Vox Populi

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Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian: Want to fix America’s health care? First, focus on food

The national debate on health care is moving into a new, hopefully bipartisan phase. The fundamental underlying challenge is cost – the massive and ever-rising price of care which drives … Continue reading

September 30, 2017 · 3 Comments

Leslie McGrath: An Insight

Your heart’s just fine From an etherized twilight I hear myself disagree, I don’t think so He snorts Look at the screen to your left and I’m face-to-heart with my … Continue reading

September 30, 2017 · 4 Comments

Video: The Secret Life of Dr. James Barry

. What makes Dr. James Barry—born in Ireland as Margaret Bulkley, niece of the painter James Barry—such a noteworthy person besides passing for male in the company of people who … Continue reading

September 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

David Ades: Bacha Posh

I am daughter of parents who needed a son, who needed someone to go out into the world, to work and support, to be a man.   I was a … Continue reading

September 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Molly Fisk: A Brief for the Defense

The other night I was eating dinner with some friends and the conversation turned, as it does these days, toward the coming apocalypse. There was some talk about Victory Gardens, … Continue reading

September 28, 2017 · 5 Comments

Video: Liberal Redneck — Take a Knee, Ya’ll

. Trae says, “Trump reminded his base of how much they hate the guys that play the sport they love, and re-reminded the rest of us how full a shit … Continue reading

September 28, 2017 · 3 Comments

Elizabeth Romero: Game

You be the man. I’ll be the woman. You be black. I’ll be white. You be paranoid. I’ll be ignorant.   Ready? Now we’ll fall in love. I’ll take it … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: A 21st century Contract with America for left-leaning Democrats

A new Contract with America: economic equity, health care for all, integrated quality public schools, and reduced military. During the heat of the 1994 mid-term elections some 23 years ago, … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Nomi Prins: The White House as Donald Trump’s New Casino

Yes, He Is Running America Like One of His Businesses. During the 2016 election campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly emphasized that our country was run terribly and needed a businessman at … Continue reading

September 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

Buddha Shakyamuni: A Real Leader

A leader should not crave wealth and property, and should dedicate personal resources to the welfare of all. A leader should cultivate morality: never killing, cheating, stealing, exploiting others, committing … Continue reading

September 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

Caroline Orr: “How do you sleep at night?”– Former NFL player schools head of Trump’s diversity coalition

The head of Donald Trump’s “diversity coalition” got righteously schooled Sunday afternoon when he tried to defend Trump’s attacks on the First Amendment rights of NFL players. The controversy started … Continue reading

September 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Pilotless

We always thought, deep down, no matter how badly our politicians lied things would turn around. They always have. After all, this is America. We’ll never go the way of … Continue reading

September 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: DACA, white people, Offenbach and the flag(s)

This morning, I took down my American flag. I always fly the flag for holidays and such. I like the flag. For one thing, I think it’s pretty, a bit … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: Monument/Monumento

. At Friendship Park, a unique meeting place along the US–Mexico border, family members and loved ones from both countries can see and speak to each other through a meshed … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · 2 Comments