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At Last: Ministry Mondays — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Story

Now that we have finished my favorite science fiction series, Babylon 5, I’m delighted to finally be properly reviewing my favorite portal fantasy series, which I have mentioned several times in the past: El Ministerio del Tiempo. This time travel series, which does not use high tech, but does use humor, social juxtapositions, and history […]

Minbari Mondays becomes Ministry Mondays — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

MLK Day Series Review: Netflix Jaguar, & Justice vs. Revenge?

   It was El Ministerio Del Tiempo that brought my attention to  the Franco era, and the fact that Franco had been allied with the Nazis.  The Netflix short series Jaguar dramatizes one aspect of life under this dictatorship: the hunt for fugitive Nazis living under the protection of Spain’s dictator.  A team of hunters, all camp survivors except for the youngest, who is the son of a man killed in the camps, are working to bring a prominent Nazi to justice as he transits Spain on the way to South America.  To do this, the team needs to recruit a young survivor bent on killing the handler of this Nazi.  Since she happens to be the only person able to recognize the guy, having survived as a servant in the headquarters during the war, the team leader must persuade her to put justice above personal vengeance.  It is an excellent drama, also dealing with perceived  betrayal, redemption, and the horrible paradox of a sadistic torturer whose research also happened to provide scientific data.

statue of martin luther king jr in west potomoc park washington dc
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   Today we observe Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday as a national holiday, and remember that he was preparing, when he was killed, to lead a campaign that would advocate for all people suffering from injustice.  He reminded us that

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

    This series is set in 1962 Madrid, and can be a bit hard to follow in places (particularly when the person speaks who is hard of hearing), so the Closed Captions help.  Thousands of Spaniards died in the camps, many of them simply sent for being Republicans (part of the alliance of the Republic that Franco destroyed in 1939).  Some quotes from a few episodes that really got me follow:
Ep. 1:  “Si lo pegan un tiro…nadie se enterería de sus crímenes. Nadie se sentiría vergüenza de sus actos.” Por eso tenemos la justicia.”
/
“If he’s shot…no one will hear of his crimes.  No one will feel the shame of his actions.”  This is why we have a justice system.
and
Episodio 2: “Alguien tiene que evitar que esos desgraciados mueren de viejos en sus camas.” Gracias!
/
Ep. 2: “Somebody has to prevent these jerks from dying of old age in their beds.”  Thank you!
And we also deal with the trauma of survivors, and their inability to fit in in a society that expects us all to be happy, to be normal, to live as if all were well:
Episodio 6: “…te das cuenta de que ya no eres como los demás y nunca lo vas a ser…te han quitado…”
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Ep. 6: “…you realize that you are no longer like everyone else and you never will be…they have taken from you…”

   The interesting thing about this series is that we never really find out why any of the team members were sent to the camps.  The only religious references are to the oldest team member, a formerly devout Catholic, who has lost his faith due to the horrors he saw in the camps.  All bear the tattoos and the emotional scars, even the kid, who does not have a tattoo, but does have a photo of his father who died in the camps, and for him, it is the same as the tattoos of the survivors.  We see, in this kid, the result of trauma passed down, even when he was not in the camps, but suffers the same pain as the older survivors.  Being young, of course, he deals with it in less rational and more impulsive ways that cause problems, of course, for the team.  Even more interestingly, for  the story, we never find out who funds and runs this team.  Hopefully, that will be for a season two of this series, which deserves to be renewed and watched far more widely than it appears to have been thus far.

Podemos hacer y ser mejor…
(yes, we can Do  and Be Better…)”

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This is another part of the work, imho, that Toni Morrison spoke of for the Black woman writer.  We must bear witness to what has been erased about our own past, yes, but Dr. King pointed out that we must also speak for those who were unable to speak for themselves, so that the past of others who were unjustly persecuted may also be uncovered, and eventually reconciled.   #ProjectDoBetter focuses on the language learning needed to facilitate both the empathy, and also the hearing and telling of those stories.

Shira

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Ministry Monday Book Review: Rimas y Leyendas de Bequer, by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer

   It was El Ministerio Del Tiempo that brought my attention to , and LibriVox.org, that made it easy to find and listen to (Fue EMdT que me llam’o la atenci’on a , y Librivox.org que lo hizo facil de encontrar y escuchar) :

Sorry, this is my second time listening to this work, and the poetry is beautiful, but I can’t stand his comments on Arabs and Jews, and I understand that it was a different time, but I can’t stand any more of this “like all of those of his race…”.
    When I got to the story about the architecture of Toledo however and the first verses go on about the bloodthirsty conquests of the Arabs, which was not true, as when you read the histories of the Islamic conquests, you see that they were not forcing conversions, at that time.  But then he gets to the Iberian peninsula, and it gets even worse, and he comments that the Arabs had no culture until they conquered Europe. Which is the worst falsehood.
(pls let me know if I forgot to translate any of the reading updates I paste in…)
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Ya lo he escuchado otra vez, y aunque la poesia es bella, no soporto sus palabras en sobre los arabes y los judios, y comprendo que era un otro tiempo, pero no aguanto mas de “como todos de su raza…).

La primera vez que revis’e este libro dije:

No lo puedo dar estrellas, ya que solo leí la mitad, más o menos. No me lo pude seguir escuchando después de haber oído lo que dice sobre la falta de cultura de los árabes. No solamente era incierto, pero también era racista.

November 11, 2020 – Shelved as: el-ministerio-del-tiempo
 “De: La arquitectura árabe en Toledo :
Cómo!?
No puedo dar crédito a mis oídos: que los árabes no tenían ningún arte antes de haber conquistado la península ibérica ???!!!
(Escuchandoli LibreVox ya que se mencionó a Bequer en El Ministerio del Tiempo…)”
November 11, 2020 – Finished Reading
  “Acabo de escuchar el primer cuento de Leyendas: Creed en Dios, por Librivox (https://librivox.org/leyendas-by-gust…)
Es claramente un cuento para espantar a los que no creen en un Dios quien castiga a los malvadores, pero, y si ese dios no ayuda a los humildes??”
 “El Beso: por eso se deja en paz a los muertos…”
 “empezando El miserere…”
“Brama:

“Este mundo no puede durar mucho, porque los” atomitos jugan con los atomos.

Cierto: nosotros jugamos con el poder del atomo, y nos vamos a destruir a nosotros mismos si no prestamos atencion…

Somos los infantes cuyos manos rompen todo.
Pero,
Podemos hacer y ser mejor…
(yes, we can Do Better…)”

November 29, 2022 – Finished Reading
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     I am very happy to say that soon I will be able to start reviewing the episodes of this series, El Ministerio Del Tiempo, which I do believe is one that could really help change the world.  And it also reminded me how important reading and language learning are, as preparation for citizenship.
This is another reason that #ProjectDoBetter focuses on those aspects of education so often.

Shira

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Ministry Mondays: Bibliotecas y la Deuda… Libraries Debt…

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“ -¿Adónde vas?
-A la biblioteca.
-Hija, la vida es más que leer libros.
-Ya lo sé, madre.
-Lo aprendí leyendo”

¿Cuantos hemos sufrido la pena de ser facturado injustamente por una deuda?
Muchos.
¿Cuantos tenemos la suerte de conocer nuestros derechos y que hay que defenderlos?
No tantos.
¿Cuantos sabemos donde encontrar los detalles de estos derechos y como defenderlos?
No suficientamente.
¿Y cuantos tenemos acceso a un abogado, o biblioteca de derecho, y transporte, sin decir la buena salud para irse?
No la mayoria de nosotros.
Por eso nos urge las buenas bibliotecas publicas y transporte publico, para ayudar a todos en defender sus derechos. En un epoca de escasos recursos para las escuelas y bibliotecas publicas, los que necesitan màs tienen menos.
Hay soluciones para ello: Primero, dar màs dinero a los transportes y bibliotecas publicos, y a las escuelas. Segundo, quitar de encima de la gente las deudas a cada rato. Así podemos cambiar la desigalidad que nos limita a todos.


Salud Para Todos! #PublicDomainInfrastructure
ShiraDest

“ -Where are you going?
-To the Library.
-Daughter, there is more to life than reading books.
-I know, mother. I learned it by reading.”

How many of us have experienced the pain of being wrongly billed by a debt collector?
Many.
How many of us are lucky enough to know that we have rights that we must defend, which cannot be transgressed by those debt collectors?
Not as many.
How many of us know where to find the details of those rights and how to go about defending ourselves legally?
Not nearly enough of us.
And how many of us have access to good legal counsel, or a law library, and the transportation, not to mention the good health, to get there, and then to court if necessary?
Not most of us.
This is where public libraries, and public transportation, become crucial as places to help all citizens research and learn about their rights and how to defend them. In an era of shrinking library and school budgets for the 99%, separate is still not equal: fewer libraries and fewer legal and research librarians are available to guide residents searching for current Statute of Limitations, debt collection laws, etc. The result is that those who need the most help get the least, and inequality continues to grow, harming all of us.

