'...Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Oakland and Detroit are drawing on their histories of race-related activism or factory shutdowns and using those details to attract business, tourists and new residents. They say the ups and downs of the past helped make them what they are today.'
“. Once the boys’ disappearance was known, troops began a massive, 18-day search-and-rescue operation, entering thousands of homes, arresting and interrogating hundreds of individuals, racing against the clock. Only on July 1, after the boys’ bodies were found, did the truth come out: The government had known almost from the beginning that the boys were dead. It maintained the fiction that it hoped to find them alive as a pretext to dismantle Hamas’ West Bank operations.”—How Politics and Lies Triggered an Unintended War in Gaza – Forward.com
“The Brazilians should be inclined to fix Brazil because Brazil needs fixing, not because they lost a game, of a kind that they will very likely win the next time they play one like it. Nations are not humiliated in this manner, though sometimes the pride of their rulers—or of eleven players and a coach—may be.”—Adam Gopnik on Brazil’s shocking World Cup loss to Germany, and the lexicon of national humiliation: http://nyr.kr/1trZyMa (via newyorker)
“Put aside for a second whether it’s actually true that a C.E.O.’s plea for an end to fiscal brinksmanship is actually a mask for extracting corporate subsidies. The more interesting phenomenon is that, for Tea Party conservatives, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page had morphed into the voice of the enemy.”—David Brat, the Elizabeth Warren of the Right : The New Yorker
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—A U.S. drone on Wednesday struck Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region, a stronghold for militants, Pakistani officials said, marking a resumption of the drone program Washington had effectively suspended almost six months ago.
“When writers attack bad PR, the unspoken heart of their criticism is the failure on the part of the publicist to adequately conceal that she is performing emotional work for money.”—Pink Collar | Jacobin
“Let’s look at some numbers I’ve been given: As executive editor, Abramson’s starting salary in 2011 was $475,000, compared to [Bill] Keller’s salary that year, $559,000. Her salary was raised to $503,000, and—only after she protested—was raised again to $525,000. She learned that her salary as managing editor, $398,000, was less than that of a male managing editor for news operations, John Geddes. She also learned that her salary as Washington bureau chief, from 2000 to 2003, was a hundred thousand dollars less than that of her predecessor in that position, Phil Taubman. (Murphy would say only that Abramson’s compensation was “broadly comparable” to that of Taubman and Geddes.)”—Jill Abramson, Arthur Sulzberger, and the New York Times: What Went Wrong? : The New Yorker
A man was teaching a class at an elite liberal indoctrination mill in the godless northeastern United States. The class was called “Social Sciences 101” and was required for all students to take. No information about the class was given to students until the first lecture, where they learned that the real course name was “Conquering American Narratives: Toward an Unspeakably Sick Marxist Hermeneutic.”
The course instructor was a Marxist and cultural critic who wrote profusely about current American social issues, like a lazy slugabed, instead of going out and blowing people up, which is what a real activist would do. He had decadent marble busts of several false idols — Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Bart Simpson — situated around his desk. On the first day of class, he said:
"Good afternoon, students, and welcome to Conquering American Narratives. First off, I would like to tell all of you that because I am a communist, you will all be getting the same grade at the end of the semester, regardless of your effort or performance in the class. Secondly, because I am a lazy academic who chose to study humanities and social ‘sciences’ instead of STEM or shooting foreign people with guns, it is simply much easier for me to give you all an F. Except for a select few of you. Are there any… racialminorities in this room?”
Several non-white students raised their hands.
"I am proud to announce that all non-white students will be getting A’s for the semester, as well as neck pillows and free bags of candy. None of you will have to do any of the work assigned in this class."
The white students began to murmur. “But we’re hard workers, too…what about us?”
“Quiet, you!" — a decrepit old woman who looked much like a witch shouted hoarsely at the student from the front row.
The instructor pointed the woman out and said, “this is my teaching assistant for the semester. She is the unholy Mother of Shades, the Mater Umbrarum, who has traveled through the ivory gate of false dreams to Massachusetts to help me grade your work. You can call her ‘Mother’. In our weekly recitation section, one of you will be chosen at random to feed her a fellow student’s tears through the horn of an ibex. Please note that, as shown on the syllabus, there will be no recitation section this week.”
"Now, our final housekeeping measure! I would like to know if any of you students believe in God, specifically the Christian God. Let’s see a show of hands."
Several brave students, Children of the one true God, raised their hands. The instructor pulled out a water gun and shot them all at point-blank range. The instructor and the unholy Mother of Shades cackled at their misfortune.
Then, a knock at the door. The Mother of Shades hissed and sought shadow in a dark corner of the lecture hall, uttering an incantation: “Umbrae, umbrae nefastae, me tege…”. She disappeared into a puff of smoke. For a moment, the classroom seemed to fill up with distant, tortured sighs.
The instructor opened the door and a military strongman who was also RoboCop came in and said, “you are under arrest.” The instructor tried to escape, but a lifelong dedication to veganism and lack of exercise left him weak, stringy, and unable to run. The military RoboCop shot the instructor with a big gun and his face exploded. The students clapped as burning gristle went flying everywhere. Military RoboCop took off his helmet and revealed himself to be a two-headed strongman. One head was Ronald Reagan and the other one was John Wayne, and the heads kissed each other forever.
“If you compare the costs of the Reagan Administration’s serial security lapses in Beirut to the costs of Benghazi, it’s clear what has really deteriorated in the intervening three decades. It’s not the security of American government personnel working abroad. It’s the behavior of American congressmen at home.”—Ronald Reagan’s Benghazi : The New Yorker
“Passing a federal law banning almost all abortions after 20 weeks. Defunding parts of Obamacare. Weakening the Environmental Protection Agency. Kneecapping the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Elizabeth Warren’s baby, the new agency within the Fed to police consumer fraud. And—maybe, just maybe—letting a Supreme Court seat sit vacant until after the next presidential election.”—Here’s What Happens When the GOP Takes Over the Senate - The Daily Beast
“Almost a century ago, WEB Du Bois called for workers actions not for higher wages or medical benefits but against racism. He believed that if the power of wealthy bigots could be crippled economically, then racist laws would go by the wayside. The importance of the “strike against racism” is rarely taught in school, but a critical part of our history.”—What Helped Bring Donald Sterling Down? A Threatened Strike Against Racism