S/SW blog philosophy -

I credit favorite writers and public opinion makers.

A lifelong Democrat, my comments on Congress, the judiciary and the presidency are regular features.

My observations and commentary are on people and events in politics that affect the USA or the rest of the world, and stand for the interests of peace, security and justice.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Tough progressive issues of interest to women are in focus this weekend.

The International Association of Dreams would like to know if you are dreaming about current events.  Take the survey.

The Future of the Abortion-Rights Movement is an excellent article from Newsweek sent here by my regular contributor, Jon.  Activists, young and old, respond to a recent NEWSWEEK article about generational differences.

An advocacy campaign by Democracy for America reminds that "Gay and lesbian Americans have demonstrated their courage and given their lives in service to our country since our nation's military was founded. Now it's time to allow them to say who they are."  They are sending an open letter about DADT to President Obama, Don't Wait Don't Delay.

Public Service Announcement -
sent to me by my regular contributor, Betmo.  To quote:
Every day in America, 1 woman is killed every 4 hours at the hands of a significant other.  We need to pass this along to the women in our lives...  The helpful links on staying safe from Betmo are here and here.

With 2010 action by Congress now uncertain on climate and energy issues, Synapse Energy Economics of Cambridge, MA., will release a new report on May 11, 2010 detailing how the United States could make the transition to a clean electricity future. To quote further:

The report, prepared for the nonprofit and nonpartisan Civil Society Institute (CSI), outlines a transition to a healthier, safer power industry and provides details on what this transition might look like in the various regions of the U.S.
The Synapse report for CSI develops a scenario for 2010- 2050 in which the country:TO PARTICIPATE:  You can join this live, phone-based news conference (with full, two-way Q&A) at 1:30 p.m. EDT/10:30 a.m. PDT on May 11, 2010 by dialing 1 (800) 860-2442. Ask for the “Synapse report on clean-energy future" news event.  

Debunk hysterical claims and enable a productive dialogue to bring about a more just and equitable society.  Overwrought right-wing pundit Glenn Beck has claimed that sociologists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven are "fundamentally responsible for the unsustainability and possible collapse of our economic system."  That's because of a May 2, 1966, article the two had written for The Nation called "The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty." A recent article in The Nation, "The Mad Tea Party" by senior editor Richard Kim, corrects the record. But that's what we do. So if you worry that Mom watches Fox News, The Nation suggests giving her a subscription to their magazine.  I follow the magazine's editor, Katrina vandenHeuvel, on Twitter.  She tweeted this for Mother's Day:

Mother's Day gift/reading my daughter's smart paper on Anna Karenina and Fathers & Sons & understanding how far women have trains/

------------------------------------------------------Closing with good news-----------------------------------------------

This family lives in a big settlement.  Yahoo! News reports that the world's biggest beaver dam was discovered in northern Canada.  The fascinating story was sent by Jon, my regular contributor.

"Happy Mother's Day to everyone," said my Technorati newsletter, and I echo the sentiment. To quote further:

Holy Mother Earth, didja hear about that nasty oil spill in the Gulf? Technorati's Dr. Laserfalcon looks at the fallout from the enviropocalypse, while BC's John Lake says it may be time to blame Halliburton.

On a lighter note, BC's Stevie Wilson has some swell gift suggestions for Mothers Day; and Technorati's Dawn Olsen goes one-on-one with True Blood author Charlaine Harris.

All that, plus Iron Man 2, dead rock star shrines, and more add up to the sort of reading guaranteed to bring a smile to Mom's face this week!

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