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Signs of Hope – A continuing series November 30, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?

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1. Michael Carley - November 30, 2017

Student occupation at University of Bath.

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sonofstan - December 1, 2017

I love the idea of Bath as the birthplace of revolution.

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Michael Carley - December 1, 2017

Old hands say there’s been nothing like it since the demo against Salazar’s ambassador.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/nov/30/bath-students-and-staff-protest-over-vice-chancellors-exit-package

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sonofstan - December 1, 2017

I remember when I was at Essex, early 2000s, one of the maintenance staff reminscing fondly about ’68, and how students today etc….

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Michael Carley - December 1, 2017

It was proper climax of a movie stuff yesterday. The staff unions had got together for a meeting before the demo, and to pick up placards and leaflets, while the students assembled elsewhere to march round the campus. So when we came out to picket the entrance to the meeting room, we saw hundreds of students coming up the middle of campus (see the Guardian photo) behind two big banners. Bit of a shock for everybody.

I don’t think anyone expected scenes like this, or for the Bath SU to be tweeting them.

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sonofstan - December 1, 2017
WorldbyStorm - December 2, 2017

Amazing link there SoS. The shamelessness of it all.

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sonofstan - December 2, 2017

I’m sure it’s been mentioned before, but worth pointing out that in contrast to the insane greed of VCs and senior management generally in the UK, academic pay lags well behind the european average – including Ireland.

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2. GW - December 1, 2017

A few decades ago a US-backed military dictatorship tortured and murdered tens of thousands of citizens for being trades unionists, socialists, human rights activists and people who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A favourite technique of these butchers was to drop people alive out of planes into the Atlantic Ocean.

Now some of the operatives of this mass-murder have been sentences to life.

That’s positive. But the instigators still go free.

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GW - December 1, 2017

Sorry – that link was out of date. The convictions have now been confirmed and 54 convicted of crimes against humanity.

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3. 6to5against - December 2, 2017

well, at least the flow of history is in the right direction…
https://ourworldindata.org/a-history-of-global-living-conditions-in-5-charts/

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