Category: Bloggery

Don’t Forget: Blogging Against Disablism Day This Friday!!

Posted by – April 29, 2009

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2009

Remember, Blogging Against Disablism Day (BADD!) is this Friday, May 1st (though since it is on GMT–Britain–you might want to make your submission late Thursday).

Ablism (discrimination based on ability) is one of the dumber forms of injustice. Speaking out against it is the right thing to do.

Please blog about ablism/disablism this Friday.

Nick

“Why Is Your Blog So Depressing?”

Posted by – April 27, 2009

I’ve been asked this many times over the years.

The answer is this: I don’t know how to consistently write things that AREN’T about injustice. I’m driven to right the wrongs around the world, like the fire drives a locomotive. I’m, at my core, an activist for social justice; and I run a blog about fighting injustice. Injustice is depressing.

And I don’t think we should look away from injustice. It’s wrong to turn your back on others’ pain.

Obama was right when he said:

Obama warned against what he called the dangers of silence, saying that every day, somewhere in the world people must resist the urge to turn away from scenes of horror, hate, injustice and intolerance.

All people, he said, must “fight the impulse to turn the channel” from distressing TV images of suffering, the sort of inhumanity known not only in the time of Nazi Germany, but more recently in Northern Ireland, Rwanda and Darfur.

Obama declared that people cannot wrap themselves “in the false comfort that others’ sufferings are not our own.” The president also called for people to “make a habit of empathy, to recognize ourselves in each other.”

Source: AP: Obama: World’s people must resist hatred, racism

“But Nick, my life is happy. Why bring myself down with all the pain and injustice in the world?”

The fallacy behind this is the assumption that you’re somehow separate from the young refugee in Sri Lanka or the Janjaweed rapists in Darfur or the unethical investment bankers on Wall Street or the hungry children of unemployed single mothers in Ohio. We are connected to everyone, we share common ancestors, one people, united, part of one universal force.

Those protesting injustice GET IT.

We are ONE. As John Donne put it:
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
Meditation 17, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions (1624)

the bell tolls for thee....

"it tolls for thee...."

Nick

Lots Of New Links On The Blog’s Sidebar

Posted by – April 23, 2009

Last night I spent lots of time filling up the blog’s sidebar with content.

Added:

Facebook badge with photo

Text explaining the blog

Media Coverage of Nick

    Links to web, newspaper, radio and TV stories about what I’ve done

Sites I Read

    A list of my favorite blogs and news sources, but, unlike many blogrolls, I’ve limited it to sites I actually read routinely.

Check out the new sidebar, and please comment below and tell me your thoughts.

All my best,

Nick

Name The Blog

Posted by – September 11, 2006

Going Big-Time, Need A New Name

This Blog has picked up in activity lately, and I hope to keep it that way, and broaden its audience and its influence. I now publish it on Xanga, MySpace and on nickdupree.blogspot.com.

And big news: the blog is now featured alongside other lefty blogs at PowersandMorrison.com! See it here.

Though I sincerely oppose the Bush regime generally and souless, Torah-less corporate amorality in particular, I try to make my posts more cogent policy statements and less raving rhetoric, though sometimes I mix the two.

But I differ from other blogs in another big way: I’m religious. And I blog about Torah portions and other theological things.

All told, my posts fall into four broad categories, or a mixture of these:
1) Political analysis
2) Torah commentary and religious matters
3) Musings on personal life
4) Other

My blog will continue to communicate my unique, odd takes on life, politics and scripture.

What should my blog be named? What single short phrase can capture a taste of these posts calling for justice and inalienable rights, Torah-style?

NAME THE BLOG.

I’m opening up the floor for suggestions.

Nick