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Thoreau on seeing the moonlight amid the mountains

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Thoreau on seeing the moonlight admit the mountains (photo: “Sunrise with Moonset. Vermillion Lake, Alberta” by FYW Photography, Calgary) “The surface of the earth is soft and impressible by the feet of men; and so with the paths which the mind travels. How worn and dusty, then, must be the highways of the world, how […]

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Resist Trump limerick: rhyming ‘China’ with ‘vagina’

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Bill Bramhall’s cartoon on Trump’s steel tariffs (3.7.18) I was struck by Donald Trump’s absurd & contradictory comments on steel tariffs and China and was inspired to write this  #ResistTrump limerick:   Donald Trump wants to hit back at China While he grabs some poor woman’s vagina; His tariffs on steel Show no ‘art of the […]

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Hungarian satirical map of 1887 (Európa béke-mappája)

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Hungarian satirical map of 1887 (Európa béke-mappája) I’ve loved maps since as long as I can remember and I was intrigued by this satirical map from 1887; I posted it to Facebook and a nice Hungarian translated the long poem at the bottom for me. Gábor says, “it is heavy and somewhat outdated language (and spelling). The […]

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France 2015: Paris & Versailles

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  Paris: rue Rambuteau (4ème) France 2015: Paris & Versailles I lived in Paris from January through June 1992 but did not have the opportunity to return to the City of Light until May 2015; my week in Paris was a trip down memory lane, bringing back a flood of memories from the six months I […]

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2017 LGBT year in review

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2017 LGBT year in review by Pauline Park 2017 was a hell of a year and that’s using the politest language I can think of. The year that just passed was dominated by Donald Trump, who has loomed large for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people and especially for LGBT activists since he was […]

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2017 retrospective

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2017 year in review Pauline Park 2017 may have been a disastrous year for the country, with the election of Donald Trump, but for me personally, it was a year of progress and growth. Trump’s election and new administration dominated the news throughout 2017, but happily, neither had any direct impact on my life. Activism […]

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Steven Salaita and the Quagmire of Academic Freedom (NYT, 10.2.14)

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Steven Salaita and the Quagmire of Academic Freedom BY JAKE FLANAGIN New York Times OCTOBER 2, 2014 11:49 AM Op-Talk Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune, via Getty Images  Steven G. Salaita says the University of Illinois destroyed his career. The Palestinian-American professor was invited to teach in the university’s American Indian studies program earlier this year, but the […]

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DNC follies: a Latino, a Muslim & a transgendered Zionist enter a room…

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DNC follies: a Latino, a Muslim & a transgendered Zionist enter a room… Babs Casbar Siperstein’s expulsion from the Democratic National Committee is a tale told of an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying something, though what precisely requires considerable explanation. Babs Siperstein has been described as ‘the highest-ranking trans person in Democratic Party’ […]