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.
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.
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” 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.”
The 21st Century Color Line | CommonDreams.org. by Amy Goodman
Ye Shall Inherit | CommonDreams.org. on SEIU
Apocalypse Ciao: Let the End Times Roll | Mother Jones. Intro made in Texas, of course.
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”?
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.
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,
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.
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 – 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?
Here we are, the first no.shit post:
This article’s photo caption is “HISPANIC-Large”:
Way to go HuffPo!