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High Court to Look at Huge Bias Suit Against Wal-Mart

WASHINGTON (Dec. 6) -- The Supreme Court will consider throwing out a massive lawsuit that claims Wal-Mart pays women less than men and promotes women less frequently.

The justices stepped into a case Monday that could involve 500,000 to 1.5 million women who work or once worked at the world's largest private employer. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. calls it the largest employment class action in history.

A Wal-Mart employee stocks shelves in 2009. The class action against Wal-Mart could involve 500,000 to 1.5 million women who are or have been employed by the chain.Wal-Mart is appealing a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that the class-action lawsuit could go to trial, with potentially billions of dollars in legal damages at stake.

Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., and the many business interests backing its appeal, say allowing the large number of claims to go forward would set off an avalanche of similar class-action lawsuits in California and the other Western states overseen by the 9th Circuit.

But the lawyers representing the women who are suing Wal-Mart say there have been only eight such suits nationwide - and none within the 9th Circuit - since the first appeals court ruling in favor of the women nearly four years ago. "This threatened landslide of class-action litigation has not materialized," the lawyers said in legal papers filed with the Supreme Court.

Sponsored LinksWal-Mart employs 1.4 million people in the United States and 2.1 million workers in 8,000 stores worldwide. The company said the women should not be allowed to join together in the lawsuit because each outlet operates as an independent business. Since it doesn't have a companywide policy of discrimination, Wal-Mart argued that women alleging gender bias should file individual lawsuits against individual stores.

The plaintiffs contend that the company was aware that it lagged behind other employers in terms of opportunities for women and that Wal-Mart imposes uniform rules and tight controls over its stores.

The lawsuit was first filed by six women in federal court in 2001. The 9th Circuit has three times ruled that the case could proceed as a class action.

In its latest decision, in April, the appeals court voted 6-5 in favor of the plaintiffs. Judge Michael Daly Hawkins said that the number of women involved is large, but "mere size does not render a case unmanageable."

Judge Sandra Ikuta's blistering dissent said the women employees failed to present proof of widespread discrimination. Without such evidence, Ikuta said, "there is nothing to bind these purported 1.5 million claims together in a single action."

The case will be argued in the spring.

The case is Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes, 10-277.
Main / OT: Toonz
Nov 20, 2010, 04:09 PM
Main / Anything to get on the red carpet
Nov 20, 2010, 11:42 AM
A Very Vocal Blonde
It appears someone hurt this gal and left her with two black eyes and I felt her pain when she talks.

It's extremely painful to hear her talk but I know she said she would do anything, Anything.
That sums up most young women these days.
Main / OT: Caption time
Nov 20, 2010, 06:33 AM

Main / A sign that one has to much money
Nov 15, 2010, 02:34 PM
The Truth Behind Jessica Simpson's Engagement Ring: A $100K Sparkler

Jessica Simpson Engagement Ring PhotoJust a week after Jessica Simpson's ex-husband proposed to longtime love Vanessa Minnillo with a giant Asscher-cut diamond, Simpson flashed her own whopper: a ruby-and-diamond Neil Lane engagement ring.

Simpson wore red nail polish to coordinate with her statement bauble from NFL player Eric Johnson when she stepped out Nov. 14 at Dillard's department store in Kansas City, Kan., to promote her clothing line. Fans told People the "Project Runway" finale judge was glowing and happy. Natch.

Simpson's second engagement ring features an approximately 4-carat, oval-shaped ruby stone flanked by two diamonds from Lane, a Los Angeles jeweler known for his celebrity bridal clientele.

Jewelry expert Gus Davis of New York City-based Camilla Dietz Bergeron tells StyleList the ring is undoubtedly a rare vintage piece, circa 1900, with a retail value of at least $100,000. "It's a classy ring for a classy lady," he says.

The retro ring is flanked by "old European cut" diamonds of approximately 2 carats each, says Davis. "One would assume for a ring of this period that the ring is of Myanmar [Burma] region mounted in yellow gold."

Here's hoping the couple's love is as rare as its symbol: "This is a ring that will never go out of style and resonates timeless elegance," says Davis, whose firm specializes in luxury estate pieces. "Original rings from this period are very hard to find, especially a ruby of this size and quality."

Johnson and Simpson, who've been dating a scant five months, confirmed their engagement to People this weekend in what's beginning to feel like a prenuptial soap opera.

