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Retired teacher who sees much harm to public education from the "reforms" being pushed by corporations. Privatizing education is the wrong way to go. Children can not be treated as products, thought of in terms of profit and loss.
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This is right in the middle of a much visited strip of tourist attractions. I assume since Channel 10 News in Tampa is shown in a video at the link discussing it, that it might be considered general discussion material. The video is partway down the page.
Also since it is being reported abroad, even if by the Daily Mail....that it is topic of general interest.
What could possibly go wrong? Assault rifle theme park 'Machine Gun America' where children as young as 13 fire military-grade weapons in zombie-themed training simulators to open in Orlando
Although management claim their Orlando, Florida, attraction provides a safe place for the use of firearms, critics claim it is unsuitable for an area known for its child-friendly attractions.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Dec 19, 2014, 05:14 PM (14 replies)
From 2011. It's so easy to forget sometimes why some Democrats fail to act very much like Democrats.
Koch donations: $43,000 to Scott Walker. $87,000 to Andrew Cuomo.
From an education blogger at Norm's Notes:
He has some comments and links to the few sites that have covered this. One is a right wing site and one is a union site.
The contributions from Mr. Koch and his wife Julia to the Cuomo campaign totalled $87,000; In comparison Koch only spent $43K on Gov. Scott walker of Wisconsin.
Koch brothers in total gave Cuomo $92K. Explains why he’d rather cut education funds than tax the rich.
Where has the MSM been on this? have you seen any stories in the papers?
One of the above links does not work.
From the Union Legend link above.
Andrew Cuomo's Koch Problem
Interesting words from the New York GOP chairman in 2012 on how Cuomo works and plays so well with the Republican led Senate in the state. Koch agenda being fulfilled with loads of money.
New York Republican Party Chair on the Connection Between David Koch and Andrew Cuomo
According to New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox, reclusive Republican megadonor David Koch has done quite a bit to shape the current Albany landscape and the cooperation between Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Republican majority in the State Senate.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Dec 19, 2014, 01:09 AM (4 replies)
Elizabeth Warren was right: The links between Citigroup and government run deep
Washington's version of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is much less exciting than everybody else's. It's called One Degree of Citigroup, and it's not much of a game since so many economic policymakers have worked at the banking behemoth. It's exactly the point Elizabeth Warren made in a big speech last week, expressing anger that Citigroup and other big banks were able to weaken a key Wall Street regulation in the new government spending bill.
Courtesy Washington Post
In many ways, however, this isn't One Degree of Citigroup. It's One Degree of Robert Rubin. After his stint as President Bill Clinton's Treasury secretary, Rubin decamped for the newly-created Citigroup, which formed after Congress passed a law ending the Depression-era prohibition on banks and securities firms from operating under the same roof. And then Rubin's long list of proteges followed. It's been enough to turn Citigroup into a kind of government-in-exile for Democratic policymakers, with current and past employees including current Treasury secretary Jack Lew, former Office Management and Budget chief Peter Orszag and current U.S. Trade Representative Mike Froman.
Robert Rubin has had almost complete access to congress and has had a huge influence.
Robert Rubin gets the floor to himself to talk to new Congress folks.
From Greider at The Nation:
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Dec 17, 2014, 11:44 PM (3 replies)
Published on Dec 8, 2014
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Dec 13, 2014, 02:27 PM (5 replies)
Twitter hat tip to Vivian Griffin
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Dec 13, 2014, 02:03 AM (0 replies)
Back in 2009 Katha Pollitt wrote an article at The Nation about how those who were the architects of the torture program were faring quite well for themselves. John Yoo was one of them.
Those of the "torture creative class" and how they got rewarded.
Yoo is only one of those who are mentioned, and of course there were Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, and Feith.
What I mean is, I should have been a member of the torture creative class--a conceptual torturer, a facilitator of torture, perhaps an inventor of torture law, an architect of the torture archipelago, a dissimulator, concealer, denier, rationalizer, minimizer and pooh-pooher of torture. As a word person, I could have come up with circumlocutions to confuse the media, bureaucratic phrases like "special methods of questioning" and "enhanced interrogation techniques." According to New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt, just figuring out whether to call a given action "harsh" or "brutal" has kept editors busy for years! Or I could have written copy for the CIA. For example, I could have suggested they call putting people in coffinlike boxes full of insects "studio picnics," because studio apartments are small and picnics have bugs, and I could have nicknamed waterboarding "drinking tea with Vice President Cheney," although come to think of it, waterboarding is a euphemism already. Maybe that's why people didn't catch on that it was the same thing we prosecuted Japanese interrogators for doing in World War II. In the Tokyo trials it was called "the water treatment," or "the water cure," or just plain "water torture." Calling it "water torture" was probably what got those Japanese into trouble. That, and losing the war.
She mentions Yoo.
John Yoo. In 2002, while working for the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), Yoo wrote a crucial memo saying that terror suspects weren't covered by US commitments to treaties and agreements banning torture. Now Yoo is a tenured professor of law at Berkeley. Eat your heart out, Ward Churchill! And he isn't hiding away in his office, either. This semester Yoo's a visiting prof at Chapman University School of Law, where he spoke at a public forum and defended torture as necessary to protect the country. "Was it worth it?" he asked, according to the Los Angeles Times. For John Yoo, definitely.
This year UC Berkeley students, alumni and a group of lawyers are protesting John Yoo's faculty chair endowment.
