Bea is ace; she did my bees last week. I highly recommend her for a tattoo, colour or black and white.
Deep in our hearts we believe that being Mexican has nothing to do with which country one lives in. Being Mexican is a state of soul - not one of mind, not one of citizenship. Neither eagle nor serpent, but both. And like the ocean, neither animal respects borders.
Marking first-year essays for three consecutive years gives me no hope for the future. Honestly, what is happening to the English language and grammar?
With Mandela’s death dominating headlines, as it should, there are few words to capture the sense of elation I feel at the news that the WTO has produced a ‘Bali package’, concluding the 12-year Doha Round.
Like many, I’ve spent years of my life ‘investing’ in the WTO, not just as a judicial forum, but as a policy-making mechanism for international trade. I BELIEVE in the WTO. I BELIEVE in multilateralism, and I BELIEVE in consensus and the single undertaking - the WTO’s thorny decision-making mechanism. Despite criticism coming out, the fact of the matter is ‘Doha-lite’ is done; Doha has ended, and this is the single greatest piece of news to come out of the WTO, perhaps since the transition from the GATT. It’s the greatest news because it means the WTO, as a legislative forum, will survive - for the time being - and when you’re invested in an organisation that has failed to survive as the ITO and the GATT, these things aren’t taken for granted. Rather than begrudge ‘Doha-lite’ or the weak rewards for developing nations - which, in my view, is still up for debate; every ministerial, developing nations advance their veteran-status in the machinery that comprises global trade rules (formal and informal) - we should congratulate the ministers, ambassadors, governments, unions, NGOs, and, particularly, the WTO staff who made the conclusion of Doha a reality that seemed almost impossible as late as Thursday night. Job well done, everyone.
And let’s not forget Director-General Azevedo … because as my friend at ECIPE knows, I, correctly, predicted the conclusion of Doha at Bali using the framework for analysis of executive leadership I developed in my doctoral research. So, you know, …go, me. :-) And go, Director-General Azevedo; I’m absolutely certain your leadership matters.
Military operations begin in Central African Republic
The Guardian: France’s defense minister said on Friday that the streets of Bangui in the Central African Republic were calm after a spasm of bloodshed that began before dawn on Thursday and left nearly 100 people dead.
Military operations began overnight with patrols and a helicopter detachment arriving to quell the violence.
Photo: Children walk, next to French soldiers, along a road to Central African Republic on Dec. 5, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images via NBCNews.com)
The biggest blizzard known hit Denver a century ago, in the first days of December, 1913. The snowstorm of historic proportions swooped over Colorado and other western states, leaving a devastating crust of heavy snow 45.7 inches deep in the city.
I miss Denver blizzards.
'Ain't no blizzard party like my blizzard party. Hey ho!'
What does it mean for actual human “personhood”—as well as for reproductive rights and corporate control—that, if the far right succeeds in stretching these two legal fictions to their illogical extremes, American “personhood” will begin at conception, diminish somewhat at birth, and regain its force upon incorporation?
There’s something that’s particularly true of the PhD that is essentially true of all walks of life: to survive, everything must come from within. Meaning, to persevere, you must be able to digest the unhealthy, the unproductive, the unsupportive, the hurtful and churn it out in the form of positivity and forward progress.
As I sit here licking my wounds from my family’s visit, reminding myself that before they came and went I had high self esteem, confidence, and strength enough to ‘keep calm and carry on’, I’m reminded of my personal mantra I learned at an age too young - we are born alone, and we die alone. As much as my partner, my colleagues, my supervisors, and my friends, who constitute the support that most people can expect from their families, are available to help me build back up what I lost in a few days from my family’s presence, it is down to me to get back on my own two feet.
I think we forget this too frequently in the day to day routine of life. No one can make our lives better other than ourselves. No one can replace the void that is left by feeling unloved by the people who are supposed to love you most. Only you can accept it and keep on keeping on to heal that void, to consider the void less significant.
At the end of the day/life, I’ll never receive the validation/love/support from my family that we all crave. What I can have is the knowledge that I did this - from ‘good’ mental health to my doctoral thesis - I did this, not them. It’s not for anyone else to judge but me. Because no one else’s blood, sweat, and tears constitute my life and my accomplishments but my own.
As we enter the holiday season, remember these words:
Illigitemi non carborundum.
Don’t let the bastards get you down.
And there are the very public clashes with others in [Spike Lee’s] profession. The list of those he’s fallen out with reads like a Who’s Who of Hollywood. Since the mid-90s he’s been in a feud with Quentin Tarantino over racialised language. “I have a definite problem with Tarantino’s excessive use of the n-word,” he said. “I think something is wrong with him … It’s just the n-word, the n-word, the n-word.” More recently he blasted Django Unchained, saying: “It’s disrespectful to my ancestors” and tweeting: “American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust.” Tarantino has called Lee a “racist”; Lee has called Tarantino “stupid”. He blasted Clint Eastwood for the absence of African Americans in Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima. “In his vision of Iwo Jima, Negro soldiers did not exist,” said Lee. “Simple as that … Not everything was John Wayne, baby.” Eastwood said: “A guy like that should shut his mouth.” Lee replied: “He sounds like an angry old man right there … First of all, [he] is not my father and we’re not on a plantation either.”
He has also slammed Tyler Perry, the popular black director and screenwriter, for the “coonery and buffoonery” of his television series, popular comedies that trade in stock characters from black American life. Lee compared them to minstrel shows. “The imaging is troubling and it harkens back to Amos’n’Andy,” said Lee. ” We got a black president, and we going back to Mantan Moreland and Sleep ‘n’ Eat?”
Excellent read from one of my personal favourites, Gary Younge, on his interview with the great Spike Lee.
Absolutely love this passage.