Tag Archives: texas

04.07:top.10.reads

Militarized Conservatism and End(s) of Higher Education | Truthout.

Chris Hedges: This Is What Resistance Looks Like – Chris Hedges’ Columns – Truthdig.

David Cameron’s Gift of War and Racism, to Them and Us | Truthout.

The Martin Luther King Legacy and the Global Economic Crisis: Can One Influence the Other? | Common Dreams.

Natural disasters? | World news | The Guardian.

Our Climate Crisis Is an Education Crisis Editorial 25_03.

Civil Eats » Blog Archive » Where Do Americans Get Their Calories? (Infographic).

How The “U-Word” Exposes the Anti-Choice Movement | RHRealityCheck.org.

(UPDATED) All Those Alternatives to Planned Parenthood? In Texas, At Least, They Don’t Exist | RHRealityCheck.org.

Civil Eats » Blog Archive » Buying Silence: Big Soda Takes a Page from Big Tobacco.

03.29:top.10.reads

Violence is Not Tough, Love is.

Perry’s ‘Texanity’ Explained – OtherWords. “[Perry] is going to shrink government until it fits into a woman’s uterus.”

The End of Empire by David Korten — Agenda for a New Economy.

Civil Eats » Blog Archive » Texas College Converts Football Field Into Organic Farm.

Assault on Public Unions an Affront to Women’s Historic Gains | Common Dreams.

Who’s Bashing Teachers and Public Schools and What Can We Do About It?.

Sarah Palin and the Dozen Dwarfs – OtherWords.

Urban Graffiti Knitters Are the New, Cozier Christo and Jeanne-Claude | Fast Company.

A Texas-Sized Plan for Nuclear Waste | Mother Jones.  We already have a large radioactive dump site, its called Texas Tech University.

Freakonomics » Does “No Child Left Behind” Contribute to Obesity?.

11.15:top.10.reads

Copenhagen: Seattle Grows Up. Naomi Klein

The Fifty-Year WarJonathan 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?”

Real Recovery Is Easy to Spell: J-O-B-S by Jim Hightower on Creators.com – A Syndicate Of Talent.

School’s Cool — In These Times.

How to Create Good Jobs Now — In These Times.

How to Speak Tea Bag | Mother Jones.

Interview with Arianna Huffington | The Progressive.

Capitalism, Sarah Palin-Style | The Progressive.

Spot The Plus-Size Model In Glamour – Glamour plus size – Jezebel.

Naomi Klein on Climate Debt | CommonDreams.orgV.

07.28:top.10.reads

Business as usual – Vedanta mine plans threaten India’s poorest | Arundhati Roy | guardian.co.uk.

Op-Ed Columnist – Not a Victim, but a Hero – NYTimes.com.

Truthdig – Reports – What if the Big Cheese Had Been White?.

Truthdig – Reports – Happiness Consultants Won’t Stop a Depression.

The Cowboys of Kabul | Mother Jones.  How a pair of bankrupt Texas grandparents cashed in on Afghanistan’s contracting bonanza.

“The Land Where Rapists Go Free” – FeministingCommunity.

“The Land Where Rapists Go Free”  is part of a series called Global Diaries that the journalist Mariane Pearl does for Glamour magazine. (Marianne Pearl is the wife of Daniel Pearl who was killed in 2003 by terrorists in Pakistan, she wrote the book A Mighty Heart that was later adapted into film). Global Diaires are amazing peieces written profiling women in the US and around the world. In the series Pearl usually focuses her attention on a problem that is disproportionately affecting women and then profiles a local female leader trying to make a difference.

When I first read the title for the piece, “The Land Where Rapists Go Free”, I thought the piece would be on the topic of victims of rape in a low-income country such as the Congo but instead found myself reading about this horrible injustice here in the US:

But I’ve come here to report on another tragedy that gets far too little attention: According to U.S. Justice Department figures, more than one in three Native women will be raped in her lifetime, and they are two and a half times more likely to be sexually assaulted or raped than non-Native women. And these estimates are widely assumed to be low because so many rapes go unreported. “We found anecdotally that the rates could be much, much higher,” says Trine Christensen, a senior researcher with Amnesty International, which published a groundbreaking report on Native women and sexual violence last year. As Charon Asetoyer, an activist on the Yankton Sioux reservation, puts it, “The bottom line is that it’s open season on Native women. Nearly every woman on the reservation has been affected.”

Gold’s Gym declares July “Cankles Awareness Month” – Feministing.

Feminist art ‘the most important artistic movement since World War II’ – The F-Word.

Blake Gopnik – What Is Feminist Art? – washingtonpost.com.

