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UP JUMPED SPRING | A Poem by Al Young

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013


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Up Jumped Spring

for Nana

What’s most fantastical almost always goes

unrecorded and unsorted. Take spring.

Take today. Take dancing dreamlike; coffee

your night, creameries your dream factories.

Take walking as a dream, the dearest, sincerest

means of conveyance: a dance. Take leave

of the notion that this nation’s or any other’s earth

can still be the same earth our ancestors walked.

Chemistry strains to connect our hemispheres.

The right and left sidelines our brain forms

in the rain this new world braves—acid jazz.

The timeless taste her tongue leaves in your mouth,

stirred with unmeasured sugars, greens the day

the way sweet sunlight oxygenates, ignites

all nights, all daytimes, and you—this jumps.

Sheer voltage leaps, but nothing keeps or stays.

Sequence your afternoon as dance. Drink spring.

Holding her hard against you, picture the screenplay.

Take time to remember to get her spells together.

Up jumps the goddess gratified, and up jumped spring.

© 2006 and 2007 by Al Young


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HUGO RAFAEL CHAVEZ FRIAS | 28 July 1954 – 5 March 2013 | In Memoriam

Thursday, March 7th, 2013
“Más cuesta mantener el equilibrio de la libertad que soportar el peso de la tiranĂ­a.”
(“It costs more to maintain the equilibrium of liberty than to bear the weight of tyranny.”)
SimĂłn BolĂ­var
President of Venezuela (1813-1814)
“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”
Abraham Lincoln
16th President of US

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“No part of the human community can live entirely on its own planet, with its own laws of motion and cut off from the rest of humanity. ”
Hugo Chávez


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Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez dead

By Bill Van Auken
World Socialist Web Site
6 March 2013

After 14 years in power as Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chávez, a former military officer and left nationalist, died in a military hospital in Caracas Tuesday afternoon following a two-year battle with cancer.

Chávez, who was 58, came to national prominence as the leader of an abortive military coup against the corrupt regime of Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez, the leader of Acción Democrática, a social democratic bourgeois party. Andrés Pérez was responsible for the bloody repression of the “Caracazo”—a popular uprising against IMF-dictated austerity measures in which up to 3,000 were killed.

Freed after two years of imprisonment, Chávez founded his “Bolivarian” movement and ran for president in 1998, claiming that he represented “neither the left nor the right,” but was committed to a program of social and economic reform and an end to the corrupt two-party system that had traded power over previous decades between Acción Democrática and the Christian Democratic Copei party.

After gaining power, he began espousing a left populist political platform, identifying himself as both a nationalist and “socialist.”

Chávez earned the implacable hostility of Washington with his populist and nationalist politics. This included clashes with US-based energy conglomerates sparked by his assertion of greater national control over the exploitation of the country’s petroleum resources, his partial nationalizations, his economic backing for Cuba, and his pursuit of closer economic ties with US imperialism’s rival, China.

In April 2002, the CIA backed a coup that saw Chávez briefly ousted from power and imprisoned before he was restored to the presidential palace by a combination of loyal military units and a popular revolt among the more impoverished layers of the population …

To read Bill Van Auken’s obituary in its entirety, go to the original


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Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez hands US President Barack Obama The Open Veins of Latin America by Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano during the Summit of the Americas in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 2009. | Photo: Evan Vucci/AP


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HOW MUCH DOES MATH MATTER? | Wednesday, March 6, 2013, Los Angeles

Friday, March 1st, 2013


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Click on blackboard or right here to read Joe Mullich’s Wall Street Journal article on the importance of mathematics and science in education

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How Much Does Math Matter?


Moderated by Jennifer Ouellette, author of
The Calculus Diaries


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To hear some teachers and commentators tell it, the American future depends on how and when we teach math. Industries, universities, and even elected officials say the country must devote more resources and teachers to the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—to ensure our economic competitiveness. Some educators are arguing that unless all students take algebra by ninth grade, they’ll risk failing to develop the math skills needed for higher education and many trades. However, some researchers see a corporate agenda for education that is forcing math—and failure—on too many students who aren’t ready for it; the result may be a higher dropout rate. Is math really that important? And does anyone know how to teach it? Washington Post education columnist and The War Against Dummy Math author Jay Mathews, Southern California middle school math teacher Sarah Armstrong, and Growth Sector workforce expert Caz Pereira visit Zócalo to ask whether higher math is essential to the national future, or whether requiring such math is diminishing the futures of too many Americans.

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