crossposted at The G Bitch Spot
Friday, French Quarter Fest. Capital One Bank Riverside Legacy Stage.
I was not tired, I was not drunk or tipsy or giddy, I wasn’t hungry or dehydrated or hot at all–I’d had three bottles of water, I had three fans in my bag I hadn’t touched because the breeze off the river was steady enough and I had a visor and, until the stem broke because it’d been sat on, an umbrella. I did have a mild headache. A mild pulsing and buzz, a thickness in the back of my head. I thought I’d sat too close to the stage and may’ve been feeling overstimulated, another and irritating FM symptom. Nothing out of the ordinary hurt, which means everything that typically hurts hurt—neck, shoulder muscles, one hip and then the other, calf muscles, finger joints, soles of my feet. Standing, my lower back, hips and legs felt blurry, light and heavy at the same time. I took two steps, my legs feeling discoordinated, like where I aimed them to go was not exactly… Continue reading
See I Survived…I Survived…I Survived…, July 1, 2011, for background.
1. For women: When a man threatens with a gun or knife and tells you to do what he says and he won’t hurt you, he will hurt you whether you comply or not.
1A. “You won’t get hurt” doesn’t count rape, gang rape, or being beaten. It means, and only temporarily, that you will not be killed.
1B. Whether you resist or not, you have a 50% or so chance of surviving. You lose nothing by resisting or saying no, running or fighting with whatever you have.
1C. Begging for your life means nothing. If he wants to and has come to kill you, no appeal to humanity, not his and especially not yours, will change the course of events.
2. If you are taken away from your original location, it is unlikely that you will be returned to that location, alive or dead.
3. If you are lost in a blizzard or dangerous cold, eating snow may satisfy your thirst but it will… Continue reading
originally posted at The G Bitch Spot
No surprise here. This has been wanted since 3 days after he became superintendent of RSD. [Even now, no one in public has asked, or questioned, why.] Now that the privatization forces have BESE in their front pockets, we in NO will have a completely privatized system.
Who voted for that, you might ask.
Problem is when schools like this get their charters pulled or denied. What happens is that the number of seats in city schools goes down, and charter schools are NOT obligated to take students whose schools close or implode.
And this new “systems” is better how exactly for whom?
crossposted at The G Bitch Spot
The news racing around the shelter that day was that the Republican Congressman Richard Baker had told a group of lobbyists, “We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it, but God did.” Joseph Canizaro, one of New Orleans’ wealthiest developers, had just expressed a similar sentiment: “I think we have a clean sheet to start again. And with that clean sheet we have some very big opportunities.”
Much of the media interest in the first anniversary of the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina in August fixated on the negative. Sometimes, however, hurricanes have silver linings: when Hurricane Katrina demolished New Orleans’s public school system it gave the city’s educational landscape a much-needed clean slate.
According a New York Times report, New Orleans public schools were “among the most abysmal in the nation before the storm”. In the 2004 Louisiana General Exit Exams (GEE) for high school students, 96 per cent of New Orleans public school students scored… Continue reading