Author: Letitia Denham

Panic, Pandemic, and the Body Politic

Infections don’t just attack weaknesses in the human body. They also exploit weaknesses in human society.

Some disasters are small, and some disasters are just very far away. Covid-19 is neither. It’s big, and it’s here, and it’s fast. Infection rates are currently doubling roughly every three days. It’s going to be bad, and it’s going to be sad. Just how bad and sad depends very much on what we do now.

I’m writing this on the 12th of March, 2020. That means the human race has between two and four weeks to get its shit together. We are not just dealing with germs that are too small to see; we are also dealing with structural hurdles that are too huge to see, in the way that right now, teleworking from my front porch in Los Angeles, I cannot see California.

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What Is the Coronavirus?

Plus: How can I avoid

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International Socialist Review


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ISR Issue 57, January–February 2008


The politics of identity

SHARON SMITH argues that identity politics can’t liberate the oppressed

FIGHTING AGAINST oppression is an urgent issue in U.S. society today. Racism, sexism, and homophobia have all reached appalling levels—that seem only to rise with each passing year. White students in Jena hang nooses, and Black students end up in prison.1 Squads of Minutemen vigilantes patrol the Mexican border with impunity, for the sole purpose of terrorizing migrant communities.2 College campuses across the U.S. commemorate “Islamo-fascism awareness week” as if it were just another legitimate student activity.3 Fred Phelps and his Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church congregation regularly picket outside funerals of gay soldiers killed in Iraq, proclaiming that they belong in hell.4

To be sure, the problem extends way beyond the extremist fringe. Media pundits barely comment on the outrages described above, while

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Open Government | State of California – Department of Justice

California law provides the public with access to governmental information and processes. Here you can find information on:

  • Proposed initiatives and ballot measures, including the Attorney General’s 100 word Title and Summary.
  • The Public Records Act, including explanatory materials and how to make a request.
  • Open meeting laws, including publications on the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act and the Brown Act, which provide public access to meetings of state and local boards and commissions. Meeting notices
    for specified bodies involving representatives of the Office of the Attorney General are also available.
  • Ethics and Conflicts of Interest laws including online courses for state and local officials. There is also a helpful publication with an issue spotter checklist.

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State Auditor Hotline: 800-952-5665

The hotline enables state employees and the public to report improper acts committed by state agencies, departments, or employees, as defined by law such as:

  • Illegal acts such as theft,
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Politic 101

Typing, typing, typing – all I end up with are these three words …

Labor deserves this.

June 26th 2013, Julia Gillard is toppled by Kevin Rudd. In doing so the stage is set for the ‘The Next Election’. Will Rudd’s popularity win the day, or will memories resurface? What about the question of political conviction? Is the fragmentation of the Labor party the instrument through which Australia migrates to a multi-party political model? Serious days. So many questions. So many opportunities.

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Thing is I’ve watched this movie four times now. And that – in and of itself – bothers me. There are conflicts present in the script – not spoken so much – just

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Doing Business with the Ontario Government


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Modernizing the way we purchase goods and services

Ontario is taking a modern, efficient and transparent approach to eliminate redundancies and deliver simpler, faster, better services to the people of Ontario. Our goal is to get the best value for every public dollar that is spent, to protect what matters most.

Centralizing procurement across the Ontario Public Service and the broader public sector is one of the most forward-thinking ways to do that.

Where we’re at today

Every year, Ontario spends about $29 billion on goods and services ranging from pacemakers to bandages, to computer and IT hardware. The Ontario Public Service and organizations across the broader public sector – like hospitals and schools – buy those goods and services independently. Imagine how much could be saved if those purchases were purchased in bulk?

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The genetics of politics – Body politic | Science and technology

IN 1882 W.S. Gilbert wrote, to a tune by Sir Arthur Sullivan, a ditty that went “I often think it’s comical how Nature always does contrive/that every boy and every gal that’s born into the world alive/is either a little Liberal or else a little Conservative.”

In the 19th century, that view, though humorously intended, would not have been out of place among respectable thinkers. The detail of a man’s opinion might be changed by circumstances. But the idea that much of his character was ingrained at birth held no terrors. It is not, however, a view that cut much ice in 20th-century social-scientific thinking, particularly after the second world war. Those who allowed that it might have some value were generally shouted down and sometimes abused, along with all others vehemently suspected of the heresy of believing that genetic differences between individuals could have a role

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Government Imposter Scams | FTC Consumer Information

Scammers sometimes pretend to be government officials to get you to send them money. They might promise lottery winnings if you pay “taxes” or other fees, or they might threaten you with arrest or a lawsuit if you don’t pay a supposed debt. Regardless of their tactics, their goal is the same: to get you to send them money.

Don’t do it. Federal government agencies and federal employees don’t ask people to send money for prizes or unpaid loans. Nor are they permitted to ask you to wire money or add money to a prepaid debit card to pay for anything.

How to Recognize a Government Imposter

Scammers pretend to be IRS officials to get you to send them money.

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It could be hard to recognize an imposter through the lies they tell. They use a variety of tricks to get your attention, whether it’s distracting you with a story about money you won or creating a fear that

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