Simpson wore a traditional pear-shaped diamond during her engagement to Lachey, who starred with her in the MTV series "Newlyweds." The couple split in 2005 after three years of marriage.

Minnillo was sporting a 4.5-carat diamond by Bader & Garrin when she and Lachey touched down in Mexico to celebrate their joint Nov. 9 birthdays.

Lane can add the Simpson sparkler to the list of rocks he's supplied for several recent high-profile pairings. His rings symbolized the recent engagement of "Bachelorette" star Ali Fedotowsky to Roberto Martinez, as well as the ill-fated couplings of Bachelor Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi and Bachelorette Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski.

Lane also created the nuptial keepsakes of Emily Blunt, Jennifer Hudson, and Nicole Richie.

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Angelina Jolie: My 6-Year-Old Is a Better Cook Than Me

Jolie admits she isn't much of a cook, adding that her 6-year-old son Pax is better in the kitchen than his mom.

In the new issue of Vogue magazine, which features the Oscar winner on the cover, Jolie admits, "I'm not the best cook."

"Pax is a better cook than me. Pax likes to cook," she said. "But I try to when I can. Any house that we're in, we all chip in. But the kids are very sweet ... so enthusiastic anytime I cook. "

In the article, readers get a glimpse inside the Jolie-Pitt household with its six kids, bulldog named Jacques and nannies who speak Vietnamese to Pax and Cambodian to Maddox.

Jolie says she feels her oldest son Maddox, now 9, almost raised her in a way. She adopted him in 2001. Maddox seems aware of his mother's feelings. He encourages her when she cooks breakfast, saying "Good job!"

She also talks about daughter Shiloh, who recently found a dead bird and wanted to keep it for a pet. Jolie's answer: find a bird from a taxidermist instead.

Jolie shares some of those "every mom" struggles that parents everywhere can identify with. She and longtime partner Brad Pitt make sure one of them is always home with the kids while the other is working.

What makes Jolie different, of course, is the paparazzi follows wherever she and Pitt go.

She's chosen to navigate Hollywood her way, without an agent or a publicist -- which is rare -- especially for an A-list actress.

As for Pitt, Jolie addresses him as "extremely handsome and the most sexy," but feels most in love when she sees him with their six kids.


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      [email protected] [Moderator] 1 day ago
      I can't understand why everyone thinks Jolie is sooooo beautiful. She doesn't look beautiful by American standards. She looks like she's of MiddleEast ethnicity. Maybe the desert dwellers think she's hot! Pun intended.
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      fable [Moderator] 1 day ago
      In the past I haven never been a fan of Angelina's. However, I also didn't follow the articles and post replies bashing on her (never quite understood this). However, in the last decade she has made enormous contributions to our society and around the world. I'm not quite sure why people think it's appropriate to comments on her lips (really? Maybe you should post a picture here so we can comment on your features. I bet your looks haven't made you millions); her work schedule ( I know moms that work two jobs and have no help with their kids, yet instead of congratulating her on providing great care for her kid's she's bashed on), her talent (if you don't like her movies or her....why are you reading the article???) and her relationship (in today's world I'm happy for anyone that can find someone and being love and stability to their life and family). Sad that so many prefer that everyone is as bitter and miserable as themselves. If these posts are a reflection of our society I am really sad that people are so petty, bitter and unable to celebrate in the happiness of others.
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      drlily [Moderator] 1 day ago
      "Jolie shares some of those "every mom" struggles that parents everywhere can identify with." With full-time live-in nannies (plural, more than one), Jolie cannot possibly identify with "every mom struggles". Perhaps she should experience an "every mom struggle" of raising 3 kids without a husband, who was killed by a drunk / drugged driver. Perhaps she should try moving in with mom and dad, working 3 jobs to make ends meet, and still trying to be a good mom. I read this because I knew nothing about Jolie, except my disagreement with a few of her publicized political views, and had never seen her in a movie. She appears to be another overpaid, spoiled, over publicized celebrity. Identifying with the every mom struggle - priceless.
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      fable [Moderator] 1 day ago in reply to drlily
      WOW! What a bitter and self involved response. You read the article about a celeb (one of the highest paid and well known) and are surprised that she doesn't have similar daily struggles as you?? REALLY??? And because the struggles aren't identical to yours she doesn't have the right to talk about her struggles as a mom. Hate to break it to ya, but mom's all over the world struggle with balance of career and family, wondering if we're making good parenting choices such as moving for work, breaking up fights with the kids, school assignments. Granted her burdens are different than you worry about moving your kids around the world? Do you require a security detail when you leave the house? It doesn't mean that her struggles and decisions as a mom are less. Why don't you get off your pity pot and try to actually think of someone other than yourself
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      bluestategirl [Moderator] 1 day ago
      Ur 6yr old is probably a better person than you too!
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      capwhan [Moderator] 1 day ago
      She didn't get those lips from sucking on fire hydrants.
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      [email protected] [Moderator] 1 day ago in reply to capwhan
      Well God forbid your son or daughter should be blessed with full lips courtesy of God and their DNA. Kind of creepy to think pervs like you are out there, looking at kids with full lips, and thinking, 'fellat i o.'
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      ukidnme [Moderator] 2 days ago
      Angelina is gorgeous, and if beauty is skin deep, she is prettier all the time. I like that she has used her "stardom" to further social causes. I admire Brad more now for his choice of partners than I did in the past, not that I mean anything negative about Jennifer Aniston. What a lovely couple Brangelina is !
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      [email protected] [Moderator] 2 days ago
      This mind-numbing article absorbed several precious moments of my life, and added absolutely nothing to me~mentally, emotionally, or otherwise. I feel like less of a person because of this article.
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      fable [Moderator] 1 day ago in reply to [email protected]
      I find it sad you read the article with hopes that it would add something to your mentally or emotionally. IF that is truly your goal and your not just a bitter, celeb basher might I suggest something with a little more literary substance than a Vogue article. Just a thought.
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Police catch female murder suspect - Tom Leykis radio caller
unbelievable.. no not really

