🇺🇸 Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List 2018

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Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyways. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Barack Obama’s 2018 Summer Reading List 

I’m often asked what I’m reading, watching, and listening to, so I thought I might share a short list from time to time. There’s so much good writing and art and variety of thought out there these days that this is by no means comprehensive – like many of you, I’ll miss “The Americans” – but here’s what I’ve been reading lately. It’s admittedly a slightly heavier list than what I’ll be reading over the summer:

Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging, by Alex Wagner
I once wrote a book on my own search for identity, so I was curious to see what Alex, daughter of a Burmese mother and Iowan Irish-Catholic father – and a friend of mine – discovered during her own. What she came up with is a thoughtful, beautiful meditation on what makes us who we are – the search for harmony between our own individual identities and the values and ideals that bind us together as Americans.

women15 cworkingThe New Geography of Jobs, by Enrico Moretti
It’s six years old now, but still a timely and smart discussion of how different cities and regions have made a changing economy work for them – and how policymakers can learn from that to lift the circumstances of working Americans everywhere.

Why Liberalism Failed, by Patrick Deneen
In a time of growing inequality, accelerating change, and increasing disillusionment with the liberal democratic order we’ve known for the past few centuries, I found this book thought-provoking. I don’t agree with most of the author’s conclusions, but the book offers cogent insights into the loss of meaning and community that many in the West feel, issues that liberal democracies ignore at their own peril.

“The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy,” by Matthew Stewart, The Atlantic
Another thought-provoking analysis, this one about how economic inequality in America isn’t just growing, but self-reinforcing – and what that means for education, health, happiness, even the strength of our democracy.

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History, by Mitch Landrieu
A few years ago, I eulogized the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was slain by a white supremacist in his church in Charleston, South Carolina. And I’ll never forget something Clem said while he was alive: “Across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history. We haven’t always had a deep appreciation of each other’s history.” That’s something Mitch takes to heart in this book, while grappling with some of the most painful parts of our history and how they still live in the present. It’s an ultimately optimistic take from someone who believes the South will rise again not by reasserting the past, but by transcending it.

“Truth Decay: An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life,” by Jennifer Kavanagh and Michael D. Rich, RAND Corporation
The title is self-explanatory, but the findings are very interesting. A look at how a selective sorting of facts and evidence isn’t just dishonest, but self-defeating to a society that has always worked best when reasoned debate and practical problem-solving thrive.

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President Obama’s Summer Picks


“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~ Confucius

President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist

e675ce7a59019d38159539eb08934af7Yesterday, President Obama shared his playlist of songs for the summer — two sets of grillsmile1hand-picked tracks including songs from an eclectic mix of hand-selected tracks on two lists that take listeners from day to night. The vacation playlists feature legendary songs from Prince and Aretha Franklin, some more recent tracks from hip hop artists like Common and Chance the Rapper and the musical styles of Manu Chao and Caetano Veloso. And today, the President is sharing his official summer reading list — a mix of fiction and nonfiction, including a science fiction epic and a Pulitzer Prize-winning surf memoir.

So check out what President Obama is listening to this summer. Browse the full playlists below and listen to many of the tracks on our Spotify here: Daytime and Nighttime

Check out the President’s summer picks: Day


  1. LoveHate Thing – Wale
  2. Smooth Sailin’ – Leon Bridges
  3. Elevator Operator – Courtney Barnett
  4. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist: Night


  1. If I Have My Way – Chrisette Michele
  2. Espera – Esperanza Spalding
  3. Tell It Like It Is – Aaron Neville
  4. Alright – Ledisi

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President Obama’s 2016 Summer Reading List



  1. “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” by William Finnegan
  2. “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
  3. “H Is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald
  4. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
  5. “Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson

See the President’s 2015 list →

Since we launched in 2015, the White House has also used Spotify to share the First Lady’s girl-power picks for National Day of the Girl and holiday playlists curated by the Obamas and the Bidens.

Don’t miss a beat: Be sure to follow us on Spotify for the latest playlists from the White House. 