One short term solution to these problems is clearly to fully fund Public Libraries, Pro-Bono legal and consumer Education, Public Transportation, and Universal Health Care (4 major components of our Public Domain Social Infrastructure #PublicDomainInfrastructure ).
One possible long term solution could be an old solution, advocated by several major religions over the millennia: the forgiveness of debt after a certain period of time. Modern student loans, for example, in the UK are rumored to be forgiven after 15 years, while Ancient Near Eastern societies mandated forgiving all sorts of debts periodically. These policies, modern and ancient, were meant to prevent what we are seeing today, particularly in the USA: an entrenched cycle of inequality that prevents the vast majority of people from achieving liberty, let alone pursuing happiness.

Actions:

1.) Share for two different sources giving statutes of limitations in your state (or District).

2.) Share your thoughts on how a periodic debt forgiveness might help, or hinder, justice and help build more inclusive thinking, and

3.) Write a book, blog post or story using them, and, once published, please consider donating to your local public library.

B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The ProtectorLupin, or La Casa De Papel/Money Heist Reviews,

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or Long Range Plans, & Historical Fiction Serial Writing

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Ministry Mondays, & Lorca: Por Eso Me Encanta EMdT / This is Why I Love this Series

       An upcoming week’s ep of  Spanish television’s RTVE show El Ministerio del Tiempo will review (in the coming weeks and months…):

“Petr Beckman said that the thugs always win, but the thinkers always outlast them. “

Thank you: now I know the basis for F. Garcia Lorca’s comment in El Ministerio del Tiempo:

“…gané yo, no ellos.”  /  “I won, not them.”

That comment makes much more sense now. I’ll have to add this when I review EMdT.  Also reading his work, LibroDPoemasLorca  referred to often across several seasons of this show.

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how this episode made you think.

2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector, LupinLa Casa de Papel (Money Heist) Reviews…

Holistic High School Lessons,

or Long Term Nonfiction & Historical Fiction

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about   #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira

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Ministry Mondays with Even More Rebellious Team Members

Last week or so, we met the, Alonso, por Omar R. La Rosa 16th century soldier Alonso de Entrerios.

Now, we’ll meet Julian, a modern day EMT, who has no problem with taking orders from women, but simply does not want to work for the Ministry. He also gives no information about himself, so you will have to wait for the episode reviews to learn more about him. Julian is one of those types that probably camped out with the kids in La Puerta del Sol during Occupy, 2011 (the entire month of May)!

🙂

Subsecretary Salvador Marti, the head of this ministry, had to force Julian to work here.


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B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The ProtectorSihirli AnnemLupin, or La Casa De Papel/Money Heist Reviews,

Holistic College Algebra & GED/HiSET Night School Lesson Plans,

           or My Nonfiction  & Historical Fiction Serial Writing

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira


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Alonso, por Omar R. La Rosa

Travel With Rebellious Team Members on Ministry Mondays

Last week or so, we met Amelia, the young leader of this patrol team, charged with being the brain of their missions back in time. She must learn to lead men who are sometimes not accustomed to taking orders from women, like 16th century soldier Alonso de Entrerios.

Then we’ll meet Julian,

Subsecretary Salvador Marti, who we saw last week prefers the Metro of Madrid metro to a limosine,

and

Ireni Lara, who seems to be starring in a new film where she also ends up back in time having, again, to use her superior intellect to put the stone age men of the 80’s in their places.

This series began in 2015 on Spanish Public Television, RTVe.es, and is available on that website to those with a web browser set to a location in Europe.


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B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The ProtectorSihirli AnnemLupin, or La Casa De Papel/Money Heist Reviews,

Holistic College Algebra & GED/HiSET Night School Lesson Plans,

           or My Nonfiction  & Historical Fiction Serial Writing

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira


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metro

Ministry Mondays: Take the Metro, or Take the Debt? Ir en Metro, o en Deuda?

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“ -Fuera lo espera un chófer con un coche oficial.

-Gracias.
Prefiero ir en metro. ”

Como el subsecretario Salvador Martí del Ministerio del Tiempo, ojala que habîan màs funcionarios que nos darîan el buen ejemplo de usar los transportes publicos. A menudo, la falta de transporte publico llega hasta faltar las citas medicas y legales, con consequencia de perder los procesos judiciales que no han de perder, si la persona endeudada hubiera podido llegar a la corte para defender sus derechos.

A corto plazo, otros estados de los EEUU podrîan seguir el ejemplo del estado de Maryland, que ha prohibido las acciónes civiles por parte de colectores de deudas ya pasado la fecha limite segûn el tipo de deuda. Mientras tanto, a largo plazo, reconstruimos nuestra estructura economica para crear la igualdad en vez de crear la pobreza. Los dos puntos de vista, corto y largo plazo, nos urge.

“ -An official car and choffeur are waiting for you outside
-Thank you.
I prefer to take the Metro.”

