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Naomi Oreskes: The Greatest Scam in History

Science failed to have the necessary impact in significant part because of disinformation promoted by the major fossil-fuel companies, which have succeeded in diverting attention from climate change and successfully blocking meaningful action.

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Majid Naficy: Visiting the Moon

I was fifteen years old
When I found the moon in the Biabanak sand dunes.

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Danny Sjursen: Watching My Students Turn Into Soldiers of Empire

A New Generation of West Pointers Joins America’s Hopeless Wars

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Kathleen O’Toole: Mindful

Samsara’s in every in-breath, each shutter click of attention: first warning
signs of famine, children lining up
for the soldiers’ candy

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John Samuel Tieman: Thank you for your service

At the gym the other day, a few of us old veterans were talking among ourselves. The subject drifted to how tired we are of that “Thank you for your … Continue reading

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Audio: Leonard Nimoy reads Ray Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains” from “The Martian Chronicles”

In the mid-seventies, a pair of record albums came out that offered a truly singular listening experience: the voice of Bradbury in the voice of Nimoy. Here’s a recording of … Continue reading

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Video: While I Yet Live

Five acclaimed African American quilters from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, talk about love, religion and the fight for civil rights as they continue the tradition of quilting that originally brought them together.

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Dawn Potter: Canto

The season was autumn. Threads of smoke
unwound from the chimneys. Every compass pointed
toward winter.

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Michael Simms: Who Will Tell Them?

Goodbye elephant bird
Who frightened Sinbad.
Goodbye wigeon,
Curleau, lapwing, crake.
Goodbye mascarene coot.
Sorry we never had a chance to meet.

November 9, 2019 · 11 Comments

Akashinga “The Brave Ones”: Nature Protected by Women

A growing body of evidence suggests that empowering women is the single biggest force for positive change in the world today.

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Philip Terman: Night of the Broken Glass| Image ID 0115766

A soul similar to glass, hard
And brittle, transparent or
Translucent, vulnerable,
Easily cracked…

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Sylvia Taschka: Trump’s America shines bright for Europe’s radical New Right

Trump has helped make the New Right’s way of looking at things much more politically and socially acceptable – in a way none of its members had likely dared to dream before the election of November 2016.

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Jennifer Stitt: For Rachel Carson, wonder was a radical state of mind

In the 1940s, Rachel Carson began developing an ethic of wonder that stood at the centre of her ecological philosophy.

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Kristofer Collins: A Poem for Michael Wurster

The only connection I felt to the mills
was to the children of a generation of flayed men
on unemployment, the storefronts boarded…

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Nick Turse: Castle Black

The United States dominates the world through its military power. Due to government secrecy, our citizens are often ignorant of the fact that our garrisons encircle the planet.

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