Our Climate Crisis Is an Education Crisis Editorial 25_03.
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Perry’s ‘Texanity’ Explained – OtherWords. “[Perry] is going to shrink government until it fits into a woman’s uterus.”
A Texas-Sized Plan for Nuclear Waste | Mother Jones. We already have a large radioactive dump site, its called Texas Tech University.
We trade in the responsibilities of democratic citizenship for the pleasure of a superfan’s enthusiasm by simply backing whatever is being pushed by the political Michael Jordan we like.
here we go again…
That’s why our favorite new word is “agnotology.” According to the website WordSpy, it means “the study of culturally-induced ignorance or doubt,” a concept developed in recent years by two historians of science at Stanford University, Robert Proctor and his wife, Londa Schiebinger.Believing that global climate change is a myth is one example of the kind of ignorance agnotologists investigate. Or the insistence by the tobacco industry that the harm caused by smoking is still in dispute. Or the conviction that Barack Obama is a closet Muslim, and a radical one at that, who may not even be from America.Those first two illusions have been induced by big business in a cynical attempt to keep pumping profits from deadly pollutants, whether fossil fuels or nicotine. The third, dreamed up by fantasists of the right wing fringe, is in its own way just as toxic and has been tacitly, sometimes audibly, encouraged by certain opponents of President Obama who would perpetuate any prevarication to further blockade his agenda and deny him and fellow Democrats reelection.None of them is true; rather, they fly in the face of those of us who belong to what an aide to George W. Bush famously called “the reality-based community [who] believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'” He told journalist Ron Suskind, ”That’s not the way the world really works anymore. We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.”
Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be.Revolution is a phase, a mood, like spring, and just as spring has its buds and showers, so revolution has its ebullience, its bravery, its hope, and its solidarity.
Between Despair and Hope: MLK, Obama and War | CommonDreams.org. Medea Benjamin
Kay Steiger: It’s Not So Easy. [her header pic for this blog is awesome.]
Remember last week when Hillary Clinton stood in front of the world and defended access to reproductive health care as a “basic right”?
“If we believe that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, then we cannot accept the ongoing marginalization of half the world’s population,” Secretary Clinton said one week ago today. “We cannot accept it morally, politically, socially, or economically.”
America’s Secret ICE Castles. The Nation
The Gaza I Know. The Nation
Unbelievable Holiday Tales – Mindy Kaling Writes Her Own Script for a Perfect Family – NYTimes.com. This is me. Liz sent this Sunday.
Chris Hedges: Gravel’s Lament: Fighting Another Dumb War – Chris Hedges’ Columns – Truthdig. I want to be Chris Hedges when I grow up.
‘Just War’ Is Just Words | CommonDreams.org. Ralph Nader
The Land Mines Obama Won’t Touch | CommonDreams.org. Bill Moyers
Now WE Must Earn Obama’s Nobel | CommonDreams.org. Harvey Wasserman
[so far the top.10.reads has a lot of heavy hitting men…]
and speaking of heavy hitters: Kucinich, Hedges, Nader Rally at the White House – Truthdig.
Now bring on the women: