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Chris Hedges: The Death of the Republic

The deep state’s decision in ancient Rome—dominated by a bloated military and a corrupt oligarchy, much like the United States of 2017—to strangle the vain and idiotic Emperor Commodus in … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump

. This new feature-length video made available by Salon, explores the connections between Donald Trump and the Russian Mob. The documentary explains how Russia has collected damning intelligence about Trump … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: US involvement in Yemen Civil War Continues to Grow under Trump

While the American mainstream media is diligently reporting on the scandal of Melania not wearing a headscarf in Riyadh and cheering the triumph of her husband not bowing to the … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: “The General” by Buster Keaton (full length feature)

. Orson Welles called Buster Keaton’s 1926 film The General “the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made.” Though … Continue reading

May 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Stephen Fry Explains Why Some People Believe Everything Donald Trump Says

. “The incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence.” Supporters of President Donald Trump believe just about everything he says, and Trump himself seems to have absolute confidence in … Continue reading

May 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Fearless Laughter — Yusef Komunyakaa’s Advice to Young Poets

  . In this video created by Sampsonia Way magazine for Rattapallax, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa describes his revision process, talks about the importance of silence in poetry, … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Lead in Drinking Water

. Public health researcher Dr. Michael Greger asks, “What happened in Flint Michigan, how was it discovered, and how many more Flints are there?” First published in NutritionFacts. Email subscribers … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Paul Buchheit: Trying to Explain the Disdain for Poor Americans

Americans with wealth and power don’t generally care about the middle and lower classes. Even worse, they are doing real damage to the people they don’t care about. But why? … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Congressional Progressive Caucus: Budget Proposal for the Federal Government

8.8 MILLION JOBS BY 2017 $4 TRILLION IN DEFICIT REDUCTION During our economy’s best decades, Congress invested in the American workforce and every family was better off for it. But … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Sylvia Plath: Morning Song

Love set you going like a fat gold watch. The midwife slapped your footsoles, and your bald cry Took its place among the elements. Our voices echo, magnifying your arrival. … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Majid Naficy: Grandma in Santa Monica

“Do you live alone?” “No! I am living with God” Up there: one, two, three In a room filled with scents of spices And the familiar sound of bubbling soup. … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Hunter S. Thompson on Outlaws

. In this short animated video from Blank on Blank based on a 1967 interview with Studs Terkel, Hunter S. Thompson talks about the year he spent living and drinking … Continue reading

May 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Libero Della Piana: When Protests Are Powerful, The Powerful Punish Protest

We are likely to see more State laws aimed at curbing protest. But we are going to see a lot more protest too. It’s our only option. When people feel … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Fred Johnston reads “Wall, Plaque, Book”

. Fred Johnston reads his poem, ‘Wall, Plaque, Book,’ from his collection The Oracle Room, published by Cinnamon Press (UK). The poem arose from a visit to the Marais area … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · Leave a comment