Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

GONE THINKING…

September 24th, 2014

For the next 10 days, Thursday, 25 September through through Saturday, 4 October, I will be on retreat and enjoying an Electronic Fast. I’ll be reachable by phone and I’ll check emails once a day for emergencies, but don’t expect any new posts until Sunday, 5 October. Enjoy.

24 HOURS TO HIGH SCHOOL WALKOUT…

September 24th, 2014

Living on 24 Hours saved 27 days ago. Westminster Crackers saved 19 days ago. Willpower Expert Roy Baumeister on Staying in Control saved 3 days ago. Immigration protest cancelled over Mexican cartels ‘death threats’ saved 2 days ago. ‘We attribute too much to luck. Luck is an atheistic word for God’ saved 2 days ago. […]

WHAT PRECISELY IS ALMOST…?

September 24th, 2014

GOOD ON PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA…

September 23rd, 2014

Companies that seek to avoid US tax by shifting their headquarters abroad are being targeted under tough new rules announced by the Obama administration that it claims will dramatically reduce the benefits of so-called corporate inversions. The controversial technique, which has allowed companies such as Burger King to move abroad by buying a smaller foreign […]

MICHAEL BROWN MEMORIAL BURNS…

September 22nd, 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… At least two protesters were arrested and some businesses were damaged Tuesday night after a memorial to Michael Brown was […]

THERE’S WORK AND THEN THERE’S WORK…

September 22nd, 2014

Linda Tirado, 32, was attending college and working in two low-paid jobs when she first posted her essay about America’s poverty trap on an online forum. The post went viral, and Tirado extended her essay into a book while still working at a pancake shop near her home in Utah. She now lives in Washington […]

RULE NO. 82: COOK…

September 22nd, 2014

Rule No. 82 – Cook. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

A BIT OF WISDOM FOR MY STUDENTS…

September 22nd, 2014

STEPHEN KING ON ELEMENTARY EDUCATION…

September 21st, 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: If your writing had not panned out, do you think you would have continued teaching? King: Yes, but I would have gotten a degree in elementary ed. I […]

RULE NO. 81: GROW SOME OF YOUR FOOD…

September 21st, 2014

Rule No. 81 – Plant a Vegetable Garden if You Have the Space, a Window Box if You Don’t. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

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.

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 […]

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