Monthly Archives: June 2012

Betsy Leondar-Wright : Class and the Political Moment

Protester in Olympia, WA, February 16, 2010. Image from the Washington State Wire.Five well-known leftists, five strong opinions:What’s needed at this political moment? I was struck by how openly they disagreed [and] by how passionate all five of them are … finish reading Betsy Leondar-Wright : Class and the Political Moment

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RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Mark Blumenthal on Herbal and Alternative Medicine

American Botanical Council director Mark Blumenthal in the studios of KOOP-FM in Austin, Texas, Friday, June 15, 2012. Photo by Thorne Dreyer / The Rag Blog. Inset photo below by Tracey Schulz / Rag Radio.Rag Radio:Botanical Council’s Mark Blumenthal discusses … finish reading RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Mark Blumenthal on Herbal and Alternative Medicine

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James McEnteer : Julian Assange, Come on Over

Stencil of Julian Assange from Bold Legume.Insane Asylum?From Center Stage to Middle Earth Is Julian Assange crazy to want to go to Ecuador, of all the obscure places on this globe? By James McEnteer / The Rag Blog / June … finish reading James McEnteer : Julian Assange, Come on Over

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Travis Waldron : Adidas and the ‘Shackle Shoe’

What was Adidas thinkingwith its Shackle Shoes? It’s hard to imagine a shoe company coming up with a worse idea than this. By Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress / June 20, 2012 Adidas is notorious for pushing the envelope in sports … finish reading Travis Waldron : Adidas and the ‘Shackle Shoe’

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BOOKS / Jonah Raskin : Medea Benjamin on ‘Killing by Remote Control’

Killing by Remote Control:Medea Benjamin’s ‘Drone Warfare‘ By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | June 20, 2012 “The drones were terrifying… the buzz of a distant propeller was a constant reminder of imminent death.” — Journalist David Rohde [Drone … finish reading BOOKS / Jonah Raskin : Medea Benjamin on ‘Killing by Remote Control’

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Lamar W. Hankins : Suppressing Democracy 101

Graphic from Other Means.Today’s Republicans findnew ways to suppress democracy By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | June 19, 2012 Registering the poor to vote ‘is like handing out burglary tools to criminals.’ — Conservative columnist Matthew Vadum … finish reading Lamar W. Hankins : Suppressing Democracy 101

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Marilyn Katz : West Bank Diaries

Shuttered Palestinian shops along Shashuda Street in Hebron, West Bank. Photo by Marilyn Katz.The separation is total:West Bank Diaries More than anything it appears that these fences are cages, locking people in, restricting their movement, and ultimately making them prisoners … finish reading Marilyn Katz : West Bank Diaries

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RAG RADIO / Thorne Webb Dreyer : Texas Observer Founding Editor Ronnie Dugger

Pioneering Texas journalist Ronnie Dugger in the KOOP studios in Austin, Texas, Friday, June 8, 2012, during broadcast of Rag Radio. Photo by Alan Pogue / The Rag Blog.Rag Radio:Crusading journalist Ronnie Dugger,founding editor of The Texas Observer By Thorne … finish reading RAG RADIO / Thorne Webb Dreyer : Texas Observer Founding Editor Ronnie Dugger

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Bruce Melton : The Climate Change Drought Is Over / 3

Wind turbines on the mainland as seen from the backside of Padre Island National Seashore, at mile 25 on the four wheel drive only beach. Photo © Bruce Melton, 2012.The Climate Change awareness drought is overPart Three: It’s only pollution … finish reading Bruce Melton : The Climate Change Drought Is Over / 3

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James McEnteer : On the Lean Streets of Quito

Lean streets of Quito. Image from Lonely Planet.Sell on wheels:Pitching and rolling on the lean streets of Quito A man dressed as a circus clown boards a bus selling packs of magic candy, two for a dollar. By James McEnteer | … finish reading James McEnteer : On the Lean Streets of Quito

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Shelley Seale : CultureMap Picks Austin’s Top Political Bloggers

CultureMap Austin‘s top political bloggers: Above, The Rag Blog‘s Thorne Dreyer, photo by James Retherford. Inset, below, from the top: Rachel Farris, photo by Wildhouse Photography; Harold Cook, courtesy of Harold Cook; and Katherine Haenschen, courtesy of BOR. All photos … finish reading Shelley Seale : CultureMap Picks Austin’s Top Political Bloggers

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MUSIC / Gregg Barrios : Patti Smith’s ‘Banga’

The wait is over:Patti Smith’s ‘Banga‘ The title cut is a meditation on Pontius Pilate’s dog Banga in Mikhail Bulgakov’s satirical novel, The Master and Margarita. By Gregg Barrios | The Rag Blog | June 13, 2012 Patti Smith fans’ … finish reading MUSIC / Gregg Barrios : Patti Smith’s ‘Banga’

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