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Global Good News!

Forbes has an article showing photos and descriptions of the protests that are happening all over the world in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Upwards of tens of thousands of people showed up for protests and marches in London, England; Paris, France; Brisbane, Australia; Rome, Italy; Berlin and Cologne, Germany; Tokyo, […]

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The Mirror Universe

Just like in Star Trek, imagine a mirror universe with all the same people in it, except everything else is different. This brilliant comic shows the insanity of things that we largely take for granted in our universe, by showing how unbelievable it would be to us (dear readers) if the mirror police treated CEOs […]

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General James Mattis

When Marine general James Mattis resigned as Donald Trump’s secretary of defense at the end of 2018, he promised that he would avoid criticizing the sitting president. But he added, “There is a period in which I owe my silence. It’s not eternal. It’s not going to be forever.” Yesterday was the day the dam […]

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Sophisticated Rant

As my readers know, I love a good rant. I’m particularly enamored of that rare rant that takes things to a higher level of refinement. And this one from Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist George F. Will has the added patina of being authored by a conservative who was a staunch Republican (until Donald Trump was elected). It […]

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Time for Change

This segment by James Corden is incredibly powerful. I hope everyone watches it — in its entirety. There are some signs for hope that change is coming: The chief of police for Schenectady, NY does the right thing. He not only talks frankly with protesters, he marches with them and takes a knee for George […]

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Biden on America

Joe Biden gives a speech that we will never hear from Donald Trump. I was pleased that Biden actually named Trump, but didn’t dwell on him excessively. The speech was about us, and about America. It gave me hope. UPDATE: This speech is getting very positive reviews. Well, except those commentators “whose paychecks are being […]

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False Flags

I found this photo particularly haunting: Protesters all over our nation are chanting “I can’t breathe” — the last words of George Floyd, who was murdered in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. Except that this image is not recent, it is from 2014. Kobe Bryant, along with his teammates, wore these shirts to […]

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Faux Flip Flops

I realize that many of my readers also read Electoral Vote, which I have always encouraged. I still want to mention that they published another letter of mine today. My letter was a response to a question asked by D.A. from Brooklyn, NY yesterday. His letter took Elizabeth Warren to task for her shifting rhetoric […]

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The Wrong Signal?

Donald Trump seems to be happy to represent himself as a wartime president, despite somehow thinking that a good thing for the president to do during this “war” is play golf. Even if you ignore the “war” rhetoric, when Barack Obama was president Trump attacked him (more than once) for playing golf during the Ebola […]

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One? Day More

Les Mis coronavirus mashup:

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The Virus Doesn’t Care

A study from the Brookings Institution looks at counties that have newly been designated as having a “high prevalence” of COVID-19. These “high-risk” counties have at least 100 active cases per 100,000 people. The results are interesting: Starting on March 29, there were 59 counties considered high-risk, which represented 8% of the US population. Ending […]

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The Columbia COVID Study

Really interesting study about COVID-19 out of Columbia University. This study based their model on actual data at the county level (rather than state or even country), which is important because virus transmission is always local, and used 7-day averages, which is important to avoid data noise. The result that is getting all the headlines […]

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Trump’s Mother

We often hear about Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump, who set his son up in the Brooklyn slumlord business. However, we never hear anything about Trump’s mother, Mary Anne MacLeod Trump. But just watching her son Donald try (and fail miserably) to send out Mother’s Day wishes this year, you gotta wonder what the hell? […]

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A Study in Bad Leadership

This short video was created by The Atlantic. Watch it. They go on to say: One knows, of course, that Donald Trump behaves differently from the leaders of other countries, especially the leaders of other Western democracies. One knows that he disdains facts; that he does not read briefing papers; that he has no organizational […]

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Even the Haters now hate Trump

Here’s an interesting demographic group: the people who hate all the presidential candidates, but still end up voting for one of them. For whom do they vote? Politico has an interesting article about this. Who are these people? According to one pollster, “There are a number of people who hate politics and politicians, and they […]

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