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Where I come from. Part Two: Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) or Bridging the Gap

Posted 22-Mar-2015 at 09:59 PM (21:59) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 22-Mar-2015 at 11:19 PM (23:19) by BluePoppy

Muriel Rukeyser, undated

Without her environments realizing it, a poet’s education starts early in life. For a white child growing in to her power of language within white discourse this will naturally be very different from a Black child fending for herself in the projects.

Most of the poetry the white child will read for many years, when poetry is both sustenance
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Where I come from. Part One: Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) or The Interconnectedness of Everything

Posted 15-Mar-2015 at 03:32 AM (03:32) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 22-Mar-2015 at 09:25 PM (21:25) by BluePoppy

Muriel Rukeyser: I remember distinctly the first time I heard her name – at graduate school in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts in 1993. The Five Colleges were the best place for me to get an education in liberal arts and American thought. The consortium Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith College as well as the University of Massachusetts to this day offers the best in higher education and identity formation for young adults.

I was lucky enough to
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Time to come down off the fence

Posted 15-Sep-2013 at 02:14 AM (02:14) by lifelinking (Lifelinking's Blog)
Updated 29-Sep-2013 at 12:14 PM (12:14) by lifelinking

When answering the ballot question ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’ I will be voting

The current coalition government in the United Kingdom is the most destructive and divisive that I have ever had the misfortune to see in action. Aye, I did work and live through the Thatcher years and yes, I was wide awake at the time. I stand...
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Weird: John Horgan contra drones.

Posted 30-Oct-2012 at 03:17 PM (15:17) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 30-Oct-2012 at 05:46 PM (17:46) by Gurdur

In a blog post on the renowned Scientific American site, John Horgan (@Horganism) takes aim at drones, but unscientifically so. Right on the eve of the national election for the presidency, his blog post starts off with his stating that a lot of his liberal friends are "disappointed" with President Obama. Then Horgan zeroes in on drones and their use by the USA in Pakistan and the Yemen.

His entire argument is slapdash. He points to problems the Pakistani democracy has with legitimization...
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Some very different views of British policing, past and upcoming riots

Posted 03-Jul-2012 at 06:16 PM (18:16) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 03-Jul-2012 at 06:30 PM (18:30) by Gurdur

The riots last year in England were predicted by many, including myself, well beforehand by six months and more. Now more riots are being predicted as a strong possibility, just at the time that the present British government is cutting police numbers savagely, just at the same time the present government is also savagely cutting social services and benefits in a large number of ways. Not a brilliant way to operate. So very far from brilliance that even medical doctors now go on strikes.
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The data & demographics of North Carolina, and of the #AmendmentOne vote

Posted 09-May-2012 at 04:53 PM (16:53) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 10-May-2012 at 08:16 AM (08:16) by Gurdur

As you know, Amendment One was passed in North Carolina. The resolution was more than what it seemed as a vote to ban same-sex marriages and civil unions; it was hardly necessary, since they weren't legal in the first place in NC. The right seems to have seen an opportunity in making a symbolic crusade; the left seems stuck in a rut of lack of practical, longterm political organizing and outreach, often preferring symbolic fights and worse, many allegedly of the left turning on the left's own people...
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Australian politics has a Shortened blip

Posted 27-Apr-2012 at 09:30 AM (09:30) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 27-Apr-2012 at 11:31 AM (11:31) by Gurdur

Australian politics is usually on the rougher side of rough-and-tumble. Questioning of politicians by the media is often hard, and questioning of politicians by each other is even harder - especially from those theoretically on the same side.

