Mauimom commented on the diary post RNC Crowdsourcing Presidential Candidates: Opinions Can be Heard for $12! by Lisa Derrick.
What happens when one’s opinion of EVERY Repub is “strongly unfavorable”?
As you may know, we have only ONE bookstore on all of Maui — and it’s over an hour away from me. But that also means that there aren’t many bookstore locations where both readers and librarians can see what’s “new” and interesting laid out on a display table.
So I feel like I have to do my part via the library to educate those who might have an interest — to make them aware of what great books are out there.
I encourage everyone to get your libraries to buy these books, let’s spread the progressive word.
As you know, I often donate my book(s) to the local [impoverished] library, with the proviso that the book MUST be added to the collection, not sold at a “raise funds for the library” event.
It is remarkably satisfying to later search the catalogue and find that the ONLY copy of one of our great books is in my local branch. But hopefully that will both get people reading it [they can request that it be sent to their local library, even on other islands] and demanding more copies. And it will acquaint those who make the purchasing decisions with the book and get them to buy more.
I know that through Bev’s hard work the FDL Book Salon has a reputation as fair and accurate, an “attack-free zone,” and I don’t want to suggest anything that would damage that and/or scare authors away. But the pompous egos deserve a pin-prick, and the subtler the better. That’s one reason I hate it when the crazy Attack Troll(s) show up and attempt to pound the author. And I appreciate the host’s dealing with them — Teddy, I’m thinking of you.
In conjunction with this [not limited to poverty and social justice], I’m wondering if there’s anyone out there — other than Bill Moyers — who can encourage us and remind us all that change is hard, and takes a long time. That was one thing I’ve found valuable from the various Civil Rights books. Maybe soon things will be coming out on how the change in attitude [and laws] re gay rights was accomplished.
It just seems like there’s so much, and so extensive, news on “wins” by the conservatives, on their financial strength, on their electoral gains, that I come away thinking, “how can we ever succeed against THAT?” So reminders of how to effect change, how to use current social media, how to resist feeling defeated, would be helpful. There are many, many books on “what’s wrong.” We need more “how to change it, and not go crazy doing so.”
Also books that remind us of the changes that were made in voting rights, civil rights, labor, etc. so we can educate younger readers of the gains that were made and that we CAN’T GIVE UP! This generation of 20-something women need to be reminded of what it was like in 1970 to have an unwanted pregnancy. Other examples from all these areas.
Perversely, what I really like are the occasional “gotcha” salons, where someone gets [deservedly] skewered. Rattner being pummeled by Marcy comes to mind.
If you can keep the attack-crazy trolls out, a skewering by Marcy or a similarly up-to-date commenter, particularly when handled politely and gradually, can really deflate some of the “We Important People Know It All. Why Won’t You Listen to Us?” folks.
80% of our guests, even today, have not done a live chat.
Maybe you could organize some “training” or “practice” sessions for them, with a few FDL recruits “firing” questions at them so they could see what it’s like.
Naw, I’m only joking; it would take too much time to organize, and those busy authors would be resistant.
However, I sense an entrepreneurial opportunity: if you charged $$$$ for folks to receive this “training,” I’m sure they’d flock to you.
I am also surprised at how down to earth most of them are,
I am surprised at the number of authors who can’t type or deal with the rapid Q & A format of a salon!
Hi Bev. Having hosted exactly ONE salon, I know what a mountain of work it is, and that doesn’t include all the organizing you do. I am in awe and bow down in appreciation of your greatness.
With the mention of “humor” above, Harry Shearer’s name popped into my head. I know he has his own blog and/or radio show, but when I’ve listened to him, I’m always struck by how intelligent and prepared he is on a topic. [I've heard a lot of his discussions with Yves Smith.]
I don’t know if he has anything out, or if he’d agree to be a host, or if FDL is too much “competition” for such collaboration.
I want to give you a special thanks for the book salon with Bill Moyers. He responded to a couple of my questions/comments, and I was as dumb-struck as a starry-eyed teenager. He also had a number of wise words about not getting overcome with disappointment and negativity. He’s magic to me, and I will always treasure that experience.
Picky, picky, but Daniel, I think you need a comma between “Online” and “Palatucci”
Along with Edison Schools Inc, The Securities Industry Association, and University of Phoenix Online Palatucci
Mauimom commented on the blog post Bill Keller Advises Obama To ‘Crack Some Heads’ To Pass TPP
Here’s a far better, and more comprehensive analysis of the TPP from over at Naked Capitalism — a link to an interview with Yves Smith by Harry Shearer on his “Le Show.”
It’s serious, informative, and comprehensive.
Mauimom commented on the blog post TPP And Its Atlantic Cousin Set Stage For Corporatocracy
Please go to the link to the discussion of the TPP between Harry Shearer & Yves Smith cited in the previous blog.
There’s extensive information, presented in a clear manner that you can send to friends to enlighten them as well.
Obama and the Dems are counting on public ignorance to sneak this through. We’ve got to start a confer-campaign based on information.
Mauimom commented on the blog post Renewed Push To Curb Money Laundering Could Threaten Wall Street
That’s an excellent interview of Yves by Harry. I highly recommend both listening to it yourself and then sending it to others.
The evil that is the TPP is getting NO coverage [as intended by Obama & Friends], but at the very least this discussion will point out the secrecy & news blackout and perhaps prompt calls for info.
Going at this from the “stop money laundering” angle probably has more chance of success than “stop this bill that will screw environmental and labor regulations and allow corporations to sue just about anyone.”
Mauimom commented on the diary post What Could Possibly Go Wrong, Kansas Edition, Part 936 by Peterr.
Thanks for this, Peterr. One thing that struck me about this scenario is that these fools “developed” over a long right-wing training ground:
Kris Kobach. Kobach is an alumnus of the Ashcroft DOJ,
Ryan, whose last job before becoming a member of Congress was as Brownback’s legislative director.
As much as folks may ridicule the “jobs” and [...]
Will definitely do so. And as developments occur, or you have additional ideas, please keep us informed.
Glad to help in any way.
When I read about the exorbitant salaries of hedge fund folks, I always think that the Janet Minos of the world are the ones who work the hardest and deserve that over-large compensation.
Don’t worry, we’ll get you here somehow.
Another important contribution of this film is that you’ve presented a “face” of those with autism. Just as with Down Syndrome a number of years ago, people can be put off by individuals’ appearances, can even be a little frightened.
By showing who each of these people is, how they are struggling to do the simple tasks that we take for granted, how they WANT to succeed and approach a “normal” life, I think you will help those who see this film react a little more positively, with a little more understanding, that the “pulling back” which often accompanies an encounter with someone who feels “strange.”
And Janet’s genuine respect and love for her students model how each of us should be acting.
Well Oprah DOES have a place on Maui. But, no, she doesn’t mingle with folks like us.
However, one of my daughter’s best friends works for Katie Couric’s show. I’ll investigate how to pursue getting her interested. Bev can provide you with my contact info.
Families need a “bureaucracy coach.” Not kidding!!!
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