Summary: Dr. Torrance Stephens looks at the rise of tyranny in Spain and Turkey, as they both forcibly quash opponents. It is quietly spreading, abetted by the complacent silence of the developed nations. What nation will it spread to next? "Spain and the Erdogan Playbook" By Torrance Stephens at his website, 21 September 2017. Reposted … Continue reading Update on the spread of tyranny in Europe
Summary: The gridlock might be breaking in the public policy response to climate change. Let's hope so, for the gridlock has left us unprepared for even the inevitable repeat of past extreme weather -- let alone what new challenges the future will hold for us. The below graph was tweeted yesterday by Gavin Schmidt, Director … Continue reading A climate science milestone: a successful 10-year forecast!
Summary: America has two major political parties. This series discusses their indifference to the concerns of most Americans and their slow descent into madness. Today let's look at the Democratic Party and the great American cities it governs. Here's a logo for many of America's cities: Democrats run most of them. They run most of America's great cities, whose … Continue reading Watch the Democrats play while their cities bleed
Summary: Overconfident scientists propel America's progress. But their confidence does not mean we can safely use their conclusions when making public policy. Stories about future histories of our time show the problem. They can help us more effectively use the insights provided by science. The march of archaeology can help us understands the limits of … Continue reading How science fiction shows us the limits of science