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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Tick, tick, tick goes the time bomb of national doom. Every second the ticking grows louder, but you won't hear the muffled sound that's more akin to white noise. Across all media platforms, the threat goes largely unreported. Perhaps the consequences are unfathomable to discuss in 90-second news segments sandwiched between commercial breaks and panels of talking heads Members of Congress from both parties are also deaf to the ticking. Inherently they know that any attempt to defuse the bomb means they run the risk of being voted out of office. The same is true at the White House, where Donald Trump, like Barack Obama before him, never mentions this impending catastrophe. Among the hordes of 2020 Democratic candidates, count on the time bomb to be a topic non grata while Medicare-for-all gains momentum and Medicare-as-is remains a lethal bomb component.


If Congress were considering legislation prohibiting boycotts directed against gays, women or Muslim owned companies, would Senator Bernie Sanders be arguing that such a ban would violate the First Amendment? If Congress were considering legislation prohibiting companies from boycotting majority Muslim countries, would Rashida Tlaib be accusing its supporters of dual loyalty?


Thursday, December 27, 2018

Human nature being as it is, every decade or two someone has to write a book to set us straight and cheer us up. People all too readily overlook astonishing improvements as they rapidly become parts of daily life, and swallow uncritically assertions that disaster waits right around the corner. The books are the works of scholarship, sometimes dry and sometimes sly, that debunk the doomsayers and remind us how fortunate we are to be alive in these times. [snip]

...One by one, the author exposes alleged crises as overhyped, misrepresented or, in many cases, just plain wrong. Deaths from war and genocide have plummeted; genuine poverty and hunger are in steep decline, and famine has virtually disappeared; economic inequality is vastly overstated in the United States and is shrinking dramatically worldwide. Life expectancy in the poorest country on Earth is now nine years greater than it was in the richest country two centuries ago...


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Josh Kraushaar: Here's why there's a real chance that the Democratic nominee could end up being chosen at the convention -- or at least deep into the months-long primary calendar ...


David French: Those of us old enough to remember the controversies of the George W. Bush administration just might remember a particular word -- a word that symbolized the excitement of the Netroots Left for the moment that would finally reveal the true corruption of the Bush administration. That word was "Fitzmas," the day when special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald would "frog-march" the likes of Karl Rove and even Dick Cheney out of the White House in handcuffs. Except Fitzmas never really came.


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