Political quotes: “The good thing about science is…”

Everything is political. Our long-running series of political quotes proves that–we think. We’re always on the lookout for quotes–contemporary and historical–that are pertinent to the current political environment. Our illustrator is Christopher Burke, whose unique, quirky cartoons add a touch of whimsy–which we really, really need in today’s political realm. So, back to science. What’s…

Reporters Without Borders: For international freedom of the press

Reporters Without Borders was founded in Montpellier (France) in 1985 by four journalists. The non-profit organization describes its missions as: To continuously monitor attacks on freedom of information worldwide; To denounce any such attacks in the media; To act in cooperation with governments to fight censorship and laws aimed at restricting freedom of information; To…

Political quotes: Who said this?

There’ s a politically relevant quote hiding behind this teaser. When you see the full quote, you may be surprised to learn who said it, but you’ll have to figure out the source out by choosing from a multiple-choice list. It’s a quiz! You’ll find the full quote and the expanded illustration below. It’s part…

100 words on…laughter

In Occasional Planet’s “<100 Words” slot, contributors can cheer for, gripe about, react to, and/or simply muse on the news of the day—as long as they restrict their comments to fewer than—of course–100 words. This box will self-destruct and reincarnate once a week. [Word count for this intro: 50] Robert Frost once said, “If we…

100 words on: fair wages, cutting the cable cord, progress, net neutrality

In Occasional Planet’s “<100 Words” slot, contributors can cheer for, gripe about, react to, and/or simply muse on the news of the day—as long as they restrict their comments to fewer than—of course–100 words. This box will self-destruct and reincarnate once a week. [Word count for this intro: 50] Fair wages: Basic decency and empathy…

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