The Shack Blog

Words and things, mostly words.

Christchurch Massacre

I don’t have a whole lot to say about the shootings in New Zealand mosques. The responses across social media have been about what one would expect. The discussion as to whether or not right-wing pundits have been agitating for violence against Muslims is a necessary one, although I doubt the issue will be resolved […]

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What To Do About Venezuela

I don’t have much of a take on this whole subject, mainly because political issues in South and Central America are very complex and not a subject I have much experience with. Derek Davison, of And That’s The Way It Was, posted a nice primer interview with Jared Abbot (link) on his Patreon, and you can check out another interview […]

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United States To Pull Troops From Syria

In an announcement that caught everyone off-guard, the Trump administration announced that the United States would be pulling its troops from the Syrian region. This was apparently done with no real consultation with the US’s allies or even Trump’s advisers — this is just something he decided to do. Derek Davison did a very good […]

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Khashoggi Killing Update

I’ll profess a bit of surprise that this story hasn’t been forced out of the public spotlight, but here we are. Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance on October 2nd, at the Saudi embassy in Turkey, has sparked a month of tense diplomatic talks, and has forced the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to both admit that the self-exiled […]

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Jair Bolsonaro Elected President Of Brazil

The results of Brazil’s president election are in, and it appears as though Jair Bolsonaro has won the race over Fernando Hadad (story). This is concerning news for anyone who has paid any attention to the disturbing, violent rhetoric that Bolsonaro evoked during his campaign. Brazil’s new president espouses some truly disturbing views, and this […]

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Dismemberment In Self-Defence

Somehow, this saga is still unfolding — and not getting any less ridiculous in the process. After initially denying involvement in the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi for two weeks, the Saudi Arabian government has since issued statements that Khashoggi’s death was an accident. Apparently Khashoggi decided to try and fight 15 people for some reason, […]

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The Dismemberment Plan

The ongoing morbid comedy following in the wake of the apparent assassination of Jamal Khashoggi just continues to get more and more ridiculous. While it’s easy to speculate as to why Saudi Arabia would think they could just murder someone in their embassy so brazenly, it’s still one of those incidents that is just so […]

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9/11 – The 2018 Edition

I never have much to say when the anniversary of 9/11 comes up. When it happened, it was exactly a week after my 18th birthday. This was a very formative time in my life, as I was just reaching my late teenage years and going through a lot of changes. I had made new friends […]

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