SA_FEMINISM

When lonely men and misogyny collide – Feministing.

Phenomenon – Love in 2-D – NYTimes.com.

Do Women Make Better Bosses — And Whistleblowers? – carol smith – Jezebel.

Marriage: For Adults Only – wedded bliss – Jezebel.

The Young and the Restless: Texas Monthly August 2009.

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07.22:top.10.reads

The 21st Century Color Line | CommonDreams.org. by Amy Goodman

Ye Shall Inherit | CommonDreams.org. on SEIU

George Bush’s sex education failure | Melissa McEwan | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.

Apocalypse Ciao: Let the End Times Roll | Mother Jones. Intro made in Texas, of course.

Truthdig – Reports – When Trust and Media Were One.

Truthdig – Arts and Culture – Google and Adderall to the Rescue?.

Rachel Maddow Eviscerates Pat Buchanan Again – rachel maddow – Gawker.

From Liz: Book Store Trying to Make Kids Nerdy – Books – Gawker.

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Feministing.

New report says young people use contraception less consistently – Feministing.

t r u t h o u t | “Argentina: Turning Around” – an Interview With Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young.

t r u t h o u t | America’s Wars: How Serial War Became the American Way of Life.

Spotlight: Jay Smooth By Quince Mountain.

07.08:top.10.reads

What Will the G8 Summit Accomplish: Feed the Hungry or Fuel Hunger? | CommonDreams.org.

Is Texas Harboring Torture Decider? | CommonDreams.org.

Editor’s Note: Prior to giving a series of talks in Texas later this week, the author offered the following op-ed to the Dallas Morning News and the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram. Both newspapers in George W. Bush’s home state turned it down.

Um, can I get a “no shit”?

t r u t h o u t | America’s Green Warriors.

A Show of Riveting, Diverse Photojournalism. From the UTNE reader

Water Negotiator Aaron Wolf Spreads Liquid Hope. For Sarah.

Forget Shorter Showers | Derrick Jensen | Orion Magazine. One of my favorite activist writers!

WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?

Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance. An Inconvenient Truth helped raise consciousness about global warming. But did you notice that all of the solutions presented had to do with personal consumption—changing light bulbs, inflating tires, driving half as much—and had nothing to do with shifting power away from corporations, or stopping the growth economy that is destroying the planet? Even if every person in the United States did everything the movie suggested, U.S. carbon emissions would fall by only 22 percent. Scientific consensus is that emissions must be reduced by at least 75 percent worldwide.

Obama makes nuclear compromise to pass clean energy bill | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

Dear Mr. President,

These are the things that upset me, they make me want to educate, organize, and fight against you and the people who will benefit from this decision.  Don’t make me do it, it’s not too late.  I’m still sitting down.  I’ll give you a few months.

Si Se Puede,

Amanda

Hope in the Dark – Feministing. Quotes from the book…pretty amazing:

War is easy to abhor, but it takes a serious passion to unravel the tangles of financial manipulations and to understand the pain of sweatshop workers or displaced farmers. And maybe this is what heroism looks like nowadays: occasionally high-profile heroism in public but mostly just painstaking mastery of arcane policy, stubborn perseverance year after year for a cause, empathy with those who remain unseen, and outrage channeled into dedication.What’s missing…is an ability to recognize a situation in which you are traveling and not arrived, in which you have cause both to celebrate and to fight, in which the world is always being made and is never finished.

A better world, yes; a perfect world, never.

Truthdig – Reports – So This Is What Victory Looks Like?.

Baghdad survives now as a city defined not by its thousands of years of history, but rather segregation brought on by policies of deliberate ethnic cleansing. The city is now a checkerboard of neighborhoods walled off from one another by giant concrete-block dividers installed by American troops in an effort to keep Iraqis from killing one another, a phenomenon born from ethnic and religious differences which have violently come to a head in the aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003. Once we get beyond the pageantry and spectacle of the deception that is taking place in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities “formerly” occupied by U.S. troops, the pretense of progress is difficult to sustain.

Sarah Palin Shout-Out:

Truthdig – Reports – Palin the Pretender.

Truthdig – Reports – Don’t Cry for Me, Alaska. What can you say about a public official who ridicules those who would take the “quitter’s way out”—as she faces reporters to announce that she’s quitting?

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Here we are, the first no.shit post:

Mike Lux: The Future of Democrats in Texas.

..the state of Texas sticks out as the great oddity, the exception to all other demographic trends that seem to hold true around the rest of the country…

…This hasn’t happened in part because Texas is a big state…

…It’s time to change this dynamic once and for all…

This article’s photo caption is “HISPANIC-Large”:

s-HISPANIC-largeWay to go HuffPo!