An obvious but good recommendation: yesterday I deleted my Facebook and Twitter apps from my iPhone. I fell asleep almost right away instead of scrolling through Facebook for an hour, and this morning I got out of bed as soon as my alarm went off instead of wondering where my morning went. As much as I love staying connected with family and friends, there's a part of social media that's really toxic. It's a place where it's easy to compare yourself to others and feel worse about your own life. On the flip side, it can be a place of support and inspiration. But as with everything, it's all about balance. Getting rid of the apps and just logging in when you're on your computer can be life-changing.
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Friends, the 25th amendment was included into our Constitution for a reason. It establishes the particulars in how a seated president can be deemed unfit for office and removed from office.
I think at this point, especially after Trump torpedoing Tillerson's pursuit of peace talks with North Korea, flying bombers over Korea, preventing four ships from entering ports in North Korea, and now intending to increase our nuclear arsenal tenfold, the case for a very loving, tender, compassionate, and nonviolent coup d'état led by our military might be worth allowing to float across our dreamtime. Frankly I think the world financial markets, and really all of the world, would breathe much easier if our nation were temporarily led for a year by the generals on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, until a new election can take place. Save to Sunglass hut 50% off
I am imagining some people giving him a group hug and then hugging him out of the room and into a virtual oval office where he can live out the rest of his days in a reality TV show like the Truman Show where he thinks he is still president.
The weekly astrology forecasts are up .... remember to read your Sun sign and your Ascendant Sign. Its such a special FULL MOON day on Monday, with a GRAND FIRE TRINE of ACTION, FAMILY and PLEASURE wrapped around the the FULL MOON .... AND a TRIPLE HAND OF DESTINY to GUIDE you forward in your life ... so hold on to your hat, and try to stay grounded. Its heady and exciting stuff. Enjoy.ps I have put a song for each sign of the Zodiac up this week at the end of the forecasts...please give me some feed back on whether this works or not?
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What priority do you give to the right of women to have an abortion? Among all the issues which come to bear in the world today, where does this rank?
As you ponder this question, you may think of other issues of moment, issues which now capture the public consciousness and which vie for our attention. For instance, the current occupant of White House daily indulges his penchant for saber rattling and escalating the prospects of nuclear war with North Korea. And daily he gives the back of his hand to the hurricane victims of Puerto Rico.
Other issues continue to take center stage as well — not least of which are the current administration's antipathy to science, denial of climate change, and its agenda to deregulate big business, accelerate the concentration of wealth, explode the deficit, increase subsidies to coal and oil, reduce oversight of consumer safety, and throw millions of people off health care coverage.
All these issues — as well as many others — are vital. None deserves to be placed on the back burner. All should represent high priorities for anyone who has the least concern for the well-being of society and for the world as a whole.
We hear virtually nothing about the status of women — and in particular a woman's right to an abortion. It's as if we have consigned this issue to the diehards while the rest of us have moved on to "bigger and better" things.
Oh, sure, whenever a sex scandal hits the headlines — especially one which includes allegations of harassment or rape — the status of women may appear to capture the media's attention for a short time. But this attention is really less about women than about lurid tales of the depraved celebrity du jour. And it's about the increase in profits which is sure to follow therefrom.
So even when women are violated by assault and rape, it's still not about their status and well-being — at least not to those in power. Instead, it's about such things as corporate image, public relations, damage control, and implications for the stock market. The victims are treated less as examples of systemic oppression than as isolated episodes to be sensationalized. And no substantive or lasting change in public policy ever emerges from it.
In the United States, women have a tenuous hold on the right to an abortion. Indeed, for the ever increasing number of women who lack access to an abortion clinic, this right does not extend beyond empty words on parchment in Washington, D.C.
And we never hear about this anymore. It's as if the matter of human rights in the West has become passé. The older generations of women have all but resigned themselves, while the younger generations have been deluded into thinking that the time for feminism has passed.
