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Articles by: Valleria Ruselli

Why We Can’t Tolerate Waikiki As A State

Why We Can’t Tolerate Waikiki As A State

  “We are missing our deadlines.” — S. Suzuki It would be like saying the state of San Francisco when you should have said the state of California. Waikiki is a beachfront neighborhood of Honolulu on the south shore of O’ahu in the U.S. state of Hawaii. It’s no more an “island” than San Francisco is a state. So how[Read More…]

It’s What They Do

It’s What They Do

  The percentage of moisturizers sold in the United States as “fragrance free” that contain a fragrance is 45. Of moisturizers sold as “hypoallergenic” that contain a common allergen it’s 83. But the misrepresentation of a lotion or cream used to prevent dryness in the skin, though wrong and deserving of consequences, is nothing when it comes to disingenuous organic[Read More…]

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Go Talking “Too Loud”… You’ll Cause A Landslide

    “Do you know what it’s like on the outside?” — from the Bee Gees’ New York Mining Disaster 1941 The mudslides in Montecito and elsewhere throughout southern California are far more horrifying than anything being reported in the press. The devastation is simply one of those things that not only goes beyond words but exceeds what is possible to[Read More…]

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Theresa May And The Snail Going Away

  “Ay, of a snail, for though he comes slowly, he carries his house on his head—a better jointure, I think, than you make a woman. Besides, he brings his destiny with him.” — lines from Act IV, Scene 1 of As You Like It, which remind the author of what all shelled gastropods have to offer us, and what our fate[Read More…]

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 Expose Our Guernicas

“I know I am going to have terrible problems with this painting, but I am determined to do it….” Picasso to Dora Maar in anticipation of creating his now world famous mural-sized oil painting, one of the most moving anti-war artworks in history… not well-received initially, and not appreciated in many quarters for a very long time. In 1962 John[Read More…]

The Slug Factor

The Slug Factor

  “You don’t want to be a spiritual slug.” — Howard Zinn, speaking at the University of California-Santa Cruz, 2004 “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” — from Shakespeare’s Hamlet Right after my partner and I put on a free three-day cultural/social/political event in Santa Cruz, California in 2004, which[Read More…]

Finding Deeper Truths From Refugees In Films

Finding Deeper Truths From Refugees In Films

Co-Written by Valleria Ruselli and C. Russell There are monumentally important new films which break away from the usual journalistic cliches, and experiment with the documentary format in order to find deeper truths in the refugee experience… and to dignify the plight of the displaced. The current cycle of migrant films, including small-budget personal works as well as more expensive[Read More…]

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 Because Well-Meaning Folks Are Not Making The Causal Connections

 Because Well-Meaning Folks Are Not Making The Causal Connections

  “What if violence against women is not a by-product of war, but rather a major cause of it?” — a question posed by Leith Greenslade in a 2014 article Hearing sexual assault victims recount their attacks is heartbreaking. Hearing story after story from U.S. soldiers like Kori Cioca, who was beaten and raped by her Coast Guard supervisor, or[Read More…]

 Spinning The Ricochet: Brief Commentary On The Steinle Verdict For Teachers

 Spinning The Ricochet: Brief Commentary On The Steinle Verdict For Teachers

  “Trump campaigned significantly using Garcia Zarate as a scapegoat in 2016.” — one of the author’s home schooled teens This article is important because it underscores what’s wrong with teachers using the usual news sources that respected academics recommend for classrooms throughout the United States. The dynamics related to all that impact on the entire world when it comes to[Read More…]

Following The Money: Respecting Saad Hariri’s “Resignation”

Following The Money: Respecting Saad Hariri’s “Resignation”

  “…the crown prince has broken forever the great compromise that exists in the kingdom: between the royal family and the clergy, and between the tribes.” — Robert Fisk As Robert Fisk makes clear, what’s going on between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon is far from clear. And as the leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah underscored an hour ago on BBC, the Saudis have[Read More…]

"The deep disillusionment and anger that led to Donald Trump’s election—a reaction to the corporate coup d’état and the poverty afflicting at least half of the country—have destroyed the myth of a functioning democracy."(Photo: Mr. Fish)

What U.S. Third Parties Don’t Do, But Must Do

by Valleria Ruselli and the Oxman Collective “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” — Emma Goldman “If voting made a difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.” — Mark Twain  Oh, voting can change some things, but let’s go beyond that bumper sticker mentality. When powerful social tensions have roiled the U.S. throughout its history — making progressive[Read More…]

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Give Them Cause To Fire You While Rhyming

  “Too many educators have pigeon-holed their disciplines. This or that does or doesn’t fit in my classroom. Old school nonsense, particularly with the way in which high tech utilitarianism is bringing everyone down, preaching that the only way to fit in lies in acclimating to our momentum.” — Rachel Olivia O’Connor If you’re an educator in the U.S. —[Read More…]

No One Dies For Their Country

No One Dies For Their Country

  “The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.” — Wilfred Owen drawing upon Horace’s Odes Kipling’s Plain Tales from the Hills, Forster’s Passage to India, Orwell’s Burmese Days and Paul Scott’s Jewel in the Crown are read in academic circles and viewed by wider audiences courtesy of various media. And other dramatic fare focused on similar unfair settings has come down the pike. But — in[Read More…]

For A Reduction of Violence on the U.S. Domestic Front

For A Reduction of Violence on the U.S. Domestic Front

  For a reduction of violence on the U.S. domestic front educators on all levels will have to do what I suggest here, or attempt to implement or embrace some significant variation of it. Educators cannot think that our present wars are necessary, cannot believe and teach that we are “exceptional” in a positive way with our ongoing behavior overseas.[Read More…]

Children As Songbirds

Children As Songbirds

  “We live in one global environment with a huge number of ecological, economic, social, and political pressures tearing at its only dimly perceived, basically uninterpreted and uncomprehended fabric. Anyone with even a vague consciousness of this whole is alarmed at how such remorselessly selfish and narrow interests – patriotism, chauvinism, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds – can in fact[Read More…]

The Football Analogy for Activists

The Football Analogy for Activists

  “Billy Graham, a key figure at the Christian Woodstock in 1972, once compared life to a golf course, where it was only important to follow the rules in order to be embraced by the Lord once the game was over.” —  Vine Deloria, Jr. in conversation with the author Explo ’72 was a gigantic rally held at the Cotton[Read More…]