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Tidbits and Announcements - June 3, 2012

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Tidbits and Announcements - June 3, 2012

  * Bob Dylan's Presidential Medal of Freedom Says Times
  Really Have Changed (Dan Morgan, Leonard Lehrman, Dr.
  Lapin, Martin Gittelman, Peter Nickitas, Jim Brough)
  
  * "Tubes": What he Internet is Made Of
  (Per Fagereng) 
  
  * John Kennedy, Barack Obama, and
  Scott Walker (Jimmy Franco) 
  
  * Krugman on fiscal   policy/spending (Roger Skutt) *
  Worldwide Women's Fightback - Tidbits and
  Announcements- May 30, 2012 (David Arocho)
  
  * Bringing skate gear to the Cuban   youth -
  Washington, DC - June 5 * Chicago Forum - Austerity
  and Democracy: North American and European Comparisons
  - June 9
  
  * Oral History - Civil Rights Movement and African
  American History - Candacy Taylor new project

==========

* Re: Bob Dylan's Presidential Medal of Freedom Says
Times Really Have Changed

"Bob Dylan's Presidential Medal of Freedom Says Times
Really Have Changed" Apart from ignoring the fact that
Dylan largely turned his back on socially critical
songs, after his very early days, this article contains
the howler: "That was the year (1963) coincidentally,
that John Glenn became the first man to orbit Earth."

US citizens are notoriously ignorant of world affairs -
but, really!!

Dan Morgan (Chile).

====

John Glenn was the first person to orbit the earth? Ever
hear of Yuri Gagarin? And Meredith Willson was the sole
representative of musical theatre? Ever hear of Irving
Berlin's "Annie, Get Your Gun"?

Leonard J. Lehrman

====

Malcolm Jones ends his piece on Dylan's Presidential
Medal of Freedom asking the President to "hang a medal
on the man," for his contributions. I wonder if he knows
that's a line from a Phil Ochs song. Phil Ochs, of
course, is a singer/songwriter who will almost certainly
never win a Presidential Medal of "Freedom," at least,
not until the times will REALLY have changed.

Dr. Lapin

====

Dylan deserves the Medal and also his song writer, who
advanced Dylan's career (and also Peter,Paul and Mary)

Martin Gittelman

====

John Glenn orbited the Earth on 20 February 1962.

Times HAVE changed.  Fact-checking is becoming a lost
art.

Peter Nickitas

====

What about Pete Seeger?

Jim Brough

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* Re: "Tubes": What he Internet is Made Of

How much of the internet will survive continuing power
shortages? That's likely to be in our future. It's
already present in much of the world.

Can we have an internet without centralized data
storage? Maybe it would be like a phone system where
nothing is stored unless you store it yourself.

Per Fagereng

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* Re: John Kennedy, Barack Obama, and Scott Walker

Kennedy: domestic and foreign policy. Kennedy did not do
much as far as substance goes for enforcing civil rights
and integration as the 1964 elections were approaching
and he needed the white southern Dixiecrat vote. He gave
nice speeches to blacks , but since they couldn't vote
he limited his actions to words about :justice", etc.
Johnson would actually do more as to voting rights and
integration. Kennedy continued the U.S. imperialistic
policy in latin America by propping dictatorships in the
Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Haiti, and the PRI in
Mexico. Add to this the escalation in Vietnam and the
opposition to the Cuban revolution and ensuing attacks
on its infracture and arming of ex-Bautista followers in
Florida and the romantic aura of Kennedy begins to
smell!

