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Fail Safe: 1964: Really? 50 years ago?

Just a little movie thing, still creeps me out. I was doing Duck and Cover long before this came out.

1964

NPM: "Grass" by Carl Sandburg

I’m not a fan of war.

I am a fan of Carl Sandburg.

Grass by Carl Sandburg

Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo. 64 more words

Poetry

Mish/ Mike Shedlock - Talk Of Bloodless Coup In Donetsk; European Countries Resent US Tone; Low Hopes For Peace Talks; War, What Is It Good For? - 17 April 2014

Another bloodless coup in Ukraine is underway. This time, it’s in the Donetsk region.

Should it come to that ending, it would be the third Ukrainian coup in a matter of months (counting the ouster of former president Viktor Yanukovych followed by the coup in Crimea). 963 more words

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The inconvenient fact that words mean things

Reihan Salam has a very Hot Take in Slate, “Why I Am Still a Neocon,” in which he says he is still a neoconservative because, well, here’s what he wrote: 1,177 more words

America Fuck Yeah

NPM: 500 Words On...War, What It's Good For, and Wilfred Owen

War, huh, yeah: what is it good for? Absolutely nothing. (x50)

Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? 105 more words

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Dreaming up wars for (other) young men to die in

The title of this post is borrowed from George McGovern, who famously said “I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.” Nowadays we’d presumably say “people” rather than “men,” partly because it’s much more common today than it was in McGovern’s heyday for women to serve and die in our military right alongside men, but mostly because I hope we realize by now that no war, at least no modern war, has ever just killed “men.” They don’t just kill the folks who choose to serve, either, or the people we’re fighting against. 1,413 more words

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