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  • Training staff to gather race, ethnicity and language

    08/23/2017 10:49:53 AM PDT · by spintreebob · 11 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 8/21/2017 | MARIA CASTELLUCCI
    A few years ago, Cleveland-based MetroHealth noticed that although registration staffers were supposed to ask all patients their race, ethnicity and preferred language, it wasn't happening consistently enough. “We realized we needed to support our frontline staff with the right information and resources to consistently and appropriately ask for this information,” said Lourdes Negron-McDaniel, director of inclusion and diversity at MetroHealth. After all, knowing a patient's race, ethnicity and preferred language can help address the wide disparities that exist in healthcare. This personal information can offer insight into the differences in quality of care given to people of different cultural...
  • California Proposes Jail Time for Using the Wrong Pronoun for Transgenders

    08/17/2017 9:27:38 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 54 replies
    California is on its way to passing a new law that makes it illegal to call transgender senior citizens a pronoun they don't like. For example, if an elderly person who was born male and lives in a long-term care facility wishes to be called "her" or "she," the workers there had better do it or face the consequences. The proposed law would even apply to Christian facilities. SB 219, titled the "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Resident's Bill of Rights," states, "It shall be unlawful for a long-term care facility or facility staff to.... willfully and...
  • Would-Be Tyrants Capture Language to Control Thought

    08/11/2017 12:30:44 PM PDT · by TBP · 25 replies
    The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) ^ | Friday, August 11, 2017 | Richard M. Ebeling
    Today's counter-revolution against liberty is being fought on a number of fronts in American society. One is on college and university campuses across the country, where the ideology of "political correctness" is strangling freedom of speech and smothering intellectual controversy and debate. Critical to this campaign is the capture of language. It is through our language that we think about ourselves, our relationships to others, and the social order surrounding us. Words do not merely delineate objects, individuals, events or actions. Words also create mental imageries, emotions, attitudes, and beliefs that color how people see themselves and the world around...
  • Rice Industry Upset Over Term ‘Cauliflower Rice’

    08/10/2017 2:13:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | August 10, 2017
    Cauliflower rice is growing in popularity as a trendy substitute for carbohydrates but the rice industry is upset over the product’s name. Rice industry leaders say that calling it ‘cauliflower rice’ could be misleading and confusing. In the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, an often underrated vegetable is having its moment in the sun. “Cauliflower is one of the hottest vegetables we sell today,” said Vice President of Green Giant Jordan Greenberg. “You can use it as a main dish. You can use it as a side dish.” It can be bar-b-qued, baked, stir- fried and now Green Giant...
  • Too politically correct? Board drops 'Lynch' from school names

    08/10/2017 7:01:55 AM PDT · by Hadean · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug, 10, 2017 | Lukas Mikelionis
    A school board in Portland, Ore., has dropped “Lynch” from the names of two elementary schools, claiming it had negative connotations and made some people feel uncomfortable. The move Wednesday evening by the Centennial School District’s board also included a slight alteration to the name of a third school. But the move has sparked criticism, including on social media, from some community residents and former students. They claim the board’s decision is a sign of political correctness running amok. The district had received complaints in recent years that the names of Lynch Meadows Elementary School, Lynch View Elementary School and Lynch...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 8-7-17)

    08/07/2017 7:18:18 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 1 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 8-7-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
    People will “resort to mob violence” when they “are finally aware of the fact that they’ve been tricked by their society, and that no matter how hard they work as middle class people” they are denied.“That is what’s going to happen in this country,” Savage said. “You have not yet seen mob violence in this country. You’ve seen some mob violence instigated by George Soros’ mobs. … But you haven’t seen the thing I’m telling you is coming in this country. You haven’t seen the ‘Day of the Locust’ yet.”
  • Native English speakers are the world's worst communicators

