Author: Joe Mitchell

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Joe Mitchell

Joe Mitchell is a freelance writer, semi-employed person, and bicycle enthusiast who lives in Austin, Texas.

New York Village Will Change Seal of White Man ‘Choking’ Native American After All

The leaders of the village of Whitesboro, New York have changed their mind about keeping the village’s controversial seal that appears to represent a white man choking a Native American as he falls backward to the ground. Media coverage and online debate about the Whitesboro seal have been intensive for several months, particularly after the seal was called into question on The Daily Show. Despite the attention and public outcry, the┬ácitizens opted to keep the seal with a vote two weeks ago of 74% to 26%, an overwhelming margin of almost 48% in favor of the seal. The voters...

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Meet Pakistan’s First All-Female Fight Club

Women and girls are breaking barriers all over the highly conservative and male-dominated Islamic world. In some cities in Pakistan they are not only driving cars, they’re riding motorcycles. In Bangladesh they are surfing, and in Afghanistan, they are rapping and creating street art. Not only do these new avenues have social and cultural value for these women and girls, but economic as well. They can now drive and ride to jobs and careers without dependence upon a husband or male relatives for their survival. More importantly, these new activities give them confidence. Confidence is exactly what a girls’...

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Girl Who Lost Family in Fire Gets Family Gets 300,000 Christmas Cards

Feature Photo by Liz Dolder In 2013, Sa’fyre Terry was a normal 5-year-old girl living with her family in Schnectady, New York. Then disaster struck:. Her family home caught fire, and Sa’fyre lost her three siblings and father. She survived because her father shielded her with his body during the blaze. Despite medical treatment and surgery, she lost her right arm and left foot in the months following the fire. 75% of her body was burned. She spent the coming years living in foster homes and is now living with her aunt, Liz Dolder, near Schnectady. Dolder says she...

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Dogs Can Now Rip Donald to Shreds with Trump Chew Toys

effigy [ef-i-jee] Examples Word Origin noun, plural effigies. 1. a representation or image, especially sculptured, as on a monument. 2. a crude representation of someone disliked, used for purposes of ridicule.| Idioms 3. in effigy, in public view in the form of an effigy: a leader hanged in effigy by the mob. From dictionary.com. Angry political protesters have burned, hung, ripped to shreds, or destroyed in some way effigies of despised public figures throughout history. There’s the famous American Revolutionary story of the 1765 hanging in effigy of Andrew Oliver, the official chosen by King George to impose the...

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Reality Check: You’re Still Far More Likely to be Killed by Right-Wing Extremist than Muslim Terrorist

Despite the alleged Daesh connections of two of the three shooters in the San Bernardino health clinic massacre earlier this week, the Republican hand-wringing over Muslim extremist Syrian refugees overwhelming the United States, and the general suspicion in this nation of persons of Middle Eastern origins and descent since the 9/11 attacks, law enforcement officials, though naturally concerned about Daesh, Al Qaeda, and other potential foreign threats, are much more worried about another group of terrorists: homegrown right wing extremists. According to a June 2015 op-ed in the New York Times by sociology professor Charles Kurzman and terrorism think...

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