As you’re probably aware, Republican Party governors across the United States are declaring that they don’t want any Syrian refugees coming into their states because there might be a secret terrorist sneaking in among them, posing as a refugee.
It’s tempting to try to find empirical evidence to the contrary, to consult profiles of refugees […]
The time has come to let the Patriot Act die, completely and finally. […]
While it’s fair to say that more Republicans than Democrats have been caught up in the panic over Ebola in the United States, the Ebola freakout is not an entirely partisan phenomenon. In a recent debate for the Maine 2nd District Congressional race, Democratic candidate Emily Cain was asked the question, “What should government be […]
As J. Clifford noted earlier today, the school board in the tiny community of Strong, Maine put a teacher on a 21-day leave because that teacher had…
… recently taken a plane flight to Dallas, Texas for an educational conference.
Yes, that’s all. Because the teacher had taken a plane flight to Dallas for […]
Fears of the Ebola virus are provoking remarkable displays of xenophobia from right wing Americans. Here at Irregular Times, for example, we’ve seen comments that Ebola has been brought into the USA by people crossing the border with Mexico, though no such thing has ever has been documented.
Over at the conservative conspiracy theorist site […]
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 FBI maintains an ominous website seemingly devoted to giving Americans the heebie-jeebies. It’s called The Crime Clock, and for the most recent year of published U.S. statistics (2009) it reads like this:
One murder every 34.5 minutes One forcible rape every 6.0 minutes One robbery every 1.3 minutes One aggravated assault every 39.1 […]
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 […]
Every time I get a paper cut on my hands, I’m at risk of dying from an infection that progresses to gangrene. I don’t respond, however, by taking a constant regimen of antibiotics, just in case I get a paper cut. My body’s semipermeable borders put me at risk, but I’m okay with that. […]
People are indeed in danger, but mostly we’re not in danger because of terrorism. Far greater are the threats that come from the way that our lives have been redesigned in order to support a large population through technology. Many more lives would be saved, and much more suffering would be eliminated, if our federal government spent less time worrying about Homeland Security, and more time considering how to make our homes more secure from the dangers of day-to-day exposure to the dangerous artifacts of our technological society. […]
The greatest violent threat from a weapon to an American commercial flight since the passage of the law allowing pilots’ guns on board airplanes has come from one of those guns. It’s a powerful example of how the extreme measures the Homeland Security regime has taken in order to help people feel safe have actually put Americans in harm’s way. […]