Republicans’ lack of alarm over the shutdown reveals a disturbing truth: they want our goverment to be broken

The right-wing, anti-government forces which took root in the Republican party more than 40 years ago are now in full bloom, and Trump is their willing avatar. by Ross Barkan Guardian Jan 18, 2019 The government shutdown, now in its fourth miserable week, shows few signs of ending. Donald Trump, obsessed with his own image and … Continue reading Republicans’ lack of alarm over the shutdown reveals a disturbing truth: they want our goverment to be broken

AeroMexico DNA Discount (EchoChamber Friday)

Welcome to EchoChamber Friday, where we intentionally look at articles we would not ordinarily read to see how "the other half" lives and so we don't become frogs in a well. Today, we have a commercial for you from AeroMexico.  I recommend the taco trucks in Juárez... your mileage may vary. https://youtu.be/2sCeMTB5P6U And while you're … Continue reading AeroMexico DNA Discount (EchoChamber Friday)

Donald Trump is a master manipulator of bias. The trouble is, we go along with it

The apparently common human tendency to believe we alone see the world as it truly is, without bias or error, can be – and has been – easily manipulated to undermine fact-based policymaking. by David Dodwell  South China Morning Post  Let’s imagine you are driving along a motorway at 80km/h. For sure, anyone driving slower … Continue reading Donald Trump is a master manipulator of bias. The trouble is, we go along with it

Has the Government Legalized Secret Defense Spending?

While a noisy Supreme Court fight captivated America last fall, an obscure federal accounting body quietly approved a system of classified money-moving by MATT TAIBBI Rolling Stone Jan 16, 2019 Aerial view of the Pentagon building. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images October 4th, 2018, was a busy news day. The fight over Brett Kavanuagh’s Supreme Court … Continue reading Has the Government Legalized Secret Defense Spending?

Summing up the Official Claims in the Salisbury Poisonings: Weighed in the Balances and Found Wanting

  by Ron Slane BlogMire Jan 9, 2019 As promised, I want to round off my pieces on the Salisbury case by looking at what I consider to be the major issues and flaws with the case presented to the public by the British Government and the Metropolitan Police, as well as the role played … Continue reading Summing up the Official Claims in the Salisbury Poisonings: Weighed in the Balances and Found Wanting

Historians Have Long Thought Populism Was a Good Thing. Are They Wrong?

Today’s populist resurgence has us rethinking the role these movements play in U.S. politics. by OSHUA ZEITZ  Politico Jan 14, 2019 Imagine, if you will, that millions of hard-working Americans finally reached their boiling point. Roiled by an unsettling pattern of economic booms and busts; powerless before a haughty coastal elite that in recent decades … Continue reading Historians Have Long Thought Populism Was a Good Thing. Are They Wrong?

The humanities have much to teach our adversarial culture about empathy

by Alexander Bevilacqua Aeon Jan 15, 2019 Recently discovered prisoner writings on the wall of Lyon’s notorious Montluc prison from which résistant and historian Marc Bloch was taken and executed by the Nazis on the night of the 16 June 1944. A noted historian, Bloch wrote: ‘The task of the historian is understanding, not judging.’ Photo by … Continue reading The humanities have much to teach our adversarial culture about empathy