The Poet and the Flea by G.E. Gallas

Wonderfully original tribute to William Blake by G.E. Gallas.

Remembering how much I love my country…

bill_of_rights_630You know, when I read things like this

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

— I’m proud of the people who fought for this country’s independence, and I’m proud to be a U.S. citizen.

When I read things like this

“The National Security Agency is collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order issued in April, according to a report Wednesday evening in the Guardian newspaper” —

I can’t help but wonder what happened to us.

Our votes still matter, you know. If they didn’t, the GOP and the Democrats combined would not have spent about $6 billion trying to convince you to vote for them.

We have the power to act. Let’s use it. Send a message. Vote for any third party candidate in 2014. Risk throwing away your vote.

A Humanist Apologizes to Numbers – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education


Fun read by a creative writing professor about his relationship to numbers. I think the recent institutional separation of arts and sciences causes us to forget the historical relationship between the two. The original seven liberal arts consisted of three studies of language and ideas, the trivium — grammar, rhetoric, and dialectic — while the other four focused on either theoretical or applied math in the forms of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. It never was about either developing language or math skills. Each one helps you understand the other. Intensive study of grammar and poetics, at some point, makes you feel like you’re studying algebra:

A Humanist Apologizes to Numbers – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Mesmerizing Photographs of Soldiers’ Faces Before and After a War

bddaA visual diary of the effects of war upon soldiers…

Punkonomics (@DearBalak)

Mesmerizing Photographs Of Soldiers’ Faces Before And After A War

While the emotional repercussions of war aren’t easy to measure, the before, during, and after pictures of soldiers who have seen combat tell a pretty unsettling story. There’s something mesmerizing about these photographs, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Rollie Williams More from Rollie 

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On this Memorial Day…

Record Military SuicidesOn this Memorial Day, let’s remember that the first victims of war are soldiers — and support them both home and abroad. We’re particularly failing them after they come home. Not only do we have record military suicides, but one in four of the homeless are veterans. Ask your Congressperson today why Congress isn’t working harder to take care of our veterans and servicemen.

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