(1 comments) SHARE Friday, October 9, 2020 FDR's Last Speech -- An Extraordinarily Articulate Plea for Peace
"The work, my friends, is peace. More than an end of this war, an end to the beginnings of all war." These were the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the speech he would never give. It was scheduled to be made on the radio to a Jefferson Day Dinner on April 13, 1945. But he died on April 12th, a day after reviewing and making several changes in the final draft.
SHARE Friday, September 18, 2020 Robocall Scourge
We are being subject to a scourge of robocalls. Robocall Index reports 58 robocalls were made in the U.S. in 2019, up from 48.7 billion in 2018. In New York, a bill -- which passed its State Senate last year -- is pending in the State Assembly. The "Robocall Prevention Act" provides that a robocall can only be "made with the prior express consent of the called party." That's an ideal remedy and should go national.
SHARE Friday, September 11, 2020 The Woodward Interview of Trump
"Trump's Agreeing to Talk to Woodward Shows Downside of Never Having Read a Book in Entire Life," was the headline of a satirical piece this week by Andy Borowitz of The New Yorker. Bt I think the prime reason why he went for an interview by Woodward is because as a con man he figured he could con even a great investigative reporter.
SHARE Thursday, August 27, 2020 Science and Scientific Vested Interests
There is science -- and then there is scientific vested interests. There is a major push for making science the basis for governmental decision-making. But what about the push by some scientists to politically further areas of science and technology that they favor. Science might be objective -- but that doesn't mean all scientists are.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, July 27, 2020 Multi-Million $ Nuclear Corruption in Ohio
The U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI last week charged the speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and four others in a $61 million scheme to use $1 billion in ratepayers money to keep two decrepit nuclear power plants operating. And, said the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, David DeVillers: "This is by no means over. We are going to continue this investigation."
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 13, 2020 Statue of Racist Robert Moses Should be Removed
While protests against police brutality have swept the nation following the murder by a police officer of George Floyd in Minneapolis -- and also demands that statues honoring figures linked to racism be removed -- a focus in the New York Metropolitan Area has been the statue of Robert Moses, long the public-works czar in New York.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 2, 2020 A Highly Aggressive U.S. "Defense Space Strategy"
The United States "must be capable of winning wars that extend into space", asserts a just-released "Defense Space Strategy" report. It is the first space-strategy document issued by the U.S. since President Donald Trump, after declaring that the U.S. must achieve "dominance in space", signed a measure this past December authorizing establishing a Space Force.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 28, 2020 Trump Incites Police Violence
Arrogance by police often mirrors the individuals above the cops. Trump's involvement in inciting police violence needs to be fully recognized.
SHARE Monday, May 18, 2020 U.S. Seeks "Hundreds or Even Thousands" of Nuclear-Capable Hypersonic Missiles
The U.S. is seeking to acquire "volumes of hundreds or even thousands" of nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles that are "stealthy" and can fly undetected hypersonic missiles. Why so many? A Pentagon official is quoted in the current issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology as saying "we have to be careful we're not building boutique weapons. If we build boutique weapons, we won't -- we'll be very reluctant -- to use them."b
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 19, 2019 Trump Space Force Moves Forward
Both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have passed a $738 billion military policy bill that gives Trump is sought-for Space Force as he moves for what he terms "American dominance in space."
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Killing Birds in New York -- U.S. Plan
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services arm has put together a plan titled "Reducing Bird Damage in the State of New York" which includes a "preferred alternative" that involves continuing its both "non-lethal and lethal bird management techniques." The "lethal techniques" may include the use of shooting, live capture and euthanasia, avicides" and "nest/egg destruction." Many bird species are involved.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 15, 2019 Trump Push for Offshore Oil Drilling
The Trump administration is pushing for offshore oil drilling although it is regularly disastrous -- and unnecessary amid a worldwide glut of oil. The Trump drive is strongly opposed by coastal states and environmental organizations.
SHARE Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Darth Trump's Push to Turn Space Into a War Zone
Beginning to fill in his declaration of last year about turning space into a war zone and establishing a U.S. Space Force, President Trump was at the Pentagon last week promoting a plan titled "Missile Defense Review." The New York Times headline on the scheme:: "Plans Evoke 1983 'Star Wars' Program." Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, called it "provocative and destabi
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, November 16, 2018 Hate Fueled By Trump
The main source of hate in the United States is what Professor Warren Goldstein, who chairs the History Department at the University of Hartford, accurately describes as the "violent, hateful rhetoric comes overwhelmingly from one side only and from its padron, Donald Trump. Period."
SHARE Saturday, September 8, 2018 Vested Interest, Self-Interest -- Keys To How Things Happen or Don't Happen
Vested interest, self-interest are keys to how things happen and don't happen. Take the story of the effort on Long Island to ban the mass release-of helium-filled balloons that cause enormous harm to marine life. It was fought by something called The Balloon Council, which has succeeded in stopping similar efforts elsewhere, but it became law nevertheless in Long Island's Suffolk County.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 29, 2018 50th Anniversary of the End of Annual Police Raid on Gay Communities on Fire Island
Fifty years ago what had been an outrageous annual tradition on New York's Long Island--a police raid on gay communities on Fire Island--came to an end. It took gay men taking their changes with juries of residents of eastern Long Island's Suffolk County and a prominent, feisty, rough-and-tumble Suffolk attorney, Bendict P. Vuturo.
(38 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 22, 2018 Was Trump's Day in Helsinki A Day of Infamy Moment
Will Donald Trump's performance at Helsinki be a "day of infamy" as CNN anchor Chris Cuomo declared? Will it be a turning point in his presidency -- bringing him down like Senator Joseph McCarthy was brought down?