    08/04/2017 9:14:53 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 87 replies
    BBC ^ | October 31, 2016 | Lennox Morrison
    In a room full of non-native speakers, 'there isn't any chance of understanding'. It might be their language, but the message is often lost. Editor's Note (29 December 2016): Through the end of the year, BBC Capital is bringing back some of your favourite stories from 2016. It was just one word in one email, but it triggered huge financial losses for a multinational company. The message, written in English, was sent by a native speaker to a colleague for whom English was a second language. Unsure of the word, the recipient found two contradictory meanings in his dictionary. He...
  • Oregon district to drop ‘Lynch’ from school names due to ‘racial implications’

    07/31/2017 1:13:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    The College Fix ^ | July 31, 2017 | by DAVE HUBER
    Remember two and a half years ago when students at a small Pennsylvania college demanded the name “Lynch” be removed from a campus building … because of its racial connotations? An Oregon school district is following their example. The Centennial School District in southeast Portland will be excising “Lynch” from three schools before the beginning of this school year: Lynch Meadows, Lynch Wood, and Lynch View elementary schools. The schools were named for the family which originally had donated land for the schools over a century ago, but Superintendent Paul Coakley says “many newer families coming into the district associate...
  • Researchers shut down AI that invented its own language

    07/27/2017 7:41:13 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 61 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | JUL 21, 2017 | James Walker
    An artificial intelligence system being developed at Facebook has created its own language. It developed a system of code words to make communication more efficient. The researchers shut the system down as it prompted concerns we could lose control of AI. The observations made at Facebook are the latest in a long line of similar cases. In each instance, an AI being monitored by humans has diverged from its training in English to develop its own language. The resulting phrases appear to be nonsensical gibberish to humans but contain semantic meaning when interpreted by AI "agents." Negotiating in a new...
  • Now the speech police are going after small talk

    07/24/2017 2:02:46 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 23, 2017 | Karol Markowicz
    What’s everybody’s big problem with small talk? There are memes about hating small talk, articles about dodging potential landmines in casual conversation and a move to end the practice altogether. With a new season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” on the horizon, the biggest hater of small talk, Larry David, is inspiring pieces on how to avoid it altogether. David has said on the show that he tries “to elevate small talk to medium talk” and he’s really not a fan of the “stop and chat” with an acquaintance. He’s not alone. This month Cosmopolitan UK described people who would “rather...
  • University of Illinois-Chicago teaches students to use ‘inclusive language’

    07/24/2017 5:52:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    College Fix ^ | July 24, 2017 | Dominic Mancini
    A two-day workshop series held recently at the University of Illinois at Chicago asked participants to watch what they say and choose their words carefully in order to make the campus more “inclusive.”
  • Lynch elementary schools will lose the 'Lynch' due to racial implications (Portland, Oregon)

    07/22/2017 9:15:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 94 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | July 21, 2017 | Janaki Chadha
    The national movement to change racially offensive names of buildings, sports teams and landmarks will soon touch a group of schools in southeast Portland. Lynch Meadows, Lynch Wood and Lynch View elementary schools will shed their "Lynch" before the upcoming school year in response to growing concern about the word's racial connotations. The schools, part of the Centennial School District, were named for the Lynch family, which donated land over a century ago to build the first of the schools. But Centennial Superintendent Paul Coakley says many newer families coming into the district associate the name with America's violent racial...
  • AP Stylebook Instructs Writers Not to Use Words Like 'Pro-Life,' 'Refugee' & 'Terrorist'

    07/21/2017 7:55:59 AM PDT · by johnk · 16 replies
    by Fox News Insider ^ | 7/11/2017 | by Fox News Insider
    The AP Stylebook, published by The Associated Press, is intended to provide universal guidelines for journalists when it comes to stylistic things like punctuation, capitalization and using certain words over others. The 2017 edition of the stylebook directs writers to avoid words like "pro-life," "migrant," "refugee," "Islamist" and "terrorist." Rachel Alexander, an opinion contributor for The Hill, said on "Fox & Friends" this morning that this is an attempt to promote language that liberals tend to favor. Judge Releases Man Accused of Trying to Steal NYPD Cop's Gun She explained that the guide instructs writers to use "anti-abortion" instead of...
  • License, Registration and Pronoun: Troopers Take Transgender Training (Vermont)

