good guys finish first
Senator Charles E. Schumer campaigns at the Staten Island
Ferry terminal for Democrat Diane Savino (left) running for
a New York State Senate seat representing the north shore
of Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn including Coney Island
and Bensonhurst. She won! And Sen. Schumer won reelection
by a landslide.
The Chief-Leader, New York City's City civil employees'
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from The Chief.
from Howard Zinn and “The Optimism of Uncertainty,”
change does not come as one cataclysmic moment (beware
of such moments!) but as an endless succession of surprises,
moving zigzag toward a more decent society. We don't
have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate
in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied
by millions of people, can transform the world. Even
when we don't "win," there is fun and fulfillment
in the fact that we have been involved, with other good
people, in something worthwhile. We need hope.”
Sex researcher Wardell Pomeroy (right) was one
of Alfred Kinsey's co-authors of the groundbreaking
studies, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and Sexual
Behavior in the Human Female. In 1977, I interviewed Pomeroy
for a magazine/catalog published by the group that ran the Institute
for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. (I worked in the for-profit
film and book distributor for the nonprofit institute in San Francisco,
and that's a whole 'nother story.)
Recently, the movie Kinsey came out
with Liam Neeson as Kinsey. Chris O'Donnell plays Pomeroy.
interview had a lot to do with his views on childhood sexuality--his
books included Boys and Sex, Girls and Sex and
Your Child and Sex. His views were not exactly mainstream
then. They're not now, either. He believed pornography
should be completely uncensored and available for anyone over
the age of 16, that young girls should learn about orgasms, and
he encouraged child-to-child sex play and thought incest might
not be all that damaging. Was he forward-thinking or kinda creepy?
You can judge. Click here for
a pdf with the interview on it.
Bronx is up, the Battery's down
People ride around in a hole in the ground
And they have for 100 years now.
I got to ride from City Hall to Grand Central
Terminal in the vintage car put in service for the centennial.
Here are some pictures
Subways rides a vintage train at the 100th anniversary of the
New York City Subway Oct. 27, 2004.
Arnow © 2004
employees dressed in period costumes for the subway centennial.
Vega wears the uniform of a conductor a hundred years ago. He's
a conductor today, too.
(Left) Ads for Lifebuoy soap, Luna Park, Sloan's Liniment. (Right)
Ad for "Hebe—A compound of evaporated skimmed milk
and vegetable fat."
Arnow © 2004
good guys finishing first
Even in North Carolina good election news can happen.
Jen Strom for the Independent
reports on a rural county that has beat back developers—and
the slow growth consciousness surely had something to do with
her investigative reporting for the alternative weekly there.
to read about the grassroots victory in Chatham County.
More from Howard Zinn
and “The Optimism of Uncertainty,” The Nation:
optimist isn't necessarily a blithe, slightly sappy whistler
in the dark of our time. To be hopeful in bad times is not just
foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history
is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice,
courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex
history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst,
it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those
times and places--and there are so many--where people have behaved
magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least
the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a
different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way,
we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future
is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we
think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad
around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
to read full article
The seven Democratic senators who voted against the Iraq
war all won re-election – and they did it by an average margin
of nearly 30%.
Democrat senators who won:
Boxer – California – 58%-38%
Daniel Inouye – Hawaii – 76%-21%
Barbara Mikulski – Maryland – 65%-34%
Patty Murray – Washington – 55%-43%
Russ Feingold – Wisconsin – 55%-44%
Ron Wyden – Oregon – 63%-32%
Pat Leahy – Vermont – 71%-25%
by Evan Derkacz for AlterNet
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