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Perceptions of Reality— And a Failure to Indict

She quietly walked into the classroom and stood there, just inside the door, against a wall. The professor, his back to her, continued his lecture, unaware of her presence until his students’ eyes began focusing upon her rather than him. “Yes?” he asked, turning to her. Just “Yes.” Nothing more. “You shouldn’t have done it,”

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Well-Played, Coca-Cola

Well-played, corporate monger of extremely unhealthy beverage: Get the shrinking, increasingly unhinged minority of paleoconservative haters to vocally hate you Now it’s the duty of all tolerant, just, and welcoming Americans to conspicuously drink you or at least to praise your principles and mock your adversaries while you: Keep busting unions, Keep depleting local water

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The No-News Media Cover a Royal Birth

Long after the American colonials broke away from the British monarchy, long after George Washington refused to take the title of “king,” Americans are still fascinated by anything British and royal. The media incessantly pumped out news and features about the royal birth. TV networks gave us several “special reports” when Kate Middleton checked into

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Michelle Shocked Jumps the Shark

I try to ignore celebrities, or the “celebrity” of celebrities . . . that is to say, I try to see through their status into their personalities. But I’m terribly sad this week. I’ve been a Michelle Shocked fan since the late 1980s and consider “Arkansas Traveler” and “Short Sharp Shocked” folk (with dash of punk)

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Confessions of a Juiced Journalist

Before Congress creates yet another useless special investigation committee and subpoenas me, I wish to come clean and confess. I took steroids. Strong steroids. The kind that bulk you up and make you look like Stone Mountain. In my case, they just fattened me up, gave me rosy-red cheeks, and destroyed about half of my

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Brasch Goes to Court, Fighting for Open Records

In July of this year, Walter Brasch, award-winning journalist and longtime contributor to the old Shared Sacrifice page and politicalcontext.org currently, filed four Right to Know requests with the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, for documents pertaining to state government issues. The Association fought the requests, and the issue is now in court.  Dan

Kindle Fire Temp = Fahrenheit 451

or Why I Don’t Own an E-Reader (yet) In the future there will be no need for Ray Bradbury’s book-burning firemen of Fahrenheit 451. The books will simply disappear before our eyes, or – perhaps worse – they will be edited to comply with the approved messages of the masters without our noticing. Bradbury resisted

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The Fluff Factor: Today’s Journalism

Will someone please buy gags for Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford? It makes no difference what the color is. Plain or polka-dotted. Painted or sequined. Scented silk, Egyptian cotton, or an auto mechanic’s oil-soaked rag. Just as long as it can be stuffed into their mouths. When their mouths are open, the personality-drenched hosts

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