2.i admit that amongst my favourites are an article about prisons in america which show the astonishing level of criminalistion among the black population and the poor,which is not the same as holding the prison population as responsible for the bulk of crime.that notion sgain shows how class and ideas of crime function in advanced capitalism,although of course those issues are followed in more detail in some of the inevitably nmore specialised literature on critical criminology.
3.qanother paper addresses the contrast between harm done to police officers,set against harm done to civilians in police custody or otherwise at the hands of police officers in the uk.it goedds on to compare health and safety at work and industrial accidents which harm many more people than crime and yet have a low if not an entirekly neative priority.i have made points in other posts and will do so now that relates to these papers.
4.i cannot ignor other documents that refer to the declining successs in prosecution of offences against women,despite structured and significant effort among institutions whichg should have taken society in a more constructive direction.
5.to move on to current events-in a week which the media and some sections of the community seem over-excercised about the symbolic theatre of ukuncut and the largely symbolic violence of the "black block",the hearings about the death of a newspaper seller at but not involved in a G20 demonstration continue.it strikes me as odd that there seems to be almost continual footage of the officer who pushed the victim who seems to have been identified as engaging in several incidents of dodgy behaviour against innocent members of the public.there isw also a story that after being disciplined for not disimilar actions when previously in the metropolitan police force wsome years ago,he "dropped down"into a civilian job with qanother force annd then re-entered the llondon police via transfer.if this is true then it begs some questioins or hints at worse.
6.whatever position the reader takes about intervention in libya the numbers may not constitute massacre but people still die,in amanner directly relate to that intervention.
7.rabid ignorance and bigotry seem to inform the burning of asingle coppy of the quaran/koran in the usa.rumours sooin accrued to this so that in afurther outburst of ignorance and rage a crowd decended on the un building somehwre in afghanistan resulting in the brutal murder of un staff,none of whom seem to have been americans.ignorance and bigotry fuel but are no excuse for such ill directed and murderous rage.i do not want to see a spiral of revenge though i do think the pastor in the usa and the afgahn crowd deserve each other.
8.this is a poisonous combination of the worst aspects of prejudice,religion,nationalism and ignorance.whilst i might defend"spirituality"i cannot defend the authority of rules established by authoritarian nationalism and religions that have us on our knees,looking up at all too human powers who rule over us and then point or watch us behave like frenzied robots in the meaninglesss destruction of others.none of this does anything to free any of us from anything.
9.we have nothing except our labour and in becoming fully conscious of ourselves as a class and as individuals(in approximately that order) can we reclaim our full humanity and comparison.what we can create may not be perfect but it has to be better than this.
10.and for those who think that we are always doomed to repeat our brutality and our evil selves,which i would reject then it is worth keeping in mind the workers and people in australia(floods),new zealand(earthquake)and most significantly perhapos japan(earthquake,tsunami and the vfery unnatural nuclear disaster)where in each case what has come to the fore is the resilience,compassion and humanity of other workers around us and abroad.
11.i accannot help but note that whilst human compassion and solidarity meet these horrendous events,the deaths contiinue whilst the imperialists continue to prevaricate and machinate,and the japanese state,and capitalists along with the world nuclear community make excuses and lies about the latest nuclear disaster.
12.whilst thsi might put renewable energy sources centre stage,i thought it might have killed the remaining illusions in the nuclear option.it is undoubtedly a backwards step to return to carbon energy sources but i aqm horrified that even george mombiot amongst others are back to playing statistical games and makking reassuring noises that pay little heed to the fear and devastation that huge numbers of ordinary but no less valued people are experiencing in their lives.if we cant do anything helpful,constructive and immediate to help perhaps we ought to excercise some care and caution with what we speak and write,that acknowlledges that our personall reality is nott the only perspective.
violence of ukuncut,and