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
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 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
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
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?
Donald Trump proves once and for all that even that opposition to the Iraq War he's always bragging about is just a bunch of BS.
I've resisted the urge to write anything about the dearly departed Antonin Scalia, in no small part because I've learned that it really isn't nice to speak ill of the dead, but I don't really know what nice thing I'd say about a guy who once argued that demonstrating innocence was not enough to save … Continue reading What the Supreme Court beef says about the GOP