From Nimble author Sandy Davies

Medea Benjamin and I wrote this article to detail the insidious role of hawkish, corporate Democrats as swing votes for war and militarism in the U.S. Senate, and to highlight the new “Divest from the War Machine” campaign launched by Code Pink and our partners for peace: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/06/07/how-war-industry-corrupts-us-congress

Samuel Johnson WOTD: UPRIGHTLY @davidpriess

I have a little script that sends me a random definition from Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary every day. Today’s was very apropos.

UPRIGHTLY (U’PRIGHTLY) adv.[from upright.] 1. Perpendicularly to the horizon. 2. Honestly; without deviation from the right.

Men by nature apter to rage than deceit; not greatly ambitious, more than to be well and uprightly dealt with. Sidney.

Princes in judgment, and their delegate judges, must judge the causes of all persons uprightly and impartially, without any personal consideration. Taylor.

To live uprightly then is sure the best,To save ourselves, and not to damn the rest. Dryden.

Why The EU Sucks

I just had to update WordPress to 4.9.6 and create a privacy policy page solely to satisfy the unelected bureaucrats who created the GDPR as part of their never-ceasing effort to micromanage the existence of 28 hapless European countries.

Kudos to WordPress, though, for making the update automatic and timely, and providing suggested text for a GDPR-compliant privacy page.

The Old Testament as the divinely inspired Firefly

I’ve been listening to the Old Testament as I drive to work these days and am working through Isaiah right now.  The titular character, like many other key OT figures, is a prophet commenting on the life and times of his nation and culture.  Thinking like a publisher, it occurred to me that if you think of the 66 books of the Bible as nonfiction backlist, they are the divinely inspired version of “Firefly,”  i.e. a high-quality and popular series that produced way too few episodes.

At an average of roughly 1-4 books per generation, the ~70 generations between 70 AD and today could support as many as 280 additional books of the Bible, each telling the history of a nation or set of nations over a generation or  two.  The implied author would be a prophetic persona, the style Biblical, probably more like NIV than KJV.  Many challenges and opportunities in this approach.  For  example, how about a New Apocryphica covering the years 1776 to 1815?  A clever author could use this as a platform to comment about the history of the entire world, Napoleon, China, Jefferson, Sally Hemings, and all.

Nicolas J.S. Davies: ~6M killed in recent US wars of choice

The latest from Nicolas J.S. Davies, author of an extremely well written Nimble book, Blood on Our Hands (2010):

In the first two parts of this report, I have estimated that about 2.4 million people have been killed as a result of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, while about 1.2 million have been killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.  In the third and final part of this report, I will estimate how many people have been killed as a result of U.S. military and CIA interventions in Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen.

Source: How Many Millions Have Been Killed in America’s Post-9/11 Wars? Part 3: Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen – Consortiumnews