UC Berkeley students, alumni and a group of lawyers in the Bay Area initiated an online petition last week to rescind UC Berkeley School of Law professor John Yoo’s recent faculty chair endowment.
Wikipedia has some of the Torture Memos.
This week John Yoo published an op ed in the New York Daily News about his opinion of the torture revelations.
A torture report for the dustbin
The release of a Senate report on Bush-era interrogation policies could have prompted an informed, responsible debate over intelligence and the war on terror. But not the report that saw the light of day Tuesday.
Muckety has a flow chart.
A former editor of the Yale Law Journal and clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, he is beloved by many on the right and mocked by many on the left.
In 2011 The Guardian UK summed up the problems this torture culture has caused for our country.
The reason why torture is universally prohibited in international and domestic law the world over, however, is not because it is ineffective or counterproductive (though it is). Torture has been universally prohibited because in the aftermath of the second world war, the nations of the world agreed, under the leadership of the United States, that respect for basic human dignity required the absolute prohibition of torture under any circumstance.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Dec 12, 2014, 12:38 AM (56 replies)
Creative writing teacher out of job because student writes of Jesus giving out marijuana to the sick
The administration said that the teacher was not fired, but she chose to resign rather than conduct her class "in a professional manner".
I would think there would be a wide range of what is considered "professional" in a creative writing class of all places. A student writes creatively of a topic that offends another student and their parents. She was targeted and harassed.
I found the news video at You Tube, the article is listed below it.
Creative writing teacher resigns after student writes about Jesus, pot
The assignment was to take a fairy tale or legend and rewrite it in modern times. One student changed the biblical story about Jesus handing out bread and fish to the poor to Jesus handing out marijuana to the sick.
The teacher had one last message for her students.
“If they have something to say, say it,” Guarascio said. “Not everyone's going to agree with you. But that doesn't make your point invalid or worthless. Tell your story.”
Another article makes it clear that the teacher was said not to be conducting her class in a professional manner. That of course is ridiculous. It was a creative writing class. The student applied a present day problem and told how it might have been handled by Jesus.
Conservative Student Attacks Teacher Over Jesus Story, Teacher Resigns
Katrina Guarascio, a teacher at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, gave her class the assignment to rewrite a fairy tale or legend with a modern setting. One of her students, following instructions, rewrote a tale about Jesus, a central biblical figure, to have him handing out marijuana to the sick. During the subsequent peer review session, one of the students claimed to be so offended, she complained to her parents, who then filed a complaint to the school. Guarascio was subsequently placed on administrative leave pending investigation, despite not having violated any rules.
The teacher said that Kim Vesely was someone she had never met, and someone who had never even been in her classroom.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Dec 11, 2014, 01:04 AM (60 replies)
I Grew Up in Guantanamo and Time Has Left Me Behind
I wish I had the ability to describe the passage of 13 years at Guantanamo. My own mind shuts down when I try to think about it. And I have no words that can make you truly understand.
He is represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights, and there is more of his story at the link.
Fahd Ghazy is a Yemeni-national who has been detained at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba since February 2002 when he was only 17 years old. He is one of the last remaining prisoners to have been detained as a juvenile. Fahd was cleared for transfer by President Bush in 2007, and again by the Obama administration in 2009. He is now 29 years old and has spent over one-third of his life in Guantánamo without charge.
A video from the CCR Waiting for Fahd.
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Dec 10, 2014, 01:45 PM (8 replies)
Right now in this country so many are going along with the idea that all students are alike, learn alike, can perform the same educational tasks, and that there really are no special needs students that can't be fixed by more rigid standards.
In fact President Obama says if we don't accept these new reforms we are comfortable with the "status quo".
"But education is an economic issue – if not the economic issue of our time," Obama said. "It’s an economic issue when the unemployment rate for folks who’ve never gone to college is almost double what it is for those who have.
Obama went further in his defense of the new normal in education. He said the "status quo" is morally inexcusable.
President Obama on Education: “The Status Quo is Morally Inexcusable”
Recently when he spoke of those of us who opposed the Trans Pacific Partnership, he said we were "accepting the status quo".
Video in which Obama says if we oppose the TPP we are "accepting the status quo".
Those words are about 5 minutes into the video.
I believe in both instances there are positions that allow us to have a different opinion but also understand that things are not perfect just as they are.
I believe we can see the serious harm to be done if the "status quo" is changed so very drastically in both areas.
I remembered where I had seen the term "status quo" used to marginalize those of us on the left of the party who question such policies. Guess who said it.
Why Third Way
This dysfunction in Washington serves to maintain the status quo – leaving us unprepared to meet the defining challenge of our time: making the global information era work for the United States, not against us. The innovation, dynamism, and modernization we need from our political system to meet that challenge have simply not kept pace:
It's a term used too freely, so freely that it has literally lost its meaning.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Dec 8, 2014, 09:01 PM (11 replies)
She should not be expected to accept an apology from the man who kept choking her husband while he was saying "I can't breathe".
I missed this a few days ago, and her answer is powerful.
'Hell No!': Eric Garner's Widow Rejects Officer's Condolences Amid Shock Over Grand Jury's Decision
At a press conference Wednesday at the Harlem headquarters of the National Action Network, the advocacy group founded by Al Sharpton, Garner's widow, Esaw Garner, and his mother, Gwen Carr, expressed their disappointment with the grand jury's decision and their frustration that Pantaleo would not be held accountable by a court.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Dec 8, 2014, 12:10 AM (11 replies)