Monday, April 28, 2014

Resources for April 28, 2014

Gusterson, Hugh and Elaine Scarry. "Are We Numb to Nukes?" Radio Open Source (April 10, 2014) ["We’re thinking our way through a plausible nuclear emergency with Elaine Scarry who reminds you – we’ve got a weapons monarchy in this democracy. Two decades after the fall of the Berlin wall and a nuclear football still accompanies the president at all times, nuclear missile silos still dot the great plains, and hundreds of nukes remain constantly on alert. How can we call it a democracy, the rule of the people, when there’s one man’s finger on the trigger that could destroy us all?"]

Business Insider: "6 Corporations Control 90% of the Media in America"

Mayer for Mayor comments on the Business Lexington article "HUD to Provide Lexington a Loan Guarantee for 21c Hotel Project.": "As a writing teacher, I bristle when places like art hotel 21C receive $6 million in federal loans earmarked for low income economic development. Leaders seem to have no shame in assuming that the Main Street project of billionaire bourbon heiress Laura Lee Brown represents 'a powerful public investment tool to drive economic development in underserved areas.' Main Street is underserved? Have we re-defined this word? This isn't a semantic question--it enabled 21C to receive over 60% of this city's lending capacity for creating low-income jobs. Keep that in mind when you hear city leaders bemoan the need to create good-paying jobs. When it comes to jobs for low-income residents, our brain trust went with house maid--and it accomplished this by giving billionaire Louisvillians a special $6 million loan at reduced rates."

"There are two parts to the human dilemma. One is the belief that the end justifies the means. That push-button philosophy, that deliberate deafness to suffering has become the monster in the war machine. The other is the betrayal of the human spirit. The assertion of dogma closes the mind and turns a nation, a civilization into a regiment of ghosts — obedient ghosts, or tortured ghosts." -- Jacob Bronowski, Ascent of Man (1973)

“This is the only story of mine whose moral I know. I don’t think it’s a marvelous moral; I simply happen to know what it is: We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” -- Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night (1961)

Dorr, Gary, et al. "Cowboy Indian Alliance Protests Keystone XL Pipeline in D.C. After Latest Obama Admin Delay." Democracy Now (April 28, 2014)

Johnsen, Gregory D. "60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History." Buzzfeed (January 16, 2014)

Ross, Julianne. "17 Lies We Need to Stop Teaching Girls About Sex." PolicyMic (April 25, 2014)

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