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Society for Creative Maladustment

Pacifica Radio and DemocracyNow aired today a recently re-discovered speech that MLK gave in London in 1964 on his trip to accept Nobel peace prize.

I only heard second half or so in car. But this part struck me as humorous and still timely. I want to see if we can recreate the society of creatively maladjusted people.

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/19/exclusive_newly_discovered_1964_mlk_speech

“Every academic discipline has its technical vocabulary. Modern psychology has a word that is probably used more than any other word in modern psychology. It is the word “maladjusted.” You’ve heard that word. This is the ringing cry of modern child psychology. And certainly we all want to live well-adjusted lives in order to avoid neurotic and schizophrenic personalities. But I must say to you this evening, my friends, as I come to a close, that there are some things in my own nation, and there are some things in the world, to which I am proud to be maladjusted and to which I call upon all men of goodwill to be maladjusted until the good society is realized. I must honestly say to you that I never intend to become adjusted to segregation, discrimination, colonialism and these particular forces. I must honestly say to you that I never intend to adjust myself to religious bigotry. I must honestly say to you that I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. I must say to you tonight that I never intend to become adjusted to the madness of militarism and the self-defeating effects of physical violence, for in a day when Sputniks and explorers are dashing through outer space and guided ballistic missiles are carving highways of death through the stratosphere, no nation can win a war. It is no longer the choice between violence and nonviolence; it is either nonviolence or non-existence… And I assure you that I will never adjust to the madness of militarism.

You see, it may well be that our whole world is in need at this time for a new organization—the International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment—men and women—…”
He goes on to list prophets of justice and figures from US history who were maladjusted…

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Good Event in Lewisburg

Two of my great former students, James and Paige, organized this!

Lewisburg’s Cheers to Charity

Event Details

This event was originally inspired by Professor Johnson Cramer’s Strategies and Policy management class. We are a group of six seniors who aspired not only to exceed in the class, but also achieve a lasting effect on the Bucknell and Lewisburg communities. Our original goals were to: find a way in which we could raise a substantial donation towards a charitable cause, stimulate the local business in downtown Lewisburg, and bring together the Lewisburg community with Bucknell’s staff and students. We aim to reach these goals by hosting a downtown event called “Lewisburg’s Cheers to Charity” scheduled for Saturday, April 10th. We have partnered with various downtown businesses such as The Bull Run Inn, Temperance House, Brasserie Louis, and the Towne Tavern to ensure various discounts on food and beverages during the event. The event will be open to all customers and donations are strongly encouraged. This event will be co-sponsored by Jessica Hess and the Multicultural Student Services.  While event t-shirts will be on sale to all customers, the shirt will not gain you admittance into the establishments during bar hours. The rules and restrictions of each individual establishment will apply to all patrons. This includes presenting a photo ID in order to gain admittance during bar hours.

We feel that this event will not only benefit the Haiti relief effort, but the Lewisburg and Bucknell communities as a whole.

The following locations will be participating in the event and offering specials on food and drinks:
Bull Run Inn (12 pm – 2am) – $1.00 Lionshead, Specials on Rum & Cokes, Beer pitchers, and Wings
Temperance House (5pm-10pm) – $4 LIT Specials, $5.00 Appetizer Sampler
Brasserie Louis (5pm-10pm) – 2-for-1 Appetizers, $4.00 Martinis, $4.00 Beer Sampler
Towne Tavern (12pm- 2am) – $1.00 Bud Lights and 1/2 price Apps all day, $2.75 Vodka drinks from 10:00-12:00 pm

Sincerely,

The Cheers to Charity Event Staff

Samuel Nana-Sinkam

James Phelan

Paige Kasschau

Kyle Barndollar

Chris Brian

Leonard Wilson

Lewisburg’s Cheers to Charity

Event Details

This event was originally inspired by Professor Johnson Cramer’s Strategies and Policy management class. We are a group of six seniors who aspired not only to exceed in the class, but also achieve a lasting effect on the Bucknell and Lewisburg communities. Our original goals were to: find a way in which we could raise a substantial donation towards a charitable cause, stimulate the local business in downtown Lewisburg, and bring together the Lewisburg community with Bucknell’s staff and students. We aim to reach these goals by hosting a downtown event called “Lewisburg’s Cheers to Charity” scheduled for Saturday, April 10th. We have partnered with various downtown businesses such as The Bull Run Inn, Temperance House, Brasserie Louis, and the Towne Tavern to ensure various discounts on food and beverages during the event. The event will be open to all customers and donations are strongly encouraged. This event will be co-sponsored by Jessica Hess and the Multicultural Student Services.  While event t-shirts will be on sale to all customers, the shirt will not gain you admittance into the establishments during bar hours. The rules and restrictions of each individual establishment will apply to all patrons. This includes presenting a photo ID in order to gain admittance during bar hours.

We feel that this event will not only benefit the Haiti relief effort, but the Lewisburg and Bucknell communities as a whole.

The following locations will be participating in the event and offering specials on food and drinks:


Bull Run Inn
(12 pm – 2am) – $1.00 Lionshead, Specials on Rum & Cokes, Beer pitchers, and Wings
Temperance House
(5pm-10pm) – $4 LIT Specials, $5.00 Appetizer Sampler
Brasserie Louis
(5pm-10pm) – 2-for-1 Appetizers, $4.00 Martinis, $4.00 Beer Sampler
Towne Tavern
(12pm- 2am) – $1.00 Bud Lights and 1/2 price Apps all day, $2.75 Vodka drinks from 10:00-12:00 pm

Sincerely,

The Cheers to Charity Event Staff

Samuel Nana-Sinkam

James Phelan

Paige Kasschau

Kyle Barndollar

Chris Brian

Leonard Wilson

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Monkey-wrenching Land Grabs in Utah

A dailyKos diarist put me on to this new form of civil disobedience.

