Given the political and economic climate of the day, is there not someone more of a threat to national security than a member of the Black Liberation Army whose trial is circumspect to say the least. Why now?
Two stories, in the Washington Post this morning, illustrate why the word entitlement should not have a negative connotation. Homeless teens are not entitled to a bed in a shelter? Since when is living in a shelter a luxury? What really sickens me, DC has a surplus of money and the local government keeps talking about helping the homeless while cutting aid. Not providing a child a bed should be criminal. I do not care how Libertarian, Fiscal-conservative, Liberal or whatever someone labels themselves as, this can not be an issue you can seriously debate. A bed is an entitlement we are all entitled to have. These children deserve a safe and warm place to sleep. The second story concerns the Fort Peck Indian reservation in Montana. I could write a manifesto about the disparaging treatment of Native Americans in this country. But, come one, cutting funding for schools in a place where schools provide all of the basic services a community has access to? This school system is in dire need of more funding, not less. School counsellors, summer programs, free and quality food are things we are all entitled to have.
I did not need this article to explain to me that our judiciary system is unfair. With this said, even I was shocked to read that one public defender had a caseload of 300 people. I do not even know 300 people.
It is time to seriously discuss what a Nobel Peace prize winning president should be doing…
Philosophy professor, social critic and activist Cornel West says that like Richard Nixon and George W. Bush, there is no way to avoid the conclusion that President Obama—due to his execution of foreign wars and direction of clandestine military operations overseas resulting in…
As Paul Graham suggests in his preface to Hackers and Painters, innovation is powerfully transgressive. The innovative pedagogies we celebrate, in fact, always already transgress the principled mandates dictated by what a professional meritocracy regards as research-based “best practice.”…
“One of the standoffs that ultimately meant that the Violence Against Women Act disappeared after eighteen years of implementation was over Native American tribal rights. Cantor explicitly refused to back a bill that included expanded jurisdiction for Native American tribes in the prosecution of rape cases. One in three Native American women have been raped or experienced an attempted rape and in 86 percent of rape cases, the perpetrator was someone non-Native. Legislation that would have worked to allow tribal governments to exercise greater authority in prosecuting non-Native American alleged rapists was deemed unacceptable by Rep. Cantor.”—
If a young woman in middle school or high school hangs up a poster of Barack Obama in her room, this is seen as acceptable. It’s fine for women to admire men and want to be like them.
If a young man (the same age) hangs up a poster of Hillary Clinton in his room, this is seen as odd (maybe even troubling, is he gay? Oh no!).
Society tells us young men can’t think of women as role models, unless they’re a family member, whereas young women can admire and seek to emulate anyone, regardless of gender.
If you’re a young man, and if you have a poster on your wall with a woman, she had better be half-naked in a bikini, even if the Ronald Reagan or Gen. Patton poster next to it obviously features the man fully-clothed.
Young men are not to taught to think of women as role models. They are taught to think of them as either family members or sexual objects. There is no other category presented.
“Tragically we are witnessing a resurgence of harmful misogynist assumptions that mothers cannot raise healthy sons, that boys ‘benefit’ from patriarchal militaristic notions of masculinity which emphasize discipline and obedience to authority. Boys need healthy self esteem. They need love. And a wise and loving feminist politics can provide the only foundation to save the lives of male children. Patriarchy will not heal them. If that were so they would all be well.”—bell hooks, Feminism is for Everybody (via yakotta)
What would this look like? What fields would we include? Who would decide who is a leader in a field? Well, apparently the Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali gets to chose the fields and the leaders. As for what it will look like - I am guessing fields of happy children will not appear anytime soon. I would love for governments to be administered by competent people, I just do not imagine my idea of competent and that of the PM is very similar. And, I really do not think the Ennahda party will take the appointments seriously.
For a while, tumblr was my release. Without having to leave the protected walls of my home, I discovered a place to vent, to rally, to cry. The more tumblr gave me, the more I trekked through the darkness of our world. I went from reading reports of systematic abuse to analyzing every detail of the reports. I became engrossed in the horror and began to loathe myself for not fighting. For not knowing how to fight, for being too occupied with my family to fight. The conflict overtook me, and, I had to flee. I abandon tumblr and began examining myself. I have come to terms, at least for now, with my limitations. I know when and how I can fight, and when the issues will overwhelm me.
I would love to be shocked that police were not investigating sexual assaults or were treating victims callously. Alas, I fear this will never happen. Unless a corporation is at risk, crime means little in this land. Victims should just forget and move on with their lives. This is what I learn from the machine. We should all just forget.
