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Ten years after Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, Burnell Cotlon runs the only grocery store servicing New Orleans' hardest-hit neighborhood.
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FINDING GOOD WORK
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Finding good work, no matter the path we have chosen, means to begin with and no matter our first logistical steps toward it, coming out of hiding. The path to good work is the path of making our selves visible… it is good to have a dream, but the moment we put the dream to hazard, we enter the fiercely beautiful territory of risk and face the real possibility of failing.

How many times have we kept a hope or dream in abeyance because even thinking about the possibilities of failure were too much to contemplate? If we failed at that central, precious thing that we have always had in reserve for an alternative life, then who would we be? Would there be any one we like left at all? Far better then, not to risk at all, to choose something smaller, to undertake some logistical task we don’t mind getting wrong, something we could recover from, something where we are, in effect, still invisible, to ourselves and to the world. Better to choose a world where things don’t matter. Better not to appear fully on life’s radar screen.

But in taking the path of visibility we arrange for a different kind of disappearance - into the work, the task, the audience, the one who will receive what we have conceived, the life that opens up, where the fearful one who first dreamt is burned away both by a building anticipation and a living contact with a future we might want to call our own…making ourselves visible allows us to be found and even invited in by the world we both fear and desire….

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‘Crossing the Unknown Sea: 
Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity.’
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Let us now begin to reshape our mental habits when it comes to confrontations with the Right.

In this particular example, let us be mindful of the fact that right-wingers don't actually believe that boys can't control themselves around girls. The actual nature of reality simply isn't the point of the claim. The real goal is to control everyone's behavior in order to reinforce the power-lines upon which the patriarchy rests.

Here's how it works, at least in part:

Females learn that they must defer to men with regard to what they wear. They also learn habits that limit their interactions with males. Between that and social rules which prohibit males from being affectionate with each other, an artificial shortage of basic affection is created, causing everyone to be more lonely and desperate.

Males learn that if they play along with the system, they can demand female affection when it suits them and any harm done will be blamed on the female. They are taught that this is the only way to get what they want/need, and are not exposed to alternatives.

Females learn that the only hope they have of escaping situations in which bad things happen for which they will be held responsible is to also play along with this system.

The only people who benefit from it are the patriarchs who get to call all the shots.

Remember: when right-wingers claim things that simply aren't true, it's not because they're confused and want to understand why people disagree with them. They're not trying to start a debate about facts. They're trying to spread the memes with which they're infected, because that's what the memes make them do.

When it comes to right-wing memes, just say no.

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A cartoon by Jack Ziegler from 1977, in honor of our 90th Anniversary Book of Cartoons: http://nyr.kr/1hwti6F

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heh +Edward Morbius, good point. 

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"The causes of veteran homelessness are complex. "I don't think anybody for sure knows the answer," Steve Berg, a vice president at the National Alliance to End Homelessness, toldMic. He and other groups cite the unique burdens soldiers with combat experience face while reintegrating into civilian life. 

In many cases, Berg said, returning veterans have a number of mental disabilities, like post-traumatic stress disorder, which can be compounded by the risk of substance abuse and lack of family support networks. "It is definitely the case that veterans have been overrepresented for a long time among the homeless population," he said.

Additionally, many veterans returned from tours of Iraq and Afghanistan as the U.S. was reeling from the effects of the Great Recession, with skills that were out of date or not applicable to the modern work environment." 


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Mexico Builds Border Wall To Keep Out U.S. Assholes
Citizens across Mexico hope that the new Asshole Wall will stem the tide of assholes that visit from the US each year to aggressively drink, vomit.
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Naomi Klein on climate change, inequality and racism.

Ten years ago I was in New Orleans covering hurricane Katrina, I was writing the Shock Doctrine at the time. The photographer I went to Iraq with said: “You have to get there, it’s just crazy here, people are being shot in the streets.”

It was this cocktail of heavy weather, racism, and crumbling infrastructure. It felt like I was looking into the future. People said it was like science fiction, with a rich country abandoning the residents of one of its cities, vigilantes roaming the streets, with anyone around after curfew fair game.

For someone with a background of economic justice, what scared me about climate change is not just that the sea level will rise and we’ll have more storms, it’s how this intersects with that cocktail of inequality and racism.
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