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Marc Jampole: Drones dehumanize the enemy and make it easier to go to war

It’s so easy to kill an animated figure on a screen in a video game. And then another, and then another, each of them so realistic in their detail that they could almost be human. 689 more words

War And Peace

Laura Gottesdiener: A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt

The Continuing Depopulation of Detroit

Unlike so many industrial innovations, the revolving door was not developed in Detroit. It took its first spin in Philadelphia in 1888, the brainchild of Theophilus Van Kannel, the soon-to-be founder of the Van Kannel Revolving Door Company. 3,124 more words

Social Justice

Sandy Tolan: The Flute at the Checkpoint

The Everyday Politics of Confinement in Palestine

The SUV slows as it approaches a military kiosk at a break in a dull gray wall. Inside, Ramzi Aburedwan, a Palestinian musician, prepares his documents for the Israeli soldier standing guard. 2,757 more words

Social Justice

To Make a Difference

That is the answer the fools give.

To the question of “why did you decide to do” something.

Whatever they are doing, these fools are only following in the footsteps of other fools. 101 more words

COMMENTARY

Islamic State Slaughters 300 Captives

A statement from the Yazidi Progress Party said 300 captives were killed on Friday in the Tal Afar district near the city(Mosul).

Islamic States continues slaughter. 77 more words

COMMENTARY

Baltimore Police Officers Charged With Murder

From the riots in Baltimore.

See previous post on Rioters.

Some questions:

—  would the officers be charged if they were black?

—  would the attorney general charge them if the supposed victim was white? 77 more words

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Iranian Piracy

Recently, Iranian naval forces seized a ship on the high seas.

An act of piracy.

Nobody does anything.

A non-event.

Evil on the loose.

This is normal for rogue states: 57 more words

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