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From The Verge, “In the War on Fake News, School Librarians Have a Huge Role to Play”

Setting aside all disagreements about the degree to which fake news might have influenced the 2016 election, the lack of information literacy skills in the U.S. is troubling. Read this great interview with LIS Professor Nicole A. Cooke to learn more. (https://www.facebook.com/ILoveLibraries/?fref=nf&pnref=story)

http://www.theverge.com/2016/11/16/13637294/school-libraries-information-literacy-fake-news-election-2016

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A Few Words on Climate Change: It’s All Connected

Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, spoke with Bill Moyers in September 2013 about the urgency of the need to effectively and decisively address climate change. His voice was so crisp, yet so firm. His words rang with a message of fair warning and hope. His voice, though, itself seemed to come from deep within him. He seemed to relax into each syllable. Between his words, I heard an echo of the Divine and direct knowledge of deep suffering. Such audial presence. It was a treat to have his voice so close. But I digress…

Mr. Naidoo spoke candidly about the extreme urgency of the need for humankind to turn the corner on better stewardship of the earth. He mentioned that the standard for carbon ppm (parts per million) set the upper-level in the air of 300; as of 2013, we’re preparing to surpass 400 carbon ppm. The world is sick, and we’re doing it. Corporations, governments, and other mega-institutions are killing humans to maintain themselves. We humans must not allow this. Something MUST be done. All hands on deck. It’s time to wake up…We’ve got only about 3-5 years to change course.

Upside to changing: BETTER WORLD for more people (and there are LOTS OF PEOPLE in the world, not just a few rich ones). Also, better world for people who have yet to be born. So in those terms, it’s actually a pro-life/pro-choice win-win. His lovely discussion with Mr. Moyers was heavy to hear, no doubt, but good to feel the Truth in the media. It’s refreshing as can be. Thanks, NPR! Downside to changing: lots of things are difficult about changing, if one does not feel READY for the change. However, the worst thing about change is the fight against it.

The urgency of anthropocentric climate change is perilously easy to ignore.

The signs show in the background. Culture seems to deny what is so common to us.

Why am I afraid to speak up? Why is anyone? We’ve been virtually promised annihilation if we ask the wrong question, know too much for our station, or demand more that the mere disregard of the True Elite.

So, is climate change the problem? Or is social justice the core of the issue? Can we do something about this, or are we frozen in our scripted dances of misery, bound to wait for the ‘end of days’ without a whimper or moan? So many of us have already taken our hands off the collective wheel of nation-driving.

Also, could it be that too many of our hearts are disengaged from the causes of our forefathers and our foremothers? We no longer know the time of the potter’s kiln and of the quilting bee. The secrets of the fishing net and the swaddling table are being lost. Sacred knowledge on how to survive and thrive, with minimal interference from nosy unknowns, surrounded the family heirlooms of old. Ancestral memories have faded in the noise from wi-fi and the internet, from which we rarely disconnect. But what of that time? What of that time was good? Can we reclaim the best of it? Aren’t there some gems of wisdom worth saving?

Undulating complexities shaped families and individuals in pre-Industrial America. Towns settled because groups of families decided it to be so. Then, corporations came, and their dreams became our reality. They took over where the pirates left off, and it’s been bally-fucking-hoo ever since.

In all the noise of contemporary 21st century First World culture, we are losing our humanity. Human connection, without the aid of technology, is a field of utter chaos. There are precious few aspects of life that we ALL value, and those aspects tend to be undervalued in the discussion of resource distribution. Wearing suits and using computers to make money for people who already have lots of money, as it turns out, are high marketable. Teaching kids, caring for the elderly, and keeping neighborhood communities healthy and safe…NOT so much. This is a losing strategy for a plan to move forward together. And NO, you are not allowed to try to inhabit another planet until you’ve FIXED THIS ONE FIRST.

Anyway…I digress…

We’ve brought civilization soooooo far. So far indeed. In furtherance of further development, further down the road…I humbly, firmly, and not at all politely DEMAND, on behalf of the women and children who have died under drone attacks, systemic injustices as youth, and near-absolute disrespect in the labor market as adults, COMPLETE DEDICATION TO ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE. I’ve posed some starter objectives below:

1. Repeal all laws and de-institute all policies which support, create, or maintain fossil fuel production.

2. Devote one hundred percent of all remaining funding toward green industry development, focusing on jobs, research, education, and skill development for use in 21st century eco-renewal.

