Alien

August 26, 2017

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I should have realized years before that I was an alien, but I was always in denial. Growing up in Southern Indiana in the 70s, I thought I didn’t fit in because I was the only Jewish kid. But it was more than how the others treated me; I didn’t like anything the other kids were into. All the other students would attend the assemblies to cheer on the football team. I’d slip into the band room office, stack plastic chairs onto a desk, push open a ceiling tile, pull myself up into the crawlspace, and sneak my way over the assembly hall to wait it out. I never got caught because no one ever noticed I was missing.

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Be Afraid! But Not of North Korea

August 11, 2017

Every government loves to have an enemy to rally their people against. It’s especially useful for the consolidation power by an unpopular regime.

But here are some reasons your fear of the latest US bogeyman, North Korea, is misplaced.

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Words we need to make it through the next year

July 16, 2017

 

Junioring: The act of claiming innocence by stupidity

Internyet: Russian use of the internet to veto an election 

Fakicity: Obvious artificiality and fakeness presented by people pretending to be authority figures

Flerp: To pass on a brain activity due to media overload. Example: In response to a question about the Trump-Russia conspiracy,  “I flerp on that,” “I flerp,” or simply, “flerp.”

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Little Things That Piss Me Off

July 13, 2017

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  • Calling soldiers “Warriors,” like they fight for the Greco-Roman Empire
  • Calling the country the “Homeland,” like its an island fortress where our species first emerged and must stay to survive, surrounded by hostile alien vampire globs

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The American Myth of Goodness

July 2, 2017

Barack Obama was the master of stirring rhetoric evoking our nation’s imperfect past rooted in a perfect ideal. Everything was always framed in a way to excuse our flaws as hiccups on the path toward “a more perfect union,” answerable to “the better angels of our nature.” Genocide against First Americans? Hundreds of years of chattel slavery? Jim Crow, Red Scare, the Iraq War… all anomalies. After all, here in America our founding gods, er, fathers, believed that all people (at the time they just referred to them as “men”) were created equal. We are the shining beacon of light on the hill, blah, blah, blah.

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The United State of Trump

June 2, 2017

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Countries are at their most dangerous when their empires are in decline. That’s when authoritarian leaders gain power, with rhetoric about the rest of the world not taking them seriously anymore. We are seeing the first sign of this alarming development now, with Trump fantasizing that world is “laughing at us,” and that we have to assert our sovereignty. As US global influence diminishes, I fear that we are in for a sickening transformation of our nation into a a petty, belligerent, whiny country constantly looking for ways to assert its power for the sake of its own ego.

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Stray Thoughts

May 14, 2017

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I don’t have anyone to talk to. Pathetic, I know. So, instead, I am sharing some random things on my mind with the 5 or so people who will accidentally stumble across this post! That’s not pathetic at all!

  1. Julian Assange’s personal vendetta against Hillary Clinton dovetailed with Vladimir Putin’s, and Wikileaks became a partisan political tool used by actors in one powerful corrupt state against actors in a rival state. This is a blow to all of us out of power who had once seen Wikileaks as a great leveler, who’s enemy was state secrecy and abuse of state power.
  2.  I’m Jewish, but I can’t stand this BS reasoning from some of my Jewish friends and relatives that Israel belongs to the Jews because it was their biblical home. I mean, to hear this from someone living in North America where the indigenous people lived for tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of years before Europeans colonized the continent is just a bit inconsistent to say the least. Plus, come on – this whole tribalism is belied by the genetic reality that we are all mixes of many different peoples from many different lands. At the very least, Jews in Israel who think they were the first inhabitants should do some research to find out if any of the descendants of the people they conquered 2,500 years ago to occupy what is now Israel are still around – I would think those people should get first dibs on that piece of real estate.
  3. You know what would be really funny? Spend more money on your military than the next 8 nations combined, drop a couple of nuclear bombs on civilian populations, become the biggest arms exported the world has ever known, invade more countries than any other nation in history, conduct joint military exercises with the arch rival of a tiny dictatorship, right off the shores of that dictatorship, demonstrating your ability to invade and occupy that dictatorship, base your soldiers in the territory of that same arch rival, bordering the little dictatorship, enforce world wide sanctions against the dictatorship to strangle its economy, install a missile defense system in that border ally that would make a first strike more feasible, and then threaten to bomb the poor, tiny dictatorship for having the gall to test their own missile! That would be funny.
  4. I think the time is right to start the “Mike Pence, please don’t pardon Donald Trump” petitions. Events move quickly.

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