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  • Reply to: Betsy DeVos’s War on Public Schools   5 months 2 weeks ago
    Public money should go ONLY to public schools. I am against anyone who you would not adhere to this policy.
  • Reply to: Trump’s Frightening Picks for U.S. Policy in the Middle East   5 months 2 weeks ago
    I like that last dig about voters alienated from Hillary Clinton for her hawkish record in the Middle East (who consequently voted for Trump or a third party) being somehow responsible for what we have now. Better relations with Russia (Flynn and Tillerson) and actually fighting against ISIS (instead of nurturing them through weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and using them as a proxy force) seems a better option than Hillary/Obama/McCain rabid anti-Russian no-fly zone, risk WWIII solution. With Trump there's going to be worse, the much worse, and then the "well, we avoided WWIII for now." It's a messy deal, too bad Americans were refused any coverage whatsoever to more sane options in the election. What is ironic is that if Democrats are so concerned about having an unstable person in office wouldn't it make sense to try to leave on better terms with Russia? Why absolutely insist Russia be considered an expansionist evil aggressor (the reverse is true actually - considering it's America that is surrounding and expanding Russia with alliances, ABM sites, and weapons) if the next prez is a nut job with his fingers on the nuclear arsenal? That seems insane itself, but America, to support it's addiction to a war/banking economy will take high risk. That's how our elites roll. As far as Iran, America will never let up on that country unfortunately. Truly sad. After overthrowing their Democracy in 54 and installing and supporting a dictator for 25 years we still lack any understanding whatsoever. This is common for addicts, we are out of touch with basic feelings, remorse, are never wrong and blame others for our mistakes continually. Unless we change ourselves and how we operate we will go after Iran, that's just how it is because Iran has what the biggest addict wants - oil. So really, the way I see it, Trump and Hillary and Obama and McCain are all symptoms of a disease of which America is largely the source of. If we don't address the disease (a system that uses people, places and things as a means to end not ends in themselves) the symptoms get worse. Let's pray that we recognize we are out of control and are willing to change and make amends before we take the world down with us. And if this isn't possible, may we go down by ourselves so the rest of humanity can at least go on living.
  • Reply to: Farm Workers in Two Countries Boycott Driscoll’s Berries   5 months 2 weeks ago
    Do not buy strawberries when they are out of season or not grown indoors by transparent (not just USDA) organic farms. Driscolls makes their money from our built-up habit of American convenience. Avoid mega supermarket chains not even owned in America but overseas such as Trader Joes. Its owned by ALDIs and has been since 1979. Driscolls will be there to dominate shelf space with their Monsanto pesticides if you do.
  • Reply to: Public School Advocates Push Back Betsy DeVos   5 months 2 weeks ago
    "...private-school families who now receive a taxpayer-financed subsidy for tuition, even though their children never attended public school..." I don't understand this objection. Do progressives believe that these children don't deserve education support? Isn't that the whole point of the subsidies?
  • Reply to: The Long Game of Betsy DeVos   5 months 2 weeks ago
    The Flint water problem had nothing to do with "privatization". It was caused by inept government bureaucracies. Privatizing the water supply would be a good way to fix the problem and avoid similar recurrences. In like manner, privatizing education through school choice can fix problems. Let's put our students first, not the unions and not those who want central control in order to indoctrinate.
  • Reply to: Will the Last Five Public Schools in New Orleans Become Charters?   5 months 2 weeks ago

    I wanted to clarify the timeline for the Orleans Parish School Board application timeline, which I feel has been misstated by the article. While reviews of applications occur on a rolling basis, based on receipt, Orleans Parish School Board follows the BESE determined charter application timeline set for all Louisiana school districts:

    From BESE common application:
    "The common application that all applicants must complete will be released by BESE on December 6, 2016,
    and is due on February 24, 2017. Local school boards can request additional information from applicants if
    they post that information to their websites no later than January 6, 2017."

    In addition, Orleans Parish School Board performs an eligibility review for applicants, requesting that evidence of eligibility is presented no later than January 27, 2017 to ensure that applicants participating in the full process meet the criteria for eligibility as determined by BESE.

    Taina Knox
    taina_knox@opsb.us
    Director of New Schools and Programs
    Orleans Parish School Board

  • Reply to: The Long Game of Betsy DeVos   5 months 2 weeks ago
    DeVos MUST be denied appointment.
  • Reply to: Abuse Victims Fight for Fair Sentencing   5 months 2 weeks ago
    If youve never been through it it cant be understood. If you want to help women leave donate to womens shelters. Your opinion is worthless.
  • Reply to: How “School Choice” Left Us No Choice   5 months 2 weeks ago
    Thanks K!
  • Reply to: AIM Co-Founder Talks about Forgiveness, Nonviolence, and What Comes After Standing Rock   5 months 2 weeks ago
    Ppl needed to heal. And learned that #waterislife. Tawaanu keita'h! therefor Jesus/crazehorse brought her back. Namaste. Aho! behold your creator! Jesus. His name with his indianbretheren, is /Crazehorse

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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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