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Tookie

Xeni Jardin:
Writer and filmmaker Jasmina Tesanovic traveled to San Quentin to witness and protest the state’s execution of Stanley “Tookie” Williams last night. She wrote an account, and here is a snip:

They did him in, Tookie; it is my first capital punishment in California. They say, however, that Texas held the first place in executions while Bush was the governor.

Now Bush has the whole world to sample, to decree who deserves to live and who to die, who is a terrorist and who is a patriot, who can have scissors and who can have guns. Good and bad guys, it all looks like Hollywood and cowboy films. It not only looks like it, it is really is like it.

This Tookie, this black Californian, I don’t care if he is guilty or not, I say when interviewed by a TV, as if my opinion mattered: the death penalty is barbarism and a crime against humanity, like torture.

How do you feel? the reporter asks me with tender feelings. What does that matter, I scream, it is not about feelings, it is about human rights.


Previous Boing Boing posts on Jasmina Tesanovic:
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Here’s a related piece by Michael Krikorian in the LA Weekly: Link to “Tookie’s Mistaken Identity — On the trail of the real founder of the Crips.”

A World Without Snow

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One of the many troubling aspects of global warming is the possibility of feedback effects, where changes resulting from a warming atmosphere serve to further exacerbate the warming. An example of how this could work is the interaction between warming and snow cover. According to Stephan Vavrus at the Unversity of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Climate Research, if global warming manages to melt off the current snow cover in the far north — a distinct possibility — the result would be a further increase in temperature of close to another degree (which would, in turn, further accelerate other effects of temperature increases).

The snow itself does more than reflect the sun’s heat; it also serves as insulation for the ground, so that snow-covered soil is warmer than it would be otherwise. As a result, regions now covered in snow would instead see an expansion of permafrost, with resulting damage to structures and roadways in places like Alaska. Of course, as temperatures continue to climb, even that permafrost won’t be so permanent…

(Posted by Jamais Cascio in QuickChanges at 01:52 PM)



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