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The Broken Game of Baseball

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On May 17, 2021
There was a very long time when I did not watch the NBA. The early 90s Pistons teams brought in a brutality to the game that was hard to watch. Then the Pat Riley-era Knicks perfected that style of basketball and it spread around the league. 78-70 games were not enjoyable entertainment. And in the […]

Sanctuary States!

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On May 17, 2021

Republican governance–very serious actions taken by very serious people. Just south of Oil City, where Louisiana representative Danny McCormick is from, is the predominantly Black city of Shreve

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On May 17, 1986, flight attendants organized in the Independent Federation of Flight Attendants gave up on their two-month long strike against Trans World Airlines after its new owner, the vile Carl Icahn, tried to take back their wages and benefits. It was another symbol of the near impossibility of workers winning strikes in the […]
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On May 16, 1910, the federal government created the U.S. Bureau of Mines to investigate the terrible conditions that killed thousands of miners a year and to attempt to regulate those conditions. It was something, but given the extremely lax atmosphere of regulation in Progressive Era America, it ultimately did very little to protect the […]

Music Notes

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On May 15, 2021

Van, Van is a used up man: Legendary singer-songwriter Van Morrison released a new song on streaming platforms Thursday whose title espouses a classic antisemitic trope. The lyrics of the song, “The

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