a good citizen's cap

Oct 17

"When we blame private prejudice, suburban snobbishness, and black poverty for contemporary segregation, we not only whitewash our own history but avoid considering whether new policies might instead promote an integrated community."
"I tell this story with some hesitation. I do not mean to imply that there is anything special about racial history in Ferguson, St. Louis, or the St. Louis metropolitan area. Every policy and practice segregating St. Louis over the last century was duplicated in almost every metropolis nationwide."
Reading this EPI report “The Making of Ferguson”

"When we blame private prejudice, suburban snobbishness, and black poverty for contemporary segregation, we not only whitewash our own history but avoid considering whether new policies might instead promote an integrated community."

"I tell this story with some hesitation. I do not mean to imply that there is anything special about racial history in Ferguson, St. Louis, or the St. Louis metropolitan area. Every policy and practice segregating St. Louis over the last century was duplicated in almost every metropolis nationwide."

Reading this EPI report “The Making of Ferguson”

Oct 09

This is America

“My biggest gripe is that no one is giving the justice system a chance to work out,” Hart said. “We don’t know all the facts, but there is an investigation and a process. This is America.”

“They say they are colorblind, but they have a way of making you feel invisible,” Gregory said. “Some don’t even believe that there is racial profiling. Come on, now. This is America.”

This Washington Post story is masterful.

Sep 29

“In 1971, when libertarianism was still a budding project of a handful of wealthy right-wing MIT grads — the Koch brothers, Poole, and Poole’s former MIT roommate, David Nolan, founder of the Libertarian Party — Poole laid out his strategy for transforming “statist” America into “laissez-faire” America. Since laissez-faire libertarians would always be a tiny minority, Poole wrote, they should organize in tight-knit groups and “permeate” strategic levers of power. He cited Opus Dei under dictator General Franco in Spain, and the economic technocrats under Brazil’s military junta that year, as two examples that libertarians could emulate.” — http://pando.com/2014/09/25/ferguson-is-our-libertarian-moment-but-not-in-the-way-some-libertarians-want-you-to-believe/

Jul 30

“In 2010, Judicial Correction Services made the magazine Inc.’s list of “the fastest growing private companies in America,” for the third year in a row; a year later, it was acquired by Correctional Healthcare Companies, which now boasts of attending to the “full spectrum” of offenders’ lives: “pre-custody, in custody, and post-custody.”” — http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/06/23/get-out-of-jail-inc

Apr 26

(Source: stacykranitz)

Apr 08

How Big Banks Created a Fed to Serve Their Own Interests -

Nomi Prins is a journalist and senior fellow at Demos, and author of five previous books, including “Other People’s Money” and “It Takes a Pillage”. Alex Amend of Demos provided additional research for this excerpt.

Woot.

Apr 03

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Mar 29

The fifth cat -

A British government risk assessment report concluded that killing cats infected with bovine TB was “the most sensible course of action” because they were a risk to their owners and to any veterinarians treating them. They can shed bacteria both by coughing and through wounds until their infections are brought under control.

However, according to a veterinary report on the Newbury cluster in the journal BMJ, five of the owners decided to treat their cats with antibiotics. Three of the animals recovered, one was later put down and the fifth disappeared.

Oct 07

“I made no connection with purism,” he says. “I looked at the art of it and I said, ‘Goddamn. How long has this room been here? Why didn’t I ever see this wing of the house of life?’ ” 

http://www.vqronline.org/articles/2013/fall/sharlet-belafonte/?src=longreads

“I made no connection with purism,” he says. “I looked at the art of it and I said, ‘Goddamn. How long has this room been here? Why didn’t I ever see this wing of the house of life?’ ”

http://www.vqronline.org/articles/2013/fall/sharlet-belafonte/?src=longreads

Jun 17

(via antiutopia)