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WFHB’s Interchange – A Targeted Divide: What Bullets do to Bodies and Lives

AUDIO: What Bullets do to Bodies and Lives This is the special 90-minute finale for our series A Targeted Divide. It’s called “What Bullets do to Bodies and Lives: Structural Violence, Firearms, and Surviving Gunshot Wounds.” We know a lot about gun homicide, much less about what life is like for the wounded living: What […]

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By Force of Law

Nothing new under the sun. Why do you suppose a “Sanders” presidency would change what is described below in Chapter 12 of William Morris’s News From Nowhere? The concept of property trumps everything. ******* “I suppose you know pretty well what the process of government was in the bad old times?” “I am supposed to […]

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Salt of the Earth

One of the benefits of living in Bloomington is that the University has built a superb, state of the art, movie theater. Jon Vickers is the founding director of the IU Cinema and he deserves high praise for his work here. Saturday we went with friends to see The Salt of the Earth. The Salt […]

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Raising Workers for Poverty’s Sake!

Why do “philanthropists” want to “deliver on the American promise of equal opportunity by working to attack the achievement gap that takes root early in life and puts children in poverty at great disadvantage?”  (Educare website) Every word a philanthropist organization utters must be understood as a kind of duplicity.  Listen. That (reducing “achievement gaps”) […]

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Evolving To Heavenly Host

This morning a friend shared a link with me regarding the “good” of science spending as measured against the “evil” of suffering (“With all the suffering…“).  Basically, why spend money on “exploration” when so many are starving and dying?  Spend money combating suffering instead of space exploration. As answer or justification for spending on science […]

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What Can the Maths Tell Us?

Darwin, The Origin of Species It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on […]

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Bury These Nostaligias

Is there a better way to demonstrate the absolute vacuity of America and its “gifts” to the world than the Academy Awards? This morning I read a critique of the telecast on Salon by their movie critic Andrew O’Hehir.  He said it stunk.  This was not a surprise.  When we applaud the “meta” career of […]

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Evaluating Valuation: Millions for Business and Games, Hundreds for Kids

stack of money

I will give props where due even if what I’m giving props about is unintentional. In today’s HT on page A3 there are two stories headlined and their juxtaposition will tell you all you need to know about the human-scale of community care in Bloomington: 1. BHS North Band taking donations…; 2. IU looking at […]

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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 […]