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Eighteen years ago. And, nothing, nothing, nothing learned – except to never trust the state. Here’s a fun story:

The U.S.-led coalition says American warplanes have dropped 36,000 kilograms (40 tons) of bombs on an Island in the Tigris River “infested” with members of the Islamic State group.

The coalition said F15 and F35 warplanes took part in the bombing on Qanus Island in the central province of Salaheddine, north of the capital Baghdad.

Tuesday’s attack is part of operations carried out by Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition against IS, which was defeated in Iraq in 2017.

Maybe “defeated” has a cool new meaning, something borrowed from the Queer movement, about “operational fluidity” or some such bullshit. Iraq never had anything to do with 9/11, other than the pathetic aftermath. And, for the coming domestic unpleasantness, especially for all y’all AR-15ers with the cold, dead hands, 80,000 pounds of bombs is roughly the payload of a single B52. Parity? No.

9/11 features into the background of “The Substitute,” moving along at a swimming pace. You’ll see soon. And, more imminently – barring another scheduling conflict – I’ve got a 9/11 engineering bit coming to TPC.