Monday

Vassar vs Westboro Baptist Church: TKO

So I attended college at an "Ivy League Whorehouse" according to the Westboro Baptist Church (or the Westboro "Baptist" "Church"). They picketed my alma mater of Vassar College last week and I think that's been so interesting is how people have picked up on this. It's been amazing to watch as people have come together. How people have raised money, made a statement and stood together. And to stand together for something. It's been amazing to watch. I'm proud to be a member of such a community.

Sunday

This American Life's Harper High School

This American Life has produced some great radio and some great journalism over the years, but their recent two part series on Harper High School in Chicago has to stand as some of their best work. Three reporters spent the first semester of the 2012-13 school year at the high school and produced a great piece of work about urban life, students and teachers. It's also a great look at the passion and commitment that great educators bring to their jobs and the toll that it takes on them. It's amazing piece of work.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/487/harper-high-school-part-one

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/488/harper-high-school-part-two

Also for people who are interested, a group is taking donations to help the school here:

https://www.wepay.com/donations/american-life--harper-high-school--donations

Bahrain bans the import of Guy Fawkes masks

Like a lot of people, I've been worried about events in Bahrain. Learning that the country has banned the import of Guy Fawkes masks, though, made me smile though. I'm a big fan of "V for Vendetta" (the book, not the movie) and I can't help but think that Alan Moore and David Lloyd read this news and smiled. For those who don't know, the book is set in a fictional UK which has become a totalitarian state and tells the story of an anarchist who seeks to bring down the government so that the people can rule themselves. Even more interesting is the fact that in the official government document, they're referred to as "revolution masks".

There's something utterly absurd about a country banning a mask. And yet there's something to be said when a country and its rulers realize that the only thing that they are capable of doing right now is to manage their image and make sure that a symbol known the world over is not seen in their country. Or maybe they know if they keep the media out and the U.S. government continues not to care, they can do what they want.

“You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.”
-Ursula K. Le Guin - "The Dispossessed"


http://www.arabist.net/blog/2013/2/27/bahrain-bans-guy-fawkes-masks.html