Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Rosa was the spark..

President Obama helped unveil a bronze statue of activist Rosa Parks, whose 1955 refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus in segregated Alabama was a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement. Parks became the first African-American woman to be honored with a full length statue in National Statuary Hall.

Changing the world is not easy and it takes times and many men and women like Rosa parks to change the world for the better.
From a great PBS article (and there's a video interview too) about a book called "The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks" by Jeanne Theoharis, a political science professor at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
Extract: Moreover, the Montgomery bus boycott did not transform America overnight. It took 382 days and hundreds of volunteers to force change, and that was years before the March on Washington. Parks and her husband Raymond lost their jobs and would not regain economic security until they moved far away, to Detroit. Parks would readily admit that she was hardly the first working black woman to refuse to give up her bus seat. It is important that the story get told well -- not, as "a romantic fable."

Monday, February 25, 2013

We're all one!

« What interesting to me about that is regardless of where I am, anywhere, every audience get that. It doesn’t matter. It’s the pentatonic scale for some reason. » Bobby McFerrin

Friday, February 22, 2013

Old truth

It's a documentary from 2011 but it will remain a topical issue for decades to come. And spent fuel for many more centuries... Extract from the video :

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sixto Rodriguez

Searching for Sugar Man  A documentary I really really want to see. What a great musician and man. 
Here is the trailer and watch him talk in the second video saying: "I don't think there's anything that can't be and is not political."

Friday, February 15, 2013

Words and meanings.

Words and meanings.
Language is really fascinating, perpetually evolving, unfolding.
We are constantly learning from it.
I've heard you, dear pupils, use a word I'd never heard before: "Beeatch".
????????????? What was that?
I looked it up and here's what I found: No less than 5 very varied and even opposed meanings.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Nuclear testing

Ambassador Susan E. Rice is the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a member of President Obama's Cabinet. She reacts to North Korea 3rd nuclear test.

Yoko Ono-Lennon about Assange

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Phobos is hollow?

European Space Agency Indicates Mars’ Moon Phobos is Hollow and Artificial

"We conclude that the interior of Phobos likely contains large voids. When applied to various hypotheses bearing on the origin of Phobos, these results are inconsistent with the proposition that Phobos is a captured asteroid."
Read and see more here: WEIRD STUFF!!

Monday, February 04, 2013

Idle No More: a spreading Canadian grassroot movement

"We need to make this a blockbuster!"

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Ongoing nuclear disaster

Children and radioactive contamination. Thyroid disease rate spiked to 43.7%, “About 1 in 2 children have nodule or cyst in Fukushima city”

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Edward Irving "Ed" Koch (pron.: /ˈkɒtʃ/

Ed Koch was a famous New York City mayor from 1977, 1981 and 1985... and did many other things. He died yesterday. As a Democrat,  he was in favour of pro-gays and pro-lesbian rights. It is to be noted since today, the French 'Assemblée Nationale has said yes to homosexual marriage.

In 1989, Koch declared, "it happens that I'm a heterosexual" during a radio interview about a book he co-authored with Cardinal J. O'Connor. The interviewer wanted Koch to clarify his views on homosexuality relative to O'Connor.
Koch refused tocomment on his sexual history,and he wrote:
"What do I care? I'm 73 years old. I find it fascinating that people are interested in my sex life at age 73. It's rather complimentary! But as I say in my book, my answer to questions on this subject is simply "Fuck off." There have to be some private matters left."  At the same time, he supported death penalty and was a hawkish supporter of Israel. He crossed party lines to endorse Rudi Giuliani for mayor in 1993, Michael Bloomberg in 2001, and George W. Bush in 2004. If you want to know more: