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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of transparency and the ability to accurately check and authenticate the vote cast, these systems can alter election results and therefore are simply antithetical to democratic principles and functioning.


Since the pivotal 2004 Presidential election, Joan has come to see the connection between a broken election system, a dysfunctional, corporate media and a total lack of campaign finance reform. This has led her to enlarge the parameters of her writing to include interviews with whistle-blowers and articulate others who give a view quite different from that presented by the mainstream media. She also turns the spotlight on activists and ordinary folks who are striving to make a difference, to clean up and improve their corner of the world. By focusing on these intrepid individuals, she gives hope and inspiration to those who might otherwise be turned off and alienated. She also interviews people in the arts in all their variations - authors, journalists, filmmakers, actors, playwrights, and artists. Why? The bottom line: without art and inspiration, we lose one of the best parts of ourselves. And we're all in this together. If Joan can keep even one of her fellow citizens going another day, she considers her job well done.

When Joan hit one million page views, OEN Managing Editor, Meryl Ann Butler interviewed her, turning interviewer briefly into interviewee. Read the interview here.


While the news is often quite depressing, Joan nevertheless strives to maintain her mantra: "Grab life now in an exuberant embrace!"

Joan has been Election Integrity Editor for OpEdNews since December, 2005. Her articles also appear at Huffington Post, RepublicMedia.TV and Scoop.co.nz.

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Image created from image crediting Sunday, June 3, 2018 (4 comments)     

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How To Reform School: A Radical Reimagines Education With our current policies and priorities, we impose on our schools, teachers, and classrooms a standardized curriculum that largely serves the needs of those who want to rank performance. We choose to make life easy for college admissions and legislators, very much as the expense of real learning. But it doesn't have to be that way.
Series: students (18 Articles, 24650 views), Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 117216 views), Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views) (View All Series)

Image created from image crediting Sunday, April 29, 2018 (27 comments)     

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Sticks 'n Stones, the F-Bomb, and How to Beat the Bullies Last Sunday was almost perfect. But an unexpected encounter with a bully turned my day, and my stomach, inside out. After an internal struggle, I figured out a way to deal with it that might be valuable for others, too.
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views), Empowerment (54 Articles, 75578 views), Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 117216 views) (View All Series)

Am I Next? Tuesday, April 3, 2018 (4 comments)     

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Parkland-Inspired Marchers Target NRA and Congress [This] occurred in an affluent community, a community that cannot be written off, as "them." So when the young survivors began organizing and speaking out so articulately, they conveyed a stunning reality: This could happen anywhere. It could happen to your children. To their immense credit, the Parkland teens reached across the line to young people of color and created a movement that transcended any artificial division.
Series: students (18 Articles, 24650 views), Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 117216 views), Empowerment (54 Articles, 75578 views) (View All Series)

Dorm commons Monday, April 2, 2018 (5 comments)     

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Hidden Factors That Affect College Success: Who Knew? The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York City offered a series of major grants that ran for 11 years, costing nearly a million dollars. We did a comprehensive, longitudinal, multi-method study... We wanted to know not only what students gained from going to college, but -- probably more importantly -- what features of college are really valuable, or really make learning happen.
Series: students (18 Articles, 24650 views), Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 117216 views), authors (34 Articles, 53695 views) (View All Series)

Grace Lombardo Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (4 comments)     

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Pinked & Inked: Post-Mastectomy Tattoos for Healing Before embarking on this film, I wasn't terribly open about my own experience with breast cancer. I was so focused on getting back to normal that I never fully explored internally the struggle and its aftermath. As I began interviewing Grace, and building a friendship with her that extended off-camera, I found that there really is no "getting back to normal." It's a new identity and a new truth that I'm still navigating.
Series: Women (65 Articles, 106589 views), Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 117216 views), cancer (4 Articles, 7192 views) (View All Series)

Image created from image crediting Monday, February 26, 2018 (17 comments)     

