Sunday, August 10, 2014

Students and Zombies

First posted on FB 3/15/14:

I have this terrific crop of students this year. Five are in an accelerated lab methods/archaeobotanical research class I created this semester. We spend all day Friday together. Each Friday they learn a different artifact class, sort/process samples or tours a local archaeology lab. Its quality time for them and me. Yesterday they worked on resume and I encouraged them to remember to apply for scholarships. On the front of the TMCC page right now is a link to scholarships with a link to a list of scholarships. A number of them are basically creative writing contests worth $1k-$1.5k which is a super lot for these students (for most students). The one that really appealed to them was writing about what you would do during a zombie apocalypse. Ok I get it, its trendy now--surprised its not trending to the right of this box as I write this. But what unnerved me was that two (not one) of my students admitted that they spent a lot of their time in their current mindless job (at the Gap) thinking about what to do if the zombies show up, where she would go, etc. And the other student said he thought about it a lot when he worked for Home Depot. So the competition is on, which is good for them. But this is what my brightest students are thinking in their mindless jobs--I think I now get what the zombie craze is all about.

Anita Hill: American Women Remember

First posted on FB 3/14/14:

I think many of us were dumb struck in 1991 as we watched the Senate hearings for consideration of Clarence Thomas for SCJ and we saw some of the most powerful men in the Senate crucify Anita Hill. I will never forget who was on that Judicial Committee, and I have never been able to fully forgive Chairman Joe Biden for those hearings even though I admire him for many things he has done since then, in particular pushing through the Violence Against Women Act. Nevertheless the Senators' attacks on Anita Hill were a profound step backward for Civil Rights in our country that day. We sacrificed a woman's character, reputation, and career so that a man of inferior ability could be appointed. He has proven to be one of the worst, most ethnically challenged, and least thoughtful SCJs ever. Speaking on the Daily Show about what the Hearings really revealed, Anita Hill said: "What power dynamics look like, and also what to not have a representative body in the Senate actually results in. It results in processes that are being held that are just completely uninformed by the reality of peoples' lives." Members of the Judicial Committee all rallied behind Thomas in a bipartisan manner, acting like they had no idea what sexual harassment was or what it looked like. Yeah, right.

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Duke Energy: Pollution Makes Economic Cents

First posted on FB 3/8/14:

Crazy cognitive dissonance. Why do we pay these companies to pollute?

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Pro-Diplomacy in the Ukraine

First posted on FB 3/9/14:

Having watched McCain and Palin jump into the fray second guessing the Ukrainian crisis and then Cheney this morning, I am grateful for our collective wisdom to not have a Republican in the White House at this time. President Obama, this is not our fight. Walk away U.S.A. Let Merkel take the lead on resolving the Ukrainian crisis and we can support the will of the majority of Ukrainians, provide support for new elections, etc. When we lead with our military everyone gets hurt. Give diplomacy a try.

Corporations: A Conspiracy of Greed and Corruption

First posted on FB 2/9/14:

In general I really hate conspiracy theories. This is not. This is a matter of a couple of financial corporations with a history of being on the wrong side of history, which are still in power. I will link their report below this banner which accurately reflects the sentiments of the recent JPM report: "The political systems in the periphery [of the Eurozone] were established in the aftermath of dictatorship, and were defined by that experience. Constitutions tend to show a strong socialist influence, reflecting the political strength that left wing parties gained after the defeat of fascism. Political systems around the periphery typically display several of the following features: weak executives; weak central states relative to regions; constitutional protection of labor rights; consensus building systems which foster political clientalism; and the right to protest if unwelcome changes are made to the political status quo. The shortcomings of this political legacy have been revealed by the crisis. Countries around the periphery have only been partially successful in producing fiscal and economic reform agendas, with governments constrained by constitutions (Portugal), powerful regions (Spain), and the rise of populist parties (Italy and Greece)."

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The Russian Olympics

First posted on FB 2/8/14:

Am watching the video of the Olympics Grand Opening Ceremony last night. Am I the only one finding this opening alienating or at least alienated? I generally love the opening ceremonies and in general consider myself relatively worldly and pretty well rounded, but I have no idea what most of the images symbolize, even with the American anchors reading their explanations. Clearly this isn't about reaching out to the world and telling us a story about their cultural history and how we are all part of the same humanity (a common theme of the past), but was all about them and their trials and tribulations. Their opening speech was all about them and their great sacrifices and patience--so very introverted and such a disappointment. And the show is so less impressive that China, Australia or GB's, to name a few. Mostly dark, dreary, melancholy, disconnected, almost chaotic at times, perhaps that is accurate for Putin's Russia. Putin's $50b folly is what I am thinking so far. I'll keep watching, about half an hour left of the opening, here comes the flag. Friends, please tell me I'm wrong and help me to see the error of my misunderstandings.

I Just Want Clean Water

First posted on FB 2/7/14:

Drop a banner with glitter on it and you're arrested as a terrorist; hold a sign at a corporate office and the FBI starts spying on you; Poison the water of 300,000 people and you are a job creator. We must all be IDLE NO MORE and OCCUPY our minds and the earth where we stand. In solidarity.

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