Charles Bivona | Writing

World at War

Posted on Sunday, March 20th, 2011

They lived in holes, trenched in desperation before the newest WMD—the German Machine Gun. The German bunkers were well-built and well-supplied. German soldiers sat, waited for an English head to pop up, just for a peak, and then…

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Once Upon Two Koch Brothers

Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2011

The imaginary “Tea Party” drives the American conversation to the absurd nationalistic, xenophobic hard right.

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Brutal Memoirs: Zen and the Art of

Posted on Monday, February 28th, 2011

By Charles Bivona | I was supposed to be following my breathing. I was supposed to stare at this white wall—“the emptiness of it”—and silently “count my breaths.” Simple Zazen: Breath in and count one. Breath out and count two. When you reach ten, begin at one again. I was supposed to sit on this hard buckwheat pillow, legs in a half-pretzel pose, and learn to ignore what the Zen Master called my monkey mind—“always fidgeting around!”

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The Politics of Dysfunctional Threesomes

Posted on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

“Were you ever involved in a dysfunctional threesome with two other guys?” My friend David spit his Heineken on the bar. He was choking and laughing. “Um, no!” he replied. “What kind of fucking question is that?” David has never gotten used to me. We’ve known each other since college. He became an architect. I became a professor, writer, activist, song-and-dance man. David calls me his “Crazy Gandhi friend.” Seriously, he introduces me that way. He says he loves me because I can still make him shake his head, smile, and wonder…

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Sputnik Over Cairo

Posted on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

I’m no political pundit. I’m just a poet who became a cultural historian by accident. Seriously, I tripped into this life. And from my perspective, the U.S. seems poised to make the same mistake it made in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan. Our government is poised to focus more on U.S. financial interests than on the will of Egyptian people—the families on the streets of Cairo. We are poised to be the bad guys on the wrong side of history, again. But we do have a choice.

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Conversation Starters

The Usury States of America


Elizabeth Warren and Bill Maher

College Professors on Food Stamps


Wage Slavery.

Drew University Adds Insult to Injury


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The Way of My Working Class Mother


Definitely Related Post: * Why I’m dumping my PhD Program

The Slow Death of American Academic Freedom


Cary Nelson describes how the shift to a majority contingent faculty is an intellectual sea change for undergraduates as well as faculty themselves.

Hidden Trauma of World War II


The forgotten “neuropsychiatric” hospitals of World War II.

So Far, #ActiveVoice Has Raised $75 in our May Fundraiser!


Working on my dissertation is pushing me over an economic cliff, and I am not too proud to ask for help. Suggested Donation: $1 to $5

Afghanistan. Boom! Iraq. Boom! Osama. Boom! Boom!


Sometimes, I fear America is truly lost.

Osama Considered Targeting Railroads: Everyone Be Afraid


Here, take more of our freedoms! Please! Make us feel safe, even if you have to lie to us!

Image of the Day: Anony-moose


Anony-moose says:

Comedians v. Religion


Eddie Izzard, George Carlin, Doug Stanhope, and Jim Jefferies discuss religion, God, the Church, and the New Testament.

Doug Stanhope on American Nationalism


Doug Stanhope for President in 2012

The Business of ‘Getting Even’ by Donald J. Trump


“Use Donald’s attitude to inspire you to break through the limits you’ve set for yourself.” —from the Introduction by Bill Zanker

George Carlin: “The Public Sucks.”


On Election Day 2012, I’m staying home.

BLOWBACK SYNDROME: Oil Wars and Overreach w/ Chalmers Johnson


Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback, Sorrows of Empire and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic , talks about the U.S. ‘military-petroleum complex,’ the overextension of the American military, nuclear proliferation, and the decline of Washington’s credibility abroad.

Narrative History: U.S. Political Involvement in the Middle East [Video]


Lecture by Professor Salim Yaqub:PhD, Yale University

Chris Hedges: The US Knows Only the Blunt Instrument of Force


An in-depth examination of the evolving organism that is Al Qaeda and the US response to it.

Bin Laden ft. Immortal Technique, Eminem, Mos Def, Jadakiss w/ Lyrics


Man, you hear this bullshit they be talkin? Every day, man. It’s like these motherfuckers is just like professional liars. YouknowwhatI’msayin? It’s wild.

Bin Laden is Dead! We can leave Afghanistan! Hurray!


Oh wait…

And then she called me a violent hypocrite


So, apparently my support of global revolutions against brutal dictators — American backed brutal dictators, I might add — somehow obligates me to also support my government’s policy of open assassination.