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SHARE Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Star Trek, Star Wars, UFA's and the Future of the Earth A report on UFOs/UFAs is to be forthcoming from the Pentagon any day now. In htis column, based on heretofore unknown contacts between Gene Roddenberry and George Lucas and Visitors from out space, I present the real story of what is going on with the Unexplained Objects in the Sky and how that story pertains to the survival of our species on the Earth.
(17 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 15, 2021
The Republo-Fascist Freight Train is Indeed Roaring Down the Track: What Do We Do Now? This column elaborates further on the themes of its immediate predecessor in this space, in particular focusing on responding-to/commenting-on the excellent comments that were offered on that particular column, which is entitled: "The Oncoming Freight Train of the Republo-Fascist Party: With a Disposable Headlamp Named Donald J. Trump".
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The Oncoming Freight Train of the Republo-Fascist Party: With a Disposable Headlamp Named Donald J. Trump There is increasing concern on the part of such authorities as the former Republican Steve Schmidt, that his former party is being led in the direction of fascism by the former President, Donald Trump. This column recognizes that Trump is a modern fascist (a subject that I have written on many times in this space). But it goes on to document that the movement to convert the GOP to a modern fascist party goes back in time.
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 3, 2021
Investigating the 1-6-21 Insurrection: What are the Republicans Afraid of? There was talk about establishing a House-Senate bi-partisan commission to investigate the capitol riots of 1-6-21 (called an "insurrection" by --- wait for it --- Mitch McConnell. But the same 'ol Mitch blocked the creation of such a commission using the filibuster. This column is about just some of the things that the Repubs. are afraid will come out in any invest. and thus why they would like it confined to the House.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, May 28, 2021
COVID-19, China, the CDC, and Trumpist Politics/Policies Again, the question of whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which came from China, got into the human population from an animal interaction or through a leak-from-a-lab has come to the fore. If the latter, Trumpites claim that that relieves Trump of any responsibility for the U.S. pandemic. There is also now the charge that it wasn't Trump who caused the pandemic in the U.S., but it was the CDC that was at fault. That is debunked.
SHARE Tuesday, May 18, 2021
The Clockwork Bibi The ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict has once again burst out into the open, this time with much violence, particularly being visited upon the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip. This column first presents a brief introduction to the current situation and then goes on to re-reprint a column of mine published almost precisely ten years ago, featuring Bibi Netanyahu. Since he is still in power, in my view it is still relevant.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 13, 2021
The Public Health Approach to the Drug Problem* This column advocates an entirely new approach to the "drug problem," that is treating the advertising, sales, and use of all addictive drugs in the same way the two most harmful drugs, nicotine in tobacco products and ethyl alcohol in alcoholic beverages, are treated.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, May 7, 2021
The Republo-Fascist Party: The Role of the U.S. Ruling Class This column discusses the movement of the developing Republo-fascist Party (to which I have referred in the past as the "Trumpublican Party") further to the Right, indeed in the direction of classical fascism, and then further discussing the role of the U.S. ruling class, which is splitting over which direction --- fascism or liberal democracy --- is best for maintaining both its profitability and control over State Power.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 28, 2021
A Comment from a Friend on my Column on the History of British Royal Family Scandals This column presents a guest, anonymous commentary on a column that I published about a month-and-a-half ago on the "Meghan-and-Harry-Interview-with-Oprah" that went on to consider some of the scandals of the British Royal Family going back to Queen Elizabeth I. I received this commentary on it in terms of the present Royal Family from a friend, which I thought might be of of interest. Published anonymously, with permission.
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Some Comments in the Light of the Afghanistan Withdrawal As the U.S. prepares to leave Afghanistan (finally), this column offers some thoughts that I had in the past on certain aspects of the modern history of that nation since the 1970s, and some comments on the current situation as well.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 15, 2021
Ross Douthat: Religious Authoritarianism at its Best (and Indeed Worst) This column is about the Religious Right's continuing drive to declare that the matter of "when life begins" (and their's is clearly determined by religious doctrine) should be made a matter of law, and following that determination the practice of abortion should be criminalized. This column deals with this matter and the broader one of the role of religion in public life, from the perspective the New York Times' Ross Douthat.
