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Occupy Earth

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 — The movement began, quite brilliantly, as an occupation of one location: the seat of power — Wall Street. By striking at the root of the problem, it changed the global topic of conversation in just two months. Unlike the collapse of the global Ponzi scheme, no one could have predicted […]

Now is the Time — Help Save RiverRun

Monday, November 7, 2011 — On September 7, 2006, a hundred or more members of the local community who understood the value of their independent bookstore rallied for a couple of hours to help it move. In a spontaneous gesture of affection, volunteers also lifted Tom Holbrook, the person who brought us the bookstore, on […]

Winter is Coming

Thursday, October 27, 2011 — Winter is coming. This will make the Occupations — which can now be declared a success — more difficult to sustain. We believe the current physical Occupations can and should be transformed into an unprecedented free media space, uninfluenced by and impervious to corporate power, and covering the entire nation. […]

A Free People Need a Free Press

Friday, October 21, 2011 — The Editor conferred with his spiritual advisors last Sunday; which is to say, he sat down with a couple of fellow ’Nam vets and their life partners and drank beer and talked for several hours. These events are always their own reward, but something special came with this one. That […]

Who are OccupyMARINES? Who is Xervarian?

Monday, October 17, 2011 — Anyone who has read our coverage of the Occupation knows we’re not objective. We’re for it. And we don’t want anything bad to happen to it. Which is why we’re concerned about Twitter user @OccupyMARINES. In a world where nobody on the Internet knows you’re a dog, things are not […]

435 Hohners — Our Simplistic Solution to the Nation’s Most Intractable Problem

Friday, August 19, 2011 — In his New York Times column this morning, Paul Krugman points out that the dominant ingredient of the federal government’s response to our economic situation is “awesome wrongness.” Krugman did not explain why that is, but on the Diane Rehm show this morning, John King did. He argued that the […]

The Future of News is the Future of Civilization

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 — BusinessInsider recently invited the Editor of this paper to be one of a group of “thought leaders describing their vision of the future of news.” Here is his response, followed by some elaboration. (The alleged Editor of the Gazette, and Glenn Beck: together at last. Who’d a’ thunk it?) The […]

Because It Worked So Well in California

Thursday, July 21, 2011 — So, here we are, pole-axed by what is probably but a hint of summers to come, our government paralyzed by an intransigent cult elected by the least informed, most easily manipulated sector of the electorate, and some of the nation’s best minds are advocating that we break through this impasse […]

Happy May Day, America

Sunday, May 1, 2011 — Today is May Day, and in many parts of the world people are celebrating the rights of workers. Here in America, we do things a little differently. The way things are going right now, perhaps it’s just as well — celebrating the rights of working men and women while they’re […]

Are We Traitors?

Monday, March 29, 2010 — We received the following message this morning as a comment on our Masthead page: “You should find something better to do than publish subversive and treasonous content. It’s not too late to seek employment that may instill in you more realistic values.” David McVearry Anderson-Colcord Descendant of Edward Colcord of […]