Monthly Archives: October 2015

Word Cloud: THRALL

by Nona Blyth Cloud Witches. In cultures around the world, stories are told of women who have some extraordinary power: the gift of foretelling the future; of casting spells to alter reality; of mysteriously healing the sick; of cursing their … Continue reading

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neo-classical liberalism: an idea whose time has come….

Classical libertarianism, per Wikipedia, “…is a political philosophy that upholds liberty as its principal objective. Libertarians seek to maximize autonomy and freedom of choice, emphasizing political freedom, voluntary association, and the primacy of individual judgment.” By ann summers What would … Continue reading

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Is a WOMAN a PERSON? The Answer You Get Depends on Who You Ask

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD “Is a Woman a Person?” The answer “Yes, of course,” may seem obvious, but it’s not so clear-cut in American law. When a sitting Supreme Court Justice says that the Equal Protection clause of the 14th … Continue reading

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Jeb! wants to move the Department of the Interior to the Interior, because beyond the Beltway no one can see your pants fall

By ann summers Jeb! the decentralizer wants to move everything closer to where the Cliven Bundys can more easily get people off their lawns or ranches. Make it a closer drive for lobbyists wanting the Grand Canyon mined. The Department … Continue reading

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Facebook’s homeless Neoliberalism rather than the homeland for Neo of the Matrix

Work has become a means to stay alive rather than life being an opportunity to do work. Living, mere existence, has always been a necessary pre-condition for engaging in productive activity, but in capitalism it becomes the operative motive. By … Continue reading

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by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Samhain or Samhuin (SAH-win or SOW-in – rhymes with cow) was the first day of the new year in the ancient Celtic calendar, the beginning of the “darker half” of the year. Samhain is Irish Gaelic. … Continue reading

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Histories of commons repeat themselves as tragedy and farce

By ann summers “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” (Who watches the watchers) Juvenal Recently, a US rancher with unfortunate racist and fascist tendencies came to the attention of US media with unfortunate consequences but an interesting discourse path. I won’t repeat … Continue reading

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His book should not have been the only Counterinsurgency text available for an entire post-Vietnam generation

By ann summers Yet if predicting the future is a hopeless endeavor, learning from the past is not. The counterinsurgency books that Nagl studied do impart an important lesson. The goal the United States hopes to reach in Iraq — … Continue reading

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They Killed the GOP Party – You Bastards!

“Oooh, thats a bingo!” (Inglourious Basterds – Col. Hans Landa) By ann summers With the continued dithering of the GOP over who will be its next Speaker of the House of Representatives, although my bet would be on Paul Ryan … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: ELDRITCH

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes. – Macbeth, Act IV, Scene 1 We’re midway through October, when black and orange decorations are popping up everywhere, and Americans add giant bags of … Continue reading

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