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wmtc: what i’m reading: wild by cheryl strayed, zeitoun by dave eggers

I’ve just finished two truly excellent works of nonfiction: Wild and Zeitoun. Both books read like fiction, with clean, clear writing and page-turning suspense. Both document almost unbelievable, out-sized events, in one case likely unique, in the other – horribly – anything but. I highly recommend both books.

I didn’t expect to like Wild. Something about . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: wild by cheryl strayed, zeitoun by dave eggers

wmtc: kevin vickers, nathan cirillo, and canada’s response to recent acts of violence

I’ve been thinking a lot about Kevin Vickers. By now the world knows Vickers’ name: he is the sergeant-at-arms of the Parliament of Canada, and his quick thinking and courage undoubtedly saved lives. Vickers shot killed Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who had already killed one person and appeared intent on killing others.

Vickers is a hero. But . . . → Read More: wmtc: kevin vickers, nathan cirillo, and canada’s response to recent acts of violence

wmtc: wmtc trolls are alive and as insane as ever

I haven’t been writing much lately, so it’s good to know loyal wmtc readers are still reading every post. Well, one is, anyway.

Yes folks, a full seven years after first appearing in comments on this blog in the guise of a female fan, the freak we call Mags is still spewing his bile on . . . → Read More: wmtc: wmtc trolls are alive and as insane as ever

wmtc: the other september 11, why "they" might hate "us", and the right to live in peace

For many people in the world, especially people in South America, the date September 11 was significant long before 2001. On that date in 1973, Augusto Pinochet, with the help of the United States government, overthrew the democratically elected, socialist government of Salvador Allende. Allende was either murdered or forced into suicide. Pinochet then installed . . . → Read More: wmtc: the other september 11, why "they" might hate "us", and the right to live in peace

wmtc: never forget, onion style

I think The Onion has outdone itself this time. From the Structural Steel Melt on Tower 7–Grain bread to the Twin Chowers cold cut combo with Ground Zero–Carb vinaigrette on a Let’s Whole Wheat Roll, we’ve got something for everybody this Subtember 11.

Click here.

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wmtc: cantabria to gernika and bilbao, part 1

I almost forgot to mention, we had some interesting news from home. Everything is fine now, but Essie had her hands full for a while!

I warned Essie about the danger of skunks in our backyard after dark: absolutely never, ever let the dogs run out into the backyard after dark!! I’ve lost track . . . → Read More: wmtc: cantabria to gernika and bilbao, part 1

wmtc: chris hedges: we are what we loathe

Although the big 9/11 anniversary was weeks ago, Chris Hedges’ observations are relevant every day. This is a truly excellent piece. This excerpt is not the lede. The beginning of this essay may be triggering for some, as Hedges was at the World Trade … . . . → Read More: wmtc: chris hedges: we are what we loathe

RedBedHead: I Refuse To Read 9/11 Memorial Coverage

If you’re reading this right now you are doing something that I have refused to do: read any coverage or analysis of 9/11. I am boycotting the wall to wall coverage – the pull-out specials in the newspapers, the live coverage of ceremonies at ground ze… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: I Refuse To Read 9/11 Memorial Coverage

djkelly.ca: Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Every day has a story. But not every day has a story that changes so much in your life. For ten years I haven’t told my story because it’s not special or unique compared to anyone else’s, especially on that day. But I now realize that it’s an important story not compared to anyone else’s . . . → Read More: djkelly.ca: Tuesday, September 11, 2001

wmtc: 9.11.11: an anti-remembrance

Ten years on. Ten years of Islamophobia, endless war, the open rationalization of torture and massacre. Ten years of surveillance, insidiously creeping police state, witch hunts, shredding of personal freedoms. Nine years of torture, medical experiment… . . . → Read More: wmtc: 9.11.11: an anti-remembrance

wmtc: survivor of hate crime fighting to save assailant’s life: join his mission for a world without hate

In Texas, the survivor of a vicious hate crime is campaigning to spare the life of his assailant, who murdered two other people and is scheduled to be executed today.I collect these kinds of stories, and one day I’d like to write more about why I find … . . . → Read More: wmtc: survivor of hate crime fighting to save assailant’s life: join his mission for a world without hate