Peace and Justice Files
One of the little things I find particularly annoying online is when someone posts some dire bit of news and then solemnly intones, “AND SO IT BEGINS…” like some character from Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones.
Usually, the “it” refers to some apocalyptic scenario that the writer has apparently been anticipating for years, with this one story representing the first falling domino leading to the inevitable doom. Read more
PLAUSIBLE NEWS SERVICE, “Keeping Ahead of Reality Since 2001”
NEW YORK, NY (Plausible News Service) — Based on well-placed industry sources, Plausible News Service has learned that a major announcement will be forthcoming shortly from the world’s leading powers, concerning their collaboration on the long-anticipated blockbuster “World War III.” Read more
It doesn’t matter how careful you are. You can take all the precautions you like, but injuries will still happen.
We childproofed our house to a fare-thee-well—all outlets covered, drawers latched, sharp table corners covered with those little rubber bumpers. But all that was to no avail when our infant daughter crawled under the coffee table and then tried to stand. For a few seconds, her wails might have made you think the world was on fire. But she soon got over it, and set off on her next adventure. Read more
The summer weather—hasn’t it been lovely, for the most part? The warm, clear days, the cool nights… the chirps of birds and peepers… sitting outside, your head on someone’s lap, looking up at the stars in an August night sky, the sound of a river in the distance, a thought might occur to you:
How is it that we are still here?
Seriously, now, think about it: as of a few days ago, it’s been 70 years, nearly three-quarters of a century, since the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Read more
After opening to overflow audiences in South America, the biggest blockbuster of 2015 is about to hit the USA—and no, it has nothing to do with superheroes battling a psychopathic robot. This event, which will be coming to only three American cities, promises to be even bigger than the Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” concerts, or Neil Young’s return to Bethel Woods.
I am referring, of course, to the coming papal visit in September. Read more
(Screwtape is a very high-level—or perhaps one should say very low-level—executive devil, in charge of the demonic “sales force” in North America. Readers of C.S. Lewis’ classic “The Screwtape Letters” may recognize Screwdisk as Screwtape’s descendant. Here, Screwdisk reports to his “lower-downs.”)
From: Screwdisk, Executive VP Sales, HellCorp North America
To: Infernal Board of Directors, HellCorp HQ, 9th Circle, Hades
Re: Monthly SWOT [strength, weaknesses, opportunities, threats] Report Read more
I hope everyone had a happy Easter/Passover/Spring Equinox season… to the extent that such a thing was possible, at least, given all the religiously-themed squabbling that’s been going on recently. Cries of religious bigotry and even fascism have been flying back and forth—over, among other things, whether or not bakers have the right to refuse customers based on their religious beliefs. Read more
It was a fair enough question, really.
I had just posted some well-reasoned and salient comments (or so I thought) to Facebook about some miscellaneous, transient political thing of little actual import or impact—oh yeah, those emails of Hillary’s—and one of my correspondents called me on it, to wit:
“Why don’t you put this much thought into making your LOCAL politics better and stop the distraction of the big media?” Read more
It’s not often you’ll hear me approving of news out of Arizona. The state that gave us Evan Meacham and Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not usually thought of as a birthplace for interesting ideas. But they’ve recently introduced a new requirement: to graduate from high school, all students must pass a civics test similar to the one given those seeking naturalized citizenship.
At first glance, I like the concept very much. Americans’ general ignorance of the way their system works is legendary, and anything that encourages greater civic awareness is a good thing in my book. Read more
Greetings, readers out there in the future... don’t mind me, I’m still mired back here in the middle of last week, vainly trying to make some sense out of the terrorist attack on the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. By the time you read these words, you will know a lot more than I do at the moment about the eventual outcome of the situation—but I would wager that we won’t have any better ideas about what we should do in its aftermath. Read more