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News

Friday News Bites: Protests in Ukraine Turn Violent, An Exploding Star, and More

I am so not giving that Bieber miscreant more press, so let’s get on to some actual news stories, both political and entertaining.

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Perspectives

Expat Ramblings: The Trouble with Immigrants

It’s been a busy week in the immigration debate that has been steadily gaining momentum in the UK over the last months. What started as a timidly-voiced fear of a Romanian and Bulgarian influx last year has now turned into the next big thing in electioneering. Everybody’s got something to say about immigrants, and most […]

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News

Friday News Bites: Money For Nothing

As of Wednesday evening, the U.S. government shutdown ended and almost nothing was accomplished. This sigh-worthy story and more, after the jump.

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Music

“Make Me Wanna Holler”: How My Dad & His Music Influenced My Politics

We’d rather die on our feet Than keep living on our knees Say it loud I’m Black, and I’m proud “Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud)” – James Brown

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Politics

The Government Shutdown & Tribes: Or the Continuing Failure of the Fed to Meet Treaty Obligations

As the United States (U.S.) government shutdown drags on past ten days (and counting), I have begun to fear the long-term consequences of such a halt on the most vulnerable populations in the United States. I’ve already witnessed some of the consequences for my Oneida tribe. All over the U.S., the shutdown disproportionately affects tribes […]

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Life

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost: Why Are We Still Talking? Do Something!

How can we go around the world and saying that we’re the bastions and the light of freedom throughout the world, when we marginalize people within our own country and our own society? –from Baldemar Velasquez in an interview with Bill Moyers about the ongoing David vs. Goliath struggles to ensure fairness for American farm […]

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Books

Book Review: “Drift” by Rachel Maddow

Drift, Rachel Maddow’s book on the state of the American military, was first released last year. Despite being a huge fan of Maddow, I didn’t get a chance to read the book until just a few months ago. I was massively interested in her thesis statement – namely, that the American process of war has […]

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Books

Ask A Librarian: A Brief and Incomplete History of the Middle East

Recently, a friend asked me for books, preferably fiction, to help her understand the history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. I don’t think I can adequately cover that subject (ever, it’s just so big), but I can offer some suggestions regarding Israel, Palestine, Syria, and the changing face of the Middle East. I do want to […]

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News

News Appetizers: Frustrations with The Man Edition

On this Friday afternoon – whether you’re lamenting the cost of putting gas in your car, or maybe you’ve received new work wardrobe requirements, and you know, orange MusicTown aprons really don’t suit you – there’s just one thing to do…

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Perspectives

Planning for My Children’s Future: Supporting Universal Healthcare

Healthcare has been a hot button issue lately. There are complaints from the public about paying for the healthcare of random strangers. The owners of Hobby Lobby have complained that the law causes them to go against their morals. 

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

Retro Recap: The West Wing 5.17 “The Supremes”

After the election, I sent Stephens to learn about some of the men and women who may be considered if the two projected seats open up on the Supreme Court during Obama’s second term. In honor of her posts, one ran yesterday, one will run tomorrow, I thought we might revisit an old friend, The […]

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Politics

Meet the Nominees: The Potential Candidates for the Next SCOTUS Justice

There was much sound and fury and hyperbole and misinformation this past election year. Between old white guys telling us what to do with our vaginas and redefining rape for us to hysterically misinterpreting the Affordable Care Act, this election season was exhausting. There was just so much this year and, strangely enough, an issue that usually […]

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Style

Don’t Believe These Lies About Perfume

You may not have spent a lot of time learning about perfume. That’s OK. Life is complicated, and we’re all doing the best we can. Besides, you’ve got me to tell you about it! Here are a few things you may have heard about fragrance that are not particularly true.

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Politics

Much Drama About Obama: Far-Right Conservatives React to the Election

[TW for racism and hate speech.] I like to read the comments sections of conservative blogs to find out how people with very different viewpoints from my own are thinking and feeling. And after a day like last November 6, people are doing a lot of thinking and feeling.

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Open Thread

Election Open Thread

I had a top five list all ready for tonight, but it’s going to have to wait till next week. The truth is, it’s election night and I am glued to the television, watching the results.