Do you feel lucky, punk?

Tales of Macau, the biggest poker game in the world By Thomas Levene This article is, in part, my personal poker journey and, partly, an insight into the mysterious and secretive world of nose-bleed cash games that just get bigger and bigger. The elegant Wynn, in Macau Cilade de Sintra, Macau, overlooking Nam Van Lake, […]

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If I ran Monsanto

By Thomas W. Gilbert and Deborah Glaefke Gilbert In this realm of destruction, This hellhole called Earth, There’s a Darth Vader business That’s so full of its worth. It’s consistent; it’s fascist, And it’s blessed with a vision. It has great friends in Congress Who vote each decision Over those who fight back And just […]

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Overcoming inequality: can we restore the wealth of the corporations and the super rich to society?

Eat your sops! By Phil Hall The key to preventing revolution, the powerful seem to have decided, is not to eliminate criminal syndicates but to coexist alongside them and engage them in wars of low-level attrition. Even on my street, in one of the wealthiest parts of one of the wealthiest cities on Earth, the […]

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Photo-essay: The Million Man March

The marchers came from all over North America in a shared experience; strangers hugged and held hands as if they were old friends By Andy Hall In 1995, The Nation Of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan had called for a march on Washington similar to the one 32 years before organised by Martin Luther King and […]

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Green Bottle Bloomers: On Mike Mills & The National

by Ciarán O’Rourke Mills’s movies are shaped by his peculiar obsessions, and this, in large measure, is their saving grace. In Beginners and 20th Century Women, he returns compulsively, not just to specific scenes from (his) youth, but to the process of remembering the past – which for him, as perhaps for all of us, […]

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Socialist arguments against religion

Will there be pie in the sky for us when we die? By Phil Hall Socialist arguments against the use of religion are not always arguments against the idea of an ordering presence in the universe, or against an Earth and a cosmos full of meaning, or against a transcendent expansive all including love, or […]

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Out and About in the Fourth Estate With Steven Gilfillan

Under The Greenwood Tree It was one of these evocative autumn mornings, so I was doubly shocked to hear that Borak Yesenin’s mother had died. It came as a surprise too when on behalf of him and the rest of the family I was asked to the funeral, and in the small parish church where […]

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Mark this day: social media colludes in the first global act of censorship.

The Internet has been captured by billionaires. Progressive Governments must take note! OUR Internet should be in the commons. By Phil Hall Facebook, Whats App and Instagram went down today – presumably in a damage limitation exercise after the release of the Pandora Papers. It’s frightening and, at the same time, there was the curiously […]

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Can you drive an HGV or pick fruit?

… and global warming: Blah, blah, blah! Zombie Apocalypse, 3rd October 2021 By Gordon Liddle ‘I asked him what food was grown for. He answered, ‘Well, to eat of course!’ ‘No,’ I said, ‘it’s grown for profit.” Well, the Labour conference went well. The Starmeroids have gone home to prepare for government. Said no-one ever. […]

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I create the stars as I go…

Making keepsakes with pyrography By Gill Rippingale I’ve been making Keepsakes for a number of years now, and have posted pictures of various pieces on my blog, on Instagram, Etsy, Pinterest, and on my Facebook page, Hug-the-Tree Pyrography, together with descriptions, but of course the information can get buried quickly! So perhaps a recap of […]

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