Pull Up a Chair: Influential Authors: Jerry Pournelle

By: Saturday June 28, 2014 4:00 am

One of the things I have learned over the years when reading, regardless of the genre, is to separate the tale being told from the possible political bias. Sometimes it is subtle and sometimes it is in your face but it is almost always there. Jerry Pournelle is one of the authors whose politics and views on a lot of issues I probably disagree with yet he does tell a tale quite well.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

By: Sunday March 16, 2014 5:00 pm

NO….this diary is not about the celebration….

And it’s not about those stereotypes that are often pictured even now of leprechauns or shamrocks on people or Irishmen smoking funky pipes [often upside down] or the beat cops in Boston or NYC.

I Was Arrested for Singing: Pussy Riot Teams Up With Solidarity Wisconsin Supports Protesters

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 5:10 pm

Adamant about cultivating a global movement, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina of Pussy Riot voiced their support for #SolidarityWisconsin and their calls to have Attorney General Van Hollen drop the array of charges facing the protestors who have been fighting on behalf of worker’s rights since Governor Scott Walker stripped collective bargaining rights in 2011.

Dream Defenders Bring Us Blacked Out History Month

By: Friday February 28, 2014 3:20 pm

Since their inception this past Summer, The Dream Defenders quickly emerged as a force to be reckoned with.

Formed in Florida, the group came to prominence during the Zimmerman trial with their fierce advocacy against Stand Your Ground Laws, captivating a mainstream audience with their boldness and refusal to back down. The group consists of young people advocating on their own behalf. They’re scrappy, insistent and they have a lot of heart– characteristics that they’re not shy about displaying. Thinking big and organizing with an emphasis on solidarity and our shared struggle it’s hard not to feel better about the state of the world simply knowing they exist.

What’s The Point: MSNBC Interrupts Former Congresswoman for Justin Bieber Breaking News

By: Friday January 24, 2014 7:05 pm

It’s not uncommon for guests on any news program to get bumped for “breaking news” but imagine hormer congresswoman Jane Harman’s surprise when she realized the news for which her NSA segment got bumped was the arrest and subsequent booking of Canadian Popstar Justin Bieber.

Democracy

By: Sunday December 29, 2013 1:00 pm

We have a lot more to overcome here then than just political stubbornness and corruption.

The Politics of Dignity: What’s at Stake

By: Saturday December 28, 2013 6:40 pm

The perpetrators and targets of rankism–the somebodies and the nobodies, respectively–do not fall neatly into distinct groups. As we’ve seen, most of us have played both roles, depending on time and place.

Belonging: A Memoir – The Oberlin Years

By: Sunday December 15, 2013 8:37 am

During my first week in office at Oberlin, a professor, twenty years my senior, had dropped by my office to wish me well. As he left he said, “Good-bye, Dad”—those very words! I thought it was a joke until I saw the expression on his face: it was that of a little boy. The words that had escaped his lips had nothing to do with me as an individual, everything to do with my office and title.

Miami Dolphins: Team Controversy Brings Bullying and Intolerance in the NFL to Light

By: Friday November 22, 2013 6:00 pm

You might have caught wind of the recent Miami Dolphins’ controversy.  While it’s easy to dismiss the dispute as a war between the two players most directly involved -Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito- in truth the story and the resulting back and forth provide a telling look into the bullying, bravado and intolerance permitted and encouraged by NFL culture.

Communication and Relationships?

By: Sunday November 17, 2013 9:22 am

We may have improved our ability to exchange information, but I believe we have not improved our ability to communicate.

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