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Chris Hedges, DemocracyNow Interview DTD July 26, 2016

“A political campaign raises consciousness, but it’s not a movement. And what we are seeing now is furious spin—I listened to Ben Jealous just do it—from the self-identified liberal class. And they are tolerated within a capitalist system, because, in a moment like this, they are used to speak to people to get them to betray their own interests in the name of fear. And I admire Robert and have read much of his stuff and like his stuff, but if you listen to what he’s been saying, the message is the same message of the Trump campaign, and that is fear. And that is all the Democrats have to offer now and all the Republicans have to offer now.” Chris Hedges

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Muhammad Ali: My First Professor on Race.

“Muhammad Ali owned something called power, his own. I had never seen a man, or a woman own their strength the way he did. He taught me such was not only possible, but just.”

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Meijer Poised to Potentially Reap Millions If HB 5232 Approved

HB 5232, as written, removes this power from the City of Detroit, allowing unobstructed demolitions as needed by any potential developer in the city. Thus, in certain scenarios, a corporation such as Meijer stands to make millions, literally, should HB 5232 be voted into law by the Republican-led Michigan Legislature.

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An Open Letter to the Michigan Legislature

HB 5232 and SB 720 are, at their essence, a selfish slap in the face to generations of Michigan citizens, both past and future, bills that are threatening to deprive each and every one of us of an economically stable future. These bills, unlike PA 169 at it’s birth, emerge in response to no crisis at all, NONE.

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Ordinary to Extraordinary: The Life of a Leelanau Farmer

“I never knew how thin the line between a man and his land could be until I met Rex. I had followed him many a time as he walked his fields or contemplated the rows in his gardens and every time I had found myself mesmerized at the sheer breadth of his peaceful empathy for all that surrounded him, and it almost appeared at times to be returned in-kind by both animal and plant.”

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Tyson Fury: The One-Two Punch Of Race And Faith

Dislike him, hate him, ridicule him… whatever means of response you might have, no matter how harsh you think it might be, rest assured he does not care in the least for there is nothing Tyson Fury, his family, his extended family, his fellow Roma, his fellow Catholics have not endured for centuries. Nothing.

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7 Reasons Why Every Tech Start-Up Needs An Older Woman On The Team

So should you, if you are an accomplished woman who has been down some roads, failed productively, lived to tell about it and reached more than a few pinnacles along the way to the five decade mark. I’ve got good news for you: Our skill set just might be the hottest commodity in tech start-ups.

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Laura Graves and Verdades: Busting the Elitist Myth of Dressage

© 2015 Nancy Kotting   All Rights Reserved   Reproduction by Permission Only Authors Note: History was made today! Congratulations to Laura and Verdades who scored a stunning 80.364% to secure … Continue reading

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Yanis Varoufakis Interview ‘All The Good Stuff That Cannot Be Measured’ (full transcript)

The following is a full transcript of an interview of Yanis Varoufakis, currently serving as Finance Minister of Greece, conducted by Martin Beroš for SkriptaTV in May of 2013 in … Continue reading

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Blotter, Beemers and Bras

I have learned that what doesn’t kill you, fills your pen. I have learned to open my mouth and hit the streets when justice calls. I have learned to walk away after the first sentence, in obedience to my own moral compass.

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Inside Out In Detroit

Detroiters always come home. Living in the city, entrenched in our valiant efforts, we burn out, get angry, say we are done and go to great lengths to put the … Continue reading

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The Power of Ruin: Detroit And The Artistic Mind

“At this point in time, the heart and soul of Detroit lies squarely in the power of ruin to inspire, ignite and carry the human imagination wherever it wants to go. This is what we give the world. This is what we do. This is the physical platform we offer to anyone who wants to join us.”

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The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Dressage Riders by Nancy Kotting

“The work is a continuum, each ride building upon the last. There are no short cuts. You cannot buy it, you have to make it with consistent, correct work, realizing nobody can do it for you. The amount of success you have as a rider is directly related to the amount of effort you put into it. Rome was not built in a day and neither is a Grand Prix rider/trainer, nor a Grand Prix horse. Get up, dress up, show up and put in another day’s work. Then do it again, and again and…again. The river of trying never stops flowing.”

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Invisible Thread

It is September 10th and the weather is coming in.  Pulling the winter horse blankets out of the trunks fills the room with the stench of manure, mildew and the … Continue reading

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“Please Sir, May I Have Another?”

2008 Dateline Ohio… My brain is inundated with three words these days: Failed, Plan, and Policy. They are everywhere. Raining down upon us, beating us into moral defeat. Our sense … Continue reading

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An Exclusive Interview with Romany Filmmaker Caleb Botton

1980: In the early morning hours on a gravel road in Southern Alberta, Canada a young boy, just 15 and already ensconced in a man’s body, sat confidently behind the … Continue reading

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Live List of Resolutions, Press and Blogs in Opposition to Michigan HB 5232

The following list appears courtesy of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and will be updated regularly. February 29, 2016 RESOLUTIONS AGAINST HB 5232 and SB 720 City Councils, Historic District … Continue reading

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Mr. Murray of Meijers: Friend or Foe of Democracy in Michigan?

Michigan is embroiled in one political foible after another, a virtual shit storm of playground antics that truly do rival the appalling circus that is the GOP on a national … Continue reading

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Why We Support Historic Districts & Oppose Michigan HB5232

Originally posted on Amy Haimerl:
I’d like to tell you the story of a house. A house at 7840 Van Dyke Place. This isn’t just any house. And it’s not…

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Michigan is better than this….

At the invitation of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, our statewide advocacy organization, I prepared the following three-minute statement as one invited to provide testimony to the Local Government Committee … Continue reading

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