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Rebecca Gordon: Keep Your LAWS Off My Planet

New technology under development by Raytheon BBN Technologies could unleash swarms of small, autonomous air and ground vehicles, working in tandem and under the control of remote operators.

January 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Jefferson Carter: Life Partner

For convenience, I & my life partner
(the woman formerly known as my wife)
have numbered our arguments. 

January 11, 2022 · 2 Comments

Maryfrances Wagner: Chuck

‘What are we? Humans? Animals? Savages?’ — William Golding – Lord of the Flies

January 10, 2022 · 5 Comments

Video: Seven million years of human evolution

This video from the American Museum of Natural History tracks scientists’ current best guess at a timeline of hominin species, including when and where they lived, and how extinctions and interbreeding led to Homo sapiens becoming the last hominin on Earth.

January 10, 2022 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: What I Learned About Death From 7 Religious Scholars, 1 Atheist and My Father

Just a few days before my father died in 2014, I asked him a question some might find insensitive or inappropriate: “So, what are your thoughts now about dying?”

January 9, 2022 · 11 Comments

Video: Ada Blackjack Rising

In the pre-dawn twilight of an Alaskan shore, a young Native woman reflects on the story of Ada Blackjack, the sole survivor of a disastrous 1921 Arctic expedition, and the loneliness she must have felt waiting for a rescue through the months-long polar night.

January 9, 2022 · 1 Comment

The Vegan Kitchen: Derek Sarno | Wicked Stroganoff and other great recipes

Vegan chef Derek Sarno is on a mission to unleash the mighty power of plants, creating nutritious food from mushrooms and vegetables that’s full of texture and flavor — and good for the planet. (recipes included in this post)

January 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Henry David Thoreau: On Eating Animals

I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilised.

January 8, 2022 · 3 Comments

Jake Johnson: ‘Huge Increase’ in Child Poverty Feared as Tax Credit Expires Amid Omicron Wave

“Unless Build Back Better is passed, the expansion will end and we will see a huge increase in childhood poverty,” says Bernie Sanders.

January 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Jane Taylor: Poverty

O then, let the wealthy and gay
But see such a hovel as this,
That in a poor cottage of clay
They may know what true misery is.

January 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Jesse Jackson: Congress Must Defend Democracy Against Those Who Are Trying to Destroy It

A minority party—grounded in the white South—is intent on taking and keeping power, despite the will of the majority—even if democracy itself is destroyed in the process.

January 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

Susan Kelly-DeWitt: The Moon Is Doing The Australian Crawl

my mother has worked her way up 
through the wave-rungs
of the spirit-corps’ fleshless ladder—
secretary of the afterworld

January 6, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Pile

Water then food. Agriculture then industry. Old then new. Critical then extra. Simple to complex. Concrete to abstract. Dirt to clouds. Real to unreal.

January 5, 2022 · 1 Comment

Molly Fisk: Parsing

the pounding heart
subsiding slowly, slowly, til it’s just a noun again, returning
to its steady beat of subject, verb, adverb, object

January 5, 2022 · 3 Comments

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