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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

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

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

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