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2020 Nov 18 - 4:05pm
Photograph Source: jlhervàs – CC BY 2.0 One of the most consequential appointments that a new president must make is director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).  Unfortunately, this appointment is usually made late in the transition process, getting insufficient attention and typically ending up with a mediocre selection.  Presidents have named liberals (Ted Sorenson and Tony Lake) who couldn’t survive the confirmation process;...
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2020 Nov 18 - 3:59pm
Photograph Source: Matt Brown – CC BY 2.0 It is probably no exaggeration to say that Donald Trump in all likelihood views BoJo Johnson as his sidekick. They have their birthplace in common, and when they meet it won’t be a surprise if they always began by congratulating each other on this. BoJo seems much more at ease in Trump’s company than, say, that of the stolid Angela Merkel. Frau Dr Merkel is probably several notches above the 2 men...
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2020 Nov 18 - 3:57pm
Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair In the recently released The Sinking Middle Class: A Political History, David Roediger floats the Marxist-driven notion that the American Middle Class is a misery-filled achievement, producing more Bartleby the Scriveners than East up-moving Jeffersons, and is not worth saving. He explores the language of classification and definition used by politicians and the media to promote the false mythos of achievement...
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2020 Nov 18 - 3:55pm
Donald Trump’s efforts to litigate himself to a second term are effectively done.  Hastening the end are two things.  One, the reality that the voter fraud claims on which  he stakes his litigation strategy are baseless.  Two,  something that every first-year law student knows, the ethical and legal obligations of  (Trump’s) attorneys not to press arguments in court which are meritless or  frivolous. .   This includes Rudy Giuliani as Trump’s...
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2020 Nov 18 - 3:52pm
Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair A friend, who is an intelligent person with no science background, asked me to explain simply what the concern expressed with alarm by many scientists and (anti) climate change activists is about the increasing rate of methane gas emissions in the Arctic. That attempted explanation follows. From even before the extinction of the dinosaurs by the Chicxulub Meteor 66 million years ago (66mya), to about 34mya, the...
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2020 Nov 18 - 3:50pm
Photograph Source: Senate Democrats – CC BY 2.0 Corporate Democrats got the presidential nominee they wanted, along with control over huge campaign ad budgets and nationwide messaging to implement “moderate” strategies. But, as the Washington Post noted, Joe Biden’s victory “came with no coattails down ballot.” Democratic losses left just a razor-thin cushion in the House, and the party failed to win a Senate majority. Now, corporate...
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2020 Nov 18 - 3:50pm
Photograph Source: DonkeyHotey – CC BY 2.0 Washington is abuzz with ideas for actions the Biden-Harris administration could take that would not require Congressional approval. One of the buzziest: cancellation of student debts owed to the federal government. The U.S. Department of Education owns about 92 percent of the $1.6 trillion in U.S. student loans and many legal scholars say the Department has the authority to wipe these burdens...
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2020 Nov 18 - 3:47pm
Is China a sovereign country? The question may seem ludicrous. But it must be asked of the US and other Western politicians and media objecting loudly to Beijing’s disqualification of four opposition lawmakers in Hong Kong. That act has sparked the resignation of 15 other “pro-democracy” legislators. A sovereign nation has the unchallengeable right to remedy political deficiencies in territory under its jurisdiction. The four dismissals were an...
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2020 Nov 18 - 3:31pm
“The president is an elected king. The fact that he is elected has proved to be of far less significance in the course of political evolution than the fact that he is pragmatically a king.” – Randolph Bourne, “The State.” Are we having fun folks? Are we there yet? On a recent edition of the NewsHour, columnist David Brooks suggested that Donald Trump was going through the five stages of grief that include denial, anger, depression and acceptance...
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2020 Nov 18 - 3:09pm
Large gatherings do not find favor, during this plague-haunted time, with regulatory and administrative officials. However, increasing consciousness of indigenous peoples’ rights, recognition that the land management practices of the dominant culture are failing, and their own deep desires for the restoration of historic salmon visitations to our coast, persuaded the BLM and the Humboldt County Health Department to permit a Salmon Return...
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2020 Nov 18 - 2:59pm
Whatever will he do next? The cable newscasters cry, eager to ply their audiences with more of the drip, drip that keeps advertisers hooked. If you’re feeling withdrawal from Disaster Don’s tweets, there are pictures of his golf cart and non-news of his non-lawsuits. And Joe, oh Joe, and the next four years. How will he handle the world and the pandemic and the heartbreak we call our economy? How will the Dow Jones react? And did you know the...
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2020 Nov 18 - 2:36pm
In an emergency press conference on November 10, 2020, Gyeonggi Vice Governor for Peace Lee Jae-gang protested against the UNC Command’s rejection of his request to set up a peace office in a 6-person tent in front of Dora Observatory, which overlooks the Kaesong Industrial Complex from South Korea: “It is a terrible thing when we cannot install simple furnishings on South Korean land — something that does not involve any military purpose or any...
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