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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


Henry Giroux on Penn State, College Athletics, and Capitalism: Solidarity “impossible when sports are driven by market values”

Although the circumstances that occasioned it were troubling, it was an honor to finally get to speak with Henry A, Giroux, who currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department. A prolific author on the intersections of capitalism and education,  he was named as one


Yes, Virginia, I Suppose the Phillies Exist

I recently received a letter from a young girl who was confused about the Philadelphia Phillies. In her short life, she had never seen the Phillies. Her little friends, so she wrote me, said the Phillies were a figment of her imagination, a team that was made up so that there would be something to

"Native Troops in the Service of the East India Company," by Charles Hamilton

Gentlemen’s Honor

“Gentlemen” hold honor in contempt, a pitiful vestige of oblige, noblesse except when it can be used as cover inducing others to subscribe as “gentlemen” hide from its obligations (That’s why they invented corporations.) paying other men to protect them from being done to as they have done to their brothers, and to advance a dishonorable agenda,


Shut Up and Vote: LA Times Columnist Repeats Tired Attacks on Green Party, Alternative Politics

Los Angeles Times columnist Dan Turner published his anti-Green Party screed the same week that the Democratic National Committee and President Obama dropped the ball in Wisconsin, setting the stage for a re-boot of 2011’s anti-union assault and, quite likely, a GOP presidential victory in November. The GOP is not ahead of the game merely


Asculum Part One: The Plot Thickens

Written on the eve of Obama’s inauguration in 2009…published here to demonstrate how far we haven’t traveled…   The nature of his administration was evident as he introduced his transition team and potential members of his cabinet. The individuals selected are fixtures of the economic aristocracy and the Washington Consensus establishment. His Transitional Economic Advisory


Poems of Conscience (for a time that needs it)

The Tao of Conscience Right… or wrong. Too much or too little. Too near or too far. The Gift is decision. The ability to choose, come to one’s own conclusions, rather than unthinking obeisance to authoritarian institutions. An intrinsic ethics structured deep into the mind reveals the direction in which integrity lies. Danger follows sheep

"The Faces of Capitalism" by Pit Kuru

Ponerology (a science of the nature of evil)

Medical studies funded by drug companies have only lately “discovered” the onset of cancer, diabetes and autism is “not caused” by agents outside the body, but brought on by your own susceptible, read “defective’ DNA. They’re a passive creation with no visible perpetration rather like saying 93,000 women were raped in 2005 in the USA.


Reality, News Perception, and Accuracy

She quietly walked into the classroom from the front and stood there, just inside the door, against a wall.   I continued my lecture, unaware of her presence until my students’ eyes began focusing upon her rather than me.   “Yes?” I asked. Just “yes.” Nothing more.   “You shouldn’t have done it,” she said

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