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December 12, 2017
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Peace and Justice Files


Do you remember learning about fractions, back in fifth grade or so? Then you might remember those terms, “LCD” and “GCF.” They came in handy when simplifying fractions, or adding them together…

But don’t worry, we’re not here to talk about math, we’re talking about politics.  Read more

Letter from Santa

The North Pole

December 2015

My Dear Friends:

We trust that you are having the best holiday season possible, given present circumstances. A few questions have been definitely trending, as they say, in Santa’s mailbag so far this year, so all of us here at the workshop appreciate Mr. Mendler and, making this space available to us so that we can address some of these concerns.  Read more

And So It Begins…

One of the little things I find particularly annoying online is when someone posts some dire bit of news and then solemnly intones, “AND SO IT BEGINS…” like some character from Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones.

Usually, the “it” refers to some apocalyptic scenario that the writer has apparently been anticipating for years, with this one story representing the first falling domino leading to the inevitable doom.  Read more

Blockbuster sequel “WWIII” set to begin full-scale production

PLAUSIBLE NEWS SERVICE, “Keeping Ahead of Reality Since 2001”

NEW YORK, NY (Plausible News Service) — Based on well-placed industry sources, Plausible News Service has learned that a major announcement will be forthcoming shortly from the world’s leading powers, concerning their collaboration on the long-anticipated blockbuster “World War III.”  Read more

Delayed reaction

It doesn’t matter how careful you are. You can take all the precautions you like, but injuries will still happen.

We childproofed our house to a fare-thee-well—all outlets covered, drawers latched, sharp table corners covered with those little rubber bumpers. But all that was to no avail when our infant daughter crawled under the coffee table and then tried to stand. For a few seconds, her wails might have made you think the world was on fire. But she soon got over it, and set off on her next adventure.  Read more

Seventy years on

The summer weather—hasn’t it been lovely, for the most part? The warm, clear days, the cool nights… the chirps of birds and peepers… sitting outside, your head on someone’s lap, looking up at the stars in an August night sky, the sound of a river in the distance, a thought might occur to you:

How is it that we are still here?

Seriously, now, think about it: as of a few days ago, it’s been 70 years, nearly three-quarters of a century, since the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Read more

Pope Francis vs. the Mammonists

After opening to overflow audiences in South America, the biggest blockbuster of 2015 is about to hit the USA—and no, it has nothing to do with superheroes battling a psychopathic robot. This event, which will be coming to only three American cities, promises to be even bigger than the Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” concerts, or Neil Young’s return to Bethel Woods.

I am referring, of course, to the coming papal visit in September.  Read more

Screwdisk files a report

(Screwtape is a very high-level—or perhaps one should say very low-level—executive devil, in charge of the demonic “sales force” in North America. Readers of C.S. Lewis’ classic “The Screwtape Letters” may recognize Screwdisk as Screwtape’s descendant. Here, Screwdisk reports to his “lower-downs.”)


From: Screwdisk, Executive VP Sales, HellCorp North America

To: Infernal Board of Directors, HellCorp HQ, 9th Circle, Hades

Re: Monthly SWOT [strength, weaknesses, opportunities, threats] Report  Read more

Memorandum of understanding

I hope everyone had a happy Easter/Passover/Spring Equinox season… to the extent that such a thing was possible, at least, given all the religiously-themed squabbling that’s been going on recently. Cries of religious bigotry and even fascism have been flying back and forth—over, among other things, whether or not bakers have the right to refuse customers based on their religious beliefs.  Read more

Where the rubber meets the road

It was a fair enough question, really.

I had just posted some well-reasoned and salient comments (or so I thought) to Facebook about some miscellaneous, transient political thing of little actual import or impact—oh yeah, those emails of Hillary’s—and one of my correspondents called me on it, to wit:

“Why don’t you put this much thought into making your LOCAL politics better and stop the distraction of the big media?”  Read more