Welcome to 2017: getting on with it

It’s the last day of January and I swore I wasn’t going to keep writing these “new year” pieces past the end of the month. The thing is, between family situations, deadlines, and–to be completely honest–a low grade case of burnout, I just haven’t been as prolific as I thought I would be. So to… Continue reading Welcome to 2017: getting on with it

A brief update on the Ft. Lauderdale shooting

We know considerably more about Esteban Santiago, the man who killed five people at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport yesterday, and the emerging picture suggests a man with some sort of profoundly violent mental illness. Santiago, 26, was a combat engineer in the National Guard in Puerto Rico and then Alaska before being discharged last… Continue reading A brief update on the Ft. Lauderdale shooting

“Multiple people” dead in Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting, developing

About an hour ago there was a mass shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in south Florida. The shooter is reportedly in custody but police are saying that “multiple people” have been killed–I’ve seen reports that say three and others five, but obviously this is a very fluid situation and it doesn’t make much… Continue reading “Multiple people” dead in Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting, developing

A good con is all in the prep work

Hey, kids, if you want to know how to seed the ground for a bit of a wintertime con job, check out what Vladimir Putin is saying today: Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday of the risk of Ukraine siphoning off Russian gas destined for Europe, the Kremlin said. In… Continue reading A good con is all in the prep work

It’s a bad time to be a separatist leader in Ukraine

Notwithstanding whatever arrangements European leaders are concocting in their occasional summit meetings, the conflict in eastern Ukraine is still very much alive, albeit frozen. Literally, come to think of it, given the approach of another Ukrainian winter. Separatists in the Donbas are tired after three years of war, but they’re entrenched, and they’re still getting… Continue reading It’s a bad time to be a separatist leader in Ukraine

Erdoğan’s plan may finally be coming together

You’ve probably noticed that Turkey has been flexing its regional muscles a bit lately. They’ve invaded Syria and are currently pounding America’s Kurdish proxies north of Aleppo–which may seem confusing if you’re still under the assumption that Turkey and the US share anything more than a very nominal NATO alliance. They’ve also effectively invaded northern… Continue reading Erdoğan’s plan may finally be coming together

Three’s a crowd

Speaking of Libya, it looks like a country that desperately needs to subtract a national government has added one instead: But late on Friday the head of the former Tripoli-based Government of National Salvation, Khalifa Ghweil, proclaimed its reinstatement from the offices of a key consultative body of the GNA. His announcement added to the… Continue reading Three’s a crowd