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Corporations Value Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Employees

Monday morning, 1991. Frank and I settled into our shared office at the San Francisco headquarters of a major corporation. We were still flying high from an inspiring Pride Weekend. Sipping his latté, he glanced at his monitor, “Julie! Look at the Intranet!” I quickly logged into the corporate Intranet, a newly deployed technology tool,  and read, “This Company should never hire bull daggers, dykes (sic) and faggots.” I read on. “I was humiliated to see our vehicles on the nightly news festooned with pansies and dykes.” And then, “How did these fairies and male ladies (sic) get hired in the first place?” and “I was humiliated by our company supporting this sideshow of misfits.”
Like moths to flames, Frank and I logged on each successive morning as hundreds of similar messages rained down, each one digitally signed with the author’s name and department. When remarks escalated to threats, we suspected that the posters didn’t realize they could be identified, since Intranets were so new. Comforted by assumed anonymity, the attacks went free-style. When our newly-formed LGBT Employee Resource Group (ERG) had dressed in company uniforms and flanked a large company vehicle in the Pride Parade, we’d been naïve not to prepare for this onslaught-if one can ever prepare for insults and threats on the company’s dime.
Two weeks into the attacks, our ERG gathered to create a response. Like secret refugees in an underground bunker, we met off company property and off the clock. Many were scared they’d lose their jobs in an impending witch hunt. Many were angry and wanted vengeance. Some said we never should have marched. By meeting’s end, we agreed on only one action item-we would take our concerns to the highest ranking company official who would listen.
The head of human resources met us at 5pm in a company auditorium. Both LGBT and allies from their own respective ERG’s attended. First we heard a speech, very canned and polished, stating boiler plate sentiments about our great value to the company. The official pointedly never used the words “Gay,” “Lesbian” or any other relevant term.
When he opened for comments, a tsunami washed over the podium. Flanked by his HR colleagues, he stood like a wooden post listening as two themes emerged: Why did the company allow the offensive postings to continue without taking action? Why had the company treated LGBT employees differently from other employees who were protected by company policy?  
Some angry employees threatened to go to the gay press, which for a company headquartered in a city known the world over as a gay Mecca, meant risking embarrassing boycotts and protests. The meeting ended on a sour emotional note when employees spontaneously stood and turned their backs on the HR official when he said, “You people have to understand that many employees disapprove of your lifestyle. Why do you force yourselves on them?” 
By next morning, the employee forum was closed with this statement: “Due to inappropriate remarks posted by a small number (sic) of employees, this forum is closed.”
Many ERG members believed the removal of the employee forum punished all employees for the actions of specific employees. While eventually HR sent around a memo encouraging workplace courtesy, many employees felt the punishment did not fit the crime.
Yet, because we stood fast together as an ERG, for the first time, company officials realized that LGBT employees were a true part of the company and needed to be treated as such. As our ERG meetings grew, we became the fire that caused the company to become one of the first to grant full domestic partner benefits, including granting pension benefits to surviving domestic partners. 
Today this same company remains a strong supporter of its LGBT employees and has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to causes in support of our equality.  …

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A Great Technology – Keyless Ignition Systems Have Their Dangers

The psychology behind the problems with keyless ignitions lie in the deep-seated behaviors we have with our cars. We rely on our habits and everyday motions for entering our cars, starting the engine, fastening the seatbelt or adjusting the mirrors. With keyless entry and keyless ignition some of our old habits don’t apply any more. Those long-standing habits are causing some people problems with their vehicles. Problems that are on the rise as more car manufactures switch to this type of technology. The NTHSA is looking into ways to curb the problem and provide a stronger measure of safety.
A keyless ignition system is a device that is carried by the driver to gain access to the vehicle and the ability to start the engine. Instead of a key a small chip inside the key fob sends a signal to the car’s computer allowing access to the starting system without physical contact. The driver can then push a button or turn a switch to start the vehicle. Keyless ignitions are becoming mainstream today as car manufacturers are seeing the potential for adding them into their fleet.
Recent incidents in the news, resulting in death or injuries have focused more attention on the problems drivers are having with these new systems.
In Florida the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office is investigating last week’s carbon monoxide poisoning deaths of a couple suspected to have succumbed to a build-up of carbon monoxide emanating from their Mercedes with a keyless ignition, parked in an attached garage. The sheriff’s office declined comment pending the outcome of their investigation.
This week Miami-Dade Police and fire rescue responded to a home in Miami Lakes. According to neighbors, a car was left running in the garage of the home, and two elderly women were inside the home. When police arrived on the scene, a woman was found dead from carbon monoxide that apparently had leaked from the garage into the home. The other woman was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Palm Beach because of it has a special hyperbaric chamber used to treat victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. She is in stable conditions.
It is still unclear as to whether this most recent incident was a keyless ignition problem. The cause of this accident is still under investigation, the age and model of the vehicle have not been released, however it points out the dangers that can occur from simply forgetting to turn off the ignition.
In addition to carbon monoxide poisoning, keyless systems also create the problem of rollways. Under current Federal Manufacturer Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS 114) a driver cannot remove a vehicle’s key without the engine off and the vehicle’s automatic transmission in the Park position. With many keyless entry systems, this protection has all but vanished. While some warn the drivers that the key has been removed and the transmission is not in Park, the warnings have varied effectiveness, leading to complaints to NHTSA like this one involving a 2006 Audi A6:
During the extensive investigation conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) they received many personal accounts of accidents or injuries that were experience by people who possessed this technology.
One driver had the vehicle knock him down and then catch hold of his foot and then dragging him over a curb. The vehicle ended up on his left foot trapping him. Several men came to assist and lifted the car off. Although he had shut the engine down, he had failed to place the transmission in park before exiting the vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has purposed new standards for the operation and controls used to stop the engine in systems that do not require a physical key. They are proposing an audible warning be given to any driver who attempts to shut down the propulsion system without first moving the gear selection control to the park position. The alarm would also sound if a driver attempts to exits a vehicle without first turning off the engine system.
The proposed change would also standardize the amount of time a driver would have to hold down the button in order to start and stop the engine. It would require that the switch that turns off the vehicle work whether the vehicle is running at speed or not.
Currently in order to shut down the engine at speeds the driver is required to hold down the button for three seconds, for an emergency procedure is something most drivers are less than accomplished in. Indeed, many owners are not even aware of this hold the button requirement.
The proposed rule seeks to change this control activation for all stops regardless of whether the vehicle is moving or stationary.
The proposed rule change would implement the creation of a …

