Monthly Archives: August 2013

Intervention in Syria probably a bad idea

With all signs indicating that the United States is gearing up for an attack on Syria, it is worth taking a moment to consider the pros and cons of yet another military intervention in the Middle East. While there is an understandable urge to “do something” in response to the tragic violence being perpetrated by […]

Manning’s biggest revelation of all

As much hay as the government has made about the supposed damage done to the United States by Pfc. Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning’s massive leak of classified documents to WikiLeaks three years ago, you might think that those revelations were the biggest breach of U.S. national security in American history. Manning’s sentence of 35 years […]

Nothing to hide

Whenever the subject of government surveillance comes up, the refrain I most often hear is, “If you have nothing to hide, what’s there to worry about?” This attitude strikes me as wrong on so many levels, it boggles my mind that so many otherwise intelligent people would freely offer it as a justification for their […]

Is “Doomsday Preppers” prepping us for the doomsday?

If you haven’t seen National Geographic’s series “Doomsday Preppers” yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s a reality show that profiles the lifestyles of the “prepper” community, highlighting the preparations being made by individuals who are convinced that an apocalyptic scenario is on the verge of breaking out across America. The tone of the […]

Propaganda is …

Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship. — Noam Chomsky