America Today: The Deliberate Removal of Nuance || Jan 21, 2017

Another article from my other blog, co-authored by yours truly

The Facinorous Blog

I have been honored with a request to offer some thoughts, in article form, on the current state of affairs in the USA as a new controversial President takes power. To that end, the most striking observation I’ve noted while preparing a first draft, has been about the banishment of nuance from not only daily conversation, but also political commentary. It is as if this moment in American history exists in a vacuum detached or rather unmoored from the two hundred plus years of our continued history.

bizarrocomics_historyGiven the sheer changes we’ve experienced in the last two generations socially and also in terms of scientific and technological achievement, perhaps we’re now either unable to or can no longer be concerned with deciphering the language of the past as we’ve left it too far behind. Or maybe more insidiously as Orwell purported in 1984, whoever it is controlling access to the…

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America Today: Islamophobia, Anti-Immigrant Sentiment and an Archaic System || Feb 13, 2017

My more serious writing and side blog,

The Facinorous Blog

In hearing a lot of complaints about president-elect Trump’s Islamophobia, it’s been surprising to learn how uneducated the average person is about the history of Islamophobia in America. The current blinkered attitude towards Muslims worldwide is not a product of happenstance. To quote a former American President:

fdr-december-24-1943In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

While that contextually sounds a bit surreptitious, if for a moment we would turn our heads (albeit briefly) away from the headlines, news columns and their oft jingoistic rhetoric and finally also the self-serving punditry coming from various news outlets, we might find that a certain level of planning and coordinated execution has gone into every major shift in thought, policy, legislation and ideology. Consequently, the policies of the Trump Administration, in particular, their Islamophobic bent, as unbelievable as they may at times…

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