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Grieving Milwaukee Parents Collecting Donations Using Internet Fetus Photos To Claim It’s Their Child

On July eleven, 2010 the seize of Colton Harris-Moore in the Bahamas made international entrance web page news. It is, subsequently, not stunning that these receiving news on-line are usually higher educated than the average American. The web on this direction is used to offer on-line subscription for publication, search for efficient shops for sales and show on-line adverts. One overlooked dimension within the year previous: a key source of renewed revenue in information in 2010 was the recovery in the auto business, aided by the decision to lend federal money to save U.S. carmakers. But if you happen to had been to create a 1-2 page report on your findings and provide it as a obtain in your blog – it becomes information of a brand new revealed report!

During the meeting, he also launched AirBnB co-founder Brian Chesky , praising him as a profitable Internet entrepreneur and a role-model for young Cubans. I would possibly say one thing that tells U.S.A. concerning any information or newest exercise could be a information provide. In at this time’ s instances there’s a competition among News Channels to be the first and the most popular.

I imagine the online is that probably the most reliable and huge provide of the information worldwide. A weblog copied the whole lot I posted on my weblog on the Internet in Cuba for years. There are about 14 million households with TV sets in the Philippines, based on a 2009 research performed by TNS Media Research Philippines For most Filipinos, the boob tube is a really accessible and inexpensive alternative to newspapers.

Besides ATS does have an excellent information part that I don’t get from watching the key media, my local news site, or US media. It means that one of many future directions for journalism may be to develop approaches and methods that help the public negotiate and regulate the circulation of consciousness information, facilitating the gathering and transmission of news.

Twitter is one in all a variety of latest social media applied sciences that permit for the web and instantaneous dissemination of quick fragments of knowledge from quite a lot of official and unofficial sources. That’s just PART of the sources I verify, most of them will produce the identical (filtered and permitted) ‘information’ (because the News of the World used to say: ‘All the News fit to print’ which was parodied as ‘All the news permitted to print’). Grameenphone Internet SIM pay as you go users will be able to make name from their Internet SIM as properly. I’ll say it once more: PIX’s lead information reader, Liz Cook, has improved dramatically.

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Grieving Milwaukee Parents Collecting Donations Using Internet Fetus Photos To Claim It’s Their Child

There are an entire slew of things you can do with a PS3 that make it probably the most useful field you may ever buy for your lounge. So the place a rise in media has led to the nationally recognised leagues and their prime golf equipment to a bigger fan base and games to be televised on satellite tv for pc channels. The excellent news is that this restore is definitely quite easy and with only some fundamental instruments and $3.98 you’ll be able to have your TV working in lower than an hour. I will proceed using the opposite international sources and can read much less spanish media.

Confused, I requested a colleague, Doug Madory, who monitors the Internet at Dyn Research, what he thought was occurring. It turned out Doug had also been looking into this case. Results of a national survey of U.S. Internet users recommended that despite the thrill about newer, extra moveable units, not all gadgets are equally newsful.” Most folks use only one electronic machine for news purposes on a weekly basis. Breaking information creates anticipatory anxiousness about what has happened and what’s to come back.

I cringe after I log onto some newspaper websites and I actually have to take a seat via an ad. We did not put ads on our entrance page. However, they had been sceptical as as to if the readers needs to be left to make their very own judgment in regards to the relevance of links, quite than … having the news providers provide steering to customers” (Quinn and Trench, 2002, p. 35). The Guardian and different mainstream media retailers have added blogs to their websites.

Launched as early as 2006, this web site is a great place to seek out all trending news from different websites beneath one roof. Video games and mobile devices additionally help us in methods people earlier than us never dreamed of. Players of some video video games develop better visual acuity so there are benefits to modern expertise. The same could be mentioned for tv stations which have their very own information departments.

Twitter has modified the way in which we communicate and CNN has taken the lead on collaborating their news broadcast with their online social engagement. Has an enormous music assortment accessible and allows users to simply construct up a music profile by listening to their music assortment from a pc, iPod or by utilizing the web radio service. The rest of the story With the appearance of Internet information has made its much larger.