But we need to come to grips with a very hard truth — the human rights of women are nowhere to be found in the U.S. Constitution. To its framers, and to the Supreme Court, women scarcely exist as an independent legal entity. Instead, any rights they have originate in piecemeal legislation which can as easily be repealed as to be enacted. In short, inasmuch as women's rights are subject to the vagaries of Congress and other legislative bodies, they are not really human rights at all but rather only legal provisions.
In view of the foregoing, you may remain unimpressed. Even if you think of yourself as sympathetic, you may dismiss the cause of equal rights for women as single-issue politics. But what issue does the question of human rights NOT encompass? Ask any woman who struggles to navigate the discriminatory political, economic, and social landscape whether she thinks this is only a single issue.
In America, the full political spectrum decries the lack of human rights in developing nations abroad. When girls overseas are abducted and trafficked as sex slaves, or when they are victims of Islamic misogyny, we love to bask in the righteous sunlight of the international stage.
And yet in regard to women at home who are victims of Christian misogyny, neither the Left nor the Right can be bothered to place the issue front and center. Indeed, in some quarters of the American body politic, the question of women's equality is met with outright opposition.
So if you have consigned this issue to a different era of American history, or if you think it is no longer a pressing matter which really touches women's lives, you need to think again.
American women continue to earn less money than men for the same or comparable work. They continue to suffer unjust discrimination in many fields and professions — not least of which are science and technology. They continue to be excluded from positions of management and leadership — solely on account of their gender. And, finally, they are increasingly denied access to an abortion.
Women are not incubation machines for patriarchy. And the time has come for us to return this issue to its rightful place at the top of our priority list.
The time for feminism is not behind us. The fight for equality goes on. As a priority, this must be second to none. We must recognize — in the U.S. Constitution — the equal rights of all women — including the right to an abortion and a woman's full sovereignty over her own body.
Thanks go to Lizz Winstead for inspiring me to write this statement.
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Having a cataract is disorienting, in the most basic sense. To gauge the horizon, which is to keep your balance, now requires work--calculation--rather than the occasional glance. It's as if you've regressed to that moment when you're first learning to walk, when the physical coordinates of the world don't yet make any sense because you don't know that standing up will let you measure them, perhaps even master them.
Nevertheless, I'm off to Missoula today, tomorrow to address the Montana Educational Association, courtesy of James Bruggeman. Here's hoping I don't fall off that outer edge of the world because I can't see where it ends. Jim and I will report on what happens, regardless of where I land.
I've said this a thousand times by now, but markets, money, greed, debt, profit motives, etc., are not specific to capitalism. Which is to say that bourgeois society is not the same thing as capitalism. Which is also to say that, unlike capitalism, bourgeois society is a trans-historical phenomenon that is compatible with slavery: it was the social groundwork of Athenian democracy, the Roman republic (ask Claude Mosse), the Puritan enclaves of North America, the coalition that made the American Revolution, the antebellum South, the Populist Revolt. And so on.
The bourgeois virtues always stand in astonished dread of, and revolt against, the "formula for capital," as Marx called it, whereby money, wealth in the abstract, becomes the goal of production.
I made this argument in print 13 years ago, and I convinced one person, Jim Oakes (see link below). Then I elaborated on it for a conference on the History of Capitalism, in 2009 at NYU, and was excluded from the essay collection that followed because, well, because the colleagues said you just can't have the bourgeoisie without, uh, capitalism. But yeah, you can. Those bourgeois individuals certainly thought so.
Now, Joe Amato, et al., one reason for making the distinction is to see that the archetypal figures of American movie culture--the western hero, the gangster, the hard-boiled detective, and now the heroine who won't resort to the law (of the Father) to make things right--are modern bourgeois individuals up against the juggernaut of capital accumulation and its corporate-bureaucratic attendants.
And so onward, toward binge-watching "Tin Star."
I just watched the first episode of "Tin Star" with an unlikely Tim Roth in the lead role of the western hero, in an unlikely place for such a self-made man--western Canada. I can't wait to watch some more, partly because the melodramatic setup (the cop is a criminal!) reminds me of a standing bet I have with students.
