Southern Dragon Memorial – One Year

By: Wednesday October 30, 2013 6:24 pm

To start at the beginning, I don’t actually remember when I first “met” Southern Dragon. It was here at FDL, of course, but long, long ago. He must have been an early lake denizen, as was I, though I was not here at the very very beginning, but had been here awhile by the time of the Libby trial.

 

A Year of Occupy

By: Monday September 17, 2012 1:05 pm

The police wanted someone they could take away and hold responsible for this act of dissent. However, there was no leader and there would be no leader.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Todd Gitlin, Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street

By: Saturday September 8, 2012 1:59 pm

Right now, members of Occupy Wall Street are preparing to mark the one year anniversary of the occupation of Zuccotti Park on September 17 with an event halfway between a celebration and a protest. Meanwhile, Occupy’s energy and influence can be seen in a range of activism and dissent that stretches from coast to coast in America and beyond, from anarchist grand jury resisters in the Pacific Northwest to the solidarity networks supporting the forthcoming teachers’ strike in Chicago.

As World Honors Fukushima Victims, NRC Gives Them a One-Fingered Salute

By: Friday March 16, 2012 2:52 pm

Rather than it being a salutary moment, a tribute of sorts to the victims in Japan on the anniversary of their disaster, the announcement by the NRC stands more as an insult. It’s as if the US government is saying, “Sure, there are lessons to be learned here, but the profits of private energy conglomerates are more important than any citizen’s quaint notions of health and safety. “

Fukushima One Year On: Many Revelations, Few Surprises

By: Friday March 9, 2012 3:20 pm

One year on, perhaps the most surprising thing about the Fukushima crisis is that nothing is really that surprising. Almost every problem encountered was at some point foreseen, almost everything that went wrong was previously discussed, and almost every system that failed was predicted to fail, sometimes decades earlier. Not all by one person, obviously, not all at one time or in one place, but if there is anything to be gleaned from sorting through the multiple reports now being released to commemorate the first anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami–and the start of the crisis at Fukushima Daiichi–it is that, while there is much still to be learned, we already know what is to be done. . . because we knew it all before the disaster began.

The Party Line – September 9, 2011: Shaken, But Still Not Stirred

By: Friday September 9, 2011 4:01 pm

Sunday, September 11, will of course be the tenth anniversary of a tragedy that fundamentally changed America in ways we are still trying to understand. But this 9/11 is also a day for other anniversaries, ones that will likely get little, if any, recognition in the US.

I’ll Take “Metaphors” for 730…

By: Thursday January 20, 2011 6:40 pm

This picture made me realize it was exactly two years ago that I stood on the mall so filled with hope. . . .

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