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Democrats' New Medicare-for-All Plan Isn't The Dems' think tank, Center for American Progress (CAP), calls their plan "Medicare Extra for All," but it is actually an impediment to National Improved Medicare for All, which we support... It would keep the very complicated and costly private insurance-based system that we currently have and for-profit health facilities that cost more and have poorer health outcomes, protecting the profits of private health insurers.
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views), legislation (21 Articles, 37061 views), health care (12 Articles, 25597 views) (View All Series)

Image created from image crediting Sunday, February 25, 2018 (6 comments)     

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Don Arbor's Music Video Honors Dreamers and Immigrants "Everyone Comes From Somewhere" is a welcome song for immigrants, honoring my own immigrant roots. I am trying to spread a little empathy and compassion in this song and video, to counter the hostility toward immigrants that I see promoted by the President and his allies. With the fate of 800,000 DACA Dreamers at stake in the coming weeks and months, I think it's especially important to speak up, take part, stand together.
Series: Immigration (1 Articles, 1001 views), the Arts (39 Articles, 65782 views), Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views) (View All Series)

Image created from image crediting Thursday, December 7, 2017 (36 comments)     

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Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis "Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis" is an analysis of the internal causes of the loss of the 2016 presidential election by a team of Democratic activists. It focuses on some of the Democratic Party's most crucial failures and opportunities for the future.
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views), Bernie Sanders (32 Articles, 80437 views), economic inequity (46 Articles, 82352 views) (View All Series)

detail from movie poster Monday, November 20, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Down Syndrome Siblings Tackle Himalayas Storytelling is a great healing tool. I could sense the protagonists had unfinished business to solve and this journey could help them and that documenting and creating a story out of it would actually make it more powerful than just a journey without cameras. Usually, the issue of brotherhood or sisterhood in families with special needs is untouched. Our dream is that this film will be only the beginning of something bigger.
Series: Documentary (29 Articles, 38745 views), Empowerment (54 Articles, 75578 views), Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 117216 views) (View All Series)

The Voice of We the People - Soon to be Muzzled? Monday, November 13, 2017 (8 comments)     

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Will FCC Destroy Democracy on Nov. 16? Activism Needed Now! [This] is a continuing purposeful attempt by Republicans to monopolize the information We the People get over our own airwaves with alt right propaganda. It is also an attempt by the Trump administration to gut our regulatory framework. Of all of those attempts, this is the most dangerous. Once these companies buy up all the stations, the genie is out of the bottle and cannot be put back.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 117216 views), journalism (73 Articles, 141817 views), Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views) (View All Series)

Image created from image crediting Monday, October 2, 2017     

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Israeli Version of "This American Life" Is Ready for Prime Time Steven Spielberg made a risky bet on a group of young people in Israel who were starting out on a project recording stories, "This American Life"-style: intimate and refreshing, poignant and fascinating. It went viral. Here's their exciting story."Together, we decided to go for it. The only problem was that none of us knew the first thing about radio or journalism. It took us nearly a year to create the first Hebrew episode."
Series: Careers (60 Articles, 90456 views), Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 117216 views), positivity (48 Articles, 63477 views) (View All Series)

Operating Nuclear Reactors Friday, August 11, 2017 (3 comments)     

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No Nukes Is Good News: Plans for 2 Reactors Bite the Dust! We have just won a HUGE victory with the cancellation of the two reactors under construction at VC Summer in SC. That leaves just two nukes under construction in the entire US, a situation that dates back to the 1950s. Reactors cannot compete with gas, wind or solar, so the whole industry should fold up over the next few years. The question is whether we'll get them all shut before one or more of them melts down and blows up.
Series: environmental (23 Articles, 42609 views), Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views), grassroots (59 Articles, 109503 views) (View All Series)

Ground Zero - Wisconsin Wednesday, August 2, 2017 (1 comments)     

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What's Up with Wisconsin's Recount? The effort shed light on how difficult it is to be sure that US presidential election results are accurate. Jimmy Carter said when asked why his foundation monitors elections all over the world but not in the USA, American elections can't meet his standards. They are pretty good at determining who won in a landslide, but when a contest is close, our policies and practices leave a lot of room for doubt about the outcome.
Series: Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116449 views), Election/Voting (7 Articles, 14012 views), Jill Stein (10 Articles, 20047 views) (View All Series)

cover art for Ma'ikwe's book: Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption Tuesday, June 13, 2017 (4 comments)     

