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Halloween Costumes Are Sexualizing Our Youngest Trick-Or-Treaters

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  • While the boys have costumes that look like the real thing, girls are expected to dress up in spoof ensembles, thus suggesting they can't, or shouldn't, do the real job. The costumes are not only "sexy," they're also sexist.
  • Enforcing School Dress Codes Teaches Girls to be Ashamed, Not 'Modest' 

Raina Delisle, Huffington Post

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o-HALLOWEEN-COSTUMES-570.jpg10/18/2014 | My four-year-old wants to be a firefighter for Halloween. She also wants to be Elsa and a strawberry, but let's focus on firefighter. In search of the perfect costume, we went to Value Village: "Your Halloween destination for the whole family."

We quickly located a firefighter costume for boys, complete with a bright red jacket, a traditional helmet and an axe. The girls' version, on the other hand, is a skin-tight, short, shiny dress that's surely flammable. It includes a fascinator (in lieu of a helmet) never before seen on a real firefighter.

Raina Delisle: Writer, Communications Consultant

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Enforcing School Dress Codes Teaches Girls to be Ashamed, Not 'Modest' Jessica Valenti, Guardian (UK) / AlterNet

  • Everyday school dress codes disproportionately target, shame, and punish girls – especially girls who are more developed than their peers.
  • Teen Girl Kicked Out Of Prom So Her Dress Wouldn’t Lead Boys To ‘Think Impure Thoughts’

 

How much payroll space do the Twins have and will they actually spend it?

  • Public funding of Target Field was supposed to boost the Twins' payroll spending relative to other teams.
  • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
  • Bill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats

Aaron Gleeman, MinnPost

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This season MLB teams that spent more than $100 million made the playoffs 47 percent of the time, while teams that spent less than $100 million made the playoffs 20 percent of the time. Reuters / USA Today Sports/Jerry Lai

10/17/14 | In the Twins' second season at Target Field their payroll rose to a franchise-record $113 million, but that dropped to $100 million the next year and then dipped below $90 million in each of the past two seasons as general manager Terry Ryan declined to spend a significant portion of the ownership-approved budget. Here's what Ryan said recently when asked about the team's lack of spending and self-imposed payroll decline:

Payroll will not be an issue. Our payroll is sufficient to [field] a winning team. There are playoff teams with lower payrolls than ours. We can't use that as an excuse. ... I spent plenty. Our payroll was pretty stiff, very respectable.

Aaron Gleeman's posts for MinnPost consist of selections from AaronGleeman.com, his local sports blog, mainly about the Twins.  Aaron is a Senior Baseball Editor at Rotoworld.com who contributes regularly to NBCSports.com.  He has been featured in Sports Illustrated and is well known for his analysis of Twins players and prospects. 

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The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners, Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

  • The Nation’s sports editor questions whether taxpayer money should be spent to build new arenas in cities where public infrastructure dollars are scarce.
  • Triple Play: Sports, Politics & Greed

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Bill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats, Staff, BillMoyers.com 

  • The 3,400 stadium jobs (the Yankees promised) paid a median wage of $10.50 an hour for non-managerial positions. The Yankees, meanwhile, had grabbed $50 million in tax breaks, $326 million in capital improvements, $1.2 billion in tax-exempt bonds and 24 acres of parks that had been owned by the public
  • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
  • Series | Super Bowl XLVIII Illustrated, Part One: the NFL gameplan

 

Russell Brand Says He Wants A ‘Revolution’

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The wild, funny, blithely offensive comedian Russell Brand takes on the world’s woes with us. He says he’s got the answer.

 

Tom Ashbrook, On Point with Tom Ashbrook

 

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russellbrand-500x333.jpgComedian and actor Russell Brand, on the cover of his new book, “Revolution.” (Penguin / Random House)

 

October 15, 2014 | British comedian, actor, provocateur, activist Russell Brand knows how to mix it up wild and funny.  With his big mane, sharp mind, and glittering irreverence he has cut a wide swath in entertainment realms.  Played the blazing rock star in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek.  Married and divorced Katy Perry.  Toured doing stand-up last year with his Messiah Complex show.  And now Russell Brand is going all-in on politics.  Revolution, actually.  Our world, our system is worn out and we know it, he says.  Time for revolt.  Up next On Point:  Russell Brand, and revolution.

 

Read An Excerpt Of “Revolution” by Russell Brand

 

Tom Ashbrook is the host of On Point, a live, two-hour morning news-analysis program, produced by WBUR 90.9 and NPR. 

 

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Pumpkins at the Depot

Collaborative Show by  Red Wing (MN) Arts Association and Bill Habedank

Red Wing Arts Association

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October 8, 2014 | Master Carver Bill Habedank, Krafty Kathy, and a crew of volunteers create an unforgettable show for all ages. More than 100 carved pumpkins on display.

Free admission. Please bring a non-perishable item to support the Red Wing Area Food Shelf.

For further information or to learn how to become in Bill's carving crew, call 651-388-7569 or visit redwingartsassociation.org.

Tom Engelhardt | Inside the American Terrordome

  • Fear-mongering has been the U.S. media soundtrack since 9/11. Like Muzak, it's affected us in ways we don't realize.
  • America’s Soundtrack of Hysteria

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

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fox_news_screens_isis2.jpgOctober 7, 2014 | It happened so fast that, at first, I didn’t even take it in. 

Two Saturdays ago, a friend and I were heading into the Phillips Museum in Washington, D.C., to catch a show of neo-Impressionist art when we ran into someone he knew, heading out.  I was introduced and the usual chitchat ensued.  At some point, she asked me, “Do you live here?”

Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of The United States of Fear as well as a history of the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture. He runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com.  His new book, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World (Haymarket Books), has just been published.

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Public Trust Has Dwindled With Rise in Income Inequality, Association for Psychological Science

“The decline of social capital is a profoundly negative trend for a democracy, a system of government predicated on the few representing the interests of the many,” the researchers conclude.

 

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