Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

BERNIE SANDERS TAKES HIS MESSAGE GLOBAL…

January 15th, 2018

In the 21st century national borders—walled or no—are meaningless when wealth flashes between banks across the globe in less time than it has taken me to write this sentence. We can’t build a wall high enough to stop the poisons of the industrial age from burning our lungs, riddling our bodies with cancers and flooding […]

11 POINTS FOR OUR WHITE WORKING-CLASS…

January 13th, 2018

In 1969 a group of White, working-class Americans born in the South but living in Chicago came together to create The Young Patriots Organization. An 11-point document came out of that organization—printed using an odd-faux computer font—that was meant to parallel the 10-point manifesto of The Black Panther Party. I abstract the document below, but […]

RTA CUTS? WHO CARES, IT SERVES WORKING PEOPLE

January 11th, 2018

The fact that there has been little public hysteria—as there usually is when something the corporate establishment feels hurt—tells you all you need to know about our priorities here. RTA faces a fiscal strangulation. It’s due to a change in levy of the sales tax on Medicaid. RTA says it will cost some $20 million […]

STRONG RACIAL IDENTITY FIGHTS THE PUSHOUT…

January 11th, 2018

So, I finished reading Monique Morris’ excellent work: Pushout: The Criminalization Of Black Girls In Schools over the winter break and sent copies of my notes to some educators whose opinions I value. I haven’t heard back yet, but a story this morning on The Root (more on this below the fold) prompted me to […]

UNDERSTANDING THE WAY THE WORLD WORKS…

January 10th, 2018

As Picliucci begins to erect his scaffold for being a Stoic in the 21st century, he first focuses on two ideas: understanding the nature of the world and the nature of human reasoning: The theoretical framework of Stoicism is the idea that in order to live a good (in the sense of eudaimonic) life one […]

ONLY THREE AREAS OF INTEREST AND CONCERN…?

January 9th, 2018

Ralph Nader has a long history of writing open letters to presidents. I imagine that those missives were duly delivered to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and dutifully read by presidential staff and, on occasion, brought to the attention of the president. I doubt that that happens anymore. What I imagine happens in the what passes for […]

WE ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT…

January 8th, 2018

Finding anyone in America, or anyone who has ever watched American television, that cannot recite the Miranda Warning must be nigh on impossible. And the first seven words—You have the right to remain silent—come first for a very good reason: they are the only words you must hear, understand and follow any time find yourself […]

THE GOLDEN GLOBES SPEECH: OPRAH 2020…

January 8th, 2018

Our first woman president will not be Ivanka Trump. Let’s just get that said and move on to a reality based world. Jake Nevins, reporting in Oprah Winfrey’s stirring Golden Globes speech prompts talk of White House run for The Guardian, writes: The notion of the talk show host and entrepreneur running for president against […]

BROWNS FANS NEED CIVIC LESSONS

January 7th, 2018

It was quite a show with thousands braving frigid Lake Erie weather to celebrate (berate?) (castigate?) (deflate?) their Cleveland Browns on a far below freezing Saturday. To get that many people out under those circumstances certainly places Browns fans among the most fanatical, or hapless of sports fans. They were (protesting, celebrating) you pick the […]

THIS IS THE POWER OF CONVERSATION…

January 6th, 2018

Sarah Silverman may have been reading Celeste Headlee’s We Need To Talk. Via Mano Singham…

IF ONLY WE DIDN’T CALL THEM COLDS

January 5th, 2018

So, I’ve been deep diving in The Guardian archives and found what I think may be the first bylined piece by Oliver Burkeman for that publication. Published on 12 October 1999, A tale of mice and mucus is all about what we call The Common Cold. The name, as Burkeman notes in his text, is […]

THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS…

January 4th, 2018

A friend has an old-style steel safe in her basement that contains, among other precious items, cash. “Cash is king,” she told me. I don’t keep anything like her stash, but I keep a small amount of cash around for paying service providers like plumbers, roofers or mechanics. One of the benefits is that they […]

OH COME ON, DEVOTE 60 SECONDS A DAY…

January 4th, 2018

In his interview with Rachel Martin, Dan Harris remarks: People want to do meditation especially at this time of year—the whole “new year, new you” thing. But they feel like it’s just another thing on their to-do list that is further stressing them out, which of course defeats the whole purpose. My answer to this […]

OH MY, WE STILL HAVE THE SAME JACKSON

January 3rd, 2018

I look at the coverage of Mayor Frank Jackson’s inaugural of his fourth term and I see and hear the same old shit. Not even a note of a change, direction or energy. It’s sad sack Jackson mayor of a sad sack city that has lost its sense of civic pride, other than how many […]

RODENTS USE TREADMILLS, YOU CAN TAKE A WALK…

January 2nd, 2018

When I was in my early teens, and later in college, I had hamsters as pets. Anyone who has had a pet rodent know the scree, scree, scree sound of the exercise wheel to nowhere. Rodents never learn how to get from nowhere to now here. Humans can learn that lesson. The skill is recognize […]

THREE EASY PIECES TIPS TO STICK RESOLUTIONS…

January 1st, 2018

‘Tis the season and all that. Because I took a one-day retreat at River’s Edge last month, I’m now on the mailing list for their newsletter, The Edge. The January issue offers three tips for not setting yourself up to fail if you made any New Year’s resolutions. Eric Zimmer, writing in 3 Keys to […]

DO YOU KNOW WHO WHAT YOU ARE…?

January 1st, 2018

I’m a great fan of Oliver Burkeman and I’ve had this particular essay languishing in my Pocket file (which I cleaned out and deleted this morning) for a considerable time. That I found this piece on New Year’s Day is fitting. Below is an excerpt, but you really should read—and reread, as I plan to […]

FOR YOUR EDIFICATION IN THE COMING NEW YEAR…

December 31st, 2017

MY FAVORITE IN THE 2017 WYPIPO AWARDS…

December 30th, 2017

Michael Harriot, writing in The 2017 Wypipo Awards opens the envelopes. My favorite was: In the category, Becky of the Year, the candidates are: 1. Taylor Swift: For making another album all about how Kanye did her wrong, getting caught in a lie, stealing the essence of Beyoncé, whitewashing it, making ”Unsweetened Lemonade” with it, […]

REALITY… WHAT AN ILLUSION…*

December 30th, 2017

My personal definition of spirituality is how we emotionally deal with our personal reality. There is Reality and there is reality. The former is what Phillip K. Dick meant when he wrote in the short story I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon: She wanted a one-sentence answer. I thought about it and finally said, “Reality […]

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