I see that they are holding a trial for war criminals in Tokyo just now. I think they ought to try the men who decided to use the bomb and should hang them all.
– Dr. Sasaki, quoted in Hiroshima by John Hersey
Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it.
I listened to last week's State of the Union speech and smiled when Obama reminded the Congress that "Food Stamp Recipients Did Not Cause the Financial Crisis." I remember my own ups and downs with Food Stamps from 2008 - 2013.
Finally, the accelerating pace undermines each of our lives. Some individuals find pressure to keep pace exhilarating. Increasingly, however, the crescendo in the chorus of complaints about stress from having more on one’s platter than can be managed effectively has risen to a deafening pitch. Time-saving gadgets don’t help when one must learn how to use hundreds of features. Stress leads to sleep disorders, disease, and a sense that one’s life is out of control.
Wendell Wallach, A Dangerous Master (263)
For 18 years now (since 1997), I have been writing letters to Jalil Muntaqim, and to the Parole Board in New York on his behalf.
If you are celebrating Women’s History Month (as, it would appear from my Facebook, every American with school age children that I know is doing), I urge you to take a moment to write to living American women prisoners who have worked for social change.
East Village film-maker Ethan Minsker recently asked me a few questions for his zine on the theme of “obsolete technology.” Ethan Minsker: What is the importance of maintaining and using forgotten technologies? A: We have forgotten the technology that built Stonehenge or Pumapunku, which is why they are mysterious.
My understanding is that love is a manifestation of gravity between living beings of our (animal) scale.