Vox Populi

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Rebecca Gordon: Home, Sweet Kleptocracy

Kabul in America A top government official with energy industry holdings huddles in secret with oil company executives to work out the details of a potentially lucrative “national energy policy.” … Continue reading

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Doug Anderson: Household Gods

I am lying on my back inventing my pantheon, not the major Gods and Godesses, but the minor ones that do all the work, while the greater ones sit around … Continue reading

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The True Story of Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving story you know probably goes like this: English Pilgrims, seeking religious freedom, landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where they found a rich land full of animals and were greeted … Continue reading

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Dawn Potter: Dear Presidential Candidates — A Modest Proposal

Dear presidential candidates: Yesterday morning, my 18-year-old son came up with a brilliant proposal for campaign reform. He and I spent much of our day together elaborating its details; and … Continue reading

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Video: The Silent Friends

The abiding bond between people and trees is celebrated in this cinematic ode produced by the Spanish filmmaking company Kauri. The Big Banyan Tree is considered to be one of … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Katie Stuart: A Few More Thoughts About Raising Soldiers

My 23 year old son, Gillen, is in the Air National Guard. He is four years into a six year commitment. A few weekends ago, he came home from “drill” … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Inhuman Monsters: ISIS versus Saudi Arabia

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Peter Van Buren.  Introduction by b. traven. In this article Peter Van Buren ( wemeantwell.com) graphically lays out the physical and philosophical ties between…

November 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

World Health Organization: Red meat and processed meat cause cancer

Q&A on the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat October 2015 1. What is considered ‘red meat’? ‘Red meat’ refers to all mammalian muscle meat, including, … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: “Another Lifetime” — a spoken word poem by Kaylo

The poet who calls herself Kaylo says this is “a spoken word poem about a bar in Williamsburg, a bluegrass band, and remembering the person I used to be, who … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Vanessa German: At the Afternoon Bus Stop

so i waz downtown at the beautiful bus hour when alla the high school kids and after work mamas are making their way from the hard work n daycare to … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: Socialism is good for business

In a recent Democratic presidential debate, Anderson Cooper mentioned, when questioning Bernie Sanders, that about 50% of all Americans said they would never vote for a democratic socialist. I rejoiced. … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: And If You Think I Need You There Are a Million Rivers for Us to Ride

Sunday afternoon and my neighbor is singing Olivia Newton John via the Bee Gees’ “Come on Over” in Spanish louder than Avenue B traffic and several car alarms combined which … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Bernie Sanders Champions Democratic Socialism at Georgetown (full speech)

In a clear articulation of his political philosophy and vision for the United States, Bernie Sanders presents himself as heir to the populist legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a … Continue reading

November 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Akira Kurosawa – Composing Movement

In this short “supercut” video essay, Tony Zhou shows how Akira Kurosawa uses movement in his shots to capture mood and character. — Shot from Seven Samurai

November 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

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