here we go again…
NPR Is Not Left Wing Opposite of Right Wing Media Machine | Common Dreams.
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.
Taking the Helm, Trumka Calls for a ‘New Kind of Labor Movement’//In These Times
The labor movement can’t ask the next generation of workers to change how they earn their living to fit our model of trade unionism. No! We have to change our approach to organizing and representation to better meet their needs.
What kind of labor movement do we need? A younger labor movement. A greener labor movement. A labor movement that can project its power–to defend workers anywhere in the world. A labor movement that’s organizing the unorganized.
A labor movement that’s winning healthcare for every family–and, yes, a labor movement that stands by its friends, punishes its enemies, and challenges those who can’t decide whose side they’re on.
Romell Broom and the Barbarism of the Death Penalty//The Progressive
Let Us Not Become the Evil We Deplore//Truthdig//Amy Goodman
Trading Places: From Ex-Lobbyist to Market Watchdog//Mother Jones
Climate Conflict of Interest//Mother Jones
All-Women Public Transportation in India from Feministing.
18 Women Trampled to Death::Karachi, Pakistan very sad story, this is where Sarah was researching.
Vows: State of the Unions//NYTimes first gay couple to be featured by the newspaper.
Is American Conservatism Dead? from t r u t h o u t via Bill Moyers. If only it was.
On Prisons, Borders, Safety, and Privilege: An Open Letter to White Feminists | Reproductive Justice and Gender | AlterNet.
t r u t h o u t | Two Suspected US Missile Attacks Kill 45 in Pakistan.
Dear Mr. Obama,
Keep you missiles away from my Sarah.
Si Se Puede [and yes you WILL],
t r u t h o u t | Eager to Tap Iraq’s Vast Oil Reserves, Industry Execs Suggested Invasion.
Truthdig – Reports – The Unemployed Will Roar. You Betcha.
Truthdig – Ear to the Ground – Sarah Palin Gets Philosophical. Who does she think she is, Rev Run?
Truthdig – Reports – Two Standards of Detention. by Amy Goodman.
The Drug War in Six Acts | Mother Jones.
From Garland: Pam’s House Blend:: Black kids booted from Philly club’s ‘whites-only’ pool. Yes, time check, it is 2009.
Awesome, Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg Explains It All To You – Ruth bader ginsburg interview – Jezebel.
Looking For Leadership | CommonDreams.org. Greenpeace adventures!!
Sociological Images » Sexy And The Gender Binary.
The Boiling Point: Mikhaela Reid’s political cartoons. Awesome political cartoons…I want her for vandal 1.2/1.3!