Vox Populi

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NRDC: Fracking Endangers Health and Water Supplies

The rapid expansion of natural gas drilling across the nation endangers human health and the environment. The oil and gas industry is seeking to expand natural gas production across the … Continue reading

July 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dan Simpson: Fracking Compromises the Future of Pennsylvania

I guess that having lived in the Ohio-Pennsylvania-West Virginia tri-state area for decades of my life should have hardened me to the apparently popular concept that it is completely acceptable … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: What the 1% Don’t Want You to Know

Economist Paul Krugman explains how the United States is becoming an oligarchy – the very system our founders revolted against.

July 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Black Panel at Comic-Con: ‘African American culture is American culture’

The storied panel has become an institution of established mentors and frank discussion about characters and culture. Of the hundreds of panels available at Comic-Con, which drew to a close … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: The Elephant’s Garden

From Australian animator Felix Colgrave,  a beautiful film about the balance of nature.

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Camouflage: Strangers with Secrets Meet in Post-War Germany

A Memoir: It was 1957, twelve years after the end of the war in Karlsruhe, West Germany. Most of the scars from the heavy Allied air raids had been covered … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: Jewish Voice for Peace

Produced by Jewish Voice for Peace, this video is a first of its kind expression of support for Palestinian freedom, equality and justice.  Featuring a diverse group of celebrities, artists, and … Continue reading

July 28, 2014 · 3 Comments

Naomi Shihab Nye: Questions in July

  Where does terror come from? Possibly from people who are terrified. Why does it hurt more when the killed were boys on a beach? They had the breath of the sea in their … Continue reading

July 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: Charlie Chaplin’s Message to Humanity

One of the most inspirational speeches in recorded history was made by Charlie Chaplin in the movie “The Great Dictator”.

July 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Stanford biologist warns of early stages of Earth’s 6th mass extinction event

The planet’s current biodiversity, the product of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary trial and error, is the highest in the history of life. But it may be reaching a tipping … Continue reading

July 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: Patriotic Millionaires

In Fall 2010, some of the country’s most financially successful citizens came together to urge the President to let the Bush tax cuts expire for people making more than $1 … Continue reading

July 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death in America

As it turns out, the leading causes of death in America are … ourselves. Dr. Michael Greger explains how we are killing ourselves and what we can do about it.

July 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Substitute

I am not a teacher. I haven’t taken a single class on education, let alone made it through the testing and observation required to be a public school teacher. I … Continue reading

July 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

Why am I moving left?

I used to be right down the middle. But America’s changed, and so have I. In my late 50s, at a time of life when most people are supposed to … Continue reading

July 27, 2014 · Leave a comment