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Tonight’s musical selection is XNY performing “Jaw” from their album Orange. Thanks @media_thehorn for the suggestion.

“The real journalists searched for the truth, that was our holy grail.” -Helen Thomas

You should hear this 2011 conversation between Tavis Smiley, Cornel West and the late White House reporter Helen Thomas:


And check out these beautiful photos of Texas in the 1970s, which have an interesting origin:

Today we visit the state of Texas, where photographers captured images of industrialized waterfronts, small town daily life, impoverished neighborhoods, ranch workers, fun at the beach, and more. The Documerica Project was put together by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1971, with a primary goal of documenting adverse effects of modern life on the environment, but photographers were also encouraged to record the daily life of ordinary people, capturing a broad snapshot of America.

The complete five part series from the Atlantic makes a lovely tour of the time and its environment.

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Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and