Monday, October 26, 2009

They Call Me Yossarian

They call me Yossarian because I'm caught in a Catch-22. Disabled but employable with accommodation is the official designation, but benefits are terminated if I fail to make three job applications a day, five days a week. Aside from the fact there are no jobs for someone who can only work two hours a day and cannot commute, I haven't the strength nor endurance to dance through this bureaucratic hoop for a day, let alone a week--week after week, year after year.

But that is what Catch-22 is designed for, to make the impossible mandatory, thereby ridding the system of those who are entitled without repealing entitlements. I am, however, entitled to a fair hearing with counsel.

They call me Yossarian.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tool of Conquest

Imperialism is capitalism in action. The corporation is a tool of conquest.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Great Rift

A Thousand Suns: food, ecology, and religions in the 21st century explores the conflict between corporate Christianity and indigenous peoples in the African Rift Valley, the place where humankind began.

Friday, October 02, 2009


Native American tribes and other indigenous forms of governance worldwide today have indeed struggled to overcome genocide, assimilation, and incorporation in maintaining their societies. The cosmopolitan nature of the world indigenous peoples' movement, as they band together to confront globalization and privatization through venues at the UN and elsewhere, is the result of studiously raising consciousness about the unfairness of state-centric standards of the original international human rights regime. As they prepare to challenge the UN member states over such issues as climate change, the indigenous peoples greatest strength is legitimacy, something many governing state entities lack.

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