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Gone the Way of the Buffalo

by Paul Rapp September 7, 2012

Last week I got an e-mail from a Berkshire Eagle writer who was concerned that my last article could be interpreted as saying that the Eagle ignored the story about the Berkshire blogger being ordered ...

The Grand Tour

by Jo Page September 7, 2012

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Just having bought this new-old house—what I’ve come to think of as a piece of history—a real vacation was out of the question this summer. But I wanted some kind of journey to mark the ...

Fracked Memory

by Robert H. Boyle and Bruce Ferguson August 30, 2012

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  Bradley J. Field has amnesia. Field is the director of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Mineral Resources, the agency responsible for putting together the high-volume-fracking environmental-impact statement that's supposed to protect ...

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The Privilege of Protest

by Miriam Axel-Lute August 30, 2012

  I took some time I didn’t feel like I had on Monday to join the anti-fracking rally and march that gathered in the Corning Preserve by the Hudson River, made a stop at the DEC ...

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Speaking of Pussy Riot

by Paul Rapp August 23, 2012

Unless you’ve been sequestered under a boulder somewhere, or watch Fox “News” 24/7, you know that the members of the Russian grrrl band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in a Rooskie slammer for ...

Dog Days

by Jo Page August 23, 2012

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  I’m sitting here in a pool of sunshine, sky as blue as faded denim, tree branches swaying in the lazy summer breeze, June bugs buzzing and squirrels hornily cavorting. Doesn’t that sound bucolic? A real ...

What Government Can Do

by Miriam Axel-Lute August 16, 2012

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  “Government can’t do anything right.” It’s inevitable that Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan for VP is going to raise all sorts of conversation about Ayn Rand and libertarianism. It is, of course, as many people have ...

Sexing the Classics

by Jo Page August 8, 2012

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  You’d think with all the sex there is in the world of literature—Poe with his necrophilia, Hawthorne with his adultery, Mailer and Miller and Updike and Roth with all manner of erotic expressiveness—that we wouldn’t ...

No, Really. Read It

by Miriam Axel-Lute August 1, 2012

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When people started passing around Bill McKibben’s recent article in Rolling Stone called “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math,” I didn’t click through. Not even when it was my wife recommending it. I wouldn’t be surprised if ...

The Internet, Alcohol and EDM

by Paul Rapp July 26, 2012

Picking up more or less where we left off last time, talking about why David Lowery is so FoS in his damning of the Internet, tech companies, and the generation of music lovers who don’t ...

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Blameless

by Jo Page July 25, 2012

I was driving, and didn’t catch who was being interviewed on YNN Monday around noontime, but the man was describing how much safer the public would be if more people carried guns. What he said ...

6 Reasons Not To Forget About Housing

by Miriam Axel-Lute July 19, 2012

  Housing as an issue has always struggled to be sexy and grab people’s attention. You might think that the housing crash and its continuing repercussions might have changed that, but this is a presidential election ...

Why David Lowery is Full of Shit

by Paul Rapp July 12, 2012

A few weeks ago a short screed by Camper Van Beethoven/Cracker frontman David Lowery about the music acquisition practices of our youth went seriously viral. A surprising number of Facebook music pals reposted it with ...

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Define and Conquer

by Jo Page July 11, 2012

When Emily Dickinson wrote “Hope is the thing with feathers/That perches in the Soul” I think she comes closer to a definition of hope than Julian Baggini, a British philosopher, does in his lips-tightly-pressed-together piece, ...

Feed Each Other

by Miriam Axel-Lute July 5, 2012

I am as delighted as the next pragmatist who hopes we eventually get to true national healthcare that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. I think everyone should pause and read some of ...

Field of Distortions

by Robert H. Boyle and Bruce Ferguson June 29, 2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly stated that “science” will determine the fate of high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the state. Science? How about voodoo science? Scientists know that methane, the main constituent of natural gas, is a potent ...

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Cheesy Temptations

by Jo Page June 27, 2012

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For the most part I’ve come to accept my guilty pleasures. I’m only a little bit ashamed that I rock out in the car when “Man, I Feel like a Woman,” is on the radio. ...

Oh Frack

by Miriam Axel-Lute June 20, 2012

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  There are some contentious issues where there are arguments about the likely economic, environmental, and health effects where it’s tough to decipher, where the details are technical, where there are ambiguous studies with unclear motivations ...

Real-Time Social Networking

by Paul Rapp June 13, 2012

Facebook vs. Twitter. They don’t really compete, but I’ve always thought about them in competitive terms, probably because of how they compete for my time. A year or so ago, one of my favorite people said ...

Two Cities? Or One?

by Miriam Axel-Lute June 7, 2012

I think it would be fair to say that I am rooted in my neighborhood. I work at home, I prioritize supporting local establishments I can walk to, and enjoy the sense of community and ...

Treasured Relics

by Jo Page May 30, 2012

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The Casper doll is old and wobbly and very discolored—not the ectoplasmic white he once was. And when you pull the string on the side of his neck (and you must do this very gently) ...

Open-Source Scholarship

by Paul Rapp May 30, 2012

A lot of what we talk about here is how the Internet has brought the traditional companies that trade in copyrights (like the film, music, and publishing industries) to their knees. This is largely because ...

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Can I See Some I.D.?

by Miriam Axel-Lute May 24, 2012

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  When Kristen Eck of Delaware Avenue, Albany, went to vote on the school budget last week, she took note of the signs saying ID was required. So did one of the people behind her in ...

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Moron in a Hurry

by Paul Rapp May 16, 2012

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Trademark law can be a lot of fun. Some of you ancient folk might remember the great QE2 debacle of the late ’80s when Dave and Char Shortsleeve got a nastygram from Cunard Lines, telling ...

The Marrying Kinds

by Jo Page May 16, 2012

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  In his widely-touted and widely-covered commencement address at Liberty University last week, Mitt Romney emphasized that “marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman,” perhaps with the knowledge that when some people hear ...