Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

HOW POOR CAN YOU BE AND BE ON THE LIST…?

January 16th, 2017

Over the last few days I found myself wondering just how much money you need to be on the list of the 400 wealthiest Americans. The number comes from Forbes which annually publishes the Forbes 400. The most recent list, 2016, puts Bill Gates at the top with $81 billion, $14 billion ahead of No. […]

[NEW] ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

January 16th, 2017

In the past I’ve asked if the DAPL protest could become this century’s Wounded Knee. I’m now thinking that Tienanmen Square might be the better comparison. [Update @ 0636 on 16 January: This has to be the most outrageous yet accurate lede I’ve ever seen—In response to numerous complaints by North Dakota citizens about protesters […]

$2 BILLION IS A SLAP ON THE CORPORATE WRIST…

January 13th, 2017

Ralph Nader, writing in an Open Letter to Attorney General Lynch: Prosecution or Guilty Pleas for Corporate Crime, makes the case against clemency: Dear Attorney General Loretta Lynch: News outlets are reporting that you are about to settle the criminal case with Takata airbag defect case for nearly $1 billion and the Volkswagen emissions cheating […]

SAN DIEGO CALLS BULLSHIT ON THE CHARGERS…

January 13th, 2017

I typically avoid the sports pages (one recent exception was following the news on Colin Kaepernick and Rodney Axson) but the news out of San Diego, California, where I lived for two years in the late ’70s, grabbed my attention with this headline from The Guardian: San Diego refused to be bullied by the NFL […]

DEATH BY POLITICIANS

January 10th, 2017

Photo used courtesy of Scene. He’s a nice guy. He’s earnest. He’s honest for a politician. He’s likely a good family man. He’s competent. He’s reliable. Don’t think he’d purposely do anyone a wrong. A stand-up guy. But he’s going to KILL someone. He’s a Republican Senator. Rob Portman. Of Ohio. He’ll vote with the […]

WHO CAN EAT JUST 20 GRAMS OF SUGAR A DAY…?

January 8th, 2017

I just had a wait! what? moment. Continuing my Stick with it: a willpower special reading in The Guardian this morning I began with Martha Hayes’ How to quit sugar this year: ‘It’s a lifestyle change, not a diet’ and at the third paragraph I slammed on the brakes when I read: From the World […]

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME…

January 7th, 2017

Since the November election I have heard numerous radio programs and read countless articles about how those of us who didn’t vote for Donald John Trump ought to behave when interacting with those who did. The advice is all over the place, but I find that offered by Jessica Valenti in America: don’t be polite […]

LIMITATIONS AND BOUNDARIES ARE LIBERATING…

January 7th, 2017

I think that if my possibilities are limitless then I’m less likely to do what I want to do: if I can do anything, then I’m likely to do nothing. One example I sometimes use with my students is to suggest that when writing poetry, constraints—certain meters or form such as the Sonnet or the […]

SO, WHAT IF WILLPOWER ISN’T REALLY A THING…?

January 7th, 2017

Six years ago I lost 80 pounds, dropping from an obese 265 pounds to my high school weight of 185 pounds in about six months. I accomplished the feat principally by eliminating junk and fast foods from my diet. I kept the weight off for more than four years, but over the past two years […]

THE ODOR STENCH* OF CIVIC CORRUPTION

January 5th, 2017

Cui bono? It’s always been my question: Who benefits? Who pays? I long ago concluded the answer. The nauseating growth of inequality proves the question and answer appropriate. The trail of deception in Cleveland has been long and will get longer unless the public demands some accounting. Not likely. The problem is two-fold. One, we […]

SORRY KING JAMES, THE WORD IS STEWARDSHIP

January 5th, 2017

Years ago, when I learned Hebrew and began to read the Torah, I was struck by the key passage in Genesis where Adam is given stewardship over the Earth and how this conflicted with the King James translation which substituted dominion for stewardship. This was a time when England was stretching its reach and seeking […]

PAY ATTENTION TO THE MEN BEHIND THE CURTAIN…

January 4th, 2017

Ralph Nader, in Ready for the Jawboning Presidency of Donald Trump, writes: All signs point to Donald Trump becoming a jawboning president without equal in American history. That is, jawboning by exerting rhetorical bombast focused on people, corporations and institutions, with massive media propulsion behind the very personal presidency he will establish. It will be […]

HOW MUCH HARM CAN A STUBBORN JACKSON DO?

January 3rd, 2017

The Public Square debacle that now portends severe financial distress for public transit in Cleveland again underscore the damaging effect of an agenda set by the elite forces of the Greater Cleveland Partnership and foundation money sources. The $32 million Public Square project, which turned into a $50 million (as far as we know) deal, […]

NOT JUST MARCHING, PEOPLE ARE MOBILIZING…

January 2nd, 2017

The next four years are going to be tough, but already people who want to prevent the billionaire oligarchs from trashing their country are standing up and taking action. The People’s Climate Movement is just the beginning of a broader mobilization to come. From 350.ORG comes this message: Dear friends, New year, new resolve. Time […]

TO SLEEP, PERCHANCE TO DREAM GET SOME REST…

December 30th, 2016

I can’t recall the last time I got a restful eight hours of sleep. If I get a solid six hours I’m ecstatic because most nights I hit five, maybe five-and-a-half hours and can then choose to either stare at the ceiling or get up and write. By mid-morning I’m drowsy and need a nap. […]

THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE YOU’LL READ TODAY…

December 30th, 2016

Mano Singham is always cogent and insightful, but today he’s hit a particularly high note in The white norm error. He writes: There is a peculiar tendency in America with many phenomena (and maybe it exists in other countries too), that when the data are disaggregated by race, to see the statistics for whites as […]

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER 20 JANUARY 2017…

December 27th, 2016

As I predicted months ago, the inauguration of Donald John Trump as president of The United States Of America will galvanize Americans behind Our Revolution. Ralph Nader, writing in Tripwires for the Trumpsters, offers a taste of what he thinks is coming: The Trumpsters are coming to town—led by a failed gambling czar, corporate welfare […]

AFTER THE BIG LIFT COMES THE BIGGER FALL…

December 26th, 2016

This Ralph Nader essay was originally written on 7 October but I’ve allowed my email inbox to explode and the piece was lost in the crush. Nader, in Trump—Betrayer in Chief, writes: Let’s say you’re inclined to vote for Donald Trump largely because you dislike Hillary Clinton and are fed up with government messing up […]

BOMBING FOR PEACE, ONE AT NATION AT A TIME…

December 25th, 2016

This Ralph Nader essay was originally written on 30 September but I’ve allowed my email inbox to explode and the piece was lost in the crush. Nader, in The Jolting Graphic Novel of Our Times, writes: If there is one glaring omission among the daily declarations of both empty suit Donald Trump and hawkish Hillary […]

GLOBAL WEIRDING PART VIII: GAWD’S GOT THIS…

December 21st, 2016

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