There are no breaking news at the moment

Articles by: Annapurna Tosca Sriramarcel

Undermining the Grand Design of Darkness

Undermining the Grand Design of Darkness

“What but design of darkness to appall?” — from Robert Frost’s Design How can you teach children in a community that is hungry for food? I’m talking about kids suffering from severe hunger. Children who — also — have no way to secure proper medical attention when they’re sick. Little ones whose parents can’t find work. Since Martin’s time things[Read More…]

Nuclear Wastes, Sellafield U.K.

 By Any Standards Whatsoever

“One in ten Americans live within ten miles of highly radioactive Superfund and other sites.” — Richard Martin Oxman You can’t arm the world — like Obama and Trump — and claim that you care about school massacres. Neither can common citizens (who support our unconscionable geopolitical madness, proactively, silently and/or ignorantly) think there’s any chance whatsoever of addressing school[Read More…]

 As We Take Out the Garbage Unaided and Tie Our Teens’ Shoes….

 As We Take Out the Garbage Unaided and Tie Our Teens’ Shoes….

  “Parents want their kids’ approval, a reversal of the past ideal of children striving for their parents’ approval, and that has led to consumer craziness with high tech gadgetry purchases, excessive time permitted in isolated narcissism, and many other ills. Parents need to grow up.” — Richard Martin Oxman The farther back you look, the faster kids grew up.[Read More…]

If Teachers Taught The Truth….

If Teachers Taught The Truth….

The haunting works made by the painter Ahmed Alsoudani are born out of extreme states of violence. The artist grew up in Baghdad, Iraq, during the Iran-Iraq War and the First Gulf War, but he was forced to leave the country as a teenager after vandalizing a mural depicting Saddam Hussein. His paintings, drawings and prints are laden with elements[Read More…]

 Commonsense College

 Commonsense College

“Who trusted God was love indeed And love Creation’s final law Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw With ravine, shriek’d against his creed”  — Tennyson Most college professors of literature — most readers of Flaubert across the board — will tell you that the characters in Madame Bovary are bourgeois. But one thing that should be called attention to[Read More…]

Known As National Pentagon Radio in Some Circles

Known As National Pentagon Radio in Some Circles

    “It’s not just the government’s bum that NPR wipes.” — Geoff Dutton I have 101 articles in front of me which document the degree to which National Public Radio (NPR), arguably the most popular “political” station in the U.S., is a VERY poor source of news. ZNet, Black Agenda Report andCounterpunch provide three examples of decent attacks on their documentation and agenda, and[Read More…]

by Comments are Disabled World
Ten Times a Day or We Don’t Have a Prayer

Ten Times a Day or We Don’t Have a Prayer

  “Our faith in technology consumes resources and begets complacency. “ — from Jennifer L. Lieberman’s “Why Technology Will Not Solve Our Criminal Justice Problems” To lay oneself out in respect or obedience does not require that one believe in a Supreme Being of any particular kind, does not demand that one assert anything except acknowledgement of there being inscrutable[Read More…]

by Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
 Smashing The Box To Bits Nonviolently

 Smashing The Box To Bits Nonviolently

An act of creation is only half the story: the other half is the community into which that creation lands. The realm of blending is all-important. Novelty is insufficient — what’s also required is resonance with one’s society. That should be obvious, but it’s not. For instance, the “creativity” involved in the Occupy hey day in New York sparked a[Read More…]

by Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
 It Involves More

 It Involves More

  “…creation can only be understood as a gift….” — Pope Francis underscoring that faith tells us that the earth is not a possession to be used and destroyed… very much in the spirit of indigenous beliefs Pope Francis sees the cause of the collective crises in what he calls a “technocratic” mentality, one that considers “the rise of a[Read More…]

by Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Commensalism

Commensalism

  Thomas Paine’s pamphlet of January 10, 1776 was, as everyone knows, an important factor in bringing about the issuance of the Declaration of Independence. Common Sense pointed out that the colonies received no advantage from their connection with the mother country, which was intent on exploiting them; a firm and final and violent break from the mother country was[Read More…]

The confirmation comes soon after a report from the U.K. Met Office in June warned that the planet was well on its way toward that grim milestone. (Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc)

 Not Just Railing Against Railey’s: A U.S. School-Based Plan To Rally The World

  “Consumer Reports surveys rank Raley’s among the top U.S. supermarket chains, in particular for customer service, and that fact can be used as a point of departure for changing a great deal about our collective crises.” — one of the author’s home schooled youngsters. We are now heading, eyes narrowed and shut, towards an environmental catastrophe that might end the[Read More…]