Jimmy Franco

==========

* Krugman on fiscal policy/spending

Maybe I should give Krugman credit for pointing out what
I thought all we progressives already knew, which is
that we need a giant increase in government spending,
but he is so wrong to try to do this without taxing the
rich.  Why does he refuse to tax the rich?  The public
in general is very rightly worried about the budget
deficits and national debt, and Krugman is entering on a
very slippery steep slope by advocating increased
spending without balancing the budget. We need to raise
tax revenues by - $2 trillion a year - (12-14% of GDP);
without that, we will have - BOTH - severe underspending
(because we have to raise spending by well over a
trillion dollars a year to attain full employment and
get out of this mess--I don't think Krugman realizes
this because he doesn't give any figures for how much we
have to raise spending) and severe overborrowing, which
will either bankrupt us or overload future generations
with the debt burden. Forget Obama and Congressional
Democrats--too few who are any good can get elected.  We
will have to force the government to do the right thing
by hitting the streets in massive demonstrations. Here
is how we need to allocate the $2 trillion in increased
tax revenues we need in my opinion while I would be
interested in discussing this with anyone who cares:

$700 Billion to help balance the budget

$300 B to create full employment, jobs for all

$100 B to help save Social Security, Medicare, and
Medicaid in the long run

$100 B to help raise the minimum wage by expanding and
reforming the EITC

$100 B for more affordable housing

$100 B for expanding educational opportunities

$100 B for improving transportation and other
infrastructure

$150 B for more clean energy and other environmental
projects

$100 B for helping state and local governments balance
their budgets

$200 B partly for raising welfare benefits to decent
levels for those who cannot work, and partly for helping
to solve their problems to enable them to work

$350 B foreign aid to solve world poverty

$100 B towards the goal of ultimately enabling all
people to travel in space (for the time being, this
money should be directed towards solving world poverty
and expanding education in the Third World)

Roger Skutt

==========

* Worldwide Women's Fightback - Tidbits and
Announcements- May 30, 2012

It is a sorry day when only 300 women should figure in a
worldwide event to publicize the desperate plight of
women in the world today.  One can admire the
participants while bemoaning the lack of participation.
Were this true only of this event there might be some
consolation; however, I have read countless reports of
demonstrations, protests and similar events where
participants count in the low hundreds (anti-war, anti-
Wall Street, etc.)

Even when you take into account that media reports often
underestimate attendance in such activities, the overall
turn out at these events is disheartening.  Few
activists, however, are facing up to the consequences or
paying attention to the message.  It is the old practice
of continuing to do more of the same strategies which
have failed repeatedly in the past. It should be obvious
that the message is not getting through. Why is it that
women - even in the U.S. - do not realize that they are
losing the rights they gained in the sixties and
seventies?  Why is it that anti-war adherents not
recognize that they are having nearly zero impact on the
conduct of war throughout the world?

When will we accept that our old way of approaching
these problems is not working?

David Arocho

==========

* Bringing skate gear to the Cuban youth - Washington,
DC - June 5

Cuba Skate Fundraiser

Busboys and Poets 14th & V | Langston Room | June
05,2012 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
http://www.busboysandpoets.com/events/event/cuba-skate-fundraiser

Come out and support Cuba Skate - a growing movement
that brings skate gear to the Cuban youth. This FREE
event is not just a fundraiser but also a way to get to
know Cuba Skate better and learn how to get involved.
There will be a short presentation by the co-founders
and then guests are invited to tour the Cuba Skate world
by visiting various stations hosted by some of Cuba
Skate's current and future partners - Burlington
College, the Latin American Working Group, and Palace
5ive skate shop. Stop by for a cocktail and join in our
raffle to win art and other cool Cuba Skate gear. You
don't want to miss this event!

No RSVP necessary, just show up and please bring your
colleagues and friends!

For more info on Cuba Skate, like us on Facebook, follow
us on Twitter (@CubaSkate), or visit our website at
www.CubaSkate.com.

If you have any questions, shoot us an email at
[log in to unmask]

==========

* Chicago Forum - Austerity and Democracy: North
American and European Comparisons - June 9

Dr. William A. Pelz:

Austerity and Democracy: North American and European
Comparisons

June 9, Saturday, 2:30 PM

Lincoln Park Public Library? 1150 W. Fullerton, Chicago
Corner Racine Ave., across from DePaul University? (Red
& Brown Lines: Fullerton)

Popular responses to the imposition of austerity have
differed among Western European nations and the United
Sates. European working and middle classes have
collectivized their opposition via such traditional
mechanisms as trade unions, community organizations, and
new electoral formations.  American opposition has
struggled with historically similar but far weaker
institutions.

