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Monday, June 1, 2020
  • In the age of coronavirus — Survival, Part Two: A Political Act. Your money or your life?
    In our two-part series, Part One discussed personal survival in the Coronavirus Crisis: how challenges in the wilderness resemble our current challenge as animals who are prey to a viral predator. Here, the topic is survival ...
  • In the age of COVID-19: Survival — Part 1: Personal survival
    The correct mentality to deal personally with the coronavirus resembles that needed for other big challenges, such as a deadly cancer or military combat. We’re all in survival mode now. I see instructive parallels, although admittedly ...
  • Deep State: ‘It Will Get Crazier’
    As a veteran journalist in Maine and elsewhere for big and small newspapers, I had two specific questions when I went to this year’s — 33rd annual — Camden Conference on “The Media Revolution: Changing the World” ...
  • Deep State: Concentration Camps for the Troublesome Poor
    Look closely at the accompanying photograph. Notice the big scar on Michael James’s forehead. He recently got that, he said, by headbutting the walls of a solitary-confinement cell at the Mountain View Correctional Facility ...
  • The Senate Candidates on War with Iran
    Although most of the discussion about whether Republican United States Sen. Susan Collins should be reelected has focused on domestic issues, such as her vote for President Trump’s tax cuts for the rich and the corporations ...
  • Deep State: How to Renew Yourself at the New Year
    Two winters ago, I spent from mid-December to mid-January as the volunteer caretaker at Maine Huts & Trails’ most remote hut, Grand Falls. I went there to enjoy the magnificent wild location and support the organization. It became an adventure ...
  • Deep State: Conclusion — Do or Die
    Good consumer choices — we’ve been well trained to think of ourselves as consumers — won’t let you off the hook in helping avoid environmental catastrophe. That’s because time is extremely short, millions upon millions of people will refuse or be unable to make those choices, and powerful economic forces ...
  • Deep State: Decline and Extinction in Maine
    Scientists have solidly confirmed that insects and birds have rapidly declined in vast numbers worldwide. The declines are interrelated; many bird species depend on insects for food. The implications of the declines are shocking....
  • Deep State: Republicans and the Climate Crisis
    Our Confronting the End of Everything series discusses how, politically, Maine people could help avoid the human-caused environmental disasters facing the earth. These include global warming, a million species risking extinction, and ...
  • Deep State: Conservation — The Forgotten Alternative
    In the 1970s’ Energy Crisis, America’s dependence on oil was the leading villain, and the problem was largely political and economic. Middle Eastern countries restricted the supply; prices at the pump shot up. In our vastly more ...
  • Deep State: Is Mills for Real on Climate Change?
    Gov. Janet Mills got a lot of attention when she stood before the United Nations General Assembly’s Climate Action Summit on September 23 and announced she had signed an executive order pledging Maine to become “carbon neutral” ...
  • Deep State: Democrats: Will They Save Us?
    At noon on Friday, September 20, a gorgeous sunny day, a spirited rally about love and death took place in Portland. Love and death of the Earth. There was singing, chanting, colorful signs and banners, and speeches by young ...
  • Deep State: Practical Green Politics
    Our Confronting the End of Everything series takes up how, politically, Maine people could help avoid the environmental disasters facing them and the Earth. Here, we further examine the opportunities for Green Party candidates and ...
  • Deep State: Confronting the End of Everything — Why Can’t the Green Party Do Better?
    This week Deep State begins a series — Confronting the End of Everything — on how, politically, Maine people could grapple with the enormous environmental threats facing them and the Earth. Here we discuss the Green Party ...
  • Deep State: The Maine Mountains Park
    I’ve recently been writing about the increasing environmental threats to the Maine North Woods, especially to the forests of the western Maine mountains. This column proposes a Maine Mountains Park, modeled on New York State’s Adirondack ...
  • Deep State: Threats to the North Woods Multiply
    Why is a Democratic governor who professes environmental concerns supporting two policies that environmentalists fear would help destroy Maine’s magnificent North Woods? Both are policies Janet Mills inherited from the administration ...
  • Deep State: Political Anxiety 101
    The author Arlie Russell Hochschild gave a talk a couple of weeks ago at the Damariscotta library about her 2016 book, “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.” The room was packed with liberals ...
  • Deep State: Prison Reform
    In March, Deep State disclosed that there had been a big increase over several years in prisoner assaults on guards in the Maine prison system — especially, in the maximum-security Maine State Prison. Corrections commissioner ...
  • Deep State: Public Beach Access Thwarted
    “A big day for Daddy Warbucks today!” That was Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos’s exclamation after the surprising and overwhelming defeat in the Maine Senate of a bill he had worked hard for. It would have legally allowed public access between ...
  • Deep State: Maine’s “Private” Beaches Could Soon Be Public ... Maybe
    Maine courts have said — forcefully, in recent decades — that the (often, rich) people on the coast own the beaches and rocks between high and low tide in front of their (often, summer) homes. And that they have the right to kick people ...
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