Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

WITH DEAN WORMER AND MARMALARD IN CHARGE…

January 31st, 2015

The story of Gulet Mohamed is in no way humorous, but yet when I read about how we, the voting citizens of the United States have allowed our elected government, and the those they employ, to secretly exile Gulet, my mind leapt back to 1978 and Dean Wormer’s office. In late December 2010, 18-year-old Somali-American […]

FREE SPEECH…? FREE RAIF BADAWI…!

January 31st, 2015

Note: newer, but less vital stories do appear lower down. Updates: Raif Badawi: Saudi Arabian blogger spared lashing amid global scrutiny Raif Badawi’s wife seeks Stephen Harper’s help for jailed Saudi blogger Wife of flogged Saudi blogger Raif Badawi says his health is getting worse Q&A: Jailed Saudi blogger’s wife calls for his release Saudi […]

WE NEED MORE STEPHEN FRYS IN THIS WORLD…

January 30th, 2015

NEW YORK DEPLOYS BRATTON’S ROUGH RIDERS…

January 30th, 2015

In the 1980’s a high-ranking Marine Corps officer told me of a plan to deploy his Marines across a line (I seem to recall that the line was 65th Street, but I could easily be wrong on that detail) isolating upper Manhattan in case of large-scale civil unrest. New York City Police commissioner Bill Bratton’s […]

MONTGOMERY SCOTT UNDERSTOOD THE CONCEPT…

January 30th, 2015

In one recent experiment, by the Harvard Business School researchers Ryan Buell and Michael Norton, people using a flight-search site actually preferred waiting 60 seconds over getting instant results, provided they got to look at what appeared to be a running tally of the tasks being executed. This may also be why some voice-recognition customer […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: TED ‘EXCUSES’ DIADIUN,
THE PLAIN DEALER’S EXPLAINER-AWAY…

January 28th, 2015

Deception comes in many forms. It’s time to talk about Ted Diadiun. Or better identified as “Mr. P. D. Excuses”. A fake ombudsman for Plain Dealer readers. And believe me, he’s good at it. I have to admit. I think he could rationalize a murder as “all a little misunderstanding,” for the paper if he […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY FOR 28 JANUARY…

January 28th, 2015

It’s been a busy week in Wally World: the Universe’s source of cheap plastic crap from China. On The Writing On The Wal—the blog USA Today says should be on its readers’ radar—I continue my singular work dedicated to drawing back the curtain on the Bentonvile Behemoth’s corporate disinformation and other flackery. 988 OUT OF […]

WHAT IF MR. DANIELS HAD STOOD HIS GROUND…?

January 27th, 2015

I offer the following without further comment: “He’s got a gun,” yelled Michael Foster, a white, 43-year-old man before tackling 62-year-old Clarence Daniels, a Black man shopping for coffee creamer for his wife. While tussling on the ground, Daniels repeatedly yelled, “I have a permit.” That did not stop this want-to-be vigilante from trying to […]

WHY CAN’T POOR PEOPLE JUST NOT BE POOR…?

January 26th, 2015

We don’t need, I think—I hope—to detail too extensively here the exact answer to that question. [Why don’t these women (in abusive situations) just leave?] Bullet points: an immediate fear of being punched, kicked, bitten, gouged or killed, and of the same happening to your children, preceded by months or years of exploitation of the […]

THE RELENTLESS TASK OF KEEPING SOBER…

January 23rd, 2015

As I struggle with preserving my weight loss from 2012—265 pounds to 185 pounds—Johnny Lee Miller, in the character of a 21st century Sherlock Holmes, nails the challenge; and no one who has not faced the challenge can ever understand why just do it is the most asinine bromide ever conceived. Drip…

WALMART WEDNESDAY FOR 21 JANUARY…

January 21st, 2015

It’s been a busy week in Wally World: the Universe’s source of cheap plastic crap from China. On The Writing On The Wal—the blog USA Today says should be on its readers’ radar—I continue my singular work dedicated to drawing back the curtain on the Bentonvile Behemoth’s corporate disinformation and other flackery. WHERE CAN THE […]

EMAIL BEATS STURGEON’S LAW…

January 20th, 2015

I encountered a troublingly accurate insight from Jason Fried, of the forward-thinking software firm 37Signals: spam is a way of thinking about life. Unsolicited email is only its most acute expression. “Spam is just throwing a bunch of stuff at the wall to see what sticks,” he told me. “It’s not really communicating. It’s harassing […]

FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY…

January 19th, 2015

16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would […]

LIVING IN SIR RICHARD TOMPHAM HATT’S WORLD…

January 19th, 2015

Imagine for a moment that you live on the island of Sodor in the employ of the North Western Railway. There are exactly 100 families living on the island and the whole of the island’s economy consists of £1,000. The wealth is distributed in this way: the family of Sir Richard Topham Hatt, the great […]

I AM, WE ARE; THE REST IS MINUTIAE & BULLSHIT…

January 17th, 2015

Mano Singham explores The shifting language of race and ethnicity. I left this comment. The challenge lies in attempting to create a taxonomy where no significant difference exists. The word used in any classification is far less important than the intent of the word in the mind of the user. Richard Pryor could entitle a […]

HOW MORE SPEECH ADDRESSES OFFENSIVE SPEECH…

January 16th, 2015

WALMART WEDNESDAY FOR 14 JANUARY…

January 14th, 2015

It’s been a busy week in Wally World: the Universe’s source of cheap plastic crap from China. On The Writing On The Wal—the blog USA Today says should be on its readers’ radar—I continue my singular work dedicated to drawing back the curtain on the Bentonvile Behemoth’s corporate disinformation and other flackery. $10,000 A DAY […]

ALTER YOUR ENVIRONMENT, NOT YOUR HABITS…

January 14th, 2015

[I]t’s not that failures of will cause poverty. It’s that poverty causes failures of will. Anti-poverty initiatives, [analyst Jamie] Holmes argues, should focus far more on relieving these cognitive costs. He praises one Philippines bank that lets customers choose a date before which they can’t access their money – a “commitment mechanism” of the sort […]

WHY I WANT WARREN TO STAY IN THE SENATE…

January 13th, 2015

I know a lot of people would like to see Elizabeth Warren run for president in 2016 (I was one of them at one point) but now I much prefer that she stay where she is, especially now that the Republicans have gained control of the senate. This story is a great example of why […]

KEEP TALKING, KEEP BUILDING…

January 13th, 2015

I have said, many, many times, just ask any of my friends, that the proper response to offensive speech must not be censorship, but rather more speech. I would now make and addendum to that maxim: the proper response to offensive speech must be neither censorship nor violence, but rather more speech. When any confrontation […]

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