Category: Culture

The Canon of AlQanon

The Prophecies of Q By Adrienne LaFrance, 2020-05-18T09:41:50-0400   If you were an adherent, no one would be able to tell. You would look like any other American. You could be a mother, picking leftovers off your toddler’s plate. You could be the young man in headphones across the street. You could be a bookkeeper, …

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Ladders

  The Way, the Truth, and the Life   ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled.’ I think we should be honest and face up to the fact that Jesus clearly hadn’t done Introduction to Pastoral Care. If he had, he’d have sat at the Last Supper in an open and accepting posture, almost mimicking …

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Citizens of a failed state

We Are Living in a Failed State By George Packer, The Atlantic special preview: June 2020 Issue   When the virus came here, it found a country with serious underlying conditions, and it exploited them ruthlessly. Chronic ills—a corrupt political class, a sclerotic bureaucracy, a heartless economy, a divided and distracted public—had gone untreated for …

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Trump as a Trojan horse

The Moral and Strategic Calculus of Voting for Joe Biden to Defeat Trump — or Not By Jeremy Scahill, April 20 2020, 12:28 p.m.   Donald Trump ran for president in 2016 on an often ad-libbed and reactionary campaign of hate, greed, xenophobia, misogyny, and racism. He clearly viewed the fact that a black man …

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I will remain

In War-Torn West Beirut American James Ragland Stands By His Troubled School By Mary Davis Suro, People Magazine, July 1982     In the Palestinian stronghold of West Beirut, the streets of the Mouseitbe neighborhood were cratered by shells and littered with garbage. Rifle-toting men stood at the corners, their uniforms changing, street by street, …

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Børre Ludvigsen

I first read Alice’s short statement Monday evening, around 7 PM: “Many of you have already heard this very sad news that I now choose to share here. My brother, Børre Ludvigsen, passed away early this morning. He died peacefully in his sleep, at home; to our complete shock and disbelief. We will miss him …

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Anxiety is rampant

  Boris: I worry about our world Natasha. I especially fear for your country. You are being led by an idiot with no clue. If this virus reaps the whirlwind I fear that it might, it will make mincemeat of your economy and the wider world. I guess I am hoping that you can give …

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