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Culture Wars: The Corporation Incarnate

Posted on May 10, 2011 at 17:32 0 Comments

"AS A YOUNG MAN I BEGAN LIFE BY SEEKING TO ASSERT MY RIGHTS AND I SOON DISCOVERED I HAD NONE NOT EVEN OVER MY WIFE.  SO I BEGAN BY DISCOVERING AND PERFORMING MY DUTY BY MY WIFE MY CHILDREN FRIENDS COMPANIONS AND SOCIETY AND I FIND TODAY THAT I HAVE GREATER RIGHTS, PERHAPS THAN ANY LIVING MAN I KNOW." - Cable to H.G. Wells, The Hindustan Times, 16 April 1940



America won.  I don't say that with any pride, in fact, it gives me sort of a sick feeling inside.



Hedonism,… Continue

On Osama's Death

Posted on May 9, 2011 at 16:17 2 Comments

A friend wanted to know what I thought about the killing of Osama bin Laden .



I've had a theory for a long time that the next step in human evolution would not be physical but spiritual - homo spiritus.  It's not a new idea.



Evolution is not revolution.  In evolution the new live among the old.  The new don't kill off the old, they simply live longer and have more successful progeny; successful in the biological sense.



I think this is why so many of us… Continue

Parenting Strangers, Grand Final - State Owned

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 20:45 0 Comments

They live in my house, but they're not my kids.  They are owned by the State of Texas.



My wife and I are 'Professional Parents.'  The state hires us to raise their kids.



We wanted a second or third grader.  You know...young, cute, malleable, easy, sweet.  We wanted a child without parents, a true orphan.  Instead they gave us a really angry thirteen year old on heavy medication with a psycho-mother.



And we fell in love.



When a child first comes into… Continue

Parenting Strangers, part 2 - Thugs & Gangsters

Posted on April 19, 2011 at 18:08 0 Comments

First, a fact - better than 30% of the kids that enter high school do not graduate.  It's been that way for a long time.



In the early 90's, I took a job with the City in a youth program that didn't yet exist.  The idea was simple.  Hire kids who had dropped out, were on probation or parole, and give them a job and teach them primary job skills.



Primary job skills are the stuff most of us understand without being taught; how to show up, how to show up on time, how to dress… Continue

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At 18:44 on July 4, 2011, David Slesinger said…
 
Hi. 
I am the first person to serve time for a NVCD sentence on the climate change issue(2009)on theI'contacting all the American members who describe themselves as activists to see if you agree with my criticismAmerican practitioners of nonviolent resistance. I hold that Gandhi is being ignored among Americans who seek mercy fronthe courts after their NVCD arrests. Gandhi saw value in suffering in jail to touch the heart of the adversary.Please respond to me at dslesinger@alum.MIT.edu
At 4:34 on March 9, 2011, Arya Bhushan Bhardwaj said…
Dear James, Good to see your blog, congratulations.
 
 
 

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