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Robert Reich on America’s Koch Problem

Charles and David Koch, the fifth and sixth richest men in the world, have spent billions of dollars building a political machine dedicated to protecting their wealth. In this succinct … Continue reading

June 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Report on Global Warming’s Effect on the Economy

A bipartisan group of former federal cabinet secretaries and business leaders has overseen a report on the economic impact of global warming on the United States.The Risky Business report shows … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Gail Langstroth: The Named, The Nameless

*** Winner of the Jeffster Award for “Best Social Justice Blog” from Deconstructing Myths *** As the ten-year anniversary of 9/11 approached, I wanted to take part in an initiative where the … Continue reading

June 26, 2014 · 13 Comments

How Did This Happen? A Reflection Upon War And Civic Education

As I write, Iraq is falling. Most of the north of that country has fallen into the hands of insurgents. Whether Baghdad will fall, how the United States will react, … Continue reading

June 26, 2014 · Leave a comment


From the age of 10 until I was 28 years old I spent none of my birthdays at home. August was always the time for travel: my 10th birthday in … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · 3 Comments

Nisha Gupta: In Search of Beauty

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson On a hike between the mountains … Continue reading

June 18, 2014 · 1 Comment


This is a lovely piece of film-making that argues for a wholistic conception of nature, less a critique of current policies than an evocation of the beauty and inter-relatedness of … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · Leave a comment


This is an extremely well-executed photo montage that captures the future of advocacy and activism, with narration by social activist Mel Packer. To view more about the project, please visit … Continue reading

June 14, 2014 · Leave a comment


I never order trout in a restaurant.  Though I was tricked once by neat rows of trout on ice at my local fish market.  Never again.  Their taste, at best, … Continue reading

June 14, 2014 · 6 Comments


Wars without purpose.   Patriotism without sacrifice. I hate cliches about war.   I am a Vietnam veteran.   I always get this uncomfortable feeling when someone says, “Thank you for serving your … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · Leave a comment


“we are poor little lambs who have lost our way, baa, baa, baa…” — Rudyard Kipling. More sheep than people.  I say this as a joke, intending to provoke a smile.  … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · Leave a comment


Terry Greenwood, whose dairy farm in Daisytown, Pennsylvania, was destroyed by nearby fracking wells, died June 9, 2014 from a brain tumor. Here’s a short documentary in which Terry talks … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

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