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Jose Padua: Love is like Arkansas

Love is like Arkansas, a little bit backward sometimes. The best days are slow, simple, like white rice and black beans on a paper plate for lunch. The worst are … Continue reading

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Jen Marlowe: “One Family in Gaza”

One Family in Gaza, Jen Marlowe’s award-winning short documentary film featuring the Awajah family. Included here by permission of TomDispatch.

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Matthew Thorburn: Cicada

. Where do the bees go in winter, their hives shuttered in ice? When spring rains tear down the spider’s web, she strings up another. It seems the same cicadas … Continue reading

December 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

Dawn Potter: The Marketing of American Individualism

On the morning after our most recent election debacle, I received a note from a bewildered Canadian friend: Not my place to comment, at least publicly, on another country’s political … Continue reading

December 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Daniel Burston: Corruption in the Mental Health Professions — Psychology, Psychiatry and the “New Normal” 

                  The Social Psychology of Corruption Ask yourself the following question; “What is the most corrupt place in the world?” Forget Sodom … Continue reading

December 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Rob Cantor: “Shia LaBeouf”

Featuring The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, The West L.A. Children’s Choir, The Argus Quartet, aerial artists, dancers wearing masks, and a “real live cannibal.” Oh yeah, you need … Continue reading

December 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: On Inspiration

“I can never imagine how someone would fall in love with poetry and stop reading poems. But I think that people often talk themselves out of responding…” This video is … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Sanitizing Evil

Like the Nazis & other evil-doers, American torture apologists use language to sanitize evil How do we know that those who are defending the American torture program under the presidency … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Relativity

My mother cried when my father took his first trip back home to the Philippines. I don’t remember how old I was, just that I was too young to understand … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Torture Wars

It came from the top and that’s never been a secret. The president authorized the building of those CIA “black sites” and the use of what came to be known … Continue reading

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Jenne R. Andrews: Looking Through a Window at December

If we could hold this instant– dried amber leaves on nearly bare branches delineating mother of pearl sky— could we find the gold ring we dropped in autumn grass other … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · 2 Comments
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