..Pace of Bering Sea changes startle scientists…

Jessie Royer passes icebergs in open water on Norton Sound on March 13, 2019 as she approaches Nome, Alaska, in the Iditarod trail sled dog race. When a Feb. 22 storm pounded Norton Sound, water surged up the Yukon River and into Kotlik, flooding low-lying homes. The Bering Sea last winter saw record-low sea ice. … Continue reading ..Pace of Bering Sea changes startle scientists…

…Feeling the heat donny boy?….

The Trump's Legal Problems Are Far Far From Over. To wit What's Happening in New York. The enormous volume of coverage and commentary regarding Mueller’s failure to “establish” criminal collusion has obscured Donald Trump's legal troubles in New York. While there are still a lot of questions about what’s actually in the Mueller Report, the … Continue reading …Feeling the heat donny boy?….

…Why the Assange Arrest Should Scare Reporters…

The WikiLeaks founder will be tried in a real court for one thing, but for something else in the court of public opinion Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11, 2019 in London, England. After weeks of speculation Wikileaks founder Julian Assange … Continue reading …Why the Assange Arrest Should Scare Reporters…

…The Government Is Detaining and Interrogating Journalists and Advocates at the US-Mexico Border…

........ ...so much for Freedom in America ......... In what looks like a coordinated attack on constitutional rights, the U.S. government has reportedly been targeting journalists, activists, and lawyers working to raise awareness of issues facing migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. On Wednesday, the NBC affiliate in San Diego revealed leaked documents showing that authorities … Continue reading …The Government Is Detaining and Interrogating Journalists and Advocates at the US-Mexico Border…

…Is America Becoming Trump’s Banana Republic?…

George Conway and the Senate’s Twelve Angry Republicans say not quite yet. Although he acts like an all-powerful strongman, Trump could make himself the first President in decades to leave the office with less power than he had when he entered. Interrupting a previously scheduled “Briefing on Drug Trafficking on the Southern Border,” President Trump … Continue reading …Is America Becoming Trump’s Banana Republic?…

… Trump’s New Budget Exposes his Lies About Protecting Medicare and Medicaid…

Did anyone really think they were going to leave that money alone? The President’s latest budget proposal runs directly counter to his campaign promise to safeguard Medicare. I’ve noted before that Donald Trump lives by a famous dictum from Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propagandist: “When one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it.” … Continue reading … Trump’s New Budget Exposes his Lies About Protecting Medicare and Medicaid…

“ ‘Green Book’, Road Trips, and NBA Fans”

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In case you were in Antarctica last week, “Green Book” won the Oscar for best picture of 2019.  It’s time for some family pride.  Our son-in-law Patrick, is the Editor of this delightful story. Last Sunday night our family and many friends celebrated as we watched our beautiful daughter Stephanie, and Patrick take the final stage. This movie basically tells the unlikeliest story of a ‘record promotion’ road trip taken with an erudite Jazz/Classical pianist, who is African American and his ‘low-grade bouncer/thug’ Italian driver. One of the stars of the show is a 1961 lime green Cadillac, in which much of the dialogue of the movie takes place. The trip takes them through the Jim Crow south.  The Green Book was used by blacks to know where they would be welcomed in that brutally racist world.  About a year ago Patrick shared with us about…

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..Fifteen Questions for Allen Weisselberg…

... C.F.O. of the Trump Organization... It seems likely that Allen Weisselberg (center, with the President and Donald Trump, Jr.) knows more than any other person about the specifics of how Donald Trump has made his money. On Thursday 2/28, the Daily Beast reported that Allen Weisselberg, the C.F.O. of the Trump Organization, will soon … Continue reading ..Fifteen Questions for Allen Weisselberg…

…9 Quotes From a Sioux Indian Chief…

... That Will Make You Question Everything About Our Society... Luther Standing Bear (December 1868 – February 20, 1939) was an Oglala Lakota chief notable in American history as a Native American author, educator, philosopher, and actor of the twentieth century.  Standing Bear fought to preserve Lakota heritage and sovereignty and was at the forefront of a Progressive movement to change government policy … Continue reading …9 Quotes From a Sioux Indian Chief…

…Time to Panic…..

