In today’s Buzz: Trump’s National Security Advisor has been selected, sexism and gender discrimination in the tech world, and places to cry in public in Detroit.
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What I’m Listening to – A white noise app so I can get some things done
What I’m Reading – Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
What I’m Watching – You Tube videos of English Mastiffs competing at dog shows… Watch for Eli’s A Good Boy (yes, that’s my dog’s name) on the circuit in a year or two. This pic is from a few months ago, he probably weighs 130lbs now. His favorite treats are pretzels and he licks my feet to wake me up.
- Trump Chooses H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor: McMaster is a West Point graduate with a doctorate in military history. He became more well-known after publishing his book, Dereliction of Duty, in 1997. McMaster is a widely respected military strategist. His appointment as National Security Advisor was announced at Trump’s weekend getaway to Palm Beach, FL.
- A Dangerous Time for the Press and the Presidency: The relationship between the media and the White House has been fodder for SNL in recent weeks however, the damaged relationship is more than just laughs during another cold open.
- Milo Yiannopoulous’s Pedophilia Comments Cost Him CPAC Role and Book Deal: The Conservative Political Action Conference retracted Yiannopoulous’s invitation to speak after a video of him laughing off pedophilia by Roman Catholic priests emerged online.
- Diversity Dashboard: Sarah Ross Dickson, UNC MPA Project Team
- Four Opportunities to Write for ELGL
- Let’s Discuss: Citizen Management Software, Budgeting, Safety Committee
- Pasadena, CA vs. Mosier, OR
- Supper Club: Denver, CO – March 7, 5:30-7:30 pm
- Webinar: Technology Efficiency Series: E-Permitting – March 9, 2017 at 10:00 am
- Supper Club: Nashville, TN – March 14, 5:30-7:30 pm
- Webinar: Managing Community Outrage Using Online Tools – March 23 noon-1 pm
- Supper Club: Sacramento, CA – March 23 6:30 – 8:30 pm
- Webinar: Technology Efficiency Series: E-Purchasing – April 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
- George Takei on 75th Anniversary of Internment Camps and Why Trump Could be Repeating History: February 19 marked the 75th anniversary of the day President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed an executive order that imprisoned 120,000 people of Japanese descent in internment camps. President Donald Trump and his supporters have referenced that executive order as justification for proposed policies regarding Muslims, including registries.
- Huh? People are Confused After Trump Alluded to Terror Attack in Sweden that Never Happened: Swedish people have taken to social media to express their confusion over President Donald Trump’s allusion to a terror attack in their country that didn’t actually happen.
- Utah Republican Argues Against Equal Pay for Women: It’s ‘Bad for Families’ and Society: In a letter criticizing a bill that addresses pay gap in the workforce, a Utah Republican said that men have traditionally earned more than women and, citing “simple economics,” argued that things should stay that way.
- Uber Is Not the Only Tech Company that Mishandles Sexual Harassment Claims: On Sunday, a former female Uber engineer detailed her experiences of sexual harassment during her one-year stint at the multibillion-dollar company. The engineer, Susan Fowler, said she experienced sexual harassment and had reported it to Uber’s human resources department but to no avail. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has since said that he plans to investigate.
- 11 Things Every Snapchat Spectacles Owner Should Know: Now that Snapchat Spectacles can be purchased online — and you don’t have to chase down a vending machine — it’s a lot easier to get your hands on a pair of Specs. If you picked up a pair, know this: There’s a lot more to the sunglasses than you’d expect. Are you on Snapchat? ELGL is! Check them out @ELGL50. I’m on there as @thebacondiaries.
- Potential Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fix Emerging in Texas Legislature: Texas House Pensions Committee Chairman Dan Flynn has the makings of a plan he thinks can save the failing Dallas Police and Fire Pension System without cutting back on benefits members have already earned. But one big hurdle still exists: nobody really likes the plan. Not yet, at least.
- With Less State Aid, Localities Look for Ways to Cope: The fire department in Springfield, Ohio, has grown accustomed to frugal times. Calls for service keep climbing, but staff levels are frozen. Firefighters themselves fix vehicles and breathing equipment in order to save money on repair contracts. Recently, when a fire engine’s generator failed and they couldn’t afford to replace it, they had to mount a portable generator and rig it to work.
- Walking While Black: The Racial Disparity in Pedestrian Fatalities: Traffic fatalities have been rising overall across the United States, and the percentage of pedestrians killed is growing. But the impact of these trends is not evenly felt across demographics: Pedestrians of color are more likely to be killed in traffic.
Local Government Confidential
- Mar-a-Lago: Trump’s Winter White House takes over Palm Beach: President Donald Trump, a newcomer to the White House, is still developing his relationship with the people of Washington. But that’s far from the case with the people of Palm Beach — now the location of his so-called Winter White House — the long spit of land off Florida’s East Coast that the real estate mogul has been frequenting for decades.
- Will your love of local government at #ELGL17 get you all choked up? Here’s a list of places to cry in public in Detroit.
- Highway or No: Trenton Eyes Waterfront Redevelopment: Just south of Trenton’s famous bridge, which telegraphs the message “Trenton Makes, the World Takes,” is a swath of waterfront property many agree could yield much more for New Jersey’s capital city — if only a pesky little highway could be replaced.