SHARE Friday, April 9, 2021
Elections 2020, Predictions Revisited As I say in the introduction to this column --- The day before the 2020 Elections in this space I published a set of predictions about them and Trump. I thought that it would be fun (and perhaps instructive too) to revisit them and see just how accurate and inaccurate they were. I do have to say that, right or wrong (and I was both --- particularly in not predicting anything like the Trumpsurrection) I did have fun doing it
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 25, 2021
The Mass Murder Problem --- Again Regular readers of my columns will know that I write on this subject on a fairly regular basis, just as I do on racism. That is because just as this country is inflicted with systemic racism and has been since its beginnings, it has also been inflicted with gun violence for much of its existence. In its modern form, it is underwritten by the gun industry, supporting the Repubs. In this column I lay out a few new arguments.
SHARE Friday, March 19, 2021
Xenophobia and Racism: They're in the Republican Party's DNA The modern Republican Party, more accurately known as the Trumpublican(C) Party, is clearly running on xenophobia (anti-immigrant, right now mainly Latinx and the "China virus" and worse) and racism: massive anti-Black voter suppression campaigns. There is some thought that these are relatively new elements in Republican doctrine. They are not. In fact they go back to the Party's origins in the 19th cent., as elucidated here.
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Scandal and the British Royal Family: A Brief History The current "royal scandal" is, of course, about Meghan and Harry. Scandals, of course, go hand-in-hand with British royalty. But this one is different. It's not about anything the couple have done. It is about who they are. This column discusses the current one and its racist/politico nature, and compares it to a long list of others, which, in contrast, are always about something the person has done, and usually about sex.
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, March 5, 2021
"Bipartisan Commissions:" 9-11 and the Capitol Riot This is talk of creating a "bi-artisan commission" to investigate the 1/6/21 storming of the Capitol, along the lines of the "bi-partisan" commission that investigated the 9/11 tragedy. There are two problems with this analogy. A) many criticisms of the work of the 9/11 Commission have arisen. B) Any investigation of the riot could not, given that it occurred in support of Trump (e.g., see Trump-flags) possibly be bi-partisan.
SHARE Sunday, February 21, 2021
On Secession (by the democratic states) Secession has been proposed by some authorities in some of the states from whence significant support for the concept of the "Stolen Election" and the subsequent Trumpsurrection(C) came. This columns argues that it might be just a great idea if the states devoted to the concept of democracy, which happen for the most part to be located on the two coasts, themselves seceded.
SHARE Monday, February 15, 2021
Trump Wins (a fabrication, this time around) This column is a fictional account of a) the possibility that the Trump-Coup-via-Insurrection attempt would have been successful, and b) one scenario that might have played out if it had been. It's not fun, folks. And anyone who has a think that a) fascism in a Trump-21st century form is not a possibility in the US, b) has another think coming. In this column, I was waiting to see if I could make it to Canada. I hope I did.
SHARE Wednesday, February 10, 2021
A Retro. Series, Trump and Fascism, 2011-2020, (lastly) Part Six: "What a Trump Win Might Look Like" This is the sixth (and last) part in my current "Trump and Fascism: A Retrospective Series," originally published on Buzzflash.com. The first part ran about three weeks ago, the second part about ten days ago, the third part three days ago, the fourth part two days ago, and the fifth part yesterday. As we get deeper into the 2nd Impeachment Trial this is the last part in this series,from the perspectives of 2019 and 2020.
SHARE Tuesday, February 9, 2021
"Trumpite Fascism: How the Nation Might Get There, with Some Lessons from Nazi Germany," Part 5 of a Retro. Series This is the fifth part in my "Trump and Fascism: A Retrospective Series," originally published on Buzzflash.com. The first part ran about three weeks ago, the second part about ten days ago, the third part two days ago, and the fourth part yesterday. Going into the beginning of the Impeachment Trial here's the fifth part (originally published in 2019).