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Video: Paleolithic Lessons

. Dr. Michael Greger makes an evolutionary argument for a whole plant-based diet in contrast to “Paleo” fad diets. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to … Continue reading

October 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: A Sonnet for the 50th Reunion of the Mercy High Class of ’68

Let us make a little list from our lives,  who of us got a little fame and who got a little probation, who of us lived tame and who recalls … Continue reading

October 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: 73 Cows

. A Derbyshire farmer gave his cows to a sanctuary because he could no longer justify killing sentient individuals. 73 Cows is the story of Jay Wilde, a beef farmer who … Continue reading

October 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jessica Corbett: To Save the Planet From Climate Catastrophe, New Study Says Put Down the Damn Meat

Amid fresh warnings from United Nations researchers that there is a closing window to enact the “rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented” societal changes needed to prevent a climate catastrophe, a new … Continue reading

October 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ynske Boersma: The Defenders

Colombian women are putting their lives on the line for the Earth. . ACROSS THE WORLD, environmental activists defending their land, wildlife, and natural resources against large dams, industrial agriculture, … Continue reading

October 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sharon Fagan McDermott: The Body Dreams Itself

into an avenue of steam, the streetlights glow a slick sheen. And down this road, this August night thick as wet wool, a car rattles. The body dreams itself heavy, … Continue reading

October 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jill Richardson: We need to talk about masculinity

When we discuss sexual assault, we often talk about women. What should women do to stay safe? When I was in school, girls were even trained in women’s self-defense. I … Continue reading

October 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: What Men Fear Most

. London-based actor and poet Elliot Barnes-Worrel’s new film focuses on the emotional affects of modern masculinity: “Masculinity is something that people kill and die for….If you are emotional you … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · 3 Comments

James Wright: Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio

In the Shreve High football stadium, I think of Polacks nursing long beers in Tiltonsville, And gray faces of Negroes in the blast furnace at Benwood, And the ruptured night … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: When you’re such a weasel, even your own siblings can’t stand to see you elected

. Between contemplating the sorry spectacle of world leaders laughing out loud at Dear Clown Leader and awaiting the latest Kavanaugh implosion of scandal and lies – best headline goes … Continue reading

September 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Lindsay Koshgarian: Here’s What We Could Have If We Slashed the Military Budget

The US military budget sucks up an enormous amount of resources without making the world more peaceful or democratic. Here are a few ways we could better spend that $717 … Continue reading

September 28, 2018 · 1 Comment

Kelsy Burke: Christian sex advice websites offer a peek into evangelical politics

On May 4, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that allows churches and religious leaders to explicitly endorse or oppose a political candidate without penalty to their nonprofit, tax-exempt … Continue reading

September 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Feffer: The GOP Wants Trumpism, Just Without Trump

Critics like that anonymous op-ed writer have no problem with how Trump’s actually hurting people. They just want the leader doing it to look more presidential. . The recent anonymous … Continue reading

September 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Plastic Soup

The problem is not plastic. It is consumerism. Do you believe in miracles? If so, please form an orderly queue. Plenty of people imagine we can carry on as we … Continue reading

September 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

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