Vox Populi

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John Feffer: The GOP Wants Trumpism, Just Without Trump

Critics like that anonymous op-ed writer have no problem with how Trump’s actually hurting people. They just want the leader doing it to look more presidential. . The recent anonymous … Continue reading

September 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Susan Sonde: Kinesis with Garden Implements

Shallow the trough of words between us, the grammar of inchoate usage. I am here and you aren’t saying much. Be complicit with me, inhabit my wherefore so apprehensive. I … Continue reading

September 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: “Climate Change Opera” by Operatico Politico — YOHOE!

. YOHOE: You Only Have One Earth. Opera singers Rebecca Nelsen and Eric Stoklossa of Operatico Politico brilliantly summarize the climate change debate. If you like opera and hate climate change then this is … Continue reading

September 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

William Moomaw, et al: What the world needs now to fight climate change — More swamps

“Drain the swamp” has long meant getting rid of something distasteful. Actually, the world needs more swamps – and bogs, fens, marshes and other types of wetlands. Wetlands are some … Continue reading

September 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Young Fathers & The Art of Making People Care

. Jack and the Young Fathers give us a lesson on the art of making people care. Behind-the-Scenes Interview: onepointfour.co/2018/01/22/emotional-subversion/ . Director : Jack Whiteley Producer : Tiwirayi Magwenzi Director … Continue reading

September 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Encourage Dangerous Vigilantism

Some Americans call the cops on black people for frivolous reasons. Others appoint themselves judge, jury, and — sometimes — executioner. The summer of 2018 featured at least a dozen … Continue reading

September 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Emily Dickinson: As Imperceptively as Grief

As imperceptibly as Grief The Summer lapsed away – Too imperceptible at last To seem like Perfidy – A Quietness distilled As Twilight long begun, Or Nature spending with herself … Continue reading

September 14, 2018 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: Plastic Soup

The problem is not plastic. It is consumerism. Do you believe in miracles? If so, please form an orderly queue. Plenty of people imagine we can carry on as we … Continue reading

September 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Walking Drag

Here’s a little war story I never told anyone. Not a horror story or a trauma story. It’s just a story I never told anyone. So a little background. Vietnam. … Continue reading

September 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mary Beaudoin: How the Empire Gets Away With Expanding (Some Observations)

“This is the secret of propaganda: those who are to be persuaded by it should be completely immersed in the ideas of the propaganda, without ever noticing they are immersed … Continue reading

September 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kate Daniels: Driving

That was the year that summer lingered and fall came on late.  I was still wearing sleeveless clothes when the temperatures fell, and the wind rose suddenly, and tore the … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Andrew J. Bacevich: After Trump

The Donald in the Rearview Mirror Donald Trump’s tenure as the 45th U.S. president may last another few weeks, another year, or another 16 months.  However unsettling the prospect, the … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: I don’t know what a self is

I don’t know what a self is maybe it’s all the fear and hurt collected in a life, a shield of scar-tissue where, beneath, the true heart lies, destitute, held … Continue reading

September 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michaela Haas: 7 Strategies to Turn Trauma Into Strength

Survivors discover surprising benefits in the process of healing from a traumatic event. When Army surgeon Rhonda Cornum regained consciousness after her helicopter crashed, she looked up to see five … Continue reading

September 11, 2018 · Leave a comment