Category: Society & Politics

New Release: Black Ships

Award-winning comic book writer Sean Michael Wilson and manga artist Akiko Shimojima team up for a graphic novel that tells the compelling story of the four American black ships that arrived in Japan in 1853 under the command of Commodore Perry to force Japan to open up to trade. “Black ships” is the phrase used …continue

The Election: Of Hate, Grief, and a New Story

Normal is coming unhinged. For the last eight years it has been possible for most people (at least in the relatively privileged classes) to believe that society is sound, that the system, though creaky, basically works, and that the progressive deterioration of everything from ecology to economy is a temporary deviation from the evolutionary imperative …continue

The Local Food Revolution

With the World Bank projecting that in just 35 years we’ll need to produce at least 50% more food to adequately feed the planet, food security is quickly becoming one of the most critical issues of our time. Resource scarcity and the looming global food crisis—compounded by climate change—is exposing how unsustainable and ultimately ineffective …continue

New Release: Free to Make

How the Maker Movement is Changing Our Schools, Our Jobs, and Our Minds Since founding MAKE: Magazine in 2005 and the Maker Faire in 2006, Dale Dougherty has been on the front lines of a worldwide renaissance of creating, designing, modifying, inventing, and personalizing. In his book Free to Make, Dougherty acts as a tour …continue

New Release: Tibetan Shamanism

A centuries-old tradition that lived on in exile only to die out in Nepal Originally settled by warring nomadic tribes, Tibet has a violent birth story that is often forgotten. It wasn’t until Buddhist teachings were integrated into local shamanic traditions that these different communities were unified, creating the peaceful and spiritually-focused Tibetan culture as it is known …continue

Steve DeAngelo on the DEA’s Recent Ruling

The Drug Enforcement Administration recently rejected a proposal to reclassify marijuana—meaning, at least at the federal level, it will continue to face the same restrictions as heroin and LSD. Chuck Rosenberg, the chief of the DEA stated: “This decision isn’t based on danger. This decision is based on whether marijuana, as determined by the FDA, …continue

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