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Anonymous Labor

To be read as postscript to “The Factory Store.” The Future (and Past) is Yours, Young Women!  Brought to you by the Cook Group, owners of Bloomington, Indiana, and Ivy Tech, Cook’s publicly subsidized employee training center. Manufacturing Technician Manufacturing technicians are responsible for the manufacture and packaging of potential and existing products. They operate […]

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Upon Examination: The Many and Few Against Liberty

Widespread ignorance bordering on idiocy is our new national goal. It’s no use pretending otherwise and telling us, as Thomas Friedman did in the Times a few days ago, that educated people are the nation’s most valuable resources. Sure, they are, but do we still want them? It doesn’t look to me as if we […]

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Conservatives to Occupy Duty: Cities Must Heed Business Interests

In my local Sunday newspaper, the day of greatest readership (at least in terms of print circulation), a front page story discussing how one of our schools has adopted the “Artful Learning” curriculum continues onto page A-6 where it shares that page with the Police Beat and a large 4-color advertisement for an Ivy Tech […]

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Master and Commander: Can a Mormon Be Man Enough for the Murder Machine?

Today I opened my morning paper to discover a very large headline in the “Neighbors/Religion” section (we don’t have time to discuss this formatting decision, focus!): “Would Monroe County vote for a Mormon?” This was an unfortunate piece to say the least, and I said more in comments and I’d like to share both the […]

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Lemons for Lessons: Replacing Childhood with Business Ideology

Apparently it’s time to ramp up the promotion of the propaganda engine that is “Lemonade Day” in America.  Today’s Bloomington Herald-Times offers free advertisement for this event and the Powers behind it in the form of a “news item” in the Business Section (which, really, is only advertising), “Kids learn with lemons.”  Is it just […]

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Antipodal Responses to Authority

Recall this from Kropotkin: throughout the history of our civilization, two traditions, two opposing tendencies have confronted each other: the Roman and the Popular; the imperial and the federalist; the authoritarian and the libertarian. Now, regarding a local protest of a recruiting visit at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business by a representative of J.P. […]

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Servicing the Masters (SOP): The Daily Show and OWS

Servicing the Masters (SOP): The Daily Show and OWS

They truly were the least-toileted generation. That quote is from Jon Stewart in the show’s most recent foray into humor at the expense of thought. Take a look and then come back (sorry, I can’t get it embedded properly). Occupy Wall Street Divided First, is this a surprise?  What I mean is 1) is it […]

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Brain Extravaganza


Plans for a community project called the Brain Extravaganza, involving the temporary installation of at least 12 5-foot-tall, three-dimensional brain displays in Bloomington, are progressing…. Each brain display will cost $3,200 to produce, and each sponsor’s name will be included on a plaque on the base of the displays — which would be in public […]

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Glorifying War Shall Not Grow Old

Concerning War Movies (prompted by a conversation about Peter Jackson’s movie They Shall Not Grow Old). In J. D. Salinger’s […]

Cutting Down the Clouds

This winter they are cutting down our woods more seriously than ever,—Fair Haven Hill, Walden, Linnaea Borealis Wood, etc. etc. […]

Representative Texts from Hawthorne to Dickinson

In your daily busyness you are pressed for time to think and often choose instead anesthetization – watching any number […]

Between Hope and Defeat, History and Heaven

“God himself culminates in the present moment.” (Thoreau) What is “now” for? What if you “know” the future? Fairy tales […]

Absolute Solutions Necessary

Only two things to do: 1. zero out carbon emissions 2. exception: all technological and scientific labor exploring new solutions […]

Rachel Carson’s book had no real effect

Facing Global Climate Disruption and the End of Everything All At Once… David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth tries very hard […]