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Tom Weis: History Will Damn Trump & Co. for Betraying the Vision of Our Founders

Healing begins with putting Trump’s exhausting psychodrama behind us and getting back to loving and caring for one another as Americans.

October 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: All You Fascists Bound to Lose | Resistance Revival Chorus

“I’m gonna tell you fascists/You may be surprised,” Woody sings. “The people in this world/Are getting organized.”

October 18, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Do Politics Make Us Irrational?

Can someone’s political identity actually affect their ability to process information?

October 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Rachel Hadas:’What goes around comes around,’ or what Greek mythology says about Donald Trump

When I studied and taught Sophocles’ tragedy “Oedipus the King,” the stress was on hubris, irony, blindness. What wasn’t emphasized is that the play was written during and is set in the midst of a plague.

October 15, 2020 · 3 Comments

Amy Cooter: 5 questions answered about the group allegedly plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Whitmer

These men saw themselves as resisting government overreach and infringement on individual liberties, seeking to restore what they understood to be a constitutional leadership structure.

October 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

Tony Whedon: Field of Vision | Blues and Greens

Between this and that, my wife, my dear little cowslip,
was misdiagnosed with heart failure and everything I loved
lost its pigment. The old reds weren’t red anymore,
the rose bushes on the path by the river had lost their pink

October 13, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Amy Coney Barrett discusses the role of the Supreme Court (2016)

In this 2016 lecture, Amy Coney Barrett discusses her view of the role of the U.S. Supreme Court and her interpretation of the Constitution.

October 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Anne Lamott | 12 Truths I Learned from Life and Writing

If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.

October 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Sophie Scott | Why We Laugh

While exploring the neuroscience of speech and vocal behavior, Sophie Scott stumbled upon a surprising second vocation: making audiences laugh as a stand-up comic.

October 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Keith Olbermann |Donald Trump is a Mass Murderer

While Trump is claiming getting Covid was a “gift from God,” the reality is, he’s an inhuman creature and a terrorist whose fear of wearing a mask will kill thousands unnecessarily. His reign of terror must end.

October 9, 2020 · 3 Comments

Denise Levertov: The Ache of Marriage

two by two in the ark of
the ache of it

October 9, 2020 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: Prancing

I remember sitting on the sofa in my grandparent’s house–my day care center–watching television with my grandfather.

October 8, 2020 · 1 Comment

Jeanette Callahan, MD: I Don’t Have Qualified Immunity; Why Should Police?

Impunity means that even at the height of nationwide scrutiny and outrage, police officers in Kenosha still felt entitled to shoot Jacob Blake, an unarmed black man, seven times in the back while his children watched, paralyzing him from the waist down.

October 8, 2020 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: Murder, He said

Donald Trump has been a master of carnage in a way no one could have imagined.

October 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

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