The age of climate panic is here. Last summer, a heat wave baked the entire Northern Hemisphere, killing dozens from Quebec to Japan. Some of the most destructive wildfires in California history turned more than a million acres to ash, along the way melting the tires and the sneakers of those trying to escape the … Continue reading …Time to Panic…..

…How to Escape Pseudo-Events in America: The Lessons of Covington…

In an era defined by virality, is there any way to stop a non-story from becoming a real one?   This past October, Jane Mayer reviewed a book by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a professor of communications at the University of Pennsylvania, titled “Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President—What We Don’t, Can’t, … Continue reading …How to Escape Pseudo-Events in America: The Lessons of Covington…

……. 2018 Glancing Back In The Rear View Mirror….Ala Dave Barry….

Before 2018 fades from view...........let's take a glance back with Dave Barry.......who summarizes 2018 in two words: It boofed. We’re not 100 percent sure what “boofing” is, despite the fact that this very issue was discussed in a hearing of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. All we know for certain about boofing is that it … Continue reading ……. 2018 Glancing Back In The Rear View Mirror….Ala Dave Barry….

..The Oceans Are Warming Fast, and Our Lives Are About to Change…

Vanishing coral reefs, intensifying hurricanes, rising seas — new studies confirm the toll of climate change Sea ice melts on the Franklin Strait along the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. AP/REX/Shutterstock Climate deniers want you to believe otherwise, but the basic physics of climate science is as solid as the basic physics of gravity … Continue reading ..The Oceans Are Warming Fast, and Our Lives Are About to Change…

…Veterans Pay High Price as Lenders Push Cash-Out Home Loans…

The VA is worried about “subprime lending under a new name.” Eric Kandell, president of Low VA Rates. Eric Kandell is making his pitch to veterans. Wearing a red T-shirt, with the words “Low VA Rates” emblazoned across his chest, he looks fit and muscular, as if he had stepped off an Army base himself. In … Continue reading …Veterans Pay High Price as Lenders Push Cash-Out Home Loans…

..’Deadwood’ Movie First Look Released…

The movie adaptation of HBO's Deadwood is now in production. Of course it's only appropriate to start off this Deadwood movie promotional push with the principal two characters of the series, gangster/ bar owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), and violent lawman, Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant). Swearengen seems to be behind the bar, as usual, plotting … Continue reading ..’Deadwood’ Movie First Look Released…

…Then There Were Two: Voyager 2 Reaches Interstellar Space…

Then There Were Two: Voyager 2 Reaches Interstellar Space This illustration shows the position of NASA's Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes, outside of the heliosphere, a protective bubble created by the Sun that extends well past the orbit of Pluto. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech | › Full image and caption In the News The Voyager 2 … Continue reading …Then There Were Two: Voyager 2 Reaches Interstellar Space…

…Averting World Conflict With China…

As some readers know, I’m not a casual political blogger and I prefer producing lengthy research articles rather than chasing the headlines of current events. But there are exceptions to every rule, and the looming danger of a direct worldwide clash with China is one of them. Consider the arrest last week of Meng Wanzhou, … Continue reading …Averting World Conflict With China…

..THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION NEARS THE WORST CASE SCENARIO…

THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION NEARS THE WORST CASE SCENARIO HOTLITTLEPOTATO WE ARE DEEP into the worst case scenarios. But as new sentencing memos for Trump associates Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen make all too clear, the only remaining question is how bad does the actual worst case scenario get?The potential innocent explanations for Donald Trump’s behavior … Continue reading ..THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION NEARS THE WORST CASE SCENARIO…

..The End of the American Order…

At an international conference, allies grieved the loss of the United States they had believed in. The Halifax Security Forum is designed to be a gathering of the world’s democratic countries, which are allied to protect each other.Hosted by the Canadian defense minister, the Forum’s signature is the brief videos that introduce the annual gathering.This … Continue reading ..The End of the American Order…