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During a recent vacation trip to the South Dakota Badlands, my family and I made a short detour to a defunct nuclear missile silo.

The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is managed by the National Park Service. The rocket on display here was an ICBM targeting the Soviet Union. It was deactivated as part of the 1991 START agreement between President George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, and was opened to the public in 1999, “the first site dedicated exclusively to Cold War events,” the brochure says.

The place is fascinating at several levels.

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Donald Trump doing what he does best.

Photo by Mike Licht

Perhaps the oddest component of Donald Trump’s thoroughly bizarre quest for the Presidency is his emergence as a national champion of campaign finance reform.

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It always amazes me that climate deniers can still call global warming a hoax when looking at hotter temperatures, dying forests and increasing wildfires. Millions of burning acres are a little more obvious to most than calving glaciers or seas rising by centimeters.

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Photo by Tim Leahy

"Instead of thinking who is liberal and who is conservative, you look at it vertically and ask who is on top and who is at the bottom..." —Mike McCabe

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A memorial erected in recognition of the 73 passengers and 5 crew killed in the crash of Cubana Flight 455 in October, 6. 1976. Photo by BCF.

A memorial erected in recognition of the 73 passengers and 5 crew killed in the crash of Cubana Flight 455 in October, 6. 1976. Photo by BCF.

Even with the resumption of diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana, the two countries have unfinished business to take care of.

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Proof Positive show host Dorian-Gray Alexander and WHIV Station Manager Andrew Ward. Photo by Andrew Stelzer.

“How do we continue to be the fun city we are but be more cautious about our health?”

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"Rose-Sanderson-Votes-for-Women" by Bain News Service

Looking back at the August 1920 issue of La Follette's Magazine gives me goosebumps.

   

It's pretty exciting to read that "17 million American women" are "fully enfranchised."

For the first time in American history, women may vote in every state in the Union for candidates for all offices...and women may hold any office now held by men, whether appointive or elective.

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Art by Brian Hubble

Art by Brian Hubble

I am a parent of three, a black New Orleanian with roots going back at least five generations. I’m usually happy and optimistic, but when I talk about what has happened to my city, especially its schools, I become angry.

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Illustration by Kali Ciesemier

Every day in America the food system that supplies our sustenance is engaged in its own form of consumption. It feasts on human toil, commodified animals, natural resources, and our own bodies. Food, one of the foundations of life, has become a hub of suffering and struggle.

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Paul Cordio

Illustration by Paul Cordio

Back in the fall of 1987, Congresswoman Pat Schroeder of Colorado entered the Democratic primary race, upping the contingent for the 1988 presidential nomination to eight. This exceedingly enormous aggregate was immediately ridiculed as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Proof of our nation's growth that today we hear not one word about Carly Fiorina and the others as Snow White and the Sixteen Dwarfs.

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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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