Is social media dead… or is it changing its users into the living dead? [...]
It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection. These are the times when maps fade, old landmarks crumble and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread. Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
James Delingpole sarcastically takes the New York Times to task for telling the world about Bush’s secret, illegal and unconstitutional warrantless wiretapping program that spied on innocent people. His 296th Way to Drive a Liberal Crazy is:
296. Praise the Grey Lady for its principled decision in 2005 to expose President Bush’s Terrorist Surveillance wiretap [...]
Well, you didn’t. Nobody else in the USA did either, despite generous dollops of dire prediction. Loads of Americans died yesterday from other causes. Many of those deaths were preventable. No one read their names.
We don’t have the allow the month of the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2011 to be the month that we set the stage for another massacre. We could make this the occasion to take a stand against environmental terrorism by the fossil fuels corporations. More people are being killed by smog every year than were killed in the terrorist attack of September 11. Unfortunately, Barack Obama is standing with Big Oil, and not doing what it takes to defend the American people. [...]
The FBI Crime Clock brings a feeling of urgency to crime statistics by declaring that in 2009, there was “One murder every 34.5 minutes” in the United States. By not figuring in the size of the population in 2009 — some 307 million people — the FBI makes the nation seem to be a more [...]
The pursuit of death is the scent that brings this bee hungry to the bloom.
Back during the oh-so repressive era of George W. Bush, Ben Metcalf was driven to write in Harper’s to ask whether, for having the audacity to declare “I would like to hunt down George W. Bush, the president of the United States, and kill him with my bare hands” he could be imprisoned.
Now, during [...]
Somebody drove an SUV up slightly onto a curb in New York City over the weekend, tried to light it on fire, and failed.
Maybe the person doing this was trying to scare people (“terrorism” is our modern word for “trying to scare people”). Maybe he was deranged. Maybe he was a prankster. We don’t [...]
A letter-writer responds to someone who suggests cutting the military budget to better satisfy “domestic needs”:
Personally, I have a domestic need, as most other people do, to feel safe within my own country, unafraid of attack from without – and filling that need is not without cost.
Too right that is. According to the [...]
The apparently dead subject was shown images of different human faces, which displayed a variety of emotions. A brain scan of a type called fMRI showed brain activity when some of the images were changed. It appeared that the brain, even after death, was perceiving visual images and thinking about the emotional meaning of them in some way. [...]
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