This young woman murders a guy she went out with just one night. She told him she was having his baby and he had to pay child support which he refused to be part of. Police track her down 5 years after the case was declared death by suicide.
Main / Why sisters are good for you
Nov 13, 2010, 10:33 PM
Why sisters are good for you

A new report adds to the evidence that having sisters benefits your mental health. Lucy Mangan feels vindicated in her belief that girls rule

Lucy Mangan, Thursday 28 October 2010

Girls are top! That is the conclusion of yet another study, this time by researchers at Brigham Young University, that purports to show that having loving siblings of either gender - but especially girls - is the best prophylactic against adolescent unhappiness. No matter whether the sister is younger or older, or the age difference between you, they increase wellbeing and even your penchant for doing good deeds in the world - above and beyond that which even loving parents manage to promote.

The report follows a study involving 571 families by De Montfort University and the University of Ulster published last year, which showed that siblings who lived with their sisters scored higher on the standard range of tests for good mental health. The project was prompted by an earlier investigation that revealed girls with sisters suffered less distress when they encountered trouble later in their lives than those without. Researchers wanted to find out how extensive the effects of sisterhood could be.

Looking back on the complexities of my own sororal relationship makes me glad that I am not a sociologist charged with unpicking the multiple strands of joy and woe with which such bonds are made. My first memory of my sister is of a shattered peace. For three years it had been just me, Mum and Dad. But then they started hankering after Kipling's "family square" and one day brought home a red-faced, squalling bundle - I believed for many years from the local newsagents - that changed everything, and not for the better. It is notable that all the above studies locate the benefits of sisterhood as arising in older childhood - once the initial sibling rivalry and the smarting pain of the knowledge that from now on there will always be someone younger and cuter than you around to grab the attention has worn off.

Because wear off it does, and it did. Most children bond in the face of what is interpreted as - wholly correctly in our case, I will insist until my last breath - increasing parental unreasonableness. I vividly remember our first overt alliance, when we united in the face of our mother's strictures about not having a drink with soup ("Soup's a meal and a drink!") to maintain that we were both dangerously dehydrated and required two glasses of water instantly. We didn't get them, but it was a beautiful moment, that first exercise of mutual support, and gave us something to build on as we became thirsty for even more heady freedoms in the years to come. (We also learned to bunk each other up to reach the tap.)

Most of the reports suggest that it is girls' greater capacity for emotional expression that provides most of the benefits to the family that has them. As Professor Tony Cassidy, of the 2009 study from the University of Ulster, puts it: "Where there are a number of boys together, there is almost a conspiracy of silence." Huh?? Can't be serious?

