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Remembering Mike Davis

Mike Davis’s work reached my generation of radical readers in the 1990s, in the context of the fall of the USSR, the rise of Clintonist…

World Population Reaches 8 Billion

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the human population on Earth will exceed 8 billion by the end of November, 2022.  As of…

Willis Tucker, A Shining Light

Willis “Willie” Tucker was born on the family farm in Meyer Creek, Arkansas, in 1926.  The farm, his daughter Marti Titus believes, was around a…

Words Ain’t What They Used To Be

Definitions dreamed up in a slow stretch at the column-writing factory: APPLE: Once defined as a fruit varietal, now best known as a cyber-digital entity,…

A History of the AV Brewery

In 1974 a devastating fire occurred at the Wiese's Valley Inn completely destroying the bar and restaurant. This left a great vacancy in the town…

The Nomad Van & The Golden Plunger

It’s Sunday and I am unloading my travel van from my trip I took a couple weeks ago. I had already gotten the packed clothes,…

Ian, Lee & Me

Category 4 storm left boats and yachts of all sizes stuck between buildings or tangled in mangrove trees. Others were smashed into cars, or stacked…

Rolling Thunder, Horizontal Rain

Clear skies and a sunny summer sun can coexist for only so long here in North Carolina. Temperatures rise. Pressures escalate. Opposing fronts assemble, square…

‘The YMCA Problem’

(From O’Shaughnessy’s News Service) — In mid-August Dale Gieringer, the longtime director of California NORML, invited some 15 pro-cannabis colleagues to a zoom meeting to…

On Bombs & Silence

Most tools spend far more time in the toolbox than in the hands of the craftsman. Likewise, most musical instruments are silent not sounding, seen…

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