World update: May 14 2018

FYI, tomorrow night’s updates will be it until next Tuesday. For family reasons I’ll be unavailable later this week, and I need a day or two to wrap up a few obligations beforehand. It also feels like a good time to take a little break. Not that I don’t enjoy doing this but between the… Continue reading World update: May 14 2018

World update: December 12, 2017

Happy Hanukkah to those readers who are celebrating! CLIMATE CHANGE Good news from the Arctic: Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing faster than ever, according to a new US government report that also found Arctic seawater is warming and sea ice is melting at the fastest pace in 1,500 years.   The annual report released… Continue reading World update: December 12, 2017

Europe/Americas update: August 5-7 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met on Monday on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum conference in Manila and, according to Lavrov at least, it was a Good Talk: Lavrov described his talks with Tillerson as lengthy and said they covered a wide range of topics,… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 5-7 2017

Conflict (i.e., Syria) update: April 6 2017

SYRIA Welp. I wrote a fair amount of stuff about the Khan Shaykhun incident this afternoon, some of which I’m going to leave in below even though it might not make complete sense anymore after this evening’s developments (I’ve tried to rewrite it but if anything seems incongruous then understand that it’s because I originally wrote it earlier… Continue reading Conflict (i.e., Syria) update: April 6 2017

Nothing has changed

Yesterday, Donald Trump was a bully. Today, Donald Trump is a bully. Tomorrow, Donald Trump will be a bully. Yesterday, Donald Trump was a racist. In 1989, Donald Trump was a racist. In 2014, Donald Trump was a racist. Today, Donald Trump is a racist. Tomorrow, Donald Trump will be a racist. Yesterday, Donald Trump… Continue reading Nothing has changed

When did Donald Trump stop being funny?

Don’t get me wrong, there’s always been a disturbing element of xenophobia/racism/antisemitism/Islamophobia underlying Donald Trump’s popularity, and Trump has never been entirely just comic relief, but the longer this goes on and the more unhinged he appears, the less funny his absurdity and stupidity have gotten. The whole Trump phenomenon tipped from “funny” to “curious”… Continue reading When did Donald Trump stop being funny?