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Caitie has a sad

A strangely serious one, given my title.

the rally effect of the bin Laden death

A phrase I came across while reading about polling in the US Presidential election, and specifically Obama approval ratings. The phrase just chilled me: the horrific idea that one can measurably demonstrate a rise in approval ratings from having taken a life.

I'm not saying bin Laden wasn't a bad dude. Definitely was. Me, I'm with Gandalf on capital punishment, but I recognize other people have a different opinion.

But there's still something chilling about that phrase. Monstrous behaviour does not a non-human make.

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When I decided to study folklore this was sort of the secret I was trying to unlock. Us/Them. Self/Other. How we create alienation and togetherness. I was inspired because of Bill Ellis's book Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live, which discusses the phenomenon at some length of creating a oneness by uniting against a common enemy.

If we're going to exploit that particular trait of humanity, I sure wish we could unite really hard against enemies like, I dunno, global warming, or world hunger, or cancer, or...