Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday Afternoon Reading


[Bonnie] Pietila hired Nancy Cartwright to voice the main character of the family’s son Bart, as Cartwright had done several little boy voices in the past. Dan Castellaneta’s tenor became the voice of Homer Simpson for financial reasons, as Pietila says Groening’s budget was so tight they needed someone who could do several different voices in addition to Homer’s.



The Sea Org is Scientology’s answer to Navy SEALs, only with less focus on special ops and more on fleecing children and the gullible. They were originally created to crew L. Ron Hubbard’s private fleet, but over the years they morphed from “religious Marine Corps” into something between a cult, the Mickey Mouse Club, and a time-share scam. My name is Derek Bloch, and I spent three years in Scientology’s creepy space navy before abandoning ship. Here's what I learned...



We’re all familiar with the pattern now: a solitary young white man goes on a shooting rampage. People die. The media describes him as “crazy,” “disturbed,” “troubled,” “insane.” Everyone collectively bemoans the failings of our mental healthcare system, presuming that its failure is relevant here. People with mental illnesses cringe at the reminder of what our society thinks of them. A few people advocate stricter restrictions on guns. The victims are buried and memorialized, the killer’s parents shunned or comforted, and the killer gradually forgotten.



Civilians don’t miss war. But soldiers often do. Journalist Sebastian Junger shares his experience embedded with American soldiers at Restrepo, an outpost in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley that saw heavy combat. Giving a look at the “altered state of mind” that comes with war, he shows how combat gives soldiers an intense experience of connection. In the end, could it actually be “the opposite of war” that soldiers miss? 

by Ali

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