Would that more of our public officials, like subsecretary Salvador Marti of The Ministry of Time, set the example of using public transportation in our modern day real life.  Mass transit is a crucial part of society’s infrastructure, allowing equal access to transport, and also moving people more efficiently on the roads or rails, while keeping down pollution, two key ways of reducing the background stressors that make it harder for citizens to take active part in the governing process of our democracies.  Lack of transportation also often leads, directly or indirectly, to default judgement on an expired debt which could have been avoided, had the debtor been able to defend in court.  After all, we no longer have debtor’s prisons, as they did in the time of my Work In Progress (or do we?).

Over the short-term, states could follow the example of Maryland, and prohibit lawsuits on all expired debts, while also rebuilding our economic structures to create equity rather than poverty, over the long-term. Both short-term and long-term approaches are needed, urgently.

Action Items:

1.)    Just look up the public transportation options available in your area.

2.)     Try riding them, if you can.

3.)      Look up times and locations for your local Transit Board meetings.

4.)       Ask your local law-makers to put in Light Rail stops to your local airport(s).

Quotes for an earlier important debt-related post came from a recent ProPublica article co-published with The New Yorker.

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Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows,  Lupin, or Money Heist(soon…)

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers,  please consider    #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira

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Minbari Mondays becomes Ministry Mondays

Now that we have finished my favorite science fiction series, Babylon 5, I’m delighted to finally be properly reviewing my favorite portal fantasy series, which I have mentioned several times in the past: El Ministerio del Tiempo. This time travel series, which does not use high tech, but does use humor, social juxtapositions, and history to devastating effect, is originally from Spanish Public Television, RTVes. The videos were initially available on the RTVe website, then pulled when a deal was made with Netflix, and then put back again a year or two later, limited to viewers in Europe (or those with a free proxy set to Europe…).

This series has been helpful, as it comes with CCs, in brushing up on my Castillian Spanish, as well as my history of Spain and of Spanish literature. It is a gem of a show in so many ways that I can hardly wait to begin sharing, so here are some of the main characters!

🙂

Amelia, to start with, will be our first featured main character, and then we’ll meet:

Alonso de Entrerios,

Julian,

Subsecretary Salvador Marti

and then the irascible Irene, so popular with the ladies, who is the first woman to head the leadership team of the Ministry of Time, thank you for your intelligence, Ireni Lara.


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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The ProtectorSihirli AnnemLupin, or La Casa De Papel/Money Heist Reviews,

Holistic College Algebra & GED/HiSET Night School Lesson Plans,

           or My Nonfiction  & Historical Fiction Serial Writing

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira


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metro

Ir en Metro, o en Deuda? Take the Metro, or Take the Debt?

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“ -Fuera lo espera un chófer con un coche oficial.


-Gracias.
Prefiero ir en metro. ”

Como el subsecretario Salvador Martí del Ministerio del Tiempo, ojala que habîan màs funcionarios que nos darîan el buen ejemplo de usar los transportes publicos. A menudo, la falta de transporte publico llega hasta faltar las citas medicas y legales, con consequencia de perder los procesos judiciales que no han de perder, si la persona endeudada hubiera podido llegar a la corte para defender sus derechos.

A corto plazo, otros estados de los EEUU podrîan seguir el ejemplo del estado de Maryland, que ha prohibido las acciónes civiles por parte de colectores de deudas ya pasado la fecha limite segûn el tipo de deuda. Mientras tanto, a largo plazo, reconstruimos nuestra estructura economica para crear la igualdad en vez de crear la pobreza. Los dos puntos de vista, corto y largo plazo, nos urge.


“ -An official car and choffeur are waiting for you outside
-Thank you.
I prefer to take the Metro.”

Would that more of our public officials, like subsecretary Salvador Marti of The Ministry of Time, set the example of using public transportation. Lack of transportation often leads to default judgement on an expired debt which could have been avoided, had the debtor been able to defend in court.

Over the short-term, states could follow the example of Maryland, and prohibit lawsuits on all expired debts, while also rebuilding our economic structures to create equity rather than poverty, over the long-term. Both short-term and long-term approaches are needed, urgently.

Let’s start to #EndPoverty by improving these four parts of our Public Domain Social Infrastructure, the #PublicDomainInfrastructure 4: (1. #libraries, 2. #ProBono legal aid and Education, 3. #UniversalHealthCare , and 4. good #publictransport )
Read, Write, Dream, Walk !

Shira

originally posted on May 7th, 12018 HE

Action Items:

1.) Search for more sources relating lack of transportation to joblessness, court case defaults, and homelessness, perhaps with a bit of help from your local public library branch’s Reference Librarian,

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how a public transit system might help, or hinder, both unfair debt cases, and also inclusive thinking,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses those thouhts.

 

    Nos vemos!

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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction Writing

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS


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