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Elizabeth Lauten, Communications Director at United States Congress, decided to shame the First Kids on her Facebook page.

dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at the bar.

She then followed it up by saying that all Ferguson residents should be arrested (couldn’t get a screen cap of it, or the comment I left).

The backlash caused her to delete her Facebook. I am currently looking into how to contact her supervisor. 

Only rarely in U.S. history do writers transform us to become a more caring or less caring nation. In the 1850s, Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was a strong force in making the United States a more humane nation, one that would abolish slavery of African Americans. A century later, Ayn Rand (1905-1982) helped make the United States into one of the most uncaring nations in the industrialized world, a neo-Dickensian society where healthcare is only for those who can afford it, and where young people are coerced into huge student-loan debt that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy.
 
While Harriet Beecher Stowe shamed Americans about the United States’ dehumanization of African Americans and slavery, Ayn Rand removed Americans’ guilt for being selfish and uncaring about anyone except themselves. Not only did Rand make it “moral” for the wealthy not to pay their fair share of taxes, she “liberated” millions of other Americans from caring about the suffering of others, even the suffering of their own children.
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One hand in the air for the big city
Street lights, big dreams, all looking pretty
No place in the world that can compared
Put your lighters in the air
Everybody say yeah, yeah yeah

A political system dominated by wealth could be democratic if wealth were evenly distributed. Sadly, the United States has a greater disparity of wealth than almost any other nation on earth. Four hundred U.S. billionaires have more money than half the people of the United States combined, and those 400 are celebrated for it rather than shamed. With the United States trailing most nations in income equality, this problem is only getting worse. The 10th wealthiest country on earth per capita doesn’t look wealthy when you drive through it. And you do have to drive, with 0 miles of high-speed rail built. And you have to be careful when you drive. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives U.S. infrastructure a D+. Areas of cities like Detroit have become wasteland. Residential areas lack water or are poisoned by environmental pollution — most often from military operations.
Olivia Pope and the Long Shadow of Shame: #Scandal 502 Analysis

Shame:

A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.

Originally posted by bananadome

After many instances of running, Olivia Pope admitted out loud that her relationship with Fitz–the white, married President of the United States–caused her to battle with shame for many years. It’s a feeling from which she has run time and time again, even as far as halfway across the world. It is not Fitzgerald from whom she was running, but from the external judgment that accompanies the context of that love. It is the context of the Olitz relationship that has caused Olivia to suffer.  @spectaclesinscript and I have spent time tracing the most dramatic instances in which Olivia was made by others to feel humiliation or guilt for the ‘immoral’ love she and Fitzgerald Grant share.

“Happy Birthday, Mr. President” (208)

In the flashback sequence, we see Olivia and Fitz working on the State of the Union speech by day, playing together in her cabin by night. Olivia has Fitz all to herself. They were in their little bubble until Mellie shows up at Camp David. Olivia was expecting another night of bliss with Fitz when she heard the knock on her door, only to discover that Fitz had brought with him reality in the form of his wife. This leads to Olivia doing everything she could to avoid him when they returned to the White House.

Finally bumping into each other in the hall, Olivia reroutes, but Fitz won’t be deterred.

Fitz: “Olivia, I miss you.”

Olivia: “You walked her to my cabin door.”

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Guatemalan children return from Mexico shelters ‘in very bad shape’ 

According to official numbers provided by Guatemala’s National Institute of Statistics, 5,394 Guatemalan children were returned from Mexico during the first six months of 2015 compared with 78 Guatemalan children returned from the U.S. While the numbers vary depending on who is reporting them, the trend is consistent. According to Raquel Vielman de Alcazar, the head of Guatemala’s Secretariat of Social Welfare, 53 children have been returned from the U.S. this year, compared with 4,453 from Mexico. 

This is the last of a three-part series on Guatemalan migrant children who are returned to their country after unsuccessfully trying to reach the United States. Part one focuses on the guilt and shame migrant children carry with them, and part two on the disproportionate impact of migration on Guatemala’s indigenous communities.

A best of sampling from reactions to the news that Scarlett Johansson is pregnant. While it’s prefectly fine to wonder how the Avengers 2 movie will adapt, what is not okay is the natural inclination to blame women for becoming pregnant. I can’t exactly speak to how it is in other countries, but the United States is utterly shameful in how it reacts to and treats women and pregnancy, especially in relation to work.

And let us not forget to point out the clear lack of biology knowledge some of the commenters displayed.

I think it’s easy for these people that sit in these board meetings in suits to pass rules and policies, but you’re not the one that has to look that little child in the eye [as you take back the hot meal]. This might be the only meal these kids get. You never know someone’s circumstance. I grew up poor. I remember being on food stamps and just how embarrassed I was as a child even though there was nothing I could do about it – that shame and humiliation. Kids have enough on their plates growing up in this world with all the peer pressure and bullying and everything else they have to deal with. I mean, honestly, we can’t feed them in school?
—  Stacy Koltiska, Wylandville elementary school cafeteria worker, who resigned when forced to take away hot lunches from two students because their parents owed more than $25 on the account used to pay for their school lunches