Cudgeled

Stormy Daniels’ Arrest Is A Good Reminder Of The Disturbing Way Cops Often Arrest Sex Workers (Huffington Post) ‘Unmasking Antifa Act’ includes 15-year prison term proposal (The Hill via msn.com) As the United States was racing towards marriage equality a few years ago, one of the news stories that was going on at the same time, that didn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserved, was the growing tide of open violence on the part of Russians against LGBT+/SAGA people. A recently-passed “anti-propaganda” law…

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Truthiness and Lack of Consequences

Mexico blasts U.S. family separation policy as ‘violation of human rights’ (Los Angeles Times) Is Trump’s ‘Space Force’ Against Space Law? (The Daily Beast) When John Bolton’s name surfaced as a likely replacement for H.R. McMaster as President Trump’s National Security Advisor, there was a fair deal of shock across the political spectrum. Not only was Bolton, a neoconservative’s neoconservative, one of the most visible and strident faces of the “stupid wars” that Trump had campaigned against while running for president, but there was also…

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Post-Pyrrhic and Punch-Drunk

Five weeks ago, I blogged about a very problematic turn of events for me. On the one hand, the leading book review organization Kirkus Reviews had posted an incredibly positive review of my first novel, The Prostitutes of Lake Wiishkoban. For many authors, getting this kind of a review can be career-making , and it was coming as I headed into a summer where I didn’t have any teaching work. Getting this review in front of as many people as possible became a top priority for me,…

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Careering Into Catastrophe

Trump Plan To Merge Labor, Education Departments Could Undermine Them Both (Huffington Post via MSN) As the Fred Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? opens in theatres, it’s important to revisit one of Mister Rogers’ most famous quotes, and my personal favourite of his: “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” You’ve probably seen this quote in meme form on your social media feeds…

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The Littlest Victims

Kids banned from field day if they owe lunch money. School says there’s a $55,000 tab (nj.com) Inside the old Walmart where 1,500 undocumented immigrant kids are being held (Vice News) Every class I teach, I make a point of trying to hold class outside at least once during the term. This tends to be easier in some terms that others (it’s almost impossible to hold a summer term class outside, due to the heat), and I’ve had my fair share of outside classes get…

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