Of course, this is to speak in generalisations, but when I think of how differently I talk to my closest male friends and female friends, I understand how difficult it would be to replicate with a brother my almost daily communications - by phone, as the silly cow now lives in Bristol - with my sister. We have a shorthand and an understanding that arises not just from our shared history but also from our shared gender. When I say, "I lay in bed this morning crippled by a nameless sense of guilt and couldn't rise until I had allocated some of it to specific tasks left undone and worked out how I was going to punish myself for the undefined rest," she doesn't try to have me sectioned, as a male interlocutor might (and my husband wishes to); she comprehends instantly, entirely and absolutely.

Of course, it would be better if I had a sister who wasn't taller, blonder, cleverer and had boobs quantitatively and qualitatively better than mine, but you can't have everything. Sometimes love and understanding just has to be enough.

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MTV reality star Amber Portwood is under investigation for domestic abuse -- after the Indiana state police, and millions of viewers, watched her attack her estranged fiance Gary Shirley on an episode of Teen Mom. According to new reports, Amber Portwood could face felony charges -- meaning jail -- for punching Gary Shirley in front of their 18-month-old daughter Leah. Not only that, but MTV staffers could be facing misdemeanor charges for witnessing domestic abuse and not reporting it. (Watch the Today show's report on the investigation, including clips from the show, below.)

Teen Mom, obviously, is supposed to be gritty: a real-life abstinence PSA, and a counter-argument to those who think 16 and Pregnant  romanticized teen pregnancy. The girls on this show lead difficult, unenviable lives. Amber Portwood obviously doesn't have the adult coping skills necessary to deal with her situation: Instead of solving her problems, she lashes out, sometimes violently. Is there a lesson in there? Yes. Is it compelling TV? Sure. But should MTV have stopped rolling film when people started getting hurt? That's the tricky part.

Portwood's fiance is a large guy, and we'd venture to guess if he'd punched her (and not vice versa), then somebody would have called the police. The disturbing thing is that Amber is not kidding around with those punches. It looks like she may have actually wounded Shirley. Which leads to the worst revelation of all: Amber Portwood is a violent person raising a very young child. Even if she's never laid a hand on her daughter, she's exhibiting a pattern of behavior that could put her child in danger. (Her confession on Tuesday's Teen Mom reunion show that she doesn't remember the incident makes the whole thing even scarier.) And that's why Child Protective Services has stepped in.

Here's what MTV needs to teach its staffers: Children who witness violent behavior are more likely to exhibit violent behavior. They're even more likely to become abusers as adults. If children are witnessing violence at home, then they are not in a safe home, period. Anybody who witnesses a child in a dangerous situation has a moral obligation to speak up -- even if it doesn't make for great TV.

Do you think Teen Mom star Amber Portwood should go to jail? What about the MTV crew? Chime in below!

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When It Comes to Health, Men Are the Weaker Sex   
Nov 11th 2010 

Men are more likely to get cancer and die from it than women. Men are also more likely to suffer from heart disease, stroke and obesity. With these statistics in mind, experts report that when it comes to health, men are actually the weaker sex, according to the BBC News.

In England and Wales, 42 percent of men die before their 75th birthdays, as compared to 26 percent of women. The top killers of men are heart attacks and strokes, which take the lives of 300 in every 10,000 males compared to 190 in every 100,000 females. Cancer is the next biggest killer, and men are 70 percent more likely to die from cancers that affect both genders. Men are also 60 percent more likely to get cancer in the first place.

In response to these dire statistics, the Men's Health Forum, an independent organization that works to improve men's health in the United Kingdom, has begun a campaign to draw more attention to men's health issues. The organization's main concern is that men are dying young from preventable illnesses, which could be because men are less likely than women to seek medical assistance when they are sick, according to experts. In addition, experts also point out that men are more reticent to discuss their health or admit that they're suffering from an ailment.

In order to reverse this trend, Men's Health Forum not only wants men to take the lead on accessing available health services but also to make these services more accessible to the men who need them.

Peter Baker, chief executive of Men's Health Forum, told the BBC that on the whole, men are concerned about their health.

"One issue is that the health system is not working for them," he said. "Services are not very male friendly."

No joke?  :rolle:

League of Women Voters Try to Stop Pledge of Allegiance at Debate

Bless her heart she didn't have time for the pledge of alliance and the people disrespected her decission.

League of Women Voters Bean Walsh Forum- Pledge of Allegiance

And the people have spoken!
History and Politics / Erbama
Nov 12, 2010, 08:31 AM