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I know I’m a relentless purveyor of the Guardian.
Here are some Sunday links I found of interest.
“For the first time, the majority of Americans support regulated cannabis for adult consumption. Nowhere has this support been more evident than in Colorado and Washington, states that recently approved new bills to this effect. This shift in public opinion presents a direct challenge to the US federal law, but also to the United Nations drug conventions and the international drug policy regime.
The Global Commission on Drug Policy, building on the call for a paradigm shift formulated by the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, has called loudly for precisely these kinds of changes since 2011. Twenty global leaders have highlighted the devastating consequences of repressive drug policies on people, governance and economies not just in Latin America, but around the world.
Our flagship report – War on Drugs – sets out two main recommendations: (i) replace the criminalisation of drug use with a public health approach, and (ii) experiment with models of legal regulation designed to undermine the power of organised crime.”
“It appears to be the first time that the government has revealed it has carried out opinion polls on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan – a programme on which it has refused to comment publicly. Previously British ministers have said: “Drone strikes are a matter for the United States and Pakistan.”
However, there have been claims that the government has been complicit in the programme, sharing locational intelligence with US agencies to help them target the strikes.
“The UK should not need to carry out polling to determine that a campaign of illegal killing is wrong,” said Kat Craig, legal director for the charity Reprieve, which campaigns for human rights around the world. …”Ministers must come clean on the role that UK intelligence is playing in supporting drone strikes, put a stop to it, and put pressure on the US to end its campaign.”
This is a significant break from the post-2003 dual invasion of Iraq security-partnership between the US and the UK. And it’s not just determining that drones are significantly unpopular in both Pakistan and the British government, but more NGO outspokenness that could lead to a potential international calling for an end to drone strikes.
I am amazed at how many really smart people don’t understand that you can make big mistakes in public and emerge none the worse for it. I know distinguished researchers who will go to preposterous lengths to avoid having to acknowledge that they were wrong about something. Actually, people love it when somebody admits to making a mistake. All kinds of people love pointing out mistakes.
Generous-spirited people appreciate your giving them the opportunity to help, and acknowledging it when they succeed in helping you; mean-spirited people enjoy showing you up. Let them! Either way we all win.
1. Attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly and fairly that your target says: “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.”
2. List any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).
3. Mention anything you have learned from your target.
4. Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.
I think Milton Friedman was right that in a sense we are all Keynesians and not Keynesians at the same time. What I think he meant is that no one advocates Keynesian stimulus at all times, but that there are times, like now, when it is desperately needed. At other times we may need to be monetarists, institutionalists or whatever. We should avoid dogmatic attachment to any particular school of economic thought and use proper analysis to figure out the nature of our economic problem at that particular moment and the proper policy to deal with it.
Britain is in trouble,” he tells me. “Britain is in deep trouble. The privatising is out of the control, the militarising is out of control and the financialising is out of control. And what I mean from that is you have a cold-hearted, mean-spirited budget that the Queen just read; you have working and poor people under panic, you have this obsession with immigration that tends to scapegoat the most vulnerable rather than confront the most powerful. And it is not just black immigrants, but also our brothers and sisters from Poland and Bulgaria, Romania; right across the board.” He isn’t ranting. He doesn’t rant. He smiles, he growls gently, he leans in and whispers conspiratorily. There is an upside, he says. “Britain has a rich history of bouncing back too.”
“I think race matters deeply but it is in many ways denied,” he says. “The form of institutional racism and informal racism is very much there. White supremacy is very much alive in Britain. If you scratch below the surface you can still see how race matters. It is not as raw and coarse as it is in the US. You have 10,000 professors in Britain and 50 professors of colour. Ten women. This is pathetic; this is ridiculous. The ‘meritocratic’ brothers and sisters say: ‘It’s just a matter of merit and if they were doing the work you would have a higher percentage.’ And you say: ‘Please, get off the crack pipe.’ There are brilliant black and brown people who could gain access to these professorships. Something is happening.”
