A man in upstate New York has just about finished a task that was common enough until the invention of the printing press: Over the past four years, he has copied the King James Bible by hand, the Associated Press reports.
Phillip Patterson, a 63-year-old resident of Philmont, N.Y., a town near the Massachusetts border, may be an unlikely scribe for the Bible. He is not especially religious, for one thing, though he does go to church. A retired interior designer whose battles with anemia and AIDS have often slowed his work, he began the monumental task mostly out of curiosity.
» via The Los Angeles Times
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, feat. BJ the Chicago Kid – “Shame” (official video). This is the follow up video to “Thuggin’” directed by Jonah Schwartz and presented by Madlib Invazion and DD172 Films. The tracks are “Later That Night (Bonus Beat)”, “Terrorist” and “Shame” all from the Shame EP.
LONDON—A tiny tip of the vast subterranean network of governmental and intelligence agencies from around the world dedicated to destroying WikiLeaks and arresting its founder, Julian Assange, appears outside the red-brick building on Hans Crescent Street that houses the Ecuadorean Embassy. Assange, the world’s best-known political refugee, has been in the embassy since he was offered sanctuary there last June. British police in black Kevlar vests are perched night and day on the steps leading up to the building, and others wait in the lobby directly in front of the embassy door. An officer stands on the corner of a side street facing the iconic department store Harrods, half a block away on Brompton Road. Another officer peers out the window of a neighboring building a few feet from Assange’s bedroom at the back of the embassy. Police sit round-the-clock in a communications van topped with an array of antennas that presumably captures all electronic forms of communication from Assange’s ground-floor suite.
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), or Scotland Yard, said the estimated cost of surrounding the Ecuadorean Embassy from June 19, 2012, when Assange entered the building, until Jan. 31, 2013, is the equivalent of $4.5 million.
Britain has rejected an Ecuadorean request that Assange be granted safe passage to an airport. He is in limbo. It is, he said, like living in a “space station.”
Linguist Suzette Haden Elgin classes hostile language as a bad thing, and that efforts should be made to promote alternatives.
To that end, she analysed what the standard patterns of verbal attack are, and proposed 7 solutions to divert and counter them.
- Really listen. Use “Miller’s Law,” namely assume the other person’s statement is true and ask what it could be true of.
- Be aware of metaphors. A usual metaphor is that “disagreement is combat.”
- Use “computer” or “leveling” modes of speaking. Computer mode is nonpersonal and neutral. Leveling mode is “telling things straight.” Avoid blaming, placating, or distracting modes.
- Use appropriate presuppositions. Rather than stating a person’s known bad behavior, assume it while moving towards a solution.
- Deal with verbal attacks. Ignore the “bait,” and respond to the presupposition. For example, if a person says “If you really cared about the environment, you’d support this petition,” you can respond, “When did you start thinking I don’t care about the environment?”
- Reduce tension, for example by using “I” messages (“When you yell, I feel upset because real communication is shut down”).
You’ll notice that’s only six. The last of her list was:
“Keep non-attached. (Emotional non-attachment is valuable to avoid being sucked in by the hostile speaker.)”
I don’t think emotional non-attachment is necessarily a good aim if you’re being attacked. People often deride women for being “emotional” as a reason to ignore their arguments, because when you’re coming against attacks on your lived experience, it can be hard to stay calm.
I see it as the responsibility of people around (in this example, men) to support by balancing detached language with an acknowledgement that the anger is entirely justified and not negative. This obviously has to be done carefully, to not overwrite someone else’s feelings.
This is a simple tool to summarise, but a difficult one to learn. It wouldn’t stop all difficult behaviour, but it is a useful first step before escalation.
If your organisation has even one or two people that are really versed in verbal skills that can defuse a potential blow-up, resolve bitter disputes, and lay the foundation for collaboration, it can be a great asset.
from Activists and “difficult people” by Brian Martin
this was in the Operation Bread Basket days in Chitown.
The following incident took place when Muhammad Ali’s daughters arrived at his home wearing clothes that were quite revealing. Here is the story as told by one of his daughters:
When we finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day.
My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You’ve got to work hard to get to them.”
He looked at me with serious eyes. “Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”
Source: Taken from the book: More Than A Hero: Muhammad Ali’s Life Lessons Through His Daughter’s Eyes.
b/c i can only think of Black folks.that guy that won survivor I think. damn this is hard
Kidnapping was given legal cover by a 1989 memorandum issued by the Justice Department stating that “the FBI may use its statutory authority to investigate and arrest individuals for violating United States law, even if the FBI’s actions contravene customary international law” and that an “arrest that is inconsistent with international or foreign law does not violate the Fourth Amendment.” This is a stunning example of the security and surveillance state’s Orwellian doublespeak. The persecution of Assange and WikiLeaks and the practice of extraordinary rendition embody the shredding of the Fourth Amendment, which was designed to protect us from unreasonable searches and seizures and requires any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause.
…the little known story of how Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, the first African American mayor elected in a major U.S. city with an overwhelmingly white population, rose to power, changed Los Angeles through an extraordinary multi-racial coalition, and in the process, transformed American politics.
- Exploits the insecurities of women and imply that self esteem canbe healed with a mans approval in songs “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Little Things”.
- They boys admitted to catcalled a woman from their car
- White saviorism and…