…tRumps Right Hand Troll…

Photo illustration by WG600* It’s late on a friday afternoon in March, and I’m sitting across from Stephen Miller in his spacious, sunlit West Wing office, trying to figure out whether he’s trolling me. This is no easy task. A provocateur as skilled as Miller doesn’t just announce when he’s saying something outlandish to get … Continue reading …tRumps Right Hand Troll…

…Pause the Lovefest tRumpy …What About This Guy?…..and The Others?……

Otto Warmbier, American detainee,died after returning from North Korea with severe injuries SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It was just months ago when President Donald Trump used his first State of the Union address to condemn the cruelty of North Korea’s government. But after his historic summit on Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong … Continue reading …Pause the Lovefest tRumpy …What About This Guy?…..and The Others?……

..Got a preexisting condition? The Trump administration wants insurers to deny you coverage…

In its latest effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act — and in the process, raise premiums for many Americans — the Trump administration is urging a federal judge in Texas to throw out the law’s protections for people with preexisting conditions. In other words, the administration wants insurers to be able to deny coverage to the people … Continue reading ..Got a preexisting condition? The Trump administration wants insurers to deny you coverage…

..Trump Misleads on Opioid Epidemic Fight…

President Donald Trump implied that his administration’s funding to fight the opioid epidemic had caused the “numbers” to come “way down.” But the most recent data we have on opioid-related deaths — which are still rising — and prescriptions for opioids — which have been declining in recent years — predate the funding the president … Continue reading ..Trump Misleads on Opioid Epidemic Fight…

..Australia Doesn’t Exist And People Who Live There Are Actors…

Flat Earthers Say Australia Doesn't Exist And People Who Live There Are Actors Paid By NASA There's a growing number of people who seem to think the world is, in fact, flat. But it gets better. They also insist that Australia is actually just one big hoax. According to a viral Facebook rant, the entire country … Continue reading ..Australia Doesn’t Exist And People Who Live There Are Actors…

……Hooking the Dinosaur of Fish…..

It’s paddlefish season in Montana. Programs to harvest the giant’s caviar and sell it have helped to create a model for sustainable fishing. CreditJanie Osborne for The New York Times GLENDIVE, Mont. — Fishing here conjures images of waders and featherweight flies landing softly on lazy rivers, an irresistible lure for the one- or two-pound … Continue reading ……Hooking the Dinosaur of Fish…..

…Hey……..Did You See That?…………me either…..

While the space rock (2010 WC9) posed no danger to our planet, such a close pass is uncommon for asteroids of this size Asteroid 2010 WC9 as it appeared on May 15, 2018, at a distance of 453,600 miles. (The Virtual Telescope Project) On Tuesday May 15 our planet had a fleeting visitor: an asteroid … Continue reading …Hey……..Did You See That?…………me either…..

..Graduates: Here’s an Honor Code for Life…

Amid a national epidemic of dishonesty, acting with integrity is more important than ever. The following is an adaptation of an address by Michael R. Bloomberg to Rice University’s class of 2018.  When I was deciding what I wanted to say today, I kept thinking about a Rice tradition that’s an incredibly important part of student … Continue reading ..Graduates: Here’s an Honor Code for Life…

..The Really Big One…

...How Big?.....An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The ONLY question is when.  The next full-margin rupture of the Cascadia subduction zone will spell the worst natural disaster in the history of the continent. Illustration by Christoph Niemann; Map by Ziggymaj / Getty  When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, … Continue reading ..The Really Big One…

..The System…

Two new histories show how the Nazi concentration camps worked. Prisoners break up clay for the brickworks at Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg, in 1939. Photograph from Akg-Images One night in the autumn of 1944, two Frenchwomen—Loulou Le Porz, a doctor, and Violette Lecoq, a nurse—watched as a truck drove in through the main gates of Ravensbrück, the Nazi … Continue reading ..The System…

…A Lynching Memorial Is Opening…

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opening Thursday in Montgomery, Ala., remembers the thousands of victims of lynchings. Photo Credit Audra Melton for The New York Times A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opening Thursday in Montgomery, Ala., is dedicated to victims of … Continue reading …A Lynching Memorial Is Opening…

…Why Kim Jong Un Went to China…

..............  Photograph from KCNA / KNS / AP Optimists say Kim Jong Un’s meeting with Xi Jinping may signal that North Korea wants China’s coöperation as it prepares for larger economic reforms. Pessimists call that reading naïve. As a signpost along the course of history, there is no ritual more pregnant with uncertainty than the … Continue reading …Why Kim Jong Un Went to China…

… Cambridge Analytica’s “psychographic microtargeting”: what’s bullshit and what’s legit…

Cambridge Analytica probably didn’t win the election for Donald Trump. Why did Cambridge Analytica — the analytics and marketing firm that worked for the Trump presidential campaign — want to know what 50 million people “liked” on Facebook? The answer, as we’ve learned, is that the firm, which obtained the personal data of tenes of … Continue reading … Cambridge Analytica’s “psychographic microtargeting”: what’s bullshit and what’s legit…

…Stephen Hawking’s Most Intriguing Quotes on Aliens, Women and the Future of Humanity…

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking visits the Temple of Heaven on June 18, 2006, in Beijing, China. Credit: AFP/Getty Images Though the famed physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking could speak only through a device in his cheek muscle, he had plenty of intriguing, and sometimes scary, things to say during his lifetime — cut short by ALS, … Continue reading …Stephen Hawking’s Most Intriguing Quotes on Aliens, Women and the Future of Humanity…

…Population Decline in Russia…

Russia's Population Set to Decline From 143 Million Today to 111 Million in 2050 Westend61 / Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin recently directed his nation's parliament to develop a plan to reduce the country's falling birthrate. In a speech to parliament on May 10, 2006, Putin called the problem of Russia's dramatically declining population, … Continue reading …Population Decline in Russia…

..Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier…

 How the ex-spy tried to warn the world about Trump’s ties to Russia. By Jane Mayer Steele told friends that Trump supporters were using him as a “battering ram” to “take down the whole intelligence community.” In January, after a long day at his London office, Christopher Steele, the former spy turned private investigator, was … Continue reading ..Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier…