Nonviolence or Nonexistence

Nonviolence or Nonexistence

Every year in January we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by recalling a handful of fanciful speeches that make us feel good. But the MLK who fearlessly opposed the Vietnam War, challenged America’s status quo, and declared poverty the greatest of society’s evils seems known to few. Expanding his activism from … Continue reading

Staying Alive Through Suicidal Times

Staying Alive Through Suicidal Times

It seems that whenever voices of influence in the media address America’s most urgent national emergencies, they fall all over themselves discussing symptoms instead of facing root causes. The American suicide epidemic has accelerated to the point that 123 Americans are killing themselves every day, but all we’re really hearing in the media about this … Continue reading

Suicide Is Very Contagious

Suicide Is Very Contagious

Suicide Is Very Contagious Like affects like. Monkey see, monkey do. A key predictor of suicide, is knowing a suicide. One person taking their own life is destructive for other people. It significantly increases the likelihood of copycat suicides among those who knew them and those who are like them, and can snowball into a … Continue reading

Tar Sands Tyranny: Big Oil’s Keystone Distraction

Tar Sands Tyranny: Big Oil’s Keystone Distraction

In January 2015, the 114th Congress convened for a quick-draw decision, exclaiming an exuberant”Yay!” in favor of completing the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed pipeline, if built, would funnel the world’s dirtiest oil – bitumen tar – from Alberta, Canada to the Koch Brothers’ refineries in Texas. Koch-funded Politicians in Washington vicariously spout “Jobs. … Continue reading

DIGITAL APARTHEID: How The End of Net Neutrality Created Internet Classism (UPDATED)

DIGITAL APARTHEID: How The End of Net Neutrality Created Internet Classism (UPDATED)

    Over two decades have passed since Netscape went public in 1995, triggering the revolutionary ability to browse websites. It also spurred the multi-billion dollar investments by companies like Global Crossing in the creation of undersea and underground fiber-optic telecommunications cable networks, which in-turn drove down the cost of data transmission to nearly zero. … Continue reading

What In The World Is “Buddhist Rock”?

What In The World Is “Buddhist Rock”?

Buddhist rock band darshan Pulse (dP) was born in the musically rich community of Missoula, Montana, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. After publishing a concept album called Panopticon in the spring of 2010, dP worked continuously on a second concept album: Olive Moksha (OM). This ambitious project was crafted with the intention of guiding … Continue reading

When You Wish Upon A Death Star

When You Wish Upon A Death Star

Disney has given itself to the dark side. I don’t say that as another outraged fan boy irritated by nerdy expectations, but as an historian who understands the profound inspirational power of art. I’m also astounded by the lengths that America’s imperial bread and circus brigades have proven willing to go to direct our ever … Continue reading