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The Church of Teleology

I’ve been thinking about an encounter I had at the gym on Thursday. In the sauna a young man in his mid-20s or so politely asked me as well as the middle-aged man next to me what we did for … Continue reading

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Our Illegitimate Electoral System

Russ Feingold’s Op-ed in the Guardian: Tuesday’s events stem directly from our own illegitimate electoral system, which produced Trump the president. They are the result of voter suppression, dark money in politics, and the esoteric electoral college – all of … Continue reading

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Brown & Root’s Tiger Cages

A consortium of four U.S. construction firms—including Brown & Root, later a part of Halliburton and now KBR—eventually received a contract from the U.S. Navy, paid for through the U.S. Food for Peace Program, to build new cells for Con Son. … Continue reading

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What if you knew her, and found her dead on the ground? How can you run when you know?

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Captured Vietnamese Males

Lengthy conversations with several Vietnam vets and an ex-drone sensor operator’s mention of the Winter Soldier Investigation last week prompted me to pick up Nick Turse’s Kill Anything That Moves today. It’s been decades since I’ve read much on Vietnam, but … Continue reading

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Katyn

I’m reading Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin. I’ve known of Katyn for decades, but only now learned it was just one of a number of sites. Snyder lists Kurapaty, near Minsk, Bykivnia, near Kiev, and Kharkiv in … Continue reading

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Truth, it is said, is war’s first casualty. Memory is its second. Tom Hayden, Hell No: The Forgotten Power of the Vietnam Peace Movement, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017), 17.

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Kitty Genovese/Dr David Dao

This morning I’m thinking about the video of Dr David Dao being dragged off a United plane in Chicago. There’s been worldwide press evaluating and condemning the actions of United Airlines and the Chicago police, but what strikes me is … Continue reading

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Resistance is $45 for general admission

Conversation on Trump resistance: A new event series hosted by The Chronicle called “Chronicle Chats.” This event, “The Future of the Left: Can the Trump Resistance Grow Beyond Protest,” will be led by columnist David Talbot and will feature a … Continue reading

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Fools and Frenchmen

Robert Parry’s piece on the mainstream media reminds us: “The evidence he [Powell] presented to the United Nations – some of it circumstantial, some of it absolutely bone-chilling in its detail – had to prove to anyone that Iraq not … Continue reading

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