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ANALYSIS: A matrix of deception and the rearmament of America

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An unarmed Trident II D5 missile is launched from the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) during a missile test off the coast of Fla., August. 31, 2016; public domain photo by photo by John Kowalski, courtesy U.S. Navy.

Far from incoherent belligerence, Trump's military messaging is a long-range deception that seeks to mask a rapid U.S. arms build-up.

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Book Review:
¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market

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In ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market, by Raúl the Third, Little Lobo makes his way through a crowded local market and smells cinnamon churros, watches traditional dancers, buys some candy, reads a comic book—and fantasizes about meeting the wrestler El Toro.

Cover of ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market,; image courtesy Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Questions remain about surveillance cameras on Greylock buses

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Schools can hardly be blamed for wanting to decreasing the amount of time investigating problem behaviors. Cameras solve that problem. They’re cheap. They’re easy to install. And besides, everybody else has them.

Featured image a composite of public domain images created to represent the issue, not an actual school bus, graphic by Jason Velázquez.

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Hitting the Slopes — preventing youth skiing injuries

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Helmets are now required during high-speed winter sports for anyone under the age of 18 in many states; photo courtesy maxpixel.net.

by Jason Velázquez
A few years ago, when I told my buddy Mike that my eight-year-old daughter and six-year-old son would be taking skiing lessons through their school next week, he reminded me that his own daughter had been skiing since she was three.

Helmets are now required during high-speed winter sports for anyone under the age

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Cole Harrison on Senate vote on Saudi-led war in Yemen

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Villagers scour rubble after the bombing of Hajar Aukaish, Yemen, April 2015; photo by Almigdad Mojalli.

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In this episode of Growl, we speak with Cole Harrison, Executive Director of Massachusetts Peace Action, based in Cambridge, Mass. At issue is last week’s Senate vote in favor of allowing floor debate on Senate Joint Resolution 54 to proceed, which would pave the way for ending

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Will Call #43 — Special Summer Solstice Episode: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

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Cover illustration for "The Wind in the Willows," by E. H. Shepard; Novel by Kenneth Grahame, 1908

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We celebrate the Summer Solstice with one of the Summery-est
passages we know. Enjoy!
 
The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
(Full text available at Project Gutenberg)
VII. THE PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN
The Willow-Wren was twittering his thin little song, hidden himself in the dark

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Problem Solvers…ish #7 — Santa Claus and other Slippery Deities

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NSFW: Your kids have a lot to gain by working the Santa Claus angle—and the tooth fairy, and the Easter Bunny, and…FLOZZ?
Today’s caller presents Seth and Lex with a real doozie of a problem—a crisis of faith, you might say. Can a family be atheist and still

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Will Call #27 — Kid-Lit: Haunting Tales with Deirdre Flynn Sullivan

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Deirdre Flynn Sullivan joins us again for a Kid-Lit episode of “Will Call,” and she chooses our topic wisely to coincide with All Hallow’s Eve — haunting tales.
We put on our armchair psychologist/historian/archaeologist/sociologist mortarboards and dig deep to understand the source, symbolism, and explanation

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