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Can We Make More of Less? ...the good news [about withdrawing from the Paris Accord] is that it [local level environmental activism] can take many different forms. For instance, I profile a whole bunch of different urban agriculture initiatives happening in Detroit, which are simultaneously feeding people, creating a sense of community and strengthening people's resolve that they can effect change in their world.
Series: authors (34 Articles, 53695 views), Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views), Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 117216 views) (View All Series)

Strip & Flip Disaster of America's Stolen Elections: Updated "Trump" edition Thursday, June 8, 2017 (5 comments)     

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Jim Crow is Alive and Well and Living in America Fitrakis and Wasserman point out that the "war on drugs" followed quickly in the footsteps of the civil rights laws that smashed Jim Crow. Now we have an American gulag that rivals Stalin's. The prison system is yet another way to create second-class, exploitable citizens, who lack the right to vote and give their input to the creation of the social order.
Series: Racism (8 Articles, 13126 views), Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116449 views), Corruption (32 Articles, 77426 views) (View All Series)

that miraculous eye of ours Tuesday, June 6, 2017 (2 comments)     

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More than Meets the Eye: the Mind-Eye Connection Mind-Eye Connection is known internationally for the unique way we successfully treat patients of all ages. Many of those patients come to our office as a last resort, unable to be helped with traditional eye care methods. We see patients with learning problems, autism, developmental delays, attention problems, brain injury, concussions, mental health disorders, neurological impairments and other types of brain dysfunctions.
Series: Empowerment (54 Articles, 75578 views), Creativity (28 Articles, 41810 views), Careers (60 Articles, 90456 views) (View All Series)

Live A Life You Love: Conscious Creation Made Simple. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 (17 comments)     

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Create Your Reality: Practical Tips The interesting caveat to the LOA is that we can't control how things show up. We can put out a call for something, i.e. abundance, let's say, but we can't control whether we get a raise at work or come into an inheritance or have a brilliant idea that we patent on the side. When we can let go of control, this caveat becomes exciting and fun to discover how the universe can deliver the essence that we put forth.
Series: positivity (48 Articles, 63477 views), Empowerment (54 Articles, 75578 views), behavior/psychology (24 Articles, 35451 views) (View All Series)

WantToKnow.info logo Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (6 comments)     

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Exposing Suppressed News: WantToKnow.info WantToKnow.info presents this information as an opportunity for you to educate yourself and others, and to inspire us to join in working together for the good of all. We shine light into the unconscious shadows of ourselves and our world with the intention of inviting us both individually and collectively to make more conscious choices which allow us to step ever more fully into our magnificence and to build a brighter future
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views), journalism (73 Articles, 141817 views), positivity (48 Articles, 63477 views) (View All Series)

Image created from image crediting Monday, April 3, 2017     

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Interview with David Cobb, Part 2: Greener on the Other Side Jill will not receive any of the surplus funds. In fact, we are going to allow the donors themselves to determine how to allocate surplus money. To my knowledge, no other campaign in the history of campaigns-- Recounts or General Election-- has done this. As part of our commitment to transparency around recount fundraising and budgeting, the team has prepared a recount budget update detailing expenses (current as of 2/20/17.
Series: Jill Stein (10 Articles, 20047 views), grassroots (59 Articles, 109503 views), environmental (23 Articles, 42609 views) (View All Series)

Image created from image crediting Sunday, April 2, 2017 (6 comments)     

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Greener on the Other Side: Interview with David Cobb I realized that all systemic, transformational change was always spearheaded by alternative political parties-- the abolition of slavery, women getting the right to vote, the creation of the Social Security, pure food and drug laws, ending child labor, the 40 hour work week, direct election of the US Senate. I realized that if we were going to make systemic change, it would only come if we built an alternative political party.
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views), Empowerment (54 Articles, 75578 views), grassroots (59 Articles, 109503 views) (View All Series)

Two young feminists. Signs read: "BFFs for Equality" Thursday, March 2, 2017 (5 comments)     

