On the sale of one’s prestige

Hunter Biden’s Perfectly Legal, Socially Acceptable Corruption

Donald Trump committed an impeachable offense, but prominent Americans also shouldn’t be leveraging their names for payoffs from shady clients abroad.

SEP 27, 2019

Sarah Chayes Author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens National Security How did this get to be standard practice? […]

A review of the week: Sep 22 -28, 2019

Why Republicans Aren’t Turning on Trump

The Framers underestimated the extent to which a demagogue might convince his supporters that the president and the people are one and the same.

SEP 26, 2019

Adam Serwer Staff writer at The Atlantic

The Democrats grew a spine.

The detention camps weren’t […]

Greta Thunberg at the UN – Sep 2019

Transcript: Greta Thunberg’s Speech At The U.N. Climate Action Summit

September 23, 20191:58 PM ET

Climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, addressed the U.N.’s Climate Action Summit in New York City on Monday. Here’s the full transcript of Thunberg’s speech, beginning with her response to a question about the message she has for world leaders.


The Over-Consumption Myth by Elizabeth Warren – published 2004

The Over-Consumption Myth and Other Tales of Economics, Law, and Morality

by Elizabeth Warren

Washington University Law Review



As American families sink deeper into debt, they have endured non-stop criticism from multiple quarters. Economists and sociologists have set the pace, describing families’ collective lust for goods they could easily forgo. Powerful politicians and […]

Contempt of Congress

Congress is letting Trump decide what it can investigate. This is bigger than Lewandowski or the IG Report.

Chris Truax, Opinion columnist Published 3:15 a.m. ET Sept. 19, 2019 ******

It’s official. Corey Lewandowski is contemptuous of Congress. He’s also in contempt of Congress. That’s serious enough and it can — and should […]

Trump asserts Congress has no authority to investigate

White House says Congress has no ‘legitimate role’ in investigating Trump, and rejects document demands.

And refuses to allow staff, including the Inspector General to testify before Congress, even going so far as to threaten legal action against him if he does testify.

This combined with the contempt shown Congress on Sep 17th, 2019 by […]

Trump Admin challenges Congressional oversight


By law it is the obligation of a US intel agency to turn over a whistleblower’s complaint – it is not for the interagency to decide whether it will or won’t – if the Inspector General who received the report and reported […]

Trump Slaps Tariffs on Solar Panels in Major Blow to Renewable Energy


In the biggest blow he’s dealt to the renewable energy industry yet, President Donald Trump decided on Monday to slap tariffs on imported solar panels.

The U.S. will impose duties of as much as 30 percent on solar equipment made abroad, […]

Here’s a biggie bit of proposed legislation: re: Mandatory Arbitration

Full text of Bill

What is House Bill H.R. 1423?

This bill — the FAIR Act — would make predispute arbitration agreements invalid or unenforceable if they require arbitration of an employment, consumer, antitrust, or civil rights dispute. It would also prohibit agreements and practices that interfere with the rights of individuals, workers, and […]

A Commentator Responds to the House Impeachment enquiry

House Judiciary Committee Democrat Sets Guidelines for Trump Impeachment Probe

********************************************************************************************* by Hindsight2020 143,539 Voted Support as of Yesterday at 3:17 PM ··· An ever-growing list of trumps “accomplishments” and of those in Congress who support him:

*Most recent: #PussyAssBitch He’s doctoring weather maps to try and prove he’s not an idiot.

*Has stayed […]

Get over it…

It’s Been 18 Years Since 9/11. It’s Time to End the Wars.

Against a red-tinted sky caused by severe dust storms and burning oil fires, an Iraqi woman screams after heavy bombing by the U.S. Army in the Al Shahab area on March 26, 2003, in Baghdad, Iraq. by William Rivers Pitt, at […]

Total Fake

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

President Donald Trump holds up a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration map of a previously projected path of Hurricane Dorian.Michael Reynolds/EPA, via Shutterstock

By Paul Krugman

Sharpiegate started out being funny, insofar as the president of the United States acting crazy can […]

Choropleth Map of Slavery Extent 1861 by State by County


The interactive map referenced below is available for perusal from the Library of Congress Website above.

A full article about the map follows below


Mapping Slavery in the United States in 1860

by Daniel Brownstein – 2013

In debating the values of data visualization maps, I’ve gone both ways. The value of maps […]


Book Review: A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

by Richard @ Flexible Reality


One of the first observations of note is when this book was first published, in 1986, at a time in Ameican culture markedly different than our own time. Atwood identified several strands in our civil society which have come into an unpleasant view within the past few years, which […]

Female Heartbeats

Hundreds of thousands march down Pennsylvania Avenue during the Women’s March in Washington, DC, U.S., January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston – RTSWR2W

The “Heartbeat Bills” passed recently in several States are entirely unconstitutional. In 1973, the Supreme Court set precedent in Roe v. Wade, which stated that abortion and a woman’s right to […]