The Misfortune Teller

Polemical Poetry II: Of Memory and Memory Holes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: “A mnemonic (the first “m” is silent), or mnemonic device, is any learning technique that aids information retention. Mnemonics aim to translate information into a form that the brain can retain better than its original form. In fact, ‘Memory Needs Every Method Of Nurturing Its Capacity’ is a mnemonic for…

Pets in Congress

b. traven I’ve got to admit that a pet peeve of mine is senior members of the Democratic party who talk the talk of liberals or progressives but walk the walk of self seeking hypocrites who are only interested in their own careers. Of course my leading peeve is our liberally eloquent president who can…

Freethinkers Fighting for Fair Play: The True Goal of Higher Education

W.J. Astore A New York Times editorial back in February caught two trends in higher education today: the proliferation of underpaid adjunct professors as well as the expansion of administrative positions within America’s colleges and universities.  These trends are unsurprising.  America’s colleges and universities are becoming more and more like businesses every day, with a…

Nikko with medals he gave back.

A Contrarian Hero

By Bill Dyer Forty five years ago this month, American troops engaged in an 11 day frontal assault on a hill over looking the A Shau Valley, thought to be a major supply and staging area for the North Vietnamese Army, operating under the cover of triple canopy jungle and thickets of elephant grass. The…

“The Star that He Is”: CNN’s Shame and Other Matters

By Don Rose.  Introduction by William Astore. “Never believe anything that you read — and only half of what you see.”  My father taught me that saying, an expression of healthy skepticism that is much needed when reading and watching today’s media productions.  Watchdog journalism has been replaced by lapdog journalism as our media “elites”…