Estimates vary wildly, but between all of the wars started and continued between GW Bush and Joe Biden — from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Libya — let’s call it 1 million dead civilians.
The US spent over $1 trillion in Iraq alone. Afghanistan adds at least another $2 trillion. And of course we also have many thousand dead US soldiers too.
And for what? Iraq is a basket-case that’s still contending with ISIS and has a barely functioning state. Ditto for Syria and Libya. …
Here’s a thought experiment that, it being the very depths of the summer months might make sense on a level that resonates with some of you.
Imagine you’re 10 years old again. And imagine that every day, the ice cream truck came through your town by a very specific route. You didn’t know when the truck would come through. Sometimes it might show up at 5 am. Other days it might roll through at 10pm.
For the sake of this thought experiment, imagine that the truck’s annoying music was somehow disabled. …
Gather round ye kind folk and I’ll weave you a tale told by our forbears: a story so incredible and incredibly recent that you might be wondering what’s in those pills your therapist has been prescribing.
Way back in 2013, a man with the implausible name of Eddy Snowman (probably a pseudonym) revealed in a massive leak of certified Federal documents that the United States spy agency apparatus had been illegally spying on American citizens.
This is where the tale gets even spookier: it turns out, the NSA and various other alphabet agencies were spying on basically everyone…
Incels (involuntary celibates, or people who can’t get laid despite an ostensible interest) are now painted with the broadest of brushes after one person who called themselves incel (Elliot Rodger) went on a killing spree.
We might imagine a more charitable view of these folks, except that by modern victim hierarchy standards, they’re the lowest of the low — most incels are men, and most of these men are white. Yecch.
That observation might seem nefarious until you realize it’s downstream of demographics that in the US still means most people of any particular stripe are white and/or men. Not…
Congratulations on getting an interview. You probably already realize that you are in a privileged space. Many people in similar circumstances have not received an email back, let alone an interview request.
It would be a real shame if you blew the interview…
Most people are so excited (aka, nervous) that they forget one or more key things to say, do and ask — especially if they feel like the interview has gone well.
People understandably want to quit while they’re ahead and get out of the room/call as fast as possible before they make a mistake.
The real mistake…
The worst pandemic in a century is still ongoing. Its origin is still not completely understood by the public. People are still dying. The global economy is on the brink of a major collapse. There’s a lot at stake!
But we’re not completely in the dark. Consider this simple exercise:
You have to pick one of the two (or both, but not neither) of the following statements as true:
In 2015, John Kerry journeyed to war-torn Iraq, which was facing a full-blown ISIS-crisis thanks to the bungling of post-war efforts coming from everyone in American foreign policy.
If you were cynical or paying attention, you might imagine that such bungling actually was on purpose, in service of the forever war that enriches the political class and their friends in the defense industry.
Rather than being ashamed, of y’know, helping to utterly destroy an entire country to the point that it was marauded by warlords and religious zealots, Kerry got behind the podium and confidently spewed pompous promises about how…
Getting a great job has always been difficult, but our friend COVID-19 just made it much harder.
If you’re serious about cracking into a long-term career or resuming your career, now is NOT the time for half-measures. It’s not time for the same old playbook.
If you think posting once a day on LinkedIn or sending out resumes is going to work, you’re wrong and you probably already know it.
Here’s some tough love:
If you’ve been on Medium for any period of time, you’ve probably been sucked in by one of Umair Haque’s tabloid headlines. It’s all fire and brimstone. America is on fire. Your water is poison. The trees are fascist. Your neighbor who goes to church during Covid is a war criminal. You are racist. The air you breathe is a capitalist plot, etc.
As a copywriter by trade, I’m familiar with the tricks and stunts that Umair sprinkles into his posts. I can see through the matrix code and peer into the pure narrative he’s constructed.
His politics might at…
If you had to come up with a curriculum that would result in a generation of obedient, uncritical, rule following zombies, what would it look like?
Maybe… 4–6 hours of zoom calls a day where the main topic is almost always “how to behave on a zoom call.” That way, the lesson is to obey, be quiet, and always, always look at the screen.
Of course, screen time is vital to undermining the formation of children into happy, healthy, productive adults. …