government, his father is fighting to stop the “slow death of a son.” When US media have demonstrated any interest in the arrest of an American citizen, Gonzalo Lira, it has been primarily to celebrate his prosecution on the grounds that he has been “shilling for Putin.” The US State Department, meanwhile, refuses to answer questions about the disappearance of […]

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Fri, 02/06/2023 - 09:44

As we gather in June for DrupalCon North America, we are gathering during LGBTQ Pride Month in the U.S., a celebration of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising which was a tipping point for the gay liberation movement and spurred the growth of LGBT support organizations from 50 to 1,500 during the following year.  As an important part of U.S. history, President Obama established the Stonewall National Monument on June 23, 2016. Pride is recognized in June in many countries around the world to continue the fight for LGBTQ+ equity globally.

But we are also gathering at a time in the U.S. in which transgender rights are coming under attack in many states and local communities.

Fri, 02/06/2023 - 08:40

GURMESH Singh gave a speech last week in Parliament outlining some of the highlights of his first term as the State Member for Coffs Harbour. “It is the first time, post-election, I’ve had the opportunity to speak that wasn’t related to a bill or other business in the House,” he told News Of The Area....

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Fri, 02/06/2023 - 08:36

FRIENDS of the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden are asking readers of News Of The Area to help them name their electric buggies, now they have two. Rather than being called ‘the old one’ or ‘the big one’, with the addition of the smart new eight-seater buggy, joining the original six-seater vehicle, the pair need...

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Fri, 02/06/2023 - 08:00
I’m relieved to see it. Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman have the story: A raucous school board meeting in Hernando County, Fla., on Tuesday night captured what’s striking about this new phenomenon. The scene featured teachers pointedly declaring that right-wing attacks are driving them to quit, even as parents and students forcefully stood up on their behalf, demanding a halt to the hysteria. “I have never seen such fear from my colleagues as I have seen in the last two months,” social studies teacher Victoria Hunt told the board. The whole affair really put the culture-war-mongers to shame. Not that they’ll see it that way; as the meeting also showed, scenes like this — with maximum rage, fear, tension and suspicion surging between parents and educators — are precisely the outcome they want. This county, north of Tampa, voted for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2022 by a 41-point margin. It’s wherefifth-grade teacher Jenna Barbee recently enraged local enforcers of right-wing orthodoxy by showing her class “Strange World,”a Disney movie with an openly gay character.
Fri, 02/06/2023 - 07:41

A NEW 45-minute Garden Discovery Tour by electric buggy has been launched by the volunteer Friends of the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden. Offered on Sundays only, the timetable provides departures at 10am, 11am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm. A maximum of seven people per tour can hop on board, accompanied by the Friends garden tour guide,...

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Fri, 02/06/2023 - 07:00
Good point. Media Matters on how this ubiquitous right wing “dementia” claim looks today: The last week has been brutal for this theory, with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Biden personally negotiating a debt ceiling deal that right-wing media figures call a “total cave” to Democrats that produced “a typical DC swamp sewer bill.” In March, McCarthy offered to bring the president “soft food” to kickstart negotiations, an obvious crack at his age. But on Sunday, after striking a deal, the speaker described Biden to reporters as “very professional, very smart. Very tough at the same time.” The resulting legislation passed the House on Wednesday night and now moves to the Senate.  The right is having difficulty coming to terms with how, as Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) put it on Twitter, “Republicans got outsmarted by a President who can’t find his pants.” Some, like Fox prime-time host Sean Hannity, are treating Biden’s purported senility as entirely unrelated to the result.