Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Reading

How to ignore your family on Thanksgiving
by Cathy O'Neil, mathbabe
There has been lots of advice lately on how to have a civil conversation at Thanksgiving – NPR ran a piece yesterday on “topics both Democrats and Republicans enjoy”, for example, which made me slightly annoyed and amused – perhaps because I am neither – and inspired this somewhat alternative list of ways to enjoy or otherwise ignore your family today.
Read More at MathBabe


Ferguson: It is Right to Resist, By Any and All Means Necessary
by Glen Ford
You know that a genuine movement is being born when it becomes necessary to draw lines within the circles that purport to support that movement, in order to defend the political space that has already been claimed by the popular struggle. That moment definitively arrived on Monday night when young people in Ferguson, Missouri, responded to the state’s rigged grand jury absolution of Michael Brown’s executioner with outraged defiance, bricks and fire – in accordance with the actual logic of the slogan “No Justice – No Peace.”


by Miri
Pay attention to this. This is one of many ways people delegitimize our demands to be free from harassment, assault, and abuse. “Offense” is subjective. “Offense” can be caused by “thin skin,” “weakness,” “intolerance of dissenting views,” and so on. “Offense” is a reaction to a claim or idea with which you disagree.


When the accusation is that looting and riots constitute unacceptable violence, the rest of the statement goes thusly: every life has a price and these lives are cheaper than any property damaged.


by Jon Bois
I said that a lot of working at RadioShack felt like guard duty. One week, it was actual guard duty: a RadioShack in a stone-dead mall was scheduled to close in a week, and all its employees had already bailed, so they sent me there to manage it for a few days.





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