Who’s Zoomin’ Who?

Some Trump apologists are putting forward the notion his motives are entirely Machiavellian in his efforts to promote peace like the ‘peace’ achieved by being duped by Kim Jong Un of DPRK, Netanyahu of Israel, Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and Assad of Syria. Some, recalling the living, waking terror of nuclear…Read more Who’s Zoomin’ Who?

Trump’s Russian Laundromat

How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House. BY CRAIG UNGER In 1984, a Russian émigré named David Bogatin went shopping for apartments in New York City. The 38-year-old had arrived in America seven…Read more Trump’s Russian Laundromat

Trump’s Solar Border Wall Idea Won’t Work in the Real World

Commentary: Pundits reported Tuesday June 6 that Donald Trump, at an Oval Office meeting of high-level Republican leaders, suggested that his proposed border wall incorporate solar panels, the goal being to sell electrical power as a way of funding the Wall's construction. According to Jonathan Swan at Axios, Trump described to assembled Republican Congressional leaders his image…Read more Trump’s Solar Border Wall Idea Won’t Work in the Real World

ANDREW JOHNSON’S IMPEACHMENT: A MODEL AND A WARNING FOR TRUMP

Much has been made of President Donald Trump's apparent historical gaffe regarding Andrew Jackson and the American Civil War. Jackson, Trump said, was 'really angry' about the Civil War, apparently unaware that Jackson was dead 16 years before the beginning of the civil war. But was it just a silly mistake? Did Trump mistakenly name…Read more ANDREW JOHNSON’S IMPEACHMENT: A MODEL AND A WARNING FOR TRUMP

The Kekulé Problem Where did language come from? By Cormac McCarthy Illustrations by Don Kilpatrick III April 20, 2017

http://nautil.us/issue/47/consciousness/the-kekul-problem Cormac McCarthy is best known to the world as a writer of novels. These include Blood Meridian, All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, and The Road. At the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) he is a research colleague and thought of in complementary terms. An aficionado on subjects ranging from the history…Read more The Kekulé Problem Where did language come from? By Cormac McCarthy Illustrations by Don Kilpatrick III April 20, 2017

Triumph of Evil?

Photo: Santiago Mejia, The Chronicle  From left: Dayana, age 22; her father Miguel; her brother Joshua, age 14; mother Veronica; and sister Luana, age 6; listen in to church service at Grace Cathedral on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 in San Francisco, Calif. People may have noticed the lack of new posts from my blog and…Read more Triumph of Evil?

Knives Are Out – no backstreet brawl

Not content to even let Labour’s party conference pass before restarting their smear campaigns, the anti-Corbyn faction are already at work. The latest manifestation is a revival of the slander of shadow chancellor John McDonnell, claiming he stated that odious ex-Tory Wirral MP Esther McVey should be lynched. This is ‘old news‘ from 2014 and […]…Read more Knives Are Out – no backstreet brawl

Figure Fiddling, while Britain Burns

This morning I had the privilege to be at the special conference for the announcement of the result of the leadership contest between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith. As you will know by now, the result was emphatic, with Corbyn gaining a decisive 61.8% share (313,209/506,438/654,006) of the votes in spite of the efforts to […]…Read more Figure Fiddling, while Britain Burns

Pic: Mike McQuade for BuzzFeed News  A parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else, helps executives convicted of crimes escape punishment. Part one of a BuzzFeed News investigation. Chris Hamby BuzzFeed News Reporter posted on Aug. 28, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.  Imagine a private, global super court that empowers…Read more