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The Online Journal of Writer and Photographer John Michael Antonio

7 Earth-Size Planets Orbit Dwarf Star, NASA and European Astronomers Say – Kenneth Chang / The New York Times


This is the kind of story that would have provided endless hours of fascination to me during my childhood and in fact, still does as an adult.  The opening paragraphs from the reporting of this story by Kenneth Chang of The New York Times:

Not just one, but seven Earth-size planets that could potentially harbor life have been identified orbiting a tiny star not too far away, offering the first realistic opportunity to search for signs of alien life outside the solar system.

The planets orbit a dwarf star named Trappist-1, about 40 light-years, or 235 trillion miles, from Earth. That is quite close in cosmic terms, and by happy accident, the orientation of the orbits of the seven planets allows them to be studied in great detail.

One or more of the exoplanets in this new system could be at the right temperature to be awash in oceans of water, astronomers said, based on the distance of the planets from the dwarf star.

Source: 7 Earth – Size Planets orbit Dwarf Star, NASA and European Astronomers Say  – New York Times

 

Ava DuVernay On Trump’s America: ‘Art Will Be Our Weapon’ | Zeba Blay / The Huffington Post


Wonderful sentiment from the talented director of Selma and 13th,

Ava DuVernay . In the Trump era and in Trump’s America, “Art Will Be Our Weapon “.

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Ava DuVernay On Trump’s America: ‘Art Will Be Our Weapon’ | The Huffington Post

Love Notes From Humanity: The Lust, Love & Loss Collection – Feminine Collective


The new book Love Notes From Humanity: The Lust, Love & Loss Collection from the website I write for, Feminine Collective, is now available on Amazon.com and I am honored and pleased to say I have a number of poems in this fantastic anthology – “Morning Glory “, “Promises in the Dark “, “The Revealing”,  “Why Men Secretly Fear Women “, “Dreams” and “Guilty Pleasures”.

Source: Love Notes From Humanity: The Lust, Love & Loss Collection – Feminine Collective

The Resistance –  John Michael Antonio / Feminine Collective


My latest poem on Feminine Collective.com , which I titled “The Resistance”. The opening lines :

these are the times that try men’s souls indeed

I tell myself just keep calm and breathe and resist, resist, resist …

( for the rest of the poem please visit the link below)

 

Source: The Resistance – Feminine Collective

50 Protest Posters Designed By Women Amplify The Voices Of Resistance | The Huffington Post


We Are The Resistance. Expect Us.

Source: 50 Protest Posters Designed By Women Amplify The Voices Of Resistance | The Huffington Post

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Mary Tyler Moore's Legacy is More Important Than Ever – Harling Ross / Man Repeller


Wonderful post from author Harling Ross of Man Repeller on the death of one of my biggest childhood crushes and still all – time favorite TV actresses, Mary Tyler Moore. Like Ross writes, she leaves us at a time when her legacy is more important than ever. RIP Mary RIP.

Source: Mary Tyler Moore’s Legacy is More Important Than Ever – Man Repeller

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Ways to Take Action After the Women's March – Leslie Price / Man Repeller


How to take action after the Women’s March On Washington, from calling your local representatives to speaking out against hate from author Leslie Price of Man Repeller.

Source: Ways to Take Action After the Women’s March – Man Repeller

The Banal Belligerence of Donald Trump – Roger Cohen / The New York Times


This is a harrowing piece from New York Times columnist Roger Cohen in which he asserts that during the tenure of the Trump administration, Americans will have to literally fight for their civilization and for the literal right to ask why. I agree with him 100 %. Fight on brothers and sisters, fight on.

His last three paragraphs say it all :

Trump’s outrageous claims have a purpose: to destroy rational thought. When Primo Levi arrived at Auschwitz he reached, in his thirst, for an icicle outside his window but a guard snatched it away. “Warum?” Levi asked (why?). To which the guard responded, “Hier ist kein warum” (here there is no why).

As the great historian Fritz Stern observed, “This denial of ‘why’ was the authentic expression of all totalitarianism, revealing its deepest meaning, a negation of Western civilization.”

Americans are going to have to fight for their civilization and the right to ask why against the banal belligerence of Trump.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/24/opinion/the-banal-belligerence-of-donald-trump.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

The America We Lost When Trump Won – Kevin Baker / Op-Ed for The New York Times


This is a searing and brilliant piece from writer Kevin Baker about some of the after effects of America electing Donald Trump as their president. My favorite passage, in which refers directly to his election, are these words:

Today’s passive, unhappy Americans sat on their couches and chose a strutting TV clown to save us.

What they have done is a desecration, a foolish and vindictive act of vandalism, by which they betrayed all the best and most valiant labors of our ancestors. We don’t want to accept this, because we cannot accept that the people, at least in the long run of things, can be wrong in our American democracy. But they can be wrong, just like any people, anywhere. And until we do accept this abject failure of both our system and ourselves, there is no hope for our redemption.

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