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Tangier Island Is The Earth Monday, June 4th, 2018

It’s nice to look down on the poor foolish residents of Tangier Island, a little speck of land sinking into the Chesapeake Bay. Some 87% of the residents who voted in 2016, voted for Trump. The Mayor of Tangier says that being mayor is only his second job; his first is killing some of what remain..

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Are The Culture Wars Unique To Our Times? – OpEd Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

For the past five decades, Americans have waged what has been commonly referred to as a “culture war.” A number of authors have examined the culture wars from philosophical, historical, and sociological standpoints, especially since the early 1990s—Charles Murray, Robert Putnam, James Davison..

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Asian Sympathy Swinging Towards North Korea – Analysis Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

The frenzied moves over the weekend of May 26-27 by leaders of South Korea and North Korea to revive the on-again, off-again North Korea-US summit, and pictures flashed across the region of the two Korean leaders warmly hugging each other for the second time within a month, are rapidly turning..

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States of Cruelty: The Dead Refugees of Manus Friday, May 25th, 2018

In those seemingly interminable refugee debates being held in various countries, cruelty is pure theatre. It is directed, stage managed, the victims treated as mere marionettes in a play of putrid public policy and indifferent public officials. Barriers have been set; barbed wire has been put in..

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Eternal Disappearance: MH370 and the Hangar Gossipers Thursday, May 24th, 2018

It has fuelled enough speculation to fill libraries and populate databases at catchy speed. The disappearance of MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, one of two Malaysian Airlines flights to perish that year, continues to torment relatives and tantalise the diviners of..

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Tom Wolfe the Parajournalist Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

As is the nature of his creepy totality, President Donald Trump has a habit of suffusing the obituaries of the famous and pampered. Tom Wolfe, it is said by such figures as Maggie Haberman in The New York Times, conceived of Trump as a formidable figure before Trump himself came to prominence. The..

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THE INFORMATION EXPLOSION Monday, May 21st, 2018

I would like to announce the publication of a new book entitled “The Information Explosion”. This book discusses the role of information in evolution, and especially in the evolution of human culture. Articles and book chapters that I have previously written on this subject are incorporated in..

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A Very Republican Sickness: Loving Royal Weddings Sunday, May 20th, 2018

“Thinking that you actually know a public figure – in the intimate, best-friend kind of way – is not healthy.” -Katie Stow, Harper’s Bazaar, Oct 17, 2017. The citizenry of the US Republic might well insist on the sanctity of its laws, a prided exceptionalism and the genius that is the..

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China: Naval Drill And Regime Legitimacy – Analysis Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

President Xi Jinping reviewed the largest naval exercise in China’s history in the disputed South China Sea (SCS) on 12 April, barely two days after the USS Theodore Roosevelt sailed through the same troubled sea as in what the US called normal routine training. The timing and venue of the..

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The Commercial Heavens: The New Australian Space Agency Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Politicians have been clambering to the top extolling something that has yet to exist. Scientists are claiming a job boom that has yet to transpire. Much fantasy and speculation dominate the creation of Australia’s Space Agency, an organisation that remains inchoate despite being launched on..

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Trump’s Plan For Iran, Put Terrorists In Charge – OpEd Monday, May 14th, 2018

Back in the 2008 presidential race, I explained to then-candidate Rudy Giuliani the concept of “blowback.” Years of US meddling and military occupation of parts of the Middle East motivated a group of terrorists to carry out attacks against the United States on 9/11. They didn’t do it because..

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Forces of Corruption Are Horrified of a Trump Impeachment

If you do a daily web search for “impeachment,” here’s what you’ll get used to seeing. Most use of impeachment is outside the United States. Most use of impeachment within the United States is outside of Washington, D.C. Most media mention of impeachment in relation to Trump is strongly..

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Eyeing the White House: The Democratic Field Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Not so much hunting season as declaratory season in US politics. The US presidential candidates from the Democratic side are making promises spiced with forced..