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Journal-January 19, 2021 (ESSAY CONTEXT-$100.00 PRIZE!)

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:

The Romanian Left’s (mis)adventures in the realm of idpol and cancel culture (Part I)

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.

What happened to Julian Assange

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.

Journal-January 14, 2021 (Did Trump Incite Violence?)

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:

Journal-January 8, 2021

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:

Amen, Awomen, A-hole

‘Amen and Awomen’: U.S. Congressman mocked for gendered prayer finale By  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.

Journal-January 5, 2021

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:

Dr. Rudolph Baldeo Reflects on COVID-19

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?

MY CLOSE FRIEND, DR RUDOLPH BALDEO (ER PHYSICIAN), ON HOW THE COVID VACCINE WORKS

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.