Public vs Private

Supporting the election audit – Nate Silver @ 538

Why I Support An Election Audit, Even Though It’s Unlikely To Change The Outcome

Chart of Computer Skills in OECD Countries – OMG

Note: this is the OECD average in 2015.

One writer’s take on Christmas

In reply to the question on Quora: “Which religions don’t celebrate Christmas or Easter?”

Society & Culture Religion & Spirituality Still lots of people think these rites are Christian when the truth is they are derived from pagan celebrations!!

Christmas originally had nothing to do with either Christianity or Islam – rather it has it’s […]

What were the main mistakes of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign?

What were the main mistakes of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign?

Stefan Heaton, MBA, University of Oklahoma

Hillary didn’t make mistakes, not that I saw. Yes, this is coming from a deplorable Trump supporter. I’ll say it again, Hillary did not make mistakes. She did everything right. Absolutely everything that could be expected: She raised […]

What’s it’s like for Dems

THE BIG IDEA: The uprising inside the House Democratic caucus is about much more than last week’s election results.

WaPo – Nov. 16, 2016


Yes, Nancy Pelosi poorly managed expectations. At one point, she said that her party could pick up the 30 seats necessary to win the House majority. Even during the home […]

On November 8th – by Noam Chomsky

Trump in the White House: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

Monday, 14 November 2016 00:00 By C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout | Interview

On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump managed to pull the biggest upset in US politics by tapping successfully into the anger of white voters and appealing to the lowest inclinations of people in a […]

Reason, belief, and epistemology


by Paul P. Mealing – Tuesday, March 15, 2016 1:20 AM

Recently in New Scientist (5 March 2016) there was a review of a book, The Persuaders: The Hidden Industry that Wants to Change Your Mind by James Garvey (which I must read), which tackles the issue of why argument by reason often […]

Empire of Chaos

With President Trump, Is the American Experiment Over? By Tom Engelhardt

The one thing you could say about empires is that, at or near their height, they have always represented a principle of order as well as domination. So here’s the confounding thing about the American version of empire in the years when this country […]

WAPO: …what happened to America

After Trump’s victory, the world is left to wonder: What happened to America?

Around the globe, right-wing leaders reacted to the victory of Republican President-elect Donald Trump with joy, while some expats and politicians expressed dismay and anxiety for international relations. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) By Griff Witte and Simon Denyer November 9 […]

What now: Paul Krugman

Thoughts for the Horrified

So what do we do now? By “we” I mean all those left, center and even right who saw Donald Trump as the worst man ever to run for president and assumed that a strong majority of our fellow citizens would agree.


Anti-war vets speak out

Veterans Against the War: 11 Perspectives on Ending US Imperialism

Friday, 11 November 2016 00:00By Rory Fanning, Truthout | Op-Ed

Maggie Martin. (Photo: Courtesy of Rory Fanning)

Today is the 11th Armistice Day I will observe as a veteran. I only recently found the courage to speak up against the US-led wars being […]

So what was it?

Yes, working class whites really did make Trump win. No, it wasn’t simply economic anxiety.

By Jeff Guo – November 11 at 9:17 AM Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump rejoiced across the nation on Election Night as their candidate defied the polls. (Monica Akhtar/The Washington Post)

We knew all along that Donald Trump […]

Requiem ?

“America died on Nov. 8, 2016, not with a bang or a whimper, but at its own hand via electoral suicide. We the people chose a man who has shredded our values, our morals, our compassion, our tolerance, our decency, our sense of common purpose, our very identity — all the things that, however tenuously, […]

Veterans Day 2016

Shat upon, for the second time.

by Richard @ Flexible Reality – 2016


Back in 1966 I registered for the draft, and almost immediately found myself conscripted into the U.S. Army. After Basic and AIT training, followed by a short stint at Ft. Monroe, VA, I received orders to ship out for a tour […]

Ok, time’s up America

by Richard @ Flexible Reality – Nov. 2, 2016

Today’s Washington Post lead article was their recent poll which showed Trump and Clinton are in a virtual tie for the General Election. The Federal and State Governments have sent para-military police and dogs onto Native American tribal lands in support of a pipeline on […]