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Calling the war in Ukraine “unprovoked” is as much a lie as ….

Calling the war in Ukraine “unprovoked” is as much a lie as saying Sadaam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was behind 9/11. Calling the war in Ukraine “unprovoked” is as much a lie as General Westmoreland’s claims that the war in Vietnam was going well. Calling the war in Ukraine “unprovoked” is as […]

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Concise summary of the self-licking ice cream cone

The U.S. aggressively expanded NATO, knowing that Russia would respond by invading Ukraine. That’s what the Pentagon’s own think tank, The Rand Corporation, told it, and it’s what many senior U.S. diplomats warned about. As even Thomas Friedman said, in the New York Times, the U.S. is not innocent in the Ukraine crisis.  The military-industrial complex […]

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Republican states have higher rates of teen births, gun deaths, suicides, poverty, crime, and divorce; and they die younger and are less educated

Using data from reliable public sources listed below, I plotted charts showing the relation between the percent of voters that voted for Donald Trump in 2020 in each state and various per capita rates:  gun deaths, poverty, teen births, suicide, crime, divorce, several sexually transmitted diseases, longevity, and education. The results show that states that […]

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Something liberals and conservatives can agree on

Liberals tend to dislike suburban sprawl and over-dependence on cars. Conservatives tend to dislike regulations and lack of freedom. Here’s a policy change that should satisfy both liberals’ desire for more walkable, self-sufficient neighborhoods and conservatives’ desire for more freedom. The proposal  is to loosen zoning regulations so as to allow homeowners to open small […]

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Dennis Kucinich’s cogent interview about the war in Ukraine and U.S. foreign policy

Dennis Kucinich’s extended interview with Aaron Mate’ is cogent: Dennis Kucinich: where are the pro-peace Democrats?. He speaks well. Kucinich sounds clear-headed, informed, and inspiring. He discusses what the proxy war with Russia says about the U.S. attempts to maintain a unipolar world. Here’s my summary of his interview, with quotations. “Once the United States […]

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Blowback: Ten ways America’s aggressive foreign policy causes blowback and political instability

  U.S. sanctions on oil-producing countries Iran, Venezuela, Syria, and Russia raise energy prices worldwide. U.S.-sponsored coups and proxy wars in Latin America overthrew democratically elected governments and provoked refugees to flee poverty and oppression. Likewise, U.S. wars in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in Asia and Africa since 9/11 have caused at least […]

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Blowback: Eight ways America’s aggressive foreign policy causes inflation and political instability

U.S. sanctions on oil-producing countries Iran, Venezuela, Syria, and Russia raise energy prices worldwide. U.S.-sponsored coups and proxy wars in Latin America overthrew democratically elected governments and provoked refugees to flee poverty and oppression. Likewise, U.S. wars in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in Asia and Africa since 9/11 have caused at least 38 […]