Ariel Sharon leaves a legacy of violence and brutality, not courage

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon died on Jan. 11 at the age of 85, after eight years in a coma. He worked in the Israeli government for a quarter of a century, serving five years as prime minister, and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. … Continue reading Ariel Sharon leaves a legacy of violence and brutality, not courage

Lack of regulation in West Virgina chemical spill is the rule not the exception

“People before profit” was a common slogan a couple years ago, when the Occupy Movement was in full swing. You saw it on signs and heard it in the chants of marchers. The idea that corporations and governments should prioritize the lives, health and happiness of human beings above the accumulation of wealth seems obvious … Continue reading Lack of regulation in West Virgina chemical spill is the rule not the exception

Review: Game of Thrones S3E9 – The Rains of Castamere

Originally published under the pen name “ghostlovesinger” at ToweroftheHand.com, June 4, 2013. http://towerofthehand.com/blog/2013/06/04-review-rains-of-castamere/index.html Warning: The following contains spoilers for the third season of HBO's Game of Thrones.   Game of Thrones has officially made a tradition of a season's penultimate episode delivering its most memorable moments. Ned Stark lost his head in the first episode … Continue reading Review: Game of Thrones S3E9 – The Rains of Castamere

From the pages of A Flight Of Sorrows: Daggers in the Dark

This was my contribution to the ebook Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows, published on October 5, 2012 by Blue Buddha Press. The ebook sold relatively well and I continue to see monthly royalty payments for it. The essay also appears in the print version of the book Tower of the Hand: A … Continue reading From the pages of A Flight Of Sorrows: Daggers in the Dark

Review: A Dance With Dragons

Originally published under the pen name "ghostlovesinger" at ToweroftheHand.com, September 13, 2011. http://towerofthehand.com/blog/2011/09/13-ghostlovesinger-reviews-adwd/index.html Warning: The following review contains spoilers for A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin.   Let's get the obvious out of the way. A Dance with Dragons is a fantastic book that was well worth the six-year wait between novels. … Continue reading Review: A Dance With Dragons

The ridiculousness of Black Friday and Wal-Mart

I heard a great riddle over the Thanksgiving break. What’s worse than a holiday that celebrates the 1636 colonial massacre of an estimated 600-700 men, women and children of the Pequot Indian tribe (which, of course, no longer exists) while simultaneously claiming to celebrate a day of peace and gratitude? That’s right — the day … Continue reading The ridiculousness of Black Friday and Wal-Mart

Warsaw and the Philippines give America another chance to show it doesn’t care

The United Nations Climate Change Conference began this week in Warsaw, and it’s hard to say what’s more ironic: the devastating events preceding it or the wallowing inaction that is likely to follow. In a sort of perverse opening ceremony, a leaked scientific document on the potential impact of global warming, followed by one of … Continue reading Warsaw and the Philippines give America another chance to show it doesn’t care

Obama’s centrist immigration reform proposals illicit extremist media response

Now that the government has decided to wait until February before coming to terms with its crippling debt addiction, it’s time for some other subjects to dominate the national political conversation. Next on deck: immigration! President Barack Obama, who has been a key supporter of the proposed Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) … Continue reading Obama’s centrist immigration reform proposals illicit extremist media response

Meet the new news boss, same as the old news boss

For journalism nerds, the news was like a high-profile sports trade. Glenn Greenwald, the man who reported on Edward Snowden’s leaks regarding the National Security Agency, investigative journalist extraordinaire and one of the few people in this country consistently willing to tell the truth in age of corporate-sponsored media lies, had left his longtime position … Continue reading Meet the new news boss, same as the old news boss