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How Japan's election could change the shaky balance of military power in Asia

Japan goes to the polls this Sunday (July 10) in an election that could eventually lead to the nation changing the pacifist clause of its constitution, turning its defensive army into a fully functioning military for the first time since World War II. 838 more words

Jesus, a Samurai, and a Police Officer Walk into a Mexican Stand-Off...

In the US Army, they will teach you how to fire a gun. You must load it, you must aim it, and you must believe absolutely that you and your fellow soldiers deserve to go home, and that pulling that trigger is the only way that you will. 1,098 more words

Essays

A Novel Cure for the Problem of Toxic Masculinity

David Foster, The Glade Within the Grove (1996)

I bought this book for two reasons: first, its seductively minimalist, Rothko-esque cover (see above), and second, because it bills itself as a “re-telling” of the… 1,690 more words

Insignificance

Comment: black man shot by US police

THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST POSTED ON THIS BLOG ON APRIL 7, 2016.   ALTHOUGH IT DEALS WITH VIOLENCE AGAINST THE MENTALLY-ILL, THE MAIN POINT IS APPLICABLE TO OTHER SITUATIONS AS WELL. 833 more words

I don't want to hurt anyone...

Sound familiar?

I came across a blog post today where someone was interested in boxing but wasn’t so sure due to the fact that they didn’t like to hurt other people. 535 more words

Boxing

SCOTUS Declares End to Conscientious Objector Status for Pacifists

Washington, DC – Following the recent denial by the Supreme Court to hear a religious freedom case brought by pharmacists in Washington state, SCOTUS has issued a 5-3 ruling ending Conscientious Objector (CO) status for pacifists.  122 more words

Politics

After a Murder

While I was driving this morning through the city, I noticed a crime scene taped off on a side road, and the body of a murdered black man laying lifelessly in the middle of it. 331 more words