Where is each of us embedded? Who lives in your household? What are the relationships of dependency there? The lines of authority? The division of labor? The state of health of each? The psychological state of each? The special needs of each? What responsibilities and worries does each member have? Are some household members risk-takers and others risk-averse? Are some neat, others messy? Some hot-natured, some cold? If there is conflict, how is conflict resolved? Where do the members of that household go to get the inputs for the household and its members — money, food, services, tools, maintenance supplies…


Twenty years ago, Saudi billionaire Osama bin Laden, working with Pakistani tactician Khalid Sheik Mohammad, saw their brainchild — a major strategic strike against the US — come to fruition in a coordinated attack against economic, military, and political targets: Marriott’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and (failed) the US Capitol Building. 2,977 killed, and more than 6,000 injured. Four and a half billion dollars lost in one fell swoop on the WTC alone.

Because bin Laden hid in caves and traded in “religious” discourse he was called a throwback, a savage, a deadly pre-modern vestige. He was anything but…


The hollow point bullet is different from a solid lead bullet, a partially jacketed bullet, and a full metal jacketed bullet.

Hollow point ammunition, as its name suggests, has a hollow anterior tip.

The hollow point, depending on which kind of round, can improve or degrade accuracy; but the point of a hollow point — pun intended — is not flight (accuracy) ballistics, but terminal ballistics.

Terminal ballistics is the study of the action of a bullet on a living target, sometimes called an animal or human being.

The hollow point on hollow point ammunition is designed to produce a…


We have a Jeep. A 2010 Liberty. We had a Chevrolet S-10 four-cylinder before, which was great when I was doing freelance yard work, laboring for a permaculture project, and doing lots of gardening . . . but my boat — a 12-foor Meyer aluminum lake boat with zero bells and whistles — put a strain on the four-cylinder. We needed the six-cylinder to pull the trailer . . . also, this is Michigan, and we use the second axle on heavy snow-and-ice days . . . …


Male supremacy, in history, is challenged by the destabilization of various masculinities, but this challenge is never met with abandonment, only reframing. The response to any destabilization of one masculine archetype is to reseat male power in a new archetype, in much the same way the church over the centuries has recast its rationale for the exclusion of women.

It is no accident that films like Dirty Harry (1971) and Death Wish (1974) came on the scene — nihilistic splatter-flicks featuring a lone male avenger and set inside the United States — just as the U.S. was seeing the inevitability…


“Twenty veterans a day commit suicide in the US.”

How often have you seen this statistic? The subtext is that these veterans are (1) traumatized by their war experience, or (2) mistreated by “the system.” The sub-sub-text is that veterans sacrificially served our god, The Nation, and so are entitled to a special reverence that is scandalously absent in “our treatment” of veterans. It’s not like twenty people a day commit suicide in the US, and that’s terrible; but like twenty of our holy people commit suicide.

Actually, in the US, the average daily suicide tally (not just veterans) is…


excerpt from Borderline

L-R, Kevin Tillman and Pat Tillman

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

— 2 Timothy 2:15

Girl Story

[Jessica] Lynch, a 19-year-old supply clerk, continued firing at the Iraqis even after she sustained multiple gunshot wounds and watched several other soldiers in her unit die around her. . . . “She was fighting to the death,” the official said. “She did not want to be taken alive.” (Schmidt and Loeb, “She Was Fighting to the Death,” paras. 2–3.)

Susan Jeffords, in her essay…


European starling

Invasions

A few years ago, I worked for the Adrian Dominican Sisters at their motherhouse campus. We were experimenting with permaculture design. For those who may not be familiar, its a land use design methodology aiming at the synthesis of increased biodiversity to create sustainable, food-forage-fuel-yielding mini-ecologies, employing a kind of extended conversation between land and steward.

We did little tours and presentations, and we had volunteer work parties from the adjacent university; and inevitably I got questions about “preserving native species” and ridding ourselves of “non-native, invasive” species. …


Never thought I’d put that in a title.

I don’t like Joe Biden. I think his working class shtick is as phony as a street corner Rolex. He’s a liar. He’s a corporate sycophant. He’s a masher creep around women and girls. And he’s kind of an asshole in general (I know, takes one to know one). His political record is one long disaster. But . . .

. . . Joe Biden did not screw up with Afghanistan. He made the cleanest getaway possible, and this was altogether the right thing to do, no matter the fallout. There was…


This is a picture of John Lennon, a dead musician who has nothing whatsoever to do with this article.

Looking back now over almost seventy years, I think of all the ways in which I imagined how things might turn out for me as I trod the thorny pathways of life. If I’m honest about those many fantasies — because that’s what imagination is, after all — not one single time has any of those smoky suppositions turned out the way I thought it would . . . or even materialized. I could be projecting my own experience of imagination onto everyone else, but I doubt it. …

Stan Goff

Author of the books “Hideous Dream,” “Full Spectrum Disorder,” “Borderline,” “Mammon’s Ecology,” “Tough Gynes,” and “Smitten Gate.”

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