FDL Book Salon Welcomes Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 1:59 pm

When I received the invitation to host the book salon for Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, I was sitting at a coffee shop listening to a white man I’d only just met explain the racial divide in St. Louis, Missouri. Full disclosure: I’m black and a native St. Louisan. As the man went on and on about some article on race that I just had to read and blah, blah, followed by another blah, I scrolled through my email and saw the book salon invite. And I laughed…hard…until my eyes watered. When the man asked what was so funny and I explained about the salon, he frowned and replied…wait for it…that not all men mansplain.

 

Nothing to see here – move along…

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 12:29 pm

As a citizen whose family members include police officers, it is difficult to argue against the mesmerizing mantra of police commanders who claim simply to be protecting their officers (and, by the way, the police involved in the killing of Jason Westcott were found by the Hillsborough County State’s Attorney to be justified in their use of deadly force against the decedent). But there is a group of folks who know that cannabis is not a narcotic and is essentially harmless, that communities of color are almost exclusively targeted by local rough and tough militarized small time police chiefs and officers in drug war raids, and that local coppers make boatloads of cash by banging down doors in the middle of the night to lock away cannabis users – both through In Rem forfeiture actions as well as being rewarded by the feds (both Congress and the DOJ) for doing their part to continue the failed, bigoted and immoral war on drugs and on cannabis in particular – these ‘folks’ are your congresspersons and senators and President Obama.

These diners off of taxpayer-paid-for china dinner plates know full well that their self-interested promotion of the drug war is immoral, anti-science and dis-compassionate and has been a failure.

Book Salon Preview: Men Explain Things to Me

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 11:59 am

In her comic, scathing essay “Men Explain Things to Me,” Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don’t, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters.

She ends on a serious note— because the ultimate problem is the silencing of women who have something to say, including those saying things like, “He’s trying to kill me!”

At HOPE X Conference, Protecting and Supporting Dissenters at Forefront of Many Presentations

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 10:30 am

The tenth Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE X) conference has been organized around supporting dissenters, especially how to support hackers or hacktivists who are targeted by the government.

A number of talks highlighting the government’s targeting of hackers and the nexus this has with the government’s war on whistleblowers were held on July 18 in the “Manning room,” which was a room in the Hotel Pennsylvania renamed to honor Chelsea Manning.

On the conference website, a page lists out the famous dissenters they are championing. This list includes people like John Adams, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emma Goldman, Arthur Miller and Rosa Parks.

German Anger at US Spying Continues

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 8:59 am

In 2000, the US ambassador to Germany said that the winning strategy of the US relationship with Germany was the manner in which the two nations work together as a team, in concert with each other in an open way of dealing with each other. Today, with continuing revelations of US spying inside the German government, the CIA station chief was sent home in humiliation. John Kerry, though, still says the two nations are “great friends” but it’s sounding more and more like the kind of friendship two folks have after they’ve broken up.

A Magnificent Antidote: New Recordings From Playing for Change

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 7:54 am

Dark days are upon us in far too many directions, both domestically and globally: from ethnic cleansings to massive poverty, hunger, no access to clean water, lack of health care, wars of choice and Empire…and more. And no, it didn’t have to be this way, and our task now seems to be to find a way through the morass, both individually and collectively, beginning anew when we falter and succumb to lassitude or depression, or even submerging into the dark and failing to appreciate what beauty and glories are available. Camus called it a possible sin against life to do so.

Solar Roadways Is Hiring, Part Two: Break Out Your CVs

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 6:45 am

Are you smart? Do you have extensive experience in engineering? Would you like to live and work in the Rocky Mountains? Do you bathe regularly? (Well, maybe not the latter, but it’d likely help.)

If you answered “yes” to the first three questions, Solar Roadways might have a deal for you.

Pull Up a Chair: Fantasy Dinner Guests

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 4:00 am

There’s only one rule for this go ’round, they must be deceased. I’ll offer a couple other possibilities to get us going [Yea or Nays?]: Mark Twain, Caresse Crosby (bra inventor and thoroughly modern millie), Oscar Wilde, Janis Joplin…

Late Night: The Roundup

By: Friday July 18, 2014 8:00 pm

- As President Obama states pro-Russian separatists were behind the attack on the Malaysian plane, Vladimir Putin stated the two sides in Ukraine should come to a ceasefire

- Iran and P5+1 have agreed to delay the finalized agreement between the two with a four-month extension

- Germany’s Angela Merkel calls for “sensible talks” with the U.S. on its mass surveillance program

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