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Dozens attend protest for teen who committed suicide after bullying

........and in Halifax N.S
……..and in Halifax N.S

Rehtaeh Parsons
Rehtaeh Parsons
The mother of Rehtaeh Parsons dabbed her eyes with a tissue as dozens of people chanted in front of the Halifax district RCMP office on Sunday to demand justice for the young woman who took her own life after months of bullying. People held signs and wrote messages on a banner for the 17-year-old, who hanged herself and was taken off life-support about a week ago. Leah Parsons, Rehtaeh’s mother, attended the rally and could be seen crying and hugging people in the crowd as various speakers took to a microphone to voice their concerns. Rehtaeh Parsons has gained widespread international attention since her family blamed her death on bullying that was linked to an alleged sexual assault by four boys at a house party in 2011. The peaceful protest was organized by the online hacker group Anonymous, which claims it knows the identities of the boys accused of being involved in the sexual assault. Dave Rossetti, an event organizer, told the crowd that the group is demanding the RCMP continue the investigation and that the province’s Justice Department open an investigation into how the Mounties have handled the case. “We’re a group of concerned citizens who have recognized an injustice in the system,” said Rossetti, prompting a fury of cheers and applause from the crowd. rehteah-parsons-600“Protect the innocent. We want justice, and that is your job.” Kim Wall, 46, said she came to the protest because Parsons’ story affected her on a personal level. Wall said she was sexually assaulted several times as a teenager in the suburb of Cole Harbour, but the boys were never brought to justice by police or her school. “I learned that this is the treatment I could expect and that this was the justice I had to accept,” Wall said. “I raised my daughter to know that she could expect this because that’s the unfortunate part of being born a woman. “Let’s change this now. Don’t accept that justice.” RCMP announced on Friday that it would reopen its investigation into an alleged sexual assault of Parsons in 2011. Last Monday, her family went public with her suicide, which they said stemmed from months of bullying that was the result of the alleged assault by four boys when she was 15-years-old. At the time, the RCMP and Nova Scotia’s Public Prosecution Service said there were insufficient grounds to lay charges. The family contends it took 10 months for investigators to interview the boys, but the RCMP have said they can’t confirm or deny that. The rally come a day after an emotional funeral service for Parsons at a church in Halifax, where an mix of people — from teenagers to politicians — came to say goodbye.

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Bullying definition includes bystanders

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia, Canada is bringing in regulatory definitions for bullying that will be first in Canada to include bystanders as having a role in bullying behavior.
The government’s definition of bullying and cyber-bullying is part of a response to a task force report on the issue which recommended a consistent definition of the terms be developed for the education system.
Bullying is defined in the rules as “ behavior, typically repeated, that is intended to cause or should be known to cause fear, intimidation, humiliation, distress or other harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, reputation or property.”
The definition says bullying can be direct or indirect, and includes assisting or encouraging the behavior in any way.
The province says consistent reporting will provide better data to help determine appropriate responses and program needs.

What are the dangers of second-hand bullying?
We’ve long heard about the dangers of second-hand smoke. A U.S. researcher has now uncovered the dangers of second-hand bullying. A study from the University of New Hampshire has found that bully bosses who target employees with ridicule, public criticism and the silent treatment also have a negative effect on co-workers.
he research found that employees who see abuse taking place, or even hear about it, suffer from a spillover effect.

Those symptoms show up in job frustration, growing distrust of the organization and a fear that they may become subjected to bullying in the future, the authors say.
“We were curious to see if there was a spillover effect,” Paul Harvey, one of the study’s authors, told Torstar News Service.
“There are spillover effects in other facets of work life, where negative things affect other people. And we were curious to see if abuse affects more than the target of the abuse and we found it does in very similar ways, but not to the same degree of course.”
Harvey, associate professor of organizational behaviour at the university, reports that he believes this was the first ever study to investigate second-hand bullying, or what the authors call “vicarious supervisory abuse.”
The research involved a sample of 233 people who work in a wide range of occupations in the southeast U.S.
One of the “more telling consequences” of the study, Harvey said, was that those who knew of abuse happening had a dimmer view of their organization.
“Presumably, they’re assuming this is allowed to happen,” Harvey said. “This is occurring and no one is stopping it.”
Previous studies, he said, have also shown that people who see abuse happening in the workplace turn around and abuse others.
“We were a little surprised to see they were more likely to become abusive,” Harvey said.
This is not misplaced aggression because the abuse wasn’t happening to them directly.
“But we think there might be cultural element to it. They have the assumption that, OK, it’s tolerated here, so I can do it. So they’re basically saying, ‘I can be a jerk to other people.’”
Harvey called on management to seek further education to prevent and mitigate the effects of such abuse.
The researchers suggest that more study needs to be done in the area of second-hand bullying.
Harvey admits that the ratings of abuse in this study could be distorted by rumour and myth and that minor incidents could become exaggerated with each retelling.
The research appeared in the Journal of Social Psychology.
The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a public research university with 12,200 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students.

