Here’s your cotton-pickin’ Sunday

Today in the Gray Lady, special prisons for cops in Russia.

Russia’s Parliament rejected more substantive oversight [of the police]. Proposals included bans on entering homes without warrants or beating women with rubber batons at street protests. Russian lawmakers discussed the second item, but eventually dismissed it as discriminatory towards men.

Meanwhile, in small house in East Austin:

Anarchism was the catchword for an international terrorist movement at the turn of the 20th century [so that’s how you do it!—Ed.] But Mr. Crow . . . describes anarchism as a kind of locally oriented self-help movement, a variety of “social libertarianism.” . . . This kind of talk appears to have baffled some of the agents assigned to watch him, whose reports to F.B.I. bosses occasionally seem petulant. One agent calls “nonviolent direct action,” a phrase in activists’ materials, “an oxymoron.”

God help us. All right, and in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, echoes of the Fenway:

“The big perspective is that gentrification has changed tremendously since the ’70s and the ’80s,” Professor Smith said. “It’s no longer just about housing. It’s really a systematic class-remaking of city neighborhoods. It’s driven by many of the same forces, especially the profitable use of the land. But it’s about creating entire environments: employment, recreation, environmental conditions.”

Et tu, Berklee? But anyway. “Gentrification today has become all about attracting capital to the city,” the professor continues.

When public land like the waterfront park becomes part of the equation, he said, community groups often find themselves in a struggle against an adversary with a momentum all its own. “In this struggle,” he said, “the interests of private capital rarely lose.”

Sometimes it feels like they never do. As Cary Grant declares in “Holiday”: “When I find myself in a situation like this, I ask myself, ‘What would General Motors do?’—and do the opposite.”