August 11, 2018

Is 70 Years Far Enough Away Now?

On August 12, 1948, activists of the Khudai Khidmatgar movement protested against the arrest of their leaders and the new ordinance enforced by the government. The unarmed protesters marched peacefully from Charsadda to Babrra ground. However, when they reached Babrra ground, Abdul Qayyum Khan Kashmiri ordered the police and militia forces to open fire on the protesters. They were killed in hundreds. Some females from the nearby homes rushed to Babrra ground, holding the Quran above their heads intending to stop the police and militia from mass shooting, but even these females were shot. Many dead bodies and some of the injured people were thrown into the Kabul River by the police and militia. Some of the injured drowned in the river. When the police and militia left, the bodies were recovered from the river by their loved ones and taken to Charsadda Bazar, although some dead bodies could never be recovered. About 600 or more Pashtuns were killed in the massacre, while more than a thousand of them were injured. Later on, those who were injured and those whose loved ones were killed in the massacre were fined by the government for the price of the bullets that the government had used in the massacre.


August 04, 2018

July 22, 2018

July 21, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Social Media

True stories took, on average, six times longer than falsehoods to reach at least 1,500 people.

The reason false information does better than the true stuff is simple, say the researchers. Things spread through social networks because they are appealing, not because they are true.

On Twitter, falsehood spreads faster than truth, The Economist, March 10, 2018

July 20, 2018

Cactus Interruptus

Flowering Cactus, October, 2008

Kidnapping Babies As State Policy One Week, Genuflecting before Putin the Next. Are We There Yet?

A good laugh:

With the exception of his Nazi association, Heidegger’s life was relatively uneventful.

Martin Heidegger: The forgetfulness of Being,Times Literary Suplement, July 18, 2018

July 14, 2018

I Suggest Checking His Papers Very Very Carefully Before Letting Him Back Into The Country. Zero Tolerance

How do we know that the person we take to be "Donald Trump" isn't actually a trained impostor cleverly substituted for the original Trump by Russian agents during the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow back in 2013? Doesn't Ian Fleming demand this of us?

We should require DNA testing of the presumed president before letting "Donald Trump" return, just to be on the safe side.

July 06, 2018

Standards And Practices

I would append Dante to every comment deriding Trump and his Republican enablers I ever make now that I've run across it.

Tu stesso ti fai grosso
col falso imaginar, sì che non vedi
ciò che vedresti se l'avessi scosso.

Paradiso, Canto I, lines 88, 89, 90

July 05, 2018

One Hundred Per Cent Outstanding

“I don’t believe them at all,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One, according to pool reporter Todd J. Gillman of The Dallas Morning News. “I believe him.”

“Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I’ve met since I’ve been in Washington,” Trump continued. “I believe him 100 percent. No question in my mind. I believe Jim Jordan 100 percent. He’s an outstanding man.”

Outstanding man, that Jordan.

July 01, 2018

The San Francisco Giants ballclub recorded its 45th victory today by completing a sweep of a three game series in Arizona against the division-leading Diamondbacks. The victory lifted the team to five games over .500 for the season.

Last year, in a season left unremarked if equanamity is to be preserved, the club reached its 45th victory on August 8, never reaching .500 the entire season long.

Presently the lads are five weeks ahead of last year's pace, suggesting that last year's result will be surpassed as well.

Play Ball!

June 29, 2018

Future Treatment

After Roe v. Wade was overturned, the right to an abortion devolved to the states, leaving much of the country without reproductive services of any kind that could be linked to the practice of abortion, and a few more fortunate states where women's reproductive rights continued to be respected.

Thus a ramshackle network of drivers grew up to serve the needs of women who wished to take advantage of services that could only be acquired in an often distant juristiction.

The drivers found themselves targeted by a self-described Christianist militia centered in the Southern states, whose purpose was to distrupt, fatally if necessary, the journey of these women.

SYFY network, 13 episodes…

June 26, 2018

Original Intent

No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, But shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due.

June 25, 2018

Caught In Passing

Bear Up The Hill, September 2, 2007

June 24, 2018

Organizing Principles

The question of whether all the children recently kidnapped from their parents by ICE at the border as a feature of the Trump Administration's zero tolerance policy will ever be properly returned does occur.

I mean, didn't people who run the sort of outfit ICE aspires to be discover long ago that tattooing the arm provides ineradicable indentification?

(A simple bar code on the back of the wrist in this age might easily attach to all manner of information about its bearer, given the ubiquity of bar code reader technology. A properly labelled child would be difficult to lose track of given such a scheme.)

June 22, 2018

Any Headline Is Editorial

Text is always subtext.

Looking at you, journalism…

June 16, 2018


Thanks again, Mr. Joyce.

June 01, 2018

Wait, What?

Pentagon officials said that over the next three years, the Defense Department will take responsibility for all background investigations involving its military and civilian employees and contractors. But according to a U.S. official, the White House is expected to soon give the department authority to conduct security reviews for nearly all other government agencies as well.

Pentagon to take over security clearance checks, Associated Press, May 31, 2018

May 24, 2018


We have the unearned distinction of living contemporaneously with Bob Dylan, an artist whose creations are of such magnitude that from here on out his corpus will live as long as that of Shakespeare. Who in Shakespeare's day suspected his stuff would be carried to the end of whatever English is? But we know now that Dylan's will.

Happy Birthday, maestro.

April 16, 2018

Sean Hannity And The Rule Of Three

Michael Cohen's attorneys have reluctantly revealed, when pressed by Judge Kimba Wood in Federal Court, that Michael Cohen's law practice extends to exactly three clients: Donald Trump, of course, Elliot Broidy, surprisingly, and, after a round of foot-dragging in court today, client number three.

So everyone knows the one about the Irishman, the rabbi and the Scotsman walking into a bar, or the Englishman, the priest and the zen master sharing a parachute, or the president, the adulterer and the broadcaster doing whatever the hell it was they were doing that made them clients of Cohen. The rule of three makes for solid jokes.

April 07, 2018

On A Happier Note

Newly added Andrew McCutchen had a career day at the plate for the San Francisco Giants this evening, going 6 for 7 with 10 total bases, four RBI's, 2 runs, and a game-ending 14th inning three-run walk-off home run. To beat the Dodgers.

In Keeping With Longstanding Practices…

The Quotidian insists it be included on the list.