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By Rebecca Kemble on July 10, 2013

Federal Judge William Conley dealt two blows to the Walker regime yesterday with the release of two orders.

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By Rebecca Kemble on July 01, 2013

Scott Walker signed Wisconsin's 2013-2015 biennial budget in a warehouse in the far southeast corner of the state on Sunday afternoon. His choice of venue, Catalyst, Inc., a company that makes trade-show display items, could not have been more appropriate.

Even though the nearly 1,400-page bill had already passed both houses of the legislature, Walker still sounded like a salesman pitching his policy wares to potential corporate buyers. Indeed, the second half of his talk seemed to be directed at potential funders for a much-rumored 2016 presidential campaign.

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By Rebecca Kemble on June 12, 2013

The Wisconsin State Senate passed a controversial abortion measure this morning after Republican leaders abruptly called for and forced a vote after only two Senators had a chance to speak their minds on the issue.

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By Rebecca Kemble on June 10, 2013

The Wisconsin State Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted another abortion bill out of committee today. After a party line vote of 3-2, SB 206, the mandatory ultrasound measure, now heads for the Senate floor.

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By Rebecca Kemble on June 05, 2013

On Friday, May 31 Republican representatives in the Wisconsin State Assembly introduced a massive, omnibus bill to alter our election, campaign finance and lobbying laws. It incorporates a number of proposals previously introduced as stand-alone initiatives.

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By Rebecca Kemble on May 30, 2013

On the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, Wisconsin Republicans released a bill changing state unemployment insurance law.

Public hearings were scheduled for five days later in both Assembly and Senate committees that will vet the proposal. These committees met on Wednesday at the same time that the Joint Finance Committee was in executive session working on the 2013-2015 budget. On May 13, Joint Finance passed policy changes relating to unemployment insurance, including an increase in mandatory verified work searches by claimants from two to at least four per week.

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By Rebecca Kemble on May 28, 2013

The Madison-based Clarence Kailin chapter of Veterans for Peace installed a Memorial Mile along the shores of Lake Monona this past weekend. Consisting of nearly 7,000 small grave markers spanning a mile-long stretch of Atwood Avenue in Madison, the public art project is a chilling reminder of the year-by-year deaths of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan since 2001 (about 2,200) and Iraq since 2003 (about 4,488).

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By Rebecca Kemble on May 21, 2013

Last week, Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, addressed a joint session of the Wisconsin State Legislature. He spent four days in Madison visiting Deer Park Buddhist Center and Monastery and participating in the "Change Your Mind, Change The World" conference organized by two research centers at the University of Wisconsin -- Madison.

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By Rebecca Kemble on April 19, 2013

Michael Kissick and the ACLU of Wisconsin took the fight against Scott Walker's assault on free speech and assembly in the Wisconsin State Capitol to a new theater on Wednesday when their case received a hearing in federal court. This case marks the first time Walker's attempt to quell political dissent through administrative rules has been challenged offensively in federal court with the State as defendant.

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By Rebecca Kemble on April 10, 2013

Wisconsin tribes asserted their presence and their philosophy in Madison yesterday and challenged Scott Walker. The occasion was the State of the Tribes address to a joint session of the legislature.

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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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