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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

5 September - The View in Context

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ICE Raids, Children, Media, and Making Sense of Latino Newcomers in Flyover Country

Speaking recently to the National Council of La Raza, Barack Obama told the audience what it wanted to hear when he said, “The system isn't working . . . when communities are terrorized by ICE immigration raids—when nursing mothers are torn from their babies, when children come home from school to find their parents missing, when people are detained without access to legal council.”
Ruben Navarette, 2008,
.....subordination of Latinos depended on reducing human beings with multiple, varied, and broad identities into narrower and dehumanized categories like “laborer” or “alien.”
In referencing the raids, Mr. Obama invoked cultural models (Quinn and Holland 1987)—that is, socially created ideas that are broadly extant in society that guide and shape both how we think and act—to appeal to an audience that was frustrated and angered by the dramatic recent increase in workplace raids and by the community upheaval those raids had caused. As Obama knew, invoking parents' separation from children, children's terror, and children leaving school uncertain of whether adults in their life would be home to greet them are each powerfully emotive story lines and lead most listeners to feel sympathy for the disrupted, to feel solidarity with Obama in his criticism. Candidate Obama could have referenced other storylines and details related to the raids. It is telling that he did not.
.....our goal is to look at how community, migration, newcomers, workplace, school, Latinos, and children were all being understood regionally in mainstream print media during the second half of the first decade of the 21st century by considering the cultural models used by small and large local print media sources in their depictions of the ICE raids and their aftermaths. In particular we are interested in seven nationally prominent raids. Six were the concurrent ICE raids that involved six Swift meatpacking plants just before Christmas in 2006 and the seventh was the May 2008 ICE raid at a kosher meat-processor in Postville, Iowa.
Print media are not the traditional data source for the anthropology of education, but we turn to them, nonetheless, for a number of reasons. First, although we think our focus on how children, schools, and teachers (among others) are understood suffices to put this inquiry within the traditional boundaries of our subdiscipline, we also note that print media have a popular educational role; they provide the content that the reading public consumes. We agree that, just as in schools where what is taught is not necessarily what is learned (Erickson 1987), what is printed in the media is not necessarily what readers ultimately internalize or concur with. Nonetheless, print media depictions become a starting point for what is imaginable, a point we will return to in the subsequent discussion of cultural models
.....in this public space not all prospective public voices were equally welcome, with certain opinions relegated to “reader comments” or “letters-to-the-editor” (or perhaps excluded altogether) instead of given the imprimatur of a reported story or editorial.
While a traditional ethnography could intriguingly illuminate how heterogeneous members of at least one of the raided communities reacted, the intent here is to identify what might pass as mainstream, local, public-sphere shaping “elites” as they drafted one of the most obvious and accessible records of what the raids locally meant.   ....it is our contention that mainstream regional media largely reflect dominant public attitudes even as they help shape them.
Fairclough argues that mainstream media, as dominant voices in public discourse, can shape the particular definitions of words, act as stage directions for social interaction, bound that same stage, and reaffirm the discourse provider's identity. Making this less abstract, newspaper stories in Flyover Country played framing roles in determining what words were used to talk about the ICE raids and those affected, provided a venue for public meaning-making related to those raids, delineated which interpretations were mainstream and which were not seen in such a light, and reiterated their own authority as mainstream “sensible” news sources.
Quinn and Holland write:Undeniably, a great deal of order exists in the natural world we experience. However, much of the order we perceive in the world is there only because we put it there. That we impose such order is even more apparent when we consider the social world, in which institutions such as marriage, deeds such as lying, and customs such as dating happen at all because the members of a society presume them to be.
Terms like “newcomer” and “illegal alien” can both be invoked to describe the same person, but the choice of one versus the other is powerfully consequential for how we understand the invocation and the way we subsequently view and act toward the referent.  In invoking children (and the other terms), it is unlikely that Obama thought he was introducing something new to his immediate audience. Rather he was invoking themes and knowledge that his audiences, at the speech and those accessed through media coverage, brought with them. Cultural models are bigger than just particular turns-of-phrase because they invoke a much larger body of experience, history, and senses of identity or position. They link the invoker and the invoked through the shared solidarity of agreeing on socially created facts.

 'Material Support' : US anti-terrorism law threatens both human rights and academic freedom

PDF  United States federal law prohibits the provision of ‘material support or resources’ to a terrorist group.2 Over the past 10 years, prosecutors have invoked this statute more than any other in pursuit of America’s ‘war on terror’ (Zabel & Benjamin 2009: 11-12). 

