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Meanwhile, While Rome Burns…

Meanwhile, While Rome Burns…

Good ol’ boys down at the bar Peanuts and politics They think they know it all They don’t know much of nothing Even if one of them was to read the newspaper Cover-to-cover That ain’t what’s going on Journalism’s dead and gone The Eagles, Frail Grasp of the Big Picture   Last night, I went over to some friends’ house to watch the news. We chatted and watched the (mainly) Generals on CNN break down the crisis with North Korea….

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Bombs are not Beautiful!

Bombs are not Beautiful!

In floating between networks and the coverage of the strikes the other night, I was watching MSNBC to see Brian Williams gush about delivering the Pentagon’s propaganda video feed. At that moment Arwa Damon was providing some actual analysis of the strikes. Williams cut her off because we all just HAD TO WATCH missiles shooting from Navy ships. We were cut off from informative and relevant to spectacle. The latter superseded the former so much that Damon just had to…

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Preliminary Graph on Motives for Terrorist Attacks in U.S. (1995-2015)

Preliminary Graph on Motives for Terrorist Attacks in U.S. (1995-2015)

Since I am kind of a fan of facts, as opposed to say, “alternative facts” and because I see our conversations about terrorism/violent extremism running afar from the first of these; I decided to dig into the Global Terrorism Database (https://www.start.umd.edu/gtd/) over the last day. I am putting together some (hopefully) informative and accessible illustrations of what the data actually show about the phenomenon generally and specifically within the United States. I am aware that there is a wealth of…

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Armistice Day

Armistice Day

On this day, I honor those individuals who risk their lives and welfare, who sacrifice so much time that could be spent with their families and loved ones, and who give of themselves in so many ways that many of us are unaware of, in order to serve and protect the country that they, and I, love. I recognize you and am grateful. That said, I also want to express that this, the eleventh day of the eleventh month, was…

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