One hesitates to write anything about former Secretary of State (and Chiefs of Staff head) Colin Powell upon his death this week. One runs the risk of adding to the unbearable clutter. Everyone seems to be writing about him and, predictably, it’s a mixed bag. The mainstream press in the U.S. is pretty uniform in… Continue reading Colin Powell the Classy War Criminal
So much smoke and so many mirrors! The mainstream media and dumb politicians bark incessantly about “critical race theory” and never take a moment, not even a small moment, to define what it actually is. I mean, if they’re looking to help the citizenry, wouldn’t that help? Well, maybe they don’t even know. Do you?… Continue reading CRT? What is it?
Finally we get some testimony that cuts through the mis-directing conversation about censuring Facebook to get to the real and very serious problem the social media platform presents. A former Facebook staff person named Frances Haugen went before Congress last week to explain what Facebook does that is most harmful to us. For years now,… Continue reading Blowing Facebook’s Whistle
Perhaps because it spends so much time wringing its hands over the “threat from Russia” (a second-tier power with a small, struggling economy and almost no international pretension) our beloved media presents a portrait of China that is superficial and distorted and increasingly dangerous. It’s dangerous because it casts China as an existential military threat… Continue reading The China Syndrome
Those of us who read the news in this country are fixated, to some extent or another, on the death by homicide of Gabriel Petito and the search (as of this writing) for her “fiance” Brian Laundrie who, we are being led to believe, knows “something” about her death and after refusing to talk about… Continue reading Missing white women and Sam Little’s legacy
I did this strange thing last week. I sat down and watched MSNBC’s pundits hour starting with Nicole Wallace at 4:00 p.m. and as far as Rachel Maddow at nine. Nothing precedent-setting there. I watch that network every day but usually not for that long and never for the reason I was watching last week.… Continue reading Race: the struggle against a fiction
Melanie Bush, Hamid Khan and Ken Montenegro and I (all May First leaders), have written a piece on the Pegasus nightmare surveillance software for the on-line journal Radical Ecological Democracy called We Thought It Was Fiction. And I recommend a read. 🙂 Love working with those folks…some of my faves.
There’s a fascinating trial taking place now the Silicon Valley town of San Jose involving a super-star tech entrepreneur named Elizabeth Holmes. If you are familiar with the case, it could well be because of her looks, personality, background and reflectiveness of…well…the way we view women in this society. The story’s pretty simple. Holmes was… Continue reading Elizabeth Holmes and the unread memo
A while back, a man who supported Donald Trump was quoted on CNN’s website saying a really dumb thing to explain his wife’s opposition to the nutcase in chief: “I know this may sound sexist,” he said. “But women act on their feelings and men act with their brains.” While hoping that his wife read… Continue reading The power of “feelings” in fascism
Today is the day that Andrew Cuomo finally admitted what every else was saying: he can’t govern New York State anymore. The long and vomit-inducing list of gropes, creepy comments and sexualized one-way behavior that was a part, albeit a significant one, of the intimidation and abuse that was Cuomo’s universe, has brought him down.… Continue reading The Cuomo Saga