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Update on the Rob Porter Scandal (plus Tweets)

Great news! Check out the ‘Cat Tweets’ section for a new Simon’s Cat video, released for Valentine’s Day, which is today in New Zealand. It’s cute, and had me laughing out loud twice. Now if you’re a single person too, you’ll understand how much I hate Valentine’s Day, but this video left me feeling good. On to the Rob Porter Scandal, which I wrote about a... read more

The Rob Porter Scandal

I begin writing this after watching Anderson Cooper’s interview on CNN with former White House staffer Rob Porter’s second wife, Jennifer Willoughby on 9 February (NZ time). Anyone who saw it who has been in an abusive relationship of any kind will recognize the feelings she expressed. For that reason, I place a great deal of credibility in what she said. White House presidential aide Porter... read more

Notes to Readers, plus Tweets

So far today I’ve been trying to complete a post with the working title of ‘The Rob Porter Scandal’. Things aren’t going well, so I have to revert to a tweets post in the meantime. I’ve also got a half-completed post about the Nunes memo that has to be changed every day due to developments. At this rate by the time I get them done the rest of the world will have moved on! I... read more

Treating Women as Equals – Why is it So Difficult? (plus Tweets)

Once again, I can’t remember what I was going to write about for today’s tweets post. That’s because it all went out the window, or rather out of my mind, when I saw something else. As is my usual morning habit before I get out of bed, I was reading the Why Evolution is True website. Today’s first post (at the link) includes a tweet from the British TV channel BBC Two. Now I... read more

Homily: The Superbowl and the Stock Market (plus Tweets)

Most of the tweets in this post are from yesterday or the day before. So at this stage I just need to get this post out before they get any older. I’ve been planning all sorts of profound homilies, but my writing isn’t up to executing them at the moment. Thus all you’re getting are a few comments on the latest news. THE SUPERBOWL I’m glad the Eagles won the Super Bowl. I voted for... read more

Homily: Logic Fails (plus Tweets)

I follow the tweets and Facebook postings of Economist Robert Reich. As a result I just found out that not all USians contribute the same proportion of their income to Social Security. There’s a cap at US$120,000. So people who earn big salaries – exactly the people who can afford it most easily – pay much less as a proportion of their salaries. Can you imagine that happening in New... read more

Fox News’s ‘The Five’ Piles on Hillary (plus Tweets)

Well, the inevitable happened. My head exploded while watching Fox News‘s ‘The Five’ again today. Why? Well they, of course, used Hillary Clinton’s appearance on the Grammy’s to have a segment criticizing her. You’d think she was posting embarrassing Tweets every day or something. For most of the segment the words “Hillary’s Hypocrisy” were in the... read more

Trump Puts 30% Tariff on Solar Imports (plus Tweets)

Today’s homily was going to be about the bad decision by Donald Trump and the Republicans to put a 30% tariff on imported solar panels. I’m running out of time to write what I think here, so instead I’m just going to copy in the text of a series of tweets by Eugene Wilkie who owns Now! Solar, a solar panel installing company in the Washington area (Richland/Kennewick/Pasco). I... read more

The US EPA Reduces Safety Rules (plus Tweets)

There is so much that is execrable to comment on in the Trump Administration, too much just goes under the radar. Covering Trump’s tweets every day is a full time job in itself. While he accuses others of fake news, his own outright lies are legion. The Washington Post documents over 2,000 lies or misleading statements in his first 355 days in office. And he spent 91 of those days playing golf.... read more

Homily: How Authoritarians are Made (plus Tweets)

One of the tweets I posted here recently was one of my own. It was a Big Think video entitled ‘The Chronology of Crazy in the USA‘ featuring Kurt Anderson. I often wonder about the various ways the minds of different people work. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert (I’m not), but at the moment I feel like I’m getting a bit of an insight into the reason some people are... read more

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