Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

THOMAS FRANK ON THE EVILS OF MERITOCRACY…

August 30th, 2016

Thomas Frank sat down for an interview with Kathy Kiely published in Author Thomas Frank Talks Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and His New Book, ‘Listen Liberal’ at Bill Moyers & Company. Frank took Kiely over a number of jumps, but the theme of meritocracy vs. solidarity resonated with me. One of the things about a […]

ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

August 30th, 2016

End Racism Xenophobia in America… Stop Global Warming… Free Raif Badawi… There are a number of stories and themes that I come back to again and again. My friend Eric Vessels once wrote that I do a consistently good job of following up, and Scene Magazine said that my daily posts remind the public of […]

MEET THE NOT SO STAR-SPANGLED, MERIKINS…

August 29th, 2016

So, I am reminded, once again, of my woeful ignorance of the world around me. This morning I began reading about Colin Kaepernick refusal to rise and sing The Star Spangled Banner. Kaepernick said: I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and […]

UNLEARNERD…? HOW ABOUT NEVER LEARNED…?

August 28th, 2016

My personal theory, as an educator, is that students don’t unlearn, or even forget very much, over the 10 weeks or so of summer vacation; they simply never actually learned the material in the first place. Oh, they may have crammed for exams, and done well, but that is very different from learning

HELMETS ARE WERE FOR SISSIES…

August 26th, 2016

When I was growing up I took a lot stupid actions. (I did even more as a young adult, but that’s another story.) My friends and I rode old car hoods down snowy hills, we touched moving trains, we swam across lakes in the deep woods, we swung across deep ravines on vines, we, well […]

JACKSON ADMITS CLEVELAND GAVE AWAY BILLIONS

August 25th, 2016

What got Mayor Frank Jackson so agitated that he acted as if he were the Mayor of Cleveland’s residents and not just its business community? ¶Maybe a princess kissed him and he woke up to what he’s been done in the last decade. ¶He finally admitted he was the servant of Cleveland’s powerful corporate community. […]

PISTOLA SÍ! CONSOLADOR NO…?

August 25th, 2016

In the insanity that is Texas, the state legislature decided that students should be able to carry guns to class. Students, thinking out of the box, have taken a brilliant civil disobedience action. Tom Dart, reporting in Cocks Not Glocks: Texas students carry dildos on campus to protest gun law for The Guardian, writes: Demonstrators […]

SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME…

August 25th, 2016

Oh gawd! I do not need another suggested reading list to make me feel even less informed and lazy. Curse you Ralph Nader! Ralph Nader, writing in Readers Think. Thinkers Read, suggests: Here are my recommended books to read for the late summer holidays. The Green Cowboy: An Energetic Life, by S. David Freeman, Authorhouse. […]

DEFEATING TRUMP DOESN’T FIX OUR PROBLEM…

August 25th, 2016

I didn’t begin to understand my own privilege until I enlisted in the Navy. That was the first time this ignorant white boy from rural Southeastern Ohio was exposed to African Americans and Hispanic Americans and Filipino Americans up close and personal. Seriously. My personal education (I learned zip on the subject in school, my […]

FROM PURPOSE TO PASSION TO PERCEPTION

August 23rd, 2016

The Paris Review: “The Art Of Fiction No. 8” with Ralph Ellison. INTERVIEWER: Did you have everything thought out before you began to write Invisible Man? ELLISON: The symbols and their connections were known to me. I began it with a chart of the three-part division. It was a conceptual frame with most of the […]

THE JOURNEY FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT…

August 22nd, 2016

The Paris Review: “The Art Of Fiction No. 8” with Ralph Ellison. INTERVIEWER: Can you give us an example of the use of folklore in your own novel? ELLISON: There are certain themes, symbols, and images which are based on folk material. For example, there is the old saying among Negroes: If you’re black, stay […]

WE DON’T NEED NO ANY CHARTER SCHOOLS…

August 22nd, 2016

Of course, Ohio—with White Hat Management at the fore—comes in for the lion’s share of Oliver’s piece. As for the question of Cyber Charters, I can say from 10+ years of working with online classes in multiple districts that unless the student is working in a classroom with a knowledgeable educator (or receiving at-home instruction […]

WILMORE’S EXIT INTERVIEW: KEEPIN’ IT A HUNERT

August 21st, 2016

So Larry Wilmore and The Nightly Show have moved on. While I’m sure that Bill Cosby is ecstatic, the rest of us are feeling a hole right now. I actually don’t know if I can switch to another show. Seamus Kirst, writing in Larry Wilmore on The Nightly Show’s end: ‘I don’t mind going down […]

HOW WE CULL THE COLLEGE-STUDENT HERD…?

August 21st, 2016

Bread and butter. Chocolate and peanut butter. Drinking and college. Anyone who thinks that making the drinking age 21 will keep 18- (and even some 17-year-olds) from drinking on campus is blind to a very simple reality. There’s a reason high school juniors and senior quietly shortlist party schools when they’re looking at colleges. After […]

EXXON, NOT ISIL/ISIS, IS OUR GREATEST THREAT…

August 21st, 2016

We have spent billions creating a security infrastructure to keep us safe from a threat that pales in comparison to the existential danger to humanity: Global Warming/Climate Change. We are playing shuffleboard on the Titanic while the waters rush in. Writing in Green Party candidate Jill Stein calls for climate state of emergency for The […]

DONALD AND HILLARY ARE HIDING DOCUMENTS…

August 20th, 2016

Donald Trump filed tax returns. Hillary Clinton gave speeches. The content of both could tell us much about the two plutocracy party candidates for president, but neither candidate thinks that information would be helpful to their campaign. Fair enough, no law requires them to release that information, but in this age of faux transparency, what […]

CRITICISM OF $2 MILLION BIKE TRACK NOT RACIST

August 18th, 2016

Blaine Griffin’s charge that the basis of complaints about a $2-million dirt bike proposal by his boss are racist is pathetic. Griffin, at $105,000 a year, heads the city’s community relations department. That’s wonderful thinking for good community relations. Calling people racists. And it’s 20 to 30 years out of date. There’s plenty of real […]

WHAT THE POLAR ICE IS PROTECTING US FROM…

August 18th, 2016

I’m sure that there are ignorant people who think that if all the ice disappears from the Antarctic that we will enjoy lots and lots of new land to build condos on. What Peter Wadhams, The former director of the Scott Polar Research Institute and professor of ocean physics at Cambridge Peter Wadhams, wants those […]

SAVE LOUISIANANS: CANCEL THE OIL AUCTION…

August 18th, 2016

In my lifetime we’ve gone from 100-year floods to 1,000-year floods; from hurricanes to super storms. How long will we put our homes and our families at risk so that Exxon’s executive can buy more toys? 350.ORG emails: Friends, This week, central and southwestern Louisiana have been slammed by unprecedented floods. Over the weekend, I […]

WHAT MILLENNIA GREW, A CENTURY IS KILLING…

August 17th, 2016

Back in 1978 I, and the rest of the crew of the USS Bainbridge, transited Australia’s Great Barrier Reef en route from Darwin to Tonga. Standing on the bridge wings we could look down at the reef and marvel at the teeming ecosystem that had taken thousands and thousands of year to form, nearly forty […]

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