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Send Lee Hamilton To Jail!

Or, Let the People’s Representative of the Cage Represent Them From the Cage. Here is a fact: Lee Hamilton of Bloomington, Indiana, former member of Congress for 34 years, former head of the Woodrow Wilson Center, former chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, currently Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, has […]

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The Order of Things

Yesterday, our Sunday paper ran a usual column.  Our paper reserves Sundays for the opinions of luminaries and liars–it depends on your point of view how you might class these scriveners of quotidian hierarchy.  This column, a usual one, a normal one, a repetitive one, from a local hero of a sort one supposes, Lee […]

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Drowning in Bathtubs: (Dis)Trusting Public Officials

Before we start, recall that Grover Norquist (best friends with guys like felon Jack Abramoff and moral majority manipulator Ralph Reed, reprehensible thugs of the Machiavellian political underclass), chieftain of corrupt practices masquerading as “tax policy” positions and anti-tax pledges is a man of considerable influence in government and has been for decades.  (Who are […]

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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 […]