But now a blip in all that happens. Courtesy of Mr. Bill Shorten, who is minister for the Workplace Relations Portfolio in the Australian Federal cabinet, under the current Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. Watch the video below; words fail me. Yes,...
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In Alabama, 21% of polled are still against inter-racial marriage

Posted 14-Mar-2012 at 08:44 AM (08:44) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

A new poll of Alabama voters has just been released. The poll, which was carried out by Public Policy Polling (PPP), can be found on a .pdf here. The poll had as respondants 600 likely Republican primary voters in Alabama, and it was carried out on March 10th and 11th. According to PPP, the margin of error for the Alabama poll is +/-4.0%. The PPP say their poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization. It was conducted through automated telephone interviews. Women...
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The Hunger Games, and why you should take notice of it

Posted 14-Mar-2012 at 05:56 AM (05:56) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 14-Mar-2012 at 09:44 AM (09:44) by Gurdur

The movie The Hunger Games hits the cinemas worldwide around March 22, and should be in cinemas for around 4 weeks or more after that date. It is a film adaptation of the first novel from the trilogy of the same name by Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games Trilogy Box Set, USA hardcover edition, British paperback edition; the other two books in that set are titled Catching Fire and Mockingjay). The trilogy of books, meant for young adults and older children, is in my opinion quite a brilliant bit of...
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God behind bars, atheism in cells: prison chaplains and some issues

Posted 24-Feb-2012 at 04:19 PM (16:19) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 25-Feb-2012 at 02:51 AM (02:51) by Gurdur

So there's a bit of news that the Church of England (CofE) could lose the directing position in the prison chaplaincies service in England and Wales. That bit of news is not altogether surprising; there's a fair amount of chaotic social upheaval going on in Britain, with all sorts of peculiar, ill-aimed gambits going on (more on this below). The present UK government may give the job of Chaplain-General for the Prison Service to someone else other than an Anglican. Just why seems to be a matter...
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Waiting for the other shoe to drop in Greece. Not what you think it is, either.

Posted 23-Feb-2012 at 02:57 PM (14:57) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 23-Feb-2012 at 03:29 PM (15:29) by Gurdur

So, yeah, they all managed to agree to a new bail-out plan yesterday. It wasn't quite credible to many, including the Fitch ratings-agency. At the same time, the Greek government apparently also let it be known they had gotten their previous sums wrong, and that things were worse than thought. Nobody seemed to find this surprising or to be news. The whole bail-out thing looks ever more like a controlled default and slide into a Great Depression for Greece.

What are the practical alternatives?...
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Paying for getting the truth to you - how so many reporters get killed. Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik are the latest

Posted 22-Feb-2012 at 02:31 PM (14:31) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 22-Feb-2012 at 07:33 PM (19:33) by Gurdur

It often costs to get the truth out to you, and that cost is often a reporter's life. Today it's reported that Marie Colvin, an American who was currently working as a reporter for the British Sunday Times, and Rémi Ochlik, a French photographer, were killed in Syria. They appear to have been directly targeted and there are fears for other journalists in the area. This is only a week after Anthony Shadid, working for the New York Times, died in Turkey of an asthma attack brought on by stress and...
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The press campaign against Richard Dawkins and atheists is only a cover

Posted 20-Feb-2012 at 04:47 PM (16:47) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 20-Feb-2012 at 05:47 PM (17:47) by Gurdur

You could be forgiven for thinking Richard Dawkins is the AntiChrist, or worse the British Prime Minister, judging by the current fever in some parts of the British press to try damning Dawkins by any means possible, and by extension atheists and secularists too. The fever creates its own momentum, and converts it into a fashion. But what is the original fever all about? The fevermongers claim it's a reaction to Dawkins' outspoken campaign for secularism, but digging below the surface reveals something...
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It's not that TIME magazine thinks Americans are stupid, it's ....

Posted 11-Feb-2012 at 01:12 PM (13:12) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 16-Feb-2012 at 06:27 AM (06:27) by Gurdur

Does TIME magazine think that Americans are idiots? There's a fair bit of argybargy going on over the net at the moment, a fuss which has actually been here before and now repeated: the relative covers of TIME magazine.

