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More on Rotc

I haven’t heard many arguments in support of ROTC on our campus. I’m sure I just don’t travel in those circles, that they are out there somewhere. I am reminded to day on this very snowy afternoon that the only argument I have heard for on campus ROTC is that current ROTC students sometimes have […]

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"the more it snows

piddely pum, the more it goes, piddely pum, on snowing.” Perhaps you recall that old A.A. Milne rhyme. More than 900 years ago, the First Crusade resulted in the establishment of the Crusader States in the Holy Land. Brief history lesson: the ostensible purpose of the Crusades were religious–to protect Christendom from the infidel Muslim […]

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the republican convention

ahhh, the republican convention has just passed. It reminds me of that old Lee Greenwood song. How’s it go? “I’m proud to be an American, cause at least I know I’m a fascistic murderer bred on hormones and pesticides.” Something like that.

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Follow up on Critical Arts Ensemble Artist

As mentioned in an earlier post, Critical Arts Ensemble founder and fellow SUNY professor, Steven Kurtz was charged with bioterrorism under the Patriot Act earlier this year. The charges stemmed from some harmless bacteria found in his home after authorities responded to a 911 call he made upon finding his wife had died. Kurtz used […]

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Return to the draft?

We’ve likely all heard this question in the past few months. But some Americans are already being pressed into service by our government. And it is to the discredit of all American journalists that I end up going to the UK Guardian to read this story. In a nutshell, soldiers seeking to leave the military […]

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CAE Defense Fund

Those of us who have been involved in new media studies recognize the contributions of the Critical Arts Ensemble. Now one of its members, and a fellow SUNY colleague, Steve Kurtz, has been arrested under the auspicies of the “Patriot Act.” This site details the events and provides further information. Though I cannot speak to […]

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Justice and Torture

Steven Shaviro writes a compelling version the plight of Lynndie England. Undoubtedly, it is possible that the crimes that have been uncovered are the acts of individuals acting outside the chain of command. However, it is certainly plausible that these acts of humiliation and torture were encouraged and facilitated by the military if not directly […]