Vox Populi

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Paul Watson: The Whale Wars Continue

Sea Shepherd has accomplished something absolutely remarkable over the last 12 years. In 2005 we set out to tackle the world’s largest and most destructive whaling fleet. We were told … Continue reading

August 31, 2017 · 2 Comments

Adrian Blevins: My Problem with the Rules

If my nine-year-old son behaves in any manner contrary to the rules and regulations by which humankind has agreed to conduct itself since the day we got civilized and invented … Continue reading

August 31, 2017 · 3 Comments

Ilan Kelman: Hurricane Harvey Isn’t a “Natural” Disaster. Politics Created the Chaos

Don’t blame climate change for Houston’s vulnerability. A hurricane need not become a disaster. Weather and climate don’t cause disasters—vulnerability does. Perhaps counter-intuitively, this means that the widespread discussion as … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Robert Gibb: Night’s Flock

Solstice: the summer’s premium darkness.   And with it, for the first time in years, The raspy whinnying of screech owls fills my trees.   Their fledglings’ post-nest points of … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: How ‘Antifa’ Mirrors the ‘Alt-Right’

Editor’s note: A Berkeley, Calif., rally organized by a right-wing group turned violent Sunday after arrival of a group that carried an anarchist banner. Behind the rhetoric of the “alt-right” … Continue reading

August 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Carolyn Gregory: Watch Out for Hornets

Do not step into a nest of hornets and not expect to be stung by something with pointed ears and shrieking “it’s my nest, my nest”!   Much better to … Continue reading

August 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abre’ Conner: Defending White Supremacists as a Black Attorney

As a constitutional lawyer, I fully support the First Amendment. But as a black person, I’m conflicted when it comes to defending hate. Being a black constitutional and civil rights … Continue reading

August 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: To the Trump Supporter Who Called Me and My Kids Dirtbags

Because I try to respond to racism and ignorance with something positive, intelligent, and sophisticated, and because I always try to set a good example for my children, but mostly … Continue reading

August 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Marlene Dietrich — Sag mir, wo die Blumen sind?

. This evocative video shows Marlene Dietrich performing a 1960 German language version of Pete Seeger’s song “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” Marlene Dietrich was known to have strong … Continue reading

August 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Fred Everett Maus: Nazis in Charlottesville

Friday August 11, 2017 These days my emotional life doesn’t extend beyond Trump’s Korean brinksmanship and Charlottesville’s imminent white supremacist rally, the two competing for my terrified attention. “I am … Continue reading

August 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Charles Bukowski’s Crappy Life

. “I’m such a spoiled old toad … I was blessed with a crappy life.” — Charles Bukowski in 1993 One afternoon, Bukowski sat down to record the audio version … Continue reading

August 26, 2017 · 3 Comments

Susan Cheever:  The Real Bill W.

Almost 50 years after his death, the AA founder’s complicated life is more instructive than ever in an increasingly tumultuous world. Bill Wilson was no saint. He smoked like a … Continue reading

August 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

John Atcheson: The Long Game For Progressives

Resistance, while necessary, is merely reactive.  Progressives need to start being proactive. Conservatives navigate using a polestar; Democrats steer by their hood ornament.  As a result, conservatives set the agenda, … Continue reading

August 25, 2017 · 3 Comments

Molly Fisk: Washington Square — New York, 1941

When Edward Hopper finishes his painting for the night, sets the boar bristles to soak in turpentine, wipes the thick not-yet-crusted-over drips from his smock with a blue rag and … Continue reading

August 25, 2017 · 2 Comments