Archive for November 2015

OILING THE WHEELS OF TERRORISM

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) The most dangerous mistake that is being made in trying to deal with terrorism is thinking that it can be exclusively dealt with militarily. Like Antaeus of Greek mythology, who only got stronger when Hercules fought and slammed him into his mother the earth, terrorism only gets stronger as part of the predictable "collateral damage" sustained in going after the terrorists with "shock and awe" that radicalizes and recruits more and more of the disaffected into the ranks of the terrorists. Terrorism can also be nurtured in people when they have never been given a stake in their own society or find their stake caught in a crossfire between Western supported dictators or their antagonists and a spectrum of groups in endless not so civil wars against them.

LAUSD ABANDONS CAHSEE AND ANY REAL ACCOUNTABILITY

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) This pedagogic strategy of simply ignoring a problem, like increased student violent disruption, has worked so well for the incompetents running the district in a manner ironically similar to the socially promoted disruptive students who also continue to face no consequences for making education impossible at the vast majority of LAUSD schools, that LAUSD administration has now abandon the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE), that at best, with its low middle school academic levels in Language Arts and Math, was already not a very reasonable or accurate measure of whether a student should be allowed to graduate high school with a diploma.

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11 2015

FRIGHTENED POLICE MAKE BAD COPS

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) "Fear or stupidity has always been the basis of most human actions." Albert Einstein What makes racism such an intractable problem in our society is the fact that we try to deal with it by denying the damage it has already been allowed to accomplish, while assuming we are presently all equal. We're not. We might have started out that way, but a racist human hive that continues to systematically give one group of people the royal jelly, while giving another group of people the royal shaft, should have no expectation in 2015 that those who continue to be systematically shafted will somehow, nonetheless, remain equal and productive with their lives, even though racism continues to go unchecked.

"SPOTLIGHT" ON LAUSD AND THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) While the recently released movie Spotlight is supposed to be a film about the long ignored Boston child molestation scandal that was allowed to run rampant for far too long because of the power of the Catholic Church, it actually has a much more insightful message. This message is about how power functions in the absence of any accountability. And this seems to be a lesson that has not been learned yet when one sees how the Los Angeles Times and other commercial and public media nationwide still continue to systematically ignore, twist, or downright censor the relevant facts necessary for the citizens of this country to meaningfully understand the stories in the news. In order words, 1st Amendment be damned, if telling a complete and controversial true piece of news would lead to real public accountability for those running mega-corrupt organizations, it will not be told. So, the only problem I have with an incredibly well done movie like Spotlight is that it still maintains the illusion that truth will out, which is clearly no longer the case in this country.

SANDERS' DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM VS. INVASION OF THE CORPORATE BODY POLITIC SNATCHERS

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) There is a certain irony to the fact that a word like socialism has been historically vilified and falsely pounded into the American psyche as an alien deprivation of an individual's rights, when one need only look at the history and organization of the corporation in this country and elsewhere to realize that it and not democratic socialism more closely approximates this hijacking of the American body politic.

TRUMPING DONALD CHUMP

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Donald Trump seems to have found a political sweet spot and early tentative lead in the Republican Party presidential primary race by melding two heretofore frustrated and rather large constituencies that never thought they would find a standard bearer who so clearly understood their incoherence.

GOVERNOR VILLARAIGOSA AND THE LATINO MAJORITY IN CALIFORNIA

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) It is no secret that ex-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is interested in running for governor in California in 2018. As a matter of fact, he is already actively going around the state and the country lining up both the financial and political support necessary to make him what would be only the second Latino to hold the governorship since Romualdo Pacheco did so in 1875.