Jeffrey Sachs: Hillary Clinton's speech on ISIS to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) showed clearly what to expect in a Clinton presidency: more of the same. In her speech, Clinton doubled down on the existing, failed U.S. approach in the Middle East, the one she pursued as Secretary of State. The CIA-led policy in the Middle East works like this. If a regime is deemed to be unfriendly to the U.S., topple it. If a competitor like the Soviet Union or Russia has a foothold in the region, try to push it out. If this means arming violent insurgencies, including Sunni jihadists, and thereby creating mayhem: so be it. And if the result is terrorist blowback around the world by the forces created by the US, then double down on bombing and regime change.
After weeks of waiting and wondering, fans of The Walking Dead finally found out happened to Glenn in the opening moments of Sunday night's episode. TV critic Alan Sepinwall's reaction: "Yup. They screwed it up. Even more than I imagined they could at first. ... As to that solution that many of you guessed, and that the show used? Ridiculous. ... The whole thing is just so dumb, and so unnecessary, that it made it very difficult to care about anything happening later." read more
From her call for a major air and ground war against ISIS to her attack on single-payer, observers note that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is rapidly shedding her "progressive" façade as she grows increasingly confident she has the Democratic nomination locked down (an assumption which, evidence shows, is debatable).
This trend comes despite her declaration during the first Democratic debate in October, after being pressed by the CNN moderator: "I don't take a backseat to anyone when it comes to progressive experience and progressive commitment."
Four former U.S. Air Force drone operators issued a public letter on Wednesday warning that the United States' ongoing targeted killing program "is one of the most devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world." "We came to the realization that the innocent civilians we were killing only fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like ISIS," the whistleblowers wrote, "while also serving as a fundamental recruitment tool similar to Guantanamo Bay." read more
If you have ever played a first-person shooter video game like Call of Duty, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game like World of Warcraft or a computer role-playing game like Final Fantasy; if you have ever logged on to an online virtual world like Second Life or experienced the wildly popular Game of Thrones television series and books, then you are already tangentially familiar with Dungeons and Dragons. Simply put, this seminal game made these later multi-billion-dollar pop culture phenomena possible. D&D helped establish our dominant cultural moment: We live in an era when it is chic to be geek.