The real lesson from trump’s speech at the UN…Sep 2018

Andrew Sheng writes on global issues from an Asian perspective


Why is it that, 10 years after the failure of Lehman Brothers, the world feels like a dangerous place? US President Donald Trump’s remarkable speech to the United Nations this week was supposed to restate the new order America has […]

The “net” scam

Chances are you are getting a lot less than you pay for

by Richard @ Flexible Reality – Sep. 26th, 2018


You have seen it in the grocery store already – right? The imprinted notice that says 12oz net weight on a package, and when you get home and cook the item, you end […]

An up-to-dater on Kavanaugh as of Sep. 26th, 2018

Trump’s attacks on Kavanaugh’s second accuser show why the GOP hired a woman to question Ford

*********via WaPo 202 Daily – by James Hohmann – Sep. 26th, 2018******

THE BIG IDEA: Senate Republicans have hired a female prosecutor from Arizona to question Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday about her allegation that Brett Kavanaugh sexually […]

Left Behind

Illustration: Attila Futaki; Coloring: Gregory Guilhaumond by PHIL KLAY – in The Atlantic Magazine – MAY 2018 ISSUE

South of Fallujah’s Route Fran were hundreds of insurgents who’d spent months digging trench lines, emplacing roadside bombs, barricading streets, training with their weapons, reading the Koran, and watching videos of suicide bombers to inspire […]

Substance replaced by spectacle

Seal of Approval

Posted: 24 Sep 2018 01:24 AM PDT

How an animal welfare charity ended up endorsing seal killing – and what this says about our age

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 19th September 2018


As the drive for growth and profit intrudes into all relationships, it captures even the bodies […]

Freedoms vs something else

People who see our present political condition in a “freedom” vs ‘something else’ frame of reference are unfortunately incapable or unwilling to see it as it really is.

We are NOT either at Mayberry, nor Abilene, West of the Pecos, or Haight Ashbury, nor at Pearl Harbor, nor at Ground Zero. We are the […]

Green living at the neighborhood level

Evaluating environmental performance at the neighborhood level can spur thousands into action


Many environmentally focused people are beginning to recognize the importance of bringing their sustainable initiatives a bit closer to home, literally. Initiating sustainable practices such as being an educated consumer, […]

The Atlantic’s Editor gives an intro to the October 2018 issue

A letter from The Atlantic’s editor in chief about our October issue |

The October issue of The Atlantic is dedicated to a single, urgent question: Does democracy have a future?

Below you will find an essay introducing this special issue from The Atlantic’s editor in chief, Jeffrey Goldberg.

Henry A. Giroux on How Destroying Public Space Means Destroying Dissent

Neoliberal Fascism and the Twilight of the Social BY Henry A. Giroux Truthout – September 5, 2018 Henry A. Giroux on How Destroying Public Space Means Destroying Dissent


Donald Trump’s increasingly dangerous, incendiary attacks on the media, his willingness to separate children from their parents at the southern […]

The Republican Approach to Voter Fraud: Lie


They use the fallacy of rampant cheating at the polls to make it harder for people to vote

By Carol Anderson – Dr. Anderson is a professor of African-American studies at Emory University.


He was a proud Korean War veteran. He was also black and lived […]

On Why We Can’t Talk to Each Other

On Why We Can’t Talk by Richard @ Flexible Reality – Sept. 14th, 2018 ************************* If you assert the Earth is not at least 4 billion years old, we can’t talk about that. If you assert women should not have the ability to decide whether to carry a fetus to term or not, we […]

Anonomous staffer pens an OpEd in the NYT

Opinion I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

Sept. 5, 2018

The Times is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We […]

Henry Giroux on Fascism & Incivility in the Trump Age

Are the politics of “incivility” paving the road to an American fascism? Complaints about civility avoid the big questions of the Trump era: Why is America sliding into authoritarianism?

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In the face of a nauseating and poisonous election cycle that ended with Donald Trump’s […]

Who Really Inflated the Student Loan Bubble?

September 1, 2018

The Rich Life Blog

Who Really Inflated the Student Loan Bubble?

One of the biggest financial disasters waiting to happen… The black hole of financing higher education… Why making loans too accessible can be a bad thing…

Dear Rich Lifer,

If you asked me to name the three biggest […]