The Next 100 Years: Why the 21st Century Will Be an American Century

The first, last, and main thing to understand about the 21st Century as George Friedman, founder of the security consulting and forecasting firm STRATFOR, sees it unfolding is that the more things change, the more a few things not only stay the same, but become even more so. Friedman’s approach is thoroughly geopolitical, and it’s… Continue reading The Next 100 Years: Why the 21st Century Will Be an American Century

Why Miss Kali's Breasts Are So Darn Important

How telling that the exposure (the precise degree of exposure!) as well as the naturalness of a beauty pageant contestant’s breasts became central elements in the pseudo-debate over whether or not she deserved to keep her crown, and would be a suitable pro-marriage spokesperson. Why are beauty pageant organizers so accepting of the aesthetic prejudice… Continue reading Why Miss Kali's Breasts Are So Darn Important

Down in the Dungeon with the Torture Trolls (warning: rated J for Japanese graphic violence)

We’re all KSM on this topic – undergoing a harsh interrogation completely beyond our control, unsure of where it could be heading, wondering whether our very political and moral lives are at stake. We’re all Jay Bybee, too, asking ourselves the same questions, from the perspective of the master, not the slave, dreadfully responsible no matter what we do, morally endangered by our relative safety, in thrall to our very freedom to choose.