Vox Populi

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George Monbiot: Nothing to See Here

In the greatest environmental disaster of the 21st Century (so far), Indonesia has been blotted out by smoke. And the media. I’ve often wondered how the media would respond when … Continue reading

October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Leonard Pitts, Jr.: We don’t want to watch the police, but we have to

The question was first posed by Juvenal, a Latin poet whose life spanned the first and second centuries: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Translation: “Who watches the watchmen?” The old question … Continue reading

October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Tom Waits reads “Nirvana” by Charles Bukowski

This gentle poem shows a rarely seen lyrical side to both Bukowski and Waits. Photo Feb. 2, 1989 Ellen Jaskol/LA Times.     

October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Nine Little Minds

The grand openings of both the World Series and the GOP debates overhype events as grandiose and historic battles of titans. Channel surfers exercise their itchy thumbs for three reasons: … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges and Rachel Moran: Prostitution — Being Raped for a Living

— In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges speaks with author and former prostitute Rachel Moran about the violence and disempowerment inherent in prostitution. “People who depict … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Analyst

first thing this morning the kitchen table her short black hair mostly combed her Sunday Times open to something she sets aside . she makes notes about desire and the … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Atisha: Migrating Birds

We should live with few possessions and dwell with our backs turned to the things that cause grasping. We should be as wanderers in foreign lands taking food as it … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Enough

A sunlit wooden table with some scars. Jar of honey casting its wavering gold ghost. Spring water and the smell of the pines. And you with your heart wide open. … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Living to 100 — The Okinawa Diet

Why do those eating plant-based diets live longer? Are there whole populations that eat plant-based diets and live longer? What is the ideal diet? Are there actually purple sweet potatoes?

October 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jenne’ R. Andrews: Of Thanatos, the Footman

Naked you were luminous and all my cells photographed you, stayed with me all these years. But there was a shadow to that beauty. When we are older we acquire … Continue reading

October 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Human Kind

Fascinating new lines of research suggest that we are good people, tolerating bad things. Do you find yourself thrashing against the tide of human indifference and selfishness? Are you oppressed … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Arlene Weiner: Advice to a Daughter

. A man is like the United States. . He is stronger than you but less flexible. He is impatient. . He expects you to smile. He forgets easily. He … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dill and Radish Hummous

Originally posted on The Flexi Foodie:
Making hummous at home is so simple to do and is generally always going to be healthier than the shop bought versions! You have…

October 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Terminator Planet

How the U.S. Created Middle East Mayhem To this day, it remains difficult to take in the degree to which the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq destabilized the Greater … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · Leave a comment