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Julia Conley: As Public Shouts Approval for Ocasio-Cortez’s 70% Tax Rate for Ultra-Rich, Elites at Davos Admit: “It’s Scary”

“It’s wild that some people are more scared of a marginal tax rate than the fact that 40 percent of Americans struggle to pay for at least one basic need, … Continue reading

January 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Testeria

Fearful masculinity harms both men and women. There are better ways of growing up. What strikes me most is the fragility. Gillette makes an advertisement calling on men to challenge … Continue reading

January 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Stephen Dobyns: The Gardener

And he had imagined sitting in the evening
with his friend the Devil watching the small
human creatures frolic in the grass. They would
be like children, good natured and always singing.
When had he realized his mistake?

January 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mike Schneider: The Wages of Fracking

Amity and Prosperity, One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: New York, 2018). An accomplished, award-winning poet, Eliza Griswold also writes for The New … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Louie Skipper: The Work Ethic of the Common Fly

In the work ethic of the common fly the earth remembers who we are, and where.   Who fears the voice that is never at rest and always on the … Continue reading

January 17, 2019 · 2 Comments

OCEARCH: Track whales and sharks here

Here is a link to the coolest website ever! Track whales, seals, alligators, turtles, and sharks at OCEARCH — an open source project that helps scientists collect previously unattainable data on … Continue reading

January 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Medea Benjamin, Alice Slater: The New Congress Needs to Create a Green Planet at Peace

We cannot tolerate a new Democratic-controlled Congress continuing to do business as usual, with a military budget of over $700 billion and a trillion dollars projected for new nuclear weapons over the next thirty years, while struggling to find funds to address the climate crisis.

January 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Adrie Kusserow: Skull Trees

South Sudan Arok, hiding from the Arabs in the branches of a tree,  two weeks surviving on leaves,  legs numb, mouth dry. When the mosquitoes swarmed and the bodies settled … Continue reading

January 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Murtaza Hussain: U.S. News Headlines on Israel-Palestine Show Systemic Bias

A new study calls to attention the need to more critically evaluate the scope of coverage of the Israeli occupation and recognize that readers are getting, at best, a heavily … Continue reading

January 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jessica Corbett: Durbin Calls for Senate Hearings to Probe ‘Serious Questions’ About Why Trump Is ‘So Chummy’ With Putin

“This man who is a former KGB agent, never been a friend of the United States, invaded our allies, threatens us around the world, and tries his damnedest to undermine our elections. Why is this President Trump’s best buddy?

January 13, 2019 · 2 Comments

James Wright: Hook

I stood on the street corner
In Minneapolis, lashed
This way and that.
Wind rose from some pit,
Hunting me.

January 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Matthew Arnold: Growing Old

What is it to grow old?
Is it to lose the glory of the form,
The lustre of the eye?
Is it for beauty to forgo her wreath?
—Yes, but not this alone.

January 12, 2019 · 1 Comment

Dr. Michael Greger: How to Suppress the Aging Enzyme TOR

Over the last decade, more than 5,000 papers have been published about TOR, an engine-of-aging enzyme inhibited by the drug rapamycin. (What is TOR? Check out my videos Why Do We Age? and Caloric Restriction … Continue reading

January 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Confronting “Alternative Facts”

This popular belief that nobody really does or can know anything is the perfect soil for an authoritarian leader to take root.

January 11, 2019 · 2 Comments

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