Monday, April 11, 2005

Torture

Are you for or against the death penality? Why? (Make everbody answer)


If you were in charge of creating the justice system for a new country, what type of system would you use? Why?

Explain the power knowledge relationship from the end of the work. Why is it discussed?
p90-91

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Torture

  1. The author keep repeating the phrase Damiens says which is "looked at himself." What do you think the significance of this is?
  2. Forms of punishment has changed from public torture to private lethal injections. Why has the form of punishment changed so much throughout the years?
  3. Throughout the reading they talk about physical punishment and punishment against the soul. Do you believe there should be physical punishment, mental punishment, or both against the convicted? Is there a better form of punishment that they should use?

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Bomb the Suburbs thoughts

I read this back in high school, but it means more to me know then it did back then. In high school I didnt quite understand what Uspki was really getting at, I didnt get the whole culture clashes and his way of expressing his concern.

But now that I have more life behind me it make more sense and I tend to agree with him on more things than before.

He honestly writes about his experience with racism and what he has viewed. He pulles out the idea that whites have a interest in how blacks live, "They [white kids] want to experience blackness, dramatic and direct, but not too direct, thank you very much" It is interesting that we as a culture still seemed as confused and concerned with racism as we did 40 years ago. It seem like we dont know who we are or who we want to be. But who should we be, what should we experience? Is it wrong for a white person to like hip hop (Which Upski says it is both good and bad, bringing various social groups together and spreading them apart) and want to experience the culture that goes along with it?

His overall thoughs in the book to me are that we as social groups need to interact with eachother, and this wont happen in the suburban home on 1.4 acres of land, we need to move back into the city where we actually see other people and experience other through city life.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Trial of Chicago 8

1) Comparing the three judges, Hoffman, Murtagh, and Larson, who do you think was the most just and fair during the trials? And why?

2) What effect do you think Judge Hoffman had on the defendants when he consistently called the junior counsel by the wrong name? If there was a method to his actions, was it affective?

3) What kind of tone do you think Abbie Hoffman set during the whole affair?

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Black Panther Questions 2

1. Looking at the different conspiracies in Black Panther, like the "Ivory Hunter," Ulysses Klaw really looking to mine vibranium; or Ramonda, with Achebe, trying to take power in Wakanda, Do you believe that they are against the Wakandan King, first T'Chaka and then T'Challa, or against Wakanda itself? The country has advanced in technology, but kept its customs, pitting the City Dwellers against the Marsh Tribesmen. What do you think is the reasoning behind this separation? Also, how does this relate to their shared hate of the outside world, as seen when the refugees arive? Does this relate to any present-day situations in the world?

2. What do you think the effect of Black Panther's identity being known in relation to his power to make changes? Does this make him more vulnerable to conspirators? Does the abundance of characters and Pulp-Fiction-like order of the story leaves us with a blind eye to the conspiracies as well?

3. Where does Everett K. Ross actually fit in? Why do you think the story is told from his point of view?

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Black Panther Questions

1) Why do you think Huey P. Newton, the founder of the Black Panther Party and author of the "Ten Point Program", cites statements from the declaration of Independence even if most of the signers were slave owners?

2) In the Black Panther Comic book, who is Achebe and who is he similar to in the real world?

3) Name some of the things that T'Challa does that are consistent with the Ten-Point Program.

Taj

Monday, February 21, 2005

COINTELPRO questions round 1 for now

hey all

right down to business....reading these papers and memos should arouse some sort of uneasiness in you. Remember that this is YOUR government plotting, planning, and methodically working to eliminate "undesirables" and dissenters.

Why do you think the government was so afraid of these minority groups? (especially the Black Panther Party, BPP) Do you think that any of their fears were valid? Can you think of any ways that the FBI might have dealt with these issues differently, in maybe a more positive way? It might not be possible to deal with racial issues like these "positively", but were there other "solutions" besides having people killed or jailed?

Should groups like the BPP and the US (United Slaves) be offered equal protection under the law if the government charges them with treasonous behavior? What similarities can you draw between the BPP and a modern-day Islamic group, like the Council on American-Islam relations, which has been accused of being "soft" on terror and supporters of militant groups would wide? Should the CAIR be treated with the same respect to the law as say the AARP, even though their rhetoric may not be enitirely Pro-US?

Like it or not, many whites were not very accepting of minorities at the time of COINTELPRO. Do you think the public would have supported these policies if they knew they existed?

See what you can come up with....maybe some more later?

rRobrt