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Every people-group is guilty of dehumanizing their enemies, of course, but just as my seven year-old’s angry verbal abuse is less threatening than a grown man holding a gun issuing the same abuse, when the ones doing the dehumanizing are a powerful nation history teaches us to really be frightened. You see, despite the reputation of so-called barbarians, through history the bloodshed committed by empires like Rome, the British, and yes we Americans vastly outweighs the violence done by relatively less powerful, less “civilized” cultures. As a simple case in point we have inflicted, by the most conservative of estimates, at least 50 times as many civilian deaths in Iraq since 9/11 as were inflicted upon us. Since the imbalance in the ledgers is readily apparent we have to convince ourselves that the violence committed by these less powerful groups is of a different character than the violence we sew. We’re violent, sure, but our violence is somehow civilized while theirs is barbaric. To maintain our willful ignorance we sanitize the violence done by our society. Our cameras show only buildings exploding from afar. We create euphemisms like “Enhanced Interrogation” to hide our use of torture from ourselves.

Why ISIS Beheading People Isn’t Barbaric | Two Friars and a Fool

The Reverend Aric Clark, bringing the fire.

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EMBIGGEN! or, Why Kamala Khan Is The New Peter Parker

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Kamala Khan isn’t the first character to go by the name ‘Ms. Marvel’, and I suspect she won’t be the last. However, her place amongst the figures of our modern Marvel mythology stands out for a good many reasons. First and foremost, Kamala is the first Muslim character…

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Ignoring your passion is slow suicide. Never ignore what your heart pumps for. Mold your career around your lifestyle not your lifestyle around your career.

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Useful Writing Websites

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I compiled most of the writing websites I’ve mentioned on my blog into one post. I find a lot of these sites useful, so hopefully they can help you out!

Imagination Prompt Generator: This give you a one-sentence writing prompt that will help you come up with ideas. I…

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The dynamic principle of fantasy is play, a characteristic also of the child, and as such it appears inconsistent with the principle of serious work. But without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable. It is therefore short-sighted to treat fantasy, on account of its risky or unacceptable nature, as a thing of little worth. It must not be forgotten that it is just in the imagination that a man’s highest value may lie.

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The Crubbs Handbook of Antique Wooden Cussin’ Bears

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The Crubbs Handbook of Antique Wooden Cussin’ Bears

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Grandmas accidentally tagging Grandmaster Flash

Grandmas accidentally tagging Grandmaster Flash


Thus ends the cruel tyranny of Summer! 

Huzzah for Autumn. May you o’erturn fore’er the vexsome seasons and your orange shaded reign last a thousand generations.

Thus ends the cruel tyranny of Summer!

Huzzah for Autumn. May you o’erturn fore’er the vexsome seasons and your orange shaded reign last a thousand generations.