Dementia ‘not normal part of ageing’ say scientists

For more localized information @ http://www.alzheimer.ca/en/We-can-help?gclid=CMTkk-76s7UCFc1QOgod43UA3g Alzheimer Society of Canada.
I found this article very interesting, my mom currently suffers from Dementia and I am trying to learn as much as I can about it so as to understand the seriousness of the disorder, so I thought I would share it.
Experts claim they are close to developing effective treatments for the degenerative conditions that will soon affect a million people in Britain.

They want to dismiss the idea that diseases such as Alzheimer’s, which lead to memory loss and a gradual decline in capabilities, are an inevitable part of the ageing process that await us all.
But they say that dementia remains the “poor relation” to cancer and heart disease in terms of research funding, and so more people will suffer unnecessarily unless Government, private companies and the public increase investment.
Professor Julie Williams, a researcher at Cardiff University who has discovered genes linked to Alzheimer’s disease, said: “We’re on the verge of a profound understanding of dementia and one that could lead us to the treatments we need, but we need help to get there.
“Investing in dementia research now will pay dividends, heading off the forecast explosion in numbers living with the condition and the crippling economic costs that come alongside.”

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Professor Kevin Morgan, of the University of Nottingham, who is Scientific Adviser for Alzheimer’s Research UK, added: “Dementia is not a normal part of ageing – it is caused by brain diseases that we can beat, but we need more investment in the research that will give us answers.”
As The Daily Telegraph disclosed, Alzheimer’s Research UK has launched a new drive to increase funding to improve diagnosis and treatment of dementia.
There are fears that without the same “aggressive” research as was used to target HIV in the 1980s, Britain faces a “dementia catastrophe” that will cost the economy billions and ruin thousands of lives.
Julian Huppert, the MP for Cambridge who hosted the charity’s re-launch in Westminster, said: “The impact of dementia is devastating, affecting not just the individual and the people around them, but costing the UK economy over £23 billion a year.”
By Martin Beckford, Health Correspondent, 10 Feb 2011

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MP’s Debate: NDP Anti-Bullying Motion (Oct 2012)

One of Parliament’s youngest members is calling on the federal government to show “leadership” and pass an anti-bullying motion he introduced, scheduled for debate in Parliament on Monday, as the RCMP in B.C. investigates the circumstances surrounding the suicide of 15-year-old bullying victim Amanda Todd.

In an interview airing on CBC Radio’s The House on Saturday, Dany Morin, a 26-year-old MP from Chicoutimi–Le Fjord, Que. and the NDP critic on LGBT issues, told guest-host Chris Hall members of Parliament must do their part to combat bullying – an issue, he says, has become a “nationwide problem.”
‘We all recognize bullying is a tragedy. It shouldn’t be and doesn’t have to be a part of growing up, it’s not a right of passage.’
—Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice
“What we need is action now. If there’s money available, we should find a way to get that in to the front-line troops. We have to get the money out to the people that are helping the kids and adults to find the help they need. Where it matters most, where it can make a difference,” Hubley said.

Findlay said the federal government is “supporting provincial governments in their efforts to crack down on bullying, and trying to make our schools and communities safer places for children.”

The Conservative MP outlined the action taken by the federal government so far. “In 2011, this government funded 138 community-based crime prevention programs. When we talk about crime prevention we do include, not just trying to reach out to kids that are at risk, but we’re trying to prevent further victims [of bullying],” Findlay said.

The parliamentary secretary also noted that Conservative MP Harold Albrecht is sponsoring Bill C-300, titled an Act respecting a Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention, which calls on the government “to develop a federal framework for suicide prevention in consultation with relevant non-governmental organizations, the relevant entity in each province and territory, as well as with relevant federal departments.”

Two parliamentary committees are specifically studying the issue of bullying.

Liberal MP Hedy Fry also introduced private member’s Bill C-273, titled an Act to amend the Criminal Code (cyberbullying), which has been referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights after the second reading in the House of Commons.

And the Senate Committee on Human Rights has been hearing from witnesses on the subject of cyberbullying since December 2011 and is expected to report its findings by Oct.31, 2012.

While Findlay did not say how she would vote on Morin’s motion, she did say Conservatives “are looking forward to debating it” in the House of Commons on Monday.

Morin’s motion, if adopted, would constitute an instruction to the House. Under the parameters in the motion, the committee would have to be struck within five days of its adoption, and would report its findings within a year.

Dont Ignore It 2
Jenna Bowers, a 15-year-old teen from Nova Scotia, took her own life in January 2011 after suffering harassment both at school and online.