    07/19/2017 3:17:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Seven Days ^ | JULY 19, 2017 | Alicia Freese
    In between shifts Monday afternoon, 13 Vermont State Police troopers, outfitted in beige and green, tentatively discussed their preferred pronouns. "Bob," said Sgt. Bob Lucas. "Uh, 'he.'" "I'm Steve. I go by 'he,'" said Trooper Steve DiGregorio, a youthful officer. "My name is Andy," said Cpl. Andy Leise, the only one who seemed at ease during the exercise. "I like to be referred to as 'he.'" Spoiler alert: All 13 were "cis" — identifying with the gender assigned to them at birth. The officers sat in mismatched swivel chairs in the windowless office of a converted warehouse that serves as...
  • California Proposes Jail Time for Using the Wrong Pronoun for Senior Transgenders

    07/19/2017 2:45:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 86 replies
    CBN ^ | 07-19-2017 | Lorie Johnson
    California is on its way to passing a new law that makes it illegal to call transgender senior citizens a pronoun they don't like. For example, if an elderly person who was born male and lives in a long-term care facility wishes to be called "her" or "she," the workers there had better do it or face the consequences. The proposed law would even apply to Christian facilities. SB 219, titled the "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Resident's Bill of Rights," states, "It shall be unlawful for a long-term care facility or facility staff to.... willfully and...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!!(Week of 7-17-17)

    07/17/2017 3:16:10 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 6 replies
    Dr. Michael Savage ^ | 7-17-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
    In today’s issue: Savage is fed up with the media’s fixation, including the talk-radio world, on the ongoing Twitter war between the president and liberal cable channels MSNBC and CNN. “Everyone’s either on vacation or doing the same garbage about CNN. How can you listen to that?” Savage asked. (From the Savage Newsletter)
  • AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

    07/16/2017 9:25:58 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    C.O. Design ^ | 07/14/17 | Mark Wilson
    Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it. Bob: “I can can I I everything else.” Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.” To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense was the discussion of what might be the most sophisticated negotiation software on the planet? Negotiation software that had learned, and evolved, to get the best deal possible with more speed and efficiency–and perhaps, hidden nuance–than you or...
  • Exclusive: DOJ let Russian lawyer into US before she met with Trump team

    07/12/2017 8:40:06 PM PDT · by kevao · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | John Solomon and Jonathan Easley
    The Russian lawyer who penetrated Donald Trump’s inner circle was initially cleared into the United States by the Justice Department under “extraordinary circumstances” before she embarked on a lobbying campaign last year that ensnared the president’s eldest son, members of Congress, journalists and State Department officials, according to court and Justice Department documents and interviews.
  • How the AP Stylebook censors ‘pro-life’ and other conservative words | TheHill

    07/12/2017 9:58:20 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/09/2017 | Rachel Alexander
    How the AP Stylebook censors ‘pro-life’ and other conservative words | TheHill http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/media/341210-how-the-ap-stylebook-censors-pro-life-and-other-conservative-words July 09, 2017 - 04:20 PM EDT How the AP Stylebook censors ‘pro-life’ and other conservative words AssociatedPress By Rachel Alexander, opinion contributor A journalism stylebook is supposed to provide universal guidelines for writers when it comes to stylistic things like punctuation, capitalization and so on. This includes choosing certain words over others. The original intent of word preference was to use words that are more neutral than others. But in recent years, that concept has changed. More often than not, style writers have been more interested...
  • The Armenian Who Helped Create Today’s Turkish Language (Hagop Martayan)

    07/11/2017 3:32:22 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    The Armenian Weekly ^ | July 11, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Special for the Armenian Weekly “Turkey’s president wants to purge Western words from its language,” reported The Economist on June 15.[Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s] latest purge has a more abstract target. Mr. Erdoğan wants to rid Turkish of unsightly Western loan-words. Turkey faces a mortal threat from foreign “affectations”, Mr. Erdoğan declared on May 23rd. “Where do attacks against cultures and civilisations begin? With language.” Mr. Erdoğan started by ordering the word “arena”, which reminded him of ancient Roman depravity, removed from sports venues across the country. Hagop Martayan, or Agop Dilaçar, was the first Secretary General and head specialist of the...