A high school teacher took his students to a museum where, among other things, they were to go into a particular room, one at a time, and select a great painting which they would tell the teacher about immediately upon leaving the room by the other door. One student reported that he had been unable to find “a great painting” in the room at all. Most of the others, on the contrary, reported having had a difficult time deciding which of the great paintings to talk about. Strangely enough,
NOTES ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE
We cruelly abuse those convicted of crimes. Some who are convicted protest their innocence. Some of these are later found to have been telling the truth. Others plead guilty in plea bargains despite being innocent. This eases our consciences, but does not necessarily promote justice.
This is from You Are Going to Prison by Jim Hogshire:
“The plea bargain is what keeps the courts going at all. Without them, the ‘justice system’ would
This paper has benefited from the complaints, exclamations, objections, and obscenities of posters to rec.arts.books and alt.postmodern.
Working Toward Good Results
I suspect that most Westerners at the end of the twentieth century would subscribe to the idea that when you do something, it’s a good idea to consider what the results of your action will be. That is, if without mentioning “ethics” or “morality” you ask someone “Do you think it’s a good idea,
To answer these questions requires sorting through a lot of interwoven beliefs or feelings. Where we think there is pain does not correlate with what we are reluctant to damage, and what we are reluctant to damage depends on the directness of the damaging.
Many of us eat dead cow, for example, but couldn’t bring ourselves to kill one. Similarly for capital punishment. Some of us sometimes wince with empathy when our cars are damaged, although often we think the car is not feeling pain. There
In article <19971010153301.LAA15626@ladder02.news.aol.com> firstname.lastname@example.org (Jackhat1) writes:
> I dip into this thread from time to time looking for a short description of
> decontructionism. I still don’t know what it is. Does anyone have a paragraph
> or two that could help me. Thanks.
> Jack h
OK, Jack, I’m picking yours at random, and composing a paragraph. I will then put it on my webpage and in the future refer as many of these requests there as possible.
She said to me: Those were the first words you said to me: “You have beautiful mittens.” Remember?
I didn’t remember: Of course. And you did. They were my favorite color. Like . . . like your eyes.
My eyes aren’t red.
Just a little. I kissed her eyes.
Red isn’t your favorite color.
It is now. Just ask me.
What’s your favorite color?
Red . . . see?
What does that prove? What kind of mittens were they?
Wool mittens that you could see the shape of your fingers
Fair Taxes Is A Way Of Making The Union More Perfect
Speech By Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.
ACORN’s Annual Legislative and Political Conference
Monday, March 12, 2001
I want to start with two observations before making several other points. The first observation is that during the Civil War it was said that one of the differences between Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis was that Davis seemed determined to win arguments and debates even if
David Swanson’s books include:
Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union (2009)
War Is A Lie (2010)
When the World Outlawed War (2011)
The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2012)
The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush (2008)
Tube World (2012)
Iraq War Among World’s Worst Events (2013)
War No More: The Case for Abolition (2013)
David Swanson’s books include:
re: David Swanson
To Whom It May Concern
I had the good fortune to work closely with David Swanson in his role with the Kucinich for President Campaign in 2003-2004. My role as Webmaster was closely dependent on his role as Press Secretary. I could always depend on the quality of David’s output as I posted his writings to the kucinich.us web site and in mass email communications.
David’s role included being editor-in-chief of the website, which meant that he was
From Jeff Cohen, founder of FAIR, columnist/TV commentator, former ACLU attorney
Feb. 3, 2004
To whom it may concern:
I have been an executive in the progressive/public interest/nonprofit sector for more than two decades, and I have never come across a public interest co-worker whose skills and work ethic surpassed those of David Swanson. He is a quick study, talented writer, great motivator of colleagues and consummate multi-tasker. I first met him when he was the communications director of ACORN.