Is liberal democracy dying?

Voters around the world are electing leaders with authoritarian tendencies.

Mr. Bokat-Lindell is a staff editor – N.Y. Times Opinion Page

ImageCredit…Illustration by The New York Times; images by Alberto Pizzoli and Yuichi Yamazaki via Getty Images

Last weekend, voters in Italy handed the reins of government to a coalition […]

Russia – here’s looking at you kid

by Richard @ Flexible Reality – Sep 28th, 2022

On Feb 24th, 2022 Russia invaded Ukraine, calling it a “special military operation” which was framed by Vladamir Putin as a “demilitarization and denazification effort”. He claimed he was acting to protect the territorial integrity of Russia from assaults by the EU, NATO, and the U.S.; […]

The LGBTQ vs The Cisgender Communities

Are you tired of all the noise about gender within the LGBTQ+ community?

by Richard @ Flexible Reality – Sep 26, 2022

********************************************* Gender “identification” “gender re-assignment et al are social considerations; but nothing can change the biological sex markers encoded in DNA. If a person has two X chromosomes they are female, one […]

The draft…Lyndon Johnson’s and Putin’s

By Robert Reich – Serpt 26th, 2022 ******* “Last Wednesday, Vladimir Putin announced that Russian civilians would be drafted to bolster forces in his unpopular war in Ukraine. Almost immediately, the Kremlin faced widespread opposition, including demonstrations. On Friday, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that “citizens with higher education” would be exempt from the […]

How do you like it?

Sex & Religion


There are two typical approaches to both, what I call the “classical” and then the “new age” versions.

In the classical model sex happens at night in the dark with candlelight and Rachmaninoff, in the missionary position. In new age sex can happen at noon on a lounge chair at noon […]

DeSantis political stunt

UPDATE: DeSantis defends phony brochure; sheriff launches criminal investigation Judd Legum Sep 20

On Monday morning, Popular Information broke the news that migrants from Venezuela were provided with false information to convince them to board flights chartered by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R). A brochure distributed to migrants says that they will be eligible for […]

The Silver Years

My doctor asked if anyone in my family suffered from mental illness and I said, “No, we all seem to enjoy it.”

Just once, I want a username and password prompt to say, “Close enough.”

I’m a multitasker. I can listen, ignore and forget all at the same time!

People who wonder if the glass […]

Ellen Willis on Tom Frank’s book

ESCAPE FROM FREEDOM excerpt – Ellen Willis WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH TOM FRANK (AND THE LEFTIES WHO LOVE HIM)? “The cultural radical impulse is rooted in the core elements of the democratic ideal: equality and freedom. There is a clear logic in the progression from affirming that all men are created equal, with the […]

The response to Pres Biden’s address

by Dan Rather – Sep 3rd, 2022 *************************** President Biden addresses threats to American democracy in a speech in Philadelphia.

It is all so predictable, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t shocking.

Bad faith stampedes across American democracy.

Hypocrisy oozes and drips over our national discourse.

False equivalence muddies the stark choices we face.

President […]

They all knew

by Dan Rather – Aug 31st, 2022


“Sometimes we write a lot of words on Steady. Today will be an exception. Because for all that there is to say, for all that needs to be said, for all that an accounting for history requires we say, the general sentiments are quite simple:

They knew. […]

The other “f” word

A Pre-fascist Interlude

by Anon – Aug. 30, 2022

Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. (Brent Stirton / Getty)

President Joe Biden has been getting a lot of static for referring to the ideology of Donald Trump and his followers as “semi-fascism.” It isn’t surprising […]

Let’s talk about classified documents.

by Tom Nichols in The Atlantic – Aug. 28th, 2022


“Most people have never seen one and have no idea what might be in such material. Republicans know this, and they are counting on the public’s lack of familiarity when they try to downplay the intelligence nightmare former President Donald Trump […]

A recap of trump’s legal woes Aug. 2022

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO ALL THE WAYS DONALD TRUMP IS LEGALLY SCREWED Every single criminal investigation and civil lawsuit the ex-president is currently facing, including the ones you’ve probably never heard about.

AUGUST 17, 2022


After Donald Trump’s private residence […]

One liner insults

Blogswallop These insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words. 1. “He had delusions of adequacy ” Walter Kerr 2. “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”- Winston Churchill 3. “I have never killed a man, but I have read […]

Airlines are another casualty

by Matt Soller in BIG ********************** “The Summer of 2022

When I chose to go on a trip this summer, I knew air travel would be bad. In June of 2020, I wrote a piece for this newsletter titled “The Post-Pandemic Plan to Make Flying Miserable,” detailing the then-Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s policy to […]

Discussion of christian nationalism

The Rise of Christian Nationalism Tuesday, February 9, 2021

******************************************* Welcome to the Council on Foreign Relations Religion and Foreign Policy webinar series. I’m Irina Faskianos, vice president for the National Program and Outreach at CFR. We’re delighted to have professor Andrew Whitehead with us today to talk about the rise of Christian nationalism. His […]

A History of the GUI

Have you ever wondered about the genealogy of the graphical user interface you …


Today, almost everybody in the developed world interacts with personal computers in some form or another. We use them at home and at work, for entertainment, information, and as tools to leverage […]

From regulation to subsidization

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How Biden did it From the regulatory state to the subsidy state

by Robert Reich Aug 18, 2022 *************************************************************************

The Clean Air Act of 1970 authorized the government to regulate air pollution. The Inflation Reduction Act, which Joe Biden just signed into law, allocates more than $300 billion to energy and climate […]

On substituting politics for religion

Matters of Good and Evil View in browser Isabel Fattal

Associate editor in The Atlantic

The Atlantic writer Helen Lewis, now an atheist, was raised in the Catholic Church. She was once asked if her feminist convictions as an adult play a similar role to the Catholicism of her youth. The question was […]

The private equity shell game

Closing Down the Billionaire Factory

by Anonymous on Big: Aug 17th, 2022 The private equity industry has been running America for four decades. This is how the ‘billionaire factory’ emerged, and why the public has had enough.

In a memoir with the cringeworthy title What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence, Stephen Schwarzman, […]