There is nothing worse, in my opinion, than a summer cold. Damn its power.
Earlier today, I was fortunate enough to chat with Professor Micheal Kimmel, author of the book 'Angry White Men", for the podcast series here on WARN. We talked about white masculinity and mass shootings, "angry white men", and if "masculinity", however defined, is in crisis. I also have the final two interviews for Season 2 of the podcast lined up--the topics to be discussed will include video games, comic books, and professional wrestling. Ghetto nerd goodness.
For the remainder of the week, I will be sharing short some thoughts on the "good nigger" "bad nigger" logic of Donald Sterling re: Magic Johnson, and also returning to our conversation on the movie Belle and the political economy of the Transatlantic slave trade. There are also two other essays that I have outlined, which depending on my mood and how the cold medicine is making me feel, I will soon finalize.
A quick thought.
Apparently, the United States military has an operational plan for dealing with a zombie outbreak. It is presented as a "fun" way of thinking about an "unthinkable" scenario (I would suggest that is a smokescreen--the United States military must have a plan in place for mass pandemics and biological warfare).
However, contained within the document are some disturbing admissions about how the United States Strategic Command would be hamstrung in deploying its forces against the undead, that the military expects to be overrun, and it will be forced to retreat to the few (two or three) secure bases in the continental United States. The United States Strategic Command also does not have 30 days of food and supplies that it could use to support operations for forces that are behind a barracked perimeter.
Hopefully, the other military commands and elements tasked with defending "the Homeland" are better prepared to deal with a zombie crisis.
The United States spends more than 600 billion dollars a year (in the "white budget") for "national defense". Yet, one of its primary organizational commands admits to being relatively impotent in the face of the walking dead? Worrisome and embarrassing.
Cliven Bundy's brigands are still running amok. They are now
[A question. How are Bundy's brigands able to stay away from their jobs and other responsibilities for weeks at a time? Are they on unemployment insurance, welfare, living off of their wives and partners, independently wealthy, financed by some Koch brothers front organization?]
What matters of serious concern have you been thinking about this week? Any news items or discoveries to share?