One reason the charge has become so common is that the law does not require
proof that a defendant actually intended to support terrorism. Equally troubling is a persistent confusion over what counts as ‘support’.

( One might well note that since 'terrorism' is itself a nebulous term about invoking emotional reaction via extremism that there is no way to bracket the prohibition into sensible parameters. Which doesn't seem to inhibit Rove's  dialogue from hitting public media ; scare hatemongering women, homosexuals, immigrants, Islam, the poor, etc. etc. )


Officer says Charlottean on terrorist watch list - released on $2,500 bond
Police arrested a Charlotte activist, James Ian Tyson, Sunday for a traffic violation and sought to keep him in jail


The Art of Torture and the Place of Execution: A Forensic Narrative

Mediated through ethnographic writing, the forensic narration shows how violent crime distorts and divides human perception of everyday places with ominous and artful precision. As writing and reading witnesses, anthropologists can operate otherwise where there are no institutional justice systems able, willing, or accessible to record the truth, weigh the evidence, or reconcile systematic cruelty with everyday life. The official determination of suicide ignores all ambiguous or inconsistent evidence suggesting the likelihood that, directly or indirectly, voluntarily or through coercion, the medical examiner was protecting the assailants and those who motivated them. It is not just bad characters that vitiated the evidence; the justice system itself is deeply implicated in tending faulty forensic material. 


Jack Lessenberry in today's Chimp: "Anyone with a memory longer than Rush Limbaugh's belt had to be cracking up when Romney said, "I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division." No doubt there. That is, the Republicans were very disappointed that they'd lost the election, and wanted Obama to fail. Rush himself said so in February 2009. 'The dirty little secret is that every Republican in the country wants Obama to fail, but none of them have the guts to say so.' Except for the world's most overpaid radio ranter himself."
The first bill he signed. For good reason. http://upwr.me/PHmkav


Texas judge sells out to Canada and China (now controlling more than half the tar sands output). Sickening use of eminent domain, to give American people's land to foreign powers. We are under attack, they are going after homes and ranches and farms. I thought our troops were supposed to protect us from attacks on our land. Bring 'em home to defend us from China and Canada!
( As if 'troops' of the Media-Military-Corporate Complex can help against the transnational corporate machine )

The FDA will only issue warnings about these things....but they will NOT pull them from store shelves. Please share....you might save a life!!!!!!


the real question is "why does the FBI have information from Apple on its' users"? The surveillance state is thriving...
People tend to seek consistency in their beliefs and perceptions. So what happens when one of our beliefs conflicts with another previously held belief? The term cognitive dissonance is used to describe the feeling of discomfort that results from holding two conflicting beliefs. When there is a discrepancy between beliefs and behaviors, something must change in order to eliminate or reduce the dissonance.

Don't you just love the TSA? I found they use "obedience phrases" to demand your compliance. Here's a list of the top obedience phrases used by brain-dead government enforcers, regulators and blind rule followers to terrorize the population: http://www.naturalnews.com/037064_obedience_government_enforcers_regulations.html

Keith Olbermann on 9/11 Truth
Keith Olbermann on 9/11 Truth WeAreChange runs into Keith Olbermann and asks him if he has any advice for the 9/11 Truth movement. Follow Luke @ http://www.twitter.com/lukewearechange Become a WeAreChange Sponsor and get exclusive behind the scenes content while helping us grow! http:///www.wearechange.org/donate From: wearechange Views: 239 47 ratingsTime: 01:29 More in News & Politics
Mainstream media attacks organic foods! Flawed "study" revealed as a total psyop (psychological operation) to promote GMOs, chemical pesticides: http://www.naturalnews.com/037065_organic_foods_mainstream_media_psyop.html
Flawed organic foods study really just a media psyop to confuse the public about organics while push
Flawed organic foods study really just a media psyop to
Lindsay Beyerstein
Help save Homicide Watch, an innovative journalism start-up that may become a victim of its own success. http://bit.ly/QlNoPi
Chemtrail spraying... is being used to alter the physics of the atmosphere and harness the energy of storms.It diminishes the amount of rain and moisture. Note how respiratory ailments are on the rise.. how can we keep breathing this particulate and have no side effects? .. my answer.. impossible!

  • They admit here what is going on .."indirectly" and this goes back to 2007!!!!....air around clouds that was previously considered clear is actually filled with particles that are neither cloud droplets nor typical dry aerosols such as dust
    and air pollution. Worldwide, up to 60 percent of the atmosphere labeled as cloud-free in satellite observations is actually filled with this twilight zone of in-between particles, according to the study

David Cameron, renewable energy and the death of British property rights.

