Stop the Killing

Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG opposes drive hunt fisheries. — キャロライン・ケネディ駐日米国大使 (@CarolineKennedy) January 18, 2014   We can thank the new US Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, and Yoko Ono too, for the fact that we're talking about the annual slaughter of dolphins at Taiji Cove in Japan. I first learned of the horrific practice in the summer of 2009. I was hosting a nightly show on Air America Radio, and was sent a review DVD of the documentary The Cove  Academy Award® Winner for Best Documentary of 2009, THE COVE follows an elite team of activists, [...]

No Sympathy for the Devil

As one who suffers from depression, you might think I'd have sympathy for Frank Luntz after reading that he's "profoundly depressed." I have sympathy for any human being suffering from the malady that has me lashing out at grocery store bag boys and hurting those who love me most, but Frank Luntz is far from human. As Molly Ball wrote in The Atlantic in a piece entitled "The Agony of Frank Luntz", The crisis began, he says, after last year's presidential election, when Luntz became profoundly depressed. For more than a month, he tried to stay occupied, but nothing could [...]

On Death and Politics

Aaron Swartz Adnan Latif (Photo: Wikipedia) Today's show highlighted some sad realities. I talked about two deaths in which the US government was undoubtedly complicit. Aaron Swartz, a brilliant young man who was being targeted by the DoJ for something many (including me) contend was not a crime, was facing decades in prison and battling lifelong depression, committed suicide. I didn't know Aaron and, although I knew of his work, did not know his name until I learned of his death.  But I watch as Chris Hayes yesterday paid tribute to his friend and former classmate... [...]

Despair Is Not An Option

I have one rule for my show and my blog - honesty.  And I'd by lying if I said I'm not feeling sadness over what's happening in our country today.  So many of us are experiencing the gamut of emotions.  Many of us who are on the same side of the political spectrum are fighting.  It seems, these days, that we're all taking politics quite personally. My friend Aaron Krager brought up this idea on his podcast... In an email to me, he said "I feel like a lot of every day people - as well as activists - can [...]

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