In praise of Donald Trump

From the moment Donald Trump won his surprising victory on Election Day, a new cottage industry sprung up to offer sympathetic profiles of the supposedly long-overlooked and long-suffering voters who rallied to him. The New York Times has been at the forefront, delivering on-the-ground stories

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Obama goes to Wall Street

Seeing all these posts in enthusiastic support of Obama receiving $400,000 in exchange for a speech for Wall Street Bankers got me thinking.  He has every right to give the speech and to be paid every dollar he’s earned for doing so.  In truth, were


The Coming Age of Ghosts: Elon Musk's “Neuralink” and Death

If you’re a nerd, you’ve probably heard of Elon Musk’s latest company, Neuralink, a company “developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.” If you’re really into this sort of thing, you might have run into the excellent (but extremely long!), 36000+ word


North Korea: The Russian Angle

A great deal of attention has been focused on the connection between North Korea and China, and the pressure China can (or cannot) and will (or will not) put on the North Korean government. North Korea, a state with a GDP of only $25B (1/3rd

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How America holds its expats hostage on tax day

You’re probably by now used to maps in which the US is one of just a handful of countries colour-coded for “countries that do X”, where X is something that countries shouldn’t be doing. Let me add another: the above map is how countries determine

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Geotagging the Shayrat airbase attack: what hit and where.

Perhaps I’m a glutton for punishment, but I went ahead and geotagged the entire tomahawk strike on the Shayrat airbase.  Now you can see at a glance what areas were struck (and with what level of confidence), and (to the best that can be determined with public


Tour of the “nonexistent” damage at Shayrat airbase

While I posted the other day satellite images of the damage, today we have (thanks to pro-Russian ANNA News) the first on-the-ground pictures of what so many here in DK’s CT community insist was a “wag the dog” attack involving bombing a bunch of empty buildings and pounding sand, rather than

Daily Kos goes into full “Conspiracy Theory Mode” after attacks on Syria.

I rather can’t believe how much Daily Kos is sounding like Sputnik these days: “FEEBLE US ATTACK DOES NOTHING!”  .  It’s the same everywhere: Meh, just a couple people dead (insert-lowest-cited-figure-from-any-source). Just a old planes destroyed (insert-lowest-cited-figure-from-any-source). Hit a couple rocks, you know, nothing. They packed


What the heck is wrong with you people?

Is this who we are now? Have we forgotten what the Right did to Michelle Obama? Are we now a group focused on attacking wives who don’t even want to move into the White House with their husbands, and who were so rarely visible on the

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Congratulations, Michael Flynn

Sure, everyone is knocking Michael Flynn for having unauthorized conversations with the Russians about sensitive topics, and then lying about it. But look on the bright side! He is (probably) a new record-holder! Everyone wants to make it into the record books, right? So far

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Oppose Gives Way to Just Blow It Up

Today’s sharply polarized and strategically focused political parties fit poorly with a constitutional system that anticipates collaboration as well as competition within and across separated institutions. As we initially wrote, parliamentary-style parties in a separation-of-powers government are a formula for willful obstruction and policy irresolution.