Trump’s Increasingly Fascistic Speeches

A disturbing dissection in the NYT Magazine.

Faith In Democracy on the Decline

People around the world are more skeptical about governing institutions.

Russia’s Continued Cheating in International Sports

The sad joke continues.

Geert Wilders ‘Wins’ Dutch Elections

The trend toward hard-right parties continues.

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Stop Trying to Make French Happen

Paris is fighting a losing battle over the prominence of their language.

Israelis Divided on Ground Offensive

A poll on Israeli support.

‘From the River to the Sea’

When the obvious is controversial.

Squaring the Circle on the Israel-Gaza War

Outsiders seem to want the impossible.

Ending Hamas

What does “complete victory” look like?

Far Right Politics Spreading Across the West

The trend shows no sign of abating.

Europe Becoming Poorer?

The Eurozone is falling further behind the United States.

Alcohol Is Good For You. Or Bad.

Forget the cafe latte, screw the raspberry iced tea.

Trump’s Been Indicted. What Now?

We’re in uncharted waters.

Putin’s Failed Gambit

He’s turned Russia from a G-8 member to an international pariah.

Scalia Law School is Conservative!

The New York Times looks into ties between a DC area law school and the Supreme Court.

Americans Don’t Live as Long as We Should

We’re falling further behind for many reasons.

There’s No Whisky in this Mouthwash?!

It turns out that the candy flavored booze at the grocery store isn’t even bourbon.

Roman Concrete Healed Itself

Why millenia-old concrete outlasts its modern version.

Pelé, 1940-2022

The soccer legend has passed at 82.

Brits Deporting Migrants to Rwanda

A legal but unsavory solution to a problem.

Netanyahu Returns as Israel’s Premier

The corrupt leader is back for a sixth term.

Idiots Sue Italian Company Selling in USA for Manufacturing in USA

Another frivolous suit making a mockery of the American tort system.

Voting Alone is Not Democracy

Putin provides an example for a Politics 101 class.

Italy Expected to Elect Post-Fascist Premier

Democratic backsliding appears to be spreading to another European country.

Fear of a White Scholar

President Biden had a meeting with some historians. The horrors.

A Fascistic and Authoritarian Response

Donald Trump and friends speak to the NRA.

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Q&A Time

Hopefully answering a reader question (but probably just making it all worse).

Depending on the Kindness of Strangers

Has the Internet made us more selfish?

West Accelerates Pressure on Russia

NATO has stepped up in a pleasantly surprising way to resist the Ukraine invasion.

Hitting Russia Where It Hurts

Sanctions are already taking a toll. But the West could do more if it had the will.

Putin Invades Ukraine in Defiance of West

The much-anticipated escalation has happened. Now to see how the United States and its allies respond.

From the “You Can’t Make this Stuff Up” File

Drug smuggling edition.

Meat Loaf, 1947-2022

The singer and actor, born Marvin Lee Aday, is gone at 74.

Peak Fact-Checking?

Not every argument can be tested on a Pinocchio scale.

Bob Dole, 1923-2021

The longtime Senator and Vice Presidential and Presidential nominee is gone at 98.

Saving American Democracy

The Politician’s Syllogism rears its ugly head.

France Increases Vaccinations

And so general discussion of vaccine passports and requirements in the US.

G-7 Approves Corporate Tax Floor

A major first step to solving a longstanding global issue.

Marvelous Marvin Hagler, 1954-2021

An all-time boxing legend is gone.

Texas Ends COVID Restrictions

The Lone Star State is celebrating its independence in a big way.

Bob Dole Has Lung Cancer

The 97-year-old former Senator and Presidential candidate is ill.

The Arab Spring at 10

Tunisia is freer but poorer than it was before Mohamed Bouazizi’s desperate act.

Sweden, Sweden, Sweden!

The data on Sweden and Covid-19 don’t fit the media narrative.

The Pandemic Continues

Reminders from a perusal of the news.

Mob Tears Down Baltimore Columbus Statue

A controversial monument in Little Italy has been destroyed.

U.S. Declared COVID Victory Too Soon

Europe has the disease under control while it’s still spreading like wildfire here.

Trump and the F-word

Not that one. The other one.

Sweden No-Lockdown Plan a Mistake

The architect of the plan admits he was wrong.

What We Don’t Know About COVID-19

Two new studies bring more questions than answers.