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[NEW] ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

February 22nd, 2017

In the past I’ve asked if the DAPL protest could become this century’s Wounded Knee. I’m now thinking that Tienanmen Square might be the better comparison. Ohio and Cuyahoga County Actions: Join the Ohio Pipeline Task Force. [Update @ 0600 on 22 February: Hey, we won the west, right?—Interior Department Produced Memo On Dakota Access […]

TRUCE SHORTER THAN A SYRIAN CEASEFIRE…

February 3rd, 2017

David Graham, writing in The Obama-Trump Truce Is Already Over for The Atlantic, explains: Despite Barack Obama’s attempts to build a rapport with Donald Trump during the presidential transition, and despite Trump’s public gratitude, the tradition seems moribund now. Obama had already declared his intention to deviate from tradition “if there are issues that have […]

CHELSEA MANNING TO WALK FREE IN 120 DAYS…

January 18th, 2017

On 17 May will walk free from the United States military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Ed Pilkington, writing in Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama for The Guardian ledes: Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the nature of […]

DON’T MISTAKE THE DEEP STATE FOR A FRIEND…

January 12th, 2017

[Update @ 0610: The Guardian identifies the anonymous behind the story in Trump dossier: Christopher Steele, ex-MI6 officer, named as author ] [Update @ 0532: I would also like to add a note on the perverted sex acts alleged in the Trump Dossier. The use of the word perverted is a dangerous word because once […]

BOMBING FOR PEACE, ONE AT NATION AT A TIME…

December 25th, 2016

This Ralph Nader essay was originally written on 30 September but I’ve allowed my email inbox to explode and the piece was lost in the crush. Nader, in The Jolting Graphic Novel of Our Times, writes: If there is one glaring omission among the daily declarations of both empty suit Donald Trump and hawkish Hillary […]

WHAT THE PRESIDENT CAN ACHIEVE IN 31 DAYS…

December 20th, 2016

In 31 days, the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama will come to an end and private citizen Obama and his family will embark on a new chapter in their lives. What the President does between now and then may have powerful repercussions. Many are hoping that an Obama not concerned about going along to get […]

DOES PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP PLAY CHESS…?

December 16th, 2016

When I was an undergrad minoring in Political Science, my area of concentration was the Soviet Union. I remember one conversation in class when Dr. David Williams told us that one of the challenges in negotiations between the United States and the USSR was that Americans played poker, Russians played chess. The analogy seems forced, […]

AT 11 A.M., STOP, THINK AND REMEMBER…

November 11th, 2016

In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place: and in the sky The larks still bravely singing fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead: Short days ago, We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved […]

REPUBLICANS USE POLICE TO SUPPRESS VOTERS…

October 5th, 2016

Republicans understand that their worst enemy is high voter participation. Here in Ohio our Secretary of State Jon Husted got smacked down for attempting to prevent pesky voters from, well, voting. To our immediate west, Indiana’s Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson, is following Husted’s lead by shutting down the local manifestation of Patriot Majority’s […]

DARREN SEALS MURDERED IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI…

September 9th, 2016

Lois Beckett, writing from New York in Ferguson protest leader Darren Seals shot and found dead in a burning car for The Guardian, reports: Ferguson protest leader Darren Seals was found dead early Tuesday morning in a car that had been set on fire. Seals had been shot, and St Louis County police said they […]

DID CLEVELAND BUY THESE FOR THE RNC SHOW…?

September 3rd, 2016

For hosting the Republican National Convention, Cleveland received $50 million (as did Philadelphia for hosting the Democratic National Convention) from the federal coffers for the purposes of providing security during the convention. Setting aside why $100 million in tax payer dollars went to funding two private freak shows parties we have to ask where all […]

IN SAUDI ARABIA, ATHEISM EQUALS TERRORISM…

September 1st, 2016

I’ve written about Saudi Arabia’s injustice toward Raif Badawi before and I continue to follow the story. I’ve known that the House of Saud, long aligned with Wahhabism, views Badawi as a dangerous threat to Islam. I did not know that in 2014, two years after Badawi was first arrested and later sentenced to 10 […]

I’M ONE OF THE #VETERANSFORKAEPERNICK…

September 1st, 2016

On Monday, in MEET THE NOT SO STAR-SPANGLED, MERIKINS…, I wrote: So, I am reminded, once again, of my woeful ignorance of the world around me. This morning I began reading about Colin Kaepernick refusal to rise and sing The Star Spangled Banner. Kaepernick said: I am not going to stand up to show pride […]

SECRETS OF A GLOBAL SUPER COURT: PART I
WHEN A FEW ARE MORE EQUAL BEFORE THE LAW…

August 31st, 2016

Corporate society takes care of everything. And all it asks of anyone, all it’s ever asked of anyone ever, is not to interfere with management decisions. —Bartholomew What happens when real multi-national corporations aspire to the level of dominance voiced by the character of Bartholomew (played by John Houseman in the 1974 film, Rollerball? You […]

SEVENTY YEARS AGO TODAY…

August 31st, 2016

In August 1945, humanity generally, and particularly The United States stepped and Japan was dragged, across a line that miraculously, we were able to recross and stay safely, so far, on the other side of. On 6 August, the bombardier of an American B-29 dropped the world’s second atomic bomb (the first, a test weapon, […]

WHEN HACKERS HACK THE NSA, THEN WHAT…?

August 20th, 2016

Way back on 7 January 2005 (ARMOR CAN NO LONGER BE AN ISSUE…) I wrote a story about reports that insurgents in Iraq had successfully destroyed a heavily armored M2 Bradley fighting vehicle with an improvised explosive device. This, for me, was the turning point in the Iraq war. When irregulars can take out the […]

A RARE SKIDMARK MOMENT WITH WCPN…

August 10th, 2016

I listen to WCPN’s Sound of Ideas when I can and every few weeks I call in to make a comment. I had not planned on making the call yesterday to the show but then that all changed. You can watch (or listen) to the part of the program that grabbed me beginning at timemark […]

TURKISH DRONE COMING FOR 1857 MT. EATON RD…?

July 20th, 2016

The Everwar is a single drone strike away from 1857 Mt. Eaton Road in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. For decades both Republican and Democratic governments have engaged in extra-judicial executions of the suspected enemies of the United States in other sovereign nations by drones. Why shouldn’t other democratically governments do the same? Glenn Greenwald, in Would Turkey […]

CCPC MARCHING TO END POVERTY TOMORROW…

July 17th, 2016

The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus emails: Tomorrow, Monday, 18 July, a group of us will be joining End Poverty Now, NEOCH, LMM, United Workers and many other groups, to march across the east side of Cleveland. JOIN US!!! The purpose is to show solidarity in the fight against poverty. This is a properly permitted event, […]

SUMMARY EXECUTION BY ROBOT DRONE IS HERE…

July 13th, 2016

The discussion regarding the use of a drone on American soil to summarily execute a suspected criminal is gaining traction. Noel Sharkey, writing in Are we prepared for more killer police robots? for The Guardian, makes his case: When a police robot is used to kill, one has to ask if we are at a […]

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