Political poetry from Skip Tenczar
The merchants of death have no contrition,
They just want to sell more ammunition.
The mass shootings continue
Tearing through innocents' tissue.
When will it be time for some prohibition?
rethink the week Guests
Dean Spiliotes, Professor at SNHU, Civic Scholar/Presidential scholar
Rick Newman, NH lobbyist, and former State Representative
Daniel Block, Executive Editor, Washington Monthly
David Atkins is a writer and activist from California. He is a contributor to the Washington Monthly’s Political Animal, elected DNC Member, and president of The Pollux Group, a qualitative research firm.
Public reading a post from Facebook. David Gray lives in Austin Texas.
From new friend David Gray: "I need to drive my two-year-old to daycare tomorrow morning. To ensure we arrive alive, we won't take public transit (Oscar Grant). I removed all air fresheners from the vehicle and double-checked my registration status (Daunte Wright), and ensured my license plates were visible (Lt. Caron Nazario). I will be careful to follow all traffic rules (Philando Castille), signal every turn (Sandra Bland), keep the radio volume low (Jordan Davis), and won't stop at a fast food chain for a meal (Rayshard Brooks). I'm too afraid to pray (Rev. Clementa C. Pickney) so I just hope the car won't break down (Corey Jones).
When my wife picks him up at the end of the day, I'll remind her not to dance (Elijah McClain), stop to play in a park (Tamir Rice), patronize the local convenience store for snacks (Trayvon Martin), or walk around the neighborhood (Mike Brown). Once they are home, we won't stand in our backyard (Stephon Clark), eat ice cream on the couch (Botham Jean), or play any video games (Atatiana Jefferson).
After my wife and I tuck him into bed around 7:30pm, neither of us will leave the house to go to Walmart (John Crawford) or to the gym (Tshyrand Oates) or on a jog (Ahmaud Arbery). We won't even walk to see the birds (Christian Cooper). We'll just sit and try not to breathe (George Floyd) and not to sleep (Breonna Taylor)."
These are things white people simply do not have to think about."
Discussion Part 1:
We begin our discussion on the topic of policing and white priviledge. What we see with the problems of policing now is not new: the only difference is that we now actually SEE it, because of the prevalance of video devices available to everyone. The problems need to be addressed, but this is likely to be more effective at the local level. At the national level, Republcans are panicking, because they see that the demographics in the US are changing. The US Supreme Court is very ideological, and becoming more politicized. However, they may perceive “the threats” of change (packing, term limits, ethics rules), and may moderate this tendency somewhat.
Discussion Part 2:
We examine the desire of the vaccine manufacturers, who want to preserve their intellectual property rights, even though the government paid for the development of vaccines. We talk about “vaccine passports”, and what characteristics these should have in order to be valid. We also take on the topic of the “Anglo-Saxon Caucus”.
US and China want to cooperate on climate change
term limits for Supreme Ct. Justices
The American Legion Calls For Ending The Forever War Https://Www.Theamericanconservative.Com/State-Of-The-Union/The-American-Legion-Calls-For-Ending-The-Forever-War/
After criticism, Biden says he will raise U.S. cap on refugee admissions https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/biden-says-he-will-raise-us-cap-refugee-admissions-2021-04-17/
Biden withdrawal from Afghanistanhttps://thehill.com/policy/defense/548758-five-questions-about-biden-withdrawal-from-afghanistan
Are Republicans Too Optimistic About The 2022 Midterms? https://washingtonmonthly.com/2021/04/11/are-republicans-too-optimistic-about-the-2022-midterms/
The Conservative Supreme Court Is Out of Touch with an Increasingly Secular America https://washingtonmonthly.com/2021/04/11/the-conservative-supreme-court-is-out-of-touch-with-an-increasingly-secular-america/
infrastructure or jobs?
voting in America
Jim Crow’s Ominous Lessons on Voter Suppression
Activists protest Texas' voter bills at Greater Houston Partnership building downtown
Indianapolis FedEx shooting: Who were the eight victims?
Indianapolis gunman bought rifles despite earlier gun confiscation
Gunman a former employee
FedEx to ‘reevaluate’ its policy requiring employees to lock up phones during shifts following Thursday’s shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis
being Black in America
The Myth of the Dangerous Traffic Stop Is Killing Black Men in America
dismantle the current way we police
It is Derek Chauvin who is on trial, not America
As mask mandates end, Oregon bucks trend with permanent rule https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-oregon-6f7f919d27644d02c330da5a8648af95
Johnson & Johnson asked other drugmakers to help it study blood-clot risks, and Moderna and Pfizer declined, report says https://www.businessinsider.com/jj-asked-help-study-blood-clots-moderna-pfizer-refused-wsj-2021-4?nr_email_referer=1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Business_Insider_select&pt=385758&ct=Sailthru_BI_Newsletters&mt=8&utm_campaign=Insider%20Select%202021-04-17&utm_term=INSIDER%20SELECT%20-%20ENGAGED%2C%20ACTIVE%2C%20PASSIVE%2C%20DISENGAGED%2C%20NEW
Five global concerns for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/548774-five-global-concerns-for-the-johnson-johnson-vaccine-pause
Least Vaccinated U.S. Counties Have Something in Common: Trump Voters https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/04/17/us/vaccine-hesitancy-politics.html
Covid: Canada sounds the alarm as cases overtake US https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56779428
America hits the vaccine wall: Thousands of appointments go unfilled as states across the nation warn that ‘hesitancy’ to get the shots threatens to derail rollout Daily Mail
Dire need of beds, oxygen’: India’s capital under siege from COVID-19 https://www.reuters.com/world/india/india-under-siege-covid-19-hospitals-overwhelmed-2021-04-18/
Covid-19 Pushes India’s Middle Class Toward PovertyThe pandemic sent 32 million people in India from the middle class last year. Now a second wave is threatening the dreams of millions more looking for a better life. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/16/business/economy/india-covid19-middle-class.html
President Biden, Support a People’s Vaccine Project Syndicate
Who Owns Vaccines? The Baffler
Marjorie Taylor Greene the Anglo Saxon Caucus
well maybe not
aside: can't stop reading this!!!!