political system

Trump Republican Policy Crimes (some only attempted at the moment)

Trump – Republican Positions and Crimes (some just attempted) against the poor, working and middle class Not to be obsessive, but the current Trump Republicans effort to cram their bill to pay back their corporate and rich supporters with giant tax breaks has me frothing a bit. I wrote down --->> read more -->>
empire

Thanksgiving – a bit of a corrective history telling and turkey adaptation

Corrective History The NYTimes posted a bit of Turkey Day corrective history: “Most Everything You Learned About Thanksgiving Is Wrong” By MAYA SALAM Adaptive Turkeys The Trump pardoned two turkeys yesterday at the White House. But, no surprise for us here in Columbia County, wild turkeys are doing just fine. Once again --->> read more -->>
justice/jails

Recently Noted – women in prison in the US – more on mass incarceration

“If New York were a separate country, its incarceration rate [for women] would be the 8th highest in the world. A woman in New York is 12 times more likely to be incarcerated than she would be in France.” The Prison Policy Initiative has released a new study “Women’s Mass --->> read more -->>
politics

Recently Noted – “What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer”

The NY Times published an interesting article by Max Fisher and Josh Keller, “What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer” on 11/7/2017. The analysis shows that there is a strong correlation between the high level of gun ownership and mass killings. No other factors are well correlated. --->> read more -->>
economy

Recently Noted – “Millions of professional drivers will be replaced…..” – NBC News

The shape of jobs in the US and around the world it’s changing rapidly. On 11/5/2017 NBC News reported: Self-driving trucks One year ago this week a truck rolled into history as it traveled from a Colorado brewing plant to a warehouse 120 miles away carrying 45,000 cans of Budweiser beer. --->> read more -->>
economy

US Corporate Taxes Higher Than Rest of World?

The Republicans have rolled out their tax “reform”. As predicted earlier in “Trickle-Down Returns to Enrich the Rich – updated” there are ample claims that their plan will boost economic performance for the vast majority of Americans. Additionally we are hearing more about how American corporate tax rates are the --->> read more -->>
environment

Recently Noted: The Environment under Trump – from National Geographic

The National Geographic has a running list of the Trump regime’s efforts to save the environment for capitalism. A Running List of How Trump Is Changing the Environment  “The Trump administration has promised vast changes to U.S. science and environmental policy—and we’re tracking them here as they happen.” Here are --->> read more -->>
empire

Russian “Interference” and the American Empire – the lost ironies

With all of the current outrage over Russia’s attempts to influence our last presidential election one can only be struck by the notion that Americans don’t know their own history, even that which occurred within our own lifetimes. Thus they are unable to see the ironies involved in our complaints --->> read more -->>