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Leonard Cohen Dead at 82

Hugely influential singer and songwriter's work spanned nearly 50 years

Richard Gehr, Rolling Stone

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November 8, 2016 | Leonard Cohen, the hugely influential singer and songwriter whose work spanned nearly 50 years, died Monday at the age of 82. Cohen's label, Sony Music Canada, confirmed his death on the singer's Facebook page Thursday evening.

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," the statement read. "We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief." A cause of death was not given.

"My father passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles with the knowledge that he had completed what he felt was one of his greatest records," Cohen's son Adam wrote in a statement to Rolling Stone. "He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humor." 

Richard Gehr, Contributor, Rolling Stone

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America’s Face Down Moment: Trump’s Silver Lining

  • These are dark times for our nation. Our democracy is splintering.
  • Related: Dylan, the American Left, and What We Have Lost

Katy Farber, Huffington Post

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11/04/2016 | So, America. Here’s where we are. It’s 2016.

We have a major party candidate bragging about sexually assaulting women on tape. We have African American boys and men frequently killed by police, and police being the victims of violence themselves. We have American citizens starting up militias to be prepared if their party candidate doesn’t win. We have people claiming that everything that is wrong with America was caused by President Barack Obama (9/11, ISIS, you name it). We have citizens showing a candidate for president’s face with a bullseye and the word “Killary.” These are dark times for our nation. Our democracy is splintering.

Katy Farber: Educator, Author, Speaker

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Dylan, the American Left, and What We Have Lost, Juan Cole, Truthdig 

  • I know the below is too on the nose, and you shouldn’t mess with a classic, but just hear me out and maybe weep a little for how far backward we went from Dylan’s youthful vision of a better future.
  • Related: Are We Living in T.S. Eliot’s ‘Waste Land’?

 

 

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10 Ways White Liberals Perpetuate Racism

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Only through continued growth, awareness, and acknowledgment that words matter can something as ugly as racism be overcome.

George Sachs, Everyday Feminism

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October 2, 2016 | Last week an article was published in the September issue of the The Atlantic titled “The Coddling of the American Mind.”

The goal of the article was to show that college students (aka Millennials) are increasingly rigid in their language, especially those words or phrases involving race, gender, religion, or any other target status. This is commonly referred to as political correctness.

The authors’ thesis was that “college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like.” They go on to conclude that this political correctness is unhealthy and “disastrous” for education and mental health.

George Sachs is clinical child psychologist and founder of the Sachs Center for ADD/ADHD and Aspergers in Manhattan. He specializes in the testing and holistic alternative treatment of ADD/ADHD in children, teens and adults, utilizing social skills groups and Neurofeedback for ADHD

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Dylan, the American Left, and What We Have Lost

I know the below is too on the nose, and you shouldn’t mess with a classic, but just hear me out and maybe weep a little for how far backward we went from Dylan’s youthful vision of a better future.

Juan Cole, Truthdig

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Since the mass media won’t tell you Dylan was in his youth a leftist or that some of his greatest work came out of a critique of our corporation-dominated, unequal, militaristic and racist society, it is important to underline it lest the celebration of his masterpieces become merely maudlin (and he would hate that outcome, too).

Juan Cole, Contributor,  is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He has written extensively on modern Islamic movements in Egypt, the Persian Gulf and South Asia and has given numerous media interviews on the war on terrorism and the Iraq War.

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Are We Living in T.S. Eliot’s ‘Waste Land’? Joseph Pearce, Intellectual Takeout

The poem presents a panoply of characters, all as vain as they are vacuous. Empty heads and empty hearts leading empty lives.

Chris Hedges | Confronting the Signs of a Society in Decline

In contemporary society—especially modern society—we can see the signs of morbidity around us, in our boundless use of harmful fossil fuels, in much sought-after expansion beyond the capacity to sustain ourselves, and in the physical decay of the environment and in the places we inhabit.

Depth Psychology Alliance / Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges

 

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September 15, 2016 | In this depth psychology oriented discussion powered by Pacifica Graduate Institute, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Chris Hedges speaks with Depth Psychologist, Bonnie Bright, Ph.D, about how, as both individuals and civilizations, we encounter cycles of growth, maturation, decadence, and decay, and death.

In contemporary society—especially modern society—we can see the signs of morbidity around us, in our boundless use of harmful fossil fuels, in much sought-after expansion beyond the capacity to sustain ourselves, and in the physical decay of the environment and in the places we inhabit.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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America, We Are Better Than This, David A. Miller, Huffington Post

This is not the time to give in, it is the time to find what has always called us to be just a little bit better, rise above what serves to drag us down and soar above our basest of instincts. We can do this America, please, don’t give up and don’t give in.

 

John Cena Just Schooled Every Conservative, Bigoted, Flag Waving ‘Patriot’ On Patriotism

  • Cena starts out by calling for an end to divisiveness. This post and its title are therefore contrary to his wishes. It cannot be ignored, however, that the things Cena talks about are all liberal ideologies and that it at least appears that he is addressing the Islamophobes, bigots and homophobes of the right. I watched it and there was an emotional response and a lot of head nodding in agreement. I have a neighbor who thinks the Muslim Obama is stockpiling ebola in the Lincoln bedroom who would see the same video with contempt and hatred.
  • Cena fans on the right should be turning in their “Hustle, Loyalty and Respect” shirts and hats any day now.

Busta Troll, Gopocalypse

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July 5, 2016 | John Cena’s wrestling career is more impressive than most not because of how well he reads a script or how many titles the writers of the show have awarded him, but for what he contributes to humanity in general. Cena, who is credited for fulfilling more Make-A-Wish Foundation wishes than anyone else on the planet, is a role model for children and adults alike.

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He volunteers his time to work with veterans groups, wrestles for free aboard aircraft carriers and donates more money to charitable organizations as a percentage of income than all of the owners of Walmart combined. That’s why when this video came across my newsfeed I couldn’t help but share it, because John Cena has once again lent his voice to a very good cause.

Busta Troll: After 2 years of trolling and goating I retired to become a professional clickbait whore. The time has come for Busta to return to what Busta does best: Making conservatives look stupid. Grab your goat memes and come along for the ride.

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