Georgia politicians shut down abortion rights. Netflix will answer by shutting down production.

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❝ Netflix has become the first major Hollywood company to take a stand against Georgia’s recent passage of a strict abortion law, with chief content officer Ted Sarandos saying Tuesday that the streaming giant would “rethink our entire investment in Georgia” if legislation known as the “heartbeat bill” became state law…

“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Sarandos said in a statement. “It’s why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court. Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there — while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia…”

❝ The bill’s passage earlier this month comes as Georgia has become a vital production hub for the film and TV industries. The region known “Y’allywood” is responsible for more than 92,100 jobs and nearly $4.6 billion in total wages in the state, according to the MPAA. State officials said that for the fiscal year ending June 30 film and TV production generated $2.7 billion in direct spending.

Boycotts are a time-honored tool against racism in the Confederacy and across the United States. The tactic is overdue IMHO against bible-thumping bigots who would impede women’s rights. They deserve the same opportunity to feel the hurt where they care the most. In their wallets.

Major Advertiser walks away from Fox Ingraham Show

❝ At least one major advertiser has dropped Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show in the wake of her comments on Monday about immigrant children separated from their parents. With advertising time on the conservative daily talk show down since Monday night, it’s possible that other companies have also bailed on “The Ingraham Angle.”

…The day after Ingraham’s statements, David Hogg, a survivor of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, called on advertisers, including IAC, to boycott Ingraham, a reprise of the highly successful boycott campaign he launched against her in April, after she insulted him on Twitter.

During her show on Monday night, Ingraham described the detention centers for immigrant children separated from their parents on the Mexican border as “essentially like summer camps,” further comparing them to “boarding schools.”

❝ The previous dust-up between Ingraham and Hogg sprouted from her mocking the Parkland survivor and gun-control activist for lamenting on Twitter how he had been rejected from some colleges. Though Ingraham’s advertising has recovered somewhat from that boycott campaign — which saw companies like Bayer, TripAdvisor, Expedia, Nestlé and Hulu drop the show — her advertising load had not reached her previous levels.

Creeos who make their living from advocating against human rights get what they deserve. Sometimes.

Right-wing moneygrubbers say they are being silenced by the folks who sign the checks

❝ There is a delicious irony when free market zealots become victims of the very system they celebrate…When the market tells them: “You know what? You’re losing us money. We couldn’t care less what you did or how much you made for us yesterday. Get lost.”…

❝ For critics and scholars who have for decades pointed to the acute dangers connected to corporate control of the media, howling from the far-right over O’Reilly, Hopkins and Hannity rings hollow for a couple of reasons.

First, an individual who invokes Nazi ethnic cleaning terminology in relation to Muslims, or was involved in so many sexual harassment lawsuits that his employer had to pay $13m in settlement deals, are hardly poster children for journalistic free speech. At the broader level, however, these are people who have served a political ideology that has pushed deregulated markets conducive to the concentration of corporate control – which in the case of media also means excessive advertiser influence…

❝ Breitbart, Fox News, the Daily Mail and Daily Express are all alive and well. Bill O’Reilly wasn’t replaced by Noam Chomsky. He was replaced by Tucker Carlson, who provides a very similar brand of far-right vitriol … just without the sexual harassment accusations. And will LBC now be bereft of far-right anti-immigration voices? Fear not. You can always tune in to Nigel Farage’s show on the same station.

❝ So when senior people at Breitbart and on-air talent at Fox News start saying they are only now realizing the extent of corporate and advertiser power? Cry me a river. They are liars, naïve or have been in a coma for the last 50 years.

RTFA for more dissecting of rightwing moneybags whining about losing their profitable squeeze. Couldn’t happen to a more perfect class of hypocrites and scumbags. Profits are still more important than people, guys. Isn’t that what you wanted?

Ivanka Trump fashions dropped by Nordstrom following boycott

“Can I blow in your ear?”

❝ Fashion retailer Nordstrom has dropped a clothing line by Ivanka Trump.

