Vox Populi

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W.J. Astore: Ending Wars, Not “Winning” Them, Should Be America’s Goal

Beware the tunnels you choose to go down (Wikimedia) . You can’t win wars that should never have been fought.  The U.S. should never have fought the Iraq and Afghan … Continue reading

May 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rosaly DeMaios Roffman: Putting Together The World’s Craziness

To see a row of cars like a line of raisins in your hand—civic, legacy, raisin   to see from this fauve window in this antiseptic room a Professor full … Continue reading

May 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Birth of a Bee

. From egg to the air: 21 days of bee development condensed into one mesmerising minute. After just three weeks of development, worker bees emerge from their brood cells fully … Continue reading

May 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Need To Know Why

. I thought I wanted to become a philosopher when I went to college. I signed up for an introductory course and found myself sitting in a large hall with … Continue reading

May 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Meet Theo Jansen’s fantastical inventions — creatures that feed only on the wind

. Theo Jansen is part artist, part mad scientist. From PVC piping, he builds fantastical creatures that feed only on the wind: propelled by the movement of the air around … Continue reading

May 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ellen McGrath Smith: A Royal Wedding in the Trump Era, Or My Sixth Grade Civics Head Explodes

No I’m not watching royals get married this weekend. If I want shiny surfaces, I’ll find a river, lake, or pond, the bathroom mirror. Are we destined to worship descendants … Continue reading

May 19, 2018 · 2 Comments

Don Krieger: Breendonk Generations

1. Anna and Isaac met in an orphanage where they were hidden as Catholics. They married in Antwerp. The house door was six inches thick. Two great bolts shot into … Continue reading

May 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: The Symbolism of Jerusalem

The terrible consequences of the largely symbolic move of U.S. embassy: At least 61 dead and 2,700 injured, plus U.S. credibility in international circles sinks lower. The demonstrations and killings … Continue reading

May 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

Jon Queally: While Many US Outlets Equivocate on Israel’s Massacre of Unarmed Palestinians, The Onion’s Piercing Satire Destroys IDF Talking Points and War Crime Apologists

The searing satire of headline writers at The Onion over the last two days have perhaps done more than most mainstream journalists to expose just how wantonly cruel the actions … Continue reading

May 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Andrena Zawinski: Rafts

Sun spills silver stars of light along rippling summer waves. A string of pelicans wing the horizon, light in flight for all their heft.   Children squeal and squirm inside … Continue reading

May 17, 2018 · 6 Comments

Stephen Dobyns: My Town

This happens occasionally in my town. Maybe it’s a sort of nervousness or hysteria, even displaced fervor, as if fervor were a kind of cloud or the fog that rolls … Continue reading

May 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

Jill S. Greenlee: Women on the 2018 ballot are busting perceptions of motherhood and leadership

. Motherhood is taking center stage in U.S. politics. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, the first United States senator to give birth while in office has been seen on Capitol Hill with … Continue reading

May 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jonathan Cook: Israel Repurposes Nakba Myths to Justify Today’s Massacre in Gaza

The only legitimate struggle for Palestinians, it seems, is keeping quiet, allowing their lands to be plundered and their children to be starved. Palestinians rush to the border fence with … Continue reading

May 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Iman Chahin Sharba: Prior to the Departure

Before I was killed by a matter of minutes I was combing the hair of my daughter And braiding her plaits With a pair of tweezers in the shape of … Continue reading

May 15, 2018 · 1 Comment