By Iris Vander Pluym on 08.10.14
[CONTENT NOTE: ableist language; slut-shaming.]
I am an unrepentant, die-hard proponent of mockery in the political sphere. There is a reason witty dissidents, clever cartoonists and pseudonymous snarkers have historically been persecuted by powerful regimes, and that reason is that mockery is potent stuff. Humorous ridicule has long been an effective tool of subversion, and there are many masters of it in the 21st century United States. Jon Stewart and Andy Borowitz among others have made careers of it, and of course Stephen Colbert is a world-class mocker: consider his recent one-line zinger, “If we put a woman on the one-dollar bill, it’ll only be worth seventy-seven cents!” Hahaha.
By Mickey Walker-August 10, 2014
First, try to remember the basics you learned in high school sciences like physics, chemistry, biology, and geology, and try to equate those times with today. Take global warming. In 2014 we have scientists and counter-scientists (Have Gun Will Travel hired out by those who wish to defunct the reality of manmade global warming). The real scientists are in consensus that global warming is caused by Nature and Man alike. But the pseudo-scientists hired by smokestack industries debunk the real scientists when it comes to holding ourselves accountable for warming up the planet and causing terrible consequences like melting ice caps and glaciers...
By Donald B. Ardell - 08.10.14
Introduction: Embracing Meaninglessness
The first step on the road to REAL wellness is to give up any thought that your life has been ordained as part of some mysterious grand plan. It hasn’t!
Seekers of wellness orgasms, or WOs, embrace the knowledge that their life has occurred by pure genetic chance. It was never meant to be, it just happened.
People who experience multiple WO’s understand the chance nature of their existence and the...
AFTER THE JULY CRISES: The Guns and Bombs of August 2014.
By Michael Faulkner - 08.10.14
At the end of July 2014 we are just one week short of the centenary of Britain’s declaration of war on Germany. Rising tensions in Europe, from the assassination in Sarajevo of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand on the 28th June1914, to the British declaration of war on the 4th of August, led to the inexorable drive to war during...
By Loren Adams, 08.10.2014
The contradiction could not be more distinct. Jesus welcoming little children to be fed, clothed, comforted and housed. Republican rightwing “Christians” rejecting thousands of needy children, demanding deportation without even essential provisions – in direct violation of the law signed by George W. Bush in 2008. But, more importantly, in direct violation of Jesus’ precepts.
The so-called “Christian” religious right is the driving...
By STEVEN JONAS MD, MPH - 07-28-14
The Hobby Lobby decision has many implications about the future of civil life in the United States and how, now, religious institutions may, under the civil law, intrude upon it. Certainly, one must agree with Justice Ginsburg that regardless of Justices Alito's caveats, the tide unleashed by the decision of the Right-wing Five is not going to stop at the shoreline of the separation of church and state any time soon. And for the long-range future of the United States, that is the most significant element of the decision.
By Harry Targ - 08.10.14
A Military Coup in Honduras
Sunday, June 28, 2009 the Honduran military carried out a Coup ousting duly elected President Manuel Zelaya from power. Almost immediately leaders of Western Hemisphere nations condemned the actions taken in Tegucigalpa, the capital city. For example, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Lula) asserted that the days of military coups as a mechanism of the transfer of power were over in Latin America.