It’s after campaigners called for a boycott on stores doing business with the president’s family. But the company blames the move on poor sales.

❝ The US firm says it makes “buying decisions based on performance” and that cutting brands “is part of the regular rhythm of our business”…

❝ The #GrabYourWallet campaign urged customers to boycott firms which have supported the Trumps.

It was started by two women angry about the president’s comments about women which came out in October.

❝ Co-founder Shannon Coulter reacted on Twitter, saying: “Big news everyone. You did this. I am in awe #GrabYourWallet.

“Those who voted against Donald control $7 trillion in spending.

“Never forget it. Never forget our power. Together, we can change a lot.”

A bit more detail in the article including Nordstrom softpedaling on the boycott. Folks just “stopped buying the Ivanka brand”. Same as a boycott as far as I read.

North Carolina gets a lesson in the co$t of bigotry from the NBA

Bye bye, NBA

The NBA announced Thursday it will move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte due to North Carolina’s law that bars local governments from extending civil rights protections to gay and transgender people.

“The NBA has decided to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte with the hope of rescheduling for 2019,” the league said in a statement.

“While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2,” as the law is commonly known…

The NBA’s decision is the latest fallout for North Carolina from the controversial law, which has been widely criticized as discriminatory. The law, which was passed in March, requires transgender individuals to use public restrooms that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificates. In April, Bruce Springsteen canceled a concert in Greensboro. Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr and Boston likewise have canceled shows, while Cirque du Soleil bypassed two scheduled performances. PayPal canceled plans to open a new payment center in Charlotte, while Deutsche Bank did away with plans to expand its operations in Cary, costing the state an estimated 650 jobs. Since April more than 120 companies have called for a repeal of the law, as PepsiCo, American Airlines and Wells Fargo have all raised concerns…

❝ “The NBA is taking an important stand against North Carolina’s unconstitutional and discriminatory HB2,” Heidi Hess, senior campaign manager for the social change organization CREDO, said in a statement. “This is further evidence that hate and bigotry are bad for business.”

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory reacted by issuing a statement that said blah, blah, blah, blah blah.

The All-Star Game alone would have generate $100 million of revenue for the state, according to Athlete Ally. Since the law was passed, the state has lost $329 million in business, according to Equality NC.

Gates Foundation dumps all of its BP stock

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sold off its $187 million stake in the oil giant BP sometime between September and December of 2015, according to a recent filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The move came after the foundation sold off $824 million in ExxonMobil stock, as disclosed last fall.

The foundation has been under pressure from climate activists demanding that it drop all investments in fossil fuel companies. The Guardian’s “Keep It in the Ground” campaign and the Gates Divest campaign have both been particularly dogged in focusing on Gates.

But the foundation has refused to comment on its investment decisions, so the significance of these recent oil-stock sell-offs is unclear. Bill Gates, the billionaire cofounder of Microsoft, has been skeptical of the fossil-fuel divestment movement and last year called it a “false solution.”

According to public records, the Gates Foundation held about $1.4 billion of investments in coal, oil, and gas companies at the start of 2014. Now it holds only about $200 million of those stocks, according to the Guardian…

Divestment is a sensible part of any movement to boycott corporations, political entities. Anti-human, environmentally corrupt policies deserved to be punished by public investors. Voting with your dollar$ is often the only sort of democracy these creeps recognize.

It’s time to raise the stakes in the North Carolina boycott — Divest from Duke Energy!


North Carolina and the federal government prepared for a legal showdown on Monday in the ongoing battle over bathrooms and civil rights for LGBT people in the state.

The state filed a lawsuit in the morning, claiming federal intervention was a “baseless and blatant overreach” of its power, and disputed the federal interpretation of civil rights laws.

The suit came hours before a deadline the US justice department has set for North Carolina’s Republican governor, Pat McCrory, to scrap the law, which bans transgender people from using bathrooms that do not match the gender on their birth certificates.

