Saturday, July 19, 2014

Corporate Welfare: Modern day bread line

Government for the 1% interests: Bought and pay for compliments of our Supreme Court.

"Corporations are more people than people"

White fear of Black men: Public Enemy Number One

I was tweeted this link and read the following:

Bonnie Berman Cushing

I have been devoted to a white anti-racist path for close to a dozen years, but I still stiffen with fear and a state of heightened awareness when I find myself alone on a darkened street with one or more Black men nearby.

As a dedicated student of anti-racist facts and principles I know intellectually that white people are five times more likely to be attacked by another white person than by a Black one and that two-thirds of the rapes committed in our country are by white men. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Parenting 101: Let's close the achievement gap #NoMoreExcuses

No Excuses Allowed
I have to co-sign 100% with the premise of following article:

There is no excuse for the widening achievement gap of young African Americans and their peers.

However, we would be remiss by not extending culpability to the adult world for failing to provide our children with nurturing environments conducive for success.

Parenting Matters

Poverty, racism, single-parent households, home instability, under-performing schools, violent neighborhoods are all factors that provide relevant context for this dilemma, yet in still, they are all hurdles that can be overcome with committed adult support.

BRICS to launch World Bank and IMF rivals

 Are you hip to BRICS?

BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.[2]

The grouping was originally known as "BRIC" before the inclusion of South Africa in 2010.

The BRICS members are all developing or newly industrialised countries, but they are distinguished by their large, fast-growing economies and significant influence on regional and global affairs; all five are G-20 members.[3]

As of 2013, the five BRICS countries represent almost 3 billion people with a combined nominal GDP of US$16.039 trillion and an estimated US$4 trillion in combined foreign reserves.[1][4] As of 2014, the BRICS nations represented 18 percent of the world economy.[5]

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Philadelphia Story: Can a University Transform a City?

Here's two intriguing stories or perspectives on the expanding role of big urban university interacting with a local impoverish community.

As Drexel University in West Philly steps into the role of urban designer or community savior, the questions become:

Is this a post-modern version of gentrification? Or, Is this a big city university doing what big city government can not do?

Politico Magazine Presents

West Philadelphia, Reborn and Razed

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holden slams Sarah Palin

Sometimes short and sweet is just that, short and sweet.

Attorney General Eric Holder on Sarah Palin's impeach President Obama quest.

“She wasn't a particularly good vice presidential candidate. She's an even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why.”

Say no more. Case close.

And on the GOP party stuck in obstructionist mode.

Attorney General Eric Holder is challenging Republicans who are calling for his and President Obama's impeachment, and denouncing what he calls a "gridlocked Washington" stalled by what he says is a Republican Party bent on blocking any of the administration's efforts.

“For whatever reason, [some] Republicans decided early on that this was a president they were just simply not going to cooperate with,” Holder said in a rare interview with ABC News' Pierre Thomas.
"And over the past five-and-a-half years, we have seen demonstrations of that, where the president has reached out his hand, offered compromises that have simply not been met [in the way] they have been in the past by a Republican Party willing to do the appropriate things."
Administration efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform, for example, have failed. source