Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

48 HOURS TO DEADLINE FOR RAIF BADAWI;
NOW IS THE TIME FOR THAT URGENT ACTION

March 26th, 2015

Note: newer, but less vital stories do appear lower down. For the second day since 18 January when I first stuck this running post on Raif Badawi to the top of Have Coffee Will Write, there were no news updates to report on his case. This is very disturbing because it suggests that the world’s […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY FOR 25 MARCH…

March 25th, 2015

It’s been a busy week in Wally World: the Universe’s source of cheap plastic crap from China. On The Writing On The Wal—the blog USA Today says should be on its readers’ radar—I continue my singular work dedicated to drawing back the curtain on the Bentonvile Behemoth’s corporate disinformation and other flackery. YAY WALMART, NO […]

I’D SKIM UNTIL I COULDN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE

March 24th, 2015

One of my nephews, upon graduation from high school, proclaimed that he would never have to read another book again. That is bad, but I know there are people who will think this 5 minute and 28 second video too long and boring to watch. From Nancie Atwell, the first recipient of the $1 million […]

STEPHEN KING JOINS WARREN BUFFETT ON TAXES…

March 22nd, 2015

When billionaires say their taxes are too low, other billionaires say fine, cut a check. This disingenuous response hides, however, the core message wealthy people like Warren Buffet, Nick Hanauer and now Stephen King wish to deliver. They believe, indeed the majority of people worth more than $1 million believe, that all people with more […]

KEEP CARBON IN THE GROUND… 100,000+ VOICES…

March 20th, 2015

We’ve done it: since Monday more than 100,000 people have signed our petition asking the Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust to move their funds out of fossil fuels. What an amazing response! Scottish actor Tilda Swinton, chef Yotam Ottolenghi and Professor Anne Glover, former chief scientific advisor to the president of the European commission are […]

ABU GHRAIB COMING TO YOUR SCHOOL…?

March 20th, 2015

I thought schools were all about being bully-free zones. So, this is what I think the rule should be: if you expect a student of a criminal act—assault, theft, possession, &c.—then first, sit the student down in a safe place, second, call the adults responsible for the student and do absolutely nothing else until that […]

WELLCOME SELLS $138 MILLION IN EXXON STOCK…

March 19th, 2015

Investing our pension funds and other monies that we expect someday to provide for us in carbon stocks is a bad investment and investors and their advisers are waking up to this fact. Divesting is not just sound environmental policy anymore. The Wellcome Trust has quietly sold off a $138m (£94m) investment in ExxonMobil, the […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY FOR 18 MARCH…

March 18th, 2015

It’s been a busy week in Wally World: the Universe’s source of cheap plastic crap from China. On The Writing On The Wal—the blog USA Today says should be on its readers’ radar—I continue my singular work dedicated to drawing back the curtain on the Bentonvile Behemoth’s corporate disinformation and other flackery. WOMEN OWNED OR […]

HOW THE FBI HOME-GROWS TERRORISTS DUPES…

March 18th, 2015

OK. Serious question. Has the Federal Bureau of Investigation discovered, arrested and provided sufficient information to convict a single individual in the United States on terrorism charges that the FBI did not, in fact, actually train to be arrested? Any one? Got a name? Hint. That name is not Sami Osmakac. IN THE VIDEO, Sami […]

COMING TO A BREADBASKET NEAR YOU…

March 17th, 2015

Above you see one of the iconic views of the formerly 26,300 square mile Aral Sea. Mouse over the photo and you see the formerly 18 square mile Folsom Lake in Northern California. Humans can live for about three days without water and we are seriously fucking up our second most precious resource—air being the […]

LEAVE FOSSIL FUELS IN THE GROUND…

March 16th, 2015

Kyoto, following five years after the 1992 The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, was sufficient proof for me that nothing was being done. Every national and international meeting to yammer on about Global Warming’s existential threat to our civilization and our planet has been an exercise in smoke and mirrors to distract us […]

SILHOUETTE MAN IS VERY ANGRY…

March 15th, 2015

Then of course, there was George Carlin’s take on educational debt…

J. EDGAR’S GHOST IS SMILING…

March 15th, 2015

In the eyes of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and those who control that organization (hint: not We The People) we are all terrorists until proven otherwise, and then only provisionally. Members of an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force tracked the time and location of a Black Lives Matter protest last December at the Mall […]

STOP FIGHTING FIRES AND FIGHT THE ARSONIST…

March 15th, 2015

As I think of how paralyzing are the myriad of injustices—global warming/climate change, police militarization, racism, sexism, water pollution, air pollution, mass surveillance, the list goes on and on—I realize that I, we, have to think about the root cause, our runaway economic system that allows the Masters Of The Universe and their legions of […]

WILLY WONKA WOULD BE PROUD…

March 15th, 2015

Last weekend my bank went offline to upgrade its online systems. When I logged on following the upgrade I was greeted with a 47-page, 23,060-word behemoth of an End User License Agreement to which I was required to check that I had indeed read and accepted the Terms and Conditions. To my own peril, like […]

WHAT WILL I DO…?

March 14th, 2015

The alarm bells of the climate crisis have been ringing in our ears for years and are getting louder all the time – yet humanity has failed to change course. What is wrong with us? Many answers to that question have been offered, ranging from the extreme difficulty of getting all the governments in the […]

WHAT DOES THIS EARTH REQUIRE OF US…?

March 13th, 2015

BILL MOYERS: Welcome. In this broadcast you will meet an effervescent man who still believes we can make democracy work. Later we’ll talk about those people in Washington who refuse to let it work, but first Wendell Berry. A master of the written word, he rarely appears on television. For one thing, when he’s not […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY FOR 11 MARCH…

March 11th, 2015

It’s been a busy week in Wally World: the Universe’s source of cheap plastic crap from China. On The Writing On The Wal—the blog USA Today says should be on its readers’ radar—I continue my singular work dedicated to drawing back the curtain on the Bentonvile Behemoth’s corporate disinformation and other flackery. WEEKLY WALMART ROUNDUP… […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON: GETTING NERVOUS, FRANK…?

March 10th, 2015

e Have Cleveland’s real leaders run a poll on Mayor Frank Jackson popularity (or unpopularity) or are they just naturally nervous these days. In the Sunday Plain Dealer there was the most unusual op-ed page piece I can remember in 50 years working or watching the city’s newspaper on standing. Leadership of Jackson shows recall […]

THE OTHER CLIMATE CHANGE DENIALS…

March 10th, 2015

The Guardian is embarking on a major series of articles on the climate crisis and how humanity can solve it. I have a long history with climate change, but, I fear I may have fallen into the trap of paying insufficient attention to a vital threat in favor of the myriad urgent trivialities filling my […]

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