Google and it’s continuing ‘discrimination’ issues

Even with Google’s current dispute with the U.S. Department of Labor, about which an agency official testified/described as “systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce; and another DOL official told The Guardian that “compelling evidence of very significant discrimination against women in the most common positions at Google headquarters” had been discovered; apparently some men at Google feel like they are the ones being discriminated against.  :-/

As per Louise Matsakis via Motherboard writes, “The document said that improving racial and gender diversity is less important than making sure conservatives feel comfortable expressing themselves at work.”

Seriously??!!  So consideration for ‘conservatives’ is more important that consideration for other races and genders.  O_O

Wow.

So even though the writer of this piece was not initially revealed, it’s obvious from the start that he is a Caucasian man.  And he’s been feeling slighted.  Welcome to our world.

Some internal Google employee reactions to the internal memo, “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber:  How bias clouds our thinking about diversity and inclusion“:

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ywpamw/internal-reaction-to-google-employees-manifesto-show-anti-diversity-views-have-support

NSF offers opportunity for media to deploy to Greenland

Note: Deployments would occur in late July or August, with selections made on a competitive basis

Competitive proposals must include the following:

• A documented ability to reach the widest possible U.S. audience across a variety of platforms (broadcast, print, web and social media).

• A solid field plan that indicates how the outlet will clearly and objectively report on science supported by NSF.

Application deadline: 5 p.m. EDT on June 28, 2017. Media must submit proposals electronically by email or as an email attachment to Peter West at pwest@nsf.gov.

More information can be found at: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=242312&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

More millennial blaming… ugh. 

I object to the assumption/implication/inference in this article that millennials’ parents are baby boomers. 

Not true. 

I’m the parent of a “millennial” and my generation did not cause this economic situation and are also victims of those who ‘came before’. :-/

‘Psychologically scarred’ millennials are killing dozens of industries — and it’s their parents’ fault

Interesting article and links re Eviction:

“Q&A: Exposing the realities of eviction” by Matthew Desmond

Link: https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191125&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

Just Shelter – Founded by Matthew Desmond and Tessa Lowinske Desmond to raise awareness of the human cost of the lack of affordable housing in America and to amplify the work of community organizations working to preserve affordable housing, prevent eviction, and reduce family homelessness. Link to site: http://justshelter.org/

The Evicted Book Foundation – Set up to directly benefit the families in Evicted. The board of the Evicted Book Foundation includes Matthew Desmond, Tessa Lowinske Desmond, Devah Pager, Ruth Lopez Turley, and Bruce Western. Link to donate: via PayPal

Happy Thanksgiving You Guys!!!  — “A BIG thanks, To Those in The House” -Mike Rowe

When I was a kid, my grandfather and I used to watch This Old House. I loved it, partly because I liked seeing how stuff got made, but mostly because my Pop would always tell me what Bob Vila was going to do a few seconds before he did it. 

Pop was an electrician by trade, but I always thought he was a magician. The man could fix anything. He could install your plumbing, overhaul your engines, or build your house without a blueprint. My earliest memories are of he and my Dad venturing out into the world to fix a problem. They left the house clean, came home dirty, and the problem was always solved. Pop only made it to the seventh grade, but he was smarter by far than most educated people I know, and mechanically gifted in ways I continue to envy. 

My foundation, mikeroweWORKS, was inspired by my granddad, and Dirty Jobs was really just an attempt to replicate the apprentice/master relationship between he and my dad. I’d like to think that This Old House might NOT have been his favorite reality show, had he lived long enough to see Dirty Jobs, but alas, that was not to be. So I’ve always had a soft spot for This Old House, and today, I’m very excited to tell you that the producers of this most unusual show – now in its 37th season – have partnered with mikeroweWORKS to help close the skills gap. 

The official press release is here. http://bit.ly/2fLdBLk. Check it out. I’ve also attached one of several short videos announcing our partnership. Give it a look, and join me in thanking Norm Abram for his kind support. In just a few weeks, they’ve already helped raise half a million dollars from their incredibly generous sponsors. That money is going straight to our scholarship fund. 

But wait, there’s more. 

In the coming year, the producers of This Old House are going to renovate a home over the course of the season, just as the always do. But this time, they’re going to sell the home, and contribute all of the proceeds to The mikeroweWORKS Foundation. It’s an extraordinary vote of confidence, and I can’t tell you how gratified and humbled I am to have their trust and partnership. 

On this Thanksgiving, I want to say how thankful I am for this association, and how much I’m looking forward to playing a small role in helping train the next generation of tradesmen, on whose talent, skill, and intelligence we all depend. Hopefully, Pop will be watching from on high, and telling his friends what happens next, moments before it does…

Happy Thanksgiving

Link to post: https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMikeRowe/videos/1343554558988017/