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  • Reply to: Making Progress Against Animal Cruelty: An interview with Wayne Pacelle   1 day 12 hours ago
    I will definitely read this book. Thanks for publishing an interview with a major animal protectionist.
  • Reply to: Making Progress Against Animal Cruelty: An interview with Wayne Pacelle   1 day 16 hours ago
    Thanks to The Progressive for publishing this excellent interview!! I have all too often been disappointed that many of my fellow Progressives can't see beyond the species barrier. We should respect animals for the same reasons we should respect all humans, including those that are disenfranchised. We all have emotions, intelligence, and sentience. We all would rather live than die. Our obligation to spare animals needless suffering, both physical and psychological, is no different than our obligation to respect our fellow humans, no matter their color, sex, sexual orientation, income level, etc. Because animals are different than us is no excuse for abuse, unless you believe that might makes right. And respecting animals doesn't mean praying/honoring them before we eat them, it means not eating their body parts and reproductive secretions (milk and eggs). My fellow progressives often mock conservatives for denying climate change. Yet, those who acknowledge the gravity of our situation and continue ignoring the compelling scientific evidence indicating the necessity of embracing plant-based eating in order to greatly reduce our carbon footprints, are, perhaps, exhibiting an even greater level of denial.
  • Reply to: Making Progress Against Animal Cruelty: An interview with Wayne Pacelle   2 days 6 min ago
    A great interview, and Wayne Pacelle has been a truly great president of HSUS. The Humane Economy is a must-read book for anyone who feels that the battle against cruelty to animals is hopeless. It isn't. I've been involved in the movement since 1970, and there has been more change in the past decade than in all the previous years. I'm sure more lies ahead. Let's hope Wayne is right about change in China too -- that's the big uncertainty in the global picture.
  • Reply to: RNC 2016: Trump’s Weird, Grim, Angry Convention   2 days 3 hours ago
    The party of Invade the World / Invite the World is dead. The smirking class vs. the working class. I think we know now which candidate to vote for.
  • Reply to: Make America Crazy Again   2 days 5 hours ago
    Frauds, Fakers and Presidents – Alan Singer’s Latest Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-singer/frauds-fakers-and-preside_b_11105150.html
  • Reply to: Make America Crazy Again   2 days 5 hours ago
    Frauds, Fakers and Presidents – Alan Singer’s Latest Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-singer/frauds-fakers-and-preside_b_11105150.html
  • Reply to: Walker Booed at Devil’s Lake   2 days 7 hours ago
    This was a fun demonstration. There were so many protesters, including the Recall boats. On land, we turned our backs on him when he spoke. He ended up running off and jumping into his SUV and sped off.
  • Reply to: Making Progress Against Animal Cruelty: An interview with Wayne Pacelle   2 days 9 hours ago
    Thank you for this very informative article. I ordered Wayne's book right away.
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    Do you defend in car accident cases and law suits against other lawyers. That has wrongfully handled a case. Please respond hallowanna1@gmail.com
  • Reply to: The Good News and the Bad News About Turkey’s Attempted Coup   2 days 10 hours ago
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan's purge of Turkey's officer corps following the failed coup is a reminder of the 1937 purge Stalin waged against the officer corps of the Red Army; only, there was no coup attempt in the USSR. However, both purges revealed both Stalin's and Erdogan's paranoia and lust for ultimate power. Stalin greatly distrusted the Red Army's officer corps; thus, he eliminated them via purges. Erdogan hasn't eliminated the Turkish officer corps via executions, since there's no death penalty to enable this. However, he also had the rank-and-file soldiers who had participated in the coup attempt arrested and tortured. Stalin didn't have to go that far, since there was no coup attempt in the first place. Erdogan most likely has brought Turkey to the point of expulsion from NATO, on top of rejection of its application for EU membership with his crackdown on all dissent within the country. His actions may have also weakened its military.

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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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