Here Comes the Boom

  With Mike Flynn spilling the beans, Trump’s days in the White House are numbered. Unless… It’s the “unless” that scares me. This is not a sane human being. This is Trump. And he is capable of anything, however unthinkable, to avert his exposure and disgrace. So how can he head off Robert Mueller’s damning […]
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The Oldest Dirty Trick

  It’s the oldest trick in the book. Even toddlers do it. When some tot calls another tot a bad name, the response is often, “You’re the (bad name)!” Or: I know you are but what am I? And the Republican Party shamelessly resorts to that strategy whenever their skullduggery is exposed. Of course they’re […]
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The Red Menace Evolves

  Back in the Sixties, we expected the Soviet Union to launch a nuclear attack on North America at any moment. In Canada, where I was living then, some people even built bomb shelters in their basements and stocked them with canned goods, hoping to hide from the blast and wait out the radiation that would ensue. I understand […]
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As War Clouds Gather

  The TV pundits that I listen to seem obsessed with Trump’s tweets, the various probes into the Russian  hacking scandal, aborted release of documents that would shed light on JFK’s assassination and the  GOP’s internal bickering. They don’t seem to care that the world could end tomorrow. I am not referring to the Second Coming, […]
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A Clear and Present Danger

  Obviously, one response to Trump’s dismaying behavior would be to elect a Democratic Congress in 2018 and send him packing in 2020. But the burning question is: Can we afford to wait that long? Increasingly, we hear warnings of Trump’s “instability.” Increasingly, he acts with unrestrained malice toward others and with no apparent grasp of […]
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No Time for Fatalism

  Is nobody willing and able to head off World War III? If no human can come up with an answer to the impasse between the US and North Korea, would consulting IBM’s Watson help? Surely, the “powers that be” aren’t just going to shrug their shoulders and let all hell break loose? When the […]
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Is Trump a Moron?

  The ongoing fuss over the secretary of state’s description of Trump as “a moron” is neglecting the question at the heart of the matter: Is the president of the United States a moron? I have my own opinion, you have yours and we’ve heard what Trump thinks (see illustration). But the question is important enough […]
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Trivializing a Deadly Impasse

  With the spread of social media, the shallowest and silliest aspects of human nature are on widespread display. And the mainstream media are exploiting the silliness. So when Trump calls Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man” and Kim responds by dubbing Trump a “dotard,” the press has a field day. When Trump threatens to “totally destroy” North […]
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Keeping us in Suspense

  Drop by tiny drop the “leaks” keep coming but why aren’t we hearing some official news from all of those investigations into Russia’s hacking? I would think the facts are easy to uncover. It’s common knowledge that Putin’s hackers stole information from the Democratic Party’s computers and released the damaging stuff they found. And everyone […]
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Danger in the Himalayas

With more than a billion people each, China and India are home to 36 percent of the world’s population. And they are the world’s two fastest-growing economies. But that’s not what makes me worry when soldiers from these two nations face off in the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. What gives me the shivers is that both […]
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