World update: June 22 2018

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA ISIS’s Amaq news agency is claiming that ISIS carried out an attack against Syrian Democratic Forces personnel in Raqqa on Thursday, which if true would be the group’s first attack in the city since leaving it last October. So far I’ve seen no independent confirmation of anything like this having happened. Meanwhile,… Continue reading World update: June 22 2018

World update: May 1 2018

ENVIRONMENT New data from the World Health Organization shows that air pollution is killing seven million people per year–and naturally, poor nations are being hit hardest: “There are cities and regions where improvement is happening,” said Sophie Gumy, one of the authors of the report. “But even if things have started to move, they aren’t… Continue reading World update: May 1 2018

Europe/Americas update: April 7-8 2018

INEQUALITY If you’re worried about dying in a climate change-induced future hellscape, I have good news–unchecked inequality might tear us all apart before we can get there: World leaders are being warned that the continued accumulation of wealth at the top will fuel growing distrust and anger over the coming decade unless action is taken… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: April 7-8 2018

World update: January 22 2018

INEQUALITY Whatever else may be going on the world, it’s nice to see that unfettered crony capitalism is keeping on keeping on: The gap between the super rich and the rest of the world widened last year as wealth continued to be owned by a small minority, Oxfam has claimed.   Some 82% of money… Continue reading World update: January 22 2018

World update: December 15 2017

IMPORTANT SITE UPDATE: All this time, without realizing it, I’ve had accelerated mobile posting turned on and as a result anybody coming to this site via a mobile link has been landing on a dull AMP page rather than the nice premium (as in I’m paying for it) theme page that I specifically chose for this… Continue reading World update: December 15 2017

Cosmic justice takes an oddly specific form

Here’s Hawaii State Representative Tom Brower (D): Rep. Brower is holding that there sledgehammer in that there photograph because he’s best known for using it to Make A Difference for Hawaii’s shockingly large homeless population: Armed with a sledgehammer and a self-righteous mission, State Rep. Tom Brower (D.) walks his district’s streets and parks looking… Continue reading Cosmic justice takes an oddly specific form

Iran reckons with its misogynist vice groups

Just to prove that I’m not one of those liberals (whoever they are, I mean Sam Harris and Bill Maher said they exist so obviously they must really exist and not just be made up) who ignores the Islamic world’s massive problem with gender relations, let’s talk about a remarkable protest movement that began last… Continue reading Iran reckons with its misogynist vice groups