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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 03.10.11

Utne Reader Red LogoFormer military interrogator Matthew Alexander urges Rep. Peter King of New York to stop demonizing a group of people who’ve made sacrifices for the U.S. at home and abroad.

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Now that the shootings in Tucson are yesterday’s news, states and the federal government can continue slashing their mental health budgets without a peep from the mainstream media.

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With an NFL lockout looming, radical sports scribe Dave Zirin explains why true sports fans, labor activists, and progressives should stand proudly with the NFL players.

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The cerebral environmental writing of Loren Eiseley is too often overlooked, say his fans. Read one admirer’s tribute to the unsung eco-lit pioneer.

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Banksy meets Angry Birds in a brilliant design mashup: Angry Birdsky.

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Losers: Presidents Hosni Mubarak and Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Winners: rappers, ravers, and metalheads.

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Cartoonist Mark Fiore weighs in on the aggregation of aggregators in the Huffington Post-AOL merger, and what it means for what we used to call journalism.

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Have you ever seen a rapper take on greenwashing and eco-consumerism? Enter Sims, with his new video for “One Dimensional Man.” 

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A fabulous archive of the BBC's interviews with great writers. The general BBC archive itself is chockful of terrific stuff.

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Finally, the masters of heavy metal pay tribute to Old Blue Eyes.

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One of the most touching photo projects in recent years: KayLynn Devaney's The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings.

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What's an “Intellectual clutch bag,” you ask? This.

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On Libya:

The press has had a hard time figuring out what’s happening on the ground in Libya, but The Atlantic’s InFocus photo blog can give you a glimpse.

If McCain had been elected president, would we be invading Libya right now?

Gaddafi, Qaddafi, Kadafi, Qadhafi, Qazzafi, Qadhdhafi, or Qaththafi. How do you spell that guy’s name anyways?

An addictive dashboard developed by Al Jazeera tracks tweets from protestors in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, and Bahrain.

And, in case you missed it on our Tumblr: the sad clown Gaddafi.