Category Archives: rhetoric

The Last Worst-Case Scenario

Historic Hurricane Dorian unleashing ‘catastrophic’ blow in northern Bahamas, hurricane warnings posted for Florida’s east coast (Washington Post)UN Climate Panel: Emissions Must Fall Rapidly by 2030 to Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change (ecowatch.com) A little over a year ago, when I woke up to an email telling me that I’d been offered this full-time teaching position here in Wisconsin, I had to read it through three times to make sure that I was understanding it correctly. To say that I’d cast a wide net in my…

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Telling The Planet Where to Stick It

Ontario gas pump sticker violators will face fines, says Ford (Global News)Elections Canada climate advertising guidelines puts chill on green groups’ advocacy (Reuters via Yahoo!)Democratic National Committee votes against allowing 2020 candidates to participate in climate change debate (CNN) My personality is probably a good explanation for why I tend to be such a night owl, but my earlier living situation played a large part in that as well. For most of the time I lived in Toledo, I was going to bed in a…

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Remaining Silent

‘Know Your Rights’: Immigration advocates, attorneys ramp up efforts ahead of planned mass ICE raids (NBC News) One of the English classes I taught back in Toledo started out on the first day with a student threatening violence against me because he couldn’t use the textbook from his previous English class in mine. (I didn’t have any control over what textbooks I could use in that class, but he was giving every sign that he didn’t want to listen to anyone, as evidenced by his…

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Passionless

Shouting match erupts as Pennsylvania lawmakers debate welfare bill (abc13.com)Nancy Pelosi Is Listening to the Wrong People (Esquire via Yahoo! News)Hey, Democrats: Stop Being Polite (Huffington Post via Yahoo! News) After the Republican wave election in 2010, new Republican majorities in a lot of state houses were quick to use their power to push through extremely right-wing legislation, covering everything from budgets to social policy, for a lot of new Republican governors to sign. Trying to determine which state got hit the hardest by these…

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Unlearning Silence

Nancy Pelosi writes off Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional support as ‘like five people’ (New York Daily News)Pelosi refused to comment on Trump while traveling but openly critical of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar (opednews.com) One of my family members bought me a leather wallet sometime when I was in my junior high years. My strongest memory of that wallet remains the time when I was at school and discovered the wallet missing from my pocket. Later that day, I found my wallet tucked away in a corner of a hallway,…

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