All Further Articles for 2011-wisconsin_rising

Friday, December 30, 2011
Woody's New Year: Change Socks, Dream Good, Wake Up and Fight
Just in time, the incomparable Woody Guthrie's New Year's Resolutions for 1942, complete with doodling drawings. Among them: Work more and better. Wash teeth if any. Read lots good books. Learn people better. Write a song a day. Don't get lonesome. Love everybody. Dance better. Stay glad.
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Breed Love
Family, friends and strangers packed the funeral of Ben Breedlove, 18, of Austin, who died of a lifelong heart condition on Christmas just days after leaving a poignant, silent farewell video about the times he'd cheated death, and the peace he'd felt. Look at that smile; then, live life. "The first thing I thought was, Damn, we look good!'" he recounted of the last time his heart stopped, when he saw himself with his favorite rapper, Kid Cudi. "I was proud of myself, of my entire life. It was the best feeling. I didn't want to leave that place."
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From the Children of Gaza: We Want to Tell A Story
On the third anniversary of the Israeli assault on Gaza that killed 1,400 and devastated the lives of an already-besieged population, an open letter from dozens of groups calling on the international community and "the Arab street" to demand the liberation, finally, of the Palestinians. In Gaza, meanwhile, between the rubble, life goes on. "We want to tell a story about a home with broken lanterns...."
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Thursday, December 29, 2011
U.S. (Hearts) Progressives
Americans are ambivalent about both socialism and capitalism, splitting roughly the way you'd expect, but more approve of the term “progressive” than any other political label, says a new Pew poll .
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Women (Sic) of the Year: Princesses, Rape Victims - and A Panda?
Pandagate Rules! Well-deserved furor over the BBC's so-called Women of the Year list , which had to reach outside the species to a furry bamboo-eater because apparently they couldn't find 12 female bipeds who accomplished anything. Thus, the Chinese panda Tian Tian, aka Sweetie, joins a few truly deserving women (Gabrielle Giffords) and several sexual assault victims and women famous for marrying famous men. Sheesh. The Pandagate hashtag and Sweetie's Twitter account are busy.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Occupy Vancouver's Enlightened Cost/Benefit Analysis
In response to officials' claims that Occupy Vancouver cost the city a million dollars, ingenious protesters tallied up what they gave back in social services: over 37,000 meals worth $129,500, $672,000 in medical care, $92,000 worth of housing, etc. Other occupations, they suggest, should try it. "Such an evaluation would prove to be a source of unflappable encouragement for protestors thanklessly working for the social betterment of an antagonistic world..."
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Iowa: First, and Most Wildly Inconsistent, In the Nation
Though they've rammed through voter suppression/photo I.D. measures in scores of states in the name of vigilance against the evils of (laughably undocumented but allegedly massive) voter fraud, Republicans will not require photo I.D.'s in the upcoming Iowa caucus, where only Republicans will be voting. Huh.
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Deck the Jails with Wall Street Bankers, Fa La La La
Garbed in Christmas cheer and good will, the 99% Choir serenades, then forecloses on Bank of America's Seattle Headquarters. Video.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
This Is Called Humanity
From an intense year of ups and downs - is there any other kind? - a review of Reddit's 20 most popular photos . And our three favorites, including this one of Christians protecting Muslims at prayer during Egyptian protests.
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(Another) Unholy Alliance
Metaphor Alert: A report out of Chicago explores the intimate connections - trading money and favors for mutal gain - of street gangs and elected officials. The (dismaying) trick: replace gangs with corporate lobbyists, and you have American politics in action. "In the end, as with most things political in Chicago, it all came down to one question...The gang representatives asked, 'What can you give me?' The politicians, eager to please, replied, 'What do you want?'”
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