Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

NOW IF OUR CEOS HAD THIS ATTITUDE…

September 20th, 2014

Earlier today I addressed the media and through them the Australian public about ongoing investigations into a group of officers and NCOs whose conduct if proven has not only brought the Australian army into disrepute, but has let down every one of you, and all of those whose past service has won the respect of […]

ANOTHER LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR…

September 20th, 2014

This is the letter-to-the-editor I’m sending to The Marietta Times in response to Glenna Clutter’s letter this morning calling David Burton a mild-mannered and intelligent man. Clutter went on to write that Burton’s reasoned explanations make sense to those not too deaf to listen. He does not peddle hate and intolerance, but he does promote […]

STEPHEN KING ON TEACHERS AND WRITERS…

September 20th, 2014

In the current issue of The Atlantic, Jessica Lahey interview Stephen King in How Stephen King Teaches Writing. Here are a few bits I found interesting. Lahey: You paint a pretty bleak picture of teachers as professional writers. Teaching is, after all, a “consumptive profession,” as a friend of mine puts it, and it can […]

NO ONE HIRES TROUBLEMAKERS…

September 20th, 2014

When Precious Daniels lay down in front of the Blue Cross Blue Shield building in Detroit on a chilly morning in November 2009, she wasn’t giving her future job prospects much thought. She was, however, thinking about all of the money the insurance company was spending on its lobbyists. A supporter of the Affordable Care […]

RULE NO. 80: COMPOST…

September 20th, 2014

Rule No. 80 – Compost. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

September 20th, 2014

This internal thread concerning events in and about Ferguson, Missouri, is stuck to the top of the blog, newer, less vital, posts appear below. Meanwhile, comments on PZ Myers’ Good Morning, America now exceed 1,600… Protesters seeking the immediate arrest of the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old loudly disrupted another government […]

THE CROWN OF SELF CONTROL

September 19th, 2014

Calmness is the rarest quality in human life. It is the poise of a great nature, in harmony with itself and its ideals. It is the moral atmosphere of a life self-centred, self-reliant, and self-controlled. Calmness is singleness of purpose, absolute confidence, and conscious power, ready to be focused in an instant to meet any […]

STEPHEN KING ON WRITING ESSAYS…

September 19th, 2014

In the current issue of The Atlantic, Jessica Lahey interview Stephen King in How Stephen King Teaches Writing. Here are a few bits I found interesting. Lahey: You have called informal essays “silly and unsubstantial things,” not at all useful for teaching good writing. What kinds of essay assignments are useful? King: I tried to […]

APPLIED BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS LAWSUIT…

September 19th, 2014

Parents of an autistic child on Thursday sued the Ohio Department of Health and others in federal court, alleging discrimination against Ohio’s autistic children by failing to provide what the lawsuit describes as federally mandated treatment. Gary and Nikki Ruhl, of Mansfield, in northern Ohio, sued in U.S. District Court in Cleveland on behalf of […]

RULE NO. 79: TREAT TREATS AS TREATS …

September 19th, 2014

Rule No. 79 – Treat Treats as Treats. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

CUE BUDDY RYAN…

September 18th, 2014

San Diego unified school district said it was painting its MRAP white and hoping to use the Red Cross symbol on it to assuage community worries, said Ursula Kroemer, a district spokeswoman. The MRAP had been stripped of weapon mounts and turrets and would be outfitted with medical supplies and teddy bears for use in […]

STEPHEN KING ON FIRST DRAFTS…

September 18th, 2014

In the current issue of The Atlantic, Jessica Lahey interview Stephen King in How Stephen King Teaches Writing. Here are a few bits I found interesting. Lahey: You extol the benefits of writing first drafts with the door closed, but students are often so focused on giving teachers what they want and afraid of making […]

RULE NO. 78: EAT WITH OTHERS…

September 18th, 2014

Rule No. 78 – Eat with Other People Whenever You Can. We should look for someone to eat with before looking for something to eat and drink. —Epicurus From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

EDWARD SNOWDEN IS NOT OUR PROBLEM…

September 17th, 2014

“Well prior to Edward Snowden, online jihadists were already aware that law enforcement and intelligence agencies were attempting to monitor them.” This point would seem obvious in light of the fact that terrorist groups have been employing tactics to evade digital surveillance for years. Indeed, such concerns about their use of sophisticated encryption technology predate […]

STEPHEN KING ON CUTTING WORDS…

September 17th, 2014

In the current issue of The Atlantic, Jessica Lahey interview Stephen King in How Stephen King Teaches Writing. Here are a few bits I found interesting. Lahey: By extension, how can writing teachers help students recognize which words are required in their own writing? King: Always ask the student writer, “What do you want to […]

ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY INDEX CARD…

September 17th, 2014

I am obsessed with index cards. A number of us, actually, suffer from this condition. For several years, the largely blog-based movement known as “lifehacking” has embraced the unassuming index card as an unrivalled tool for personal organisation – a dirt-cheap, portable medium for keeping lists, taking notes, brainstorming, memorising, organising your schedule, or leaving […]

RULE NO.77: DON’T CLEAN YOUR PLATE…

September 17th, 2014

Rule No. 77 – Leave Something on Your Plate. (This one will be particularly hard, but good practice to strengthen discipline.) From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

MORE HATING ON OBMACARE A POLITICAL LOSER…

September 17th, 2014

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HATING ON OBMACARE A POLITICAL LOSER…

September 16th, 2014

For members of Congress like my representative Republican Jim Rencci (OH-16) who put “voted to repeal Obamacare over (sic) 40 times” as his top legislative accomplishment on a recent piece of campaign literature, the above chart is very bad news. What can Renacci say when 74 percent of Republicans with the new coverage report speak […]

STEPHEN KING ON SENTENCE DIAGRAMMING…

September 16th, 2014

In the current issue of The Atlantic, Jessica Lahey interview Stephen King in How Stephen King Teaches Writing. Here are a few bits I found interesting. Lahey: While I love teaching grammar, I am conflicted on the utility of sentence diagramming. Did you teach diagramming, and if so, why? King: I did teach it, always […]

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