He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair. And that’s a very sad moment in the history of the nation because we are—we’re an empire in decline. Our culture is in increasing decay. Our school systems are in deep trouble. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our leaders are more and more bought off with legalized bribery and normalized corruption in Congress and too much of our civil life.
Palestinians try to salvage religion books from the Martyr Imam Hassan al-Banna mosque in Zeitoun neighbourhood in Gaza City, after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike on Aug. 9, 2014. (Dusan Vranic/AP)
It is comforting to know that I am not fighting this Battle of the Bulge alone. In a recent and very unscientific Facebook survey a friend polled her community by asking, “Eating more or eating less because of the ‘situation’?” The answers varied, but most came to the conclusion that war is bad for your waistline.
Rachel Weinstein in her Times of Israel blog post titled, "Does This War Make Me Look Fat?"
They’re killing innocent civilians by the thousands (many of whom are children), and yet these people are so comfortable — comfortable in their living conditions, comfortable in their nationalistic superiority, and comfortable in the righteousness of their religious ideology — that what they’re worried about is how “the situation” is causing them to put on a little extra weight from all the binge eating.
Marie Antoinette may never have actually uttered the phrase, “Let them eat cake,” but this blog post is very real, and if you’ve ever wanted a living, breathing example of the banality of evil, here it is. (via coketalk)
the most upsetting thing about this article is that it’s not even surprising. for extra irony, think about how israel has put all of gaza on a “diet” by restricting calories allowed in. (via bloglikeanegyptian)
dreaminginwaves: Pawel Kuczynski’s
Israelis watch the latest military activity towards Gaza on August 2, 2014. (Siegfried Modola/Reuters)
Children collect books from the rubble of the destroyed Imam Shafi’i mosque on August 2, 2014. (Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)
From Colbert and Oliver to Sarah Silverman and Louis CK, comedians are torching anti-science activists with aplomb
Blue-Eyed Boy by Robert Timberg has been voted one of Amazon’s best books of the month!
IN 1966, Robert Timberg was a short-timer, counting down the days until his combat tour ended. He had thirteen days to when his vehicle struck a Vietcong land mine, resulting in third-degree burns over much of his face and body.
He survived, barely, then began the arduous battle back, determined to build a new life and make it matter. Remarkable as his return to health was—he endured thirty-five operations—perhaps more remarkable was his decision to reinvent himself as a journalist, one of the most public of professions.
This is a gripping account of what it took for an ambitious man to begin a new life amid the pitying stares and shocked reactions he encountered on a daily basis.