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After the Flood

In the presence of death and in the aftermath of great storms, we apprehend how vainly we cling to the illusion of certainty and permanence. ...

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Alexandra Ackerman: Interview

Alexandra Ackerman: an LA transplant with a cache of romance novel covers, film, television and stage performances under her belt. When it comes to Hollywood substance is usually traded for beauty,...

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Loitered Lens: Two Gallants

Two Gallants, who hail from sunny San Francisco but take their name from a short story in Dubliners by James Joyce, lack the laid-back attitude of the former but have an abundance of the intensity of...

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Brown Sugar and Mustard-Glazed Bone-in Ham

Well the holidays are indeed coming and as y’all know, a homemade baked ham is a southern holiday staple. ...

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Into the Appalachians [Tour Diary]

'A single lane road etched through this land that’s not the north, or south, that's forgotten by the east but far from the west. If you pointed a rifle at the vast nothing that encompasses the...

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Crunching Genital Injury Stats

Women saw a five-fold increase in genital injuries between 2002 and 2008, and show no signs of slowing....

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The cookie crumbles beneath the foot of the dancer (Sam Pink)

'I didn’t write in high school. I barely talk about writing to most people in real life because no one cares and I kind of agree, I like not talking about it. ' Scott Laudati interviews author Sam...

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Empire’s Halloween Part 2

The US Empire is dead meat. We should lose the imagery of a noble and lofty bald eagle: rotting road kill should be proclaimed our official national animal, vampires and werewolves offer a more apt...

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Sandy: Satellite View

A satellite view of Hurricane Sandy's landfall on the US coast...

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Col. Jon’s Cherokee Corn Pone

It’s another favourite snack in these parts and something that I like to have the little woman cook up for me whilst I hang up the goat on Hallowe’en. Up until now this has been a very closely...

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Grieving for Greed. Welteschmerz Pt. 1

If the end of the commercialist capitalist empire gets you down, the right thing to do is to grieve for it. Then move on....

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Big Boys Gone Bananas* [Film]

Back in 2009 director Frederik Gertten was scheduled to premiere his latest film at the LA Film Festival. Called simply Bananas, it dealt with alleged abuses suffered by Nicaraguan workers who worked...

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Welfare Greed

A Danish researcher has compared two of the most different welfare systems in the western world. Despite the differences, the research shows surprising similarities in the way in which people in the...

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Hot as Hell, But Where’s the Hottest?

"This investigation demonstrates that, because of continued improvements in meteorology and climatology, researchers can now reanalyze past weather records in much more detail and with greater...

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Hubbardites Vs Crowleyites Pt 3

If the current management of the Church of Scientology were not so keen to airbrush all aspects of its founder’s life and work we would have a much clearer idea of his motives for infiltrating...

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Hubbardites vs Crowleyites pt 2

Jack and Ron moved into territory well beyond any official OTO rituals documented at that time. Elementals were invoked then banished, Aethyrs were called, complicated texts were recited from memory,...

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Viza: Interview

So do they think that music can change the world? Chris told me, “I think it could. I think it allows people, it gives people an outlet. It gives people I guess the right to think freely or...

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Gun Control and the Second Amendment

Restricting the manufacture, thus profit motive, of firearms is a must... to keep them out of the hands of criminals, psychopaths, and idiots, and that includes the cops....

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Rival Sons: Interview

What we do together is pretty fun but you need a producer who’s decisive, especially with us, because we ARE 'Rival Sons'. We are like; he’s seeing it this way, I’m seeing that way, Scott is...

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After the Fireworks: 4th July, Higgs Boson, and notions of independence

On July 4, the people of the U.S. marked the passing of another year's perfunctory, Independence Day festivities. The date, also, was occasioned by the formal announcement from physicists at CERN...

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Americana International Festival 2012

While wandering around my first ever festival, Reading 1989, I came across a stall selling a selection of badges, one of which portrayed a Confederate flag....

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The Footlong Hotdog of the Apocalypse: Part 2

'those active in the Occupy Wall Street Movement do have jobs: Our job is to transform the present order' To dwell in the domain of the heart…is to choose to live in a dangerous...

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The Footlong Hotdog of the Apocalypse: Part 1

´Too often people practice freedom of speech, rather than committing to the more difficult task of pursuing freedom of being’ Almost exactly ten years ago, in June of 2002, my wife and I were...

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In the Name of My Father, Part 2

Not too long ago, I had a dream wherein I stood gazing over the atrium of a large complex of multi-story structures. Inadvertently, I dropped my "special" writing pen…It glinted...

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In the Name of My Father

My parents modest, single-level, brick home stands on property that was once part of a sprawling estate owned by the Candler family, Atlanta’s Coca-Cola patricians. Built during the post-war,...

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When in doubt, blame the Proles

'Our political class don’t have capacity to do anything else but blame increasing numbers of people, to avoid discussing a politics they didn’t realise they were charged with...

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Outside of business, it’s business as usual

Orwell Prize shortlister Lisa Ansell takes a commonsense view of financial crisis and ground-level resilience I logged on to twitter today for the first time in a bit, and I saw that Baroness Warsi...

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Requiem and Renewal in the Shadow of Wall Street

In the Name of My Father: Requiem and Renewal in the Shadow of Wall Street On May 1, after a day of May Day activities on the streets and avenues of Manhattan, my wife and I and a troop of other OWS...

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The Big Empty: Eating Cheetos with the Hungry Ghosts of a Corporate State Pt. 2

In a nation defined by vast wealth disparity and the deprivation it causes others on the planet, by means of impoverished lives and ecological devastation, taking more than one's share...

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The Big Empty: Eating Cheetos with the Hungry Ghosts of a Corporate State

Due to the consolidation of wealth and privilege into fewer and fewer hands, thus requiring escalating amounts of officially mandated surveillance and brutality to maintain social order, the natural...

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