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School Me In Scottish independence

In a little bit more than a day from now, Scotland will vote about whether to become a country independent from the United Kingdom. I have no earthly clue why this matters.

I am an American completely unschooled in the injustices between the British nations.

What is there, besides independence itself, that the Scots wish [...]

Drunken Monkeys Rampage Around The World

In Kenya, drunken monkeys, given alcohol by people stopping by the side of the highway between two nature preserves, have become so aggressive that locals are afraid to venture outside their homes. “They eat our goats, and we have been unable to plant food for the last three years,” one explains.

The problem isn’t unique [...]

A Downed Jetliner, A World War?

I spent most of today traveling and unaware of events, so when my son piped up with the merry question “Are you read for World War 3?” I answered with a glib, “is it really scheduled for tomorrow? Good thing I didn’t bother with that haircut.”

Then I read the news. Cut the jokes; the [...]

Whose Hands Should Be On Iraq And Ukraine?

Just whose hands does the World Workers Party want on Iraq, Syria and Ukraine? Are they okay with Iranian hands being on Iraq? Will they accept Russian hands on Ukraine? What about Al Quaida hands on Syria? [...]

Free Mubarak Bala

Mubarak Bala’s father and his allies are insisting that he will continue to be held captive, and undergo treatments as if he were mentally ill – in order to cure his atheism. [...]

Nao World Cup

So that you can sit on your couch, watching other people you play soccer, huge numbers of people have been evicted from their homes to make way for parking lots. So that these soccer games can take place in the kind of pretty stadium with fireworks and massive electronic displays demanded by FIFA, money has [...]

Donations: Charity:Water and the ACLU

Every time we sell one of our sweatshop-free shirts, we set aside one dollar of the proceeds to donate to a U.S. political organization fighting the good fight. We set aside another dollar to donate to the betterment of people living outside the United States. This month, we’re sending our international donation to Charity:Water, a [...]

The Children’s Place = The Orphans’ Place. Why?

Why is the International Labor Rights Forum calling for Americans to boycott and picket The Children’s Place on April 24 2014?

Why? Because a year earlier, on April 24 2013, the rickety Rana Plaza apparel factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people. Those people were paid dirt-poor wages in dangerous conditions to make [...]

Canada, Mighty in Humility

Overhead on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio this week:

“I think that it’s part of being Canadian: we show our Canadian pride by being reserved about and humble about our pride…. The fact that we’re humble rings true. We’re so humble we shy away from regularly appreciating and suppporting ourselves.”

Is there any way to successfully [...]

What The Ukraine?

This weekend’s big story has been the escalating conflict between Russia and the Ukraine. (What’s up with the muted reaction to the Optic Nerve story?)

It’s a complex situation, but I find that I just can’t move beyond the dread that the United States and Russia could be moving toward a new Cold War.

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Tracking The Leshy

The Leshy can be identified by a missing right ear, as well as the absence of eyelashes and eyebrows. [...]