Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

OUR MAJOR SEDER TOPIC MONDAY NIGHT…

April 16th, 2014

Mano Singham writes: Another factor is that competition for students has resulted in universities spending a lot on enhanced residential, dining, and recreational facilities, all of which cost a lot to build and maintain. Mano is riffing on a speech given by Noam Chomsky titled: The Death of American Universities. I’m reading it now. Chomsky […]

ISAAC ASIMOV ON LIFE-LONG LEARNING…

April 16th, 2014

From Brain Pickings… MOYERS: Do you think we can educate ourselves, that any one of us, at any time, can be educated in any subject that strikes our fancy? ASIMOV: The key words here are “that strikes our fancy.” There are some things that simply don’t strike my fancy, and I doubt that I can […]

TOO BAD THEY’RE PEEL AND STICK

April 15th, 2014

I have a new favorite Forever Stamp.

PULITZER AWARDED FOR SNOWDEN REPORTING…

April 15th, 2014

From this morning’s The Guardian: The Guardian and the Washington Post have been awarded the highest accolade in US journalism, winning the Pulitzer prize for public service for their groundbreaking articles on the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities based on the leaks of Edward Snowden. The award, announced in New York on Monday, comes 10 […]

IS THE//INTERCEPT IN A DEATH SPIRAL…?

April 15th, 2014

[Update at 0732: So, this story is beginning to spin off into Never Never land. I was working on an unrelated bit just now and had call to reference Eric Blair's Bugaboo and that gave me pause as I remembered John Cook's odd choice of art to illustrate his letter yesterday. I think I need […]

SENTENCED TO THE STOCKS IN 2014…

April 14th, 2014

Bullying, it’s not just for the play ground…

WHAT WOULD BRANSON SHOULD CARSON DO…?

April 13th, 2014

Then, there is this earlier permutation…

SCHOOL STABBINGS AT FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL…

April 10th, 2014

I wrote in a comment to today’s Not The Marietta Times: Now, I find this interesting… While I was doing a search for general hits on the Marietta Times a few minutes ago, I found that the No. 1 News Story was Teen stabs 22 at Pittsburgh-area high school. Because I expected that the pro-gun […]

A BINARY VIEW OF CULTURE…

April 10th, 2014

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes: People who take a strict binary view of culture (“culture of privilege = awesome; culture of poverty = fail”) are afflicted by the provincialism of privilege and thus vastly underestimate the dynamism of the greater world. They extoll “middle-class values” to the ignorance and exclusion of all others. To understand, you must […]

RESTORATIVE VS. PUNITIVE JUSTICE…

April 8th, 2014

At one of my schools we are having a discussion about the value of restorative justice in the school environment beginning from an article titled: Syracuse school board: ‘Restorative justice’ is the path to improving school discipline, which includes links to a New York Times Op-Ed and a further discussion at the Seeds Of Peace […]

IT’S NOT PARANOIA IF THE BASTARDS ARE…

April 7th, 2014

…really out to get you!

ROLDO RIGHTS ON GIVE UNTIL IT HURTS MORE…

April 6th, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: I have finally figured out the dilemma of how to finance our three major league sports teams. And it could cost you nothing. Or you could be as generous as you wish. The answer is not the taxing way of today; but the charity way of tomorrow. And our noble past. The […]

IS IT REAL OR IS IT THE NSA…?

April 5th, 2014

Glenn Greenwald writes: This week, the Associated Press exposed a secret program run by the U.S. Agency for International Development to create “a Twitter-like Cuban communications network” run through “secret shell companies” in order to create the false appearance of being a privately owned operation. Unbeknownst to the service’s Cuban users was the fact that […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON DEALING IN THE DARK…

April 4th, 2014

From left, Larry Dolan, Dan Gilbert and Jimmy Haslan Roldo Bartimole writes: Does is seem odd to you that the three men asking hundreds of millions of tax dollars from the public never even appear before the public or its representatives? It seems outrageous to me. Farcical. They take us for Moe, Larry and Curly. […]

WHICH IS MORE DISTURBING AND SAD…?

April 3rd, 2014

I’ve written fairly extensively on abandoned Walmarts, we have one in Cleveland Heights now, but Nancy Warner has captured a desolation and abandonment from a previous century and of a more deeply personal kind. Jordan G. Teicher writes: Wandering through the old buildings on the windy countryside was, for Warner, an almost spiritual experience. Warner, […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON THE WHINES OF KEV…

April 2nd, 2014

Roldo Bartimole writes: One of the weakest arguments favoring the sin tax is the whining of Cleveland Council President Kevin Kelley that the city would have to pay out of its general fund for whatever the teams want. Bullshit. Kelley, new to leadership, keeps moaning about “his” budget and that it will be the only […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON ROME CLEVELAND BURNS…

April 1st, 2014

[Roldo sent me this piece at 1352 on Monday,31 March, after I went "Thinking."] Roldo Bartimole writes: Many citizens of Cuyahoga County should be ashamed of themselves. They are not alone, however. They contribute to a totally out of balance society. Likely without even giving it a thought. This trivial thinking leads to community squalor […]

STUPID SPAMMERS…

April 1st, 2014

Like everyone, I get gushes of sewage in my spam box everyday, and occasionally I go down there to muck out the filth so that I can make sure that the filters haven’t inadvertently trapped an important communication. The other day, this bit of stupidity popped up from a lying sack of shit who might, […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON ARE YOU TAXED ENOUGH…?

April 1st, 2014

[Roldo sent me this piece at 1230 on Wednesday, 26 March, after I went "Thinking."] Roldo Bartimole writes: City and County politicians are trying to put Cuyahoga County residents in a box on the sin tax. They are counting on voters to be gullible and a credulous news media to do the selling job, aided […]

RACISM HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT…

April 1st, 2014

Like me and Roldo Bartimole, Derf has been a long-suffering advocate for eliminating the racist Chief Wahoo image and the Cleveland Indians name from our city. So, just stop for a moment and consider how you would react to a baseball hat with any of these logos on the front. Not all offended? Who about […]

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