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January 12, 2021
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2. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)
          a) From Our Readers: The Nashville Bomber
          b) Wednesday's Coup Attempt: Well, What Did You Expect?



We vigil for peace in front of the Rolla Post Office, THIS THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, FROM NOON TO 1:00 PM (and most subsequent Thursdays until Peace is established). Please join us this Thursday in saying NO WAR AGAINST IRAN or any other country. The temperature is predicted to be close to 50. If you do not feel comfortable standing with us in front of the Post Office, please consider driving by and showing your support for our message by honking your horn and flashing a peace sign.

Note 1: Since there are so few of us, generally 2 or 3, no need to cancel; but let's maintain social distancing.

Note 2: In case of inclement weather, vigils will end early.

2. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)
          a) From Our Readers: The Nashville Bomber
          b) Wednesday's Coup Attempt: Well, What Did You Expect?

From Our Readers: The Nashville Bomber

A reader writes:
“I read your newsletter last night and was struck by how personal it was. You don't usually say much about yourself—you share opinions but not personal information. ... and you writing about the loneliness of the Nashville Bomber and your own personal experience makes me want to reach out to more people. ...

“I do try to say hi to the quieter neighbors and the ones more isolated. It's hard during the pandemic, though. One neighbor had told me one day that she battled depression and then I didn't see her out walking for weeks, so I sent her a postcard to say we missed her. I got the sweetest note in reply. I like to think that little gestures can mean a lot, and if we all do a little more, we can have a stronger, better community. But maybe that's too ‘Pollyanna-ish’ of me.”

My response:

I agree! Little gestures do mean a lot — perhaps more than grand acts. Helen would say that every little thing we do reverberates throughout the Universe.

In the case of the Nashville bomber, I strongly suspect a small kindness might have prevented the mayhem. The beauty of it is that no one but God will ever know how the small kindnesses we do or don't do will change the world.

And, yes, I try not to write about myself. I don't wish to sound like I'm all wrapped up in myself; and above all, I would not care to bore people.

Wednesday's Coup Attempt: Well, What Did You Expect?

Here is a list compiled by William Blum of U.S. attempts to overthrow foreign governments since the end of World War II. The list ends with the Ukraine in 2014; so let's add:
Nicaragua: 2018, failed coup
Bolivia: 2019, successful coup (overturned 2020)
Venezuela: ongoing attempt
Iran: ongoing attempt
Some of these overthrow attempts, such as Vietnam (1945-73), Chile (1973) and Iraq (2003) have been particularly vicious. Some have led to hundreds of thousands or even millions of deaths.

So, here is my question. How long can a country get away with such vicious, bullying behavior before the chickens come home to roost? In the case of the United States, we might well answer: until last Wednesday.

The death toll from Wednesday's coup attempt now stands at six. When all is said and done how high will it rise? I suspect well into the thousands. Tens of thousands of vigilantes came from all over the United States and stormed the Capitol, mostly maskless. They shared their viruses and took them home with them to spread among their communities. Expect our already high numbers of infections to increase; and expect the death toll from COVID-19 to increase along with the infections.

And this coup attempt is far from over. The coup-plotters have vowed to continue; and I suspect they will.

So, what can we do to strengthen our own government? Let's start by leaving other people's governments alone.


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