Journal-January 19, 2021): Essay Contest-$100.00 Prize I just finished reading the second of W. E. B. Du Bois’s three autobiographies, Dusk of Dawn: An Essay Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept. In this journal entry, I would want to do two things: first, propose an essay contest; and second, quote from Du Bois’s “Philosophy of Life.” 1. Essay Contest: I came across this challenging passage in Dusk of Dawn:
Leaning left became lately a required badge for a part of the young Romanian generation. One would say it’s a breath of fresh air, after decades of demonising left-wing politics and identifying it with the worst political sins.
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Jeff Conibear Monday was an unexpected victory. Not, it has to be said, a victory for journalism or free speech, but a significant victory nonetheless for Julian Assange and his family. The findings of Judge Baraitser in her decision not to extradite:1. Finds that the 2003 Extradition Act governs and not the US/UK Extradition treaty. Assange is therefore not protected against political persecution.
This is a wide-ranging interviewing with Norman Finkelstein, covering topics such as the prospects for Palestinian statehood, Israel’s goals in Gaza, the Palestine solidarity movement, Hezbollah and more.
Were Donald Trump’s remarks at the rally preceding the melee in the Capitol Building a defensible exercise of free speech? The answer would appear to be No. Without parsing the current U.S. law on the subject, I would note that the underlying principle traces back to a passage in John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty. Mill, who was as close as one can be to a free speech absolutist, laid out one sole exception. It reads in full:
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Journal-January 13 Israel: Jewish Supremacist State A brief comment on B’Tselem’s position paper designating Israel an Apartheid state
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Journal-January 8, 2021 W. E. B. Du Bois’s Autobiography is conventionally chronological until he suddenly springs on the reader a chapter entitled “My Character.” Of character in general, he says “that the sort of person a man was would in the long run prove more important for the world than what he knew or how logically he could think.” This chapter is replete with all manner of personal insights. I’ll mention three:
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‘Amen and Awomen’: U.S. Congressman mocked for gendered prayer finale By Josh K. Elliott Global NewsPosted January 4, 2021 3:35 pm Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver delivered the opening prayer while opening up the 117th Congress on Sunday and decided to use a gender-neutral “amen and awoman” to close out the prayer.
January 5, 2021 W. E. B. Du Bois’s Autobiography is laced through with bitterness, suppressed and dignified but nonetheless palpable, at the thousand professional slights he endured. Of his tenuous, short-lived stint at the University of Pennsylvania, under the auspices of which he wrote The Philadelphia Negro, Du Bois, for example, recalled:
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January 1, 2021 After my passing, I’ll miss three things: 1) consciousness (a mixed blessing), 2) reading late at night and into the wee hours of the morning), 3) jogging along the Coney Island seashore. The rest of life’s offerings passed me by.
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From my good friend, Obi, who was reading Mill’s Autobiography:
My good friend, Dr. Rudolph Baldeo, who has worked in the Emergency Room from Day One of the Pandemic What are your most memorable and proudest moments as a front-line physician? Two huge refrigerated trucks outside the hospital on the sidewalk where deceased Covid victims were kept. Treating patients from one month to 87 years in a true emergency setting with limited resources and having no definite, concrete remedy. What do you think the government did wrong and what did it do right?
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HOW DOES THE PROPOSED VACCINE WORKS? It is a mRNA vaccine. Normally genetic DNA gets transcribed into mRNA and mRNA get translated into protein. mRNA of the spike protein of COVID is the vaccine. This vaccine (mRNA) is injected into the muscle and the muscle cells take it up and spike proteins are made and put on the surface of the muscle cell. The body immune system then recognizes this spike protein as foreign and makes antibodies against it. Thus, we develop an immunity.
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