abortion Democrats Women's rights

A difficult discourse about Dems and abortion

This is a difficult and necessary discourse about abortion rights. It may piss some people off. Democrats have lost election after election and many other issues over the single wedge issue of abortion. And now the Supreme Court has a solid conservative majority, so Roe vs. Wade is likely to be overturned. I completely agree […]

Education Politics

Book review: The Smartest Kids in the World

Amanda’s Ripley’s The Smartest Kids in the World is a call for rigor and equity in K-12 education. Ripley follows U.S. exchange students as they visit schools in Finland, South Korea, and Poland — three countries whose students score significantly higher than U.S. students on the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) test, especially in […]

Media Military Force

The New York Times talks up war with China

The New York Times daily email included  Biden’s foreign policy priorities, which emphasized the need to pivot from Afghanistan to big-power competition with China and Russia. It shows how Times promotes a pro-war narrative. We have an interest in facing down the terrorist threat, the president said, but that threat is no longer centered in […]

Conservativism GOP GOP Crimes GOP Lies

Ten ways the GOP is a (death) cult

Climate change denialism and inaction This one will lead to immense suffering and dislocation. We’re already seeing the effects, in the form of extreme weather. Possibly GOP climate policy will lead to human extinction. Covid-19 disinformation, conspiracy theories and opposition to masks and vaccines This has already killed hundreds of thousands of people and may […]

Military Force Military Spending Peace Politics War

On the stupidity of preparing to wage war with China

The U.S. is preparing for war with China; is surrounding China with bases, warships, and missiles; and is promoting the Pacific Defense Initiative to collaborate with other nations in Asia to confront China. Likewise, the U.S. Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Bill to Bolster Competitiveness With China. (“When future generations of Americans cast their gaze toward new […]

Black Lives Matter GOP Lies

Right wing media’s lies about antifa and BLM exposed

Harvard Radcliffe Institute: Black Lives Matter Protesters Were Overwhelmingly Peaceful, Our Research Finds Meet the Riot Squad: Right-Wing Reporters Whose Viral Videos Are Used to Smear BLM In the year since George Floyd’s murder, conservative news outlets have endlessly hyped distorted stories about violence at Black Lives Matter protests. Key videos they used come from […]

Military Force War

Conflicting claims about whether Russia and China want to stop militarization of space

(Revised: 2021-05-10) These two paragraphs from Washington Examiner’s House Democrat fears looming space war: ‘We’ll all be dead’  contradict the emails and articles I’ve seen from peace groups claiming that Russia and China have been asking for treaties about the militarization of space. A quartet of State Department and Pentagon officials appeared before members of […]

Humor

The paradox of the red light and the stop sign

According to Washington State statute RCW 46.61.055: Traffic control signal legend. “Vehicle operators facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection control area and shall remain […]

Economic Justice Homelessness Housing

How Finland lowered homelessness by 73%: housing first

Source of image: Reports on homelessness in Finland See Finland ends homelessness and provides shelter for all in need In Finland, the number of homeless people has fallen sharply. The reason: The country applies the “Housing First” concept. Those affected by homelessness receive a small apartment and counselling – without any preconditions. 4 out of […]