Some interesting thoughts and parallels…

Renee Hobbs at the Media Education Lab

This is a version of the presentation I made at the January 22, 2012  “One Book, One State” event which was sponsored by the Rhode Island’s Center for the Book. More than 200 people gathered in a historic church just outside of Providence to hear Geraldine Brooks, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Caleb’s Crossing, a work of historical fiction that brings readers into the life of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard University — in the year 1665.

I’ve been reading a lot more on my iPad these days. Reading online has some tiny frustrations: I miss the cover art and pagination of a printed book. But there are some deep pleasures. For example, I love the ability to highlight a digital text and then share my highlights with other readers. I love the “swish” movement of turning digital pages, I admit. Highlighting a moving…

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China is beginning to respond more to citizen outcry about poor air quality.

Science & Space

China confirmed this week that the number of its citizens living in cities has surpassed the rural population for the first time in its history. That massive urbanization — 690.79 million people are now city-dwellers according to the National Bureau of Statistics — has brought huge benefits, chief among them lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty. But it has also led to serious problems, perhaps none more so than the increasingly foul air in these heaving metropolises that are growing bigger, busier and dirtier by the day. In Beijing the situation has become so bad the capital’s airport has repeatedly been forced to close temporarily in recent months as dense smog prevented take-offs and landings. Meanwhile, the air has been so thick that residents have struggled to see across the road.

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Occupy Providence Press Conference Today

From Facebook–

1:00pm until 4:00pm

This press conference is being called in regards to the result of the passed proposal in agreement with the city to open the day center.

The city has publicly announced that they plan to open the doors of the day center on Wednesday. In doing so the members present at media’s meeting feel that a press conference on behalf of Occupy Providence TUESDAY JANUARY 24,2012 at 1pm on the steps of city hall is appropriate to declare its one of many victories against economic injustice.

Please SHARE THIS! Bring a friend! Celebrate this wonderful event!

When the Occupiers set up their tents in Burnside Park this Fall, they talked with the people downtown who had nowhere else to go during the day. We’ve all known for years that homeless people have to move from place to place all day, between leaving the shelters in the morning and catching the bus back at night. In the winter, this becomes dangerous.

I talked to one of the Occupiers about two months ago. He said the Occupation would not abandon the people they had come to know over the months.

I am so proud of the Occupation and the City of Providence.

Scott MacKay considers the question of whether Brown University should pay more to the city of Providence.

On Politics

  Once again, Providence politicians are looking to the city’s private colleges for money to help shore up the city’s poor finances. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says these non-profit institutions shouldn’t be seen as cash cows for the city.

 There has been more rhetoric than reality in the latest dispute between Brown University and Mayor Angel Taveras and his city council allies. With city government awash in red ink, the pols are hungrily eyeing the tax-exempt Brown property on College Hill as a source of sorely needed money.

You can’t blame the mayor or the city council. Residents are maxed out on real estate and car taxes. Businesses are fleeing. Two iconic downtown buildings – the Jazz Age Superman Building and the Biltmore Hotel – house tenants facing huge financial hurdles.

Now, Taveras and Brown President Ruth Simmons are jousting over how much Brown can, and should, contribute to…

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