Jan 192015
 

Majority of U.S. public school students are living in poverty | Albuquerque Journal News By Lyndsey Layton / The Washington Post PUBLISHED: Monday, January 19, 2015 at 12:05 am

For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation.

Majority of U.S. public school students are living in poverty | Albuquerque Journal News

Our system caters to the rich at the expense of all others.

 Posted by at 1:00 pm on Mon 01/19/15
Jan 142015
 

And screw the rest of us. Try hard to remember this until 2016.

Congress moves toward easing bank, Wall Street rules | Albuquerque Journal News By Marcy Gordon / The Associated Press PUBLISHED: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 8:50 am

WASHINGTON — More than six years after the financial crisis struck, the House is moving toward softening a post-crisis law that brought the strictest rules for banks and Wall Street since the 1930s.

Congress moves toward easing bank, Wall Street rules | Albuquerque Journal News

 Posted by at 11:41 am on Wed 01/14/15
Jan 142015
 

I admire this writer for responding to angry nonsense with reason. At the time, my only response was ‘Wow’.

Talk of the town | Albuquerque Journal News

Name-calling is not acceptable rebuttal

LAST WEEK IN SpeakUp! there were two violently anti-environmental submissions. They contained six sentences, one of which was totally false, one was a rhetorical question, and four amounted to name-calling.

The only sentence of substance claimed that “we have millions of miles of pipelines and railroads that carry oil and gasoline without incident.”

On pipelines alone, a Wall Street Journal review found that there were 1,400 pipeline spills and accidents in the U.S. in 2010-2013 – 350 per year, and four of every five pipeline accidents are discovered by local residents, not the companies that own the pipelines.

As far as I can determine, there’s a little over 300,000 miles of major natural gas pipelines, with another 1.8 million miles of lines that come off those and deliver to cities. There are only about 100,000 miles of gathering and distribution pipelines for oil.

Unfortunately, that’s the only sentence of the six that can be fact-checked, because all the rest are name-calling or extremely obvious exaggeration. For example, I consider myself an environmentalist, but I don’t think we should go live in caves, just that we should be a bit more careful with our surroundings.

Another sentence claims environmentalists have used “falsified science and pagan Gaia mysticism.” Wow. Science and mysticism.

If you want to rebut the arguments of environmentalists, you might try:

a) Getting your facts straight, and

b) Actually giving reasons for your views, not resorting to name-calling and nonsensical claims.

JERRY STAUFFER

Albuquerque

Talk of the town | Albuquerque Journal News

 Posted by at 9:34 am on Wed 01/14/15
Jan 142015
 

How a society of light fell into the darkness | Albuquerque Journal News By Dennis Byrne / Chicago Tribune

Islam’s Golden Age, extending from the 7th century to the 13th century, flourished while Europe and Christendom wallowed in the Dark Ages. Western society was considered a backwater, if considered at all.

Islam generated impressive advances in medicine, chemistry, physics, mathematics, astronomy, optics and philosophy. It created cities, observatories and libraries, and it engaged in far-flung commerce well before Christopher Columbus set sail.

Credit Islamic genius for the magnetic compass and navigational innovation, for algebra and the refinement of the numbering system that originated in India, for papermaking and the scientific method. While Greek and Roman learning faded in the medieval West, Islamic scholars were preserving and enlarging it – long before the European Renaissance or Age of Enlightenment.

All this and more will be spotlighted during the International Year, which is scheduled to open Jan. 19 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris and will aim to raise awareness of light science and its importance to mankind.

And by doing that, it necessarily will have to highlight Islamic achievements. For example, the opening event will focus on the multiple accomplishments of the 11th century polymath Ibn al-Haytham in optics, mathematics and astronomy. The Golden Age will get more attention Sept. 14 during a conference on its impact on “knowledge-based society.”

So, what went wrong? How did Islamic society fall from one so open and inquisitive to the repressive and closed one that has produced few scientific advances and staggering intolerance?

How a society of light fell into the darkness | Albuquerque Journal News

Our own conservative Christians disbelieve evolution and global climate change, if not science in general, and take a translation of the bible as literal truth.

 Posted by at 8:47 am on Wed 01/14/15
Jan 132015
 

My Mom didn’t like having her picture taken and she lived long before the digital age (though she did advise me to get into computers, which I rejected as soulless). I’ve uploaded 27 scans of Mom, at least a few of which haven’t been seen in many years.

