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Matter Delights in Music, and Became Bach – Brain Pickings

Matter Delights in Music, and Became Bach

“A rough sound was polished until it became a smoother sound, which was polished until it became music,” Mark Strand wrote in his splendid poem “The Everyday Enchantment of Music,” touching on the materiality of that enchantment: Music is matter dancing in the mind. Music has a profound spiritual power over us — an echo…

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Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors called for the end of Israel in 2015

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors called for an end to the 'imperialist project that's called Israel' at a 2015 panel at Harvard Law School

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors called for the end of Israel in a 2015 panel at the Harvard Law School. In an April 2015 panel hosted by the Human Rights Program at Harvard, entitled ‘Globalizing Ferguson: Radicalized Policing and International Resistance,’ Cullors shared her experience visiting the West Bank and Gaza with a delegation…

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Texas teacher put on leave for ordering yearbooks with Black Lives Matter slogan

Two stickers on the back of the year book - 'Science is real, Black Lives Matter, no human is illegal, love is love, women's rights are human rights, kindness is everything;' the other sticker was a closed fist with the words 'I can't breathe' - riled parents up in North Texas

A North Texas middle school art teacher was put on leave after ordering yearbooks decorated with the slogans ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘I can’t breathe.’  Kayla Mick, who works at Downing Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas, outraged parents with the two stickers, which were one of a number included on every yearbook given to…

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Mothers of black police shooting victims accuse departing BLM director Patrisse Cullors of lying

Samaria Rice the mother of Tamir Rice, has never met Patrisse Cullors, and believes she is only leaving Black Lives Matter to escape the heat over her $3 million property portfolio

Mothers of black sons and daughters killed by police have turned on Black Lives Matter and its departing director Patrice Cullors over their alleged greed. ‘I don’t believe she is going anywhere,’ said Samaria Rice, the mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice who was shot dead by Cleveland police as he played with a toy gun….

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Man, 18, charged with conspiracy to murder following the shooting of Sasha Johnson

Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson joins anti-racists, community activists and school children at a protest against police violence as they march from Park View School to Tottenham Police Station, December 11, 2020

Man, 18, charged with conspiracy to murder following the shooting of Sasha Johnson – as BLM activist fights for her life in hospital after she was shot in head at Peckham party Cameron Deriggs, of Lewisham, has been charged with conspiracy to murder over Sasha Johnson shooting The 18-year-old will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court…

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Lockheed Martin put top defense execs through Zoom course to ‘unlearn white male privilege’

From top left to right first row: The three trainers from White Men as Full Diversity Partners, Mark Havens, Michael Welp and Jim Morris, then Director of Aeronautics Mark Ward. Second row: Air Force lieutenant colonel David Starr, Senior Design Engineer Jeff Schweiss, Risk Management and Sustainability Executive Christopher Geiger, and Director Of Business Operation Robert Uebele. Third row: Engineering specialist Chris Outzts, Director Eric Pierce, three star Lieutenant General Bruce Litchfield, Senior Cost Analyst Todd Nadeau. Bottom row: Director of Global Supply Chain Operations Aaron Huckaby, Specialty Engineering Director Adam Mackie and Director Global Supply Chain Scott Redman. Glenn Woods, vice president of production for the Air Force's $1.7 trillion F-35 fighter jet program turned his camera off

Lockheed Martin, the nation’s top defense contractor, forced 13 executives including a three-star general to complete a three-day Zoom course so they would ‘unlearn their male privilege’.  The course was led by Portland-based firm White Men as Full Diversity Partners (WMFDP). It was carried out last June, at the height of Black Lives Matter protests…

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