ISRAEL WAR CRIMINALS: “Examining the ‘Israel Has a Right to Defend Itself’ Narrative” / Chris Hedges / Linda Sarsour

DOUBLETHINK AND WAR CRIMES: “Why Israel Lies” / Chris Hedges

Chris HedgesAll governments lie, as I.F. Stone pointed out, including Israel and Hamas. But Israel engages in the kinds of jaw-dropping lies that characterize despotic and totalitarian regimes. It does not deform the truth; it inverts it. It routinely paints a picture for the outside world that is diametrically opposed to reality. And all of us reporters who have covered the occupied territories have run into Israel’s Alice-in-Wonderland narratives, which we dutifully insert into our stories—required under the rules of American journalism—although we know they are untrue.

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RELIGIOUS SATIRICAL POETRY: “A Worshipper in Georgia Prepares for Church” / The Nation / Calvin Trillin, Deadline Poet

A Worshipper in Georgia Prepares for Church

I’m almost dressed in Sunday best.
I’ve got my Bible. But I’m stressed:
It’s getting late. It’s nine o’clock.
Has anybody seen my Glock?

h/t: The Nation

BIBLICAL MORALITY: “Wrong, Evil and Unnatural”

Biblical Moralityh/t: We Fucking Love Atheism