Since the meltdown of 2008, U.S. universities have collaborated with the Pentagon to study dynamics of social movements, worldwide. The goal of “terrorism studies” is “to find possible vectors of resistance, which are to be identified and eradicated, like a disease.” The Minerva Initiative, like NSA spying, sees the entire planet as “enemy territory.”

You appear to be a contagion
You appear to be a contagion

“In the language of ‘terrorism studies,’ the human beings involved in these social movements are ‘contagions,’ as in vectors of disease.”The U.S. Department of Defense is immersed in studies about…people like you. The Pentagon wants to know why folks who don’t themselves engage in violence to overthrow the prevailing order become, what the military calls, “supporters of political violence.” And by that they mean, everyone who opposes U.S military policy in the world, or the repressive policies of U.S. allies and proxies, or who opposes the racially repressive U.S. criminal justice system, or who wants to push the One Percent off their economic and political pedestals so they can’t lord it over the rest of us. (I’m sure you recognize yourself somewhere in that list.)

The Pentagon calls this new field of research “terrorism studies,” which is designed to augment and inform their so-called War on Terror. Through their Minerva Research Initiative, the military has commissioned U.S. universities to help it figure out how to deal with dissatisfied and, therefore, dangerous populations all around the world, including the United States.

In other words, all those little Occupy Wall Street cry-babies worried that the U.S. Government was monitoring their every move? Uh huh – they were right.

Hey, don’t feel neglected: your turn is coming.


Giant Siberian Holes

Okay – we admit it. We just love the phrase giant Siberian holes. 1

However…everyone’s heard about THE Siberian hole to nowhere, n’est-ce pas? But…not everyone has heard about the other two holes. Which appear to be man-made; but…not. Or…maybe, well – fuck: who knows?

Regardless, something is going on in Siberia; causal origins comments range from the Silver Surfer to a Bond villain to Dune sand worms. Personally? We’re pretty sure it’s the End of Days that the wing-nut religious rightwingers are always going on about.

So…we’ll just have another beer and let someone smarter – Congress? – figure it out.


Giant Siberian Holes

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  1. Yes, we’re that juvenile.

The Satanic Temple

In other two can play at that game news…

In a statement, the Satanic Temple said that it will use the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision to exempt its believers from state-mandated informed consent laws that require women considering abortions to read pro-life material.

Informed consent or “right to know” laws state that women seeking elective abortions be provided with information about alternatives to the procedure, often couched in language that attempts to personify the fetus. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 35 states currently have informed consent laws, and of those, 33 require that the woman be told the gestational age of the fetus.

In some states, that information consists of pro-life propaganda that links abortion to a higher incidence of breast and ovarian cancers, or discusses “post-abortion syndrome,” a mental condition not recognized by any major medical or psychiatric organization.

Because the Satanic Temple bases its belief “regarding personal health…on the best scientific understanding of the world, regardless of the religious or political beliefs of others,” it claims that state-mandated information with no basis in scientific fact violates its “religious” beliefs.

Spokesperson Lucien Greaves said that the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision bolsters their case. “While we feel we have a strong case for an exemption regardless of the Hobby Lobby ruling,” he said, “the Supreme Court has decided that religious beliefs are so sacrosanct that they can even trump scientific fact. This was made clear when they allowed Hobby Lobby to claim certain contraceptives were abortifacients, which in fact they are not.”

The Satanic Temple set up a website where women seeking an abortion can print out a letter for her healthcare provider explaining why she is exempt from informed consent mandates.


The Roberts’ court should have seen this coming: it’s the logical extension of the obsession The Powers That Be have with freedom of religion: if you lower that particular bar so low the Scientologists simply slither over it, then you certainly can’t cull the Satanists from the queue. 1

As word of this spreads it will drive the religious right/H. monastic fucking crazy…which is a good thing.

As an ordained minister of The Church of the Latter Day Dude, all we can say is “chill, dudes.”

Gloria Squitiro

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  1. Whom, it would seem to us, have a more valid, biblical claim to existence.

Gloria Squitiro

The following is the first in an occasional series of noteworthy Kansas Citians, past and present, responding to the Proust Questionnaire.

GloriaWhat is your idea of perfect happiness?
Perfect happiness for me is being surrounded by family and friends, all of us vibrantly healthy and energetic, doing what we love in life, and passionately.

What is your most marked characteristic?
I never do anything the regular way.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Not screwing up my children too much – raising them well enough that we remain a family, even now that they’re grown.

What is your greatest fear?
Well, of course, being a mom, my worst fear is something terrible happening to my kids. Outside of that, my greatest fear is not being comfortable being me.

What historical figure do you most identify with?
I don’t.

Which living person do you most admire?
My children. They are grabbing life with a gusto I never knew existed when I was their age. I wish I had that same awareness and courage in my youth. Then again, I didn’t have me for a mother. To my children’s rolling eyes, I always tell them, “Think what I could have become if I had me for a mother.”

Who are your heroes in real life?
My children. My Big Mistake, the husband I call Funk. All my birthing students who didn’t think they could give birth naturally, yet they did, and with passion. And anyone who has the guts to stand up to wrong, even when they’re afraid, because who isn’t afraid?

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
That I have tangible fears, like that I’m afraid of flying and of being sick. While I always find my way to doing what I want, I hate that I sometimes have to take a detour to get there.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
That’s simple. Inertia. I don’t mind people complaining, but I have no patience for those unwilling to try to remedy the complaint, be it personal or global. Do something, or sit down and shut up. It’s very unbecoming to do otherwise.

What is your favorite journey?
My favorite journey doesn’t exist. I’m a homebody with a drive for adventure. Those attributes incongruous, I never feel totally carefree. There’s always a hidden thread of “what ifs” lurking in my head.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Hiding Behind Nice.

Which word or phrases do you most overuse?
That’s unbelievable!

What is your greatest regret?
Luckily, I don’t have regrets that I can’t live with. Unfortunately, being of Italian descent, now that I’ve said that, I’ll be waiting for the ax to fall.

What is your current state of mind?
Blessedly, I am as comfortable as it probably gets for me.

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
I wish that my family would worship the Earth Mother within me. Particularly, that they’d listen to everything I said, instead of saying after the fact, “yeah, you were right, I should’ve…” That’s so annoying.

What is your most treasured possession?
You mean outside of family, friends, health, and joyful work? My cabins and my rocks.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Losing someone you love. And betrayal.

Where would you like to live?
In peace.

Gloria Squitiro is a former 1st Lady of Kansas City. She can be found here.