Earth is definitely warming… thanks to this sick burn!
I know what you’re thinking. There’s no way you’re gonna watch seven minutes of C-SPAN2. You wouldn’t even watch seven minutes of C-SPAN1, amirite?!
What if I told you that contained within this seven minutes is the most epic smackdown of congressional climate science denial ever uttered in the halls of the U.S. Capitol? Perhaps the most sick and depressing call-out of those who refuse to accept science since John Oliver invited Bill Nye out on stage?
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is about to give that to you.
Here he is scolding climate conspiracy theorist, science denier, and recipient of more than $1 million from the fossil fuel industry, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Alternate Reality), after Inhofe blocked a resolution that would have simply acknowledged the reality of man-made climate change.
"The only place… where denial is anything credible any longer, is here in Congress, where the money from the fossil fuel industry still has a vicious effect."
If it weren’t such a dire issue, I’d be smiling. Thanks to Phil Plait for posting this.
Watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, I found myself first pleasantly surprised, then amazed, and finally disappointed. In a category of movies whose heroes seemed destined to adhere to tired archetypes, I felt I was finally encountering a character I’d long ago given up on finding: a caring, empathetic protagonist, motivated not by pride or anger but by a deep desire to protect his people, and to keep harm from befalling even those he saw as enemies. That the protagonist in question was a computer-animated chimpanzee hardly seemed to matter. Masculinity in American blockbusters is now so highly codified—and so yoked to muscular bodies, violent temperaments, powerful weapons, and expensive toys—that perhaps we had to go beyond the human male in order to find a character we could gift with all the dignity and complexity a hero should be capable of.
Read the rest of The Surprising Language of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by Sarah Marshall.
"Because of writers like Chinua Achebe and Camara Laye…I realized that people like me, girls with skin the color of chocolate, whose kinky hair could not form ponytails, could also exist in literature.”
~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Follow this link to find a short video and analysis that explores the importance of representation for people of color.
Ruby Dee (1922 – 2014) is perhaps best known for her long and successful career in theater and film. Notably, in 1965 she became the first black woman to play lead roles at the American Shakespeare Festival. Some will undoubtedly remember her as the voice of wisdom and reason as Mother Sister in Spike Lee's 1989 film Do The Right Thing. She received a an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress at the age of 83 for her role in the 2007 film American Gangster and she won an Emmy and was nominated for several other awards.
Many are also aware of her work as a Civil Rights. Her push for social justice was lifelong, and in 1999, she was arrested while protesting the shooting death of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African immigrant, by New York City police.
"Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s son, we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens."
~ Ella Baker (1903 - 1986), 1964
Political Typologies Shift with Age
Follow this link to find a short video and analysis exploring Aristotle's argument that the defining hallmark of a true democracy involves the random selection of officials, and why elections are the hallmark of oligarchy.
Source: Pew Research Center