“The concepts that govern our thought are not just matters of the intellect. They also govern our everyday functioning, down to the most mundane details. Our concepts structure what we perceive, how we get around in the world, and how we relate to other people. Our conceptual system thus plays a central role in defining our everyday realities.”—
“Life is going to present to you a series of transformations. And the point of education should be to transform you. To teach you how to be transformed so you can ride the waves as they come. But today, the point of education is not education. It’s accreditation. The more accreditation you have, the more money you make. That’s the instrumental logic of neoliberalism. And this instrumental logic comes wrapped in an envelope of fear. And my Ivy League, my MIT students are the same. All I feel coming off of my students is fear. That if you slip up in school, if you get one bad grade, if you make one fucking mistake, the great train of wealth will leave you behind. And that’s the logic of accreditation. If you’re at Yale, you’re in the smartest 1% in the world. […] And the brightest students in the world are learning in fear. I feel it rolling off of you in waves. But you can’t learn when you’re afraid. You cannot be transformed when you are afraid.”—
“Millions of Americans will pay less next year for health insurance, or get it for the first time, because they will be eligible for the big government program known as Medicaid. Half of those who buy policies on the individual market will qualify for subsidies; they will get as good or better coverage than they had. And millions of people whose policies have been canceled or denied because of illness will now be insured. What is the Republican alternative to this government program, flawed as it is right now? There is none. Party members simply want to repeal the health law and let insurers go back to canceling policies at the first sign of a shadow on an X-ray. They have no immigration policy of their own. They have no plan that will stimulate job growth. They are in favor only of shutdowns and sequesters and repeals, giving the public no reason to believe they have a governing vision or even a legislative agenda.”—NYTimes.com (via azspot)
“I spent three New Year’s in there, three birthdays…," Browder, now 20, said in a recent interview with WABC, adding that he was released with "no apology." In October, Browder filed a civil lawsuit against the Bronx District Attorney, City of New York, the New York City Police Department, the New York City Department of Corrections and a number of state-employed individuals. The official complaint states Browder was "physically assaulted and beaten" by officers and other inmates during his time at Rikers Island. The document also maintains the accused was "placed in solitary confinement for more than 400 days" and was "deprived meals." In addition, officers allegedly prevented him from pursuing his education. Browder attempted suicide at least six times. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Browder’s current lawyer Paul Prestia summarized his client’s experience as "inexplicable" and "unheard of." Based off one man’s identification, Browder was charged with robbery in the second degree, he notes. It took three years to dismiss these charges, even though it was, in Prestia’s words, a "straightforward case to try.”—Teen Thrown In Violent New York Prison For Years Without Ever Having Been Convicted (via aboriginalnewswire)
There is a spectrum of issues that need to be addressed by our political system. But we can’t count on any of them to be addressed meaningfully in any one lifetime. Some issues are addressed meaningfully, but not always the ones you’d expect, not usually when you’d expect, and not always the most important.
Change in our system is excruciatingly incremental — generational, even — except when it’s not (e.g. gay marriage landslide over the last 2 weeks).
Punctuated generational incrementalism. Pick an issue and it could move in the next 3 months or remain stagnant for 30 years. There’s no way to predict it.
And, except for the weird moments of punctuated progress, issues move SO SLOWLY, if at all, because our system is designed to slow shit down.
Question is, then, is our system too slow? Is it unable to react to the modern interconnected world? And if it is, what then?
PRAGUE, (SANA)- Ex-CNN reporter Amber Lyon revealed that during her work for the channel she received orders to send false news and exclude some others which the US administration did not favor with the aim to create a public opinion in favor of launching an aggression on Iran and Syria.
FYI, that “news organization” you’re quoting is the Syrian Department of Information. Not exactly reliable.