Lights explained

How Saving Energy Can Hurt Astronomy

By Brian Koberlein on Sep 17, 2017 10:44 am *********************

Artificial light has transformed human society. It frees us from the darkness, and allows us to light our homes and communities. It has also made the night sky increasingly less dark, which poses a challenge to astronomers.

And it’s […]

Urge, splurge, purge – by George Monbiot

Urge, Splurge, Purge

Posted: 15 Sep 2017 02:32 AM PDT

The demand for perpetual economic growth, and the collective madness it provokes, leads inexorably to environmental collapse

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 13th September 2017


There was “a flaw” in the theory: this is the famous admission by Alan Greenspan, former chair […]

Today: Sanders and 15 Others Introduce a Bill in Congress to provide universal health care for all Americans

Bernie Sanders: Why We Need Medicare for All

Health care activists protesting on Capitol Hill in July. CreditAaron P. Bernstein/Reuters

This is a pivotal moment in American history. Do we, as a nation, join […]

re: Houston & Harvey & ProPublica article & trolls


17 hrs · – Via Facebook Posting – Aug. 29th, 2017

Relevant: Houston is sinking. Has been for decades. As much as 2 inches a year. Some areas as much as 4 feet since 1975.

For years, the Houston area has been losing ground First in a series […]

Welcome to the endgame

Pardon Me! High Crimes and Demeanors in the Age of Trump By Tom Engelhardt

Let me try to get this straight: from the moment the Soviet Union imploded in 1991 until recently just about every politician and mainstream pundit in America assured us that we were the planet’s indispensable nation, the only truly exceptional […]

On being a WHAM

Kissing the Specious Present Goodbye Did History Begin Anew Last November 8th? By Andrew J. Bacevich

Forgive me for complaining, but recent decades have not been easy ones for my peeps. I am from birth a member of the WHAM tribe, that once proud, but now embattled conglomeration of white, heterosexual American males. We have […]

My district’s HR rep: Barry Loudermilk, is fundamentally anti-social

Congressman Barry Loudermilk August 18 at 9:01am ·

“A costly Department of Labor rule is wreaking havoc on small investors saving for their retirement. That’s why I’ve signed onto three letters and co-sponsored several bills to prevent these harmful regulations from continuing to hurt hardworking Americans.”

Financial trade groups to DOL: Advisers dumping small […]

Hey MSM ! Stop the stupidity !

Almost daily we are “treated” to another Presidential Approval Poll, which as of today shows #45 has a 34% approval rating – but this is at best only a partially valid number. The charts below from Gallup as of Aug 2017 demonstrates what the real take-away from the polls should be


The […]

Stigmatizing hate…wisely

How to Win Friends and Stigmatize Nazis

Businesses are right to fire people with heinous views. But it’s important to do so under a well-defined framework.

Justin Ide / Reuters by CONOR FRIEDERSDORF via The Atlantic –Aug. 16th, 2017

Over the weekend, members of the Ku Klux Klan, one of the deadliest […]

Real and metaphorical Wars

When All the World’s a War… And All the Men and Women Merely Soldiers via Toms Dispatch – by Rebecca Gordon – Aug. 15th, 2017

Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been fighting a “war on terror.” Real soldiers have been deployed to distant lands; real cluster bombs and white phosphorus have been […]

Willful ignorance

by Richard @ Flexible Reality – Aug. 14th, 2017

“It’s easy to avoid finding any negatives when you choose not to look.”


In the early morning hours of a restless night’s sleep you awaken to a dreamworld consideration of whether your mate, comfortably sleeping beside you, has been unfaithful to you. Or perhaps […]

Natural language is un-natural

Natural Language Posted: 11 Aug 2017 05:07 AM PDT

If we want people to engage with the living world, we should stop using such constipated terms to describe our relationship to it.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 9th August 2017

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If Moses had promised the Israelites a land […]

Is the World Slouching Toward a Grave Systemic Crisis?

Is the World Slouching Toward a Grave Systemic Crisis?

History is punctuated by catalytic episodes—events that can become guideposts toward a more open and civilized world.

via The Atlantic by: PHILIP ZELIKOW – 8/11/2017 – 4:50 AM ET

East German border policemen refusing to shake hands with a Berliner over the border […]

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I am sure you saw that yesterday President Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen before.” A message he thought appropriate to send from New Jersey … while on vacation … at his golf course.

Listen… here is the absolutely pure, unvarnished truth: it is abhorrent […]

Mercenaries aren’t a solution to Afghanistan’s forever war

via Washington Post – Aug. 8th, 2017


The White House is still struggling to come up with an Afghanistan strategy. A long-expected review of the current American commitment to the war-blighted nation has stalled, with President Trump reportedly dissatisfied with the bulk of the solutions offered […]

Nancy MacLean Responds to Her Critics

Nancy MacLean Responds to Critics of her book: “Democracy in Chains”

‘Such rhetorical bullying would be laughable if it weren’t part of a pattern on the right.’

via The Chronicle of Higher Education – by Marc Parry JULY 19, 2017 Duke Photography Nancy MacLean, professor of history and public policy at Duke […]

The ‘missing link’ by George Monbiot

Missing Link – How a secretive network built around a Nobel prizewinner set out to curtail our freedoms

Posted: 21 Jul 2017 07:59 AM PDT

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 19th July 2017


It’s the missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half century. To read Nancy MacLean’s […]

Why so little R&D money?

In recent years, U.S. corporations have been paying out more cash to shareholders rather than investing. (Xaume Olleros/Bloomberg)

By Max Ehrenfreund

It’s is one of the most important yet least understood sources of ordinary Americans’ economic frustration: U.S. companies aren’t investing as much as they used to.

When corporations don’t invest or […]

664 People Killed by Police in America thus far this year

Two recent examples: (full list with links to details on all 664 people KBP available at this website)

Australian Justine Damond shot dead by US police in Minneapolis

Officers’ body cameras were not turned on, state officials reveal

Woman shot by police in Minneapolis: community and mayor respond

Progressives need to stop doing things that don’t work !

What works, what doesn’t

by Richard @ Flexible Reality – 15 July 2017

On center stage is our #45th President, a man who came into office with the approval of 90% of Republicans, and 13% of Democrats. Six months later he has the approval of 83% of Republicans and 8% of Democrats. According to […]