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Bastille Day

If America Had a Bastille Day

Today is the French national holiday also known as Bastille Day.I first heard of Bastille Day as a teenager when I heard the song of the same name by the Canadian prog-rock band Rush. Here’s some sample lyrics:But they’re marching to Bastille Day La guillotine will claim her bloody prize Free the dungeons of the Read More

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

Scott Pruitt’s Climate Change Denial Is out of Touch

The New York Times made it a front-page story: “EPA Chief Doubts Consensus View of Climate Change.” President Donald Trump’s appointed head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, stated (again) that carbon dioxide was not “a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.” He added, “We need to continue the debate and Read More

J. Edgar Hoover

Comey Hints at J Edgar Hoover’s Blackmailing of Political Leaders

Comparing himself to murdered 12th Century Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket notwithstanding, fired FBI chief James Comey has been mostly circumspect in responding to  Senate Committee inquiries about President Donald Trump and Russia. But he did make one assertion Thursday that jolted some historically-minded viewers to the edge of their seats. It was a comment Read More

If a Protest Happens in the Forest Will Anyone Know?

The election of Donald Trump has spawned a new protest movement in the United States. Modern technology now allows participants in marches and rallies to document their experience and share it with others.Many people do so on their own social media accounts. However, there are ways of making images available to a much wider audience, Read More

Cliffs

More on Climate Change Science from MIT Expert

Prof. John Reilly, the co-director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, was one of the scientists drawn in President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that the US would pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. WhoWhatWhy interviewed Reilly prior to the events of last week. An Read More

North Carolina

Tar Heeled: SCOTUS Tosses Gerrymandered NC Districts

When the conservatives on the US Supreme Court keep concluding that race-based gerrymandering policies were at play in red and purple states, it’s probably time to admit that, yes, racism is an ongoing factor adversely affecting our democracy. In a clear victory for black voters in the Tar Heel State, the nation’s highest court last Read More

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

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