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Drawing inspiration

Anarchist Seth Tobocman brings radical comic-book to the Lucy Parsons Center
"Die, yuppie scum," chants the long-haired man, to the beat of a pounding drum. "You don't need to fuck people over to survive."
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  June 16, 2010

Wrote a song for everyone

Name that tune
Political experts know the most important factor in a successful race for governor is the campaign song.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 05, 2010

Notes from a Borderland

What we learn from immigrants
What we learn from immigrants
By DAVID KISH  |  May 05, 2010
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Saving America from itself

The federal government must rein in corporate criminals
The nation’s inability to regulate the corporate class is bringing death, destruction, and economic ruin.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 05, 2010

When traders equal traitors

Turncoats on Wall Street. Plus, ecori, celebrating Susan, and Rock ’n’ Roll
It is about time someone pointed out that the vile crooks of Wall Street aren’t just greedy, thieving bastards. They are, in fact, traitors to this country and its citizens.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 28, 2010

Ghouls on parade

Profiting from the dead; more on ‘Buttercup’; and the latest in Pawtucket
The tale of local businessman Joseph A. Caramadre, who paid the terminally ill a fraction of the face value for the right to buy variable annuities in their names — annuities that paid out in full, plus interest, upon their deaths — is enough to make your skin crawl.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 17, 2010
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Booking it

Fiction, non-fiction, poetry
Spring fiction goes international, starting with a whiff of the Caribbean.
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  March 11, 2010
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Review: The Good Guy

As much fun as chlamydia
Writer/director Julio DePietro's first effort is every bit as obvious as it sounds, thudding from one symmetrically perfect cliché to another.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 02, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Aussie asses sued off

Plus creepy Macca spawn sings; iffy Ringo joke aborted
MEN AT WORK — best known for their 1983 hit "Down Under" — have just had their pants sued off by a dead schoolmarm and her 78-year-old Girl Scout song.
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 16, 2010

Diamon Flip-Flops

 Letters to the Portland Editor, January 15, 2010
If Al Diamon wants to break down the political and other mistakes of the 21st century, he could include a few of his own.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 13, 2010

The Carols of Christmas

The song’s the thing in The Gift of the Magi
One can't just break out into Christmas carols, even in this warm and fuzzy season.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 08, 2009
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Men plus money equals mess

The financial crisis is a man-made problem. And it might not have occurred if we had listened to women.
Since Iceland is something of the epicenter of the global financial crisis — its government being the first to essentially go belly up — it's probably not surprising that the Icelanders have come up with the most novel and interesting theory as to what caused the meltdown. And they may be right.
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 14, 2009
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Apologies in advance

A pun-ishing economic climate
As the dominoes have fallen, one after another, in the Great Financial Crisis of 2008 and Almost Certainly 2009 and It's a Safe Bet Most of 2010 Too, we've noticed a disturbing and little-discussed undercurrent: many of the major players have names that are basically bad puns.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 24, 2008

Newport company touts grease as a gas competitor

Energy
While the return of gas prices to a more palatable level has stifled public discontent for now, it's hard to predict when the next oil shock may occur.
By CARROLL ANDREW MORSE  |  November 12, 2008

Man and machine

John Maeda talks about technology — and his quest to understand RISD
Leave it to John Maeda, the Rhode Island School of Design’s new president, to invoke the long-term value of art at a time when global financial markets are gripped by uncertainty.
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 24, 2008
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Are you paying too much for your heating bill?

Critics charge that lax regulation is inflating utility costs in Rhode Island
As winter approaches and energy prices rise worldwide, Rhode Islanders will wince when they open their monthly bills for electricity and natural gas.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  September 10, 2008

Flavors of entanglement

Politics and other mistakes
Dear S. Donald Sussman: Please send me a million bucks.
By AL DIAMON  |  June 25, 2008
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Top 10 questions for Maine voters

The issues that define the primary campaign
Here are the top 10 stories and storylines shaping Maine's primary season.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 28, 2008

Twisted debate

Politics and other mistakes
Perhaps you didn’t even know Allen has a challenger in his bid to take on Republican US Senator Susan Collins in November.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 07, 2008

Another perspective

The view from Mexico on Immigration
Carmen Romero says the idea of immigrating to the United States is “a Mexican obsession,” though the reality of immigration for many is different from the dream.
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  April 02, 2008
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Iraq: Five years later

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz explains the punishing cost of staying any longer
Five years later, President George Bush and his minions were wrong about the need to fight in Iraq, wrong about the way to fight in Iraq, and wrong about what the war in Iraq would ultimately cost.
By PETER KADZIS  |  March 12, 2008
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Ellen’s canine cry: A rare lapse for a self-possessed pioneer

Woof!
Ellen DeGeneres’s dog story seemed a bit much last week.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 24, 2007

Hustlenomics

Politics and other mistakes
All human beings are born with an innate sense that they’re fiscally responsible.
By AL DIAMON  |  October 24, 2007

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By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 08, 2007
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Poison ivy

What’s dooming John Edwards’s campaign to be the Democratic nominee? He never attended Harvard or Yale.
John Edwards’s campaign seems to have hit a roadblock that could seriously hurt his chances of securing the Democratic nomination.
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 01, 2007
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Darfur: The only hope

It is time for corporations and investors to disinvest in Sudan
The genocide in Darfur continues.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 16, 2007

December 20, 2006

 Wednesday
New moon in Capricorn. Hard-heads rule! Taurus and Virgo, acknowledge self-doubt but go with your gut. Capricorn, now until mid January is a rehearsal for enormous decisions made from then through February. That's when the action happens. Cancer, you're not seeing everything — no matter how deeply you're feeling a vibe. Give self (and companions) a break. Shopping tip: mutual funds, cinderblocks, knee socks.
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  December 13, 2006
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A progressive guide to ballot questions

Voters can back affordable housing and voting for Freed Felons
In December 2001, the Reverend Duane Clinker and three other ministers were arrested at the State House while protesting growing homelessness and cuts to funding for affordable housing.
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  October 25, 2006
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Take a penny, leave a penny

Some people really want to get rid of the one-cent coin — will you get screwed if it disappears?
It is tiny: a piece of copper-plated zinc only 19 millimeters in diameter and 1.5 millimeters thick, weighing just two and a half grams.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 13, 2006

[ 08/01 ]   Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep presents See Bat Fly, by Kathryn Walat  @ Leeds Theatre at Brown University
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