Friday, May 16, 2014

Resources for May 16, 2014

Dialogic Cinephilia archives:

Angier, Natalie. "Abstract Thoughts? The Body Takes Them Literally." The New York Times (February 2, 2010)

Merriam-Webster Word-of-the-Day

eidetic \eye-DET-ik\

adjective: marked by or involving extraordinarily accurate and vivid recall especially of visual images


Thanks to her eidetic memory, Kirsten was able to recall every last detail of what happened that night, including the colors of each person's outfit.

"Jason Bateman, making his feature directing debut after directing episodes of his 'Arrested Development' series, plays an adult who uses a loophole to enter a spelling bee and whose eidetic memory all but guarantees he will win if he chooses." — From a movie review by Duane Dudek in the Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee), March 27, 2014

Friday, May 09, 2014

Resources for May 9, 2014

Holland, Joshua. "A Primer: Just What Is Net Neutrality — and Why All the Fuss?" Moyers & Co (May 2, 2014)

Watts, Jonathan. "Uruguay's president José Mujica: no palace, no motorcade, no frills." The Guardian (December 13, 2013)

Dialogic Cinephilia archive: The Square (Egypt/USA: Jehane Noujaim, 2013)

Constantino, Bobby. "I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System: A former prosecutor fights the law and lets it win." The Atlantic (December 17, 2013)

Merriam-Webster's Word-of-the-Day

Brown, Ellen. "Robbing Main Street to Prop Up Wall Street: Why Jerry Brown's Rainy Day Fund Is a Bad Idea for California." TruthOut (May 7, 2014)["There is no need to sequester funds urgently needed by Main Street to pay for Wall Street's malfeasance. Californians can have their cake and eat it too – with a state-owned bank."]

Center for Constitutional Rights: "Is this who we are?" asked President Obama almost one year ago during a speech in response to the mass hunger strike at Guantánamo prison and international condemnation over the force-feeding of men. Little has changed since that speech on May 23rd of last year. Not a single Yemeni has been released, even though the president lifted his self-imposed ban on transfers to Yemen, and men like our client Tariq Ba Odah, who continue hunger-striking, are still force-fed. On May 23rd, join activists across the world for a global day of action to close Guantánamo. We must keep the pressure on the administration to expedite the release of men already cleared for transfer and those it does not intend to charge. There will be demos in DC, NYC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Hawaii, Munich, London, Sydney and many more cities (via Witness Against Torture)

Hedges, Chris. "We’re Losing the Last Shreds of Legal Rights to Protect Ourselves from Oligarchy." RINF (May 8, 2014)

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Resources for May 7, 2014

Kentuckians For the Commonwealth poll of candidate positions for the upcoming May 20, 2014 primaries: "2014 Kentucky Primary Election: Candidate Positions." -- of particular interest is the Lexington Mayoral race

Dershowitz, Alan, Glenn Greenwald, Michael Hayden and Alexis Ohanian. "Glenn Greenwald Debates Former NSA Director Michael Hayden." The Intercept (May 2, 2014) [Results of the debate]

Goldenberg, Suzanne. "Climate change is clear and present danger, says landmark US report: National Climate Assessment, to be launched at White House on Tuesday, says effects of climate change are now being felt." The Guardian (May 4, 2014)

Dialogic Cinephilia archives:

Resources for May 7, 2014

The Unknown Known (USA: Errol Morris, 2013)

Doctorow, Cory. "Jacob Appelbaum's must-watch 30C3 talk: why NSA spying affects you, no matter who you are." Boing Boing (December 31, 2013)

Greene, Robyn. "Even Your Avatar Can't Escape NSA Surveillance." ACLU (December 12, 2013)

"Citizens Take Over Albuquerque City Council, Call For the Arrest of Chief: 'We now serve a people’s warrant for arrest on Albuquerque Police Chief Gordon Eden.'" Free Thought Project (May 6, 2014)

Eberhard, J.T. "After book is banned to satisfy religious parents, student hands out copies for free." Patheos (May 5, 2014)

Pitzer, Andrea. "Trotsky's Canadian Holiday." Lapham's Quarterly (May 6, 2014)

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Resources for May 6, 2014

Blyth, Mark, David Kaiser and Vanessa Williamson. "The French Sensation: Income Inequality in 700 Pages and a Hundred Graphs." Radio Open Source (May 1, 2014)

Frauenfelder, Mark. "Photos of the new Satanic monument being built for Oklahoma's Statehouse." Boing Boing (May 1, 2014)

Peters, Jeremy W. "Republican-Led Filibuster Blocks Minimum Wage Bill in Senate." The New York Times (May 1, 2014)

