… The Closing of the Senatorial Mind …

On Day Four of the Trump Impeachment Trial, it was clear that the House Democrats’   case against the President was Not Being Heard. Representative Adam Schiff speaks to the media before the fourth day of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. Each day this week, when the Senate impeachment trial of Donald John … Continue reading … The Closing of the Senatorial Mind …

…Fake news and fact-checking …

... 7 studies you should know about ... What better way to start the new year than by learning new things about how best to battle fake news and other forms of online misinformation? Below is a sampling of the research published in 2019 — seven journal articles that examine fake news from multiple angles, … Continue reading …Fake news and fact-checking …

… The Cost of Fleeing Climate Change …

How an adoption racket in Arkansas offered a way off the Marshall Islands. Navigational charts, wall decorations, and hats at the Marshallese Resource and Education Center, in Springdale, Arkansas, where estimates of the Marshallese population hover between twelve and fifteen thousand. Photographs by Rana Young for The New Yorker In the summer of 2015, Shelma … Continue reading … The Cost of Fleeing Climate Change …

… William Barr, Trump’s Sword and Shield …

The Attorney General’s mission to maximize executive power and protect the Presidency. For decades, Barr has argued that Congress is a menace to the Presidency. As Attorney General, he’s poised to fight back. Illustration by Zohar Lazar Last October, Attorney General William Barr appeared at Notre Dame Law School to make a case for ideological … Continue reading … William Barr, Trump’s Sword and Shield …

…Irv Moss, Denver Post sports reporter for 60 years, dies at 85 …

Moss died of complications from esophageal cancer, according to his close friend, Gary Sever. “The last of a vanishing breed in the newsroom,” said Mike Judson, a copy editor who worked alongside Moss at The Post for more than two decades. “Irv covered it all and knew it all, from preps to colleges to pros … Continue reading …Irv Moss, Denver Post sports reporter for 60 years, dies at 85 …

… What Will Happen to The Trump Toadies? …

Look to Nixon’s defenders, and the Vichy collaborators, for clues. Irony, declared dead after 9/11, is alive and kicking in Trump’s America. It’s the concepts of truth and shame that are on life support. The definition of “facts” has been so thoroughly vandalized that Americans can no longer agree on what one is, and our … Continue reading … What Will Happen to The Trump Toadies? …

… Iran Attacks U.S. Forces, Then Both Sides Stand Down …

Onlookers visit a crater that was caused by a Iranian missile attack on U.S. military bases in Iraq. Photograph by Ari Jalal / Reuters On Tuesday, speaking to hundreds of thousands of mourners at the final funeral service for Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard vowed that the United States would pay … Continue reading … Iran Attacks U.S. Forces, Then Both Sides Stand Down …

… Shit Show’s A Comin …

Campaign Predictions for 2020: To get some insight into the next 12 months and beyond, a group of campaign trail practitioners was asked to flex their prognostication muscles. Here’s what this group of consultants from different corners of the industry had to tell us about the year to come: Brian Ross Adams, founder, Trusted Messenger … Continue reading … Shit Show’s A Comin …

…An F-16 Shot Down a Cruise Missile with a Rocket …

But that was the easy part. Finding the missile was much, much harder. A U.S. Air Force F-16 shot down a simulated cruise missile over the Gulf of Mexico. The weapon used to shoot down the cruise missile, APKWS, is a guided rocket much cheaper than existing air-to-air missiles. The exercise proves that a single … Continue reading …An F-16 Shot Down a Cruise Missile with a Rocket …

… Time to Celebrate the Centennial of Isaac Asimov …

Late in the last century I was several times a speaker at the Dutch Treat Club, a group of New York writers and artists who met each Tuesday at Sardi’s restaurant. Those convivial gatherings were punctuated with laughter, music and bright conversation. Each time I visited the Dutch Treaters I watched Isaac Asimov, with his … Continue reading … Time to Celebrate the Centennial of Isaac Asimov …

Deep Adaptation

William C. Atkinson

From the paper “Deep Adaptation” by Jem Bendell: https://www.scientistswarning.org/wiki/deep-adaptation-agenda/.


