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The Detectorists return with Christmas show!

https://www.theguardian.com › tv-and-radio › 2022 › dec › 06 › consolation-toby-jones-detectorists-mackenzie-crook-christmas-special

'People told us what a consolation it was' - Toby Jones on the return ...

Asked as he and Mackenzie Crook revive their beloved treasure hunters for a Christmas special, the actor reveals how their pairing began, what his four new projects are - and why there's no such thing

Jeffrey Sachs: A Negotiated End to Fighting in Ukraine Is the Only Real Way to End the Bloodshed

https://www.democracynow.org/2022/12/6/jeffrey_sachs_ukraine_war

Jeffrey Sachs: A Negotiated End to Fighting in Ukraine Is the Only Real Way to End the Bloodshed

With the war in Ukraine now in its 10th month, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden have both expressed openness to peace talks to end the fighting, as have leaders in France, Germany and elsewhere. This comes as millions of Ukrainians brace for a winter without heat or electricity due to Russian strikes on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure. “This war needs to end because it’s a disaster for everybody, a threat to the whole world,” says economist and foreign policy scholar Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He says four major issues need to be addressed to end the war: Ukraine’s sovereignty and security, NATO enlargement, the fate of Crimea and the future of the Donbas region.

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(Please discuss: Who is Sachs? War is a threat to the whole world? Ukraine should negotiate. Give up Crimea. And more. Russian talking points infiltrating even democracy now…?)

Hertz settles lawsuits over hundreds of alleged false arrests

https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/05/business/hertz-lawsuit-settlement/index.html

Hertz settles lawsuits over hundreds of alleged false arrests

By Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN Business
Updated 5:30 PM EST, Mon December 5, 2022

CNN

Hertz will pay $168 million to settle 364 claims related to the company falsely reporting rental cars as stolen. These cases sometimes resulted in people being arrested and even imprisoned.

One lawsuit involving dozens of such cases alleged systemic flaws in Hertz’s reporting of thefts, including not recording rental extensions, falsely claiming customers hadn’t paid, failing to track its own vehicle inventory and failing to correct false reports to police.

Some of those involved in lawsuits against Hertz reported being held at gunpoint by police and spending days in jail before the false reports were worked out. In one case, a person claimed it took two years for the case against them to be resolved.

Hertz said in its announcement that a “meaningful portion” of the settlement payout will be reimbursed from its insurers, and that Hertz “does not expect the resolution of these claims to have a material impact on its capital allocation.”

While the company has policies in place to ensure “proper treatment” of its customers as well as protect the company, “it has taken significant steps to modernize and update those policies,” Hertz spokesperson Jonathan Stern said in an email. The company would not detail any specific policy changes, however.

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(Reimbursed by insurers. Bad actor hertz skates…?)

Fred Hutch leads large-scale review of COVID-19 clinical trials that highlights multiple disparities

https://www.fredhutch.org/en/news/releases/2022/12/Xiao_Unger_COVIDclinicaltrials.html

Fred Hutch leads large-scale review of COVID-19 clinical trials that highlights multiple disparities

Meta-analysis of 122 COVID-19 clinical trials cites need for strategies to address trial participation gaps

SEATTLE — December 5, 2022

Women were underrepresented in COVID-19 treatment clinical trials, and some racial and ethnic groups were underrepresented in COVID-19 prevention trials, according to a new meta-analysis conducted by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in collaboration with researchers from Beijing and London.

The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, identified system-wide differences in representation among several key demographic groups in COVID-19 prevention and treatment trials in the U.S.

“To our knowledge, this is the first study to comprehensively examine demographic representation across the landscape of both COVID-19 prevention and treatment trials over the first two years of this pandemic,” said Hong Xiao, PhD, researcher in the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutch and the lead author for the study.

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent organization that serves as UW Medicine's cancer program. (University of Washington Seattle WA)

'What the hell, Sam': Justice Alito slammed for making 'joke' about Black children in KKK costumes

https://www.rawstory.com/what-the-hell-sam-justice-alito-slammed-for-making-joke-about-black-children-in-kkk-costumes/

'What the hell, Sam’: Justice Alito slammed for making ‘joke’ about Black children in KKK costumes

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement
December 05, 2022



Kristen Waggoner, the Alliance Defending Freedom's attorney arguing in favor of anti-LGBTQ discrimination, was forced to admit that the photographer would be able to say they would not take photos of Black children with a white Santa.

