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Musings on Various Encounters around Holocaust Remembrance Day

With Holocaust Remembrance Day just passed, I again had reason to look at how we have come up with new ways of Holocaust denial that no longer include denying the Holocaust happened. I talked about this subject before. I encountered some newer techniques recently, that intentionally or unintentionally, serve to dilute the historical import of the Holocaust, or even of history itself.  I wandered across some other things too. So, I’ve decided to meander my way through my various thoughts on the tidbits I have seen recently.

 

I’ll start off with some modern-day reminders that anti-Semitism remains alive and well and end with some dissection of an argument against the history of the Holocaust, or any history for that matter, having value at all.  Sit back but hold on. You are in for a long and winding ride.  Much like I did when I talked about Blade Runner 2049.

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Owl’s Two Cents: Don’t Pass a Law to Protect Robert Mueller

Dear Congress. Trust me.  Don’t bother trying to pass a law protecting Robert Mueller.  Take my word for it. No matter your party, it’s not worth it.

 

Look, I get it. I know the Democrats are up in arms because they think Mueller is going to put them out of their Trump misery. I know the Republicans are afraid they need to protect Trump from himself.  I know what I am suggesting must sound like utter blasphemy to some of you.

 

But hear me out.

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Everyday Critical Thought Exercises: Qatar and Meme Propaganda

Based on recent reporting on Qatar, I thought I’d offer some basic advice on handling memes we encounter.  Hint: today let’s add exercising caution into our daily routines.

 

From time to time, I’d like to start posting a few shorter articles on thinking more critically based the kinds of things we encounter in our everyday. Like memes, advertisements, headlines, and so on.

 

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Orange Snow, Black Blizzard: All Just Dust in the Wind

Orange snow is not the result of eating too many Cheetos or drinking too much SunnyD.  Surprising, I know.  Instead, the answer my friend is blowing in the wind. All just dust in the wind. And for me, a bit of a blast from the past.

 

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Tillerson’s Out – Trump Keeps Proving My Hypotheses

Some ramblings from this morning’s news.  Not my usual.

 

Tillerson’s gone.  In kicking him to the curb, Trump once again proves some hypotheses I have been testing.  To be honest, I would rather he wouldn’t keep doing that.   I would be okay with being proven wrong.

 

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For My Mother’s Sake, Stop Suggesting Arming Teachers Is the Fix

My mother compelled me to write this. Over the last week, the students from Stoneman Douglas High demanded that, for once, constructive action be taken about gun violence. As I heard the same, tired, useless arguments hurled back at them, I found myself weeping and crushed. It took me until today to realize why I feel so badly this time.  My mom, the teacher. I am writing for her, because she can’t do it for herself.

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Remind Me Why We Even Need Security Clearances, Mr. Kushner

Oh heck no.  Today, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders assured reporters that, regardless of whether Jared Kushner can get a permanent security clearance or not, he will continue to do the work he has been doing all along for the White House.  Which means that if Chief of Staff John Kelly’s Friday night memo is enacted, Kushner would be operating without any security clearance. And that’s A-Okay with the White House.

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Sobering Thoughts: Mass Shootings, Guns, and Bringing Prohibition into the Picture

We’ve had another mass shooting in America. Another school shooting.  I’ve written about this and guns previously. I’ve never gotten much of a reaction to what I wrote, so I guess it barked up the wrong tree. This time, I thought I’d just express some thoughts bouncing off the walls in my head about guns and Prohibition, with no definitive conclusions. Continue reading

Rejecting the Assault on Truth and It Getting Subtle with Holocaust Denial

Our current technology and society have converged to provide more ways than ever to assault the truth and persuade people to accept alternate realty as fact. I also believe they provide us with more means than ever to push back against that assault. However, today I encountered one more assault.  A subtle variation on Holocaust denial, that doesn’t deny the Holocaust.  And my heart hurts.

 

Warning: This post contains some graphic, or disturbing photos.

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Mixing Things Up a Bit: New Ways to Celebrate Old Holidays

Remember Festivus, a holiday for the rest of us, from Seinfeld? Well, this year provides a unique opportunity to start up some new traditions out of old holidays. And this time, the celebrations can be for all of us. Continue reading

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