Latin Post, By Rebecca S. Myles, September 3 ( Agonist thread originally posted Sep.9)
The People’s Climate March, a massive global rally on Sept. 21 in New York City, will lead up to a specially called-for United Nations summit on the climate crisis.
To date, 950 supporting organizations are supporting the mass rally, including non-government organizations, labor unions, grassroots networks, churches and faith organizations. Their members and volunteers will join in the two to three mile march through Manhattan from Columbus Circle, east along 59th Street, down 6th Avenue, west along 42nd Street to 11th Avenue.
The march in New York is being held in solidarity with events around the world — 63 other events in North America, six in South America, 54 in Europe, 10 in South Asia, and 32 in Australia — in cities like Berlin, Paris, Istanbul, London, Melborne, New Delhi and Rio de Janerio, among many others.
“Mass mobilization is one of the best ways we know of to shock the entire system into action. Mass marches don’t always work: we weren’t able to stop the buildup to the war in Iraq. But they sometimes succeed in historic ways. Take the 1982 anti-nuclear march, which pushed a hawkish Ronald Reagan to strike a deal with Russia and start reducing nuclear warhead arsenals. Or consider the 1963 March on Washington, which helped pass the Civil Rights Act,” said Eddie Bautista, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance.
Continue reading People’s Climate March 2014: Massive Global Rally to Be Held Sept. 21
Any genre, any story, any outcome.
Bear in mind that there are a lot of hangovers after the Referendum today, including mine.
So be kind if you can
Post away !
Hangover cure for this morning after:
1. Pop wake-up from The Ting Tings - “That’s Not My Name”
2. An alternate universe: Cat Stevens: “The Wind”
Continue reading Weekend Jukebox: The morning after the night before
BBC – How the ‘No’ side won the referendum
1. They were always the favorites
2. The Scottish feel British
3. The risk factor
4. They stemmed the “yes” surge
5. For richer, for poorer?
Details of these theories at the BBC link
Calls to hand back weapons and gear, from M16 rifles to mine-proof vehicles, obtained under Pentagon scheme
AP, September 18
Los Angeles – School police departments across the US have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine-resistant armoured vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.
At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after police responded to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, with teargas, armour-clad military trucks and riot gear.
Continue reading US school districts given free machine guns and grenade launchers
– Reader Supported News
Vermont City Acts Unlawfully & Unconstitutionally, Judge Finds
City of Montpelier deprives city employee of due process rights
One of the wonders of the American legal system is that you can win your case in court, only to have the court’s decision extend and magnify the underlying injustice.
This is a story about how easy it is for a city government to run roughshod over an employee’s constitutional rights, including free speech under the First Amendment and due process of law under the Fifth Amendment. And it’s a story of how hard it is, despite those rights, for that employee to get any kind of justice from the state’s judiciary.
This is a story about the Vermont judiciary failing a Vermont citizen who worked as Director of the Dept. of Planning and Community Development for the City of Montpelier, which is also the state capitol.
This is the story of how City officials first vilified City planner Gwen Hallsmith for exercising her First Amendment rights, then fired her for defending herself.
This is the story of how the City deprived Hallsmith of any semblance of reasonable due process of law in what was effectively a bureaucratic lynching, demanded by the mayor and carried out by the city manager and his assistant without out a trace of fair deliberation.
This is the story of how the Vermont Superior Court affirmed Hallsmith’s complaint of unlawful City behavior, finding that the City’s actions were blatantly unconstitutional and unfair – and then issued an order perpetuating the original injustice.
Continue reading Vermont Blows Off U.S. Constitution
Among the things I discovered while rummaging through my stockpile of possessions are samples of my high school course-work. There are course outlines, some class notes and hand-outs, but most surprising are the term-papers and essays. I have assorted papers from several subjects including government, creative writing, history and English. For my English classes, I found several specimens from my sophomore year, a few from my junior year and only one complete work from my senior year. I assume my freshman year work wasn’t worth keeping because in those days freshman English consisted of nothing more than repeating everything we should have learned by 8th grade.
My English classes were probably like everybody’s in the mid-1960’s. High school was the setting for our first formal encounter with “serious” literature, but the selections and order of introduction were pretty much left to the discretion of individual teacher. The best you could have expected in grade school was a Reader’s Digest-like version of some classic. Those had come sanitized, condensed, and replete with illustrations to spur the imagination when the words almost inevitably failed. High school was to be different. We had been forewarned. In high school, we were expected to read stuff and then write about it.
Continue reading The Snail’s Progress – Part 2
Tocqueville taught that restless private obsessions would degrade civic commitments close to home.
The American Conservative, By Patrick J. Deneen, September 12
If there are two things that one is likely to hear from college faculty today, they are that 1. Students are too careerist, and 2. We need a more democratic society. They worry about the growing utilitarian cast of education in general, as well as the remnants of hierarchy, authority, paternalism, and inequality in today’s society.
Continue reading How Democracy Dies
– Reader Supported News
Washington’s ISIS War Drums: Do Stupid Stuff, Do It Now!
“Hopefully we get it more right than wrong” – organizing principle?
Continue reading Who You Callin’ An Organizing Principle?!?!!
A trove of secret documents details the US government’s global push for shale gas.
Mother Jones, By Mariah Blake, September/October ’14
One icy morning in February 2012, Hillary Clinton’s plane touched down in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, which was just digging out from a fierce blizzard. Wrapped in a thick coat, the secretary of state descended the stairs to the snow-covered tarmac, where she and her aides piled into a motorcade bound for the presidential palace. That afternoon, they huddled with Bulgarian leaders, including Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, discussing everything from Syria’s bloody civil war to their joint search for loose nukes. But the focus of the talks was fracking. The previous year, Bulgaria had signed a five-year, $68 million deal, granting US oil giant Chevron millions of acres in shale gas concessions. Bulgarians were outraged. Shortly before Clinton arrived, tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets carrying placards that read “Stop fracking with our water” and “Chevron go home.” Bulgaria’s parliament responded by voting overwhelmingly for a fracking moratorium.
Continue reading How Hillary Clinton’s State Department Sold Fracking to the World
Washington Post article says we want to exclude Iran from the anti- ISIS coalition. Silly idea, since Iran is the most powerful force in the region and has national interest in blocking ISIS. Apparently we are afraid that the Saudis (who support ISIS) might withdraw from the coalition if Iran is allowed in. If Iran is invited in, the coalition might actually be effective, something the Saudis want to block. There must be someone in the State Department who has figured this out, but they’ve probably been posted to Tuvalu.
With the vote over independence coming up in Scotland next week…
Roy Williamson (Corries) wrote what may become the Scots anthem.
Continue reading Weekend Jukebox: Scotland
CBC, By Neil Macdonald
U.S. police are operating a co-ordinated scheme to seize as much of the public’s cash as they can
On its official website, the Canadian government informs its citizens that “there is no limit to the amount of money that you may legally take into or out of the United States.” Nonetheless, it adds, banking in the U.S. can be difficult for non-residents, so Canadians shouldn’t carry large amounts of cash.
That last bit is excellent advice, but for an entirely different reason than the one Ottawa cites.
There’s a shakedown going on in the U.S., and the perps are in uniform.
Across America, law enforcement officers — from federal agents to state troopers right down to sheriffs in one-street backwaters — are operating a vast, co-ordinated scheme to grab as much of the public’s cash as they can; “hand over fist,” to use the words of one police trainer.
Read the rest at the link