Later, Justice Samuel Alito, one of the Court's most far-right jurists, decided to use Justice Jackson's hypothetical analogy to make a point, and he did so by mockingly joking about Black children wearing KKK costumes.

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Georgia GOP candidate accused of voting illegally nine times while on probation for forgery and thef

https://www.rawstory.com/brian-k-pritchard/

Georgia GOP candidate accused of voting illegally nine times while on probation for forgery and theft

Tom Boggioni
December 05, 2022

According to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a Georgia conservative talk show host has been accused by the state of voting illegally nine times while he was still serving out a felony conviction for forgery and theft in Pennsylvania.

Brian K. Pritchard, a prominent conservative voice in North Georgia, is currently running for an open seat in the state legislature where he hopes to face the widow of former Speaker David Ralston who died last month.

However, his campaign is now faced by accusations from the Georgia attorney general's office stating Pritchard broke state law each time he voted before his sentence was completed.

According to the report, Pritchard who has used his platform to complain about election fraud, "allegedly voted illegally nine times while serving a felony sentence in a $33,000 forgery and theft case."

Why Our Movements Need to Start Singing Again

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/12/04/why-our-movements-need-start-singing-again

Why Our Movements Need to Start Singing Again

Music is making a comeback in movement spaces, as organizers rediscover how song culture strengthens the capacity to create social change.

PAUL ENGLER
December 4, 2022

by Waging Nonviolence

Social movements are stronger when they sing. That's a lesson that has been amply demonstrated throughout history, and it's one that I have learned personally in working to develop trainings for activists over the past decade and a half. In Momentum, a training program that I co-founded and that many other trainers and organizers have built over the last seven years, song culture is not something we included at the start. And yet, it has since become so indispensable that the trainers I know would never imagine doing without it again.

The person who taught me the most as I came to appreciate the impact that song can have on movement culture is Stephen Brackett, an activist and hip-hop MC known on stage as Brer Rabbit.

A tall Denverite with abundant dreadlocks and an easy-going presence, Stephen started rapping for fun in the fourth grade. As a high school student in the 1990s, he and his friend Jamie Laurie started the Flobots, a group they have dubbed a "band with an agenda." Stephen's stage name, Brer Rabbit, came to him one day during a college freestyle, when he picked up a ceramic rabbit from a countertop. In an "act of divine accidents," as he calls it, he named himself after the figure in folklore "that represents most what a rapper is and can be"—namely, "a trickster who succeeds by his wits rather than by brawn, provoking authority figures and bending social mores as he sees fit."

Because his off-stage persona is so warm and humble, it can be startling to watch Stephen transform into Brer Rabbit when he takes the mic in a show, firing off rhymes that denounce destructive state and corporate power while celebrating human potential. Perhaps best known for their viral 2005 single "Handlebars," which went to number 3 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks and has racked up more than 80 million views on YouTube, Jamie and Stephen's sharp phrases can be found throughout the Flobots catalog. In their 2007 song, "Rise,"

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https://www.barnesandnoble.com › w › the-little-red-songbook-gary-blanchard › 1118959987
The Little Red Songbook: A Brief History of the Wobblies and Their ...

When a person joined the IWW, they were given a union card and a copy of the Little Red Songbook. The songs in the book, set to familiar tunes of the day, were a great organizing and educational tool. ... Part songbook and part history book, this is a great resource for those interested in the story and song of the American labor movement ...

Available on line

https://store.iww.org/shop/little-red-songbook-38th-edition/


Look for the Union Label 1981 classic ad

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(What’s your favorite action song?)

Off topic but librarians have always been my heroes.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100217432192


'Our mission is crucial': meet the warrior librarians of Ukraine

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/dec/04/our-mission-is-crucial-meet-the-warrior-librarians-of-ukraine

‘Our mission is crucial’: meet the warrior librarians of Ukraine

When Russia invaded Ukraine, a key part of its strategy was to destroy historic libraries in order to eradicate the Ukrainians’ sense of identity. But Putin hadn’t counted on the unbreakable spirit of the country’s librarians

Stephen Marche
Sun 4 Dec 2022 03.00 EST

The morning that Russian bombs started falling on Kyiv, Oksana Bruy woke up worried about her laptop. Bruy is president of the Ukrainian Library Association and, the night before, she hadn’t quite finished a presentation on the new plans for the Kyiv Polytechnic Library, so she had left her computer open at work. That morning, the street outside her house filled with the gunfire of Ukrainian militias executing Russian agents. Missile strikes drove her into an underground car park with her daughter, Anna, and her cat, Tom. A few days, later she crept back into the huge empty library, 15,000sqft once filled with the quiet murmurings of readers. As she grabbed her laptop, the air raid siren sounded and she rushed to her car.