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Longtime Activist Reflects on Women's March, Boston I have been to many marches over many decades, and for a variety of causes. The women's march turned out to be the most exciting one I have ever been part of. Not only because of its size in Boston and worldwide. But also because of the spirit of the march, the friendliness of all of us, the intentions of the march, the knowledge that we were doing something very important, the most creative signs i have ever seen.
Series: grassroots (59 Articles, 109503 views), Empowerment (54 Articles, 75578 views), Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views) (View All Series)

March on Wall St. 1.15.17, sign reads: Health Care is a Human Rights [Paris is second from right] Wednesday, March 1, 2017 (12 comments)     

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Single-Payer Surge - Really?! Sanders' campaign lit the fire and the Republicans' attempts to repeal/replace/repair ACA is simply adding fuel to this burning desire to join the other developed countries of the world with a uniquely American solution - expanding our Medicare program to cover everyone in the US and improving the coverage and financing to eliminate any financial barriers to care at the point of service (no co-pays, deductibles, co-insurance).
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views), grassroots (59 Articles, 109503 views), health care (12 Articles, 25597 views) (View All Series)

Seattle Women's March 2017 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (3 comments)     

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More from the Women's March: Seattle "I believe women's rights are human rights. If any citizens are subject to injustice, then we're all threatened. I'm very concerned about having a confessed sexual predator in the White House. I wanted to lend my voice to the resistance to let the world know that the majority of US citizens are opposed to rape, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, and war mongering. All these issues are connected."
Series: grassroots (59 Articles, 109503 views), Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views), Women's March, 2017 (9 Articles, 10376 views) (View All Series)

Twins Grace and Willow in the bike trailer that was their home for six months in 2007. Sunday, February 19, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Pedal Power Passion I have cycled coast to coast three times with additional trips involving dozens of cyclists, including Cindy Sheehan and Cynthia McKinney. I started living car-free in the early '80s on Whidbey Island. I commuted 30 miles each way into Seattle once a week for a few years. I got rid of my last car in 2006. Today I get around by bicycle, occasional walking, or public transit. Cars are inefficient, unsafe, and impractical.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 117216 views), grassroots (59 Articles, 109503 views), Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views) (View All Series)

were your jeans made with slave labor? (cropped) Thursday, February 16, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Fashionable Corruption: Sweats Made with Slave Labor? Why I picked the fashion industry: All of us are literally touched by its products 99% of our lives. That's also why I decided to write a corporate story, not just a victim story. That corporation is exposed in a profoundly public way, and by that exposure the company and its customers are presented with a question that all of us are left to wrestle with: Now that you know the truth, what are you going to do about it?
Series: Exploitation (30 Articles, 57010 views), Corruption (32 Articles, 77426 views), Business (13 Articles, 25374 views) (View All Series)

Nevertheless She Persisted: the artwork that caught fire Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (12 comments)     

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#ShePersisted Goes Viral! I had an epiphany and remembered all the times I was silenced or ignored and all the times I was insulted, by both males and females. I didn't want my daughters to grow up hearing the same things I had. I decided to flip McConnell's quote into a positive as a way of saying, "Yeah, well, you threw all of this at me and I never gave up." I post most of my artwork on my FB page. Twenty-four hours later, it was everywhere.
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views), Empowerment (54 Articles, 75578 views), grassroots (59 Articles, 109503 views) (View All Series)

Dan with LEGO Bionicles, which feature in many of his experiments Monday, February 13, 2017     

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From Zero Sum Game to Win-Win at Work If you have two factories, one gets people to be demotivated, the people in the factory suffer and the factory is not productive. One in which people are motivated, the people are happier, produce more and the factory is more effective. So, in all of those cases where motivation exists, everybody benefits. It's not a zero sum game. It's not a single pie. The pie can actually get larger. How do we get more of that?
Series: Author/books (36 Articles, 58743 views), Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 117216 views), behavior/psychology (24 Articles, 35451 views) (View All Series)

Marianne Williamson photo by Elizabeth Granli, collage image by Meryl Ann Butler for OpEdNews Sunday, February 12, 2017 (5 comments)     

