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By Contributor on April 16, 2014

By José Miguel Leyva

Jeb Bush’s recent compassionate comments on immigration show how far apart he is from the far right of the Republican Party.

At an event at the George H. W. Bush presidential library, the former Florida governor showed sympathy for people who come to the United States illegally.

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By Contributor on April 16, 2014

Condoleezza Rice has reemerged in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, and she is offering unhelpful advice.

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By Contributor on April 16, 2014

By Harvey Wasserman

The authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has left zero doubt that we humans are wrecking our climate.

It also effectively says the problem can be solved, and that renewable energy is the way to do it, and that nuclear power is not.

The United Nations’ IPCC is the world’s most respected authority on climate.

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By Contributor on April 14, 2014

In early April 2014, the U.S. Navy unveiled its Mach 7 Magnetic Mangler, “a railgun straight out of Star Trek that can take out targets at 100 miles with a projectile flying at nearly 7,000 feet per second.” So far, the U.S. military has spent $240 million developing the railgun over a period of ten years.

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By Contributor on April 11, 2014

A federal judge made a serious error recently in throwing out an important case about whether the U.S. government can kill U.S. citizens abroad without due process.

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By Contributor on April 11, 2014

When news leaked that Stephen Colbert would replace the retiring David Letterman as host of CBS's "The Late Show," I was not thrilled.

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By Contributor on April 11, 2014

The Fort Hood tragedy shows that the Army has not done enough to deal with the scourge of mental illness.

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By Contributor on April 09, 2014

By Brian Gilmore

It was 75 years ago that Marian Anderson gave her famous outdoor performance at the Lincoln Memorial. The concert, known today as the “Freedom Concert,” occurred on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939.

It was a moment of great symbolic importance for racial progress in the United States.

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By Contributor on April 09, 2014

Missouri Landfill Owner’s Smelly Amendment

By Fred McKissack

Just days after the Supreme Court decided that the nexus between big money and elected officials wasn’t corrupt comes a hot mess from Missouri that shows how private interests influence public policy.

 

Safely nestled inside of a state senate bill designed to hold St. Louis-area landlords accountable for crime-infested properties is an amendment that would give immunity to Republic Services and its troubled landfill located in north St. Louis County.

 

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By Contributor on April 08, 2014

Australian filmmaker Nicholas Wrathall’s documentary “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia” perfectly captures the essence of its outrageous, courageous title character.

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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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