“White clover (trifolium repens) is a fickle plant, coming and going with the varying seasons. It often burns out in hot weather. An old hard road, once abandoned, is likely to send up white clover in advance of the grasses.” W.A. Beal, 1887
Last year, just before her birthday, one of my oldest and closest friends killed herself. It was a gruesome end to an incredibly creative yet troubled life, and it left me with a deep gash in my soul. The news did not shock me. She had given us all warnings over the years. …
Humans have long struggled with their own waste. The biological kind. Numbers one and two. Pee pee poo poo. Tinkles, caca. When we were nomadic hunter gatherers, we left our pee and poo behind and we moved on, like other animals do. Just keep on walking. But as soon as we settled down and built our first hovels, we had to deal with the inevitabilities and consequences of our pee and poo piling up. There is a whole branch of archaeology dedicated to the study of ancient poo: scatology. I know a couple of scatologists. Fascinating people. …
The pandemic has been blamed for many things, good and bad and just plain crazy. But for many of us, the pandemic has revealed the harsh reality of the American workplace: Most of us are miserable at work. (Sidebar: most articles, even academic articles, are aimed at improving employee “productivity” and little more.) The reasons for the misery vary depending on the individual. And of course, we are all about our individualism.
For decades now, American companies have been sending manufacturing overseas in order to take advantage of the low wages paid in third world countries, whether in direct manufacturing or the processing of raw materials for that manufacturing. The reasons for this are myriad and complex, and to the casual viewer of statistics, overwhelming to wade through.
Few things, outside of food-related manufacturing, are still manufactured in the US. American brands are often not made in America. There are a few exceptions, and one stands out: Maytag.
For at least three generations now, Maytag has been a brand that Americans have…
Where once the GOP could open its conservative hand to Corporate America and get whatever cash it needed in order to defeat the party of inclusion, they now come up against closed fists. Corporate America has made clear that “they” (after all, the SCOTUS ruled that Corporations are people, too) do not want to be seen as supporting the party of white supremacists, demagogues, religious fundamentalists, and (cherry on top) sedition. Sure, back office deals will happen. But that hand is now dirty. Very, very dirty.
In the wake of its need to redfine and divorce itself from the original…
This indelicate paradox is at the heart of a lot of trans rights issues. For thousands of years, societal expectations about the clothes we wear, the jobs we do, and even the ways we behave, have been based on what was presumed to be in our underwear.
In this country, the current reactionary rhetoric aimed at transgender people comes from the same playbook used to create fear and suspicion about anyone who presents as "other". The biological truth of the matter is that there are many people out there who are biologically neither male nor female but somewhere inbetween. In a monotheistic patriarchy the concept of "inbetween" is seen as a threat to the order of things. In many cultures arounfd the world, the notion of a "third gender" has always exisited and there are places for that third gender within those societies. But here, of course, we have to go and legislate about it, sometimes to the point of making the person "illegal" in some way.
This massive legal effort was exclusively funded by MAGA Trumpers who were supposed to donate to ‘Save America.’ This of course turned out to be a calculated scheme by Trump and his aides to fundraise, but Guiliani must have been in on it too.
One of the most glaring examples of political grifting in US history
Cicadas are in the news again. Soon, millions upon millions of them are scheduled to emerge from their underground bunkers after seventeen years of pupation.
In an act of sublime irony, Nature has timed this emergence perfectly: Ronald Reagan, the sperm donor of today’s Republican party, died seventeen years ago and now his spawn are emerging from their larval lairs, noisy and creepy to look at, some holding public office. They are here to tell the rest of us that our dreams of an America where everyone has equal rights to water, voting, and general decency shall not come to…
Totally agree. I was raised in a military family and I dislike forcing children to take "pledges" they don't understand. And adding that "under God" part forces a child to speak religion. Nope. Totally against forcing children to mouth mindlessly.
At this point, it is near impossible to deny that Tucker Carlson is a white supremacist. When Tucker Carlson Tonight first replaced The O’Reilly Factor in April 2017, his first suppo…
Yes, he has made it clear what his beliefs are. Fox news is certainly the torch bearer of his tribe.