TIME publishes its magazine with four different covers, one for the USA market, one for Europe, one for Asia and one for the South Pacific. Now, if you look down below at the first picture, under the social media footer, you will see what the fuss is all about. The...
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Lazy Sunday: the question of women bishops in the Church of England becomes acute

Posted 05-Feb-2012 at 06:55 PM (18:55) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 05-Feb-2012 at 08:33 PM (20:33) by Gurdur

Well now, there are times when fudging and just muddling through simply will not do. Right now is such a time, as the Church of England (CofE) has to ponder the question of women bishops, and that in a real way, which is bound to be annoying. No doubt some in the CofE will be even more annoyed that some in Parliament suddenly decided to get more ethical than the CofE: a demarcation dispute with a high degree of irony. In connection with that, Cole Moreton (@ColeMoreton) did a great piece and interview in the Daily...
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Susan G Komen for fast reversal: Susan G Komen for the Cure apologises for recent decisions, and vows to keep on funding Planned Parenthood

Posted 03-Feb-2012 at 05:50 PM (17:50) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 03-Feb-2012 at 06:08 PM (18:08) by Gurdur

Apparently the USA organisation Susan G Komen for the Cure has officially apologised for "recent decisions", and also pledged to continue funding Planned Parenthood, at least partially so. Komen for the Cure recently announced it was no longer funding Planned Parenthopod (PP) owing to Republican-party-initiated investigations into PP; it was quickly clear that the investigations into PP were mere political pressure tactics, without foundation. The decision made by Komen for the Cure also seems to...
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Demonstration by disabled in London today - #invisibleinvincible

Posted 28-Jan-2012 at 07:11 PM (19:11) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 28-Jan-2012 at 07:51 PM (19:51) by Gurdur

There was a UK Uncut demonstration by disabled today in London, protesting against the swingeing budgetary cuts to Disabled Allowance and other social-support programs by the current Conservative/Liberal-Democrat government in Britain. The hashtag for it all on Twitter is #invisibleinvincible. You can also read a BBC report on it all, a Guardian piece with video as well, or a Huffington Post piece on it. There is also an e-petition online about the cause. Wishing them all the best of luck and support!...
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Videos of "Democracy & Science" #Scio12 session, with Shawn Otto, Sheril Kirshenbaum, Darlene Cavalier

Posted 22-Jan-2012 at 11:17 PM (23:17) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 24-Jan-2012 at 04:10 PM (16:10) by Gurdur

Here below are four videos I made of the session with Shawn Otto (@ShawnOtto), Sheril Kirshenbaum (@Sheril_) and Darlene Cavalier (@scicheer). This particular session is one of which I have some criticisms; I will blog my remarks upon the session later, and a review of Otto's new book later still (owing to being on the road at the moment, still travelling for a week).

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Now where have I heard this before? The EDL plan to target unions

Posted 20-Nov-2011 at 04:53 PM (16:53) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

In other news of the day, we learn that the English Defence League (EDL) apparently now plan to target trade-unions, having previously targeted Muslims, and then the various #Occupy camps. A newspaper report about their plans to target unions, and here's a report on how they planned to target the #OLSX people camped outside St.Paul's.

Fine, the EDL may be describable as only a Facebook group and drinking club with a militant and often violent wing, and may be on the wane (though...
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Whoa. The interaction of the observer and the observed - St. Paul's, #OccupyLSX, Andrew Brown of the Guardian, Jonathan Wynne-Jones of the Daily Telegraph

Posted 01-Nov-2011 at 05:19 PM (17:19) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

With thanks to @davidmkeen for the heads-up; a fascinating press release from the Diocese of London. It is revealed therein that in effect the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, is effectively taking charge after the resignation of the Dean of St. Paul's, and saying that the Church of England/St. Paul's will no longer do the bidding of the City of London Corporation, Boris Johnson and the national Tory government through its Home Secretary. You can read the whole thing here; what really grabbed...
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