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Lessons from Black Panther: What can a nation of farmers have to offer the rest of the world?

I watched black panther and my generally favorable view of the movie was marred by the closing words. And so I wanted to go back to the core question and ask, what can we learn from a nation of farmers? Continue reading

The American Status Quo, or What we all know

In America people are taught to be ashamed of being poor. Poverty is a moral failing. We are paraded with images of people who rose from nothing to achieve great things and asked why we haven’t done the same. The poor did not pull themselves out of poverty through their own labor. That means they … Continue reading

Dreams Denied. BBC Sherlock and the lost Gay representation

I am a longtime fan of the BBC show Sherlock, and I’d like to tell you a story of a dream denied, an opportunity lost, and a generation abandoned. I know this sounds overly dramatic, but for many people, this is the way that it was. So please bear with me patiently, because as any … Continue reading

The Death of the American Free Press

My father was a voracious consumer of news. When I was a child, I woke to news on the radio every morning. We also watched news on the television every evening before I went to bed. I remember watching the Iran hostage crisis, countless in-depth war zone reports, and Watergate. I hated Watergate. It was … Continue reading

Defusing the culture of Blame

Just before the election, I was chatting with one of my students ( a white woman) about her life. She said that although she already has a bachelors degree in Biology and a two year nursing degree, the hospital where she works has now made a rule that all nurses must have a four year … Continue reading

Honor among thieves – Or why most fanfiction writers don’t use creative commons licenses

Today I was looking at a video and saw the creative commons logo flash by. In the free art world, Creative Commons licenses are the winners of the copy left licenses. People like the idea of publishing things in a way that keeps the art in “the commons” and still allows people to get credit … Continue reading