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Sister Giant: From "Fight or Flight" to "Tend and Mend" "The spontaneous activism we're seeing is really stupendous. Americans have a way of staying asleep to really important matters for far too long, but boy, when we do wake up, we slam it like nobody's business. Someone, so brazenly standing for who we aren't as a nation, is reminding millions of us who we are. And making us willing to take a stand. It's an all-hands-on-deck type of moment, and I just want my hands to help."
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views), grassroots (59 Articles, 109503 views), Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 117216 views) (View All Series)

Pussy hat! Saturday, February 11, 2017 (8 comments)     

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Pink Power: Sister March, Norfolk, VA I was thrilled to have a chance to experience such unity with my "sistahs" locally and all over the globe. This march felt positively focused, even fun and joyful...the people who initiated this clearly intended for it to be a step forward toward what we want, not a fight against something we didn't want, and that is an important distinction. At the end of the march, people were happy, laughing and clearly inspired!
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views), Empowerment (54 Articles, 75578 views), grassroots (59 Articles, 109503 views) (View All Series)

Replace Insecure https://farm9.static.flickr.com/8143/7443556556_006edf8d43.jpg Thursday, February 9, 2017 (1 comments)     

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3 Million "Alien Voters": Figment of DT's Imagination? This is the Big Lie at work, as the Nazis knew. It masks the fact that millions were in fact DISENFRANCHISED from voting in this election, as shown by Greg Palast. It's also important that HRC won the five key swing states of FL, NC, PA, MI and WI in the exit polls but not the official vote count, a sure sign of electronic manipulation.So, this was a fascist stolen election and Trump's screams are a brilliant smokescreen.
Series: Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 117216 views), justice (25 Articles, 46791 views), Jill Stein (10 Articles, 20047 views) (View All Series)

We the People Tuesday, February 7, 2017 (13 comments)     

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Organizing the Women's March, Chicago I had originally planned to go with my wife and family, but it occurred to me that it might be better to work on the satellite march in Chicago. There were solid indications that the DC march was going to be huge. I ended up working on the organizing committee for the Women's 1/21 March on Chicago. It was a great experience....There never seemed to be any question about my "legitimacy." There was too much to do.
Series: Women's March, 2017 (9 Articles, 10376 views), Women (65 Articles, 106589 views), grassroots (59 Articles, 109503 views) (View All Series)

doggy balloon reads: four footed feminist Friday, February 3, 2017     

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50,000 Turned Out for Austin Women's March It was an extraordinary crowd size. I had been to the Not My President and No DaPL marches in Dallas which drew very small crowds. It was amazing to be with so many people who were mobilized and energized to be heard. [The march] changed my life. I am inspired to resist. It's become a part-time job. We have to work in whatever way we can to push forward the rights of women, targeted groups, families, animals and the planet.
Series: Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views), Military/Foreign Policy (22 Articles, 41120 views), grassroots (59 Articles, 109503 views) (View All Series)

Albert_Einstein_Head.jpg: Albert Einstein Thursday, February 2, 2017 (15 comments)     

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Jonathan Simon: Votecounts As 'Alternative Facts' Joan, I Woke Up This Mornin' With The We're In Deep sh*t Pants On Fire Voter-Fraud Blues.Funny you should mention Canada and leaving en masse. In this past Sunday's NYT Book Review, Beverly Gage, reviewing Sinclair Lewis's 1935 novel, "It Can't Happen Here," writes: "If Lewis's post-election vision is what awaits us....the only viable options will be to get out of the country or to join an armed underground resistance."
Series: Election/Voting (7 Articles, 14012 views), Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116449 views), Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views) (View All Series)

boob cake Tuesday, January 31, 2017     

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The Supporting Role of Breasts I got the idea for writing the book when I found out there were toxic industrial pollutants rising exponentially in American breast milk, and I wrote an article about that for the NY Times Magazine. I never came at it as a breasts-are-titillating topic. It only became a little more engaged with that as the book came out, and all these morning radio shows wanted me on for some laughs (as well as a few moments of sobriety).
Series: Author/books (36 Articles, 58743 views), environmental (23 Articles, 42609 views), health (24 Articles, 46710 views) (View All Series)

