Archive for the 'Social Justice & Advocacy' Category

FORGET SEEING EUROPE, TRY LIVING ON $4 A DAY…

January 28th, 2018

As I read Angus Deaton’s The U.S. Can No Longer Hide From Its Deep Poverty Problem in The New York Times brought a piece on poverty written nearly a century ago: George Orwell’s The Spike where living on eight pence a day in 1931 might be compared to $1.90 a day, or better, in the […]

COMING FRIDAY TO A STREET NEAR YOU…

January 27th, 2018

Via Mano Singham… In his most recent novel—Robicheaux—James Lee Burke puts wise words into the mouth of his police officer protagonist, Dave Robicheaux: Clete Purcell normally referred to cop shows on television as “the most recent shit Hollywood is foisting on really stupid people.” Clete’s intolerance aside, the facsimile has little to do with the […]

ENSURE YOU GET YOUR CUT OF THE $25 BILLION…

January 25th, 2018

As near as I can figure this morning, Ohioans should contact Jill Froment, Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance if they want to ensure that they get their cut of President Donald John Trump’s tax boondoggle.. You can email her or go old school on the phone, fax or snailmail. Ralph Nader in Look […]

REACH TO BUILD THE BEST SOCIETY POSSIBLE

January 24th, 2018

One of the most often uttered phrases in adolescence—topped only by whatever—may be What’s the point? We humans struggle to fin meaning in a universe that doesn’t have any. Eventually we give up and just create our own meanings and move on. Today I’m thinking about how a stoic approaches the question. The Stoics argue […]

STOP WANDERING AND START WONDERING…

January 22nd, 2018

So, in Buddhist meditation, one of the first phrases you come across is monkey mind. Think of what you see when you visit the monkey house—or if you’re luck enough to live in Cleveland, monkey island—and watch the frenetic action as troops bounce from branch to branch, chattering to each other in what seems like […]

USE YOUR 1,000 PIECES OF GOLD WISELY…

January 21st, 2018

At the simplest level, we all understand that we can’t fix the world, but we can fix one part of one problem. We can save a starfish or a gallon of gas or help one person to see one patch of light. And that is enough. We ought not to beat ourselves up for not […]

SEE NO EVIL BECAUSE THERE IS NO EVIL…

January 19th, 2018

I’ve said before that evil, like cold and dark, is an absence rather than a presence. Reading Massimo Picliucci’s How To Be A Stoic, has led me to explore another possibility that evil isn’t even an absence of good, but rather an ignorance. The Stoics held that people don’t really do evil but simply have […]

OUR WEE MEADOW HAS A STATELY VISITOR…

January 19th, 2018

I can haz din din now…?

DO, FAIL, NOTICE THE FAILURE, DO, FAIL, REPEAT…

January 19th, 2018

I’m still waiting for my copy of Dan Harris’ Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To Book to come in and Oliver Burkeman, writing this morning in Meditation: how to make yourself sit down and do the damn thing for The Guardian, has given me additional reason to look forward to reading the book. […]

BERNIE SANDERS TAKES HIS MESSAGE GLOBAL…

January 15th, 2018

In the 21st century national borders—walled or no—are meaningless when wealth flashes between banks across the globe in less time than it has taken me to write this sentence. We can’t build a wall high enough to stop the poisons of the industrial age from burning our lungs, riddling our bodies with cancers and flooding […]

11 POINTS FOR OUR WHITE WORKING-CLASS…

January 13th, 2018

In 1969 a group of White, working-class Americans born in the South but living in Chicago came together to create The Young Patriots Organization. An 11-point document came out of that organization—printed using an odd-faux computer font—that was meant to parallel the 10-point manifesto of The Black Panther Party. I abstract the document below, but […]

RTA CUTS? WHO CARES, IT SERVES WORKING PEOPLE

January 11th, 2018

The fact that there has been little public hysteria—as there usually is when something the corporate establishment feels hurt—tells you all you need to know about our priorities here. RTA faces a fiscal strangulation. It’s due to a change in levy of the sales tax on Medicaid. RTA says it will cost some $20 million […]

STRONG RACIAL IDENTITY FIGHTS THE PUSHOUT…

January 11th, 2018

So, I finished reading Monique Morris’ excellent work: Pushout: The Criminalization Of Black Girls In Schools over the winter break and sent copies of my notes to some educators whose opinions I value. I haven’t heard back yet, but a story this morning on The Root (more on this below the fold) prompted me to […]

UNDERSTANDING THE WAY THE WORLD WORKS…

January 10th, 2018

As Picliucci begins to erect his scaffold for being a Stoic in the 21st century, he first focuses on two ideas: understanding the nature of the world and the nature of human reasoning: The theoretical framework of Stoicism is the idea that in order to live a good (in the sense of eudaimonic) life one […]

ONLY THREE AREAS OF INTEREST AND CONCERN…?

January 9th, 2018

Ralph Nader has a long history of writing open letters to presidents. I imagine that those missives were duly delivered to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and dutifully read by presidential staff and, on occasion, brought to the attention of the president. I doubt that that happens anymore. What I imagine happens in the what passes for […]

WE ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT…

January 8th, 2018

Finding anyone in America, or anyone who has ever watched American television, that cannot recite the Miranda Warning must be nigh on impossible. And the first seven words—You have the right to remain silent—come first for a very good reason: they are the only words you must hear, understand and follow any time find yourself […]

THE GOLDEN GLOBES SPEECH: OPRAH 2020…

January 8th, 2018

Our first woman president will not be Ivanka Trump. Let’s just get that said and move on to a reality based world. Jake Nevins, reporting in Oprah Winfrey’s stirring Golden Globes speech prompts talk of White House run for The Guardian, writes: The notion of the talk show host and entrepreneur running for president against […]

BROWNS FANS NEED CIVIC LESSONS

January 7th, 2018

It was quite a show with thousands braving frigid Lake Erie weather to celebrate (berate?) (castigate?) (deflate?) their Cleveland Browns on a far below freezing Saturday. To get that many people out under those circumstances certainly places Browns fans among the most fanatical, or hapless of sports fans. They were (protesting, celebrating) you pick the […]

THIS IS THE POWER OF CONVERSATION…

January 6th, 2018

Sarah Silverman may have been reading Celeste Headlee’s We Need To Talk. Via Mano Singham…

IF ONLY WE DIDN’T CALL THEM COLDS

January 5th, 2018

So, I’ve been deep diving in The Guardian archives and found what I think may be the first bylined piece by Oliver Burkeman for that publication. Published on 12 October 1999, A tale of mice and mucus is all about what we call The Common Cold. The name, as Burkeman notes in his text, is […]

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