Pull Up a Chair — and putting your feet up

By: Saturday October 25, 2014 4:00 am

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Shadow Facts About Shadow Government

By: Sunday October 19, 2014 6:59 am

We live in an age in which the most important facts are not seriously disputed and also not seriously known or responded to.

The United States’ biggest public program of the past 75 years, now outstripping the rest of the world combined, is war preparations. The routine “base” military spending, not counting spending on particular wars, is at least 10 times the war spending, or enough to totally transform the world for the better. Instead it’s used to kill huge numbers of people, to make the United States less safe, and to prepare for wars that are — without exception — lost disastrously. Since the justification of the Soviet Union vanished, U.S. militarism has only increased.

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Tom Robbins

By: Saturday September 27, 2014 6:40 pm

I guess I’d have to call Tom Robbins’ work a bit of a guilty pleasure. His books are well-written but probably not to everyone’s taste. But since I do have a taste for some of the weirdness, Robbins is a fun read.

Peace Ecology

By: Saturday September 6, 2014 10:07 am

With serendipitous timing, as a big march for the climate, and various related events, are planned on and around the International Day of Peace, Randall Amster has just published an important book called Peace Ecology.

This book bridges divides that very much need to be bridged between peace activism and peace academia, and between peace advocacy and environmentalism. This is, in fact, a peace book for deep environmentalists and an environmental book for deep peace advocates.

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Antonia Fraser

By: Saturday August 9, 2014 5:20 pm

Lady Antonia Fraser has won awards for some of her non-fiction as well as fiction works. Much of her non-fiction work is on various members of English and other royal families. Kings and Queens of England, Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King, The Wives of Henry the VIII, and King James VI of Scotland and I of England for just a sample.

Executed But Innocent: New Book Details Harrowing Case of Carlos DeLuna

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 4:12 pm

As support for capital punishment in America continues to erode, a new book might be the next nail in the death penalty’s coffin. The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of A Wrongful Execution details the harrowing case of Carlos DeLuna, who was killed by lethal injection on December 7, 1989 for a crime he didn’t commit. From investigation to conviction, his case embodies all the reasons American support for the death penalty is at an all-time low.

It all started when DeLuna, a man described as “childlike” and “simple,” was found huddling under a pick-up truck on the evening of February 4, 1983 and was arrested for the murder of Wanda Lopez.

“Forbidden Bookshelf” Series Acquaints Public With Books Vanished by Government or Powerful Interests

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 10:59 am

A digital publisher called Open Road Integrated Media has launched a series called the “Forbidden Bookshelf,” in order to acquaint the public with books that were vanished or policed by the government or corporate entities when they were first released.

Saturday Art: Vintage Authors: Allen Drury

By: Saturday June 21, 2014 7:05 pm

I know I was in high school when I first read Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent but I also know that I was aware of the book for years before I read it. It wasn’t until this Firedoglake Book Salon a few months ago that I became aware that elements of the story were based on real life events.

Game of Thrones Returns on Sunday!

By: Saturday April 5, 2014 5:20 pm

As someone who only caught up with the series last year and therefore had the option of binge-watching the first two seasons–the wait between seasons was painful but manageable. 

A Conversation With Scott Crow, Part 3: Intersectionality & Technology

By: Tuesday February 25, 2014 12:15 pm

One important tool which defines modern activism is the use of social media for organizing and building solidarity. While social media does little unless paired with “meatspace” direct action, it can be a powerful tool for motivating people, reporting on live events, and building intersectionality. When arrests first occurred at Occupy Austin, we heard from activists in Egypt who had staged an impromptu protest at the US Embassy.

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