Monthly Archives: December 2011

Bruce Melton : Welcome to Climate Change in Texas

Tree Kill in Central Texas, drought of 2011. Photo by Bruce Melton / The Rag Blog.Drought and wildfires:Welcome to climate change in Texas By Bruce Melton / The Rag Blog / December 29, 2011 Environmental researcher and climate change activist … finish reading Bruce Melton : Welcome to Climate Change in Texas

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Rebecca Solnit : Occupy Your Heart

Occupy your heart:Compassion is our new currency Occupy arrived and, as if swept by some strange pandemic, a contagious virus of truth-telling, everyone was suddenly obliged to call things by their real names and talk about actual problems. By Rebecca … finish reading Rebecca Solnit : Occupy Your Heart

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Vote Obama – if you want a centrist Republican for US president Because Barack Obama has adopted so many core Republican beliefs, the US opposition race is a shambles By Glenn Greenwald / The Guardian / December 28, 2011 American … finish reading 

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Bob Feldman : Reconstruction in Texas/2

African-Americans voting in 1867. Image from the Texas Liberal.The hidden history of Texas Part VII: Reconstruction in Texas, 1865-1876/2 By Bob Feldman / The Rag Blog / December 26, 2011 [This is the second section of Part 7 of Bob … finish reading Bob Feldman : Reconstruction in Texas/2

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Lamar W. Hankins : What Have We Learned From the Iraq War?

President Obama shown speaking to troops at Fort Bragg, N.C. Photo by Gerry Broome / AP.Lessons we should have learned from the Iraq War After all the phony reasons for war in Iraq were found wanting, Bush and his neoconservative … finish reading Lamar W. Hankins : What Have We Learned From the Iraq War?

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Ulysses : The Hip Hop Revolution of the Arab Spring

El Général performing at the first meeting of Tunisia’s main PDP opposition party on Jan. 29, 2011 in Tunis. Photo by Fethi Belaid / AFP / Getty.The hip hop revolutionof the Arab Spring By Ulysses / openDemocracy / December 28, … finish reading Ulysses : The Hip Hop Revolution of the Arab Spring

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FILM / Gregg Barrios : ‘Melancholia’ Is von Trier’s Final Refrain

Melancholia:Von Trier’s final refrain By Gregg Barrios | The Rag Blog | December 27, 2011 It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. – REM A crescendo of superlatives: Lars von Trier’s Melancholia opens … finish reading FILM / Gregg Barrios : ‘Melancholia’ Is von Trier’s Final Refrain

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CARTOON / Charlie Loving : Rick Perry on Foreign Oil!

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Harry Targ : Korea and the U.S. Policy of Perpetual War

“War Street,” by Sue Coe / Revista Amauta.Let’s be frank:The United States has beenin perpetual war With the onset of the Korean War, the politics of fear converged with the politics of empire. By Harry Targ | The Rag Blog … finish reading Harry Targ : Korea and the U.S. Policy of Perpetual War

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As the troops return from Iraq, Rev. Jim Rigby, human rights activist and pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas, reflects on the Christmas message and a “reframed” Christmas story that he wrote for a local newspaper during … finish reading 

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Jim Rigby : Christmas Cancelled as Security Measure!

Three wise men arrested for illegal possession of “frankincense” and “myrrh.” Art from Dare to Create.Christmas is no time totalk about war and peace When the angels sang, ‘peace on earth good will to all,’ they were expressing the song … finish reading Jim Rigby : Christmas Cancelled as Security Measure!

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Lamar W. Hankins : A Humanist Looks at Christmas

Orator and humanist Robert G. Ingersoll. Image from the Council for Secular Humanism.Robert Green Ingersoll:A humanist looks at Christmas By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | December 22, 2011 Robert Green Ingersoll is one of the least known … finish reading Lamar W. Hankins : A Humanist Looks at Christmas

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