I hate pink. I hate hats. What to do with mine? A Venus head I found at an estate sale in Princeton. Now, she can be Ven Saturday, January 28, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Women's March: Seattle When the march was announced, I started knitting. Haven't done that in years, but it was the perfect worry-bead thing to do with the freaking-out-energy I was experiencing over DT's victory. By march day, I'd made 18 hats. They showed up in Seattle, Oakland, SF, and tiny Langley, here on Whidbey Island. I asked all the wearers to donate to nonprofits serving women, and I seem to have raised a lot of money. That's good because
Series: grassroots (59 Articles, 109503 views), Empowerment (54 Articles, 75578 views), Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views) (View All Series)

our nation's capital Friday, January 27, 2017 (7 comments)     

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David Swanson: Imagine Impeachment! People told us asking for clemency for Chelsea Manning was pointless. Nothing looks possible until after it's done. Even in today's world of Absolute Partisanship there hasn't been a Republican that the Republicans would be more willing to impeach than Trump. But if they think what follows will be corporate power and a docile public, they'll be as wrong as were all the Democrats and the tv networks who thought promoting Trump
Series: Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 117216 views), grassroots (59 Articles, 109503 views), economic inequity (46 Articles, 82352 views) (View All Series)

MLK's message: Hate cannot drive out Hate. Only LOVE can... Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (8 comments)     

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A Guy's View from Inside the Chicago Women's March These rallies around the world -- 673 of them, involving almost 5 million people -- were larger than the sum of their parts.Larger than the participants, larger than the issues they brought with them. And part of this change is joy. I felt so much joy, being with this diverse group of people.We all belong on this planet, we all deserve to be able to maximize our lives. We are all part of the Circle of Life.
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Langely and Whidbey Island Tuesday, January 24, 2017 (7 comments)     

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Women's March: Whidbey Island, WA Everyone thought that 50 or 100 people would show up and straggle around. The numbers were thrilling. Signs were homegrown and creative. I think we all felt encouraged that so many of our neighbors care as much as we do. Sometimes you can feel alone or, as one friend says of protests, the STP: same ten people: our determination to not let the Trump presidency take away our rights, freedoms, dignity, love, care for one another.
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We the People, in many guises Monday, January 23, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Signs of Sisterhood: Inside the Women's March in Chicago I'm not very political. [But] now that he is elected, I think it's crucial to raise our voices and rise up. There is strength in numbers and this Women's March is proof. We can accomplish so much more when we are united and allies come together. I hope this march will ignite the passion of so many women and other marginalized groups and remind us that this is only the beginning of this effort. The work has only just begun.
Series: Women (65 Articles, 106589 views), Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 117216 views), grassroots (59 Articles, 109503 views) (View All Series)

Anonymous Sunday, January 22, 2017     

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Cyber-Security Expert Weighs in on Recount, Anonymous Threats and More Keep in mind that the governor of Wisconsin in 2011 was of a different party. That means, again separate from politics, that... WI is, essentially, a completely different "company" than it was back in 2011. Was charging that much a nasty thing to do? Yeah, probably. I think it's the job of government to do everything in its power to assure the correctness of elections. That's a far better use of our tax dollars...
Series: Freedom of the Press (5 Articles, 17418 views), Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116449 views), Overcoming Challenges (68 Articles, 117216 views) (View All Series)

Ano Thursday, January 12, 2017 (4 comments)     

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Election Theft in the USA: An Astrophysicist's POV Nothing can be accomplished until we restore the basic elements of a free society: transparency in government, robust diversity of news reporting, open and fair elections that are counted in broad daylight. Our "elected" officials are not excited about changing the system that keeps them in power. But one way or another, we will get our democracy back."The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."
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Joe Libertelli and young friend Tuesday, January 3, 2017 (11 comments)     

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Grasping The Opportunity Within This Crisis I have found that trying to make a difference feels better than watching TV or spending more time on social media. So, whether people dig in because they realize intellectually that their actions might well make a difference, or because it simply feels good, I hope and expect more people will choose action, more action and more intelligent action. Individually and together, our power is great. And it may well be enough.
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Voting Tuesday, December 6, 2016     

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Urgent Message from RecountNow.org re: the Ongoing Recount Volunteers are needed on the ground in states where there are recounts [MI, WI, PA and NV] AND for projects that can be done from anywhere, via the internet and phone.Most of us are missing work and dipping into savings in order to do what we believe needs to be done now. Donating what you can, to help us pay our experts for travel or lodgings, makes a real difference and expands our ability to oversee these crucial recounts.

