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On September 27, 1922, the Sentinels of the Republic formed as a conservative organization to defeat labor reform. It first targeted the Child Labor Amendment proposed to the Constitution. This successful attempt to defeat even the most basic labor reforms demonstrates how rich corporate and conservative interests in the United States can defeat labor reform. […]

Music Notes

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On September 25, 2021

Last Saturday, I saw Yo La Tengo play at the Columbus Theater in Providence. It was my second Yo La Tengo show and the better of the two, I think. In the first set, the band really went to their quiet

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This is the grave of Hank Snow. Born in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia in 1914, Clarence Snow grew up dirt poor. His parents had a bad marriage and they had no money at all. His father worked in sawmills, many of which were far away from their home. His mother cleaned houses for pennies. His mother […]
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Footprints

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On September 24, 2021
Well this is just pretty cool: Ancient human footprints preserved in the ground across the White Sands National Park in New Mexico are astonishingly old, scientists reported on Thursday, dating back about 23,000 years to the Ice Age. The results, if they hold up to scrutiny, would rejuvenate the scientific debate about how humans first […]

Hearst

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On September 24, 2021

On Monday and Tuesday, PBS has a new episode of American Experience on William Randolph Hearst. I am among the talking heads. It was pretty exciting. I even got hairspray, which I did not think was po

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Overrated

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On September 24, 2021
This question has a clear answer: JFK assassination https://t.co/JNUrroADLP — Erik Loomis (@ErikLoomis) September 24, 2021 For those of us who did not experience Boomer nostalgia, it’s hard to understand the obsession with JFK, especially since Lyndon Johnson was a better president in every conceivable way. One can argue that had Kennedy stuck around longer, […]
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