Vox Populi

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Daniel R. Cobb: Republicans, embrace your inner child

Yes, Republicans, embrace your inner child: Donald. Mr. Trump speaks your inner truth, however Hitleresque and vile it sounds. Speaker of the House Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Reince Priebus and many … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ruth Clark: Here in Hereford, Snake Edition

In Hereford reptiles, like rodents, are abundant. Most commonly we see the quick-moving whiptail lizard, which is the favorite food of the road runner, the gecko, most often on a … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dr. Michael Greger: Why Smoothies Are Better Than Juicing

Studies such as a recent Harvard School of Public Health investigation found that the consumption of whole fruits is associated with a significantly lower risk of type 2 diabetes, whereas … Continue reading

June 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Vegan Kitchen: Eight Tropical Fruits We Should Eat More Of

One of the great joys of summer is eating fruit. In the northern latitudes, berries, peaches, apricots, and melons ripen in the warm sun, and we can buy them at … Continue reading

June 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

Matt Daly: Feast of Flowers

I watch the pot but it is still boiling I toss in a cube     a shard     a chip     a glacier This is the age of Orlando The … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · 4 Comments

Chris Hedges: Con vs. Con

During the presidential election cycle, liberals display their gutlessness. Liberal organizations, such as MoveOn.org, become cloyingly subservient to the Democratic Party. Liberal media, epitomized by MSNBC, ruthlessly purge those who … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: A Torturer Lives Here

Activists Hit Them Where They Live. Senate Republican Policy Committee Chair John Barrasso (R-WY), a mouthpiece for the dirty energy interests who donated $433,000 to his campaigns since 2011, criticized … Continue reading

June 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Emily Dickinson: ‘Tell all the truth but tell it slant’

Tell all the truth but tell it slant — Success in Circuit lies Too bright for our infirm Delight The Truth’s superb surprise As Lightning to the Children eased With … Continue reading

June 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Is Individual Awakening Crucial to Reach Social Transformation?

. David Robert Loy, an American professor and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism, talks about the need for combining the Eastern and Western spiritual … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Jean-Michel Jarre and Edward Snowden — Exit

. Jean-Michel Jarre, a pioneer in electronic music, collaborated on this recording with Edward Snowden, the CIA analyst-turned-whistleblower who now has asylum in Russia. For a commentary on the aesthetic … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Audio: “Sunny Daze” by Michael Klobuchar

Michael Klobuchar is a musician, composer, and filmmaker who lives in the historic Mount Washington neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. — Music copyright 2016 Michael Klobuchar. . Michael Klobuchar 

June 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Martin Kirk: The Beautifully Lived Life of Jo Cox

What use are words penned in moments of shocked grief? What insight can be found here that eludes us at other times? What useful honesty can I access when both … Continue reading

June 18, 2016 · 2 Comments

Ann Jones: The Tyranny of Trump

Millions of Women See Through Him, Even If the Media Don’t Last fall, when presidential wannabe Donald Trump famously boasted on CNN that he would “be the best thing that … Continue reading

June 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Arlene Weiner: I’m Vick’s Dog

We’re bred to fight, fed to fight, blooded, trained to fight, hold on tight till victory   and if we’re chained, some hanged or brained who don’t have heart enough, … Continue reading

June 17, 2016 · Leave a comment