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Jimmy Carter: The US is an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery

Former President Jimmy Carter said July 28 on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” … Continue reading

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Jose Padua: A Book of Lines and Years

I give to you a book of days, you give to me a line of minutes. I give to you a story of weeks, you give to me a poem … Continue reading

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Video: J.S. Bach’s “Crab Canon” Visualized on a Mobius Strip

If you process things more visually than you do aurally, watch this video, a visualization of the piece by mathematical image-maker Jos Leys. You can follow the score, note for … Continue reading

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Video: Claude Monet painting the lily pond (rare footage)

This is the only known film footage of the French Impressionist Claude Monet, made when he was 74 years old, painting alongside a lily pond in his garden at Giverny. … Continue reading

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Marc Jampole: Papal encyclical puts Pope on side of progressives, but ignores need for family planning

The Democratic Party would do well to strip the religious references and theological discussions from Pope Francis’s recent papal encyclical on the environment and place what’s left into its 2016 … Continue reading

August 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

George Yancy and Joe Feagin: American Racism in the ‘White Frame’

George Yancy: To what extent does your work as a sociologist overlap or pertain to what we might concern ourselves with as philosophers? Joe Feagin: I have been deeply concerned … Continue reading

August 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mike Schneider: Salem Hill Hymn Sing

“The Angel of Death is abroad in the land, only you can’t always hear the flutter of its wings.” — Winston Churchill, 1944 A screaming comes across the sky like … Continue reading

August 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Video: Deep Purple’s “Child in Time” played on medieval instruments

. No, this is not a Monty Python skit, but an interesting fusion of two different styles of music: famous rock songs played in a distinctively European folk style — … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

James M. Kauffman: Why can’t I own a Canadian?

Dear Dr. Laura: Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge … Continue reading

August 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Young Leonard Cohen reads his poem “Prayer for Messiah”

Leonard Cohen reads his poem “Prayer for Messiah” in 1966 — before his days as a musician began. .

August 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: Why I Support BDS

The Palestinians are poor. They are powerless. They have no voice or influence in the halls of power. They are demonized. They do not have well-heeled lobbyists doling out campaign … Continue reading

July 31, 2015 · 3 Comments

Doug Anderson: Scattering my Mother’s Ashes on the Family Plot at Hickman Kentucky

. Down into the black, flesh curdled dirt. Down into the family charnel, marinade in whiskey, with the murderers and soul murderers against whom you honed your tongue. Down there … Continue reading

July 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: A Few of my Favorite Jailbirds

But I’m Starting a New Life: A Words without Walls Anthology, Anthony Ciotoli (ed.) Chatham University, Pittsburgh, 2015 Many important writers and poets have spent time in jail or prison, … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · 8 Comments

Vanessa German: Be good to your wild places my loves

i was the dirty one. the least cute thing between my three ravishing straight-toothed sisters. and i was round and brown and the nappiest. cuz. i wasn’t born with the … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jon Queally: World’s Oceans Could Rise Higher, Sooner, Faster Than Most Thought Possible

If a new scientific paper is proven accurate, the international target of limiting global temperatures to a 2°C rise this century will not be nearly enough to prevent catastrophic melting … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

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