Born on 26th January 1944, Angela Davis is a political activist, academic, and author, who has been highly involved in the civil rights movement in the U.S. She is well known for her work and influence on racial justice, women's rights, and criminal justice reform. Davis is a professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in its History of Consciousness Department, and a former director of the university's Feminist Studies Department. In the 1960s and 1970s, Davis was known for her association with the Black Panthers Party—but actually spent only a short time as a member of that group—and the Communist Party. For a time she even appeared on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's "Ten Most Wanted" list. In 1997, Davis co-founded Critical Resistance, an organization working toward the dismantling of prisons, or what Davis and others have called the prison-industrial complex.
"Revolution is a serious thing, the most serious thing about a revolutionary's life. When one commits oneself to the struggle, it must be for a lifetime."
German Medical Clinician and Researcher, Christoph Nabzdyk is currently at the Mayo Clinic. His papers include:
Hydrogels: Multifunctional “Hydrogel Skins” on Diverse Polymers with Arbitrary Shapes (Feb-2019)
Strain-Programmable Patch for Diabetic Wound Healing (Jun-2021)
Anesthesiologists Wake Up! It Is Time for Research and Innovative Medical Entrepreneurism (March 2021)
Barnacle-Inspired Paste for Instant Hemostatic Tissue Sealing (December 2020)
American poet, playwright and conscientious objector @ bactra.org.
Conscientious ObjectorI shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death.
Though he flick my shoulders with his whip, I will not tell him which way the fox ran.
I will not tell him the whereabout of my friends nor of my enemies either.
Retirned American lawyer and politician, Harry M Reid served as a United States Senator from Nevada from 1987 to 2017. He led the Senate Democratic Caucus from 2005 to 2017 and was the Senate Majority Leader from 2007 to 2015. Neoliberal legitimacy archetype.
Cathedral Journalist: Jonathan Chait is an American neoliberal pundit and pro-corporate writer for New York magazine. He was previously a senior editor at The New Republic and an assistant editor of The American Prospect. He writes a periodic hit piece column in the Los Angeles Times. Hit piece writer. Content creator. Footsoldier of Establishment power. Democratic-Hawk apologist. See WIKIPEDIA entry.
See also Marc Dion page on creators.com website. Dion is a litmus of bigger picture erosion of American society.
American attorney born 8-Aug-1934. Garbus has argued cases throughout the country involving constitutional, criminal, copyright, and intellectual property law at every level including the US Supreme Court. His briefs have resulted in changes to US law nationwide, including one described by Justice William J. Brennan as "probably the most important due process case in the Twentieth Century".
Seminal American singer, songwriter, musician, activist, civil rights advocate and independent world icon. Nina Simone - born 21st February 1933, died 21st April 2003. Her life history is an individual-versus-hegemon archetype.
Writer and academic at NYU, Ta-Nehisi Coates - born 30th Sept 1975 - is a popular corporate civil rights crossover figure, influential in conferring academic legitimacy on social movements in service of black Americans and neoliberal elites, both in historical context and as they unfold in real-time..
"I propose to take our countrymen’s claims of American exceptionalism seriously, which is to say I propose subjecting our country to an exceptional moral standard."He is the author of books: The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between The World And Me. His first novel, The Water Dancer, was released in September 2019. Ta-Nehisi is a mainstream crossover culture poster-boy for upwardly mobile 21st-century intellectuals including authoring current incarnations of Black Panther and Captain America comic book series and introducing the Case For Reparations to the popular imagination.
“The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free.”
"Hate gives identity. The nigger, the fag, the bitch illuminate the border, illuminate what we ostensibly are not, illuminate the Dream of being white, of being a Man. We name the hated strangers and are thus confirmed in the tribe."/blockquote>
Former M&A banker at Goldman Sachs, Steve Bannon struck gold by investing in “Seinfeld,” before a pivot to politics took him all the way to the Trump White House. Bannon is one of the moving forces behind the rising populist movement harnessing just disaffection among the working and middle classes, turning it into nationalism, anti-credentialism and votes. Bannon is a classic American snake oil salesman: whip smart, self-interested, erudite and able to weave together solid verifiable facts, astute socioeconomic insight and well placed bullshit in real-time. Like most of the smartest guys of this type, the Dorian Gray personal aesthetics of younger days gets layered over by indulgence and debauchery, steakface and slicks taking him through middle age.
"Meet Josiah Zayner - America's Most Censored Person" article by Matt Taibbi. Josiah Zayner is a poo eater. Possibly a snake oil salesman. But definitely an exemplar outlier, a heterodoxer pushed out of the intellectual mainstream, denied a role in contributing to developing orthodoxy. Quack quack.
Chevron v Donziger
"If someone wanted to turn America into an authoritarian gulag state the shortest, least resistant route is through the judges."
New York human rights lawyer Steven Donziger is fighting a case brought against him by oil multinational Chevron, in response to a multi-billion dollar judgment against Chevron for environmental destruction in Ecuador. The travesty of a case combines corporate abuse of wealth, judicial corruption, climate change pollution, disdain for poorer country rights, the list goes on. It will be a litmus case in the future. For now, it's a case in progress and Donziger is getting fucked in every hole. See Donziger LinkTr.ee social media index for further info.
For a corporation to be prosecuting a civil-criminal case against a private citizen is unparalleled. It is an early warning for what may become a bigger threat to freedom in American than the worst of Trump or Biden or Facebook censorship. Specifically, an autocracy of judges, appointed for life with absolute power over any case in their court, unaccountable to checks and balances, answerable to noone, wielding exceptional power with only the notional limit of past convention (which can be ignored).
(Consider the racist criminal justice incarceration state. Plenty of focus the past few years on bad cops but the true 21st-century Jim Crow continuity is carried on by judges, e g. how the court handles guilt, fair trial, sentencing, application of law, etc. The difference in outcomes for identical cases for a black defendant versus a white defendants beggars belief. Judicial ruling - which can't be questioned or challenged until it's too late - has been the true engine of American racism for decades. Imagine if the same judges used their unfettered power and their brutal black sentencing against you...)
The existence the NSA was revealed to the public in 1971 by NSA analyst turned whistleblower Perry Fellwock. He was motivated CIA whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg's release of the Pentagon Papers. Fellwock published the details of ECHELON, the Five Eyes (FVEY) signals intelligence analysis network - NSA spying capabilities - ostensibly created to monitor the military and diplomatic communications of the Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc allies during the Cold War in the early 1960s.
Because of the Fellwock revelations NSA spying on American citizens was suspended by the 1973 Church Committee. Digital-age successors to Perry Fellwock: Drake, Binney, Wiebe and Loomis. Research these geezers. Worth noting that the Edward Snowden revelations of NSA spying almost 40 years later did not result in legislative pushback against the security state apparatus.