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Binta Baxter: Trump’s Budget Is a Blueprint for a Banana Republic-Style Military Dictatorship

The overall implication of this budget should have all Americans on alert. The Trump Administration has officially unveiled its proposed budget to “Make America Great Again,” and by all accounts … Continue reading

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Chard deNiord: Herr President

Ringed with a scum of chicken-necked bosses he toys with the tributes of half-men. — From “The Stalin Epigram” by Osip Mandelstam Have you no sense of decency, sir?— Joseph … Continue reading

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Chris Hedges: The Death of the Republic

The deep state’s decision in ancient Rome—dominated by a bloated military and a corrupt oligarchy, much like the United States of 2017—to strangle the vain and idiotic Emperor Commodus in … Continue reading

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Jose Padua: How I Came to the Valley

When there are so many things in the world to regret, why is it I regret so little? Lessons I learned either by doing or not doing, outcomes that in … Continue reading

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Video: First Night Out

In this award-winning film directed by Will Mayo, a transgender woman goes out in public for the first time. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to … Continue reading

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George Lakoff: Trump Tweets, Press Leaps.

  . George Lakoff: Now that we understand how Trump uses Twitter to divert and distract, many of you have asked how we can respond. This handy chart by Greg … Continue reading

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Ellen McGrath Smith: Deconfliction Dance Party

  What’s your mood and modus operandi? We’ve got many rooms, one for every need and every provisional alliance, each contingency. Sound-proofed so your experience will not be compromised. Here’s … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump

. This new feature-length video made available by Salon, explores the connections between Donald Trump and the Russian Mob. The documentary explains how Russia has collected damning intelligence about Trump … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: Kashishi

For Raff Ellis   How many generations have we been peddlers of notions, our ribbons of battle fluttering from kashishi – livelihood out of suitcases – from packs, from the … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: US involvement in Yemen Civil War Continues to Grow under Trump

While the American mainstream media is diligently reporting on the scandal of Melania not wearing a headscarf in Riyadh and cheering the triumph of her husband not bowing to the … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: “The General” by Buster Keaton (full length feature)

. Orson Welles called Buster Keaton’s 1926 film The General “the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made.” Though … Continue reading

May 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: What to do with the Confederate War Memorial?

Recently my wife and I were in Bentonville, Arkansas. The town square is like the setting of a Sherwood Anderson novel — quaint shops, courthouse. At the center of the … Continue reading

May 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Sharon Doubiago: Jesus was a Terrorist

“The most important deficiency in the U.S. counterterrorism policy has been the failure to address the root causes of terrorism.” Philip C. Wilcox Jr., former US Ambassador at Large and … Continue reading

May 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Stephen Fry Explains Why Some People Believe Everything Donald Trump Says

. “The incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence.” Supporters of President Donald Trump believe just about everything he says, and Trump himself seems to have absolute confidence in … Continue reading

May 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Fearless Laughter — Yusef Komunyakaa’s Advice to Young Poets

  . In this video created by Sampsonia Way magazine for Rattapallax, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa describes his revision process, talks about the importance of silence in poetry, … Continue reading

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Video: Lead in Drinking Water

. Public health researcher Dr. Michael Greger asks, “What happened in Flint Michigan, how was it discovered, and how many more Flints are there?” First published in NutritionFacts. Email subscribers … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · Leave a comment