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end of the road

Today, for no particular reason I purged the remains of my PhD work from this site and everywhere else. One of the few things that I didn’t finish. Suffice to say that I discovered earlier that it was not for me. I insisted for one more year and in the end, I parted ways

 

What did I learn there?

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin

In no priority but in short sentences, this is what I  learned from been part of the UIW community.

Upon entering any organization, there is a contract. Mine with UIW includes social justice and community service.

No one grows without the fertile ground of good friends. I am here because of you, for you and by you.

This is my moment: I want to learn without prejudice or bias. I want to seek understanding in reason.

There are good, not so good and bad courses. The outcome depends on me.

It is imperfect and at times confusing, but only ethics will keep you going.

One theme flows from one course to the other: we must, concern ourselves with the others, those that are at time invisibles and only part of a number: the poor, the less favored, the just arrived immigrant.

It is not the only, it’s not perfect  but it’s the answer: education. 

It is imperative to me: re-organize my learning, deepen my interests and improve my written expression.

Sense-making is really difficult. Only by continuos reflection I can make sense from my experiences.

It is not (only) the vanity of adding those 3 letters (PhD) to your name. What is important is the social responsibility that I will acquire once I graduate

Things learned and questions begging and answer

This election cycle is over. In a few weeks we’ll have a new President.
Did you like the campaign? If not: please give a few minutes to this:

  • We have a racism problem. Maybe we can’t or won’t see it, but it is there.
  • Do you really think that Citizens United is a good idea?
  • At our own peril, we leave politics to politicians. A disengaged population is weak.
  • Render unto Cesar… Religion and Politics don’t mix well. Is the “evangelical right” a valid proposition?
  • Now we have a sizable part of the country unable to hold a decent discussion, while consuming conspiracy theories for breakfast and defamatory “news” for lunch. Our educational system is falling.

Would you help me to figure this out?

the day after

In the end, we exercised our right and privilege to vote.

We decided to elect the weakest president in memory. Compared to Trump, Bush the lesser is a statesman.

We will pay a steep price for putting an unqualified clown in the highest office of the land.

Yet, we will recover.

I hope the Republicans put competent people to serve with President Trump and he does well.

As someone close to me put it brilliantly today, our task is to redouble our advocacy efforts to educate people.

Good luck, Mr President

and we voted

This election cycle is almost over.

In a few weeks we’ll have a new president.
Did you like the campaign? If not, please give a few minutes to this:

  1. We have a racism problem. Maybe we can’t or won’t see it, but it is there.
  2. Do you really think that Citizens United is a good idea?
  3. At our own peril, we leave politics to politicians. A disengaged population is weak
  4. Render unto Cesar… Religion and Politics don’t mix well. Is the “evangelical right” a valid proposition?
  5. New have a sizable part of the country unable to hold a decent discussion, while consuming conspiracy theories for breakfast and defamatory “news” for lunch. Our educational system is falling
 and yep, I’m with Her, and voted for

I have a Dream

Martin Luther King’s speech, in its greatness.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair


I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. Continue reading “I have a Dream”

Todo se derrumbo…

No queda sino cantar aquella vieja canción…. terminada la borrachera petrolera, nos toca Otra vez! pagar la cuenta. Este articulo de Francisco Monaldi en Prodavinci lo explica muy bien

Chávez vs. Maduro: petróleo, popularidad y elecciones; por Francisco Monaldi « Prodavinci

Los venezolanos fuimos víctimas de un presidente que avanzó una agenda desastrosa para el país con el capital político que compró con el boom de consumo permitido por el auge petrolero más grande de la historia

ouch…

Bueno, bye Sully

Last day for The Dish….

Francisco Toro says it better than me

http://caracaschronicles.com/2015/02/06/so-long-and-thanks-for-all-the-dish/

The money quote from his last post:

I tried, above all, to be honest. And you helped me. Being honest means writing things that will make you look foolish tomorrow; it means revealing yourself in ways that are not always flattering; it means occasionally saying things that prompt mass acclamation but in retrospect look like grandstanding.

Yep. so long!