Thursday, September 17, 2015
‘It was painful': Bernie Sanders tells CNN that GOP debate was so bad he had to turn it off DAVID EDWARDS 17 SEP 2015 AT 09:58 ET
Fox News Host: ‘Everyone Benefited’ From Putting More Blacks in Prison For Drugs In the 1990s Tucker Carlson said that black neighborhoods benefited "particularly." By David Edwards / Raw Story September 13, 2015
Fox News host Tucker Carlson argued over the weekend that “everyone benefited” after the incarceration rate for non-violent drug crimes increased in the 1990s.
On Sunday’s edition of Fox & Friends, Carlson opined that CBS host Stephen Colbert was “raising eyebrows” because he was seen wearing a Black Lives Matter wristband.
“Was his show the right outlet for this message?” the Fox News host said. “I assume he doesn’t fully understand what Black Lives Matter is — maybe he does.”
Ashley Bell, whose 20/20 group bills itself as an alternative to Black Lives Matter, argued that activists should be partnering with police if they wanted to see change.
“You’ve got to have police officers at the table, you’ve got to have prosecutors, criminal justice experts,” Bell explained. “Which is why the first thing 20/20 did is partner with the National Association of Black Police Officers so we can have a real discussion.”
Bell added that his goal was to educate presidential candidates on the need to reduce the sentences of non-violent offenders.
“Well, I think there is wide consensus that the Clinton administration went a little overboard in the sentencing, for sure,” Carlson agreed. “On the other hand, the crime rate went way down. And everyone benefited from that, particularly in black neighborhoods, which always have the highest crime rates.”
“That was good for people who live in those neighborhoods and every neighborhood,” he continued. “So you kind of have to balance those two imperatives.”
“These issues are a little bit broader than that, Tucker,” Bell replied. “When you talk about folks who have felonies who were convicted 10, 20 years ago of non-violent felonies who live in states like Georgia with a great Republican governor who is bringing jobs to our state, they can’t sign up for those jobs because they have felonies that are decades old that have nothing to do with the jobs they are trying to apply for.”
“The crime rate, again, is ticking up,” Carlson insisted. “It’s not one man’s imagination. The numbers are there. The murder rate, armed robbery, rape — those numbers are all up in major cities across the country.”
In fact, the FBI announced in 2014 that the violent crime rate in the United States had dropped to the lowest level since 1978.
A report from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law found that the drop in violent crime rates had little to do with increased incarceration rates.
Geir Lundestad stepped down in 2014 as secretary of the Nobel committee
The decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama in 2009 failed to live up to expectations, the committee's ex-secretary has said.
In his memoir, Secretary of Peace, Geir Lundestad said the committee expected the prize to be a boost to Mr Obama.
Instead, the decision was met with criticism in the US. Many argued he had not had any impact worthy of the award.
Mr Obama himself said he was surprised and even some of his supporters thought it a mistake, Mr Lundestad said.
The US president apparently considered not going to pick up the award in Norway's capital, Oslo, with his staff enquiring whether other winners had skipped the ceremony.
But they found that this has happened only on rare occasions, such as when dissidents were held back by their governments.
"In the White House they quickly realised that they needed to travel to Oslo," Mr Lundestad wrote.
Mr Lundestad served as the committee's influential, but non-voting, secretary from 1990 to 2015.
He has broken with the tradition of the secretive committee, whose members rarely discuss proceedings.
The book also gives other insights into the activities of the committee:
According to Mr Lundestad, Jonas Gahr Store, then Norway's foreign minister, tried in 2010 to dissuade the panel from awarding the prize to a Chinese dissident, fearing it would strain the country's relationship with Beijing. The Nobel committee ignored the warnings and honoured Liu Xiaobo.
Mr Lundestad also criticises Thorbjorn Jagland, who was the committee chairman for six years and is now a regular member. He said that as a former Norwegian prime minister, Mr Jagland should never have been appointed to the committee, which frequently stresses its independence.
In an amusing anecdote, Mr Lundestad relates how he found Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who won the award in 1994, watching an episode of the Tom and Jerry cartoon in his hotel with other Palestine Liberation Organisation members. "It was made very clear that they intended to watch until the end," he said.
This year's Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on October 9.
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Top 10 Ways You Can Use Pinterest Business Pages To Generate More Leads!
LAST UPDATED ON JULY 20TH, 2015 BY KIM GARST
Pinterest isn’t just for personal use, businesses should be using its business pages feature to create boards and pins around their niche. How do business and personal accounts differ? Not much, according to Pinterest. In their frequently asked questions, they answer this question as follows. “Currently, business accounts and personal accounts have access to the same features. If you sign up for or convert to a business account, you’ll also receive updates on future products and services that will provide more powerful ways of reaching and understanding your audience on Pinterest.”
While there isn’t a huge difference in features for business and personal users of Pinterest, this signals a shift in their focus as a platform. Together with the development of secret boards, Pinterest is putting out signals that suggest a desire to be seen as more than the playground of 35-44 year old women who are into crafts, cooking, and fashion. Interestingly enough, this development might also have some relationship to the curious reality that Mashable reported. In the UK, Pinterest users are primarily male, 25-34, wealthier, and have top interest categories of venture capital, blogging resources and services, and SEO and marketing!
Clearly Pinterest can be used quite successfully by entrepreneurs! And in fact, reflecting a new commitment to developing business relationships, Pinterest has included case studies of several successful Pinterest marketing campaigns on its business page. Pinterest clearly has the power to help brands and companies of all sizes connect on a more personal level with their customers and followers. It can help you highlight a new perspective about your brand that might not always be apparent to your customers at first glance. And it is a great tool to engage with your audience that if you use it well, can help you listen in to your audience/customers to see what they really want and like.
Top 10 Ways You Can Use Pinterest Business Pages To Generate More Leads:
1. SEO for Link Building
While you should pin a variety of content to Pinterest from a variety of sources, pinning from your website to Pinterest provides a rich source of inbound links to your website, increasing your chance of ranking higher in a Google search. And speaking of Google…
2. SEO Keyword Strategy
Google indexes Pinterest profiles and personal boards. By using some well chosen keywords in your board descriptions and profiles (without keyword stuffing!), you are taking advantage of a huge opportunity to boost your ranking via search from this rapidly growing, high-authority site.
3. Pin-It Button
Just like the “Tweet this” button and the Facebook’s “Like” or “Share” buttons, putting a button on your site to allow visitors to pin content is a natural way of fostering conversation with your audience and “listening in” to see what generates the most quality engagement. This is a great way to boost the visibility of your business (not to mention the SEO benefit every time your graphics are repinned on Pinterest).
It’s a simple form of analytics, but sometimes there’s beauty in simplicity, right? By looking over your content and seeing which images get liked and repinned the most, you are getting valuable feedback from your customers regarding what kind of content is most valuable to them. Produce content and products that are valuable, and you’ve created a win-win for your business and your customers.
5. SEO. Again.
Have you noticed that I keep referring to different ways that engagement on Pinterest boosts your SEO and the visibility of your business? Here’s yet another one. Pinterest recently released a feature for website verification on users’ accounts. Once verified, your website appears in your profile information, on top of your boards. Without getting too far into it, the kind of HTML tag that Pinterest appears to be using to display this appears to be what’s called a “Do Follow” link. What this means is that it specifically tells Google to follow that link in a different way than regular links without that code do. This in itself is a huge SEO boost to your website – and a way to boost your presence online NOW that might not be around forever.
One of the ways social media has improved marketing is by creating a simple channel for communication between brands and their customers. Marketing used to be about broadcasting your message and hoping it was heard; social marketing is about attracting your ideal customer, providing value, and fostering 2-way communication and community with your audience. Pinterest’s collaborative boards allow for that kind of communication. A realtor might use collaborative boards to allow new homeowners to post pictures of move-in day. A housecleaning business might create a collaborative board to allow customers to post pictures of what they’ve done with their free time, now that they’re not cleaning their homes. The possibilities are endless.
7. Behind the Scenes
Everyone loves a secret and the feeling that they’re privy to some secret knowledge. A behind the scenes look at your organization – boards featuring individual employees, employee hobbies, and other forms of company culture give your customers a way to connect with the human side of your brand.
8. How To Boards
Does your business offer products or services that might take some explanation to use? Use the power of pictures to demonstrate how-to do something that provides value for your customers. A craft store might use Pinterest to showcase steps in a featured project. A natural foods company might post not only the ever popular recipes, but pictures of various cooking techniques for their customers to try.
9. Inspirational Boards
Everyone needs a pick-me-up from time to time. Help your customer’s associate your business with positive feelings, and you’ll be their business of choice. Inspirational graphics and sayings are some of the most repinned content on Pinterest.
10. Show Your Customers
Lots of people want to feel famous – what better way to showcase your brand than to have a board featuring pictures of people using your product. Are you an author? Ask for pictures of people reading your book in a variety of locations. Do you have a cottage industry making handmade crayon rolls and selling crafty things? Show pictures of families spending time coloring together with your crayon rolls.
When it comes to using Pinterest to brand your business, the only limit is your imagination. With the promise of new tools to come, it’s clear this platform is going to get even better as a tool to help you build your brand online.
About Kim Garst
Kim Garst is the best selling author of Will The Real You Please Stand Up; Show Up, Be Authentic and Prosper in Social Media. She is also the CEO and co-founder of Boom! Social Media Marketing, and authors one of the top 10 social media blogs in the world. Kim is a top 10 women and top 50 Forbes social media power influencer and is extremely passionate about serving the small business owner. Bringing people and businesses together online since 1995!
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