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Jose Padua: If Poets Were Like Porn Stars

Originally posted on Shenandoah Breakdown:
If poets were like porn stars what would it take to fluff us up, to get us ready to perform, place word after word, then…

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Knights of Earth

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Steve Naidamast After surviving tragedy at the World Trade Center on 9-11-2001 (I escaped from building #5, which was engulfed in a fireball 30…

September 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

In Effort to Combat Campus Sexual Assault, California ‘Yes Means Yes’ Signed into Law

“Affirmative consent” law shifts burden of proof in campus sexual assault cases. Supporters say the California law shifts the burden of proof from the alleged victim to the accused. (Photo: … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Worst Cancer of All

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Deploy them only when needed, and in wars only when approved by a formal Congressional declaration W.J. Astore Also at Huffington Post. President Obama’s…

September 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Navajo woman targeted by NFL team’s lawsuit remains defiant

The Washington Redskins are suing a 32-year old social worker from the Navajo reservation over a trademark cancellation. Amanda Blackhorse is not worried. Amanda Blackhorse stood in her gravel drive, … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Richard Kramer: Jumping the Line

It was a Tuesday, early, and so far everything was going well. In Los Angeles, where I live, this usually means that a car is pulling out of a parking … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Video: Treating Alzheimer’s with Turmeric

Rural India has the lowest validated Alzheimer’s rates in the world. Is it due to the turmeric in their curry or their largely plant-based diets? Turmeric

September 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Djelloul Marbrook: What Farmers Can Teach Cops  

As farmers once were, police are isolated from the communities they are supposed to serve. Farmers in upstate New York used to view Cornell’s agricultural extension services with suspicion. What … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: What I Keep Coming Back To

One of my fondest memories of my mother is this— seeing her on the corner of Mt. Pleasant and Hobart when I’d caught up with her and my dad after … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jeff Nguyen: A collective sigh

September 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ace Boggess: Four Poems

Ace Boggess is an ex-con, ex-husband, ex-reporter, and completely exhausted by all the things he isn’t anymore.  He is the author of two books of poetry: The Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry … Continue reading

September 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

No Freedom in Sight, Illegally Jailed Mississippi Inmates Demand Answers

People jailed in Scott County often find themselves waiting years for trial—or even charges. Octavius Burks has been locked in jail for three years. He has not been charged. He … Continue reading

September 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Told They Cannot Learn About Social Movements, Colorado Students Take To the Streets

Rightwing tries to ban history of “social strife” in the United States, so students teach them a lesson Hundreds of students from high schools across Colorado’s Jefferson County school district … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Frac Sand Mining Has Hidden Dangers

Major Harm Already Seen to Human Health, Water Quality and Property Values in WI and MN; Rapid Growth of Fracking Could Lead to Similar Mining in IL, MA, MI, MO, … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · Leave a comment