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Re: “Really?

Congratulations to Plain Jane for the most salient comments. Sponsoring teen-debate teams would provide youths with an exciting opportunity to develop skills in diplomacy and argumentation essential in maintaining personal relationships and asserting oneself in society. Two arenas of life where women are especially oppressed. Reviewing their comments here, it's obvious these skills are absent. Imagine a community of "Rosa Parks" and you can understand why the rich sponsor beauty contests instead.

Posted by The big picture on 07/05/2011 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Really?

Well done Ryan. Now, can we take a closer look at the status-quo in our communities that foster failure and manufacture poverty? What will follow the current boom in rent-to-own, job scalpers, rental agencies, bail bonds, storage facilities, dollar stores, second hand, pawn shops and check cashing schemers? The promise of more poverty wage big boxes and the homes they can't afford???!!! Who's behind it, how do they dominate local politics, for how long have they done so, how much are they benefiting, what are the direct and indirect public subsidies?
The public needs to know!!! Keep up the good work!

Posted by The big picture on 07/04/2011 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Painting a Mystery

Thanks Joan! If more Americans understood the fascinating lives of wild animals, and our biological interconnectedness, they might become outraged at a media that ignores this world's biological collapse. Where's my paper's environmental section, energy section, labor section, community section...etc??? Media, movies, academia, industry and government's incessant mantra depicting a world of plenty for the deserving, (while uncivilized and insane), will earn the largest corporations a few more billion...to the bitter end.
For me, having tenuous encounters and relationships with wild creatures, has proven to be far more extraordinary, exciting, and meaningful than the domestic pets I once possessed.

Posted by Indeed on 05/05/2011 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Higher Education

"The only way for change to happen is for students to call for it; however, how can they call for something that they don’t even know exists"?Comment / By KC / Today, 5:57 p.m. If HSU were a "liberal" campus, you wouldn't be asking that question! This is not a "catch 22"! It's called an effective tyranny, the kind that citizens don't even realize they're part of! KC, for a psychology graduate from a "liberal university" you seem tremendously confused. "Actions speak louder than words", and yet, change requires that people hear the truth (words) before they begin organizing! In fact, you've already illustrated the success of your social indoctrination by ignoring the examples, (uncomfortable truths that I provided you), that illustrate a profound level of academic irrelevance at HSU! Instead, you chose to redirect that discomfort to more positive "thankfulness for what's being done". You see KC, for uncomfortable truths to be believed and acted upon, they must be repeated, discussed, and debated from many sources....instead, you shut-out the facts just like academia, government, industry, media, and movies that repeat one overbearing message: "we live in a world of plenty for the deserving". "BE HAPPY, STAY POSITIVE, THE GLASS IS HALF-FULL, BE THANKFUL!!! (Which greatly explains HSU's annual investment of millions of dollars on its entertainment venues). It's certainly quaint to always remain positive, but what's required is the kind of widespread outrage and media reporting that once-upon-a-time ended the Vietnam war and took down Richard Nixon! I wonder if the hundreds of highly educated U.S. psychologists, physicians, and staff who actively participated in torture at Abu-Graibe and Guantanamo also felt they were "independent thinkers"? Scary thought.

Posted by BEHOLD on 05/04/2011 at 1:32 AM

Re: “Higher Education

"A NONNY MOUSE" : I noticed you didn't bother backing up your claims with a single example. Is that because: At HSU, there is no degree, no prerequisite, and no single course whatsoever in labor history, despite students hoping to work half their waking life? At HSU, there are no units in social activism tailored to each degree, if a student wanted to improve or change a field they love, as opposed to how much they can earn? At HSU, there's no prerequisite, nor unit offered in contract law 101 despite the fact that students engage in them repeatedly each day. (Sign the paper and shut up!)? At HSU, there's no prerequisite nor unit offered in diplomacy or negotiation despite the fact that half of U.S. marriages fail? At HSU, there's no prerequisite nor unit offered in advocacy, in case a student might want to assist themselves or others one day. At HSU, there's no course offered in comparative justice, as if the one imposed upon you must be accepted. I recently spoke to a history instructor who's "a little nervous" about reintroducing a course at HSU in imperialism next semester. Never-mind that it effectively and accurately describes our foreign policy....forever. Most of these examples were offered by Ralph Nader in 1999 to illustrate to HSU students how they are actually getting their degree in "harmony ideology, not unlike German campuses in the 1930's". Without these relevant subjects, your desire to assert change in a world where every measurable biological and economic indicator is in rapid decline, is profoundly compromised. At HSU, they don't teach this either, and if they did, students would have walked-out long ago.

Posted by BEHOLD on 05/02/2011 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Conservative Estimates

One cannot study and understand anything deeply without great anger, and joy.

Posted by ALAS on 04/30/2011 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Screaming Atoms and Headlines

Crying wolf? So far, generations of science professionals have been well-paid to remain within the U.S. cost-benefit paradigm. NOW, we are experiencing the results of their hubris...a 1-in-3 chance of contracting cancer today, an epidemic by most standards that's being effectively censored. God forbid U.S. "free-enterprise" should be inconvenienced to adopt Europe's precautionary principles, pressured by scientists who's consciences finally kick-in. It's sad to still read about "safe levels" of PCB's Dioxins, or radiation from "professional scientists" who take EVERY precaution to avoid mentioning cumulative impacts....a molecule from Chernobyl, a few from Japan, a little sun-bathing...and the equivalent of a chest x-ray each hour when flying at 30,000 feet...
Could one molecule of strontium, among many other types of radioactive materials, be enough to trigger a fatal cancer in some individuals? Over a century after its discovery, scientists can only think of bigger, stronger holes to bury it in. Pathetic.

Posted by Chain of Fools on 03/31/2011 at 12:50 PM

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