Reminds me of Saul Alinsky and Kodak or Ralph NAder and GM in the 1960s and the birth of shareholder activism.

He didn’t pour sugar into a bulldozer’s gas tank. He didn’t spike a tree or set a billboard on fire. But wielding only a bidder’s paddle, a University of Utah student just as surely monkey-wrenched a federal oil- and gas-lease sale Friday, ensuring that thousands of acres near two southern Utah national parks won’t be opened to drilling anytime soon.

Tim DeChristopher, 27, faces possible federal charges after winning bids totaling about $1.8 million on more than 10 lease parcels that he admits he has neither the intention nor the money to buy — and he’s not sorry.

“I decided I could be much more effective by an act of civil disobedience,” he said during an impromptu streetside news conference during an afternoon blizzard. “There comes a time to take a stand.”

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Chain letters explained…

nsf.gov – News – How Did That Chain Letter Get To My Inbox? – US National Science Foundation NSF
Everyone who has an e-mail account has probably received a forwarded chain letter promising good luck if the message is forwarded on to others–or terrible misfortune if it isnt. The sheer volume of forwarded messages such as chain letters, online petitions, jokes and other materials leads to a simple question–how do these messages reach so many people so quickly?

The NSF research by Jon Kleinberg (From Six Degrees book) and David Liben-Nowell (from Carleton!) has an interesting answer.  It seems that online petitions follow quite circuitous routes and do not spread virally (each recipient spawning new ones) at all.  Key nodes are critical making the whole process quite resistant to prediction and intervention.  Bad news for people selling you the Dummies Guide to Viral Marketing.

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Union activism in Facebook

Mydd.com had this story about union activism in facebook including the successful use of facebook tools to reinstate a banned labor activist (he’d been banned.)

  A few weeks ago I took a look at examples of unions using Facebook, partially inspired by Change to Win’s Smack the CEO Facebook application.  Over the last few days, a mini-revolt of sorts has rolled through the Facebook labor activist community, and I’ve got good news: our side won!

This seems relevant for the article about Organizing in the Network Society.  Usual questions: does the technology or the stance of the hosting company make it easier to organize?Is this a “new” kind of organizing orthe smae kind but with new technology?  who is calling the shots (who has power) in heavily privatized communication media like Facebook?

I need Brian to look at this and see what he thinks.  I need to finish post also!  D-oh!

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Youth Voting in an Interent Caucus

Just in case any of my students read this blog! :<)

I am officially too old!

Tonight in Iowa, Democrats and Republicans will start picking their nominees for President. But this election affects us all—we shouldn’t let Iowans have all the fun.

That’s why we’re helping the League of Young Voters launch their online youth primary today on Facebook. Nationwide, anyone under 35 can log on, vote for their favorite candidate, and see how others at their school or in their city are voting.

You can vote here:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=3307&id=11855-1451712-L78b3f&t=4

Young people are more engaged in this election than ever before, but the media and the pundits still pay little attention to this critical emerging block of voters. By drawing attention to the voting power of younger people, we can help change all that.

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Focus the Nation: Bucknell and Climate Change

Here is the list of events for this Bucknell Event in January.

Focus the Nation, Bucknell University

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, January 30th. 2008

– 5pm, Campus Theater: “The 11th Hour”, new climate documentary by Leonardo DiCaprio

Thursday, January 31st, 2008: Focus the Nation Teach-In

– Interdisciplinary Discussion Panels (Harvey Powers Theater, Coleman): four professors on each panel, all talking about/discussion a specific issue related to global climate change. Panels and participants are:

Session 1: “Obstacles to Change(8:00 am – 9:22 am)

Raymond (Chemical Engineering): “The Current state of our climate”

Siewers (English): “Philosophy of our relationship with nature”

Buonopane (Civil Engineering): “Building design and energy use”

Kochel/Trop (Geology): “(Un) Control of nature”

Session 2: “Tipping Points” (9:30 am -10:52 pm)

Stamos (Economics) – “When cost becomes prohibitive”

Wilshusen (Environmental Studies) – “When public opinion changes”

Searles (Anthropology/Sociology): “When our behavior threatens an entire people: case study on the Inuit”

Tranquillo (Biomedical Engineering): “When small changes have a global impact: non-linear relationships”

Session 3: “Can we afford not to stop global warming?” (1:00 pm– 2:22 pm)

Shrivastava (Management) – “Overview”

DiStefano* (History) – “Historical Response to Environmental Crisis”

Wooden (Environmental Studies) – “Winners and Losers”

Pizzorno (Biology) – “Role of Climate Change in Spreading Disease”

Session 4: “Motivating Action” (2:30 pm – 3:52 pm)

Grant (Theater): “The role of art and theater in social movements”

Antonacio (Religion): “Our Moral Obligation”

Unal (Economics): “Changing our current political economy”

Hendry (Management): “Responsible Investment/Conscious Consumerism”

– 11am-1pm: Campus Sustainability Celebration (Fieldhouse): Student bands, environmental research posters, nature-related art and humanities expo, sustainable business/industry expo, and more!

– 4-5pm (Harvey Powers Theater): Nonpartisan, intergenerational discussion between leading environmental students and invited elected officials on campus about what the state and country are doing to address Global Climate Change

– 730-830pm (Trout Auditorium, Vaughn Lit building): Keynote address by Andrew Revkin, lead reported on global climate change and environmental issues for the New York Times

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