Nevertheless, comparisons enlighten this historical
moment. What are the features of the indignados movement
in Spain, and how does the American Occupy experience
align and differ? What factors lend motion to the
student movements in Britain and Canada, but inhibit an
American counterpart?  To what degree is the Wisconsin
experience similar to and different from the labor and
electoral responses in Germany and The Netherlands?
Surely conditions in many Chicago Area Neighborhoods
compare to those in Greece (metropolitan Chicago's
population is 9.5 million, Greece is 11.1 million), yet
the momentum of social forces are markedly different.

Open University welcomes historian William A. Pelz to
describe and explain the contours of this diverse
movement to expand economic and political democracy, and
the degree to which these movements align and diverge.

A Chicago native, Bill Pelz is an historian and
specialist in European and comparative labor history.
His books include Karl Marx: A World to Win (Pearson,
2011), Against Capitalism: The European Left on the
March (2007); The Spartkusbund and the German Working
Class Movement (1988), and Wilhelm Liebknecht and German
Social Democracy (1994).  His articles have appeared in
the AmericanHistorical Review, Film & History, German
History, German StudiesReview, International Labor and
Working Class History, International Review of Social
History, Labor Studies, Journal of European Studies,
Science& Society, Soviet Studies, Sozialismus,JahrBuch
fuar Forschungen zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung,
and InternationalLabor History Yearbook, among others.
Next year Pluto Press will publish his forthcoming book
on the history of the European working class.

Info:  http://www.openuniversityoftheleft.org/

[thanks to Eric Schuster to sending this to Portside.]

==========

* Oral History - Civil Rights Movement and African
American History

I'm writing to introduce you to a good friend, Candacy
Taylor. Candacy is beginning to get the recognition she
deserves for her work as a photographer, ethnographer
and social analyst. Her book, Counter Culture, published
by Cornell University Press, has received wide acclaim,
leading to feature stories in The New Yorker, AARP
Magazine, Ms Magazine, Wall Street Journal, LA Times,
USA Today,andPhotographer's Forum.  She has also been on
the lecture circuit, making presentations to various
gerontological, sociological and related groups.

Counter Culture is about career diner waitresses.  It
tells the story of how they love their work and the
important role they play as informal psychotherapists
and friends to their regular customers ("regulars").
Accompanying Candacy's interview material and analysis
are wonderful photos of a number of these women, some
still working in their 70s!

You can learn more about Candacy's work at her website,
<www.taylormadeculture.com>.  Take a look; you'll enjoy
it!

Candacy has embarked on a new project--recording the
stories of long-time beauticians and the "free spaces"
their beauty shops are for women, particularly--but not
limited to--women of color.  (I know from my days in
SNCC how important these beauty shops were in the
African-American community.)  She will, of course, be
taking photographs of the women and their shops as well.
She now has a Library of Congress fellowship to work on
this project.

In regard to this new project, she is embarking on a
national trip looking for such people.  She is seeking
stylists with at least 15 years of experience who serve
a particular class, ethnicity or subculture. All
interviews and photographs will be archived at the
Library of Congress.  She will be in your town in the
not-too-distant future.  If you have leads to such
beauticians, I'd appreciate your sharing them with
Candacy and, if you know the people fairly well,
introducing her to them.  Her present plan is to visit
DC, NYC and Boston.  But if you know people close to any
of those places, she's willing to travel to meet them.

Any help you can provide would be much appreciated.

You can let me know, or write directly to Candacy at
<[log in to unmask]>

Thanks.

Mike Miller [log in to unmask] OrganizeTrainingCenter.org

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