This weekend’s big story has been the escalating conflict between Russia and the Ukraine. (What’s up with the muted reaction to the Optic Nerve story?)
It’s a complex situation, but I find that I just can’t move beyond the dread that the United States and Russia could be moving toward a new Cold War.
Yesterday, South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson angrily denounced a proposal to reduce the number of soldiers in the military, saying that the decision “threatens national security.” Representative Wilson seems to have forgotten that not one soldier among the huge number employed by the U.S. military on September 11, 2011 were able to do a thing [...]
Clay Aiken is running for Congress on a platform of increasing military spending. [...]
It’s been over 11 years since the President of the United States has had congressional authorization to go to war in Iraq. We’re told that the war in Iraq is over. However, the authorization to send American soldiers into Iraq is still in effect, and could be used to justify a military return to the [...]
If you saw this walking down your street, what would be your reaction?
It’s a robot called Schaft, built by Google for a competition held by the U.S. military. In this competition, companies seeking to build robots for the military had their machines put through trials to see how well they could perform.
Perform doing [...]
Last night, the Secular Coalition for America sent us the following statistics as part of its call for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to provide for the hiring of nontheistic chaplains in the U.S. military:
Religious Preference of Servicemembers and Chaplains Religious Preference % of all Servicemembers % of all Chaplains None [...]
The only thing that can stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun? Seven thousand men with guns couldn’t stop this one man with a gun from shooting two people he was angry at. [...]
This inscription appears in the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Problems abound with Theodore Roosevelt’s statement, “If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.”. Roosevelt places peace and righteousness at odds with one another; many would say that peace, and nonviolence more generally, [...]
If we only look at the politicians, it’s easy to get discouraged. So many of them promise to act against powerful institutional interests and for the rights of everyday people, then gain office and turn out to do the exact opposite. Watching these politicians is important, if only to prevent their worst excesses, but it [...]
At midnight this weekend, Earthdance participants will dance to the same song all at the same time, and recite a Prayer For Peace in unison. Most of the time, it’s members of military organization that engage in such synchronized movements, marching in lock step to the beat of destruction. [...]