After the suit’s filing, US attorney general Loretta Lynch fired back, saying she planned to announce a “law enforcement action related to North Carolina” on Monday afternoon…

❝ “Our position all along has been that HB2 should be repealed. We’ve heard from our customers and clients on this, and the consensus is that it would be better if it were repealed,” Larry Di Rita, a spokesman for Bank of America, told the Guardian on Monday afternoon. The bank is one of the largest and most powerful companies in North Carolina…

Meanwhile the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi has filed suit against that state over a law that will allow workers to cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage to deny services to people…

The governor has become the public face of the law, called House Bill 2, which has been the subject of fierce criticism by gay rights groups, corporate executives and entertainers demanding that the law be repealed. North Carolina has already paid a price for the law, with some business scaling back investments in the state and associations cancelling conventions…

The time has come and gone when the basics of a boycott by 21st Century business leaders and citizens in general will suffice. It is time to up the game against bigotry. Pat McCrory is known for nothing else more than his stewardship for the region’s energy giant, Duke Energy. He’s served as their flunky in a whole series of environmental disasters. He spent most of his adult economic life on their payroll. When Duke Energy wants to “have a little talk with him” he jumps higher than the average grasshopper to heed their call.

It’s time to inflict a little retribution on his real bosses. McCrory won’t answer to the needs of North Carolina citizens – at least those who don’t wear white hoods in public – maybe he’ll listen to the critical economic power in his life. We need a nationwide call for institutional and individual investors to divest from DUK, Duke Energy. Let them explain to their Board of Directors why they continue to support a political thug who ignores civil rights, chooses sharia over civil law, embraces Confederate states’ rights over Supreme Court standards of justice.

Republican and other conservative bigots will cost cities millions in lost sports dollar$

Thirty states and hundreds of cities could be barred from hosting the biggest events in college sports after the NCAA announced this week that it won’t hold playoffs and championships in cities and states without civil-rights protections for gay and transgender people.

That could include moving the 2017 Men’s Basketball Final Four from Glendale, Arizona, and this year’s college softball championships from Oklahoma City. It also puts in limbo places such as Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee; Boise, Idaho; and Greensboro and Charlotte, North Carolina, which are scheduled to host men’s basketball playoff games in 2017 or 2018.

Following national controversy over a law in North Carolina that restricted protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people, the National Collegiate Athletic Association said Wednesday that it will require cities and towns that want to host collegiate championships and the organization’s administrative conferences to “to demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event.”

…The policy change applies to places that have already been awarded games and those that would bid for future playoffs, said NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn, but the organization’s national office still needs to decide what standard sites must meet.

Only 18 states have broad laws that protect people based on sexual orientation or gender identity specifically in accommodation or sports venues, according to Human Rights Campaign Fund, a gay-rights group based in Washington.

“If people have the ability to turn you away from the hot dog stand because of how you look, that’s a big problem,” said Cathryn Oakley, senior legislative counsel for HRC and author of a city-level LGBT equality index. “It’s also about safety, because a transgender person coming to see their favorite team shouldn’t have to worry about where they go to the bathroom after they’ve had a few beers.”

❝ “The higher education community is a diverse mix of people from different racial, ethnic, religious and sexual orientation backgrounds,” Kirk Schulz, chairman of the NCAA board and incoming president of Washington State University, said in a statement. “It is important that we assure that community — including our student-athletes and fans — will always enjoy the experience of competing and watching at NCAA championships without concerns of discrimination.”

In a modern, civilized nation run by reasonable law – instead of the opportunist whims of cowards and conservatives, religious communities beholden to one or another sharia – these problems don’t exist.

This is nothing new. We went through the same crap breast-beating over women voting, ending official racist barriers. The bigots of America command a sizable legion of lockstep politicians willing to sell out constitution, country and progress to ensure their political power. Along with federal courts, we the people have often had to resort to the economic power of the boycott.

So it shall be, once again.