Racism: No Longer an American-Made Product

While visiting my friend today, I was witness to an unpleasant situation that had been unfolding before her for hours prior to my arrival. This friend works on the social media end of an international corporation. This company is associated with a celebrity who has an opinion on the verdict of the Martin/Zimmerman trial. The opinion as I read it wasn’t explicitly violent or incendiary, however because it appeared on the internet a veritable shit-storm quickly arose.… [Read more]

Tears of Rebellion

With the unabated acceleration of the Arab Spring beginning in late 2010, law enforcement agencies found themselves ill-equipped to deal with the masses of protesters that would soon emerge. In many of the countries where these protests erupted, namely Libya, Yemen, and Syria, this kind of political activity was hardly welcome. Being unprepared for a mass political movement of this magnitude, governments and their law enforcement agencies resorted almost immediately to violent methods of control.… [Read more]

Occupy, But Read Too

Work: it’s what we do to eat.  It’s where we meet most of the people we know when we first move to a new place.  It’s where we spend most of our hours awake, and sometimes sleep there when we’re tired and nod off behind the computer.  We are the one country that people from other nations think that, “lives to work.”

What happened to that?  … [Read more]

2011: A Blurry Year In Review

This is the time of year when those ‘Year In  Review’ articles appear. The thinking behind (some of) it is that in order to move forward, we should take a look back so that we may see what what we’ve survived and examine the lessons learned along the way. Here’s a small slice of what we recall in no particular order (hey, it’s still holiday season so we’re perfectly fine with being a wee bit foggy from all that, um, holiday cheer).… [Read more]

The Occupation of Wall Street – and Starting A Movement of ‘The 99%’

I’m loving Occupy Wall Street.  It is described as a people-powered movement for people who want to express discontent for the current political and economic environment and I really don’t care what this movement is called as long as I see a little democracy in action, something we don’t get to see when all of the economic pain is shared and the profits are privatised.… [Read more]

A Hungry Mob Is An Angry Mob*

Them belly full but we hungry… A hungry mob is an angry mob

          ~  *Bob Marley, ‘Them Belly Full’

Powerful words – and they’re something that those at the top of the socio-political pyramid should think about.  Personally, I am waiting for the day when those who don’t have ‘a full belly’, i.e., the poor and ever-declining middle-class, finally become truly angry.  … [Read more]