December 2017 archive

Dec 31

New Year’s Eve in Times Square: Have you always wanted to go?

This is a revised version of a post that originally appeared on New Year’s Eve 2016. When I was a kid I used to watch the New Year’s ball drop in Times Square on TV. Dick Clark used to be the host. Man he was old, but I guess remembering him makes me old now, …

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Dec 31

Happy New Year to all the Night Owls: Woody Guthrie’s 75-year-old homespun resolutions

Thanks to Fritzi Cohen for digging out Woody Guthrie’s 33 New Year’s “Rulin’s” from 75 years ago, written in his journal entry for January 1, 1943:  Adorned by doodles, the list is down to earth by any measure. Family, song, taking a political stand, personal hygiene — they’re the values or aspirations that top his …

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Dec 31

A review of ‘On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century’

Timothy Snyder reads five, and speaks ten, European languages, which give him a tremendous advantage when researching and writing about European history. An undergraduate at Brown University, he continued his studies at Oxford where he received his doctorate in 1997 while a British Marshall Scholar. In addition to fellowships in Paris, Vienna and Warsaw, he held an Academy Scholarship at Harvard. He …

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Dec 31

There’s a Progressive Silver Lining for Kentucky’s Economic Future

Giving Kentucky’s young people a reason to stay. (This report first appared in YES! Magazine, where Emma Eisenberg is a fellow with the New Economy Reporting Project.) In 2013, Libby Kelly was a first-year student at Eastern Kentucky University near Lexington with a passion for environmental justice but a jaded attitude. “I felt like there …

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Dec 31

Lithium, Love and Losing My Mind: Jaime Lowe on Her Life With Bipolar Disorder and Drugs to Manage It

Lowe discusses her journey to Bolivia, the "land of lithium." We speak with journalist and author Jaime Lowe about her remarkable memoir, “Mental: Lithium, Love, and Losing My Mind.” She shares and investigates her experience with mental illness and the drugs used to combat it. She was on lithium for two decades but was forced …

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Dec 31

When a president has no empathy

The other night I watched an episode of The Profit, on CNBC. Normally this show is about Marcus Lemonis working with people in businesses that are failing. This past week’s episode was about his trips to Puerto Rico, and how much the people are suffering. This show is usually on as background noise for me while I am …

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Dec 31

Trump Endorses Criminal Conspiracy to Crush Honduras Vote

The outpouring of protest in Honduras is rooted in its presidential election results. Honduras is bleeding now, and Honduran blood runs from the hands of President Trump and Gen. John Kelly, long a vicar of American violence enforcing the imperial will. In their vicariously murderous way, Trump and Kelly are carrying on with a century-old, …

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Dec 31

Books for binge-reading: Daniel Jose Older’s thrilling politics of the supernatural and the mundane

Did you ever have the experience of falling so hard for a book that when you found out the author had a whole bunch of other books, you wanted to stand up and cheer—except you were way too busy buying and starting the next book to take a cheer break? That was my recent experience …

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Dec 31

The 10 Worst Things Donald Trump Said or Did in 2017

I know, I know — Donald Trump definitely said or did far more than just 10 terrible things during 2017. Practically every single day this “president” said or did something awful. At… {Click on the title to continue reading this post} Forward Progressives

Dec 31

George Papadopoulous Drunken Bragging in London Wine Bar Started Trump Collusion Investigation

Papadopoulos made a plea bargain with special counsel Robert Mueller. According to the New York Times,  the investigation into collusion between Russian operatives and members of President Donald Trump’s campaign staff  had its beginning in a London wine bar where Trump adviser George Papadopoulos bragged about having “dirt” on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The …

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