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Vocation Matriculation: The Case For Trade Education In High School

Ilana Garon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Ilana Garon

Although education is certainly a factor in paving the road to economic recovery, college is not the right path for everyone.

What If "A Moveable Feast" Had Been Titled "A Moveable Snack?"

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Twitter hashtag, #lessambitiousbooks, is making another trending appearance this week. These are our current favorites. Got a better one? Let u...

Greenwald to Krugman to Orwell

Jan Herman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jan Herman

Here's Joe "Good Guy" Biden contradicting himself about WikiLeaks. Sickening, isn't it? Thank you, Glenn Greenwald. (Update: Dec. 19 -- Really sickeni...

Afghanistan Is About Perpetual War

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

The war in Afghanistan is about perpetual war, not Afghanistan. It's about preventing democracy in the United States, not bringing it to Southwest ...

The Reform Agenda -- Red Pills, Blue Agendas and the Neo-Johnsons

Edward Headington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

You do not have to have read George Orwell to know that one of the most abused words in the English language is "reform." It is almost as bad as our penchant for reviving old labels with the word "neo."

The Total Control Society Is Here: Iris Scanners

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

In the future, whether it's entering your home, opening your car, entering your workspace, getting a pharmacy prescription refilled, or having your me...

Helen Keller's Mushrooms

Will Durst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Will Durst

In a flash, We, the People, have become Helen Keller. Blind. Deaf. And Dumb. With an emphasis on the latter. Because nobody cares. La di dah.

Big Brothers Are Watching You

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

Orwell's "1984" was twenty-six years off target, and picked the wrong side of the capitalistic coin. The Koch brothers are Big Brother, and the millio...

Orwell, Bradbury, Stephen King And More | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Science fiction's greatest authors have brilliant ideas, storytelling mojo... and plenty of stubbornness. Many of the field's greatest writers were bu...

'1984' First Edition Found In Charity Bin

Telegraph | Bonnie Malkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Paul Hol, a volunteer for the charity Lifeline, found the book when he was sorting through the pile of donations. "It's in a remarkably good condition...

Obama's Export Goal: How We Can Make it

Eric Lotke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Lotke

Yesterday I attended a conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing in Washington DC. It included a variety of organizations with interests...

GPS and the Police State We Inhabit: Living in Oceania

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

By ensuring that we never get lost, never lose our loved ones and never lose our wireless signals, we are also making it possible for the government to never lose sight of us, as well.

Killing the Census

Charles Seife | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Seife

It's not a wise policy to reduce the quality of a government function while, simultaneously, making the costs bloat out of control, but that's precisely what anti-census politicians are advocating.

WTF with OMG?

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

OMG!OMG!OMG! It is infinite and adamant, this brain-chipped bird-chirp au moment, in its insistent concrete sweep of yesterday's American spoken language.

Breaking News: The 30/10 Initiative Is a National Story

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Let's close the 30/10 deal by being so united in our support that it is on the front page and everyone in Washington knows what we're talking about and asking for.

George Orwell And The Tea Party: Is The Conservative Movement Misappropriating Orwell?

The Millions | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

George Orwell never thought that his work would outlive him by much. After all, he considered himself "a sort of pamphleteer" rather than a genuine no...

Il Farniente When Times Get Tough

Vivian Norris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Vivian Norris

Making do has to do with living with less, but that does not mean life is less worth living. Look around at all you already have, and learn how to make do. It's all about Balance. And sometimes it's about...Nothing at All.

Elton John Working On Musical Of Orwell's 'Animal Farm'

The Guardian | Sean Michaels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Sir Elton John is reportedly working on a stage adaptation of Animal Farm, teaming up with the writer of Billy Elliot, for a musical version of Georg...

Which Literary Dystopia Is Right For You?

Flavorwire | Chelsea Bauch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Call it society's weirdest guilty pleasure, but lately it seems like there are more apocalyptic fantasies than those of the fairytale variety. From zo...

Brown Has the Experience. Does He Have the Ganas?

Edward Headington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

While there should be nothing inevitable about his candidacy, he has the energy and the experience to run a great campaign. Brown just needs to show a little more ganas: will, desire, motivation.

Mixed Messages From the White House

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

During the recent G20, more mixed messages emerged, with our President encouraging member nations to spend more to prop up their failing economies while his administration seeks to gut Social Security and Medicare at home.

What Has Happened To Political Fiction?

The Guardian | Stuart Evers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Contemporary political novels -- the ones that sell, at least -- are more concerned with political disengagement than they are with values or beliefs....

Pennsylvania Tax Ad Has Orwellian Theme (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Pennsylvania's Department of Revenue has launched a new ad campaign letting residents know about a 54-day 'tax amnesty,' during which people who owe t...

Voice in Fiction: A Favorite MFA/Writing Program Shibboleth

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

I hope I never see the day when I've found my voice. How is it possible to ever find your voice? Voice is mystical. It puts the writer on a pedestal. No writer worth his salt ought to want that.

The Revolution Will Be Televised: Oscar-pick Burma VJ Airs on HBO

James Rotondi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
James Rotondi

If the totalitarian nightmare portrayed in George Orwell's 1984 strikes you as an implausible portrait of state control and repression, a single viewi...