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Richard St. John: Abhorrent Things

You shall not eat any abhorrent thing….of those that chew the cud or have the hoof cleft you shall not eat these: the camel, the hare, and the rock badger, … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

John Atcheson: How the Deranged Took Over America

And why they may be here to stay. It’s not news to most people that the US is no longer a true Democracy.  Gilens and Page proved it in 2014, … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

Audio: Rosanne Cash Reads “Power” by Adrienne Rich

. POWER by Adrienne Rich Living    in the earth-deposits    of our history Today a backhoe divulged    out of a crumbling flank of earth one bottle    amber    perfect    a hundred-year-old cure for fever    or melancholy    a tonic for living … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

Fred Rogers: On Strength, Love, and Heroism

When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Jessica Corbett: ‘Ecological Armageddon’ — Warnings From Scientists as Flying Insects Disappear

As new report shows flying insect population plunged by 76 percent, author predicts “our grandchildren will inherit a profoundly impoverished world.” A new study published Wednesday, revealing populations of flying … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

UN: Ignore Trump on Climate

Three senior UN officials urge the world to redouble efforts to tackle climate change in a powerful rebuff of the scientific illiteracy of President Trump. LONDON, 16 October, 2017 – … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Gail Ablow: The Truth About Gun Laws Under Trump

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Fort Hood. Sandy Hook. Orlando. Las Vegas. Each deadly shooting rampage sends shockwaves through the country. We grieve. We get angry. Time and again, irate and bereaved … Continue reading

October 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Kristofer Collins: Asylum

for Kenneth Patchen   When the sky opens up I hurry for the bus shelter hoping for some kind of asylum. I’ve nowhere to be and today I just want … Continue reading

October 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Henry Giroux: Donald Trump’s passion for cruelty

Donald Trump seems addicted to violence. It shapes his language, politics and policies. He revels in a public discourse that threatens, humiliates and bullies. He has used language as a … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Muriel Rukeyser reads “The Speed of Darkness”

.   Don Yorty says about this post: I had never heard Muriel Rukeyser’s voice before I began to make a vimeo of her reading her poem The Speed of … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Trump is changing America

Trump may be living in the past with his ideas and policies, but they are 100% 21st century GOP. It seems as if the pace of Trump Administration abominations is … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · 5 Comments

George Monbiot: The Meat of the Matter

Farming animals is as unsustainable as mining coal. What will future generations, looking back on our age, see as its monstrosities? We think of slavery, the subjugation of women, judicial … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

Chris Hedges: Faces of Pain, Faces of Hope

ANDERSON, Ind.—It was close to midnight, and I was sitting at a small campfire with Sybilla and Josh Medlin in back of an old warehouse in an impoverished section of … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

Eliza Newlin Carney: The GOP’s Big Problem Is Big Money

Republican leaders are reeling from their primary loss in Alabama and the demise of their health-care bill, but they have only themselves — and their big donors — to blame. … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · Leave a comment