Thanks to that computer, Bruy could work. She didn’t return to her office; instead, she fled west to Lviv. “In all that time, from the first day of the full-scale war, I did not stop working,” she says. The library’s IT specialist lived in the neighbourhood. He kept the servers running and the employees connected. “So there was not a single day’s break in the work of the Kyiv Polytechnical Library, all this time, from 24 February.” The Russians have not shut her down. Oksana Bruy is winning her battle in the Ukrainian war. The libraries are open.

The battles of the 21st century are hybrid wars fought on any and all fronts: military, economic, political, technological, informational, cultural. Often ignored, or relegated to marginal status, the cultural front is nonetheless foundational. The wars of this century are wars over meaning. As American forces learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, if you lose on the cultural front, military and economic dominance swiftly erode. The terrible battles for Kyiv and Kharkiv, the destruction of Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure, Europe’s struggle to heat and feed itself this winter, spiralling inflation, the brutal material horrors of the struggle, might make any cultural reading of the conflict seem fantastical or glib. But at its core, and from its origin, this Ukrainian conflict has been a war over language and identity. And Ukraine’s libraries are the key.

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'Our mission is crucial': meet the warrior librarians of Ukraine

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/dec/04/our-mission-is-crucial-meet-the-warrior-librarians-of-ukraine

‘Our mission is crucial’: meet the warrior librarians of Ukraine

When Russia invaded Ukraine, a key part of its strategy was to destroy historic libraries in order to eradicate the Ukrainians’ sense of identity. But Putin hadn’t counted on the unbreakable spirit of the country’s librarians

Stephen Marche
Sun 4 Dec 2022 03.00 EST

The morning that Russian bombs started falling on Kyiv, Oksana Bruy woke up worried about her laptop. Bruy is president of the Ukrainian Library Association and, the night before, she hadn’t quite finished a presentation on the new plans for the Kyiv Polytechnic Library, so she had left her computer open at work. That morning, the street outside her house filled with the gunfire of Ukrainian militias executing Russian agents. Missile strikes drove her into an underground car park with her daughter, Anna, and her cat, Tom. A few days, later she crept back into the huge empty library, 15,000sqft once filled with the quiet murmurings of readers. As she grabbed her laptop, the air raid siren sounded and she rushed to her car.

Thanks to that computer, Bruy could work. She didn’t return to her office; instead, she fled west to Lviv. “In all that time, from the first day of the full-scale war, I did not stop working,” she says. The library’s IT specialist lived in the neighbourhood. He kept the servers running and the employees connected. “So there was not a single day’s break in the work of the Kyiv Polytechnical Library, all this time, from 24 February.” The Russians have not shut her down. Oksana Bruy is winning her battle in the Ukrainian war. The libraries are open.

The battles of the 21st century are hybrid wars fought on any and all fronts: military, economic, political, technological, informational, cultural. Often ignored, or relegated to marginal status, the cultural front is nonetheless foundational. The wars of this century are wars over meaning. As American forces learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, if you lose on the cultural front, military and economic dominance swiftly erode. The terrible battles for Kyiv and Kharkiv, the destruction of Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure, Europe’s struggle to heat and feed itself this winter, spiralling inflation, the brutal material horrors of the struggle, might make any cultural reading of the conflict seem fantastical or glib. But at its core, and from its origin, this Ukrainian conflict has been a war over language and identity. And Ukraine’s libraries are the key.

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Bonhoeffer's Theory of Stupidity

Bonhoeffer‘s Theory of Stupidity

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https://www.britannica.com › biography › Dietrich-Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer | Biography, Theology, Writings, Death, & Facts

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, (born February 4, 1906, Breslau, Germany [now Wrocław, Poland]—died April 9, 1945, Flossenbürg, Germany), German Protestant theologian important for his support of ecumenism and his view of Christianity's role in a secular world. His involvement in a plot to overthrow Adolf Hitler led to his imprisonment and execution. His Letters and Papers from Prison, published ...

https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Dietrich_Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Wikipedia

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German: [ˈdiːtʁɪç ˈbɔn.høː.fɐ] (); 4 February 1906 - 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian and anti-Nazi dissident who was a key founding member of the Confessing Church.His writings on Christianity's role in the secular world have become widely influential; his 1937 book The Cost of Discipleship is described as a modern classic.
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