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Frida Berrigan: Trumping the Future

The skies, the mesas, the old growth forests, the seas, and everything else, all the richness, beauty, diversity of our ecosystem doesn’t belong in Donald Trump’s wallet. It’s ours, not his. It belongs to all of us — and none of us — at the same time. That means our job, above all, is to protect it and so our children, all of them!

October 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

David Huddle: The NRA as the Official Mascot of the USA

Stupid is the word for a nation
that enables this atrocity five times
a month.

October 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Start Making Sense

By understanding the psychological buttons they’re pressing, we can stop demagogues from destroying our democracy.

October 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Kristofer Collins: This Vicious Year

The common belief is the universe
is cold and empty and this speck of dust
is the only game in town. And what have we done
with this mathematically improbable honor?

October 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Yana Djin: We will walk in the Riverside Park

We will sit hand in hand on a bench
old and pure,
sinful, human, drenched
in life that offered no cure.

October 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rainer Maria Rilke: Archaic Torso of Apollo

there is no place
that does not see you. You must change your life.

October 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Toute la mémoire du monde (All the Memory in the World)

A bibliophile’s paradise: the National Library of France in a classic documentary from 1956.

October 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Strength

Strength is a film about female physical and emotional strength from the point of view of a weightlifter and narrated by Adele Hampton reciting her poem ‘Lessons in Olympic Weightlifting’.

October 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Do Vegetarians and Vegans Get Enough Protein?

Nutritional quality indices show plant-based diets are the healthiest, but do vegetarians and vegans reach the recommended daily intake of at least 42 grams of protein? In regards to other essential nutrients, how does a vegetarian or vegan diet stack up against the standard American diet?

October 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Geoffrey Jones, Sudev Sheth: What Gandhi believed is the purpose of a corporation

Gandhi had a lot to say about how business leaders should behave.

October 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ramsha Ashraf: For the One Who Died in the Hands of Wrong Men

Friends were those
Who made her dance naked
with flower-bands around her wrists

October 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jake Johnson: ‘Extremely Dangerous’: Trump Tweet Calling Impeachment Inquiry a ‘Coup’ Heightens Fears of Refusal to Leave Office

The orderly transfer of power in the United States has always depended on the active cooperation of the outgoing president. What happens if that cooperation is not forthcoming?

October 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: The Monster Under My Daughter’s Bed

During bedtime my little spider monkey
asked what we’re doing about global warming

October 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Francisco Franco and Chagrin Falls, Ohio

It would be nice if we could convert fascists to democratic republicans. If that fails, it then is absolutely necessary to utterly defeat them.

October 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

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