Tag Archives: CIA

Proving the Need to Resist Government by Shadows

Last night on Interchange I talked with Scott Horton of Harper’s Magazine about government secrecy–more specifically the secrecy of “dark budgets” and “dark operations” and “dark lords”–inherent in the National Security State. [A Power Unto Itself: Scott Horton on the National Security Elite] Horton traces the history of the meaning of “government by the people” […]

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Common Core: Drones and Derivatives

Derivatives and Drones–are they distinguishable? Anti-Empathy Education focused on screened presence. CEO and CIA: Barker and Huckster at home and abroad. Institutions of Debt Creation insulate consequences from those who make them happen.  Absolution by distance. Look, a keystroke destroys communities in Jefferson County, Alabama and Shabwa Province, Yemen. More similar than distinct: Moguls of […]

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Teaching as CIA Cover–Gülen Charter Schools, Dan Burton, and State Secrets

The following continues Doug Martin’s look into the Gülen charter school movement, which began with Islam and the Free Market of Privatized Education: “Friending” the Gülen Charter Schools. Besides noting U.S. charter school connections to the Fethullah Gülen Movement during her testimony in the Schmidt v. Krikorian case in Ohio on August 8, 2009,* former […]

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Robot Ethics: Gesture Without Motion

Robot Ethics?  No such thing of course.  But, here’s the problem, there are robots, there are drones, there are killing machines and spying machines already in operation everywhere (yes, everywhere), some of which are in automated attack mode and make their own “strategic decisions.”  So there is or must be an ethics applied to the […]

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New Yorker Spins a Grimm Fairy Tale: The Monster Hunt for Osama

In the mood for a good monster story, or tired of reading good journalism? (Cue laugh track.) I highly recommend picking up this week’s New Yorker for some good, old fashioned propaganda. In the latest issue of The New Yorker, I found a shockingly abhorrent article about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden: Getting Bin […]

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Glorifying War Shall Not Grow Old

Concerning War Movies (prompted by a conversation about Peter Jackson’s movie They Shall Not Grow Old). In J. D. Salinger’s […]

Cutting Down the Clouds

This winter they are cutting down our woods more seriously than ever,—Fair Haven Hill, Walden, Linnaea Borealis Wood, etc. etc. […]

Representative Texts from Hawthorne to Dickinson

In your daily busyness you are pressed for time to think and often choose instead anesthetization – watching any number […]

Between Hope and Defeat, History and Heaven

“God himself culminates in the present moment.” (Thoreau) What is “now” for? What if you “know” the future? Fairy tales […]

Absolute Solutions Necessary

Only two things to do: 1. zero out carbon emissions 2. exception: all technological and scientific labor exploring new solutions […]

Rachel Carson’s book had no real effect

Facing Global Climate Disruption and the End of Everything All At Once… David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth tries very hard […]