World update: January 5 2018

ASIA GEORGIA Georgian President-turned-Ukrainian governor-turned stateless pariah Mikheil Saakashvili was sentenced in absentia to three years in prison by a Georgian court on Friday, for abuse of his pardon power during his tenure as president. You’ve heard the saying “you can’t go home again”? In Saakashvili’s case it’s literally true. PAKISTAN The Trump administration clarified… Continue reading World update: January 5 2018

Europe/Americas update: November 3 2017

CLIMATE CHANGE The rest of world, sans Donald Trump, is gearing up for a big climate meeting in Germany: Governments, scientists, industry groups and environmental campaigners are meeting in Germany next week to discuss implementing a global agreement to curb climate change, despite uncertainty over how the United States will figure into the effort.  … Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 3 2017

World update: May 30 2017

MISSILE DEFENSE Well, this might actually be good news: The US military has successfully carried out its first-ever missile defense test involving a simulated attack by an intercontinental ballistic missile, in a major milestone for a program meant to defend against a mounting North Korean threat. The US military fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)-type… Continue reading World update: May 30 2017

Say, could these two things be related?

Online journalism is running headlong into its own funeral pyre. Outlets are increasingly turning over content to places like Facebook, where more people might see it, but where it becomes increasingly difficult to find a financial model that can actually sustain the business of paying people to write and report about stuff. Enter Twitter, which… Continue reading Say, could these two things be related?

More on Bergdahl, including my brush with the big time

Hey. Hi. How are you? What, me? Anything new? Well, you know, nothing big. I mean, I did get cited by the big-time media for my insightful deeply silly writing retweeting of ridiculous conservatives, if you’re into that sort of thing: Majority.fm’s Matt Binder and LobeLog contributor Derek Davison noticed something funny: just before Bergdahl was released,… Continue reading More on Bergdahl, including my brush with the big time

A real Putin’s Putin

There’s some intense stuff going on in Eastern Europe, in the Black Sea area especially. The leader of a supposed-constitutional republic has been getting out of hand for some time now–suppressing internal opposition, dealing harshly with dissenters, that sort of thing. Lately though, he’s not only started tightly controlling the media in his country, but… Continue reading A real Putin’s Putin

At the intersection of innumeracy and technological illiteracy…

…we find Ari Fleischer: Question to @gov: how come @BarackObama ‘s last tweet was more than 140 characters? Does he play by different rules??? — Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) September 24, 2013 @gov I retract my tweet. When I copy and pasted, it included the @BarackObama. — Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) September 24, 2013 Can I make… Continue reading At the intersection of innumeracy and technological illiteracy…