3. Government-wide adoption of ecological practices, from the feds to the county clerk.

4. Complete divestment of resources from fossil fuel production, development, and distribution in both domestic and foreign markets.

We’re living at a time when it is CRUCIAL to realize the best of what has been. Can we not work toward the brightest future of the human race and the world in which we live, to move together toward EVOLUTION?

More to come…but in the meantime…What do you think?

“I look forward to our next conversation.”

MA/wnr


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Open Letter to a U.S. Congressman

Dear Congressman:

I have been watching the proceedings around the vote on this ridiculous law regarding abortion funding. As your constituent, I have the following comments and requests:

1. You’re wasting time with it. The bill will be dead on arrival, and there are MANY MUCH more pressing matters on priority list for us. It represents a fundamental mishandling of public resources to address private issues.

2. If you mean to disrupt Obama’s re-election, you are going about it the WRONG way. I urge you to do your part to get our nation back to work. Your vote for The President’s Jobs Bill will be a step toward putting us back on the path of restoring our rightful place among nations in the Global Community (which suffered mightily under the previous Administration).

3. Leave women’s health to the experts. Our bodies do not belong to you: I am confident that the female body – AND ALL THAT IT CONTAINS – fall under complete ownership of the occupant. This legislation is unjust because it attempts to treat the bodies of women as a receptacle for that which belongs to the State. This even violates the civil rights of “the fetus”…by negating the sovereign right of its mother,  its SOLE connection to this world, to determine the best path forward for herself and her family, it demoralizes and devalues the intimate nature of the mother-child relationship. Anti-abortion laws, in general, seem to hold human life as variably sacred; their inherent hypocrisy is dwarfed only by the magnitude of their failure on a social level (abortion laws have NOT been associated with FEWER abortions). Could it be that industries are looking for a new “cash cow” population for the private prison system because of the pending epic failure of the “War on Drugs”? Perhaps, once reproductive rights have been outlawed, girls, women, the men who love them, and the courageous health care staff who are roguish enough to help them will supply fresh meat for the justice system? KNOW THIS: We women will NOT go down without a fight for our personal right, the lives of our daughters, and THEIR right to choose what’s best for themselves.

Sincerely,

One of We, The People


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A Few Moments of Joy (NOT A MASTERPIECE)

A Few Moments of Joy (NOT A MASTERPIECE)

 

Kissing a new lover to find our breath compatible…

Searching for the size I need among the dress patterns I adore – and finding it…

Cooking my favorite dish and tasting the seasoning tickle my throat, perfectly balanced…

Checking my bank account and finding an amount that covers all my bills and

                a movie, with snacks,

                with a Friend…

Losing an earring in the grass and finding it among the morning dew the next day…

Washing the dishes and finding no water spots after they dry…

Entertaining guests in a spotless home

                With plenty of food and music to share…

Dancing under the stars on a lovely, cool night in early September…

 

Living in the spaces between catastrophe…

Limping away from what could have been final defeat…

And breathing slowly and deeply

                With the realization of life

                as a wondrous,

messy

Gift.

 

 

23Oct2013wnr


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Super Bowl XLVIII: A Trafficker’s Playground

An unfortunate truth…

Forte E Bello

woman hostageIn just a few short days hundreds of thousands of visitors will flood to the MetLife stadium in New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII. Many visitors will be coming to show their pride and cheer on their favorite team, but tragically, thousands more will be coming for something entirely different. What most people don’t know is that the single biggest game of the year has also been called the single largest human trafficking event on the planet.

Just beyond the stadium lights, hidden within the shadows will be thousands of victims, women, children and even men, caught in the inhumane web of sex trafficking. For them this day will bring something much different than football, loud cheers, hot dog stands and painted beer bellies. For them it will bring pain, abuse, repeated rapes and even fear of death. The exact numbers of trafficking cases in a given year or…

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