Our Climate Crisis Is an Education Crisis Editorial 25_03.
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Our Climate Crisis Is an Education Crisis Editorial 25_03.
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.
How the US Funds the Taliban. The Nation.
And the Sarah Palin obsession continues:
Copenhagen: Seattle Grows Up. Naomi Klein
The Fifty-Year War. Jonathan Schell: We learned so much, at such cost, in Vietnam. Why must we learn it all again in Afghanistan?
The Perils of Palinism. “With enemies like Sarah Palin, who needs friends?”
Interview with Arianna Huffington | The Progressive.
From Angie’s blog:
Back in the day it was called “magic” by captivated audiences, these reproductions of reality, these “ optical illusions.” But I believe that the magic was not so much in the product, but in the magical moment when minds actually had the leisure, inspiration, desire to come together for a project. It seems to me, now that I live in a university town surrounded by academics, there is very little time to “play” to attempt and then fail, involving our research without some economic and professional consequences or delays. The professionalism of academia seems to be working against its own potential of doing something extraordinary because from what I understand my colleagues in the sciences, humanities, etc.. have very little free-play time. The essential development time that is allotted to babies and children at schools, where they socialize, follow their own curiosities and just play. And this “interdisciplinary free play” that aristocrats and the well-to do had back in the day was essential to plant the intellectual,artistic, scientific seeds of something that continues to impact our lives in monumental ways. Maybe now that the economic has had a shake down, there will be more time to play, something new will be invented? Or there will be a slowing down on individual professional growth and some (individuals and institutions) will begin thinking on collective growth?
From Sarah: India’s female Pink Gang are vigilantes.
Can 350.org save the world? – Los Angeles Times. By Bill McKibben
Q: Why do Republicans want to raise Alcoa’s taxes? Also Chrysler’s, Ford’s, GE’s, and Pepsi’s?
A: Because these companies and 20 others are in favor of reducing greenhouse emissions. In other words, they’re traitors, and they no longer deserve the tax breaks the GOP has worked so hard to give them over the years.
Isn’t political kabuki grand? Turns out Joe Barton (R–Fantasyland) and his friends are planning to introduce a tidal wave of 448 amendments to the Waxman-Markey Clean Energy Act, apparently in the belief that kindergarten stalling tactics like this will get them taken seriously. Among the 448 are 25 that remove all tax benefits from corporate members of the United States Climate Action Partnership, who obviously no longer deserve them. Plus there are five more that ominously address the “tax status” of nonprofits who support action on greenhouse gases.
The Mother of All War Zones | Mother Jones. 2,000-plus years of Afghanistan conquest, from Alexander the Great to Barack the So Far, So Good.
Jezebel – “Modern Love” May Lead To Rash Of Armchair Diagnoses – Aspergers syndrome. [I’m submitting an essay next submission round].
1. Oprah Winfrey: Transform Your Wounds into Wisdom
Turn your wounds into wisdom. You will be wounded many times in your life. You’ll make mistakes. Some people will call them failures but I have learned that failure is really God’s way of saying, “Excuse me, you’re moving in the wrong direction.” It’s just an experience, just an experience.
–Wellesley College commencement, 1997
2. Elie Wiesel: What Are You Waiting For?
My good friends, we are all waiting. We are waiting, if not for the Messiah, as such, we are waiting for the messianic moment. And the messianic moment is what each and every one of us tries to build, meaning a certain area of humanity that links us to all those who are human and, therefore, desperately trying to fight despair as humanly as possible and–I hope–with some measure of success.
–DePaul University commencement, 1997
3. Jon Stewart: The Right Path
How do you know what is the right path to choose to get the result that you desire? The honest answer is this: You won’t. And accepting that greatly eases the anxiety of your life experience.
–The College of William and Mary commencement, 2004
4. Margaret Atwood: You Always Have a Choice
When faced with the inevitable, you always have a choice…. As I learned during my liberal arts education, any symbol can have, in the imaginative context, two versions, a positive and a negative. If you spill your milk, you’re left with a glass which is either half empty or half full…. You may not be able to alter reality, but you can alter your attitude towards it, and this, paradoxically, alters reality. Try it and see.
–The University of Toronto commencement, 1983
5. Toni Morrison: You Are Your Own Stories
You are your own stories and therefore free to imagine and experience what it means to be human…. And although you don’t have complete control over the narrative (no author does, I can tell you), you could nevertheless create it…. So, from my point of view, which is that of a storyteller, I see your life as already artful, waiting, just waiting and ready for you to make it art.
–Wellesley College commencement, 2004
6. The Dalai Lama: The Importance of Patience
It is important to have determination and optimism and patience. If you lack patience, even when you face some small obstacle, you lose courage. There is a Tibetan saying, “Even if you have failed at something nine times, you have still given it effort nine times.” I think that’s important. Use your brain to analyze the situation. Do not rush through it, but think. Once you decide what to do about that obstacle, then there’s a possibility that you will achieve your goal.
–Emory University commencement, 1998
7. Desmond Tutu: Spread Your Eagle Wings
And God says to all of us, you are no chicken; you are an eagle. Fly, eagle, fly. And God wants us to shake ourselves, spread our pinions, and then lift off and soar and rise, and rise toward the confident and the good and the beautiful. Rise towards the compassionate and the gentle and the caring. Rise to become what God intends us to be–eagles, not chickens.
–Brandeis University commencement, 2000
8. Tony Snow: The Power of Love and Prayer
Never underestimate the power of other people’s love and prayer. When you put someone else at the center of your frame, the entire world changes for you.
–Catholic University commencement, 2007