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  • Reply to: Canada Sends Paramilitaries to Clear Fracking Protest   1 day 43 min ago
    What do you expect government, any governments, would do when you challenge their decisions and power? The government will find ways to break you in alliances with the corporations and big money. The Canadian government is already using restrain force in dealing with any kind of protestors. A more dictatorial country would just beat, imprison, or shoot everyone down with armored vehicles. Protestors should consider themselves fortunate in Canada.
  • Reply to: Bring on the Bunnies!   1 day 2 hours ago
    Flying is more affordable than it's ever been. It would be nice if we could get better efficiency from government services. .
  • Reply to: Just How Scary Is Donald Trump?   1 day 3 hours ago
    Does Progressive Magazine have even the slightest concern for people in other countries, specifically Libya, Syria, Iraq, Haiti, Honduras, or Ukraine? Because supporting Hillary, even if it's against Trump, is to say that those people's lives don't matter at all. Hillary can slaughter as many people in foreign countries as she pleases, and somehow still be the "lesser evil." I will vote for Trump because he wants to normalize relations with Russia, because he wants to stop overthrowing foreign governments, and because he wants to pull back the unsustainable US Empire. NATO is basically the mafia at this point, overthrowing Gaddafi for 143 tons of gold, oil wealth, and currency control. Even more important is that Trump wants to stop antagonizing Russia, risking a hot-war between the two nuclear superpowers. We've also seen the devastation that comes from NAFTA, and unlike Hillary, Trump will spike the TPP, TTIP, and TiSA. Overall, the world is in chaos largely because the US can't help itself from intervening anywhere and everywhere; it keeps the MIC profits rolling. If the options are a travel ban, or continuing to slaughter thousands of Muslims with flying death robots, I'll take the former every time.
  • Reply to: Why Black Voters Aren't ‘Feeling the Bern’   2 days 21 hours ago
    I have subscribed to this publication for decades. Rarely have I responded to an article, as I typically have no significant objection to articles and agree with most pieces. But considering the piece by Kevin Alexander Gray and his myopic opinion on the black community's opposition to Bernie Sanders, I am livid that you refuse to print my recent response to Mr. Grey's sophomoric article. You are behaving just like the corporate media. If I am not permitted to express my opinion in this publication, where can I? I will not support a publication that won't give me a voice. Why am I being censured? Bill Adams San Francisco
  • Reply to: One Neighborhood School’s Struggles in the Era of “Choice.”   3 days 1 hour ago

    Amazing article. Honest description of the issue.
    We changed principals every 2 years for about 10 years. The school got "spicey" staff was frustrated with administration changes. Many staff left. Now, many staff have been there for 4 years. We are a strong community. We love our school.

  • Reply to: Menards Settles with NLRB, Agrees to Stop Violating Employee Rights   3 days 6 hours ago
    John Menard and family are like saints. They made something of their lives. What do liberals do? Complain and smoke pot. Remember the story "The Giving Tree". I'm going to write my own children's story against liberals. Instead of the "Giving Tree" my story will be called "The Taking Tick". It will be about a great strong moose called the USA. The taking ticks keep sucking the blood and reproduce until the weak anemic moose is sucked dry of most it's blood (money). Then the two bears, Panda and Bruno (China and Russia) see moose's weakness and attack and destroy. But there will be a happy ending. With no more moose to suck on the ticks all die grievously of famine.
  • Reply to: My Life as a Clown   4 days 1 hour ago
    Kick ass as always.
  • Reply to: Why Black Voters Aren't ‘Feeling the Bern’   4 days 3 hours ago
    As a black voter I'm not going to apologize to the 'pure' for voting for Clinton bc you guys think 'the blacks' are so ignorant and don't know what's good for us. My question for a Senator Sanders is - aside from this picture in the sixties where the hell has he been? He has been saying the same thing for years. Yes this true. But if he believed these things so much why did he move to Vernont to be with the 'pure' and leave all the 'conservative' blacks behind? Hillary Clinton is not the devil I know. She's a person. And she's doing the best she can. She's DOING. And she should not carry the blame for what her husband did while your beloved Bernie takes no blame for a bill that he actually voted for. It's easy to sit in Vermont and develop platitudes and stay 'pure'. Why has he failed to DO anything until his elder years. He could have been going to the south for years and talking to leaders in the community and pushing for reforms with them. And now he wants to come down to get our vote. But only if we come to a rally at a college with his hipster millennial throng. Think again. Start the PURE party and you guys can do what you want. Stop being so selfish and condescending.
  • Reply to: Menards Settles with NLRB, Agrees to Stop Violating Employee Rights   4 days 12 hours ago
    And so it goes... Corporate America and private billionaires violate federal laws and either pay a fine like the banks or are told to stop violating the law like this case with Menards. Meanwhile the average person is fined much more based on income or jailed. or in drastic cases like Sandra Bland wind up dead as a result of failing to use a turn signal to change a lane. Or in Fla. case a man is facing up to 600 years when trooper searches his computer 'accidentally' without a warrant and finds downloaded porn, while Republican ex-Speaker of the House gets 18-months for actually molesting a minor. As in Animal Farm, the pigs are 'More Equal' than the other animals. And so it goes...
  • Reply to: Menards Settles with NLRB, Agrees to Stop Violating Employee Rights   4 days 14 hours ago
    I wish Menard's wasn't owned by such an ogre. I'd love to be able to buy building materials there.

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If we are to err as Americans on any side in our critique of other countries, it should be in the direction of being...

Moses calls public health the Rodney Dangerfield of fighting disease. It gets no respect.

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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