…Leo Fender – Music Man…

  The guitars, bass guitars, and amplifiers he designed from the 1940s on are still relevant: the Fender Telecaster  (1950) was the first mass-produced solid body electric guitar; the Fender Stratocaster   (1954)  is among the world's most iconic electric guitars; the Fender Precision Bass (1951) set the standard for electric bass guitars, and the Fender Bassman amplifier, popular … Continue reading …Leo Fender – Music Man…

..Neoliberalism: The Idea That Swallowed The World…

The word has become a rhetorical weapon, but it properly names the reigning ideology of our era – one that venerates the logic of the market and strips away the things that make us human. Last summer, researchers at the International Monetary Fund settled a long and bitter debate over “neoliberalism”: they admitted it exists. … Continue reading ..Neoliberalism: The Idea That Swallowed The World…

…War Without End…

The Pentagon’s failed campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan left a generation of soldiers with little to fight for but one another. War Without End Pfc. Paul Landenberger, a soldier in Viper Company, on patrol in the Korengal Valley in April 2009. Second Platoon did not hide its dark mood as its soldiers waded across the … Continue reading …War Without End…

… Political Theorist Predicted the Rise of Trumpism….

 His Name Was Hunter S. Thompson. In Hell’s Angels, the gonzo journalist wrote about left-behind people motivated only by “an ethic of total retaliation.” Sound familiar? Hunter S. Thompson, right, speaks at a panel discussion in New Haven, Connecticut, on December 7, 1972. (AP Photo) In late March, Donald Trump opened a rally in Wisconsin … Continue reading … Political Theorist Predicted the Rise of Trumpism….

…The Planet Is Dangerously Close to the Tipping Point for a ‘Hothouse Earth’…

Credit: Shutterstock It's the year 2300. Extreme weather events such as building-flattening hurricanes, years-long droughts and wildfires are so common that they no longer make headlines. The last groups of humans left near the sizzling equator pack their bags and move toward the now densely populated poles. This so-called "hothouse Earth," where global temperatures will … Continue reading …The Planet Is Dangerously Close to the Tipping Point for a ‘Hothouse Earth’…

…China Conducts New Hypersonic Weapon Test…

Beijing hopes hypersonic weapons will help it leap to parity with the U.S. military. The Chinese government tested a new hypersonic weapon system last week, one designed to fly at speeds in excess of Mach 5. The “Starry Sky” weapon tested on August 3rd is a blistering fast weapon meant to overwhelm enemy air and … Continue reading …China Conducts New Hypersonic Weapon Test…

…China has a vastly ambitious plan to connect the world…

What is behind the Belt and Road Initiative? GROWING up in a military dictatorship, Than Swe, a young member of Myanmar’s business elite, saw the Western world as a protector and model. Even when Western governments imposed ever-tighter trade and travel bans to punish the junta that ran his country from 1988 to 2016, Mr … Continue reading …China has a vastly ambitious plan to connect the world…

…The Spacecraft Engineering Required to “Touch the Sun”…

Flying closer to the sun than ever before requires some of the most advanced manufacturing that humanity has ever achieved. NASA GODDARD Flying a spacecraft to the sun has been an objective of NASA since the very beginning. In October 1958, just months after NASA was founded, a committee headed by physicists John Simpson and … Continue reading …The Spacecraft Engineering Required to “Touch the Sun”…

..The Decline and Fall of the American Empire…

America’s future? Even if you don’t think it’s likely, it’s always best to be prepared. So what would the decline of America look like? I don’t ask the question because I think it’s happening (yet?), but because even the most inveterate optimist should be interested in the dangers, if only to ward them off. Here’s … Continue reading ..The Decline and Fall of the American Empire…

…WWII P-38 Discovered Under 300 Feet of Ice in Greenland…

The P-38 "Echo" is part of the Lost Squadron of aircraft that were forced to crash land in Greenland during a blizzard. U.S. ARMY On July 15, 1942, six P-38 Lightning fighter aircraft and two B-17 Flying Fortress bombers encountered a blizzard while supporting the Allied war effort in the British Isles. The aircraft were … Continue reading …WWII P-38 Discovered Under 300 Feet of Ice in Greenland…

…Heat is causing problems across the world…

Worryingly, such weather events may not remain unusual SODANKYLA, a town in Finnish Lapland just north of the Arctic Circle, boasts an average annual temperature a little below freezing. Residents eagerly await the brief spell in July when the region enjoys something akin to summer. This year they may have wished for a bit less … Continue reading …Heat is causing problems across the world…

…Trump vs. the Times: Inside an Off-the-Record Meeting…

The new Times publisher, A. G. Sulzberger, said that he attended the Oval Office meeting expressly to push back on President Trump’s “deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric.” Photograph by Todd Heisler / NYT / Redux On July 20th, the new publisher of the Times, A. G. Sulzberger, visited the Oval Office at the invitation of President … Continue reading …Trump vs. the Times: Inside an Off-the-Record Meeting…

…Joe Biden Attacks President Trump in This Letter to America…

As one of the favorites to take on President Trump in the 2020 election, Joe Biden has been increasing his public exposure over the course of the last several months.  And although he hasn’t given a clear indication if he will run in 2020, most political pundits think he likely will jump into the race … Continue reading …Joe Biden Attacks President Trump in This Letter to America…

..What the Latest Mueller Indictment Reveals About WikiLeaks’ Ties to Russia—and What It Doesn’t…

The latest indictment in the 2016-election probe offers tantalizing, fragmentary new details about WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and Russia. Photograph by James Veysey / Camera Press / Redux When did Russian intelligence give WikiLeaks the e-mails that it hacked from the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, and how did it transmit them? Shortly after the … Continue reading ..What the Latest Mueller Indictment Reveals About WikiLeaks’ Ties to Russia—and What It Doesn’t…

..Trump Threatens Iran on Twitter, Warning of Dire ‘Consequences’…

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran at a meeting with a group of Foreign Ministry officials in Tehran on Sunday.  President Trump threatened Iran late Sunday, warning of severe “consequences,” as rhetoric between the two countries’ presidents escalated dramatically. Mr. Trump, in an all-caps message on Twitter addressed to President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, wrote that … Continue reading ..Trump Threatens Iran on Twitter, Warning of Dire ‘Consequences’…