HA Goodman with Caitlin Johnstone – “Exposing the Trump-Russia Myth” (2017)

October 24, 2017 at 12:56 pm (Caitlin Johnstone, Life & Politics)

Oct. 23, 2017…

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Caitlin Johnstone – “Julian”

October 22, 2017 at 8:54 am (Caitlin Johnstone, Life & Politics, Poetry & Literature)

Because no one else would,
a white crane sits in a cage
in a sprawling city
passing messages to pigeons.

Because no one else would,
a dreamguide sits shackled for letting in light
and the world lines up to spit in his face
while heads inside screens bark and snarl.

Because no one else would,
white hairs line the floor
and the air is getting stuffy
and it’s growing harder to breathe.

My great-grandchildren will scarce believe
that such a creature could have ever existed.
“That’s so unfair!”
“Why’d they do that to him?”
“Why didn’t the police save him?”
“Where were the grown-ups?”
“Why did that happen?”
“Why’d he have to do that?”

“Because no one else would, child,”
I will be forced to say.
“Many of us could have,
but no one else would.”

Caitlin Johnstone

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Tom Petty (1950-2017)

October 6, 2017 at 6:39 am (Life & Politics, Music)

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Caitlin Johnstone – “Speak” (2017)

September 9, 2017 at 2:08 pm (Life & Politics, Poetry & Literature)

Your voice can shake the sand dunes
and make farm flowers grow on the beach.

Your voice can knock down the tall castles
of the Bastards chortling against the smoggy night sky.

They don’t make you afraid of using it because it is stupid,
they make you afraid of using it because it is powerful.

So use it.

Speak.

Let your voice awaken the embryos in their cells.

Speak.

Wipe the grin off the faces of those recursive laughing Buddhas
and make the very fabric of the universe look up from its TV dinner
and take note.

Speak when your enemies tell you not to speak.

Speak when your friends and allies tell you not to speak.

Speak when your better judgment tells you not to.

Speak when every fiber of your being tells you not to.

Speak to shatter the conspiracy of silence.

Speak to end our ancient heritage of not speaking.

Speak so that others may lose their voicelessness.

Speak because only the Bastards are speaking.

Speak for the angels who are choking on chemicals.

Speak for the children sprayed red with blood.

Speak for the sea turtles drowning in plastic.

Speak for the dreamguides bulldozed and paved over.

Speak for the tree stumps bleeding crude oil.

Speak for the women trapped in small cages.

Speak for the mothers whose eyes are sedated.

Speak for the sky whose dragons have vanished.

Speak for the cities full of medicated childhoods.

Speak for the dreamers about to give up.

Speak.

Speak!

We are sitting here waiting
to find out if this play will go on.

Caitlin Johnstone

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Holger Czukay (1938-2017)

September 6, 2017 at 6:44 pm (Can, Krautrock, Life & Politics, Music)

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Walter Becker (1950-2017)

September 6, 2017 at 6:40 pm (Life & Politics, Music, Steely Dan)

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Sonny Burgess (1931-2017)

August 25, 2017 at 9:01 am (Life & Politics, Music)

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Johnny Cash – “The Man in Black” (Live – 1971)

July 9, 2017 at 6:47 pm (Johnny Cash, Life & Politics, Music)

The first time Johnny Cash performed this song, from Feb. 17, 1971…

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Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2017 at 8:55 am (Life & Politics)

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Stephen Furst (1955-2017)

June 19, 2017 at 9:03 pm (Life & Politics)

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