C.J. Chivers

C.J. Chivers


job: @NYTmag. life: housekeeper, driver, laundry man. usmc vet. deckhand, woodcutter, quahog crew. ("short-haired joy & roughness.") THE FIGHTERS.

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“It is past time to rethink what national security should mean,” - @oonahathaway ⁩

"When there is household dysfunction — domestic violence, parental substance abuse or a mental disorder — the risk of child abuse goes up, and there’s reason to believe all of these things will increase during this pandemic."

one of my commanders was fired when i was in the corps. helping him move his belongings to his car, while he smoked cigarettes shakily & made small talk, is part of my memory reel. the scene in modly's office now must be something. respect to the marines & sailors seeing him off.

a flag-draped casket on a local hero's hill

now that at least that one chapter of the us navy's fuckeduptitude is over, maybe one takeaway should be that any organization that can afford for its boss to fly half way around the world to give a 15-minute ass-chewing has way too much money and ego for its own damned good.

@courtneymabeus  @johnismayin  the 60s my father crossed the pacific to guam in a prop aircraft to report to his usn squadron. he landed to hear his unit had returned to the states. he flew back. he has a keen sense of the distance. today he called & talked about how loopy it is even to consider such a trip

tip: reflexive & durable faith in a body of perked (& sometimes entitled) careerists who have spent decades in a bubble while not winning wars that their PR machines misrepresented, is not endearing. but maybe we can call this sir or ma’am a czar?

Christell has been on a ventilator for the better part of a month. (It's not the suits who will save you or see you through, It's your nearby nurses, postal carriers, EMTs & others who are keeping the country from the brink on modest pay.)

lessons from another period of spreading contagion, when "hired hands and tenants 'took no notice of the king’s command.'

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The disastrous American war in Afghanistan laid bare — stripped of official lies by the officials’ own words. Extraordinary public service journalism by @washingtonpost ⁩.

The AR-15 was designed for war, to optimize battlefield killing. Yes, civilian versions are semi only. But remember: the military trains its grunts to use AR-15 variants (renamed M16/ M4) on semi in most combat, too. And keeps their rifles locked up.

if when we gather to worship we must post armed guards we are not really free. we’re persecuted, hunted, or besieged. and afraid.

when an active-duty multiple-combat tour combat-arms source watches news

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The United States is considering deporting the the wife of an Army Ranger and Special Forces veteran. They've been married since 2001, have two young sons, and are due back in immigration court next week. via

if this were a political cartoon it’s creator would get syndicated.

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A Muslim Army Reserve major & NYPD officer returned to USA after deploying against ISIS. And was detained at border.

this panel should be on the screens/whiteboards/tables of every editor or producer meeting in every newsroom in the united states.

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