Ernestine Hinton, my M

Photos of Ernestine Hinton

 Posted by at 9:39 pm on Tue 01/13/15
Jan 132015
 

EJH November 1978My Mom died 30 years ago today. She has been dead more than half of my lifetime. I’m at a loss for a word to describe this. It’s not inconceivable, not really unbelievable, no longer unfair or unjust. It’s just un-Mom. It’s grief — interminable, but suppressible.

Ernestine Hinton loved all kinds of fabric. She frequented fabric stores, buying yards of cloth she liked, which she piled in an out-of-the-way corner solely to paw through, no specific project in mind. She loved sensual materials like satin, silk and velour. She loved color and was happy to put colors next to each other that some might call daring. When she remodeled the house — transformed it, really — she brought together golds, yellows, reds, greens, sage and Chinese lacquer, all unified by a carpet that might have pleased Jackson Pollack, a studiously patternless palette of color blotches that gave every first-time viewer pause.

Ernestine was a natural hostess, welcoming everyone with such genuine charm. She wanted you to be comfortable but never complacent and she trusted you to know the difference.

Out and about, she spoke to people most others ignore, extending courtesy to everyone equally. She worked to improve the lives of many and was outraged by those who did the opposite. She did not suffer fools. She would be appalled by the churlishness and pettiness of modern politics. And she would be overjoyed to see Obama as president.

Mom 1980 She preferred to be called Teen, but I could only call her Mom, or in occasional shock, Mother! And shock me, she did. She was her own woman and expected to be accepted as such. In conversation, she was alive and witty. She could turn a deft phrase to knock you off your feet and then pick you up and dust you off and make sure you were still OK. She was brilliant.

Although Teen was a feminist role model before that concept emerged, she loved being a mother and loved children without reserve. There was nothing more important or valuable than nurturing children. We make our future by teaching our children and by loving them.

Mom taught me to love quick wit, language and laughter. She taught me to despise ignorance, the root of hatred and most of the ugly things we do to each other. She taught me empathy and compassion and patience. She taught me to speak out when I see the emperor has no clothes. She believed everyone’s life would be improved by a little more gentle affection, even between strangers. She was kinder and more gracious than I’ll ever be. Many people and events have shaped me; she did it first and gave the world what there is to work with.

Before she died, Mom told Mer she knew I’d be angry about her death for a long time. I’ll never stop being angry about that — she deserved a long life as much as anyone else — though I do better understand the burden of anger after all these years. Anger is a poor memorial. She deserves better. peace, mjh

Ernestine 1966

Teen 1973

Click for more photos of my Mom

Cue Dave Carter’s “When I Go.” (He’s dead, too.)

[originally posted Sun 01/14/07 at 6:27 pm]

mjh’s Blog: Cut (2004)

 Posted by at 1:37 am on Tue 01/13/15
Jan 132015
 

This is huge, surprising news. It will outrage many. I think the shooting of James Boyd was unnecessary and unjustified, but I am uneasy with a murder charge. We need a word for the institutional failure that leads cops to kill citizens. I don’t think sending these two cops to prison will do that, although it is better than doing nothing or sending them on to another police force. We need to stop this before it happens again. Training and a change in attitude at every level of law enforcement will do that. In that respect, this may be part of that change in attitude.

DA files murder charges against officers in James Boyd shooting | Albuquerque Journal News

Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg charged two Albuquerque police officers each with an open count of murder on Monday in the fatal shooting of a homeless camper in Albuquerque’s foothills last March.

Brandenburg’s office filed a criminal information that charges former Albuquerque police Detective Keith Sandy and SWAT team member Dominique Perez with murder in the death of James Boyd, a 36-year-old homeless man who was shot in March 2014.

Brandenburg said her office charged Sandy and Perez with an open count of murder because “we have probable cause.”

She would not discuss the specific facts of the case and said it would be up to the judge hearing the case to determine which charge — ranging from
1st degree murder to aggravated assault — would apply in the case.

The charges are the first against an Albuquerque police officer in connection to a shooting. APD has been involved in more than 40 shootings since 2010, resulting in 27 deaths.

DA files murder charges against officers in James Boyd shooting | Albuquerque Journal News

 Posted by at 12:08 am on Tue 01/13/15