Let’s travel back in time to the aughts. Imagine what would be today had the mainstream media simply never carried Don’s birther conspiracy. Don’s political traction is all media-driven. He has no grassroots base and no friends. All he has is an audience. Despite what he says, Don loves the media. He is 100% a […]

The world’s leading climate scientists warned last year that humanity only has until 2030 for global heating to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. Thankfully, the half-black-half-white man who was […]

I hear a chorus of cautious and concerned voices in the mainstream media warning Democrats to refrain from pushing their agenda too far to the left. When you’re on the inside looking out, I suppose you’ll do that. Here’s what I believe: Hesitation kills and this is the absolute worst time in American history to […]

If you were alive during slavery what would you do? If you were alive during the rise of Nazi Germany, what would you do? You can see where this is going… We, the American people, now know what it’s like to be lost inside of a fast-moving, all-powerful political coup. American democracy at the federal […]

I wrote this poem after visiting a photo exhibit at Mexic-Arte Museum in downtown Austin. Maria from Monterrey It’s not terribly far, as a bird flies, from Monterrey to Laredo Young Maria’s journey was wingless She moved at night, her thirst unsatisfied Coyotes and owls shared their star-lit canyons When she slept she had bad […]

Military spending in the United States eats up more than half of our nation’s “discretionary spending,” or the portion of the budget that the president requests and Congress appropriates every year. Yet, you don’t hear cries for change when it comes to military spending. We can’t deprive the American military its right to might. That […]

When people stop believing in facts, and the mainstream media stops reporting facts, we are a lost people. That’s a fact. Cheri Jacobus, a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors and a Republican consultant, is advocating for a fact-based solution to the current state of factlessness in American media and politics. Non-Trump media are […]

Black Mirror, the Netflix series now in its fourth season, makes an indelible impression on the soft parts of the brain. Season 3, episode 1, in particular, is perfect TV programming for the Digital Age. Vox calls the “Nosedive” episode a social media nightmare dressed like a pastel daydream. The episode imagines a world where […]

Noise Makers (Two for One, Today Only) The Circus is no longer kid-friendly What’s all this clankity clank? Who dares to rattle the cage? Why are all the clowns on stage? We can’t see the lion eat his tamer Downward we spiral into the Dungeons of Deceit Unfree people in patriots purgatory Shall we cry […]

I’m a guy. Therefore, other guys expect me to be like them (a guy’s guy). But, I have never been that guy, a fact that disappoints some men, and makes a certain percentage of them afraid of me. Many men expect other men to understand their need for sexual conquest, and to have their backs. […]

Extraction. American industrialists posses a voracious appetite for it. In fact, their hunger for more precious metals, oil, and coal is so great, they want to find these untapped riches in our National Monuments. Thankfully, REI is taking a strong leadership role in the resistance, and actively encouraging its members to step up and help […]

When I was 18 years old, I walked into the offices of The College Reporter in Lancaster, PA and soon thereafter my work as a reporter commenced. My time as a college journalist was difficult but educational. The administration threatened to sue me and frat boys banned me from their parties and wanted to kick […]