Thursday, June 11, 2015

Thursday Reading

 


World Soccer Corruption, Africa’s “Illicit Financial Flows” and Elite Silences
by Patrick Bond
The last week has provided extraordinary examples of how corruption erodes the resources and morals of an entire continent – Africa – in part because villains here in South Africa made alliances with wicked brothers in Switzerland, Latin America, the Caribbean and especially the United States. We now know more about offshore centers of both reactionary finance and corrupt-corporate soccer. It’s long overdue they are exposed to a spotlight, even if those pointing that light want to leave certain features in the shadows.
Read More at Black Agenda Report


The True Story of Lady Byron's Life
by Harriet Beecher Stowe
It is alleged that she parted from him in apparent affection and good-humor, wrote him a playful, confiding letter upon the way, but, after reaching her father's house, suddenly and without explanation announced to him that she would never see him again; that this sudden abandonment drew down upon him a perfect storm of scandalous stories, which his wife never contradicted; that she never in any way or shape stated what the exact reasons for her departure had been, and thus silently gave scope to all the malice of thousands of enemies. The sensitive victim was actually driven from England, his home broken up, and he doomed to be a lonely wanderer on foreign shores.
Read More at The Atlantic


America's Police Are Trained to Dominate the Public
by Chauncey de Vega
[H]ow do we factor in the individual temperament of a given cop relative to how they will respond to a given scenario?
Read More at ChaunceydeVega.com


Upholding Boundaries Feels Good
by Jeana Jorgensen
When I refer to this interaction as upholding a boundary, I mean that I have made a commitment to uphold this particular behavior or practice in all circumstances. It is extremely important to me that any sexual partners I have be able to give informed consent to being with me. This means I give them the relevant information to be able to make that decision, even if the conversation is uncomfortable. Different people have different ideas about what “relevant information” is, so I try to hold myself to a high ethical standard. Because this stuff is so relative, I err on the side of over-disclosing, or at least that’s my intention.
Read More at Sex Ed With Dr. Jeana


Sense8 and the Failure of Global Imagination
by Claire Light
How do you imagine a life you could never live? Though not really a theme, this problem is at the heart of Netflix’s new original series Sense8, created by the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski, and heavily influenced by Tom Tykwer. Like many fantastical or science fictional premises, Sense8’s premise is a wish fulfillment: not — as is typical of this genre and the Wachowskis’ earlier work — the wish fulfillment of the disempowered middle school nerd stuffed into a locker, but rather the Mary Sue desire of a mature, white American writer/auteur who has discovered that an entire world is “out there,” one that the maker doesn’t know how to imagine.
Read More at TheNerdsOfColor.org


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