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 —>> 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 —>> read more –>>

No Picture
justice/jails

Justice in America – Not

A central dogma of American politics and culture is the rule of law. The ever present blind scales of justice are trotted out with such regularity that the briefest glimpse serves to remind us that —>> read more –>>

LAURA POITRAS credit: Ruby Washington/New York Times photographer - borrowed w/o permission
security state

Dangers of the US Security State

There are those, in response to the recent revelations of the US government vacuum cleaning our lives through the NSA and other secret programs, who take the line that the innocent have nothing to fear —>> read more –>>

Thomas L. Friedman NYTimes
economy

Thomas Friedman’s It’s a 401(k) World – facile, misleading

Reading this op ed leaves one with the notion that these changes have arisen through some immutable forces of nature.
He fails to mention that in parallel with the individual being more and more alone in the world, big corporations and governments are becoming ever more well integrated, feeding at each others’ troughs. —>> read more –>>

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justice/jails

America’s Longest War – a socio-political-military disaster – indicted by Global Commission on Drug Policy

Report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy Last week this commission released its report,  “War on Drugs“. This once again brings into focus our longest war, Nixon’s War on Drugs. Here are the first —>> read more –>>