Monthly Archives: May 2016

On Memorial Day, the American Disease

Guardian: “Stupidity is the American disease,” said Norman Mailer, though maybe it’s not so much stupidity as fantasy, a determinedly infantile notion of what it means to go to war.

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UA Flight 23

Just read this and other pages on United Flight 23, which is not mentioned in the 9/11 Commission report. Interesting stuff.

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Hastert’s High School Love

“You know, Mr. Speaker, you and I have a lot in common,” Kean said. “You were a high school history teacher?” “Yes,” Hastert replied. “And so was I,” Kean said, reminiscing about his two-year stint as a teacher at St. … Continue reading

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A Frightening Truth

It occurred to Kean that this might be the commission’s most frightening discovery of all: The emperors of espionage had no clothes. Perhaps the reason the White House had fought so hard to block the commission’s access to the PDBs … Continue reading

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Former US Official Reveals Risks Faced by Internal Critics

Der Spiegel has an interesting article on Günther Rüdel’s grandson and one’s civic responsibility in a criminal state.

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More on assassinating for peace

The Council on Foreign Relations: Mansur’s potential death provides a real-world, real-time ability to test two hypotheses about the policy of killing terrorist leaders. These are based upon the objectives of the strike, according to the Pentagon press release, as … Continue reading

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Assassination as response

The Guardian: “If people want to stand in the way of peace and continue to threaten and kill and blow people up, we have no recourse but to respond, and I think we responded appropriately.” —John Kerry, explaining a US … Continue reading

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What does it mean to be a “B-Bagger Bernie Bro”?

Just had this strange exchange with someone I used to play Chess with in high school: The extent to which it is difficult to conduct political discussions without degeneration into slinging invective disappoints.

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FBI bugging public light fixtures and bus stops

In the paranoid nightmare as reality department, KPIX is running this story saying FBI agents hid microphones inside light fixtures and at a bus stop outside the Oakland Courthouse without a warrant to record conversations, between March 2010 and January 2011.

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Meaning as a function of consequence?

The fact remains that meaning, and its perception, as seen from the logotherapeutic angle, is completely down to earth rather than afloat in the air or resident in an ivory tower….the perception of meaning, as I see it, more specifically … Continue reading

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