random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  Before going to war, the marine is afforded ample opportunity to order additional dog tags. You are only supposed to order more when you've actually lost a dog tag or a set (two tags to a set), or you need to change some of the information, and the only information that can possibly change is your religion of record. You either have a religion of record, or they stamp NO PREFERENCE on your tag, but this still makes it sound as though you want something, in fact it makes you sound like a religion whore, as though you'll take it in any whole, from any pulpit. They make it hard for a nonbeliever.

Shortly after joining the Seventh Marines, I ordered new dog tags, and I requested that NO RELIGION be pressed into the metal, but when I received the tags, prior to deploying in Okinawa, I realized I was still a Roman Catholic, according to my tags. I ordered a corrective pair, and they came back the same way, and over the years I ordered numerous NO RELIGION pairs, and I requested, finally, NO PREFERENCE, but still the tags came back ROMAN CATHOLIC. My mother insisted these typos were signs from God, but I knew better.

tagged: military, religion
  —Anthony Swofford, Swofford, Anthony. Jarhead. (2003) pp.172-173.

and, this week in the destruction of our children’s future world

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The Petermann ice shelf in Greenland (the northern-most glacier in the world) has lost a quarter of its mass, calving a 100 square mile iceberg now known as the “Petermann Ice Island (2010)”. Note that there is a “2010″ designation to distinguish this one from a smaller iceberg calved in 2008. Ed Markey had a […]

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