It’s 50 years since the 1968 Olympics & I’ll be interviewing John Carlos at the @nypl NEXT WEEK on Tuesday March 13. Please New Yorkers: come out & hear a living legend speak about the past & present of athletic activism https://www.showclix.com/event/politicalgames/tag/guest
So proud of this week’s @EdgeOfSportsPOD – conversation with former Georgetown hoops captain, current sports broadcaster Monica McNutt on the NCAA scandals and Black Panther. It’s us across a kitchen table. She also speaks about being a Black woman in sports media in 2018. I….listen. https://soundcloud.com/…/talking-ncaa-scandals-black-panthe…
Congrats to the tie-goal scoring Hilary Knight & the USA hockey team on their gold medal. We interviewed her – and she’s great – on the @EdgeOfSportsPOD last year about the team’s struggle for equity. “How To Win A Sport’s Strike.” http://www.edgeofsportspodcast.com/…/how-to-win-a-spor…/amp
Thank you to #Queen’s University’s Black Academic Society Conference: Future of Black Scholarship!! Thank you for hosting me today to talk intersectionality and solidarity. Great questions and really powerful energy, I was so honored to be invited back to Queen’s University for a second time this school year. So much #blackexcellence ✊?❤️#campus #educator #community
“The legal differences between indentured servitude and chattel slavery were profound, according to Matthew Reilly, an archaeologist who studies Barbados. Unlike slaves, servants were considered legally human. Their servitude was based on a contract that limited their service to a finite period of time, usually about seven years, in exchange for passage to the colonies. They did not pass their unfree status on to descendants.”
“Unspeakable rage. That’s what I, and Indigenous youth across the country, felt when the jury delivered a not guilty verdict in the case of Gerald Stanley, who killed 22-year-old Colten Boushie.
Then we felt unspeakable sadness for the verdict that allowed 15-year-old Tina Fontaine, whose body was weighted down with rocks and thrown into a river, to go without justice.
Canada has shown, twice within the last month, that Indigenous youth cannot expect a reasonable level of justice. We cannot expect that justice is blind, that juries are capable of rendering it.
Canadian complacency is shown in the continued colonialism that cannot be hidden. “
Via Michael Erickson
Scott Dworkin (@funder) was very early documenting Trump / Russia ties. The Democratic Coalition grew out of his Twitter work and is doing serious good work combating Republican extremists.
Here’s a few of his many examples, everything is documented, with links.
“Alabama Senate Special Election: We called more than 40,000 voters through both in-person phone banks and our Virtual Phone bank — including 18,000 calls on election day. We sent a team of passionate, young organizers to Birmingham and Montgomery who knocked on hundreds of doors. We put up bold and powerful billboards.
Trump Russian Ties
Video: Trump in Moscow talks about his friendship with Putin
Video: Trump Vodka ad made for business conference in Moscow
Video: Trump made this Russian ad for his Florida property in 2011 Audio: Trump: I Met Putin, “Got Along With Him Great”
Trump Business History
Story/Vid: Trump did million of business with Iran Contra arms dealer Docs: Trump evicted a disabled US Vet cuz he had a therapy dog
Docs: Trump had racist housing practices
Docs: Trump & Stone paid a $250,000 fine for breaking lobbying laws
Scott Dworkin: Over 1,750,000,000 impressions and 54,000,000 interactions
Democratic Coalition: 3,200,000 interactions
Jon Cooper: 6,200,000 interactions
Nate Lerner: 1,470,000 interactions
Sure he’s gut-wrenched to learn he’s almost certainly going to prison, and what the effect will be on his four kids.
However, he’s pleading guilty to multiple felonies involving millions of dollars, including money laundering and tax evasion, so he’s just a straight-up criminal who is mangling his kid’s lives.
Gates will plead guilty to two charges, ten years max, and it is assumed he is cooperating now. That means Manafort better consider cooperating too if he doesn’t want to die in prison.
The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters, by Tom Nichols
Experts on a subject can and do make mistakes. However, they are far more right about their field of expertise than laymen. One would think this would be obvious. But it’s not. Someone who has spent decades studying their field gets challenged by a yahoo on Twitter who spent five minutes googling the subject. Given our crazed social media atmosphere, the yahoo often gets supporters, because, a yahoo’s opinion is just as valid as an expert, right?
Wrong. And if you disagree with that, then please, have your knee replacement surgery done by your buddy Joe who knows nothing about surgery, and not by a surgeon who has done hundreds of such surgeries. Let me know how it turns out.
Tom Nichols explores the delusion that every opinion is equally valid. They are not. Some say the earth is flat and will belligerently argue with those who say otherwise. Yet, the earth is not flat. The opinion of flat earthers should be ignored, and not treated as golly, maybe we should let them have their say too.
The problem here is that while we do live in a republic where everyone has an equal vote, that does not conflate to saying all opinions are equal and worthy of discussion. This leads to junk news, fake news, a Tower of Babel – and an uniformed electorate. That’s the real danger, an electorate that thinks it is deeply learned about many things but can’t find Venezuela on a map or thinks we live in a democracy, not a republic (assuming they even know what a republic is.)
Such willful ignorance can lead to our institutions being jacked by nativist populists or Silicon Valley technocrats who know what is best for us.
Nichols is a professor at the Naval War College, a major Never Trumper on Twitter (@radiofreetom), and does not suffer fools gladly.
“As Tom Nichols shows in The Death of Expertise, this rejection of experts has occurred for many reasons, including the openness of the internet, the emergence of a customer satisfaction model in higher education, and the transformation of the news industry into a 24-hour entertainment machine. Paradoxically, the increasingly democratic dissemination of information, rather than producing an educated public, has instead created an army of ill-informed and angry citizens who denounce intellectual achievement.
Nichols has deeper concerns than the current rejection of expertise and learning, noting that when ordinary citizens believe that no one knows more than anyone else, democratic institutions themselves are in danger of falling either to populism or to technocracy-or in the worst case, a combination of both. The Death of Expertise is not only an exploration of a dangerous phenomenon but also a warning about the stability and survival of modern democracy in the Information Age.”
Not only does this show them to be stupid, sending stuff like this by email, it also shows Mueller has access to documents, emails, phone calls, text, that Team Trump might have thought were hidden. Which will make for some very nervous people indeed, wondering what does Mueller know and if/when they will be indicted.