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Jake Johnson: After Warning Congresswoman ‘Be Careful,’ Trump Has Yet to Denounce Lynching Threats Made Against Maxine Waters

Highlighting attacks on Waters by the president and right-wing media, one commentator said of the death threats: “This is exactly what they wanted.” “As the president has continued to lie … Continue reading

June 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

All time best jokes about Donald Trump

The Pope and Donald Trump are on stage in front of a huge crowd. The Pope leaned towards Trump and said, “Do you know that with one little wave of … Continue reading

June 30, 2018 · 4 Comments

H.D: Evening

The light passes from ridge to ridge, from flower to flower— the hepaticas, wide-spread under the light grow faint— the petals reach inward, the blue tips bend toward the bluer … Continue reading

June 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tim Radford: Global green vision is do-able, with an effort

Plant-based diets are key to the green vision. Image: By Martin Abeggien, via Wikimedia Commons . The global green vision can become reality, with warming held to 1.5°C. Energy efficiency, … Continue reading

June 29, 2018 · 1 Comment

Karen J. Greenberg: A Children’s Gitmo on the Border

Heartless America’s Latest Nightmare By the time Donald J. Trump threw in the towel, who among us hadn’t seen or heard the chilling videos in which U.S. border officials shamelessly … Continue reading

June 28, 2018 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: On the Slow Decline of the Ugly

We called them ugly stickers. Like baseball cards or football cards, they came in packs of bubblegum except for me they were a lot more interesting— no batting averages for … Continue reading

June 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Facebook, Uber and Wells Fargo say they’re very very sorry about that thing that happened

Say you’re sorry when you do something wrong. But only if you get caught. When one advertiser does something completely new and different, like when Budweiser put a dog named … Continue reading

June 27, 2018 · 3 Comments

Sandy Solomon: Notes from the Times

We watch purchase of power become protected right: they claim that money equals nothing less than speech. Bad enough that once wasps broached the ceiling. Near the patch, across the … Continue reading

June 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kareem Tayyar: At the March for Our Lives, Centennial Park, Santa Ana, California, 3pm, March 24th, 2018

I spend most of the afternoon thinking about John Lennon. How he would have been 79 years old next October. How his wife has been a widow for longer than … Continue reading

June 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Arun Gupta: 15 Actions That Can Shut Down Trump’s Assault on Immigrant Families

Thwarting Donald Trump’s war on immigrants and dismantling the vast deportation machine is possible. It won’t be easy, but it has to be done. Simply put, Trump’s plan is ethnic … Continue reading

June 26, 2018 · 5 Comments

Sarah Bilston: Breaking Up Families? America Looks Like a Dickens Novel

It’s 2018, but it sure feels like 1834.  ‘Please sir, may I have some more?’ James Mahoney’s illustration for chapter one of Dickens’s ‘Adventures of Oliver Twist.’ (Image: Public domain) … Continue reading

June 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Leslie Anne Mcilroy: On the Rocks

I love my son so much I no longer call him my daughter. He presses his bound breasts to me when I hug him hello and goodbye. He wants them … Continue reading

June 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Leila A. McNeill: The struggle of women in science is written in the stars

In her 1968 poem, Planetarium, the poet Adrienne Rich wrestles with the crisis of female identity through the lens of astronomy. Rich wrote the poem after learning about the case … Continue reading

June 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: The Pale Blue Dot

. Featuring the voice of Carl Sagan reading a passage from his 1994 book The Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, this animated video comes from a class … Continue reading

June 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

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