about ellen degeneres and her spontaneous teach-ins on kindness: bush junior killed 1 million people in iraq (according to a rigorous study by the lancet journal) and displaced many more millions. in terms of numbers, and without taking into account race, religion or nationality, osama bin laden killed far fewer people. would it be ok to have a friendly chit-chat with him? for those who think that’s a heinous comparison, it might behoove them to delve deeper into why that is. american exceptionalism? manifest destiny on steroids?