Racial Doubts At Va. College Homecoming... →
The Onion: Detroit Picked To Hold 2016 Thunderdome →
retropolitics: chuffedlittlemuffin: If we’re doing climate change stuff today, here’s David Harvey on “sustainability.” [This post is part of Blog Action Day 2009]
Limbaugh's "political views" weren't the problem.... →
Adam Serwer, The American Prospect
As City Adds Housing for Poor, Market Subtracts It →
“While the mayor’s plan has put thousands of low-income families in new or rehabilitated buildings and helped stabilize neighborhoods, it has been nearly drowned out by the twin waves of gentrification and rent deregulation.” […] “Including public housing, the number of apartments considered affordable to low-income households — those earning less than 80 percent of the...
Geography of Jobs - animated map of jobs... →
Groups Test Waters on Discussion of Race in... →
“‘There are some people who would like to defeat this bill by tagging it to the issue of race,’ said Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.” “Janet Murguía, president of the National Council of La Raza, agreed. ‘I tend to think that we could win this on the merits and the facts. I don’t think we have to resort to race...
NYTimes: Why Good Writers Can Be Bad... →
52books: So the next time you hear a writer on the radio or catch him on the tube or watch him on the monitor or find yourself sitting next to him at dinner, remember he isn’t the author of the books you admire; he’s just someone visiting the world outside his study or office or wherever the hell he writes. Don’t expect him to know the customs of the country, and try to forgive his trespasses when...
Deaths of school-aged kids in Baltimore
Paraphrasing Justin Fenton: 67 school-age children in Chicago, pop 2.8 mil, have been killed since the start of the 2007-08 school year. This has drawn national headlines. Last year in Baltimore, population 640,000, 26 juveniles were killed. Roughly double the rate in Chicago.
Obama Sets Sights on Urban Renewal →
“The approach is winning applause from local officials and urban thinkers, who credit the administration for quietly beginning the most ambitious new policy for the nation’s cities since the Great Society programs of the 1960s. But the plan involves fundamental changes in the way federal agencies dole out assistance to urban areas, making its success uncertain.” Stimulus money...
Fenger kids tell why they fight →
“Sometimes the violence is race-related such as a brawl last year at Foreman High School on the Northwest Side. Sometimes it’s gang-related such as rivalries at Crane High School on the West Side. And sometimes, like Fenger on the Far South Side, it’s about neighborhoods — the area by the school called the “Ville” and Altgeld Gardens several miles to the south. ...
And so we have the outline of what might be called a genealogy…a...– Michel Foucault, Lectures at the College de France, 7 January 1976
sometimes i forget why i'm a vegetarian. then i... →
Helen Thomas asks "Has the president given up on...
retropolitics: southpol: “Is he going to fight for it or not?” Thomas snapped. “We’re going to work to get choice and competition into health-care reform” was Gibbs’s vague response. Thomas took that as a no. “You’re not going to get it,” she advised. “Then why do you keep asking me?” Gibbs inquired. “Because I want your conscience to bother you,” Thomas replied. The room erupted; Gibbs...
a story of remarkable volume and utter... →