Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

ROLDO RIGHTS ON 2014, HOW ARE WE DOING…?

September 1st, 2014

Cleveland Mayor Carl Burton Stokes We are powerless. We are leaderless. There seem to be no real voices of protest. Thus no anger to play off. No squeaky wheel to arouse. Not a media voice of even mild condemnation of what is. Or what should be. A newspaper lacking even the pretense of debate or […]

HEURISTICS AND PRODUCTIVITY…

September 1st, 2014

Experience has taught me that there’s a significant problem attached to being the kind of person who gets excited by productivity systems – to-do lists, time management techniques, personal organisers, expensive notebooks and the like. Two problems, in fact, if you count the one about being ostracised by friends and widely regarded as not quite […]

FEAR IS THE MIND KILLER, I WILL FACE MY FEAR

September 1st, 2014

Real procrastination, which afflicts an estimated 20% of us, isn’t the same as laziness, being disorganised, or putting off boring chores. It’s an active avoidance strategy, and because it’s usually rooted in the fear of failure, or success, or loss of control, it most affects exactly those things that really matter to us, not the […]

HAPPY LABOR DAY…

September 1st, 2014

RULE NO. 61: SERVE THE VEGETABLES FIRST …

September 1st, 2014

Rule No. 61 – Serve the Vegetables First. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

HANDS UP…! DON’T SHOOT…!

September 1st, 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. Hands up. Don’t shoot. The image of black men and women repeating this simple action at protests in Ferguson, Missouri – and across the globe – generates its power from what […]

OHIO’S CARPET BAGGING TEA BAGGER…

August 31st, 2014

It comes as no surprise to discover that Congressman Bill Johnson might be reluctant to engage in an honest, one-on-one, debate with his Democrat opponent before the November 4 election. Johnson wants to rely instead upon the tried-and-true tea party tactic of staged “town-hall” meetings (where his pals can make him look good by restricting […]

BUSINESS: PROTECT US FROM THE FREE MARKET…!

August 31st, 2014

When they can’t compete, corporations scramble for government protection. The US telecoms industry called on the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to block two cities’ plans to expand high-speed internet services to their residents. USTelecom, which represents telecoms giants Verizon, AT&T and others, wants the FCC to block expansion of two popular municipally owned high-speed […]

EMBRACING THE TWO-MINUTE DRILL…

August 31st, 2014

So perhaps we [email] addicts should go easier on ourselves. If you can’t stop checking, don’t try to wage war on your impulses: just have a simple system to deal with the interruption swiftly. Here I’ll invoke (not for the first time) the productivity expert David Allen: if an email can be dealt with in […]

RULE NO. 60: CONSULT YOUR GUT…

August 31st, 2014

Rule No. 60 – Consult Your Gut. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

DOES MINDFULNESS RELATE TO WILLPOWER…?

August 30th, 2014

Our basic practice is the practice of generating the energy [Is Nhat Hahn speaking of willpower here? Is it possible to substitute willpower in every, or most, instances, for energy? JH] of mindfulness, concentration and insight. Insight will bring compassion, love, harmony and peace. p. 96 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat […]

MEDITATION ON KURT VONNEGUT: VIII…

August 30th, 2014

As a teacher, I was usually pretty good at helping people become what they wanted to become. I didn’t try to make them resemble me. – to Mark Vonnegut on 20 March 1972, p. 180. Kurt Vonnegut: Letters. The challenge here is to help students decide what they want to become. Vonnegut was working with […]

YOU CAN SLEEP WHEN YOU’RE DEAD…

August 30th, 2014

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RULE NO. 59: DON’T GET TOO HUNGRY…

August 30th, 2014

Rule No. 59 – Don’t Let Yourself Get Too Hungry. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

SO WHAT IF I’M AN INNIE… PISS OFF…

August 29th, 2014

Introverts are not what the rest of us, the three-quarters of the population who are extroverts, think they are. If you’re cripplingly shy and desperate to make more friends, you’re probably an extrovert; if you spend time alone because you’re depressed, you could be either. True introverts are, on balance, drained by social interaction and […]

THE POWER OF NEGATIVE THINKING…

August 29th, 2014

More and previously…

NO WALL BETWEEN PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL…

August 29th, 2014

Via Janine Gibson, Times executive editor Jill Abramson–at a meeting to convince the Guardian to collaborate on certain NSA stories–sent a message: Please tell Glenn Greenwald personally [but not officially or professionally, JH] that I agree with him completely about the fact that we should never have run the claim about China ‘draining’ Snowden’s laptops. […]

OH WELL, I’M DONE WITH ELIZABETH WARREN…

August 29th, 2014

[Update @ 1140: Mano Singham is also not pleased and offers a prescription below...] The last time Elizabeth Warren was asked about her views on the Israeli attack on Gaza – on July 17 – she, as Rania Khalek put it, “literally ran away” without answering. But last week, the liberal Senator appeared for one […]

MORE WRITING LEADS TO BETTER WRITERS…

August 29th, 2014

Mouse-over: I’d like to find a corpus of writing writing from children in a non-self-selected sample (e.g. handwritten letters to the president from everyone in the same teacher’s 7th grade class every year)–and score the kids today versus the kids 20 years ago on various objective measures of writing quality. I’ve heard the idea that […]

RULE NO. 58: A LITTLE HUNGER IS GOOD…

August 29th, 2014

Rule No. 58 – It’s Okay to Be a Little Hungry. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

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