What of America? “We elected a black president and that means we are less racist now than we used to be. That’s beautiful. But when you look at the prison industrial complex and the new Jim Crow: levels of massive unemployment and the decrepit unemployment system, indecent housing: white supremacy is still operating in the US, even with a brilliant black face in a high place called the White House. He is a brilliant, charismatic black brother. He’s just too tied to Wall Street. And at this point he is a war criminal. You can’t meet every Tuesday with a killer list and continually have drones drop bombs. You can do that once or twice and say: ‘I shouldn’t have done that, I’ve got to stop.’ But when you do it month in, month out, year in, year out – that’s a pattern of behaviour. I think there is a chance of a snowball in hell that he will ever be tried, but I think he should be tried and I said the same about George Bush. These are war crimes. We suffer in this age from an indifference toward criminality and a callousness to catastrophe when it comes to poor and working people.
Brother West laying it down via the Guardian, as always, in the truest manner to humanity. The man is neither academic nor celebrity but a crusader for justice (LISTEN: Brother Ali - Letter to My Countrymen Featuring Dr. Cornel West).
“I wanna be like that too.”
LeVar Burton on why Reading Rainbow got cancelled.
Hint: You can directly blame the Bush II administration for it.
Fostering a love of learning is so fundamental to teaching students how to read that I just don’t understand this line of thinking. My students really hate to read because they find it difficult and because they find it difficult and have no encouragement, they don’t read and therefore don’t get any practice or improve. It’s just a never-ending cycle.
this dude didn’t even change omg
My partner and I talk a lot about our ‘philosophy’ of exposing our future kids to technology. A Reading Rainbow app really throws a spanner in our ‘philosophy’.
Possibly the grossest thing you’ll see today. I have a staff infection on my lip.
I’ve just returned from scaring little kids in town. I dare you to be more miserable than me. Tonsillitis, staff infection, no solid food in last 4 days, and 42 2000-word essays to mark by the 16th, yep 5 days - not that I’m well enough to work today…
I. Dare. You.
Advertising would feel slightly more ridiculous if men were sexualized the way women are… but only slightly.
This video is an excellent start. But cognition needs to lean towards action. Not only should we ‘think critically’ as the video suggests, but we should reject products and companies that support the subjugation of either gender. If you think, there’s no way the prevalence of ‘rape culture’ and advertising are linked, you’re doing it wrong.
5 Things We Can Do to Reclaim Cinco de Mayo
It’s pretty much official. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become the Mexican version of St. Patrick’s Day.
Multi-national corporations like Budweiser and Kraft have effectively turned it into a pseudo-ethnic holiday used as another excuse to get drunk and consume. La Batalla de Puebla is hardly mentioned, including by many Mexicans.
Still fresh in our community’s collective memory, however, is a time before corporations even seemed to care about Mexicans and our traditions and when Cinco de Mayo was a day of community and cultural affirmation.
Kids would dress up as china poblanas and charros, folklórico and danza azteca groups would perform, grills would be ablaze and maybe a parade and a car show would entertain families on this day.
Of course, these traditions are very much alive and are still observed every year in our communities — as the photo above from West St. Paul’s Cinco de Mayo event shows.
Can we take back from multinationals something that has belonged to us for decades?
Can we reclaim Cinco de Mayo as a day that celebrates Mexico’s heroic victory for democracy and freedom over French imperialism in the La Batalla de Puebla?
Of course we can!
Here are 5 things we can do to make it happen:
1. Support events hosted by and for the benefit of local non-profits and community based organizations.
2. Don’t go to corporate Cinco de Mayo events. No matter how much free shit they give away.
3. Remind white people Cinco de Mayo celebrates the killing of white people!
5. Promote Mexico making Cinco de Mayo a national holiday, removing the silly claim it’s only celebrated in the US.
Photo: A dancer marches in the Cinco de Mayo parade Saturday, May 4, 2013 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Credit: MPR Photo, Nikki Tundel.
And all my lovely tulips have come into bloom!
It is the start of Abbey Hey 98.
We were introduced to our allotment today. We were expecting to have MUCH more work to do. As you can see, plenty of raised beds, 2 greenhouses - albeit the big one needs some work - AND a shed.
Farmer Willie and his layabout wife - get off my back I’m marking! - will get started this week. Look forward to LOADS more on this in the future.
Oh! Almost forgot there are leeks and chars ready to be pulled!