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Assume Forever-War: Thoughts After Viewing Wounds of Waziristan

There is some contention that in particular cases of cancer, removing tumors, often the only treatment that can extend life by reducing the burden of carrying the disease (thus reducing its effects), actually speeds metastatic action. Especially if the surgery fails to be thorough. It is as if you open a seething sack of baby […]

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The Wages of Progress…

People get interested and involved in issues and dilemmas that primarily affect them personally, physically, specifically.  I get that.  Me too.  Yo tambien. However, it seems to me that a particular injustice or unfairness normally has tentacles that seek to attach themselves in myriad sucking ways to all aspects of life generally. The recent arbitrary […]

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To Be a Man’s Man in a Man’s Machined World

Carrying Forward Joe’s Vision Mormon Scholars Testify–Todd Humphreys Why do I go to church? Why do I believe? Probably not for any reasons that would convince the skeptic. It’s easy to find the illogic and inconsistency in professions of faith. And a Mormon’s testimony, with its references not only to Jesus Christ as our resurrected […]

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Extirpate these Savages

D. H. Lawrence on our Founding Paternalist Improver, Benjamin Franklin!  The ways of Ben’s Providence suits the Improver God in Mammon and Genocide.  Be attentive.  This is America Singing still.  Can’t you hear it in Afghanistan?  Can’t you hear it in Yemen?  Can’t you hear it in New Orleans?  Can’t you hear it in Phoenix, […]

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Drone Killing Is Humanitarian Don’t Ya Know

This is the most vile thing I’ve seen attempting to legitimize drone strikes and to justify the vast expansion of “drones use”–”they’re here to stay”–by Obama. Every other sentence attempts to justify the ambiguity of the sentence prior to it. “In a time of war, civilian casualties are inevitable…relative minimization of civilian casualties.” “Let’s first […]

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Normalizing Your Terrors

I’ve posted several times (see links below) about the use of drones and how we are are almost entirely normalized to them; how our “officials” and “public servants” are already normalized to their use for things like fighting forest fires (thumbs up!) and policing crowds (thumbs down!).  In other words, the drones are in the […]

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De Sade In the Hizzle and Fizzle

Huxley, author of A Brave New World, to Orwell, author of 1984.  The twin totalitarian fictions of the last century.  Which is being realized? Well, my take: We have been living in Huxley’s world since at least the Creel Commission flooded academia with propaganda education and released psy-ops soldiers onto Madison Avenue; but we are […]

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When It’s Time to Look Forward to a New Dark Ages

If this is the future then I am more hopeful for the collapse of our complex society and the depletion of energy resources. The technology is not standing still. Down the road are insect-sized drones that could be mistaken for a housefly or spider, which could slip in under a door-sill to record conversations, take […]

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Wake Up, Anaesthetized and Distracted Morons: Drones Don’t Mirandize

The Banality of the Drone Use in the Police State. Seriously, when are you going to stop caring about how great Spotify is or how happy it makes you that Jon Stewart “gets you,” or how Occupy needs a clear message and agenda, or if Steve Jobs was a genius or just a ruthless corporate […]

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Antipodal Responses to Authority

Recall this from Kropotkin: throughout the history of our civilization, two traditions, two opposing tendencies have confronted each other: the Roman and the Popular; the imperial and the federalist; the authoritarian and the libertarian. Now, regarding a local protest of a recruiting visit at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business by a representative of J.P. […]

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Explanation and Example: Capitalist Nationalism

**Reformist consciousness was famously described by Gramsci as “dual” or “contradictory”; on the one hand accepting the permanence of the […]

Building the Insanity In: Ex Machina

This is not a movie review. This is me thinking about empathy. Last night, lonely little ol’ me sat in […]

Dislodged Giant: Can We Use Stevens to Interpret Dickinson?

You tell me. “I thought that nature was enough” by Emily Dickinson I thought that nature was enough Till Human […]

By Metaphor Alone

Motivation matters. If the scientific method (which we make into the massive all-encompassing abstraction of SCIENCE to compete with the […]

By Force of Law

Nothing new under the sun. Why do you suppose a “Sanders” presidency would change what is described below in Chapter […]

Now You Know What A Horse Is: Views On Education in the 19th Century

Schools are scenes of extreme manipulation and coercion. Our national and state interest in them is less than benign, or […]