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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

APC goes to the movies!

RaceWire bloggers examine race and gender in the new Star Trek movie.  One blogger writes, "Let's just say that for women this Star Trek has NOT boldly gone anywhere."

Also in RaceWire…
In response to the recent murder of Mexican immigrant Luis Ramirez and the acquittal of the young white men who allegedly killed him, RaceWire's Jorge Rivas points to the 1987 documentary Who Killed Vincent Chin about the murder of a Chinese American man in Detroit and the community organizing and trial that followed. Writes Rivas, "May is the Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month. As part of APA Heritage Month, we owe it to Vincent and our community to remember how Asian Americans came together with other communities of color to demand justice for Vincent Chin. This time, we must do the same for Luis Ramirez."

Bitch blogger Nicole Georges has a new [...]More
From The APC Blog by mld on 13 May 2009Permalink

Friday, 08 May 2009

Pigs, Pumas, Cougars & Animal Liberation

"Piggish Capitalism" from Sirota at In These Times: "If you’re not pummeled by television reports about Wall Street oinkers, you’re bombarded by talk-radio rants about congressional pork and newspaper dispatches about swine flu."

We're really digging Bite Back magazine's News from the Front Lines, especially the notes associated with the white rabbit icon!

Daniel Albert at n+1 comments on GM's latest vehicle: "Their latest death throe is called the "Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility," an incredibly awkward name designed to yield the acronym P.U.M.A. The PUMA is a two-seater city car based on the Segway scooter, a vehicle which has done more to advance situation comedy than personal transportation."

More on disastrous felidae appropriation: a while back, a mention of "reality" show, [...]More
From The APC Blog by meb on 08 May 2009Permalink

Wednesday, 06 May 2009

Bitch blogs Bollywood Barbie®, Doug Peacock on the Grizzly Bear & more!

From Brian Tamanaha at Balkinization:
Maybe Logic Can Help
1. "Waterboarding is torture" (President Obama statement a week ago, world opinion)
2. "We waterboarded three prisoners" (statements by CIA, Cheney, Yoo, etc.)
3. "We did not torture prisoners." (statements by Bush, Rice, etc.)

No one contests number 2, so number 1 is wrong or number 3 is wrong. You decide.

Mandy Van Deven writes at Bitch: Mattel is using feminism to sell the Bollywood Barbie® saying: “She allows girls to dream beyond and know that a woman has choices, having herself represented more than 100 careers in her lifetime. ”

At Counterpunch, Doug Peacock explains why global warming and hunting necessitates placing the Yellowstone Grizzly back on the Endangered Species List

Some news is good news:
From The APC Blog by meb on 06 May 2009Permalink

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Midweek reading

Conservation Magazine's article "Not So Silent Spring" details how animals are affected by noise pollution: "A male European blackbird was terrorizing the neighborhood. For several months, he started singing at around 5 a.m. each day, but this was no ordinary song. The bird imitated the sounds of ambulance sirens and car alarms at a jarringly life-like volume. It even produced cell-phone ring tones that went unanswered for hours."

Has Obama fulfilled his campaign promises? In These Times looks to the Obamameter to find out. 

"The artist should be as ruthless in pursuing cultural harmony as the terrorist is bent on destroying it.”  Le Monde Diplomatic reports on a literary festival in Jaipur, India that brings together artists from India, Pakistan, and around the world.

From The APC Blog by mld on 21 Apr 2009Permalink

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Queering the APC blog

Gay Culture, for Popular Consumption? New York City markets itself as a "gay tourist destination"

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, 1950-2009  "It is difficult to calculate the impact of Sedgwick's scholarship, in part because its legacy is still in the making, but also because she worked at a skew to so many fields of inquiry. Feminism, queer theory, psychoanalysis and literary, legal and disability studies—Sedgwick complicated and upended them all, sometimes in ways that infuriated more anodyne scholars, but always in ways that pushed established parameters." More
From The APC Blog by meb on 15 Apr 2009Permalink
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