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Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Sorry for the lack of new material, but we’ve had people on vacation and one family tragedy, and haven’t been able to get new articles posted for the last week or so. We’ve regrouped and will start posting tomorrow. Expect the usual high-quality articles from

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When Friends Fight About Ideas

Friday, December 26th, 2008

By Phyllis Chesler

I have to get this off my chest or I will explode. This is my therapy session. Today, I am truly a blogger.

The internet seems to incite cowards to strike-and-flee, often under assumed names. They have no shame and no manners. I accept this as par for the course at the hands of strangers. In addition to kind words, praise, and some admiration, I am also used to a certain amount of vitriol, sarcasm, thinly veiled anti-Semitism, and to more overt demonizations of Israel, America, feminism, or of one political party over another. … (Continue reading…)


Musings on a Rainy Afternoon: From Myanmar to Celebrity-Gods

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

By Phyllis Chesler

I cannot imagine the suffering of those in Myanmar who have just lost their loved ones, their homes, and their health – to the weather. May God have mercy upon them. Thus far, humanity has not risen to the occasion. The same United Nations that would not “intervene” to save the victims in Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Congo, or Darfur are not saving those condemned to death, not by an earthquake, but by their own leaders in Myanmar.


Sailing straight into harms way

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

A personal, historical anecdote

By Cainnech Ó Sullibhain

Our ship the M/V Ganges (London Registry) had just left the port of Tsamkong, China after unloading general cargo, when we were ordered by our head office in London, England to proceed to Cairns, Queensland, Australia. We had just made it to the South China Sea to discover that we did not have enough fuel to proceed. The master of the ship was a young man who, at 23 years of age, received the MBE from King George VI for saving the lives of his life boat crew after their ship was sunk by a German U-boat in the mid Atlantic in 1942.


Sorry for not posting…

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

By Andrew L. Jaffee

I want to apologize to my regular readers for not posting over the last several days. My mother is in a hospital dying. Things have been very stressful, but friends and family are helping out. Please bear with me as I work through this. This site is a long-term venture, and I fully intend to get back to posting as I work through the healing process.

Thanks for your patience.


Sunday, March 5th, 2006

Donnel Jones

An ocassional guilty pleasure is tabloid gossip, especially the devilish anti-idolatarian spite of Matt Drudge when he spits in Hollywood’s direction, as well as the pointless intrigue of self-absorbed nitwits in that town who aspire to political discourse and, yes, even greatness.

Not to be disappointed, I find Front Page of New York Daily News has published Spike Lee’s take down of Condi Rice.

Here’s his only “fact finding” piece of his rant:

“People say, ‘She’s so successful’ and ‘Look at her position as a black woman.’ She is a black woman who grew up in Birmingham, Ala., and said that she never experienced a day of racism in her life,” Lee tells the April issue of Stuff magazine.


Critical Mass

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Donnel Jones

After Hamas won the Palestinian parliamentary elections and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, if there erupts a civil war in Iraq, it will be safe to say, and painfully apparent to a neo-con like me, that the Bush Doctrine is dead as a door nail, hammered and killed by history as was international socialism before it. Well, at least the thought was nice.

Let’s pray the Iraqi people are not a casualty of their fate and choose to stay the near impossible course toward democracy.

What’s left of my neo-con bias is only my hope.

A Quandary to Our Queries

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Before going on to my post, I want to announce that I am back bloging for netWMD on my usually erratic schedule, which, even so, is more stable now that I have finally found a very rewarding and good paying job. No more horrible stress and distractions. I will also be quite busy but not too much to keep me from dropping by here and there to raise some hell. I thank my dear and life-long friend and netWMD colleague, Drew, for making this forum possible for me and others. Kudos to him, as always, for his hard work. He also has a full life beyond this blog but manages to find time to make it work full-time. Don’t know how the man does it!

Now for a ltitle business.

There’s a lot being said about Bush’s wiretapping without a warrant. However, this intrusion into our privacy is nothing new. According to Drudge, Clinton did it and so did Carter. Clinton “authorized to approve physical searches, without a court order” during what it now falsely deemed the golden age of peace during the fat 90s, when our current and real enemies were planning death in secret. So why did Clinton seek such a broad extention of his executive powers? Bush at least has done so with the war against Islamism as an alibi. Ditto for Carter during the Cold War.

Goverment intrusion into our private lives is a serious problem, especially during wartime when we want our government to protect us against our enemies. But the bigger problem, I think, is something none of us really wants to entertain for too long, and that is, we live in an age of instantaneous communication and intrusive information-gathering: citizen to citizen as well as government to citizen. It is in the nature of our current technologically progressive age (perhaps unprecedented in world history over the past 50 years?) that we have less and less privacy. There seems to be no way to reverse this trend, which will most likely continue with every advance we find good for the betterment of our material lives.

If we live in an age where information and communication are literally at our fingertips and promises to make them only more so in short order, then are we not also all the more vulnerable to being the “object” of information-gathering? To what degree can we keep our government, any government, from using against us the very technology we hold dear? We seek and are sought, we query and are queried, we snoop and are snooped on—in an instant. We will be harmed by what benefits us. Our new gadgetry of luxuries and accumulated necessities will turn on us at the most inopportune time and when we least expect it.

The stakes are high because we are fighting a war and the government does need to gather intelligence. Bush is shrill to claim the New York Times is aiding the enemy by exposing his abuse of wiretapping. That kind of rhetoric will get him nowhere. Better for him to have his political enemies vent and rave. That always seems to work with middle-roaders like me who realize the Dems have no way of knowing how to win office and have every chance when Bush looks bad to bring him down but only manage to look more stupid in trying to do so.

Back to the future: technology is here to stay unless a critical mass of people become Luddites and smash the computers. Fat chance. I love mine and am using it now so you can read this on yours. Just so you don’t get too carried away with this now taken-for-granted luxury, remember that there are other pairs of eyes watching you. . . .

Do I mean to say throw up your arms and do nothing? No, of course not. Yet let’s not forget that the sword has two edges and that it is wiser in this case to keep the sharp side away from us as much as possible. I don’t feel less safe that Bush’s wiretapping has been exposed. We can still find and kill or capture the enemy. I just want to make sure a wartime necessity is not abused so we can secure as much freedom for our lives as possible after our enemies are already dead and buried.


Dalai Lama: Smarter than the average swami

Sunday, November 6th, 2005

From Japan Today entitled “Dalai Lama endorses just wars:”

Waging war for the cause of freedom can be justified but not in the case of Tibet’s dream of autonomy from China, the Dalai Lama told an audience at a U.S. university on Saturday. …

The allied victory in World War II “saved Western civilization,” and conflicts fought in Korea and Vietnam were honorable from a moral standpoint, the 14th Dalai Lama said in answer to questions.

But he ruled out armed struggle for Tibet’s grievances with the Chinese government.

“In the case of Tibet versus China, violence is almost like suicide,” the Dalai Lama said. “If violence, then bloodshed. Bloodshed means more casualties among the Chinese and, again, more hatred.” …

Asked about the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, he said it would take a few years before it becomes clear whether the U.S. military action was the right course of action.