Bob Koehler Friday, December 2, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Bob Koehler Weighs in on the Recount The focus on Stein's motives removes focus on how many votes were discarded and went uncounted. If this number is significant, this is a huge problem even if it doesn't shift the final result.We need a serious public focus on the process of guaranteeing election integrity. What we get from the media and punditocracy is instant skepticism, dismissal of all who worry about vote count inaccuracy as "conspiracy theorists."
Series: Jill Stein (10 Articles, 20047 views), Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116449 views), Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views) (View All Series)

Kerry Hannon Wednesday, November 30, 2016     

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Job Guru Kerry Hannon on Combatting Workplace Ageism There's no denying it, ageism is alive and well in the workplace. At the same time, I know first hand that experienced workers are landing jobs and are moving up the rungs, they're still engaged, getting noticed and feeling valued, and honestly loving their current positions. The key is to believe in yourself. Have some swagger. Keep your skills and energy sharp. Network like crazy. And always be open to trying new things.
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WhoWhatWhy's Russ Baker Monday, November 28, 2016 (6 comments)     

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He's Ready to Audit the Vote: Who's In? We aim to field one of the largest teams possible in researching every aspect of the election result. We'll aim to bring unique insight to the recounts, but not just to that. We will be looking at the mechanics of voting itself (including paper ballots and electronic voting), as well as at vote suppression and other factors. We welcome anyone who has information or wishes to participate to contact us via our site.
Series: Jill Stein (10 Articles, 20047 views), Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116449 views), Activism (183 Articles, 320846 views) (View All Series)

David Moore Sunday, November 27, 2016     

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Former VP of Gallup on Value of Exit Polls In any election, there are always some people who won't accept the results regardless of the margin of victory. But I think there is reason in this election to at least audit the results. I don't believe that there is proof that the vote count was manipulated, but I do think there are enough oddities that suggest it's worthwhile to verify the vote count.
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Bob Fitrakis Sunday, November 27, 2016 (8 comments)     

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Green Party Lawyer Fitrakis on Upcoming Recount [Stein] is a supporter of election transparency. The three states chosen for the recount all have statistical red flags and were very close in the votes between the two major presidential candidates.Stein believes the voters have the right to a fair and accurate count.Our system is fundamentally flawed and that we should demand that there be no place in a democratic system for secret proprietary software in our voting process.
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Wasserman Monday, November 21, 2016 (2 comments)     

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GOP Flip & Strip Led to Trump Win? Like Gore and Kerry, Hillary is a multi-millionaire. Her first loyalty is to the establishment that keeps her rich. She would never challenge the basic illusions of our democracy. It's too radical for her. Like that line in "A Few Good Men": 'YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!" I believe we will get through this. It'll stretch every muscle in our psychic bodies, but we'll get there, whatever it takes within a non-violent framework.
Series: Bernie Sanders (32 Articles, 80437 views), Donald Trump (8 Articles, 12673 views), Election Integrity (54 Articles, 116449 views) (View All Series)

Image created from image crediting Thursday, November 17, 2016 (13 comments)     

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Roots Music: Three Strings and a Shovel Nashville-based guitarist, Justin Johnson, has a unique approach to music. From cigar box guitars to one-string diddley bows, he takes traditional styles like Blues, Roots, Bluegrass, Gospel, etc. and uses that musical vocabulary to create something new and meaningful.
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Juggling Cat Saturday, November 5, 2016     

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How to Gracefully Juggle Work/Home and Enjoy It More I grew up poor, raised by a single mother who was mentally ill and on welfare... I'm living proof that anyone can have anything they want IF they commit and take consistent action to make it real in their life. This series is a way to give back, and share a wealth of useful knowledge about living a full, happy and productive life with no regrets at the end. [Series is free and has no sales pitch.]
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Janine Wedel Friday, November 4, 2016 (7 comments)     

