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  • Reply to: Exclusive Audio: Trump Phone Calls!   2 years 1 month ago
    Arnt those calls supposed to be private?
  • Reply to: Nuclear’s Last Stand? New York’s Cuomo Rushes in to Save Dying Plants   2 years 1 month ago
    looks like someone spoke too soon http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/illinois-lawmakers-vote-spare-nuclear-plants-43916533
  • Reply to: Trump Pick for Labor Secretary a Disaster for Workers   2 years 1 month ago
    Way to go, union guys! You helped to vote Trump in to office and now he's going to screw you good! He don't mind you working, he just doesn't believe you should be paid anything to do it!
  • Reply to: Four Years after Sandy Hook, the NRA Continues the Arming of America   2 years 1 month ago
    "A third group organized by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pumped millions to back gun reform candidates." So you can write that the NRA spent a record 38 million dollars on elections but when it comes to Bloomberg's efforts you go with a simple "pumped millions"? How about some honesty and fairness in your reporting... as in Bloomberg spent 65 million dollars on the 2016 election. Approaching TWICE as much as what the NRA spent.
  • Reply to: Reflections on Environment 2.0   2 years 1 month ago
    this is a beautiful piece of writing....and of activism. it's never over!!!
  • Reply to: Four Years after Sandy Hook, the NRA Continues the Arming of America   2 years 1 month ago
    "LaPierre’s initial response to Sandy Hook shocked many people. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun,” he said, adding that if any adults at Sandy Hook had been armed, the children and educators might still be alive. His comments were described as “tone-deaf.” Following the Sandy Hook mass shooting, the NRA recommended to have armed security in our nation's schools. At that time many politicians and the “press”, who were predisposed against firearms, dismissed this recommendation as extreme. Even though, in response to the Columbine High School shooting, then-President Bill Clinton and a Democratic Congress enacted a program called Cops in Schools. As a result, 23,000 public and private U.S. schools provide armed security for our children and many more are considering it as a result of the Sandy Hook shooting.
  • Reply to: A Time to Fight   2 years 1 month ago
    I am really upset about Trump getting elected. I want to take action but I am not sure what to do. All people with similar feelings are looking for leadership in opposing Trump and want to support a candidate who shares our values. Please help me with guidance.
  • Reply to: Four Years after Sandy Hook, the NRA Continues the Arming of America   2 years 1 month ago
    You are exactly right. I know many people, (who would prefer to remain anonymous), who voted for Trump, despite misgivings, just because they wanted to keep their guns.
  • Reply to: Trump Pick for Labor Secretary a Disaster for Workers   2 years 1 month ago
    Progressives should not be surprised by Trump's Cabinet picks. Trump is not a progressive. Progressives should remember that the Department of Labor, as a department of government, should serve all Americans and not be an advocate for the left. Dramatic increases in the minimum wage and other issues cited are public policy issues that affect all of us. The DOL in recent years has been a one-sided advocate for unions, redistribution, quotas and set-asides, ever-increasing regulation, and collectivism. Don't be surprised if Trump moves this government agency toward the middle, respecting the rest of America.
  • Reply to: Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley Pander to Distract   2 years 1 month ago
    Yes. But being an American does not equate to being white or Christian or both. Jindal and Haley could never have been elected as governors in Louisiana and South Carolina respectively if they maintained the religion they were born into Hinduism and Sikhism respectively. Religion is a personal matter obviously but I suspect they converted in order to be accepted into the deeply Christian majority population of their home states which of course was also necessary in order to run for pretty much any public office position. I take it they were not able to convince the people of their home states that they are white. No amount of makeup could have done that.

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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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