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earl-merkel's picture
Feb.24.2014
More evidence of two sad facts: 1) Trying to take any college student's writing seriously --this one, a Harvard senior's column in the Harvard Crimson-- requires far more tolerance than is usually worth the effort, and... 2) Taking any adjective --in this case, the word "academic," tho "...
earl-merkel's picture
Feb.05.2014
An early breakfast, from our lamentably non-humorous "Food For Thought" -files today: More than a few legal and poli-sci "experts" have pondered that government control of health and "health-related issues" poses a distinct "unintended consequences" danger: since virtually EVERYthing can have...
christopher-cudworth's picture
Jan.10.2014
Here in Chicago a teen shot his brother over an argument about an XBox game. Blam. Right in the head. The kid is in custody now, facing indictment and planning a pretty good future for himself, we must suppose.  Surprisingly, no one jumped out of the closet with another weapon to shoot the kid...
bretigne-shaffer's picture
Jul.17.2013
This looks FANTASTIC. "Drawing and writing in real time from inside the courtroom, artist and WikiLeaks activist Clark Stoeckley here captures first-hand the extraordinary drama of The United States vs. PFC Bradley Manning, one of the most important and secretive trials in American history."...
annmarie-sauer's picture
May.02.2013
Today it is World Press Freedom Day, a day never before observed in Belgium. When in 1993 the United Nations declared May 3rd  The International Day of Freedom of the Press they mainly had countries in mind where the state brutally oppressed the freedom of the press. This year however PEN-...
bretigne-shaffer's picture
Jan.23.2013
  Last October, a group of lawyers, plaintiffs and activists involved in the lawsuit against the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) and its indefinite detention provisions held a live chat on Reddit.  This group included Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg and...
bretigne-shaffer's picture
Jan.19.2013
The Online Terrorist Keywords Poetry Contest has a winner!   Here's why I couldn't vote for my own entry:   On the Day I Became a Terroristby benjamin haas On the day I became a terrorist there wasn’t a nuclear meltdown or pipe bombexplosion. There was a radioactive and...
bretigne-shaffer's picture
Jan.18.2013
In recognition of the "Top 347 keywords the U.S. government monitors", Meg McLain launched the "Online Terrorist Keywords" poetry contest last June.  This was my entry:   Hazmat Porky   ‘Twas AMTRAK and the agro sleet Did BART and Mysql in the plume All airplanes (and...
david-radavich's picture
Jul.07.2011
We are fortunate to live in a county that has enshrined the notion of free speech both in our founding document and in our national consciousness. It is an often troublesome notion, particularly to those who would seek to control the thought and speech of others. But the import of the right to...
alan-kaufman's picture
Dec.22.2010
http://litseen.com/2010/12/22/free-university-an-experiment-in-education...