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How Hillary's Latest Email Scandal Fuels Trump's Candidacy How can the public be assured that her decisions are free from conflicts of interest? The public can't because transparency has been rendered impossible. Officials far down the food chain from Clinton are expected to avoid not just the conflict, but even the appearance of a conflict. But these days influence elites of all political stripes are routinely personalizing the bureaucracy, pushing the boundaries to their own ends.
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Maya Schenwar Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (14 comments)     

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War on Drugs Heading in Wrong Direction? We have to understand incarceration by looking at how people are being labeled as disposable and as "dangerous," and how those things are racialized. Whether it's marijuana possession or something else, there will always be a convenient "crime" with which to charge Black and Brown people unless white supremacy itself is confronted. We also have to think about.. the structures that make it possible to lock millions in cages.
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David Swanson Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (9 comments)     

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Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail Hillary [i]s a horribly dishonest, corrupt, opportunistic, manipulative scam artist devoid of any moral scruples, or in a word a Neocon. Not only does she hold those trying to protect the earth in contempt, but she is happy to play with nuclear apocalypse through her antagonization of Russia (and Iran and Syria)... I do think [both candidates] are both below the level of anyone whom one could conscionably vote for.
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Dr. Hal Urban Thursday, October 6, 2016 (5 comments)     

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Timely Message: "Positive Words, Powerful Results" [My students] got very good at using more affirming language. It became an important part of my teaching for the rest of my career. My #1 goal at the beginning of each school year was to create a "Caring Community" in my classroom. We did that by choosing the right words. Many of my students have told me years later that it was one of the most valuable things they learned in high school. Thank you Mom. Thank you Tim.
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John Kiriakou Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (7 comments)     

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Whistleblower Kiriakou: POTUS Race--The Criminal vs. The Lunatic For the first time in my life, I fear for the country. The two major parties are represented by a lunatic and a criminal. What I fear most is that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will continue the Obama Administration's war against transparency and whistleblowers. Government secrets will remain secret, even when they violate the law. That won't change, at least in the next four years.
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Replace Insecure http://critics-associated.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/JackPettiboneRiccobono-300x194.jpg Monday, September 26, 2016     

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From the Rez to the White House Rob Brown was so compelling and complex. He defied the simple labels of "gang leader" or "ex-con" or "criminal" or "drug dealer"; he was someone with a deep connection to his Native culture but had also gone through 39 foster families as a kid, 12 years in prison. He had a unique ability to reflect on his situation while in many ways still being trapped in it. Rob's story had never been told and it needed to be.
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Deborah Derman Saturday, September 17, 2016     

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Coloring: Not Strictly Kids Play Any More! I had so many tragedies to deal with in my life - the suicide of a close friend, losing my parents in a plane crash, the death of my husband when I was expecting my third child, breast cancer - I was so alone and felt so isolated....I've been a grief counseling now for more than 20 years. I tried to take the most important things that I've learned, the important things to focus upon, and incorporate them into my book.
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Villagers and Good Earth Nepal team are building an earthbag school in Agra, Makwanpur Sunday, September 11, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Earthquake-Proof in the Himalayas In Nepal, 55 Earthbag buildings survived a 7.8 magnitude earthquake with no structural damage. Earthbag technology is an inexpensive, simple and sustainable method for building. Having evolved from military bunker construction and flood control methods, Earthbag buildings are notable for their ability to endure fire, flood, wind, earthquake and vermin, and are used in disaster-prone zones all over the world.
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Bob Koehler Friday, September 2, 2016 (19 comments)     

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It's About Time for the Human Race To Grow Up The Restorative Justice movement represents a huge paradigm shift, something that perhaps could equal the geological shift embodied in the Anthropocene transition. We have to learn to live without enemies, without entitlement. We have to learn to listen. We have to build peace every way we can: with ourselves, with one another, with Mother Earth. We have to find love and do what we can to let it flourish.
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