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 […]

The Uninhabitable Earth

What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think.

via New York Magazine – by David Wallace-Wells July 9, 2017 – 9:00 pm

Fossils by Heartless Machine

In the jungles of Costa Rica, where humidity routinely tops 90 percent, simply moving around outside when it’s over 105 degrees Fahrenheit […]

not without permission…

How Rich Would Bill Gates Be Without His Copyright on Windows?

Monday, July 10, 2017 By Dean Baker, Truthout

Bill Gates, chairman and founder of Microsoft Corporation, listens during the Clinton Global Initiative meeting on September 24, 2013, in New York City.


Suppose we lived in a world where […]

Quora Question & Answer: “Why anti-Trump”

Why is America so anti-Trump? Richard Burk, B.S. Computer Science, George Mason University (1992) Answered Jun 30, 2017

Well, we have a population of roughly 325 million of which roughly 75 million are kids ineligible to vote. That would leave roughly 250 million to vote. Of that 250 million potential voters, roughly 130 […]

An examination of the contributions made by Richard Rorty to progressives… and to America

The Book That Predicted Trump’s Rise Offers the Left a Roadmap for Defeating Him

via The Atlantic by CONOR FRIEDERSDORF · JUL 6, 2017


Twenty years ago, in a series of lectures on the history of American civilization, the philosopher Richard Rorty offered a prediction. His words languished in relative […]

The problems with evidence

Logic, evidence, and evidence-based approaches

Posted on July 5, 2014

By Gordon Rugg

So what is “evidence-based” anyway, and why do so many people make such a fuss about it?

In this article, I’ll look at the context of “evidence-based” and at some common misconceptions and mistakes about it. It’s a journey through […]

Excerpts from the book: “The Measure of Man” by Joseph Wood Krutch

“There is, to be sure, one answer to the question: (“What has made man less fitting to survive now than he was in 5000 BC”) familiar in one form or another. Reduced to its simplest terms, that answer is this: man’s ingenuity has outrun his intelligence. He was good enough to survive in a simple, […]

An example of a discussion going nowhere

From a conversation on Facebook one can see how difficult it is to have a meaningful discussion online without strong moderators or ground rules ***********************

René Upshaw Follow

July 1 at 12:18am ·

” The “false news” about Russians hacking US democracy, pushed by the Clinton campaign, sclerotic Democratic Party leadership, elements within […]

On lying as a tactic

Trump’s barrage of lies is nothing new: Lying has been at the heart of politics for 50 years

Salon – by Andrew O’Hehir · Jun 30, 2017

It is no coincidence that President Donald Trump, a man who tells lies with a frequency and ease unprecedented in modern American history, […]

Which President lied the most?

Question : How much did Obama lie during his presidency? Clint Potts, I passed the constitution test in 8th grade. I read a lot of policy. I’m a wonk. Answered Jun 27

The PolitiFact scorecard for President Barack Obama

The PolitiFact scorecard for President Donald Trump

Do you notice anything different?


When insults had class

This has been traveling around the Internet for a while, but it’s worth preserving here. These glorious insults are from an era that valued cleverness with words; an era when the leaders of society didn’t need to use profanity or the middle finger to make their point.

Sir Winston Churchill vs. Lady Astor: