While you’re reflecting on things to be grateful for, include this: at least we’re not under the authority of France’s Council of State.

In 2014, a consortium of advocacy groups created a short video called “Dear Future Mom”, with the mom being a woman who is apprehensive after learning that she’s pregnant with a child who has Down syndrome. The video features people with Down Syndrome talking about their lives in a reassuring way, acknowledging the challenges but concluding that “people with Down Syndrome can live a happy life.”

That was a bit too much for the French Broadcasting Counsel, which refused to show the video. The Counsel’s decision was appealed to the French Council of State by some people with Down Syndrome and their advocates. In early November 2016, the Council came down on the side of the broadcaster.

Renate Lindeman, writing in the Huffington Post, explains the Council’s reasoning, with which she is not thrilled:

The State Counsel said that allowing people with Down syndrome to smile was “inappropriate” because people’s expression of happiness was “likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices”.

In other words, a video promoting the value and worth of the lives of people with Down Syndrome is inappropriate because it might cause psychic pain to a woman who has chosen to terminate a pregnancy due to fetal anomaly of one kind or another.

In France, the score is right-not-to-be-offended 1, right-to-life 0.

The Jerome Lejeune Foundation, one of the makers of the video, is appealing the State Council’s decision to the European Court of Human Rights. That should be interesting.

Here is the video that kicked up the ruckus.

h/t Mark Shea and Renate Lindeman; see also Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA

Some of the most lucrative career paths that you can pursue are those found within the broader field of technology. Check out the short list of technology jobs below if you’re hoping to land a job that will allow you to enjoy the perks of a high salary.

Software Engineer

Software engineers play an integral role in the field of software design and software development, both of which are also lucrative career paths that you can take once you have your master of science in computer information systems or you’ve received your online computer information systems online degree from a school that has a solid reputation in the field of technology. You’ll work on developing the ways in which various pieces of software will function, and you’ll work closely with software designers, coders, and programmers in order to make the programs work as best as possible. Software engineers, software development managers, and software architects can make over $100,000 a year.

IT Director or Manager

The world of information technology (IT) is vast, so there are a host of opportunities that you can pursue, and they pay very well. Also, if you look through job openings in your local newspaper or on job board websites, you’ll quickly realize that there a lot of job openings that you can pursue because companies are constantly searching for the very best IT professionals to move their brands forward. IT directors will manage and direct all IT operations within a company, and they’ll also provide technical advice that will be used to lead various departments. They work on developing strategies that will deploy software and technology, and they test applications and hardware devices as well. This is yet another position within the realm of technology in which you can make over $100,000 a year.

Solutions Architect

As a solutions architect, you’ll have highly specialized skills, making you a very desirable candidate for the job openings that are available. Oftentimes, a solutions architect will work on helping with the design of various IT systems in order to meet an employer’s needs or a customer’s requirements if they run their own business. Like the positions that are listed above, you can expect to make over $100,000 a year, on average, in this position.

Data Scientist

Data scientists are also in very high demand today, so if you are struggling to figure out what you should study in college, consider this position, which also pays more than $100,000 per year, on average. Businesses of all sizes are seeking data scientists who will know how to collect and analyze data that can be used to improve profit margins and efficiency. As a data scientist, you will be in charge of running systems that are utilized for storing data and finding insights within that data. There are many other jobs that you can become qualified for when you attain the appropriate degree that will prepare you for a career in technology. These exciting career paths are not only lucrative, but also exciting and dynamic, as they are always evolving and improving.

We all know several people whose Twitter accounts were suspended, no explanation given. They were sent to Twitter gulag.

Well, what goes around comes around, and Twitter suspended @Jack.

Jack who?

Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s own CEO,

That provoked angry responses from some people who asked how many regular users’ accounts might also have been accidentally frozen by the company in the past

Some were angry, but reactions varied, from the skeptical,

to the humorous,

As a publicly listed business, Twitter’s share price reflects its problems, namely slow growth and losing money,

Twitter has had a rough time in 2016.

Its share price is down 20% since the start of the year. The stock briefly surged in early fall on feverish speculation that a big company like Disney (DIS), Google (GOOGL, Tech30) or Salesforce(CRM, Tech30) might make a bid for it. But no potential acquirer came forward.Twitter has had a rough time in 2016. Its share price is down 20% since the start of the year. The stock briefly surged in early fall on feverish speculation that a big company like Disney (DIS), Google (GOOGL, Tech30) or Salesforce (CRM, Tech30) might make a bid for it. But no potential acquirer came forward.

As of the writing of this post, the share price is down to $18.21. Aside from laying off 9% of its staff, Twitter has been highly reliant on stock as a form of employee pay, so declining stock value makes it more difficult to retain valuable employees.

The company debuted on the New York Stock Exchange at $26 in 2013. As for Jack, he was forced out in 2008 and became CEO again last year.

Good luck with that.

UPDATE

Linked  to by The Other McCain. Thank you!

faustaFausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

We have been seeing a lot of open bitterness between liberal actors who supported (or settled for Hillary Clinton) and paying audience members who supported (or settled for) Donald Trump.

So being a fan of compromise between actors worried about being triggered by the sight of audience members who they disagree with and audience members who don’t want to be lectured from the stage let me make the following proposal that we can all get behind.

The “Hamilton” Infrastructure Ticket SurTax.

I propose an Excise Tax of 100% on any ticket to a play or show that sells for $100 or more (including reseller fees) with such dollars being directed toward infrastructure development.

This is a tax that everybody should love, For the right it not only provides a funding mechanism for proposed spending rather than just spending it also directs the majority of the funding toward those voices on the left who have been insisting for years that they don’t mind being taxed, taking them at their word not to mention

Meanwhile our liberal Friends should love this tax for several reasons:

  • It funds infrastructure which is always a big issue for the left.
  • It is a tax specifically directed to the top 1% since it is only applied to tickets above the $100 level thus ensuring the rich pay their “fair share”.
  • and most importantly it exponentially decreases the chances that any performer might risk being triggered by the sight of those plebes in anything but the nosebleed seats that we’ve been reliably informed is all, in a best case scenario, Trump voters can’t afford anyway.

It also provides two excellent incentives

  1. It provides innovation for producers worried about the effect of such a tax on sales to come up with low cost creative alternatives say a flat fee streaming service for people to see plays or a regularly scheduled monthly performance where all seats are under $100 meaning actors would have warning and time to prepare before the traumatic triggering experience of facing an audience of the Hoi Polloi.
  2. It provides an incentive for the good government types on the left who unexpected had no problem with the IRS targeting conservatives over the last few years to rediscover their dislike of a government targeting their political enemies.

The “Hamilton” Infrastructure Ticket surtax, an idea whose time has come!


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