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.
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.
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:
15 December 2009
Dear President Obama,
I expect our correspondence to be once a month considering our hectic schedules, with extra leniency around the holiday season.
Today I was lobbying a staff member of one of the County Supervisors to grant extra money towards one of their Health Services contracts. This measure would not only save jobs, but would continue the perinatal therapy services that the clinic provides to the low-income community. I generally like to get straight to the point when it comes to lobbying, in part because I don’t like to dance around the heart of the issue and frankly, I’m not big on hearing myself speak. While laying out “the ask” the staff member interrupted me and proceeded to first introduce himself, with a full 1000 bio, complete with professional references, and then scolded me for not using the title “Supervisor” when speaking of one of the elected officials. “Now, I know that you are new at this, and I’m not sure where you are from, but don’t you think that they have earned that title and deserve at least that much respect?” Because I was feeling nice, I merely said, “On one point you are correct, I’m not from here. I just moved from Texas, I’m a foreigner to these Californian ways.” And I left it at that and let him fill up the rest of our meeting with his boastin’-n-name-droppin’.
I believe all people deserve respect, but what he had asked that I show for the Supervisors was not that kind of respect–but rather an acknowledgment of their political position, an acknowledgment of the air they breathe being more important than mine and certainly more important than the workers I represent and the clients they serve. Do I think they have earned that title? Well, Mr. Supervisor Staff Member, define earned? If you mean bought and paid for, then of course. Politicians buy their way into the position, they earn it by making tough decisions, by saving jobs and providing care for the people who elected them and when they can acknowledge the real needs of their community and can meet them. Then they can deserve at least that much respect. They earn their position when they are no longer just a politician, but a leader.
Mr. President, I read about a protester’s sign in Copenhagen that read “Politicians Talk. Leaders Act.” I thought it was very appropriate and hope that “act” for you means pushing and signing a binding resolution at the summit that will trickle down into our domestic policy. You, sir, are a politician, and as any card-carrying Republican will remind us, you did pay quite a lot to have your title. But have you earned it? While there is much to say about hope and faith that one day your inspiring words will turn into action, at the end of the day–and presidential term–what will we have to hold onto?
More to come soon. I’ve read many essay’s on hope lately that I’ll include with this letter. I’ve highlighted the areas I think you’ll find especially pertinent to our current national dilemmas.
Si Se Puede,