McDonough, Katie. "Tennessee just became the first state that will jail women for their pregnancy outcomes: Against the advice of doctors, addiction experts and reproductive health groups, Gov. Bill Haslam signed SB 1391." Salon (April 30, 2014)

The Editorial Board. "The Koch Attack on Solar Energy." The New York Times (April 27, 2014)

Fain, Paul. "Will Work in Beer." Inside Higher Ed (January 30, 2014) [Asheville, NC community college starts new 2 degree in Craft Beer brewing]

Jaschik, Scott. "Church and Tenure." Inside Higher Ed (May 5, 2014) ["The Kentucky Supreme Court has issued two unanimous decisions that strengthen the rights of tenured professors at religious institutions."]

Dialogic Cinephilia archive: Resources for May 5, 2014

Merriam-Webster's Word-of-the-Day

gist \JIST\

noun 1 : the ground of a legal action; 2 : the main point or part : essence

I didn't catch every word, but I heard enough to get the gist of the conversation.

"If you have seen the animated children's movie Balto, you know the gist of the Iditarod story; however, there is more to the story than a mysterious wolf/dog who beat the odds, carried the antitoxin across the tundra and got the girl." — From an article by Victoria Burris in The Omnibus (Southwest Baptist University), March 5, 2014

"The gist of the conversation was that ...." The word "gist" often appears in such contexts to let us know that what follows will be a statement or summary that in some way encapsulates the main point or overarching theme. The gist of a conversation, argument, story, or what-have-you is what we rely on when the actual words and details are only imperfectly recalled, inessential, or too voluminous to recount in their entirety. "Gist" was borrowed from the Anglo-French legal phrase "[cest] action gist" ("[this] action lies") in the early 18th century, and was originally used in legal contexts as a term referring to the foundation or grounds for a legal action without which that action would not be legally sustainable.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Resources for ENG 102: Summer 2014

Merriam-Webster's Word-of-the-Day

Laura Webb HIS 120 essay (paragraph thesis statements) [in work computer "documents" and gmail]

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

Biotechnology/Eugenics lecture

Dialogic archive: Edward Snowden

Piece for Mayer for Mayor on Minimum Wage issue

Ken Robinson RSAnimate video -- Changing Education Paradigms

Dershowitz, Alan, Glenn Greenwald, Michael Hayden and Alexis Ohanian. "Glenn Greenwald Debates Former NSA Director Michael Hayden." The Intercept (May 2, 2014) [Results of the debate]

Political Compass Test

Resources for Re-thinking the World

Taylor, Bron. "Battleground Pandora: The War over James Cameron's Avatar." Bright Lights Film Journal #82 (November 2013)

Ferguson, Kirby. "Everything is a Remix." [Four short videos examining remix aesthetics in multiple art forms.]

Zurko, Nicholas. "Gender Inequality in Film." New York Film Academy (November 25, 2013)

Lexington Primaries

Holland, Joshua. "A Primer: Just What Is Net Neutrality — and Why All the Fuss?" Moyers & Co (May 2, 2014)

McNair, James. "Despite Cuts, Kentucky Community College Head Gets Lucrative Deal." Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (May 8, 2014)

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Resources for May 1, 2014

Laurent Laveder photograph:

Dialogic Cinephilia archive: Resources for May 1, 2014

Happy May Day! International Workers' Holiday - Solidarity!

Pyke, Alan. "Seattle Announces $15 Minimum Wage, Highest In The U.S." Think Progress (May 1, 2014)

Merchant, Brian. "A Drone's Eye View of the Latest Oil Train Explosion." Motherboard (May 1, 2014)

Ross, Julianne. "The White House Just Released an Anti-Sexual Assault Video That Every Man Needs to See." PolicyMic (April 29, 2014)

Verso: Madison Van Oort -- Interns, Occupiers, and Strikers: A May Day 2014 Reading List

Greenberg, Joel. "A Feathered River Across the Sky." Radio West (April 24, 2014) ["This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the death of Martha, the last passenger pigeon. Her species was native to North America, and in the 1800s the birds numbered in the billions. Their vast airborne flocks reportedly blotted out the sun and took days to pass overhead. But in just a few decades, they were gone. Naturalist Joel Greenberg has written a book about the passenger pigeon’s natural history and its speedy flight to extinction, and he joins us to examine what the bird’s demise reveals about our relationship to the natural world."]

Wikipedia: Sock Puppet (Internat)

Dunning, Brian. "Animal Predictors: Psychic, Sensitive, or Silly?" Skeptoid (April 29, 2014)