It goes like this. Find me a pro-capitalist movie from any era or country and I'll pay you ten bucks. But don't go off thinking that the bourgeois virtues of the self-made man are pro-capitalist: they're not, and, at least in cinematic history, they have never been.
The western hero and the gangster, the archetypes of self-fashioning at the movies, are usually, even normally, trying to make it on their own, up against the big bankers and the bad coppers and the corporations. So is the hard-boiled hero of detective fiction and its progeny, film noir. These guys--and now their female or cyber-avatars--are always up against bureaucratic rationality and its libidinal or linguistic prohibitions.
Popular culture in this country has typically been at least suspicious of capitalists and capitalism, because these social forces invert the proper relationship between property and personality, turning what ought to be a means into an end in itself, thus corrupting the social basis of republican government. It still is suspicious, no matter what the Orange One's approval rating--for he is perceived by "the base" as an outlaw in his own right.
Let me now break the contract we seem to have made on plain speech and its obvious political benefits. I have long held that Judith Butler is a perfectly lucid writer who gave us new insights into gender precisely because she was willing to rewrite Hegel's Phenomenology. But she and her chosen antecedents are known, and ridiculed, as obscure, even obscurantist (except Foucault, of course). What then?
At certain extreme moments of human development, the capacities of language are outrun by historical circumstances. We don't know how to put them into words because what is happening has never happened before, or so we think, thank God, we say. Think of the astonishment and inventiveness of every beat in Shakespeare (OK, after the history plays) as an index of, and a response to, this linguistic absence--how are we to make sense of this freedom, how to write as if we could know?
So, sometimes great thinkers have to devise new linguistic resources, just to get out in front of the new historical circumstances they feel moving under their feet, like the tectonic plates we call the varieties of moral experience. They stand at the heart of change, telling us where it can and should lead. Or they hope to, like old Will.
Like Hegel, and Marx. Like Butler. They're not running at your speed (mine, either). That's OK. Speed up, slow down, whatever, just try to catch up.
IF FEMINST ORGANIZATIONS STARTED REFUSING TO SUPPORT WOMEN CANDIDATES WHO ARE OBVIOUS MISOGYNISTS LIKE HIL, WE WOULD HAVE FEWER WOMEN IN POWER WHO ARE PART OF THE GOOD OLD BOYS NETWORK. IF THOSE SAME ORGANIZATIONS WORKED ON STRATEGIES TO PROTECT WOMEN AND CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS WHEREVER THEY STRIKE, WOMEN *W*O*U*L*D* NOT ONLY HAVE MORE POWER, THEY WOULD BE MORE CREDIBLE AS LEADERS, TOO.
"Despite heavy competition, Trump’s latest Iran move ranks near the top of the list of the most reckless actions of this ever-so-reckless presidency. The president announced recently that he was refusing to certify Iran’s compliance with the landmark nuclear agreement it reached with the U.S. and several other world powers during the Obama administration.
This dangerous move won’t scuttle the deal entirely — at least not yet — but it undermines the strength of the international agreement and ultimately increases the threat of war. While Trump has said he’s not pulling out of the deal just now, he’s threatening to do so if Congress doesn’t pass new sanctions .
With virtually every Iran expert on the planet in agreement that Tehran is keeping its end of the nuclear deal, it’s clear that Trump’s motives are purely political. But if anything that makes his decision only more dangerous."- READ MORE:
"As the U.S. completes military drills off of South Korea's eastern coast, a top North Korean official warned on Monday that "nuclear war can break out at any moment" and that the tensions that have escalated amid President Donald Trump's threats have propelled the two countries to "the touch-and-go point."
North Korea's deputy ambassador to the United Nations said in his address to the U.N. General Assembly's disarmament committee that the U.S. has not subjected any other country to "such an extreme and direct nuclear threat" in several decades.
While the State Department says it is still attempting diplomatic means to prevent further nuclear development by North Korea, the exercises the U.S. is participating in this week off the Korean peninsula have stoked fears that military action by the U.S. could be imminent. The Navy is completing evacuation drills as well as other exercises."- READ MORE: