links for 2010-10-01

  • "This week, as many expected, news broke that President Barack Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel is stepping down from the administration and headed back home to Chicago to make a run for mayor. The official announcement is imminent.

    "Emmanuel's replacement? Pete Rouse, long-time senior adviser to President Obama, who doesn't have much of a public profile but considerable influence in the West Wing. And happens to be Japanese American (his mother is Japanese)."

  • "Instead, Tijoux's lyrics boast an internal logic of their own. Breathlessly, she raps, manipulating syllables, exploring the beauty of the Spanish language — a staccato rhythm here, an unusual metaphor there. The result is a new sound in the burgeoning genre of Latin rap. Even Radiohead's Thom Yorke has paid notice. Recently, he listed “1977” among his current faves on his band's website.

    "2010 has shaped up into being a transformative year for the Latina rapper. As Latin music continues to mutate and evolve in new directions, three noteworthy recent albums have a female MC at the core of their sonic DNA. There's Tijoux, who was born in France to parents from Chile and currently resides in Santiago, and two groups from Colombia: Bomba Estéreo and Chocquibtown. All three albums are on Nacional Records, a Los Angeles-based label that specializes in the Latin Alternative market."

  • "U.S. government medical researchers intentionally infected hundreds of people in Guatemala, including institutionalized mental patients, with gonorrhea and syphilis without their knowledge or permission more than 60 years ago.

    "The episode raises inevitable comparisons to the infamous Tuskegee experiment, the Alabama study where hundreds of African-American men were told they were being treated for syphilis, but in fact were denied treatment. That U.S. government study lasted from 1932 until press reports revealed it in 1972.

    "The Guatemala experiments, which were conducted between 1946 and 1948, never provided any useful information and the records were hidden."

  • Project Champion was abandoned in June after an investigation by the Guardian revealed police had misled residents into believing that hundreds of counter-terrorism cameras installed in streets around Sparkbrook and Washwood Heath were to be used to combat vehicle crime and antisocial behaviour.

    The network of CCTV and automatic number plate reading (ANPR) cameras, which were weeks away from being switched on, were intended to monitor people entering and leaving the predominantly Muslim suburbs.

  • Pondering how this applies to race. – LDP

    "Lacuna is 'an attentional mechanism that creates a defensive gap in awareness.' Sometimes protecting the self from taboo requires literally eliminating it from the line of sight. (Goleman, 107: 1985) A lacuna may be an individual phenomenon, but it is the result of socialization. Familial and social groups as well as society as a whole teach individuals these lacunae by keeping certain things from the public sphere. In order to study silence, this must be counteracted so that social actors can see again the things to which they are responding, rather than seeing only darkness."

  • "Most prominently, Sarah Palin has officially endorsed Parker as one of her Mama Grizzlies. To date, Palin has endorsed four African-American candidates, all with Tea Party ties—Parker, Allen West, Tim Scott, and Angela McGlowan, who, like Parker, is a Fox News favorite and had little chance of winning (though her résumé is far less flimsy than Parker's). All four endorsements came in either April or June, which also happened to be when accusations of Tea Party racism were bubbling up most ferociously (and in advance of Palin's "don't retreat … reload" exhortation to Dr. Laura Schlessinger after the radio host came under fire for using the N-word)."

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