Professor Loses Job

Not this “prof” but ‘A” professor…..

This is a story from my state of Mississippi……to prove that the New South is much like the Old South…..at least in Mississippi…..

Up until last week, Dr. Garrett Felber was on track to become a tenured history professor at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Felber studies race and incarceration in the U.S. and is a dedicated advocate for people who are imprisoned. He’s also a published author, having written “Those Who Know Don’t Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement and the Carceral State” and co-written “The Portable Malcolm X Reader” with Pulitzer Prize-winning Malcolm X biographer Manning Marable.

In August, Felber was awarded a one-year fellowship at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and is working there during the 2020-2021 school year. Dr. Noell Wilson, University of Mississippi’s history department chair, praised Felber for the award at the time.

“Garrett is an indefatigable researcher and community builder whose knowledge of the carceral state stems not merely from archival digging, but also from his volunteer engagement with prisons as a teacher,” Wilson said. “We are thrilled with this award because it both recognizes his national profile in the field of African American history and provides critical space for him to advance two pioneering interpretive projects.”

Four months later, Wilson notified Felber of his termination.

In a letter dated December 10, the department chair informed him that his employment with the university would be terminated as of December 31, 2021. Though she cited communication issues between her and Felber in her letter, some believe his termination has more to do with his speaking out about the university kowtowing to racist donors.

Felber has been involved with a project called “Study and Struggle,” which he describes as a political education project on mass incarceration and immigrant detention. Wilson rejected a grant for the project in October, saying it was a political instead of historical project and might jeopardize department funding.

Read On……

https://www.upworthy.com/university-of-mississippi-professor-fired

Mississippi was moving in the right direction with the flag change and the removal of statues and such from the old Reconstruction days…..then this is just another step backwards in a time that forward should be the only direction to journey.

Be Well…..Be Safe…..

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You Lose–You Pay

I know it is the weekend and that I try to avoid any thing that revolves around the past election….but some stories are just too good to pass up.

This is yet another post about Trump losing the 2020 election…..but this time it is more about gamblers wanting their cash….and want it NOW!

President Trump continues to push his claims of election fraud, and last week, he tried to support that narrative with a tweet tied to gambling, per Casino.org. “At 10:00 P.M. on Election Evening, we were at 97% win with the so-called ‘bookies,'” he posted, not providing the context that mail-in ballots hadn’t been fully registered by that point on election night. Some who’d bet big on Trump, however, still believe the conspiracy theories on election fraud, and now they want their money back from online gambling sites they say erroneously called the race for Joe Biden. The Daily Beast talks to a few of those gamblers from overseas—most Americans aren’t legally allowed to bet on elections—who think Trump can still be declared the winner. One is Helen, a Brit now living in Amsterdam, who continued to bet on Trump on Betfair after Election Day.

“The more likely it looked like fraud, the more I bet,” she says of the conspiracy theories she’s since heard from Trump surrogates, noting she’s lost $170,000; she would’ve taken home $3.3 million if Trump had won. Insider links to statements from Betfair, which left betting open past Election Day due to “ongoing recounts and potential legal challenges.” A Dec. 15 update, however, showed the issue is settled. “Following the Electoral College votes being cast, that [winning] candidate is clearly Joe Biden,” the company said. Some gamblers say they’re going to take legal action, while in an online forum, one angry bettor even appears to threaten employees of the Bet365 site, claiming to know where they live. Helen hasn’t threatened anyone, but she wants her money. “Trump will be inaugurated on 20th January, and I expect Betfair to pay out accordingly,” she says.

If the losers bet the house on their main man Trump and lost their bet…then I say make them pay…and pay until it hurts…..maybe living is a cardboard box will finally give them some perspective.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Old Prof’s Look At Space Law (Again)

It is a Sunday and as usual I have a bunch to say about the rush to exploit space….

I have been trying to educate the readers about the dash to space and the law that I see as being violated by all those in this mad dash……

To help catch my readers up with what I have stated…..

https://lobotero.com/2019/04/12/space-law/

https://lobotero.com/2019/07/16/space-law-part-2/

https://lobotero.com/2019/08/01/do-laws-apply-in-space/

Now if you have read my posts you are caught up with my feelings on the laws that should govern all space exploration…..

The US and others are considering placing nukes in space….this is a violation of the 1967 treaty that we signed….what we need is to bring space law into the 21st century…..

The legal and governance challenge that exists with respect to outer space is that the core legal frameworks for space law were all agreed upon during the Cold War. The 1967 Treaty on the Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and other Celestial Bodies (aka the Outer Space Treaty) is the founding treaty, and was supplemented by the separate 1979 Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (Moon Agreement). While both treaties have been in force since 1967 and 1984, respectively, adoption has been variable, with 110 parties to the Outer Space Treaty and only 18 parties to the Moon Treaty. Australia has adopted both. While the five permanent members of the UN Security Council are all parties to the Outer Space Treaty, none have adopted the Moon Treaty.

One of the overarching international law principles that applies in outer space is “common heritage”. The common heritage principle was first promoted in the 1960s and applied to the deep seabed. Similar terms are found in the Outer Space Treaty and Moon Agreement. The common heritage principle includes non-appropriation of resources, benefit sharing and associated principles such as the freedom of scientific research, freedom of access and environmental stewardship.

Governance of outer space is also problematic, given that traditional notions of state sovereignty do not apply, and there is no overarching governing body. Within the UN, the General Assembly established in 1959 the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). The Committee has a mandate to review “international cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space, studying space-related activities that could be undertaken by the United Nations, encouraging space research programs and studying legal problems arising from the exploration of outer space”. However, the focus of COPUOS has been on peaceful uses of outer space, and not current concerns such as the militarisation of outer space.

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2020/12/15/bringing_space_law_into_the_21st_century_653203.html

I like the original treaty and I think that is what it should be…..a resource used for all people of the planet….not for the exploitation of a few.

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