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Echoes of 9/11

The attacks in Paris, and most recently the attacks in Brussels, inevitably bring back tremors of the stark terror we felt on September 11th, 2001—now almost fifteen years ago. Most people in New York were scared for months, even years—especially going into skyscrapers, being in places with large crowds and riding the subways. That subterranean river of fear still runs through the subconscious of everyone who was there that day—and what just happened in Brussels taps straight into that fear. Along with the shock and horror we feel for the people in Brussels, there’s the generally unspoken fear that it could easily happen here again. Continue reading

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Heil to the Chief

I can’t say or write anything about Donald Trump that isn’t being said or written everywhere—and, for the most part, by people who are more articulate and informed than I am. But still, since there isn’t anything I can do about him and his followers I feel a need to say or write something—if only to join with other, like-minded souls who are experiencing the same sense of dread and despondency about what’s happening now and what might happen in the future. And I want to write something so I can tell myself, no matter what happens later on, that I didn’t just shake my head, wring my hands and watch this final “reality” show in passive silence. Continue reading

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This is a Job for Superman!

I notice a shift in (relatively sane) people’s attitudes about the political successes of Donald Trump. Even the media seems to have pretty much caught on. He is not an anomaly; not some creature from outer space. He is clearly representing, not the reasonable thoughts, but the feelings of a huge number of Americans who are afraid and angry; people who are looking for a “strong man” to save them from the all the chaos and terrors presented by the world around them and the extreme changes the culture and the economy has undergone in the last couple of decades. Continue reading

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A Visit to the Principal’s Office

Crime, punishment, and a visit to the Principal’s office…
Let us remember those golden years (The Nineteen-Fifties) when there was none of this modern crap about being sensitive to children’s “needs”. I mean, gimme a fuckin’ break, “needs?” The only recognized need a kid had in those days was for the bathroom. If something else was troubling your little ego (like, for instance, neglect, abuse, gender confusion), you were expected to deal with it yourself. Continue reading

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Net Worth in the USA

A quick snapshot of the net “worth” of our current political system. Continue reading

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