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Commander Zero and Jack McKinney

Commander Zero has died and I’m thinking of Jack McKinney – what? In the late 1970s Edén Pastora, also known as Commander Zero, was a leader of the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. They were fighting to over-throw the US-backed dictator. I … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Does Agriculture Too

A few articles in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer are a reminder that Pennsylvania is more than just a former Rust Belt state. Bell & Evans produce premium poultry products. Mostly chicken and turkey is what I see in local markets. They … Continue reading

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They’re Not Just Guarding a Christopher Columbus Statue, They’re Defending Their White Privilege

Today Americans consider Italians to be “white” but that was not always the case. In the nineteenth century when Italians (and other southern and eastern Europeans) started to come to the United States they were considered to be on the … Continue reading

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A PostSecret Postcard About Philadelphia

One of Philadelphia’s finest from today’s new batch of PostSecret post cards: Link: PostSecret.com

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Tear Gas Is Banned in War yet Philadelphia Police Used it on Unarmed People

Links Mayor Jim Kenney approved tear gas use at Philly protests, officials say as City Council questions police response, at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Is Tear Gas Banned for Use in Warfare?, at Scopes. Tear Gas Is Way More Dangerous Than … Continue reading

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Plymouth Meeting Mall May Not Survive the Next Year

The Plymouth Meeting Mall was just hanging on with restaurants scattered outside in the parking lots and activity-based businesses inside (Legoland, Dave & Busters, etc.) but the latest economic downturn may do it in. The owner owes hundreds of millions … Continue reading

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