Debunking a right-wing myth about Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day

Summary: Today we debunk an especially ugly myth of the Right, in which they twist the history of Thanksgiving to serve their political aims. Learn the truth. Read to the end for the big twist ending. “It’s all about power and the unassailable might of money.” — E. P. Arnold Royalton, the great 21st century industrialist … Continue reading Debunking a right-wing myth about Thanksgiving

WWI warns us about markets’ ability to see the future

Forecasting with models

Summary: Confidence rules America, with US markets at or near record high valuations and Team Trump expanding our wars. Time for a reminder that our ability to predict events is small, which means these moments of great confidence are periods of high risk. This is a revised post from 2014. “We seem to be living … Continue reading WWI warns us about markets’ ability to see the future

Martin van Creveld: even in Hell, Hitler has news for us

Summary: Hitler in Hell is one of the most important books of the year. As America drifts to fascism, we must understand what happened to Germany. Books like this can help us avoid taking a dark path like they did. It can happen here, in some form.   The fall of Germany to fascism was … Continue reading Martin van Creveld: even in Hell, Hitler has news for us

Cut thru the lies and myths to understand guns in America

River of blood

Summary: To understand why we so many mass shootings in America, let's cut through the myths and the lies to see the naked truths about gun control. Also, today we had our eight millionth pageview since we opened in Nov 2007! Another day, another mass killing in America. To understand how this happens, look at … Continue reading Cut thru the lies and myths to understand guns in America

Update on the spread of tyranny in Europe: Turkey & Spain

Catalonia flag of independence

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: Turkey & Spain