Amazon Abominations Judged Amiss

Amazon Abominations Judged Amiss

  “The big kahunas of business are to be blamed, but the finger-pointers have to be held accountable too.”  — Rachel Oxman A recent Gizmodo article focuses mainly on worker horror related to the business practices of Amazon and shocking revelations respecting lack of legislation, but there’s lots more to focus on in reviewing the Amazon phenomenon, which accounts for[Read More…]

Screaming Truth To The Powerless

Screaming Truth To The Powerless

  “Why aren’t they screaming?” — from Philip Larkin’s The Old Fools The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is typically taken by students some time during their last two years in high school. It purports to assess how well test takers solve problems. However, the Big Problem for the students — for us all, truth be told — is that no[Read More…]

The Emergency Four Horse People’s Party

The Emergency Four Horse People’s Party

  Special note: Don’t read about the films recommended prior to seeing them. I’d recommend watching the 2012 documentary Four Horsemen — immediately — along with the 2017 Oren Moverman feature film The Dinner. I urge the reader to do that post haste, in spite of the fact that the former only received a 67% approval rating by critics on[Read More…]

MAUS And Teaching The Teachers

MAUS And Teaching The Teachers

“There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.” — Flannery O’ Connor As Wikipedia indicates, Maus is cartoonist Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel about an exchange with his father respecting WWII Holocaust matters. It was the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize, but it’s not what I’m focusing on here, my title notwithstanding. That[Read More…]

by Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Protect candle flames

 Let There Be Light: Setting Others on Fire

  “‘Let there be light!’, he said, as he lit the dry grass with his Rick and Morty customized Bic. ‘Sick, sick, sick’, he whispered to himself as he drank in the swim of the flames, left, right, all swirly up and down as they grew in the wind, his grin widening. Wondering where he should go next. Thus begins[Read More…]

The World Not Through With Thoreau

The World Not Through With Thoreau

  There was a strange view expressed about the worldwide status of Henry David Thoreau in the New York Review of Books on August 17: “Thoreau hardly makes it onto the list of notable American authors outside of his home country.” That was followed by the assertion that “his peculiar brand of American nativism has little international appeal.” In fact, we can[Read More…]

by Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
 “Interview” with Caoimhghin O’ Croidheain on Our Popular Entertainment

 “Interview” with Caoimhghin O’ Croidheain on Our Popular Entertainment

  “There will be no lasting improvement in any realm unless the excessive violence embedded in our diversions dissipates. The Hollywod celebrities who are — understandably — protesting the disgusting actions of Weinstein are routinely involved in generating much more disgusting fare for far more folks across the world. And they aid and abet our wars.” — Richard Martin Oxman ATS: Do[Read More…]

Malarial Attitudes

Malarial Attitudes

  “King Trump is no more or less than a malarial mosquito in a stinking swamp of quicksand we’ve created. You can say the same about the Queen of England with regard to the British historical record and present momentum. They’re both deadly forces, but — ultimately — distractions from ourselves, our responsibility.” —  Richard Martin Oxman Malaria comes from[Read More…]

 Comic Faith, Wonder And Activism

 Comic Faith, Wonder And Activism

Proactive concerned citizens attempting to bring about institutional changes in the midst of our horrid momentum — rife with what makes us wretch morning, noon and night now — must embrace humor as they heft their sad sandbags onto barricades being used to fight the powers that be.

Resistance must be more than blockades and protest. (Photo: Eric Wüstenhagen/flickr/cc)

 Variables Vitiating Viewpoints, Visions

  I’m not using the “V” here to allude to the 2009-2011 mini-series, the 1983 television production, the Guy Fawkes mask, Thomas Pynchon’s debut novel or any other silly or pseudo-serious treatment of radical response to the powers that be. Rather, for me, there’s a need to address the repetition that we’re experiencing in the realm of activism, whereby — ad nauseum — vociferous citizens are voicing[Read More…]

Paintings Without Frames, Living Without Games

Paintings Without Frames, Living Without Games

“Near Eastern religions have a propensity for building massive temples and tombs and this tradition has been emulated by Christian tendencies to construct gigantic cathedrals. Temples, churches, and synagogues separate the faithful from the secular world and from the natural world as if religion needs to be isolated from the rest of human activities.” — Vine Deloria, Jr., God is Red:[Read More…]