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Ketchikan volleyball players and coaches raise Title IX concerns to school board

Representatives of Ketchikan High School’s volleyball team came to the Ketchikan School Board on Wednesday with a long list of complaints, including gender bias, alleged violations of Title IX, and objectification of the athletes involved in volleyball.

Volleyball team captain Kinani Halverson told the board that she felt sexually objectified when a school board member attended a game and polled audience members about how the uniforms fit on the girls.

“This poll served to bring unwanted, unnecessary and inappropriate attention to our athletes’ bodies,” she said. “It should never have been used as a justification to alter our uniforms. My personal take is that someone who represents me as a student of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough was found to be the one discriminating, objectifying and sexualizing me as a young woman and athlete. Personally, as a victim of sexual assault, I refuse to stand for this behavior.”

Halverson said she’s angry and hurt, and wants an apology as well as an independent audit of the district’s compliance with Title IX, a federal rule that school districts provide equitable opportunities to girls and boys.

As a result of that board member’s informal poll, Halvorson said, the school spent $2,000 on new shorts, when what the team really needs is new jerseys. But, she said, nobody asked the team or its coaches.

April Edenshaw said concerned parents and coaches did try communicating first with Ketchikan High School officials, but received little to no response.

“Or dismissive comments such as, ‘By not responding to your email or phone calls, it is actually an answer,’” she said.

Edenshaw said the group is concerned about inequity, not just for volleyball, but in how much fundraising is required for various sports.

“In some instances, girls are required to fundraise more than boys, even if it is the same activity or sport,” she said. [Full Source]
I....I...I...Don't know what to think about this...part of me things that this is SJW culture coming to roost in Alaska and another part thinks that perhaps there is a point to the complaints...what do you think?


1919: The Spanish Flu in Dillingham

The deadly influenza pandemic known as the Spanish Flu, killed millions of people world wide but hit Alaska particularly hard. Thursday evening, an Anchorage lecture will examine the impacts to the Bristol Bay region and how the canneries there helped the local population. The pandemic entered Alaska in 1918 in Nome, western Alaska and Southeast. Despite efforts to keep it out of Bristol Bay, it hit the area in 1919. Historian Katie Ringsmuth of Tundra Vision organized the discussion along with Tim Troll. Troll is the executive director of the Bristol Bay Heritage land trust. He says when he lived in Dillingham, he was given artifacts from the family of a man at the center of the crisis there, Dr Linus French.

RINGSMUTH: This disease came from the trenches of World War I and made its way around the globe. Killed millions of people and then it came to Alaska and it killed more Alaskans per capita than any other place, save Samoa. Just to give you an example, in one week, 90 people were dead and that was just on the Naknek River alone. [Read the Full Story Here]


Walmart to cut 7,000 back-office jobs in the US

Walmart announced on September 1 that it will be cutting about 7,000 back-office jobs in its stores across the US. The jobs to be eliminated are positions in accounting and invoicing, which will be automated or centralized going forward, according to the company. According to the Wall Street Journal, the types of jobs being cut are usually held by long-term employees at a higher pay rate than the average Walmart store employee. Most workers in these positions are earning on average $13.38 per hour and are employed full-time, compared to the average part-time Walmart sales associate who earns just $10.58 per hour in the US.

Employees who are losing their jobs will be given the “opportunity” to transition into other jobs with the company, the majority of which are lower-paying, part-time customer service positions. Though employees technically have the ability to apply for higher-paying, full-time positions in store management, those jobs are few compared to low-paying customer service jobs, and often require experience that those in accounting and invoicing positions may not have.

The cuts—or transitions, as they are being called—are expected to last through 2017. A pilot program in June of this year tested the transition program with back-office workers in 500 locations, in stores located mainly in the western US. According to a report by CNN, Walmart failed to provide exact data on how many of the affected employees chose to remain with the company after the pilot cuts.

The reason for mass layoffs and closings, according to many of the retailers, is the competition posed by online retailers such as Jet and Amazon.com. However, the stores are not closing because of lack of need for the products they stock, but for a lack of profitability. Online retailers do not require salespeople or merchandisers in the way that brick-and-mortar establishments do. Some online retailers, such as Amazon, have replaced workers with drones used to catalog and manage inventory in their warehouses as well as to deliver orders. Walmart announced in June that it will be testing a drone program to catalog and manage inventory in its 190 US distribution centers, and will also begin to test drones for online deliveries as well. [Full Source]
Welp, this is just another drop in the leaking bucket that is the US Economy....what is actually happening behind the scenes is that world shipping is the lowest on record and it's having a ripple effect on industry and consumption...watch for trends to continue. Ironically because of forced minimum wage laws around the country (and Alaska) more and more companies will be switching to robots and computers just look at McDonalds:





'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

Cup Noodles, the dorm-room staple that cooks in three minutes, turns 45 this month. There's no better place to celebrate than its very own museum in Yokohama, Japan.

"This is the museum that really honors the creator of instant ramen and Cup Noodles," says museum manager Yuya Ichikawa, who leads me on a tour.

Here you'll find a floor-to-ceiling display of every flavor of instant ramen put out since the mid-20th century; a kitchen to prepare fresh ramen noodles; a sprawling assembly line — reservations required — to create your own Cup Noodles concoction to take home.

And, of course, the place is filled with tributes to the Cup Noodles creator — a man named Momofuku Ando.

Ando first came up with instant ramen noodles while working in a backyard shed in 1958. Before then, ramen noodles couldn't be stored or cooked quickly — only bought fresh and served after a long boil. Ando devoted himself to figuring out how to take cooked noodles and dry them out to preserve them so they could cook almost instantly, on demand.

A trip to the United States in the 1960s inspired Ando's cup creation, when he watched people break up his original rectangular blocks of instant ramen to fit into cups for consumption. [Read the Full Story]


US Attorney General Finally Admits Weed Isn’t a Gateway Drug — Prescription Pills Are

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a U.S. federal research institute focused on “[advancing] science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction … to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. ” Though it admits “the majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, ‘harder’ substances,” it still describes marijuana as a gateway drug.

While discussing how heroin abuse and how individuals often develop an addiction, [Loretta] Lynch argued:
“[I]ndividuals [start out] with a prescription drug problem, and then because they need more and more, they turn to heroin. It isn’t so much that marijuana is the step right before using prescription drugs or opioids — it is true that if you tend to experiment with a lot of things in life, you may be inclined to experiment with drugs, as well. But it’s not like we’re seeing that marijuana as a specific gateway.”

Attorney General Lynch added that instead of trafficking rings, what “introduce[s] a person to opioids … [is] the household medicine cabinet.”

What Lynch is failing to discuss on the federal government’s anti-opioid abuse campaign trail is the racist, opportunistic roots of the failed and decades-long drug war in America. But as American states begin to shift their approach to some of the targets of this nationwide anti-drug campaign, legalized marijuana is able to accomplish what many drug war apologists claimed criminalization would achieve: bringing down the drug cartels. [Interesting Article Here]

Video of the Week




This was Great to put Salvador Dali in real world context because he was a literary impact to many that read about him and saw his work but thanks to Television we are able to see him in the real world context. Cool. 

PS This High Brow Television would not be able to be aired today...I don't believe. Do you disagree?


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