…The future of American power …

Why the end of America’s empire won’t be peaceful This By-invitation commentary is part of a series by global thinkers on the future of American power—examining the forces shaping the country's global standing, from the rise of China to the withdrawal from Afghanistan.   As it leaves Afghanistan in chaos, America’s decline mirrors Britain’s a … Continue reading …The future of American power …

… Dave Barry’s … 2021 Year In Review…

Is there anything positive we can say about 2021? Yes. We can say that it was marginally better than 2020. Granted, this is not high praise. It’s like saying that somebody is marginally nicer than Hitler. But it’s something. What was better about 2021? For one thing, people finally emerged from their isolated pandemic cocoons … Continue reading … Dave Barry’s … 2021 Year In Review…

…The Inventors of America’s Most Dangerous Idea …

Freedom was once a rallying cry for justice, but the country’s Realtors had a better use for it. Conservatives in America have, in recent months, used the idea of freedom to argue against wearing masks, oppose vaccine mandates, and justify storming the Capitol. They routinely refer to themselves as “freedom-loving Americans.” Freedom, as a cause, … Continue reading …The Inventors of America’s Most Dangerous Idea …

… Pandora Papers …

  Millions of leaked documents and the biggest journalism partnership in history have uncovered financial secrets of 35 current and former world leaders more than 330 politicians and public officials in 91 countries and territories, and a global lineup of fugitives, con artists and murderers. The secret documents expose offshore dealings of the King of … Continue reading … Pandora Papers …

..FBI Investigation of Failed Mercenary Plot implicates Eric Prince …

Investigators are probing Eric Prince’s involvement in the attempted sale of Jordanian military equipment as part of a 2019 plan to help self-declared Libyan leader Khalifa Hifter. The FBI IS investigating a failed 2019 mercenary plot related to the civil war in Libya and has sought to determine what role, if any, private military contractor … Continue reading ..FBI Investigation of Failed Mercenary Plot implicates Eric Prince …

… When Tony Bennett hears the opening notes of a familiar song, he still knows what to do…

When Tony Bennett hears the opening notes of a familiar song, he still knows what to do. Let someone start believing in you… Steady on his feet, he takes his place alongside the piano. Let him hold out his hand… His smile grows wide; his gaze meets the eyes of those assembled around him. Let … Continue reading … When Tony Bennett hears the opening notes of a familiar song, he still knows what to do…

… We absolutely need to win the next mid-term election …

I graduated high school in 1966. Abortion was outlawed then, of course. But even though birth control pills were starting to become available, only married women could get them, and only with written permission from their husbands. Many doctors refused to prescribe them. Taking them was a moral offense that would get you excommunicated from … Continue reading … We absolutely need to win the next mid-term election …

…Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong …

In the early grades, U.S. schools value reading-comprehension skills over knowledge. The results are devastating, especially for poor kids. Justyna Stasik At first glance, the classroom I was visiting at a high-poverty school in Washington, D.C., seemed like a model of industriousness. The teacher sat at a desk in the corner, going over student work, … Continue reading …Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong …

…Goodbye, and good riddance …

“If you want to leave, take good care, hope you make a lot of nice friends out there.” — From the song “Wild World” by Cat Stevens This is for those of you who’ve chosen to quit your jobs rather than submit to a vaccine mandate. No telling how many of you there actually are, … Continue reading …Goodbye, and good riddance …

… Why every strain is a hybrid …

According to a legacy grower ... If you've shopped for flower at a dispensary more than once, you're familiar with this question: “Do you like sativas or indicas?” And if you're like me it's the question that makes you roll your eyes, because: 1. Don't talk to me like a noob. 2. Indicas and sativas … Continue reading … Why every strain is a hybrid …

…President Biden meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky …

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attending a meeting at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday. PHOTO: DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES President Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are expected on Wednesday to discuss the countries’ bilateral relations and Ukraine’s tensions with Russia and aspirations to join the West, addressing a simmering foreign policy challenge for Mr. Biden … Continue reading …President Biden meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky …

… Why Is Merrick Garland Defending Bill Barr’s Policies?…

Biden’s attorney general is siding with Donald Trump’s Justice Department... ... on everything from the Mueller Report ... to a rape accusation ... Merrick Garland took the helm of the United States Justice Department three months ago, guided by a brilliant legal mind and the best of intentions. So many of us were filled with hope. … Continue reading … Why Is Merrick Garland Defending Bill Barr’s Policies?…

… After the gold standard, …

...we got bigger government and a smaller dollar August marks the 50th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s infamous decision to “close the gold window,” reneging on the U.S. government’s pledge to redeem dollars for gold. Although Nixon’s action spelled the end of the postwar Bretton Woods framework, the system in place circa 1970 was a pale shadow … Continue reading … After the gold standard, …

… Avoiding A Covid-19 Economic Meltdown Depends On These 4 Things …

How well the American economy performs over the short- and intermediate-term depends on the path of the coronavirus. At issue is the recent surge in new Covid-19 cases and deaths due to the highly contagious Delta variant and the more recent Lambda variant. Another factor is the clash between politics and science. As we experience … Continue reading … Avoiding A Covid-19 Economic Meltdown Depends On These 4 Things …

… Press Secretary Jen Psaki is Good At Mending Fences…

Just Don’t Call Her Nice. It’s a summer Friday. President Biden is at his Delaware beach house, where he delivered a brief speech about that morning’s encouraging jobs numbers. Washington, D.C., is quiet—some might say eerily so. (The lead from Michelle Goldberg’s column that morning in The New York Times: “We are in the eye … Continue reading … Press Secretary Jen Psaki is Good At Mending Fences…

… Is It Finally Time? …

... to Begin Calling Trumpism Fascist? The 45th president during an inflammatory Ohio speech in June. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images One of the real quandaries of Trump-era politics has been how to describe the school of thought (or action) its central figure leads. The more it has become apparent that the 45th president and his … Continue reading … Is It Finally Time? …

… Guilty Parties …

Two entrepreneurs have built a business dredging up white women’s shame. Photo: Jesus Trillo Lago/Getty Images/iStockphoto Were White Fragility to be adapted as reality TV, the result might look something like this: A collection of affluent white women, equipped with varying degrees of vanity and self-delusion, gather at a well-appointed dinner table. There, they face … Continue reading … Guilty Parties …

… Exclusive: Documents Reveal Erik Prince’s $10 Billion Plan …

..to Make Weapons and Create a Private Army in Ukraine On the second night of his visit to Kyiv, Erik Prince had a dinner date on his agenda. A few of his Ukrainian associates had arranged to meet the American billionaire at the Vodka Grill that evening, Feb. 23, 2020. The choice of venue seemed … Continue reading … Exclusive: Documents Reveal Erik Prince’s $10 Billion Plan …