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  • Reply to: As the School Year Ends, Public Education is in Doubt   1 week 5 days ago
    After seeing the GED test taken over by Pearson to align with common core and the pass rates plummet nationwide (1/2 million fewer students could pass the new GED who otherwise would have passed the previous GED), I started doing research into common core and its tests. What I discovered was an arsenal of weapons of mass deception pointed at our schools. We are seeing one of the biggest cons hoisted upon the U.S. people... that we are failing when its our economy and government that have failed us.
  • Reply to: As the School Year Ends, Public Education is in Doubt   1 week 5 days ago
    BOTH Republican and Dem candidates will SAY they support public education, of course. They have no other real (viable) choice. Obama said he get elected, but he lied to us. Privatization and diversion of funding AWAY from public schools has mushroomed under the Obama administration. If Americans want public schools in the future, they have to make education a top issue in the campaign and the vote. We all need to be asking candidates the hard, in-depth questions and INSIST on in-depth answers from each candidate.....not the usual non-answers they give when they'd rather not tell you what they do and don't support. Do you support private charters and charter chains? Do you support 100% virtual schools? Do you support vouchers? Do you support Common Core" Do you support the new, high-stakes testing in every grade, every year? Do you support the state take-over of large urban school systems? AND we all need to hold them to their answers. It was a costly mistake on the part of the American people to give Obama a pass on being accountable for his own words.
  • Reply to: As the School Year Ends, Public Education is in Doubt   1 week 6 days ago
    My problem is that this is written from a single-state perspective but presented as if it is a national piece; for each state, it differs whether Republicans or Democrats are the ones in the corporate pockets or the ones fighting it (in my state, New Mexico, Republicans support corporate "reform" and Democrats are fighting against it), and the sequence of events does differ from state to state. However, I agree that we have a problem with the future loss of public service at the altar of corporate profiteering.
  • Reply to: How Much More Unbearable Do They Want It To Be?   2 weeks 1 hour ago
  • Reply to: How Much More Unbearable Do They Want It To Be?   2 weeks 2 days ago
    Could there be any more bias and stereotyping and any less factual information? No wonder why you write for some alternate online news source.
  • Reply to: Big, Bold, and Bad: The New Wisconsin Way   2 weeks 3 days ago
    This government is clearly run by politicians who are purchased through corporate campaign contributions. Lobbyists, who are funded with a seemingly endless flow of money provided by mega-banks and corporations, shape every aspect of state and federal legislation. From Merriam-Webster: Oligarchy: A government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes. Plutocracy: 1. Government by the wealthy 2. A controlling class of the wealthy. Corpratocracy: A society which is dominated by politically and economically large corporations I'm not sure that I could definitively choose a name for the twisted wreckage we currently live under. However, I am certain that Democracy or Republic are not options.
  • Reply to: Inside Scoop on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal   2 weeks 3 days ago
    I'd put this on the congressman's Facebook page, but he blocks anyone who doesn't conform to his worldview Questions to the congressman; Why do Vietnamese workers not deserve a shot at a good job and working conditions? Isolationists have already taken away their ability to achieve the American dream on our shores, why can't we export greatness, and rise together? Does the president not represent Americans? because when you say "congress has been completely left out in the negotiations, meaning the American people have been completely left out of the negotiations". It sounds like you don't think John Kerry and President Obama have America's best interests at heart. Fine, the congressman wants to keep poor brown people poor; so we can continue to prop up the global 1% with make work jobs that could be better done elsewhere to the benefit of all mankind. I guess it's not racism if it's "foreigners", so much for solidarity to your fellow man.
  • Reply to: U.S. Needs to Stay Out of Iraq and Afghanistan   2 weeks 5 days ago
    Right on, Jared!! But who is listening?? Apparently our military is calling the shots of our foreign policy...for a couple of decades at least.
  • Reply to: U.S. Needs to Stay Out of Iraq and Afghanistan   2 weeks 5 days ago
    i support US bases in the region. The problem is the location. If US bases are required in the region, let it be with the Kurds.
  • Reply to: Latino Voices: Rick Perry has no place for Latinos   2 weeks 6 days ago
    Texas ranks first nationally in percentage of Hispanic high School graduation rates. Under Perry's watch Hispanic college graduation rates are up 118%. This Article Reflects The Standard Democrat line of "class warfare." In truth, El Paso and Brownsville have some of the lowest costs of living in America. It comes with so any consumers having access to cheaper products and services south of the border.



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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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