Monthly Archives: December 2018

Kurt Huber

I’m watching Verhoeven’s Weisse Rose again. I’m impressed with it every time I see it. Finally got to Forchtenberg a couple weeks ago, which adds a certain resonance. It’s funny how we see the same film differently re-watching over time. I … Continue reading

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Messages to Russia

BBC: A Royal Navy warship which has been sent to Ukraine will send a strong message to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the UK’s defence secretary says. … Crimea used to be part of an independent Ukraine, but it was annexed … Continue reading

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Silver Bullet

Glenn Greenwald: To me, as a lawyer, if you think about why Robert Mueller was appointed, it’s because there were potential crimes committed during the 2016 elections. Thus far, he has indicted no American for any crimes in connection with … Continue reading

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Slack ‘bans users’ who have visited US sanctioned countries

BBC: Some users of communication service Slack have reported their accounts have been closed over visits to countries under US sanctions. The move, which Slack says is to comply with US regulations, is believed to be affecting users who have … Continue reading

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Boot Images

I read 1984 before Brave New World, and my reading about and experience of government oppression inclined me for years to see Orwell’s dystopia as more probable than Huxley’s. This inclination changed somewhat in, oh, the 90s, perhaps, when the end of … Continue reading

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Curzon Line

I had not previously known that the Curzon Line was drawn by Lord George Nathaniel Curzon, and I’m wondering why this is. How often do we use terms for years without ever troubling to research their etymology?

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American Society

US Marine Lieutenant Lyle Jeremy Rubin: An American who leaves for war never leaves America. The war is the society and the society is the war, and one who sees that war sees America. … It is exhausting having to … Continue reading

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Forever Prisoners

Guardian: Saifullah Paracha, the oldest prisoner in Guantánamo Bay, will probably die in detention without ever being charged.

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US Political Discourse, December 2018

BBC: Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to become Speaker of the House when Democrats take over the chamber next month, mocked Mr Trump at a later meeting with colleagues on Capitol Hill. “I was trying to be the mom,” she … Continue reading

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“Identity” Politics

This is a poll headlining moveon.org’s web site today, December 2018. This seems very much a tribal approach with little content, certainly no falsifiable content. I am concerned with the destruction of the liberal democratic state, and the hijacking of … Continue reading

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