Global Warming? Yeah, right


NASA images reveal rapid loss of Indonesia's glaciers


Satellite images highlighted last week by NASA reveal the rapid disappearance of Indonesia's only glaciers.

The images, captured by the Thematic Mapper (TM) on Landsat 4 and Landsat 5, show glaciers on Puncak Jaya, a 4,884-meter (16,020-foot) mountain peak in Indonesian New Guinea, in 1989 and 2009. The 1989 image shows five glaciers on Puncak Jaya, but by 2009, two of the glaciers had disappeared completely while the remaining three had retreated dramatically.


The future needs less energy than we thought.

Over the past 5 years, increasing efficiency has shrunk official predictions of future demand, to the tune of trillions of dollars in savings.
The Good News About Energy Efficiency | Sightline Daily
Architecture 2030 has a pithy analysis showing the huge strides the US is making in energy efficiency. Just a few


Smirking Chimp added a new photo.


Anti-choicers' "urge to say what they actually mean, to shame women for being sexual and for being independent, is just becoming too great," writes Amanda Marcotte. "Decades of pretending has worn thin. Now the seams are showing, and the misogynist comments are coming out."
In 2012 Campaign Season, Anti-Choicers Show Their True Colors
Anti-choicers know that their official line is that they’re not in this because they have backwards views on gender or


http://upwr.me/OVOoIC <-- For a fun exercise in self-control, try to make it through this entire video without punching a hole in something.

Thanks to A girl's guide to taking over the world for the image!
Speaking of passwords, do you use the same password on several websites? Or do you include personal information into the password? How can you create a hacker-proof password you can remember? Read from this article.
Why even if you don't have gluten intolerance, you might still want to avoid wheat:

Terrible news: Walmart insists on selling Monsanto's genetically modified corn and it is UNLABELED. We need to make sure that they hear from us directly. The California Right To Know team will be dropping off letters in person to each Walmart in California on Saturday, September 8th at Noon and we urge you to do the same! Write a letter expressing how you feel and deliver your letter in person to your local Walmart store. More information: http://www.carighttoknow.org/prop_37_walmart_corn You may also sign our online petition below. SHARE this to everyone you know!

Ufology a Religion?: http://dad2059.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/is-ufology-a-religion/
"Stern's review (The Economics Of Climate Change) was an exercise not in evidence based policy making but in policy-based evidence making."
‎40% of Liberia's forests granted for logging


40 percent of Liberia's forests have been granted to logging companies operating outside the country's strict forestry laws over the past two years, alleges a new investigation by Global Witness, Save My Future Foundation (SAMFU) and Sustainable Development Institute (SDI).

The report, titled Signing their Lives, looks at recently "private use permits", which the groups say allow logging companies to avoid Liberia's forest laws and regulations. 66 private use permits covering 26,000 sq km or 23 percent of Liberia have recently been granted.
Effective immediately, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced an emergency closure of a portion of coastal waters due to the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on adjacent beaches. This action is taken in coordination with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, who will assist with the investigation to determine the extent, source, and impacts of the oil in the environment.
It's really kind of spectacular when a candidate's spouse delivers the most substantive speech of the entire convention.

Thanks to MacLeodCartoons <---whom you should like by hovering over his name - for creating this.
"In hindsight, we see that the West has indeed applied a double game vis-a-vis China, using a combination of geopolitical-socioeconomic incentives and lures to win over Chinese corporate-financier interests -to provide them with an attractive stake in the Anglo-American “international order” while simultaneously creating a geopolitical landscape across both Asia and the world to prevent China from cultivating its own interests independent of Wall Street and London."


Study that sought to disparage health of eggs was authored by scientists with financial ties to Big Pharma

This sensible project from Belgium is another good example of double purposing land already in use to support solar panels, an answer to the coventional power sell-outs who try to tell us it would take too much land. While I don't think solar panels should be the only solar solution to power by any means, and solar is not the only form of renewable power we need to utilize, where solar panels do make sense this is a great way to go, adding them to a long tunnel (there to protect trains from falling trees of an ancient forest) that was already there. Now just think if the tracks were modified to generate more power from the pressure of the trains traveling over them.

Anyone who says we cannot convert to cleaner power on a fast time-table is only looking at part of the possibilities, a tendency the conventional (dirty) power industry spends millions to encourage.
The project, known as the "Solar Tunnel", is the first of its kind in Europe in that it is the first time the railway infrastructure has been used to generate g...

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