Articles written by: Mickey 5

S.C. (a poem)

S.C. (a poem)

How did we get to the state where love and reason lose to hate? A Dixie boy gets smiling faces and loathes because they’re not his race’s. He pledged allegiance to the flag of the United States of White Supremacy. […]

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A Pep Talk for Team Big Oil

A Pep Talk for Team Big Oil

A few years ago on this site, I wrote about how a giant Norwegian oil company got a rather light penalty for grievously exceeding the limits of its water-use permit in the Alberta oilsands (or tarsands, if you wish). Statoil was fined […]

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Magna Carta: No One is Above the Law

Magna Carta: No One is Above the Law

A highly influential document turns 800 years old in June. The Magna Carta, which in Latin means “great charter,” is a milestone in the development of human rights and limitations on powers of the state. England’s King John, in agreeing to […]

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So Jon Stewart’s Stepping Down…

So Jon Stewart’s Stepping Down…

Jon Stewart surprised his fans Tuesday night by announcing that he’s leaving the anchor desk of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. “It’s been an incredible opportunity to pilot this wonderful franchise,” he told his studio audience and hence the world. […]

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Which Will Kill Us First?

Which Will Kill Us First?

Climate change or nuclear boom-boom? Which will do us in? Will we slowly drown in rising seas and die in weather disasters and famines, or get wiped out by nuclear weaponry? I pondered this while reading a news story about movement […]

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Even the Fed Head Doesn’t Like America’s Growing Inequality

Even the Fed Head Doesn’t Like America’s Growing Inequality

Liberals and lefties have been decrying the United States’ inequality problems for years, but now the topic has been officially certified a concern by the country’s Federal Reserve chair. Janet Yellen, who has been Fed chair for eight and a […]

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Reaching Out Across Twitter and the Atlantic: ‘Sorry, Syria’

Reaching Out Across Twitter and the Atlantic: ‘Sorry, Syria’

The United States government and its allies want you to know that bombs are being dropped on Syria because the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) terrorists are very bad men who must be stopped. Those IS militants in Iraq and […]

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Everybody’s Talking About Climate Change. Well, Almost…

Everybody’s Talking About Climate Change. Well, Almost…

Pardon the pun, but global warming has been a hot topic in the news these last few days. First there was a Sunday of public rallies exhorting governments to do something, for crying out loud, about the pernicious upward creep in […]

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Gaza: Simple and Complicated (But Really NOT Complicated)

Gaza: Simple and Complicated (But Really NOT Complicated)

To defuse a public perception problem, you can go in two directions. Either say the situation is so complicated that there’s no clear right and wrong, or simplify it by using one aspect of the situation that you can spin […]

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Workers of the World Free Market

Workers of the World Free Market

Today is the anniversary of the greatest tragedy ever to hit the garment industry anywhere in the world. On April 24, 2013, more than 1,100 workers at a large garment-factory building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, perished after the structure collapsed. Many […]

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