The paper, published in July of 2018, concludes “…recent research suggests that human societies will experience disruptions to their basic functioning within less than ten years due to climate stress.  Such disruptions include increased levels of malnutrition, starvation, disease, civil conflict and war – and will not avoid affluent nations. This situation makes redundant the reformist[2] approach to sustainable development and related fields of corporate sustainability. Instead, a new approach which explores how to reduce harm and not make matters worse is important to develop. In support of that challenging, and ultimately personal process, understanding a ‘deep adaptation agenda’ may be useful.”


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… It was an extremely eventful year … by Dave Barry

  It was an extremely eventful year. We are using “eventful” in the sense of “bad.” It was a year so eventful that every time another asteroid whizzed past the Earth, barely avoiding a collision that would have destroyed human civilization, we were not 100 percent certain it was good news. We could not keep … Continue reading … It was an extremely eventful year … by Dave Barry

… Why the Big Boy 4014 is Such a Badass Train …

In railroad lore, one steam engine stands above the rest as the ultimate expression of American Industrial art and science. Courtesy of Union Pacific Railroad  Dormant for decades, it now lives again, restored in all its glory. Americans like things big. Big like Texas, big like the rolling Mississippi, big like the heaviest made-out-of-butter cow … Continue reading … Why the Big Boy 4014 is Such a Badass Train …

… How Putin’s oligarchs funneled millions into GOP campaigns…

...straight to interactive article  Click Here Campaign finance reports show troubling connections between a group of wealthy donors with ties to Russia and their political contributions to Trump and top Republican leaders. Editor's note May 8, 2018: This column originally published December 15, 2017. New allegations about $500k in payments from a Russian oligarch made to … Continue reading … How Putin’s oligarchs funneled millions into GOP campaigns…

… Skid-Row Santa …

“I’m on a mission from St. Nicholas,” I told him. At the finale of the Christmas show last year in Eugene, Oregon, I came out as a skid-row Santa, complete with rubber nose, plastic sack full of beer cans, and a pint of peppermint schnapps to fortify the holiday spirit. I also borrowed my wife … Continue reading … Skid-Row Santa …

… The Saudi Sentences in Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Case Are a Mockery of Justice …

On Monday, the authoritarian kingdom of Saudi Arabia sentenced five operatives to death for the grisly murder and dismemberment of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, in October, 2018. Another three men were dispatched to jail; three more were acquitted. The outcome was, in the words of human-rights experts … Continue reading … The Saudi Sentences in Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Case Are a Mockery of Justice …

… We Have Just Been Handed the Pentagon Papers of Our Generation …

The Afghanistan Papers are a devastating indictment of our military and political leaders. The question is: Will anyone notice?? US Marine Corps soldiers pay their respects during a memorial service in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 2009. I remember the day I broke. I was a young captain in command of an 82-man cavalry troop in the … Continue reading … We Have Just Been Handed the Pentagon Papers of Our Generation …

…False Idol — Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump …

On  the morning of September 29th, six weeks before the 2016 election, Donald Trump was in a conference room at Trump Tower in New York talking to leaders of the religious right about sex-reassignment surgery. In a way, he was bringing about his own transformation. Having quashed the idea that his run for president was … Continue reading …False Idol — Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump …

… How America Ends …

A tectonic demographic shift is under way. Can the country hold together? Democracy depends on the consent of the losers. For most of the 20th century, parties and candidates in the United States have competed in elections with the understanding that electoral defeats are neither permanent nor intolerable. The losers could accept the result, adjust … Continue reading … How America Ends …

… Attorney Gen William Barr lectures at the Federalist Society’s 2019 National Lawyers Convention Washington, DC …

....... disturbing on many levels ... ...w Friday, November 15, 2019 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Good Evening.  Thank you all for being here.  And thank you to Gene [Meyer] for your kind introduction. It is an honor to be here this evening delivering the 19th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture.  I had the privilege … Continue reading … Attorney Gen William Barr lectures at the Federalist Society’s 2019 National Lawyers Convention Washington, DC …