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Reading the Manifesto for Social Materialist Psychology

A little while after my Ossington Circle interview with author Paul Moloney, I was sent (by Paul) the Midlands Psychology Group Manifesto for a Social-Materialist Psychology of Distress. It's an unadorned, long, well-written text that is full of important insights.

A tribute to Trayvon, from Delhi

Trayvon Martin

You forgot your Biblical lessons,
Dear boy; God being Light, all
Good things are white;
And Satan being the prince
Of darkness, being born black
Is a hopeless mess.

Against such black vissicitudes
Was a just law found that said
To the white killer, “stand your ground.”

Only some sixty million of your forefathers
Were murdered in the slave trade;
Too many more are still left
To be made dead. Sinners are those
That think racism is bad.

Only when non-white trash gathers
Into a common cause is racism racism;
Zimmerman is merely God’s own prism.

The Zimmerman Verdict and MMA

Misinformation about martial arts seems to have played a role in the Zimmerman verdict. Because of the mass popularity of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), there is an assumption that people know more about martial arts than they actually do.

When the defense asked Zimmerman's MMA (mixed martial arts) trainer to demonstrate the 'mount' position and the 'ground-and-pound', the defense's theory was based on two propositions.

My Red Wedding Story

SPOILER ALERT: This article, like many of my conversations, contains massive spoilers about George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books and the HBO Game of Thrones series.

I was handed George R R Martin's Game of Thrones in 1997, by a friend who has recommended many of the books I've read over the years. He warned me that it was a little different, and that he was curious about my reaction.

Questioning Natural & Community Capital

A Conference at York University about Capitalizing Power, organized by Jonathan Nitzan. In my talk, I try to relate Nitzan's "Capital as Power" framework to environmentalist thinking.

Sources on teaching

I've been gradually collecting sources on teaching without realizing it. Teaching instruction can come from some unlikely places (the likely places are Alfie Kohn, John Holt, Carol Dweck, Paolo Freire...). Here are some of mine:

How Criminals Communicate - thoughts for above and under ground

Just finished reading Diego Gambetta's "Codes of the Underworld: How Criminals Communicate" (Princeton University Press 2009). One of Gambetta's contentions is that criminals face more extreme versions of the same problems people face in above-ground life. I read it thinking about the connections and differences between political activism (which is often criminalized) and crime.

My little review of Fanfare for the Future: Occupy Strategy

I just wrote a review of Albert, Azulay, and Marty's Fanfare for the Future: Occupy Strategy at amazon:

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Full disclosure: I write for ZNet and come from this school of thought, so this is a knowledgeable review, but not an 'objective' one.

Updating my archives - Palestine 2002, Chiapas 2000

I have been updating my Writings Archive (see the tab above) and making sure that all of the links are working, putting copies of the material published elsewhere into this blog so it's all searchable and such. Part of this is re-posting work that hasn't been on the internet in a long time, so it's been interesting memories.

One of the most was this photo essay from Palestine in the summer of 2002, 10 years ago now.

Another is

Two small outrages

While these aren't the worst things in the world, a couple of things from the world of information and journalism that were surprising enough to me, even though I think I ought to be pretty hardened to these things by now.

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Through Wikileaks' twitter feed, I saw this story about one of the founders of the Pirate Bay - a statement, by one of said founders, Peter Sunde. Lots to find outrageous in here, but one aspect of the story that Sunde quoted was amazing:

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