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The Criminalized Majority

22 Jul

Dan Berger is an associate professor of comparative ethnic studies at the University of Washington Bothell. He is the author of several books including Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era, which won the 2015 James A. Rawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians. His latest book, coauthored with Toussaint Losier, is Rethinking the American Prison Movement. Follow him on Twitter @dnbrgr.

David Stein is a Lecturer in the Departments of History and African American Studies at University of California-Los Angeles. His first book, Fearing Inflation, Inflating Fears: The Civil Rights Struggle for Full Employment and the Rise of the Carceral State, 1929-1986, will be published by University of North Carolina Press. He co-hosts and produces Who Makes Cents?: A History of Capitalism Podcast with Betsy Beasley. Follow him on Twitter @davidpstein.

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by Dan Berger and David Stein

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“Everyone should go to jail, say, once every ten years,” opined novelist and poet Jesse Ball in a recent LA Times article. It may seem like Swiftian satire, but Ball’s proposal is earnest. Addressed “to a nation of jailers,” he argues that a brief but regular stint in jail would serve as the necessary correction to make such institutions more livable–and perhaps less common. “Just think,” he writes, “if everyone in the United States were to become, within a 10-year period, familiar with what it is like to be incarcerated, is there any question that the quality of our prisons would improve?”

But this is an open question. Asking everyone in the country to spend a night in jail could just as easily produce a society of docile subjects, perpetually fearful of challenging the status quo. And this modest proposal confuses…

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20 Jul


Healthy landscapes and water systems
are the basis of our life.

They provide food, water, clean air, a stable climate, biodiversity, good health, security and happiness. However, one-fourth of the world’s land mass is seriously degraded from centuries of human activity.

Think: deforestation, overgrazing, overexploitation, the building of infrastructure and pollution. In economic terms, this incurs an estimated loss of more than USD 4.3 trillion per year. The good news is that this process can be reversed.


17 Jul

I had a look at the two above blogs about EAT MOVE LIVE

These blogs I find very interesting. One blog tells me all about 10 veggies, the other blog introduces the two authors behind EAT MOVE LIVE.

Here is some of what it says in the second blog:


“It matters. Every bite that you choose has the power to nourish you and help you thrive. From choosing seasonal, fresh and local food, to learning how to prepare it and enjoy it – we believe in simple, real and time tested practices. We lean on the wisdom of our ancestors and our understanding of nutrition science to make the best decisions for our families and our students.”


“It matters. Our cellular health depends on the stimulation provided by movement. From modifying our work environment so we can be more dynamic during the day, to planning how we spend our free time, we find a way to make life truly active – without disrupting the rhythm of work and creativity, but blending our passion for productivity with the passion for health. Exercise can be a supplement on the days when we didn’t get to move enough, or as a part of specific goals, such as developing strength or endurance for a specific task.”


“This matters most of all. On some level, we all know what’s best for us. We know we need to eat better. We know we need to move more. Fitting health into our daily lives can be hard, but many of us make it harder than it has to be. Few people got unhealthy overnight. It took lots of tiny changes over many years to get where we are today. The good news is that things can get better the same way.”

Overcoming the Chair-Loving Lifestyle

17 Jul

and what to do throughout the day to keep sitting from killing you!


BOOK REVIEW|Margaret Atwood on What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump

15 Jul

In Which I Finally Read The Handmaid’s Tale

15 Jul

I have seen the whole TV series, but I have not read the book yet. This review was interesting for me. Is it possible that the book gives us a less clearer picture about the Handmaid’s Society than the TV series. I should really read the book and find out.

These Little Words

There are always books that one means to read, that ‘should’ be read – and for me one of them was The Handmaid’s Tale. It was published before I was even born, so it has always been popular, always been revered in my experience. This book was always on my list, always something I thought I should read, something that I might find interesting. The new TV series based on the book, coming out later this year, finally pushed me to buy a copy and actually read it.

I was surprised how short it is (my copy is about 300 pages). When I’d read about it before it had always seemed like this grand story that needed time and patience; and in some ways this was true. For a book of its length, there is an awful lot of ‘content’ in The Handmaid’s Tale. There is an…

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The Handmaid’s Tale is the most horrific thing I have ever seen

15 Jul

I very much like this review. It says: “The Handmaid’s Tale has come at the right time to entertain and divert us. But it also does what great storytelling always has: It invites us to step back from our entrenched ideas—whatever they are—and think about where they fit into a broader view of history. Could the ultra-authoritarian world of The Handmaid’s Tale ever become our reality? It’s up to us to decide.” I would say there is a lot to think about!

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One of the most exciting new science fiction shows on the Web right now isn’t exactly fun. The Handmaid’s Tale, currently streaming its first three episodes on Hulu, may repulse you, incense you, or just make you cry. But like a good workout that makes your muscles burn, the hurt of watching this series eventually results in something great.

Based on the celebrated 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is a half-dystopia, half-fairy tale about what happens to the United States after a far-right religious group seizes control of the government. There are a few notable changes from the novel, but, for the most part, the series follows the events of Atwood’s book faithfully.

We aren’t quite sure how the new nation of Gilead was formed, but we hear bits and pieces about a war that has left “the colonies” a radioactive wasteland. Food is…

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