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Donald Trump

Logic Check: Be Wary of New Trump Comey Tapes Threat Story

The big story as I write is that President Donald Trump has, via tweet, implicitly threatened former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, suggesting that he has tapes of Comey stating that Trump was not under investigation by the FBI. It strikes me that this is typical of Trump tactics designed to keep his Read More

Keystone XL Pipeline

Environmental Groups and States Go to War With Trump

On March 24, President Trump signed an executive order to forge ahead with the Keystone XL oil pipeline that had been scotched by Obama in 2015. This is the deal to send tons of dirty tar sands Koched-up oil from Canada across 1,200 miles of the US to Gulf Coast refineries. Already, Nebraska residents are Read More

Barrett Brown

The Government Is Not Done Messing with Barrett Brown

A recent lawsuit against the FBI is shedding light on the complex game the Bureau is playing to silence investigators of the cyber-industrial complex.The lawsuit concerns the subpoenaing of anonymous donor information to the legal defense fund for formerly incarcerated journalist Barrett Brown. Brown had investigated data from private intelligence corporations that was leaked by Read More

Aleppo, Syria

Much Ado About Syrian “De-escalation Zones”

Outlets sympathetic to the Syrian regime on Sunday hailed what they framed as the beginning of the “systematic destruction” of the Islamic State “across Syria.” But while international media also reported a tenuous reduction in fighting between the army and the rebels, experts are still debating the meaning of the four “de-escalation zones” in Syria Read More

Syria Kurds

Does Turkey Think Trump’s Resolve in Syria is Weakening?

Social media went abuzz Friday with videos of US and Syrian Kurdish forces jointly patrolling the Syrian-Turkish border.Reports in the Wall Street Journal and other media subsequently confirmed the patrols. This is the second time this year that US troops have moved in to block an anticipated Turkish attack on Kurds, who are spearheading the Read More

Council of Europe, Turkey

Council of Europe Downgrades Turkey as Erdogan Bombs Kurds

The Council of Europe watchdog voted to put Turkey on a human rights monitoring list on Tuesday amid widespread claims of fraud in a controversial referendum that gave President Recep Tayyip Erdogan authoritarian powers.The amendments to the Turkish constitution that passed by a narrow margin of just under 3 percent “do not comply with our Read More

Ruth Paine

Documentary: The Assassination & Mrs. Paine

A filmmaker is working on a documentary about one of the more intriguing and major figures in 20th century American history. Here is an overview of the film from the creators:The Assassination and Mrs. Paine is a provocative portrait of 84-year-old Ruth Paine and her inescapable connection to the JFK assassination. As a key witness Read More

Hear no evil

JFK Assassination: Low Quality of Disinformation

The quality of disinformation on the Kennedy assassination has never been very high. Much of it is pseudoscience, slick enough to fool the general public, but nothing that ever holds up under scrutiny.Earlier this week, I saw what I think is a specimen of it in an obituary in the Dallas Morning News of a Read More

Mark Twain

Funny, Wise Quotations on Taxes

Are you in pain from the IRS? Well, you’re in good company. Check out what these characters have to say about paying taxes — Al Capone, Albert Einstein, Dave Barry, Mark Twain, Mae West, and many others.

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