Israel

Shlomo Sand's "The Invention of the Jewish People"

If anything bedevils our world today, preventing great masses of humankind from living in peace, it's the Israel/Palestine conflict. It is a very, very strong belief of most Israeli Jews, many other Jews, and sympathetic pro-Zionists of other religions that Jews everywhere have a right to return to their "homeland" of some 2,000 years ago, from which their ancestors were cast out.

That this "right" interferes with the rights of the "Holy Land"'s indigenous population, both Muslims and Christians, well, that's just the way the ball bounces.

Israel, Palestine, Terror

To assist in understanding what's going on when reading about the Israeli occupation of the West Bank/Jerusalem, and the acts of genocide that are taking place there, I offer the following:

"Terrorism" is a strategy of committing acts to provoke terror in the general population so as to create pressure to effect political change.

Charleston: We DO Love our (White) Killers, don't we?

Dylann thought this, Dylann thought that, Dylann's "manifesto." Dylann opening Christmas presents. Jesus Murphy.

Why do we obsess over our white killers so? We don't obsess like this over the Black ones, do we?

RIP, "blowback"

We're in the process of losing a really good word: "blowback."

How are we losing it? A lot of writers think it's a pretty cool word, and writers like to use cool words. Unfortunately, they don't know what it means. They think it means "reaction."

It doesn't. It's a word invented by CIA operatives to describe the negative, often surprising, consequences that rebound on an actor because of things that actor does in pursuit of their own objectives. It's a very special type of reaction. Here're some examples:

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