In a report released on January 24, 2013, Human Rights Watch said that, based on a review of police department records from between 2008 and 2011, the police had failed to investigate or even document at least 170 sexual assault complaints from victims who went to the Washington Hospital Center, the hospital designated for forensic examinations of sexual assault victims. The report also concluded that the department did not follow up adequately on a significant number of other complaints, and in several cases treated sexual assault victims callously.
“Many students, especially those who are poor, intuitively know what the schools do for them. They school them to confuse process and substance. Once these become blurred, a new logic is assumed: the more treatment there is, the better are the results; or, escalation leads to success. The pupil is thereby “schooled” to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new. His imagination is “schooled” to accept service in place of value. Medical treatment is mistaken for health care, social work for the improvement of community life, police protection for safety, military poise for national security, the rat race for productive work. Health, learning, dignity, independence, and creative endeavour are defined as little more than the performance of the institutions which claim to serve these ends, and their improvement is made to depend on allocating more resources to the management of hospitals, schools, and other agencies in question.”—Ivan Illich, Deschooling Society (1973: 9)
Complete radio programming and automation solution. Sourcefabric’s Airtime is now available as a dedicated appliance built over TurnKey Linux’s LAPP stack. ISO is available here, as is the patch from which the ISO is derived. Appliance includes webmin, shellinabox, ssh, and of course Apache2 and postgres - all built over Ubuntu’s Lucid.
To be held in Silver Spring, Maryland at Chelsea School (a short walk from Silver Spring Metro). 2:00pm to 4:45 pm. On exhibit other contemporary distros; all versions of Precise, except server. Lists of people favorite post install procedures.
Please signal boost and share. Any questions? Want to RSVP?
Guess which country is the only country left that imposes life without the possibility of parole to juveniles
If you guessed America - give yourself a cookie. According to the Human Rights Watch campaign:
The United States is now the only country in the world that imposes this sentence on youth for crimes committed under age 18.
The number of youth sentenced to life without parole in the US has risen to 2,570. 
The number of youth sentenced to life without parole in California increased from 227 to 301. 
Want to play guess the socio-economic status? I bet this quiz is too easy for you.
As long as private prisons spend millions a year lobbying for tougher and mandatory sentencing people will be given unreasonable terms in prison. When did the idea of rehabilitation completely dissipate from our collective conscious? Do we really think juveniles are incorrigible, that they will never grow up or change?
I work with juveniles, and yes, they may seem incorrigible. They all seem to have moments when logic and reason do not apply to them. And, that is the key, they all seem to have these moments - a lot. They tend to be reactory. What a surprise, teenagers tend to act like teenagers and make mistakes. In truth, all people, no matter their age, have moments of complete stupidity. But, as we age, these moments are more fleeting, most of us gain more control. We change. I am not the same person I was at 5, 15, or 25. I am not the person I will be at 35, 45, or 55. Why does it seem to obvious to me? People do horrible things. But, a horrible act at the age of 16, can not be the only defining moment of a person who lives to 80.
“The U.S. and its Western allies are sure to do whatever they can to prevent authentic democracy in the Arab world. To understand why, it is only necessary to look at the studies of Arab opinion conducted by U.S. polling agencies. Though barely reported, they are certainly known to planners. They reveal that by overwhelming majorities, Arabs regard the U.S. and Israel as the major threats they face: the U.S. is so regarded by 90% of Egyptians, in the region generally by over 75%. Some Arabs regard Iran as a threat: 10%. Opposition to U.S. policy is so strong that a majority believes that security would be improved if Iran had nuclear weapons — in Egypt, 80%. Other figures are similar. If public opinion were to influence policy, the U.S. not only would not control the region, but would be expelled from it, along with its allies, undermining fundamental principles of global dominance.”—Noam Chomsky: Article (via stay-human)
“Gates may have given away nearly $30 billion, but that still leaves him sitting at the top of the Forbes list of the richest Americans, with $53 billion. His 66,000-square-foot high-tech lakeside estate near Seattle is reportedly worth more than $100 million. Property taxes are about $1 million. Among his possessions is the Leicester Codex, the only handwritten book by Leonardo da Vinci still in private hands, for which he paid $30.8 million in 1994. Has Bill Gates done enough? More pointedly, you might ask: if he really believes that all lives have equal value, what is he doing living in such an expensive house and owning a Leonardo Codex? Are there no more lives that could be saved by living more modestly and adding the money thus saved to the amount he has already given?”—Peter Singer (via azspot)