Monday, August 3, 2015


Verizon workers prepare for strike while talks continue.
Carol Marin
As the City Council Finance committee meets on Monday to denounce Spike Lee’s movie, “Chirac,” for making Chicago look bad, it might be useful to consider why, like Iraq, some of our neighborhoods resemble failed states. No matter what name we call them.  -- Willie Lloyd, King of Kings Has Died
Verizon spokesman Richard Young on prepping scabs
“We have done extensive training to prepare for this day, including the training of thousands of nonunion employees,” he said, adding that the company can also reroute calls to call centers not affected by the strike, and resolve some problems remotely. -- Guardian
Rebecca Klein
“In the next three years I think [Kansas] we'll have maybe the worst teacher shortage in the country -- I think most of that is self-inflicted.” -- Huffington Post
James Baldwin (We celebrated his 91st birthday Sunday)
Now the crucial paradox which confronts us here is that the whole process of education occurs within a social framework and is designed to perpetuate the aims of society.  Thus, for example, the boys and girls who were born during the era of the Third Reich, when educated to the purposes of the Third Reich, became barbarians.  The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated. -- A Talk to Teachers (1963)

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