Thoughts on politics, religion, violence, inequality, social control, change, and random other things from an autonomous, analytical, adopted, abolitionist, anarchist who likes the letter A

Things You Might Have Missed

June 28, 2011 By: Mel Category: Misc

I am having one hell of a time trying to catch up on blog reading and whatnot. I cannot believe how many thousands of posts have accumulated. I may have to consider culling my reader a bit.

I used to work for a non-profit that helped caregivers of brain impairments. So stories, like this one, about all the people coming back from war with brain injuries are depressing and scary, but not surprising. I did not know; however, that

A Mt. Sinai Hospital study of 100 homeless men in New York found that 80 percent of them had suffered brain trauma, much of it from child abuse

Holy Shit. Brain trauma is serious business. It can change your whole personality. There is limited help. Homes will not take you if you have violent outbursts. It really sucks.

Slowly but surely class and race are being pulled apart in American minds. It is a scary proposition in some cases (see the Tea Party and my previous post on White America’s Existential Crisis), but it is necessary.

Despite my feelings about marriage and all the cultural beliefs that underlie the offer, I was still kind of touched by this piece about Syrian men’s vow to marry rape victims. Maybe those belief systems will crack a bit.

Gee. Really? Running farm labor out of your state has negative consequences? Ya don’t say.

Despite the title, A Brief History of the Corporation: 1600 to 2100 is not so brief. Despite some quibbles I have with it, I recommend you read it anyway. It is fascinating.

This is just…. Prosecuting these women for murder? I am speechless.

Did you hear about the brouhaha at the DC Taxi Commission? Some journalists were thrown out and arrested because the head burocrat had taken it upon herself to ban cameras. The resulting stink has resulted in a dismissal of charges and talk of amending our sunshine laws. What an asshat.

How often do you read a Proudhon quote at the top of a sorta mainstream publication? Not often, I say. Interesting piece on property in Quarks.

And on a related note is this piece on how L.A. county is using ordinances to harass people who live in the high desert. Aside from being infuriating, the article made me think about the possibilities for organizing with truckers. 50% independent and in control of supply lines. Hello.

I have such a crush on Sonja Sohn. She was interviewed when she attended the 8th National Harm Reduction Conference in Austin, Texas.

Now everybody dance!