Monthly Archives: September 2013

Conflict Humor: Go Home

From our Friends in Occupy Portland And here are the legendary Navajo code talkers who helped the US military so much in appalling conditions in World War 2 by communicating in ways the Japanese could not understand See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_talker

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The Terrifying Nuclear Autumn of 1983 by Alexander Zaitchik

I don’t know a single one of my friends who realizes how close we came to nuclear war in 1983. They know about the Cuban Missile Crisis but the far worse, higher risk and much more nuclear armed world of … Continue reading

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Quarto: Conflict Poem by Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)

Quarto June 8, 2009 1. Call me Sebastian, arrows sticking all over The map of my battlefields. Marathon. Wounded Knee. Vicksburg. Jericho. Battle of the Overpass. Victories turned inside out But no surrender Cemeteries of remorse The beaten champion sobbing … Continue reading

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Visualizing the Real Cost of War

I think this is an incredible piece of conceptual art covered in the UK Daily Mail: artists stenciling nine thousand bodies onto Normandy beach to memorialize D-Day losses in 1944 to mark Peace Day. See also http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2429903/Peace-Day-Reminder-millions-lives-lost-war-artists-stencil-9-000-bodies-Normandy-beach.html By  Aaron Sharp … Continue reading

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Is Game Theory Nothing but a Fable?

I have always found Game Theory that was invented by John Von Neumann pretty useless in any conflict situation that I have faced. And I have found the applications I have read about suggest many other people find it useless … Continue reading

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McCain Accuses Obama of Thinking Before Using Force

  I liked this piece in the New Yorker by Andy Borowitz at: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2013/09/mccain-accuses-obama-of-thinking-before-using-force.html WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) was harshly critical today of President Obama’s nationally televised address about Syria this week, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “The … Continue reading

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Chess: Syria, Russia, and the USA

Summary of the Syrian Crisis: Russia is good at chess, the US President and his party are learning fast, and the US Republican Party deny chess exists.

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