Category Archives: Global War on Terror

Empathy Checklist: Original Sin–It’s Not That Bad!

I attended All Souls Unitarian Church atop Meridian Hill for a few weeks in 2011. (I’m laughing at the depth of my commitment, too.) My family has a spiritual bud, whose roots extend primarily to my maternal great grandmother. In … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, Dressed-Up Livejournal Navel Gazing, Empathy checklist, Fears of ripping off Joan Didion, Fears of ripping off Naomi Klein, Global War on Terror | 4 Comments

History of the 21st Century in Wingdings: Middle Years of the Bush Presidency

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Late-Period Series Drag, With Special Reference to Harold Camping, Gaddafi’s Death, and Invisible Children

I. Around the third movie or series, the story grows but gets insular, insider-y. Mass appeal melts off. People are used to the tropes, the characters. Only your die-hards stay on board, and pay obsessive attention to small details and … Continue reading

Posted in Barack Obama, Disaster Snark, Disastermania, Dressed-Up Livejournal Navel Gazing, Fears of ripping off Joan Didion, George W Bush, Global War on Terror, Invisible Children, Practical Problems for Pacifists, Rapture, Reader-Suggested Signs of the Apocalypse, Vietnam, War In Iraq | 1 Comment

The One World Government Conspiracy Theory Has Homes Across the Political Spectrum (Parts III and IV)

This is a continuation of a crazy-long essay, the first part of which posted on Friday. You can read that first part here.  III. This is the obligatory part of anything on conspiracy theories where Richard Hofstadter’s “Paranoid Style in American … Continue reading

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History of the 21st Century In Wingdings: 9/11

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Sunday Morning Dread and Forgiveness

I was chatting with some friends the other evening, and one of them noted that I seemed really focused on peace and forgiveness lately. That’s true. I already did a “one monthiversary post,” but I’m always down for more personal … Continue reading

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The Darfur Genocide, the Horn of Africa Famine, and the Failure of the Global War on Terror

There are a lot of good reasons to question the logic and effectiveness of the Global War on Terror. Here’s one of them: two of the greatest atrocities of the last decade–the Darfur Genocide and the famine in the Horn … Continue reading

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