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This little piggie: PEDv virus strikes Pennsylvania


State regulators don't know the extent of the
highly contagious pig disease because the hog industry
doesn't want the government involved. Posted March 25, 2014.



The Star Short fiction by H.G. Wells. Wells wrote this memorable short story in 1897. Posted here February 15, 2013.

Remembering Franklin Rosemont


American letters lost one of its true originals with the passing of Franklin Rosemont in April 2009. Rosemont was a writer and chief editor at Chicago's venerable Charles H. Kerr Publishing Co. He was also a pre-eminent American Surrealist and labor historian. Read about his remarkable life and times. Posted July 7, 2009.


A day with the DC Madam
‘A very lonely candle in a very ferocious wind’


She reminded me of someone in small-town America you'd gone to high school with, and lost touch with. Deborah Jeane Palfrey, a little like Norma Jeane Mortenson, had gone off to find her fortune in the big world, figured out how to sell herself to powerful men, and now risked being thrown down and snuffed out. As Reg Dwight sings, a very lonely candle in a very ferocious wind.’ Posted May 4, 2007.

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Trouble in Paradise The shooting at an Amish school here in Pennsylvania, only days after similar crimes in rural Colorado and Wisconsin, makes it clear that there is nowhere we can hide from the violence, and no one who can't be touched by it. Posted October 5, 2006.

What if they gave a revolution and nobody came?
The strange case of Apple v. Apple


For an entire generation, the Beatles represented a revolution in artistic and personal freedoms. Yet the failure of the Beatles to take charge of the business and legal aspects of their careers seeded clouds of trouble.

In this essay we argue that the Beatles' Apple Corps should sell its music on its own website. Memo to Steve Jobs: We need a champion to fight for our freedoms on our digital frontiers. Know what, Steve? It ain't you, babe. Posted July 6, 2006.



Borges on park bench