Saturday, March 21, 2015

Free Speech, Not (#SOL15, Day 21)

Cow (M.A. Reilly, Wales. 2014)

Shh. Don't talk.
Not a word.
Stop.

from Miami Herald, 3.8.15


Speaking comes with a debt, sometimes
                                                                   (ok, maybe often, a lot,
                                                                    enough to curtail the free speech of the masses)

if we let them.

26 comments:

  1. I think some people feel that if they just shut their eyes, the problem will go away. This is a real problem. Thanks for opening our eyes to it.

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  2. I think some people feel that if they just shut their eyes, the problem will go away. This is a real problem. Thanks for opening our eyes to it.

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    1. I was just so surprised when I read the story. Eyes open.

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  3. I wish I could say my mind was blown the first time I saw this, and again while reading it on your blog. At this point, I just shake my head and wonder when the powers that be will WAKE UP. Far too much is "handled" these days with the ostrich plan.

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    1. Being handled is often the problem, yes?

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  4. This borders on the ridiculous, in an age when information can and is shared by the masses (sometimes factual, sometimes not--hence the need for information literacy). Agencies sticking their heads in the sand is a futile attempt, at the very least, and a dangerous display of anti-intellectual censorship.

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    1. It's good we notice and write and read about it.

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  5. This attitude is as baffling to me as the ed reformers and their love of THE TEST! I don't get it.

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    1. Yes there is a relationship between the two.
      #Sigh.

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  6. I am reminded of the story "The Emperor's New Clothing." Let all deny it isn't happening. And to think how many years people predicted Katrina. It seems to me that our society lives in a Polly Anna mindset and then is so taken aback when reality comes calling. Your post gave lots of food for thought.

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    1. Laughing as I have been reading that story with 2nd graders recently. Perhaps we need to read it to those with power.

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  7. I can accept that people might have different ideas as to what should or should not be done to try to answer the problem, but denying that there is a problem is mind boggling!

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    1. Yes So agree Deb. Difference in opinion is actually interesting. Making others not speak truths is just wrong.

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  8. Wow, Scary, isn't it? Talk about having their heads in the sand. I'm sorry to hear about this.

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    1. It is scary. This is not democracy in action.

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  9. Wow, Scary, isn't it? Talk about having their heads in the sand. I'm sorry to hear about this.

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  10. I had heard about this too and I find it crazy. Speaking louder doesn't make people right any more than silence speech. Neither lead to discussion or acknowledgement of problems. Your poem, bracketing the article is excellent.

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    1. Thanks Max. The text inside the text was something that just emerged.

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  11. Mary Ann, This is so scary. Can't they accept the science, before it is too late?

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  12. Mary Ann, This is so scary. Can't they accept the science, before it is too late?

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  13. Mary Ann, This is so scary. Can't they accept the science, before it is too late?

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  14. Ha! This is the current state of the Republican party - willing to lob snowballs in Congress but unwilling to recognize the peril of our planet. Sad.

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    1. I saw the video of the Senator lobbing the snowball. Says all there is to say about that integrity.

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  15. Your posts are always so intellectual and important. I sometimes don't respond because I feel that I just learned something very profound and need time to process. Thank you for speaking up about so many different issues and ideas.

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    1. Thank you Aileen. That's good to know. Appreciate you taking time to read:)

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