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Cooking Art History: Cooking American

Maite Gomez-Rejon | Posted 09.15.2014 | Taste
Maite Gomez-Rejon

Meatless Mondays and Wheatless Wednesdays were encouraged and many Americans had their first vegetarian meal.

Truth or Pravda

Carol Smaldino | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Carol Smaldino

My "lesson" of my vacation has turned out to be that, that perhaps I too can question more of my own assumptions than I sometimes do.

Russia, Ukraine, and the Fantasies of War

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Eliot Borenstein

As the subject of constantly contested media narratives, the war in Ukraine has had a local reality that has somehow failed to take on a global scope.

The Irony of Current Russian-Ukrainian Relations

John Brown | Posted 08.11.2014 | World
John Brown

In all the wise commentary on the tragic Russia-Ukraine situation, I have seen few observations (admissions?) that 20th-century Ukraine is essentially a Soviet geopolitical construction.

Three Charts To Email To Your Conservative Brother-In-Law (Updated)

Dave Johnson | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Problem: Your right-wing brother-in-law is plugged into the FOX-Limbaugh lie machine, and keeps sending you emails about "Obama spending" and "Obama deficits" and how the "stimulus" just made things worse. Solution: Here are three "reality-based" charts to send to him.

Pornography of Pain: Why the Heartbreaking Images Out of Gaza Are Hurting the Palestinians

Philippe Assouline | Posted 08.01.2014 | World
Philippe Assouline

I can't remain focused on the broader picture even though it affects my own children: I just want the physical pain that I am subjected to by these heartbreaking images to cease.

The Fraudulence of the Republican Party, and the Adverse Shift in the Balance Between Good and Evil in America

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

A patriot is someone who is willing to put aside selfish interests to serve the good of the nation. Today's Republican leaders have shown a willingness to do the very opposite: sacrificing America to gain advantage for themselves.

Booklet on Anti-Gay Propaganda a Useful Resource in 'Culture War'

Alvin McEwen | Posted 09.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

As LGBTs exist in the midst of all this drama regarding the so-called culture war, I thought I would talk about something near and dear to my heart.

Is Pro-Marijuana Pro-Propaganda?

Theodore Caputi | Posted 08.17.2014 | College
Theodore Caputi

There's a lot of buzz going around about marijuana legalization. Now that Colorado and Washington state have legalized recreational marijuana use, mar...

Iraq's Air Force

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Where is the Iraqi Air Force? What does the Iraqi Air Force consist of? How many attack helicopters and attack fighters does it have in flyable condition? Most importantly, how many trained pilots does it have who can fly combat missions?

Putin Has a Vision and a Strategy, The West Seems to Have Neither

András Simonyi | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
András Simonyi

Putin's tactic is "two steps forward, and one step back". When he takes a step back, the west rejoices, but we should be very careful and watchful. For Putin is preparing the next steps.

Propaganda and Sports in America

Evan F. Moore | Posted 07.08.2014 | Sports
Evan F. Moore

The NCAA, along with the press and advertising agencies, uses TV, radio, phone applications and social media to influence a certain way of thinking.

TransCanada Charitable Fund Launches Keystone XL "Good Neighbor" Charm Offensive

Steve Horn | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogTransCanada has taken a page out of former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's playbook and deployed a public relat...

Climate Change, Media, Psychology & the Denial of Death

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Mitchell J. Rabin

On the standard, commercial television channels we hear about extreme weather virtually every single day. Droughts in the southwest hardly seen since...

George Orwell and Karl Kraus: Two Sides of the Same Argument Against Political Euphemism

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 06.02.2014 | Books
Franz-Stefan Gady

Kraus's perplexing aphorisms and linguistic legerdemain and Orwell's sparse prose are two sides of the same argument against political euphemism employed to dehumanize and enslave a population for the sake of a 'higher good' or grosse Zeit (extraordinary times).

'What Is Truth?'

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2014 | Education
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

I used to have edit rights to Wikipedia. I obtained them to correct inaccuracies in the "C.G. Jung" entry, but after a while I gave up. Why? Because anyone who registers can go in and say pretty much whatever they like -- unless it's true.

The War on Privacy Is Over

Eric Yaverbaum | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Eric Yaverbaum

The war on privacy is already over. We can stop discussing if and how corporations and the government will take our most personal possessions. It's ti...

All of the 'Evil and Dirty' Things That the Gays Do

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

I've read and heard so many accusations against the LGBT community by the religious right that I've now come to the conclusion that these folks are just sloppy with what they say. Seriously, it's as if they don't care that eventually someone will demonstrate how incoherent their claims are.

Awareness Bound and Unbound

David Loy | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
David Loy

In place of the usual Buddhist warnings about clinging and attachment, many of us now have the opposite problem: an inability to concentrate on one thing.

DEA Chief Needs to Cut the Propaganda or Step Down

Sam Tracy | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

The DEA has always ignored facts that support reforming drug laws, even when they come from within the agency.

The Meanest Coffee Accessory We've Ever Seen

Posted 01.27.2014 | Taste

It's so cute, but it's also breaking our hearts.

The History of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the F.B.I.

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I bet if you made these sorts of statements to the average American-on-the-street in 1964, they would have wholeheartedly agreed. Because the public simply had no idea of what was going on, back then. Those of us who know our history, however, just don't have that excuse today.

History According to Mike Huckabee: How a Book of Political Satire Saved Christmas

Chris Rodda | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

I initially started writing this post with the intent of posting it on Christmas, but since we lost the war on Christmas once again this year, I had to do all that stupid Christmas stuff like buying presents and spending time with family and friends.

13 Vintage Propaganda Posters That Highlight The True Art Of Revolution

Posted 12.19.2013 | Arts

The legacy of the Cuban Revolution is a complex and widely debated issue; however, one thing is for certain. The movement was a springboard for some s...

Brave New Consumerism: How to Get from More to Better

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Perhaps the owners of Toys-R-Us and their advertising team have been reading Brave New World because this advertisement mocking nature and encouraging consumerism seems ripped right from Huxley's book.