Suffering from muscular dystrophy, Mitchell Wilson, an 11-year-old boy from Pickering, Ont., said he was attacked while out for a walk. He was found dead in September 2011 with a plastic bag tied around his head. Wilson’s family said he committed suicide after learning he would have to face his alleged attacker in court.

Jamie Hubley, a 15-year-old gay teen from Ottawa, Ont., killed himself last Oct. 15 after years of suffering from depression over the bullying he experienced starting as early as in Grade 7.

Last December, Marjorie Raymond, a 15-year-old Quebec teenager, hung herself from her family’s garage. In a suicide note, she said she could no longer endure the taunting and teasing from her classmates.

A Message To Facebook Canada! UPDATE



Over the course of the last 3 years, the staff of Facebook Canada has been hacking my account, deleting entries, pictures and harassment, at times making my account unavailable. I have grown very sick of your illegal activity and actions, for what reason I can only guess, very easy I might add. You have deleted status updates that I made between Jan 1, 2013 & Jan 15, 2013, see that these entries are made visible again on my account.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Facebook may have to pay some of its users up to $10 each to settle a class-action lawsuit over its “Sponsored Stories” ads, according to legal notices sent out late last week.
But don’t get your hopes up just yet: Your chances of actually seeing that much cash are pretty slim.
In April 2011, five Facebook users filed a lawsuit against the social network giant over its recently launched Sponsored Stories advertising product, which includes users’ names and profile picture. If you click ‘Like’ on a brand like Target, your friends might start seeing Target-related ads with your face next to them.
The move didn’t sit well with some of Facebook’s 1 billion users, but there’s no way to opt out.
Facebook offered last year to settle the lawsuit by making changes to its service terms to more clearly explain how Sponsored Stories works. It also agreed to pay $20 million into a settlement fund.
Facebook and the suing parties agreed to channel most of that settlement cash to Internet privacy advocacy groups. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg vetoed the plan, though. He felt some portion of the cash should go directly to Facebook’s users.
Or, at least, he wanted the two sides to explore that option. With a class size that could approach 100 million people, cash payments might not be feasible, he acknowledged.
“The issue this presents appears to be a novel one,” he wrote in his ruling in August. “Are some class actions simply too big to settle?”
The two sides went back to the drawing board and came up with a new proposal, which the court accepted: Class members will be eligible to receive payments of up to $10 each from the settlement fund. That’s why some Facebook users received emailed settlement notices over the past few days. Sent from the address legalnotice@facebookmail.com, the message looks like it could be spam, but it’s not — it’s legit.
Here’s the catch: The more people who make claims, the less each individual will receive.
The plaintiffs’ lawyers fees will be deducted from the $20 million settlement fund. (The court is still determining how much they’ll get, but the lawyers have asked for $7.5 million, plus around $283,000 in expenses.) Whatever is left gets divided up by the number of claimants.
If the fund has $12 million after legal fees and 1.2 million people make claims, everyone gets $10. But if 12 million people make claims, everyone gets only $1.
If the number of claims makes it “economically infeasible” to pay everyone cash, the two sides go back to plan A: the cash will go entirely to non-for-profit advocacy groups. A website lays out the terms of the proposed deal and the 14 groups that might collect a share of the settlement cash.
Those who received the settlement notice have until May 2, 2013, to decide if they want to submit a claim. A final hearing on the case is slated to take place in June

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Cyberbullying Tool

If you have purchased a new Laptop or Desktop within the last year, chances are you have a webcam or they normally come with one built in (depends on the model) you may just have a useful tool to help combat cyber bullying and keep you and your family safe while online and not even know it. I’m not saying it’s a new concept, but it is long over due, I’m surprised that it has not been made public, especially those of us that are concerned about online safety, security and the treats we face online everyday.
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We are not always aware and at times have to be reminded of some things right under our noises, tools, options or just every day items laying around the house that have more than one use, their real potential. This one enables you to record your desk top, your computer screen, meaning, no need to worry any more about your family or even yourself while online, you will now have the proof on video, if a intruder invades you or your family’s privacy, knowing you will always be good to go and safe to surf the web and have fun.
I had this option for two months before I realized it’s real potential, only wishing I had it this past 2 years. I can’t stress enough how great it is and how much better I feel online because I’ve had really bad experiences of cyber Bullying while online as well, and the first thing I do now is turn on my webcam. It will continual recording until you push stop or turn off your computer, not only will you have video, but it also records all sounds.
The following link will take you to my facebook where I have included a video so you can see exactly how it works, just click this link to see the demo: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151176760216890&set=vb.645506889&type=2&theater