We can learn much from political news coverage. Not the stories, which are mostly chaff. But the dance in DC reveals much about how our system works.
Summary: The #ReleaseTheMemo team has won. Now we can see for ourselves what it said. More importantly, we can match the commentary from the Great and Wise with its content -- and learn much about the state of American politics. Spoiler: it is not a pretty picture. Second of two posts today. See the New … Continue reading The exposés in the Nunes memo: big, but not as advertised
Summary: The bottom line about RussiaGate is that something is happening in Washington, but none of the explanations make sense. Read the stories carefully, since most are deceptive. We have to watch and wait to learn the truth. "To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge." -- From Benjamin Disraeli's novel Sybil, … Continue reading The bottom line about RussiaGate: no explanation makes sense
Summary: Here Locke Peterseim gives one of his typically excellent reviews. He looks at Black Mass, explaining not just the film but also how and why it gets brought to the screen. The film tells one of the most important stories of corrupt law enforcement in US history, showing how the system is fundamentally dysfunctional. … Continue reading Black Mass: a light film about an important story of US corruption
Summary: We've survived yet another brush with death from terror, although we disregarded the barrage of warnings on cable news to wet our pants on command of the FBI. There are lessons from this, if we wish to learn. Fear-mongering makes us less prepared for the eventual attack. This is a post-holiday follow-up to Prepare … Continue reading A post-holiday bulletin: government fear-mongering makes us less prepared!