blue-flag-thumb2_50x50Our side's flag is a thin, airlight blue, drifting almost unseen against the sky. Our military march is a meadowlark's song among the dandelions. --Ken Kesey, The Real War
 

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  • Blue Bloc Tactics (Occupy This Book Excerpt) | Mickey Z.

    Photo credit: Mickey Z. Mickey Z. -- World News Trust April 15, 2014 (To follow is an edited excerpt from Occupy this Book: Mickey Z. on Activism , which can be ordered here .) Each of us can believe what we wish to believe about the notorious “Black Bloc,” but even if the most sensational media stories are true (and they're not), such behavior would pale in comparison with that of the gangs in b...

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  • Gimme Shelter | Philip A. Farruggio

    Philip A. Farruggio -- World News Trust April 3, 2014 “Ooh well the storm is threatening, my very life’s at stake. Gimme gimme shelter before I fade away… “ Such go the words of the Rolling Stones, circa 1969. Has anything changed since then? Well, according to writer David Dayen in his fine recent article in Salon.com , yes, things are spiraling downward for us working stiffs in Amerika. Dayen r...

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  • Exercise Balance | Mickey Z.

    Photo credit: Mickey Z. Mickey Z. -- World News Trust April 11, 2014 “Frenzy destroys our inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.” (Thomas Merton) Over the years I’ve spent inside gyms and health clubs, I’ve witnessed plenty of workout fads come and go -- but there’s a rapidly growing trend that gets ...

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  • Jazz -- A Riff on Integrity | Emanuele Corso

    Paul Desmond. Painting by Tom Noll Emanuele Corso -- World News Trust April 7, 2014 June 30th, 1960, Tanglewood, slipping in a side door and climbing to secluded seats high above the stage. Dave Brubeck, Joe Morello, Gene Wright, and Paul Desmond are warming up ahead of their evening performance. I remember Desmond’s notes rising clear, fully formed, beautiful, intimate, unmistakably Desmond. I e...

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  • BOOKS: From Cheerleader to Enemy of the State | William T. Hathaway

    From the Book Radical Peace: People Refusing War, By William T. Hathaway Radical Peace is a collection of reports from antiwar activists, the true stories of their efforts to change our warrior culture. World News Trust April 4, 2014 From Cheerleader to Enemy of the State The long, flouncy curls from Judy Davis's cheerleader days are gone. Her straight blonde hair is now cut short. Large blue eye...

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  • Attention Deficit | James Howard Kunstler

    James Howard Kunstler -- World News Trust March 31, 2014 Apparently someone at the U.S. State Department put out the fire in John Kerry’s magnificent head of hair, because he has stopped declaiming (for now) on the urgent need to start World War III over Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula. In my lifetime, there has never been a more pointless and unnecessary international crisis than th...

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  • Captain Erikson's Equation | John Michael Greer

    Captain Gustaf Erikson March 26, 2014 (Archdruid Report) -- I have yet to hear anyone in the peak oil blogosphere mention the name of Captain Gustaf Erikson of the Åland Islands and his fleet of windjammers. For all I know, he’s been completely forgotten now, his name and accomplishments packed away in the same dustbin of forgotten history as solar steam-engine pioneer Augustin Mouchot, his near ...

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  • Mahmoud Abbas vs Mohammed Dahlan: The Showdown Begins | Ramzy Baroud

    Ramzy Baroud -- World News Trust March 26, 2014 When late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was confined by Israeli soldiers to his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Mohammed Dahlan reigned supreme. As perhaps the most powerful and effective member of the "Gang of Five," he managed the affairs of the ruling Fatah movement, coordinated with Israel regarding matters of security, and ev...

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  • American Delusionalism, or Why History Matters | John Michael Greer

    March 19, 2014 (Archdruid Report) -- One of the things that reliably irritates a certain fraction of this blog’s readers, as I’ve had occasion to comment before, is my habit of using history as a touchstone that can be used to test claims about the future. No matter what the context, no matter how wearily familiar the process under discussion might be, it’s a safe bet that the moment I start talk...

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  • Barbarians Within the Gates | Emanuele Corso

    Female Hainan Gibbon. From fauna-flora.org Emanuele Corso -- World News Trust April 5, 2014 From the start, the human race has been at odds with itself struggling between two distinct polarities -- barbarity and civilization -- the Yin and Yang of of human nature and experience. This polarity has forever been the root struggle between evolution and devolution, between community and savagery, civi...

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  • Big questions = Big patience (Occupy this Book excerpt) | Mickey Z.

    Photo credit: Mickey Z. Mickey Z. -- World News Trust April 3, 2014 "If you expect an answer to your question during your lifetime, you're not asking a big enough question." - I.F. Stone (To follow is an excerpt from Occupy this Book: Mickey Z. on Activism , order it here .) The 1% is killing the planet partly because these elite players have chosen to look no further into the future than the nex...

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