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  • Reply to: Attack of the Killer Cliches   2 days 11 min ago
    Mike - You have once more put a light on the BS and made more sense of this movie then I have previously read.
  • Reply to: Why Can’t We Do Anything About Guns?   2 days 7 hours ago
    It is disingenuous to rail against the NRA when the second amendment is popular among American citizens. You'll cite polls saying the percent of people - both gun owners and non-owners - who agree on this restriction or that. But you belittle the fundamental purpose of the right and avoid answers to the basic arguments of the NRA and others - arguments that you included in your article - and instead decide for other Americans what rights they should feel they need and which they should surrender. Another argument forwarded by second amendment defenders is that it is, along with free speech and the right to free association, a right which guarantees the others.
  • Reply to: Why go to Russia? This is what Citizen-to-citizen Diplomacy Looks Like.   2 days 9 hours ago
    Good article. It needs to be shared more since the US media is blacking out this grave situation.
  • Reply to: Pick Your Poison: Clinton Vs. Trump on Foreign Policy   2 days 9 hours ago
    The real shame is when you are an experienced politician and you make bad decisions, that gets people killed; while serving your ticket....And improperly acknowledging your discrepancy of bad decision making to the very entity that sees all of your mistakes..... And on top of that,try and pass it off as nothing is wrong; Basically, that's probably considered murderous, and being in this one case a high profile entity was extinguished. There seems to be something else here that's covered up; like espionage... It seems politicians need to make dirty deals behind closed doors,in order to do a legitimate bidding, that 's at best not clean and murderous.If that is what this country relies on..... the politicians are no longer capable of controlling the outcome without killing someone then they should drop out of office with a resignation ,Just to save face......At least, then they can stay out of prison and not taint the political arena and lose grace of respect among all nations...
  • Reply to: 5,000 Nurses Walk Off the Job in Minnesota   2 days 12 hours ago
    As a healthcare worker... how do you walk out on your patients???? What would happen to the patients if the hospital couldn't get replacement nurses to cover the "un-professionals" shifts??? How fair is it to the patients, who did nothing wrong, to get screwed over by the un-professionals walk-out??? Could the walkouts be sued if a patient died due to the walkout???
  • Reply to: A Working-Class Filmmaker Is Something to Be: An Interview with Michael Moore   2 days 23 hours ago
    The Wildlife Corridor idea was stolen from Vietnamese Buddhists in 1969 in the spirit of Michael Moore's "Where to Invade Next?".
  • Reply to: A Working-Class Filmmaker Is Something to Be: An Interview with Michael Moore   2 days 23 hours ago
    People are much more interested in people than animals, but if people would care for the homes of animals, their families, food and water quality, then they would care more for people. Even young kids understand the right of respect. The 'How to Do It" is visible in the way God created wilderness with the highest number of species possible in the ecological systems in wilderness. Wildlife Corridor sanctuaries between fragmented islands of parks, refuges, forests, and preserves made along the shorelands of lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans would help immensely to allow animals to migrate and would supply permanent land as a repository of local plant seeds and wildlife offspring to rejuvenate adjacent land in need of its rightful local ecosystem species.
  • Reply to: Why Can’t We Do Anything About Guns?   3 days 2 hours ago
    Your article is well written and covers all of the bases and I truly believe that no one wants to let unqualified or unauthorized persons have guns. And death by gun shouldn’t happen. I get it. That said, it should be evaluated within some context: 1) Gun deaths don’t even rank in the top 10 most common deaths categories in the US 2) Gun violence is more prevalent in 10 other countries throughout the world than in the US 3) We can continue to debate the nuances of issues like this however; in the end we have agreed to uphold the constitution including the 2nd amendment which part of indicates that “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." So from that, we can choose to “not infringe” or change the constitution or if one would like, find another country where the constitution is different (which I am not necessarily suggesting). Nowhere in the documents state we should point fingers or continue to whine about gun law reform, registries, Nazis’, glossy new products and the constitution doesn’t say things like “…Please be sure to follow the recommendations of the New York Times because they know what caliber of gun needs to be owned by the people at any point in time.” No reasonable citizen wants terror on the streets of the US. If you look at the Orlando shooting from a different angle, the people in the bar were disarmed (and I admit that guns and alcohol don’t mix but that isn’t the point). What would have happened if it wasn’t a gun-free zone?
  • Reply to: Puerto Rico Owes the U.S. Nothing   3 days 10 hours ago
    Cowards will always be controlled by the bully
  • Reply to: Why Can’t We Do Anything About Guns?   3 days 15 hours ago
    Here is a great compromise, for liberals and conservatives. We give up ALL of our guns if liberals ban ALL abortions. That's a really good deal for liberals because Conservatives actually give up a part of their bill of rights . I mean if guns were killing 3 millions babies a year that would be a problem (amount of fetuses killed a year), 33 thousand die from guns and 1/3 are suicide, and who knows how many are accidents. 100 K on medical mistakes, not died on the operation table, medical mistakes ( and that number is probably higher, imagine how many mistakes you sweep under the rug daily at work). Here is the deal, it's a big huge issue to people who interpret the second amendment, it doesn't cause as many deaths as the main stream media sensationalizes, Chicago has banned guns and they have the highest gun deaths in america, and history has shown banning things (drugs,alcohol, etc) has the opposite effect. Just remember every hour .06 people die from a gun, yet 5.7 babies (hourly) are aborted here in the USA.

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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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